Pub that was at 39 Church Road, Mitcham
telephone MIT 2660

It stood on the corner of Benedict Road and Church Road, and was demolished in around 2003. The site is now occupied by two blocks of flats.

Clip from Merton Memories photo 35478, copyright London Borough of Merton. On the left can be seen part of the Lower Mitcham School, which was also called the Star School until 1966 when it was renamed Benedict Primary School. Benedict Road is between the pub and the school.

1952 OS map

It was renamed the ‘Hop Pickers’ in 1996. (Source: page 65, Mitcham Histories: 12, by Eric Montague).

Planning application 03/P1197 was registered in June 2003 for ‘Redevelopment of site involving demolition of existing public house and erection of a 3 storey building comprising 12 x 2 bed self contained flats with car parking in the basement. ‘ So the pub closed before the redevelopment. The flats themselves were all sold for £250,000 each in July 2005. (12 flats multiplied by a 1/4 million pounds each = £3 million pounds).

1967 British Pathe Newsreel which includes a coalman delivering to the Star. Stills and video.

Merton Memories Photos

1920 Annual Outing
Black and White Photo – undated
6th August 1989
Another in 1989

From the 1989 photos, it can be seen that this was a Taylor Walker pub.

Landlords from street directories
1891 : Charles SILVYA
1898 : Walter SEARS

Landlords from Electoral Registers
1918 : Edward STAINES

from telephone directories
1954 : H.E. GRIMES

1954 telephone directory entry

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


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