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Zion Congregational Chapel

A chapel that was in Western Road, the site of the present Lidl store.

Image courtesy of Collage - The London Picture Library - http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

1978 Image courtesy of Collage – The London Picture Library – http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

1910 OS map shows ‘Chap.’ (chapel) and ‘Sch.’ (school). The site is occupied by Lidl (in 2017).

The chapel and a Sunday school next to it was built in 1819. It was deconsecrated in around 1930 and sold off and used by light industrial companies.

The building was demolished in the late 1980s.

Source: Mitcham Histories : 14 Upper Mitcham and Western Road, by Eric Montague, chapter 9 ‘Zion Chapel’.


From the Mitcham Advertiser of 1st May 1914 :

One of the old landmarks is Zion Congregational Church, which this week celebrated its 95th anniversary with a series of successful gatherings. For close on a century good useful work has been carried on, and the church has a record for long service. It used to be known simply as Zion Church, one of the real old Independent churches. The Rev. R. Richman, the present minister, has served in that capacity for 34 years, more than one third of the church’s existence.

Mr Richman is a well known and highly respected figure in Mitcham. His work has not been confined to the church alone, for he has always taken a keen interest in the local government, and he has served on the Parish Council. He is still a member of the school managers, and in that direction does good work. In his church he is surrounded by body of zealous workers, many of whom have been engaged there for a long period of years, in fact one at least can boast of a longer record than the pastor himself, and that is Mr Gardener, the secretary of the Sunday school, who has held that post for 39 years.

This has been quite a week of presentations in Mitcham. On Monday night a presentation was made to Mr A. Gardener at Zion church in recognition of his 25 years service as a deacon. He is also Superintendent of the Sunday school. The name of Gardener has been associated with Zion Church for years. Mr Gardener’s mother was a descendant of the Huguenots. Yet another presentation at Zion Church was to Mr Simmons, another deacon, who has also been treasurer of the church, this week celebrated his silver wedding, he having been married at Zion Chapel 25 years ago.

For more details of the early vicars, see the ‘Mitcham entry in the Story of Congregationalism in Surrey‘.


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Glebe Path

Road that runs northwards off of the north side of Lower Green West.

The houses were probably built in 1929 or later by Isaac Wilson. The title deeds for one of the houses up for auction in February 2017 show that he bought the land on 10th November, 1928.

A Conveyance of the land in this title and other land dated 10 November 1928 made between (1) The Revd. Charles Aubrey Finch (the Incumbent) (2) The Governors of the Bounty of Queen Anne for the Augmentation of the Maintenance of the Poor Clergy (3) Cyril Forster Bishop of Southwark (4) The Revd. Alard Charles De Bourvel (5) Randall Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury and (6) Isaac Henry Wilson (Purchaser)

On this 1867 OS map a path is shown across ‘glebe’ fields to the Glebelands house. These fields had been bought in the 18th century using the Queen Anne’s Bounty, which was a scheme for providing an income to the local clergy.

1867 OS map

1867 OS map

This 1910 OS map shows a road called Glebe Path, the row of houses on the left in Lower Green West is Preshaw Crescent, and the separate houses on the right were called Glebe Villas.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

The OS map for 1953 shows the houses in this road. On the western, left hand side, going north, is a detached house, then a pair of houses before the junction with Russell Road which runs westward. North of Russell Road is a terrace of eight houses. On the eastern, or right hand side, the map shows a terrace of seven houses north of the junction with Russell Road opposite. At the north end of Glebe Path, the road turns right into Queen Annes Gardens.

1953 OS Map

1953 OS Map

Aerial photos

west side

west side

west side after Russell Road

west side after Russell Road

east side

east side

After the old people’s housing of Glebe Square had been built, an attempt in 1960 to renumber all the properties in Glebe Path was made by Mitcham Council, but the homeowners in the road protested. See Seven Defy The Council.


