Pear Tree Close

Built by Mitcham Borough Council and completed in 1934, to rehouse some of the people made homeless by the Explosion.

The development consisted of 9 blocks of a total of 48 terraced houses, which included odd numbers 103 to 121 Love Lane and 12 to 17 inclusive in Westfield Road.

1910 OS map showing fields, and 1950s OS map showing the road.

The average cost per house was £36 for the land, £27 for the road and sewers and £305 for the building.

In 2010, Circle Anglia published a list of their properties, as a PDF, which included those transferred from Merton Council, showing that 31 houses of the original 48 were still rented from the local authority.


From the minutes of Housing Committee
11th December 1947
page 151

No. 20 Pear Tree Close

The w.c. pan at the above house was broken by a cat jumping through the open window and knocking over a bottle which cracked the pan. I shall be glad of the Committee’s instructions as to whether or not the tenant is to be charged.

I am, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Your obedient servant,
B. THRUPP
Housing Manager

Resolved – That the cost of repair be borne by the Council


Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

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