Windmill

40 Commonside West, Mitcham, CR4 4HA

Current owner, Phoenix Group Investments Ltd (co. reg. no. 06975531), bought the pub for £400,000 from Punch on 4th December 2009. Freehold title SY326975.

c1920 clip from Merton Memories photo ref Mit_​Pubs_​28-3 copyright London Borough of Merton

1953 OS map shows pub as a Beer House

Eric Montague said, on page 149, chapter 6 Commonside West, from his book Mitcham Histories: 11 The Cranmers, The Canons and Park Place:

The first indisputable documentary evidence of a public house on the site is in the tithe register of 1847, which records the ‘Windmill Beershop, cottages and gardens’ occupying a plot totalling 11 poles, and owned by Charles WAYMARK.

The present building dates from the latter part of the 19th century, and amongst its recent licensees was ‘Smiler’ BOXALL, one-time captain of the Mitcham Cricket Club, who died in 1971.

Licensed Victuallers records:

1892 : the pub was listed as a Beer House selling beer on and off the premises. It was licensed before 1869. The brewery was Howard Nalder, Croydon.

1903 : the pub was listed as a Beer House selling beer on and off the premises. The brewery was Nalder & Collyers of Croydon, to which it was tied. The poor rate assessment was £40. Other than intoxicants, bread and cheese was offered. There was no accommodation, but there was stabling for one horse and there was a urinal. It did an ordinary class trade.

Licensees
1892 : Jane BOWERS
1903 : Albert Harry NEWBERRY
1915 to 1930 : James BOXALL (shown as Beer retailer in 1915, 1925 and 1930 directories)
1933 : Mrs J. BOXALL (as contributor to the Explosion Fund)
1971 to ? : John COVENTRY

News Articles
From Mitcham News & Mercury, 27th August 1971

The new-look “Windmill,” Commonside West, Mitcham, was given a send-off on Friday when executives of Ind Coope joined regulars for a celebration.

Licensee John COVENTRY and Ind Coope director Mr A.R. MORTON were photographed behind the bar.