Public house, on corner of Bond Road and London Road. No longer exists.

From a local Mitcham newspaper, 29th March 1934




The Old Ship Inn, a recently de-licensed and now vacant public house at the corner of London-road and Bond-road, Mitcham, was found to be on fire at one o’clock on Friday afternoon.

Passers-by saw smoke pouring out of ventilators and flames leaping up in the public bar so Mitcham Fire Brigade was called from the Figgs Marsh alarm post.

When they arrived in a minute or so, with Chief Officer A. G. Wells in charge, they found the woodwork of the public bar well alight, also a heap of rubbish on the floor. The rear door of the empty house was open. The fire was soon put out with the first aid appliance. In another minute or so the house would have been enveloped in flames.

Fireman L. Walls had a finger badly cut by broken glass.

The damage, which was not extensive, included the fittings of the public bar. The origin of the fire can only be guessed, but there was evidence in the room that someone had recently slept in it. A few days before a jumble sale was held in the Old Ship, which now belongs to the Urban Council. At the last meeting of the Council the Surveyor was instructed to remove the bay windows of the inn and to let the premises on the best terms obtainable. The premises were acquired in connection with the street improvement scheme at that spot.

Landlords from street directories and reported license transfers

1892 : Adolphus DENDY

1893 : (see transfers below)
Thomas OWENS
Frederick R. KNIGHT

1898 : William HAZELDINE

1903 : Richard ROWLAND

1925 : Arthur CRANE

Licence Transfers reported in newspapers

license transfers. The following licenses were transferred:—The Rose and Crown, Carshalton, from Mary Mawer, deceased, to Charles Mawer, the administrator; the Swan, Mitcham, from Henry Arthur Vickery, deceased, to Alice Vickery ; the Bull, Mitcham, from William Spong to Talbot Masters ; the Ravensbury, Mitcham, from William Wood to George Williams ; the Ship beerhouse, Mitcham, from John Wallis to Thomas Owens; the Goat, Mitcham, from Talbot Masters to Young Waterman,

Source: Sussex Agricultural Express – Tuesday 24 January 1893 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Sussex Agricultural Express – Tuesday 07 March 1893 from the British Newspaper Archives (subscription required).

there had not been a single summons against any licensed victualler during the year, nor had the police a single complaint to make against them.

—There were no applications for new licenses, but the following transfers were effected :–The King’s Arms, Carshalton, from Mr. G. J. B. Jackson to Mr. Henry Salmon, late of the Melbourne, Wellington; The Britannia, the Causeway, from Henry Bird and Walter Garside, to John Smith, late of the White Hart, Hook, Surbiton; The Ship, Figg’s-marsh, Mitcham, from Thomas Owen to Frederick R. Knight ; The Rose and Crown, Wellington, to Charles Moore, as administrator of Mary Moore, his mother, deceased.

From Licensed Victuallers Records
In 1892 shown as licensed before 1869 and for on and off sales. The owner was F. Page, Shirley, brewer. Name of licensee was Adolphus DENDY, residing on the premises.

In 1903 shown as licensed before 1869 and for on and off sales. Name and address of owners: Page & Overtons Brewery Company Limited Croydon, to which the pub was tied for draught beer. Name of licensee was Richard ROWLAND who resided on the premises.

Accomodation provided for the public

Refreshments other than Intoxicants Sleeping Stabling Sanitary
None Nil None Urinal and w.c.

Remarks: Ordinary class trade.


WANTED a good strong GIRL to help in house, and bar when required; comfortable home and good wages.
Apply “Ship”, London-road, Mitcham.

Mitcham and Tooting Mercury, 28th May, 1915

Earliest mention found so far in the British Newspaper Archives is the Annual Licensing Meeting of 4th March 1876.


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