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1957 Bryans Aeroqupment Expansion

From Flight magazine, 14th June 1957, page 820

Bryans Aeroquipment Expansion

CONSIDERABLE reorganization has recently taken place in the business of Bryans Aeroquipment, Ltd., of Willow Lane, Mitcham, Surrey.

Mr. J. R. Bryans has taken over the chairmanship of the company in the room of Major C. E. Steams and is for the time being retaining the joint managing directorship with Mr. Derek H. Broome, M.A., who joined the firm last January
and was elected to the Board in April.

Mr. Broome served his apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce, served during the war with the Fleet Air Arm, and was subsequently employed for some years by I.C.I. and then by Tube Investments.

Mr. A. Bodley Scott, A.M.I.E.E., D.F.H.(Hon.), who joined the company in April as research and development engineer, has taken over research and development activities from Mr. Austin, who remains design director.

Mr. Scott was originally with G.E.C. on design and development of telephone and V.H.F. communications equipment and electronic test gear, and later joined the Ministry of Aircraft Production to work on radar control and gyro-stabilized gun-sights.

His last appointment was with the Royal Naval Scientific Service, where he was engaged on specialized work that included the development of control and stabilization systems for guided weapons.

A new laboratory is being set up at the company’s Mitcham factory to cover work in the normal fields in which Bryans Aeroquipment has been engaged over the past eighteen years; it will undertake, in addition, more advanced electrical work and
development of electronic apparatus.

A new block being built at No. 1 Willow Lane, about 150 yards from the factory, to house office staff and design and drawing office personnel, is expected to be completed this month.

Mitcham Evening Institute

From the Mitcham Youth Handbook of 1949

The Mitcham Evening Institute, which is one of the largest in the County, provides further educational facilities for students of all ages. Classes are arranged in a wide variety of subjects: commercial, technical and recreational. There are two main Centres:—

Western Road County Secondary School,
Western Road, Mitcham.

Pollards Hill County Secondary School,
Greenwood Road, Mitcham.

There are also a number of specialized classes held in other schools suitable buildings in the Borough. The majority of the classes commence in September and continue for two periods—September to Easter, and Easter to July — with the usual short breaks for Christmas and Whitsun. Enrolments are accepted at any time, but intending students are urged to enrol during the first week of a fresh session.

There are no fees for students under 19 years of age and for those over the fees are very moderate.

Providing that there is a demand, classes can be formed in any subject. This applies to Youth Organisations catering for the cultural activities of their members.

Arrangements are provided for students to sit for examinations set by the Royal Society of Arts, Pitman’s, London Chamber of Commerce, the Royal Life Saving Society and the Surrey Education Committee.

A prospectus, giving full details, is issued in September of each year, and copies can be obtained from the Public Library, the Youth Employment Bureau, the Divisional Executive Officer or direct from:

Mr. George A. Saunders,
Western Road C.S. School,
Mitcham (MlTcham 4955), Head of Institute.


Mr. S. M. Smith,
Pollards Hill C.S. School,
Mitcham (Pollards 3707),
Deputy Head of Institute.

Source: Local Studies Centre, Morden Library, Civic Centre, Morden.
Reference: L2 (369) MIT

Church Road Welfare Centre

Currently known as ‘La Sporta Community Centre’, the land at the corner of Church Path and Church Road was bought in 1936 by Mitcham Borough Council from Donald Stair Drewitt (or Drewett?). They built a maternity and child welfare centre, sometime after 1937. After health services transferred from the local council to the health authorities, the building became Lasporta Community Centre in 1993. Sold in 2012 for £300,000 to a property developer.

This building is not mentioned in the Mitcham Borough Health Report for the year 1939, but is in 1940, so it can be assumed that it was built/completed in 1940. The Parish Rooms at Lower Green West were last mentioned in 1939 so it is assumed that its functions transferred to this building at the same time.

1953 OS map

The building was also used as an ante-natal clinic, holding mothercraft clases, a parentcraft circle, a post-natal clinic and for diptheria immunisation, as shown on this Infant Weight Card from the 1950s.

Infant Weight Card

Infant Weight Card

2009 La Sporta


Prior to being sold in 2012, the building was used as the ‘La Sporta Community Centre’.

Currently, in 2016, the building is boarded up.



National School

Built in 1788 as a Sunday School, the building on the south side of Lower Green West was enlarged and reopened in 1812 as a National Day School.

Source: MH 1 Cricket Green, by EN Montague, chapter 6.

Henry Bunce

A tenant of James Moore and later of James Bridger in the 1850s and 1860s. He rented the farmstead in Swains Lane with house, stable, barn, piggeries and dairy. mainly a market gardener he also kept a dozen milk cows.

Source: MH2 North Mitcham, by EN Montague page 27