Category Archives: Terraces

Duncan’s Cottages and Stanley Villas

Two terraces of houses, on the east side of Western Road, near to and north of the corner with Bond Road.

Council minutes in 1902 refer to a planning permission for six houses, which could be for Stanley Villas:

No. 2116, Simmons E. & A., 6 cottages, Western Road Road, Mitcham

Source: Croydon Rural District Council Minutes, Volume VIII 1902 – 1903, 22nd May 1902, page 112.

It’s possible that E. & A. Simmons were Ephraim and Arthur, brothers who were nurserymen, see Rose Nursery.


This 1911 OS map shows 6 houses on the left which are likely to be Stanley Villas, and the next group of 4, Duncan Cottages. The house on its own at the corner with Bond Road (opposite Fountain Place) was Grosvenor House.

1911 OS map.

1911 OS map.

The 1911 census shows the occupants:

Stanley Villas
1, Thomas JONES, 44, labourer in gas works
2, Edith MASON, 42, of private means
3, William PARKIN, 62, leather dresser
4, Michael O’SULLIVAN, 53, carman and contractor
5, William PAYNE, 64, gardener
6, John William KIMPTON, 40, wheelwright

Duncan Cottages
1, Albert E. BLAND, 29, gas fitter at Mitcham Gas co.
2, George JANSON, 46, gardener & contractor
3, John DRAPER, 35, foreman in tea warehouse
4, Thomas HERMITAGE, 34, furnace stoker in Holborn Union Workhouse

The 1925 street directory shows an extra two houses have been added to Duncan Cottages. The houses were numbered in the directory, going south, 6 to 1 Stanley Villas and then 1 to 6 Duncan Cottages:

Stanley Villas
6, John Henry KIMPTON
5, Albert NEWELL
4, Michael SULLIVAN
3, Mrs LOCKYER
2, George ALWYN
1, Thomas JONES

Duncan Cottages
1, John TILLEY, cycle maker
2, John LAWRENCE
3, John DRAPER
4, James DAVIS
5, William John DAVIS
6, Sidney Harry COLEMAN

The 1952 OS map shows that the houses have been renumbered as part of Western Road.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map


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.

Rumbold Villas

Houses from north to south, between Aspen Gardens and Arneys Lane, off the west side of Carshalton Road, south of Mitcham Junction.

They were built in 1923/4, possibly by Joseph Owen. The houses south of Arneys Lane to the junction with Goat Road, were originally called Tramway Terrace, and were built earlier than 1894.

1894 OS map

1894 OS map

1932 OS map

1932 OS map

R.M. Chart valued the completed houses and loans were made by the Mitcham Urban District Council to purchasers under the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, 1899.

No. Borrower Property Value £ Loan £
2 J. JORDON 750 675
3 P. PERRYMAN 730 500
4 G. MARLOW 730 655
5 F. ALLEN 725 650
6 L. BURKILL 725 600
7 K.T. TODD 730 655
8 J.B. ROWAN 900 800
10 H.L. GOFF 790 710
13 A.F. FERGUS 725 600
14 S.A. STOLLS 725 600
16 V.H. BARMBY 725 650
17 J.R. GASK 740 665
18 E.H. GRUBB 740 615
19 S.K. BUTTON 725 650
20 A. CRIPPEN 725 575
21 R.G. WILKINS 725 600
22 E.H. JENNER 725 650

Source: Volume IX, Mitcham UDC Minutes, Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1924.

Note that JORDON may be a typo, and probably should be JORDAN.

The name possibly came from the nearby Rumbold Farm, as shown on this 1866 OS map.

1866 OS map

1866 OS map

The 1924 electoral registers gives occupants for numbers 12 to 22.

12, Agnes HALE and Thomas Hargrave YATES
13, Alexander Forrester and Caroline Sophia FERGUS
14, Sidney Arthur and Lily STOLLS
15, Sidney Randolph and Grace Kathleen SELF
16, Victor BARNBY
17, John Reginald GASK

19, Sidney Kenneth BUTTON

22, Edmond Frank and Kate JENNER

In the 1925 electoral register, the names Rumbold Villas and Tramway Terrace have been dropped.


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.

Church Path

Road to south of Church Road, opposite parish church. On the west corner is a disused building called La Sport Community Centre. It was originally built around 1937 as the Church Road Welfare Centre.

1953-os-map-church-path-left

1953 OS map

On the west side of the road, leading south from Church Road are two terraces of houses : John’s Place and Maple Terrace.

At the southern end of the road there is a footpath, of the same name, that heads south east towards London Road, where it is a road again, with houses on its north side.

