Category Archives: Housing

Dalton Avenue

Road off north side of Lewis Road. Named after local councillor William Dalton, who became mayor of Mitcham in 1942.

Possibly built in 1936/7 with houses in same construction and style as New Close. There are seven blocks of 6 houses, and two of 5.

According to the Royal Mail postcode finder, in May 2018 there are 68 properties, numbered 1 to 22 inclusive, 23A, 23B, 24, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 25 to 63, all with the postcode CR4 3DT.

1952 OS map

The road and houses were built on land that formerly was called Nicholl’s Orchard, as described in a 1903 council meeting, and shown as field number 298 on this 1894 OS map:

1894 OS map

1894 OS map

From the minutes of the
Croydon Rural District Council
Mitcham Parochial Committee
Volume VIII 1902 – 1903
21st July 1903
page 294

… The piece of land in question is about 3.5 acres in extent, and was formerly known as “Nicholls’ Orchard.” It has a frontage of about 230 ft to Lewis Road, and a depth of something over 650 foot. …


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

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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Spring Gardens, Church Road

A terrace of eight houses that were on the western side of Church Road, at the north corner with Aberdeen Road.

1894 OS map

Occupants in the 1896 street directory

1,John SEARS
2,Mrs SMITH
3,Mrs RUSSELL
4,James WHITE
5,Charles WESTERN
6,Joseph SIMMONS
7,Charles EDWARDS
8,Thomas MURRAY

Occupants in the 1904 street directory

1,Edward THOMPSON
2,Mrs SMITH
3,Mrs RUSSELL
4,William HUSSEY
5,Charles WESTERN
6,Alfred KNIGHT
7,Walter WATLING
8,Charles SIVIOUR

The terrace is shown on the 1911 OS map but not listed in the Kelly street directory for that year.

1911 OS map

The terrace of six houses to the north, on the same side of Church Road, is listed as Marrianne Cottages.

The terrace is not shown in the 1952 OS map:

1952 OS map


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

Dorset Road

Road off north east side of Western Road, south of Heyford Road. Built around 1929/30 by H. Poulson. The name was approved by the Mitcham Urban District Council as stated in minutes on page 254, volume XV.

1952 OS map

The houses are numbered odd, from 1 to 27, on the west or left hand side as seen from Western Road, and even from 2 to 32 on the east or right hand side. All properties have the postcode CR4 3ES.

Number 11A was built between numbers 11 and 13, in around 1988. Source:
planning application 88/P0752.


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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

Heyford Road

Road off north east side of Western Road, south of Western Road school. Built around 1929/30 by H. Poulson. The name was approved by the Mitcham Urban District Council as stated in minutes on page 254, volume XV.

1952 OS map

The houses are numbered even, from 2 to 48, on the left hand side as seen from Western Road, and odd from 1 to 45 on the right hand side. Postcodes CR4 3EU are for even addresses, and CR4 3EW for odd.

In around 2005/6, garages at the rear of number 45 were demolished, Heyford Road was extended, parallel and to the west of Laings Avenue. A terrace of houses was built, numbered 1 to 9 sequentially, with the address Peppermint Mews, 47 Heyford Road, postcode CR4 3FD.


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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

Morden Gardens

Road off south side of Morden Road, on east side of Ravensbury Park.

Built in 1929/30 by Hadnutt & Robinson, of 157 Cecil Road, Thornton Heath, whose planning application, number 1561, said: 64 new villas and new road called Morden Gardens, off Morden Road. Source: page 124, volume XV of Mitcham Urban District Council minutes, 1929-1930.

1952 OS map

The 1952 OS map shows houses numbered odd on east side from 1 to 39, and even on the west side from 2 to 40. Bungalows at the southern end of the road, numbered 41 and 42, were built around 1961. All the properties in this road have the postcode CR4 4DH.


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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

Seely Road

Road built on former golf course, south of the river Graveney, hence in the Urban District of Mitcham.

1911 OS map showing western end of Seely Road

1911 OS map of eastern end of the road

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District council
Volume XII 1906 to 1907
Highways and New Streets and Buildings
20th October 1906
Page 447

Application no. 4095 by Eastman Bros. for 42 houses, Seely Road, Links Estate


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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