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Golden Terrace

A terrace of 11 houses on the north side of Goat Road. No longer exists.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

The 1918 electoral register shows the first house as ‘Lieufontein’

Lieufontein, Alice Harriet Moody
2, Michael Canty
3, Robert and Sarah Pinchin
4, Charlotte Ann Mitchell
5, Henry Frederick Nash
6, Eliza Newcomb
7, Selina Smith
8, Eleanor Caroline Howe
9, Henry James and Mary Maria Outfield
10, Alice Eleanor and George Joseph Beard
11, Clara Wainwright

Worthington Close

New road with housing off east side of Tamworth Park, north of Commonside East and south of Tamworth Lane. The road is parallel to Tamworth Park. There are 33 properties in this road, numbered consecutively from 1 to 33, all with the postcode CR4 1JQ.

aerial view looking towards the east

aerial view looking towards the east

Possibly built in 1988 or 1989. Planning permission 88/P1199 was applied for in 1988 for Numbers 54/56 and land and premises rear of numbers 2-52, Tamworth Park, Mitcham
for the redevelopment of site by the erection of 6 x three bedroom houses 6 x three bedroom flats 12 x two bedroom flats and 19 x one bedroom flats together with associated parking and landscaping. This application was refused and an appeal was lodged, with that being refused as well. The LB Merton planning website doesn’t however show the application that was allowed for the current development, which is of 4 blocks, 2 of flats, and 2 terraces of houses.

This 1910 OS map shows that a field, numbered 268, of 1.182 acres, where Worthington Close is now.

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map


The Tithe Apportionment Map of 1846 shows that this field was part of the land owned by John Watney.

The 1938 OS map shows a cluster of buildings at the north end of this field.

1938 OS Map

1938 OS Map

The 1953 OS map helps to identify these buildings:

1953 OS map

1953 OS map


On the map, there is one building with a number: 54. The houses in Tamworth Park are numbered to 52 before the access road to these buildings, and 56 after, so the address of this is 54 Tamworth Park. This was the address of the Tamworth Park Construction Company, which built Tamworth Park. It was owned by Joseph Owen, who donated the land for the Mitcham Library.

Other occupants of 54 Tamworth Park included the company Hyrax Lubricants Ltd., which applied for a trademark in 1940 for its product “Hyrax-Petrecon”.

Planning application MIT1836, dated 21st December, 1955, has a B.S. Bartlett of 54 Tamworth Park being permitted use of part of 54 Tamworth Park for a garage and motor repair business. It is believed that this property continued to be used for car repairs until the mid 1980s (from a comment on the Facebook Mitcham History Group).

Rhodes Cottage

A house on Cricket Green, when it was previously called Lower Green East. Demolished.

It was possibly next to White House, Cricket Green. It may have been owned by Walter Charles Rhoades. In the 1915 electoral register he is listed as living at 183 Bedford Hill, Balham, and owning “Two cottages east side of Lower green”.

The 1953 OS map shows ‘White House’ and the entrance to The Birches is just north of it.

The 1910 OS Map shows a building next to White House which may have been Rhodes Cottage.

1953 OS Map

1953 OS Map

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

This clip from a 1910 photo on Merton Memories shows a building to the left of White House, which may have been Rhodes Cottage.

1910 clip from Merotn Memories photo 51702. Copyright London Borough of Merton

1910 clip from Merton Memories photo 51702. Copyright London Borough of Merton

1903

1903


Electoral registers show this as Rhoades or Rheades Cottage.

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Mitcham Parochial Committee
24th April, 1906
Page 80

Nuisances: “Rhodes Cottage” and “White House” Lower Green.
Inspector Rabbetts reported the existence of nuisances at these premises, arising from the defective condition of the drains. Resolved, That the Inspector of Nuisances be authorised to serve notice on the owner, Mr. A. R. Harwood, of London Road, Mitcham, requiring the abatement of said nuisances.


Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

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

Homewood Road

Road off west side of Church Road, now forms part of Phipps Bridge Road.

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map

1952 OS Map

1952 OS Map

World War 1 Connections
Stoker 2nd Class James Munt

Private Andrew Ohlson

Private William Henry Page

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

C F CHALLIS of 6 Homewood Road, aged 36 Years, Tobacco Blender. Conscripted on 3 January 1917 to the Army Ordinance Corps.