1953 OS map

1953 OS map

Simmonds Cottages

Listed in the 1925 street directory as a terrace of 3 houses on the south side of Miles Lane (later Miles Road), east of the parish churchyard and west of Edmund Road. The houses were numbered east to west as 1,2,3:

1, Charles Bunce
2, A.F. North, boot repairer
2, Edward North
3, William Henry North

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

The cottages were demolished, sometime before 1953 as the OS map for that year shows that the varnish factory of RJ Hamer occupies the site. After the paint factory closed, the site was used for various car repair workshops. In 2007, the site was redeveloped for housing as Venus Mews.

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

Eveline Villas

Two terraces, each of five shops with flats above, on the west side of London Road, divided by Eveline Road, which is at the junction with Streatham Road and Locks Lane.

In the 1915 street directory, the houses were shown as numbered from south to north: from 1 to 5 and then 6 to 10:

1, Ernest McIntyre, M.R.C.S., L R C.P., Lond., physician & surgeon (surgery)
2, William Henry Curtis
3, Thomas Henry Band
4, Ernest Alfred Arthur
5,
6, Henry Thomas Hencher
7, Henry Horncastle
8, Hugh Anderson
9, Mrs Cook
10, Charles Alexander Hurrell

(Occupant for number 5 wasn’t given in the 1915 directory.)

In the 1925 street directory:

1, Miss L. Froude, confectioner
2, Ernest Reeve, butcher
3, J.W. Austin & Son, provision dealers
4,
5, Sidney Boreham
6, Charles Latham
7, William Drakeford
8, Hugh Anderson
9, Ernest Alfred Arthur
10, William Arthur Bleach

(Occupant for number 4 wasn’t given in the 1925 directory.)

Between 1925 and 1930, these houses were renumbered as part of London Road, north to south, 154 to 162, and 164 to 172.

In the 1930 commercial directory, the shop on the north corner with Eveline Road, originally numbered 6 Eveline Villas, is shown as no. 162 London Road:

The Swan Radio Co., wireless dealers, 162 London Road. Telephone 4009

1934 ad

1934 ad

1951 OS Map

1951 OS Map

There are two Merton Memories Photos from 1929, one looking north, the other, to the south.

World War 1 Connections
Private Francis Norton Drakeford

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

W A BLEACH of 1 Eveline Villas, aged 39 Years 10 Months, Carpenter. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment.

W S WHITE of 3 Eveline Villas, aged 33 Years 2 Months, Glazier. Conscripted on 10 May 1917 to the Royal Army Medical Corps.


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Lime Tree Cottages

A terrace of 5 houses that were on the west side of London Road, south of the junction with Church Path. To the south of this terrace were 3 houses, each split into 2 residences, called Romeo Villas.

Occupants from the 1915 street directory, north to south:
James Harraway
Mrs Wallis
Robert Warrior
William Goddard
Walter William Tedder (Jasmine Cottage)
1910-os-map-lime-tree-cottages

World War 1 Connections
Sapper William Edward Harraway
Private Walter William Tedder


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

Spencer Road

Road north of Commonside East, on the eastern side of the railway past Beehive Bridge.

1895 OS map

1895 OS map

In the 1891 street directory, it was described as Spencer’s Road:

from Mitcham common to Queen’s road

SOUTH SIDE

G. Jordan, florist & nurseryman
Mrs. Shaw, shopkeeper
William Henry Peters

NORTH SIDE

1 William Thomas Godwin
2 James Dell
3 Alfred Bennett
5 William Rooke
6 William Ambrose
7 E. Simmons
14 Benjamin Craig

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

Occupants in the 1915 street directory:

from Commonside east to King’s Road

SOUTH SIDE

James Crisp, florist
James Rice (Ivy Cottage)
Frederick Cooper (Rose Cottage)
Frederick J. Goddard (Spencer Cottage)

Spencer Terrace:

1 George Brooker
2 George Brown
3 William George Atterbury
4 Charles Tanner
5 H.E. Judd
6 George Holder
7 Frederick Reynolds
8 Leonard Jenner

NORTH SIDE

1 William John Ambrose
2 James Thomas Lardner
3 Mrs Lardner
4 William Henry Brightwell
5 Albert Ward
6 William Towers
7 William Reed
8 George Towers
9 George Lardner
10 Edward Weller
11 Edwin Kenett Deacon
12 Albert Henry Sturtivant
13 William King
14 James Crisp, florist
15 Thomas Kirby, sen
16 George Jordan
17 Arthur Batten
18 Walter Penegar
19 Percy Tremlett
20 Robert Frederick Munday

Clifton Terrace

7 Ernest Blake
8 Carl Lindquist
9 Frederick Charles Bowley
10 Joseph Kilby

World War 1 Connections
Private Harry Charles Eley Lardner


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