Fountain

The Fountain pub was on the corner of Fountain Road with Western Road. It was closed in July 1975 and demolished for the building of the ‘Quadrant’ housing estate of Sadlers Close. This estate includes a block of flats called Fountain House.

Its last owner was Charringtons, who had acquired it when they took over Hoare’s, see webpage “Breweries taken over by Charringtons“.

Known locally as the Blood Tub or, after WW2, as Johnny Brown’s. In a newspaper report of 1975, it was described as the Blood Pub, and this has been copied into the description for this Merton Memories Photo.

clip from Merton Memories photo 51092 Copyright London Borough of Merton

clip from Merton Memories photo 51092
Copyright London Borough of Merton

Licensees

Year Licensee
1890 Peter DALE
1903 Emma BLEEZE
1911 Richard CROSS
1920 to 1923 Richard and Charlotte CROSS
1924 to 1926 Andrew Charles and Letitia HEATH
1931 to 1973 BROWN
1975 Ian DENNIS

When the pub contributed to the Explosion Relief Fund in 1933, the landlord was F. H. Brown.

Licensed Victuallers Records

Sources : Licensed Victuallers 1785-1903 on Ancestry

In 1903 shown as fully licensed, and licensed before 1869. Name and address of owners: A. C. S. & H. Crowley, Croydon, to which the pub was tied for draught beer. Name of licensee was Emma Bleeze who resided on the premises.

Accomodation provided for the public

Refreshments other than Intoxicants Sleeping Stabling Sanitary
Bread and cheese Nil 1 horse Urinal

Remarks: Ordinary class trade.

In 1892 shown as licensed as a Beer House from before 1869 and for on and off trade trade. Name and address of owners:Messrs Crowley, Croydon. Name of licensee was Thomas Edw Bleeze who resided on the premises.

Note that the scan on Ancestry shows only part of the licensee’s middle name, with the fourth letter unreadable, so it could be Edward or Edwin.


Local newspaper stories

Date Headline Newspaper Page
3/1/1958 Round and About Mitcham & Colliers Wood Gazette 4
24/8/1973 Pub runs dry Mitcham News & Mercury 9
25/7/1975 Last orders called at the Fountain Mitcham News & Mercury 1

Earlier news stories
1890 and Gipsies


From the Mitcham News & Mercury
25th July 1975

LAST ORDERS CALLED AT THE FOUNTAIN

One of Mitcham’s oldest pubs is calling last orders on Wednesday.

The Fountain Public House in Western Road, Mitcham, has been pulling pints for over 100 years.

But now Merton Council have bought the Victorian pub which will soon come down as part of Mitcham’s North-West Quadrant redevelopment.

But as the last beers are downed there won’t be any tears from present landlord, Mr Ian Dennis.

“It’s about time it was pulled down, it is in a terrible state. The wallpaper is peeling way and it is likely to catch fire any moment. No I won’t be at all sorry to leave it,” he said.

Negotiations between the brewers, Charringtons, and the council for the valuable site have been going on for some time.

Charringtons refused the council’s first offer plus an alternative site but now things have been ironed out.

A Charrington’s spokesman said the Fountain will close on Wednesday and equipment will be taken away following day.

“We have reached an agreement with the council but I am unable to disclose the terms of it. We are getting an alternative site but I don’t know where it is yet.”

The pub’s history goes back to Mid-Victorian times when it was nicknamed the “Blood Pub” due to the caravans parked opposite.

It was named The Fountain after a mineral spring, which was situated nearby, which has long disappeared.

A Council spokesman said: “There are still negotiations going on with the brewery to provide an alternative to site but I can’t say any more about that until it is officially decided.”

Note: this puts the closing date as 30th July 1975.