J COLLISON of 22 Homewood Road, aged 26 Years 4 Months, Dustman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 5 June 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

T E GRAHAM of 12 Homewood Road, aged 40 Years 1 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 2 June 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

F JELLEY of 24 Homewood Road, aged 35 Years, Dustman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 7 June 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

J F PEARCE of 18 Homewood Road, aged 30 Years, Dustman. Conscripted on 7 June 1916 to the Royal Garrison Artillery (no 1 Depot).

S J PICKETT of 14 Homewood Road, aged 39 Years 1 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 9 May 1916 to the Labour Centre.


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Miles Lane

This road is on the northern edge of the parish churchyard, and runs from Church Road, eastward to north of Edmund Road. Later renamed Miles Road.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

From the 1915 street directory:

Miles Lane, from Church Road.
NORTH SIDE

Robert Charles GUNN, florist, (Elm Villa)
Norman, Smee & Dodwell, varnish manufacturers

From the 1925 street directory:

Miles Lane, from Church Road to Field Gate Lane.

NORTH SIDE

Arthur J. PARKER (Abingdon house)
Robert SMITH (Abingdon house)
George WRIGHT (Raleigh House)

Abingdon buildings:
1a, William GRAHAM
1, James William NICHOLAS
2a, Charles GOULD
2, George KELSEY
3a, Reginald Edward WEEKES
3, Oliver CHARMAN
4a, Robert JOHNSTON
4, George FRANCIS
5a, Arthur STARKEY
5, Frederick MONEY
6a, Robert Henry SIMS
6, George COLE

Robert GUNN, florist (The Nursery)

15, Herbert VINCER
14, John Orlando EDMUNDS
13, Charles Duncan BALLARD
12, Balantyne SEARS
10, Thomas BROWN
9, George Alfred BOURNER
8, Mrs PARK
7, Frank WHEELER
6, William PAGE
5, Charles PICKETT
4, Kenneth ENEVER
3, Thomas WEST
2, James CRUTCH
1, Eli NORTH

Norman, Smee & Dodwell, varnish manufacturers
Edward ABREHART, market gardener

SOUTH SIDE

R.J. Hamer & Son, varnish manufacturers

Simmonds cottages:
3, William Henry NORTH
2, Edward NORTH
2, A.F. NORTH, boot repairer
1, Charles BUNCE

… here is Edmund Road

Clifton cottages:
3, Robert SAYERS
2, Daniel GRIFFITHS
1, William SAYERS

World War 1 Connections
Private Hubert Cole


From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

F ABREHART of 1 Miles Lane, aged 21 Years 10 Months, Carman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 24 February 1916 to the Royal Field Artillery.

C H BOWDERY of 4 Miles Lane, aged 26 Years, Carman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 13 May 1916 to the Royal Engineers (3/1st Kent).

J L CRAWFORD of 6 Abingdon Terrace, Miles Lane, aged 32 Years, Motor Driver. Conscripted on 7 May 1917 to the Army Service Corps (mt).

C JAMES of 2 Miles Lane, aged 23 Years 5 Months, Dustman. Conscripted on 2 December 1915 to the Labour Centre.

W H NORTH of 3 Simmons Cottages Miles Lane, aged 36 Years, Scaffolder. Conscripted on 6 June 1916 to the Royal Engineers.

G C S SPOONER of Abingdon House Miles Lane, aged 30 Years 10 Months, Conductor. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Huntingdonshire Cyclists (2/1st Batn).

R VARNHAM of 12 Miles Lane, aged 34 Years, Labourer. Volunteered on 13 January 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment.

T WEST of 3 Miles Lane, aged 40 Years, Labourer. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Durham Light Infantry (5th Batn).

W WEST of 3 Miles Lane, aged 35 Years, Labourer. Conscripted on 6 March 1917 to the Bedfordshire Regiment (30th Inf Lab Coy).

F W WHEELER of 7 Miles Lane, aged 39 Years, Lamplighter. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (9th Batn).

W E WILKS of 4 Miles Lane, aged 39 Years 5 Months, Horsedealer. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 8 March 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.


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