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John Baptiste Rompel

From the Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 11th September, 1914

From the Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 11th September, 1914

Text of ad:

J.B. ROMPEL, watchmaker, jeweller, and optician,
3, Central Market, London Rd., Mitcham
(opposite old address)
AN ENTIRELY NEW & UP-TO-DATE STOCK now showing.

JOIN OUR CLUB. Full particulars in application.

Listed in the 1915 commercial directory as a watch maker in the ‘high street’, London Road. The full name was given in the 1911 commercial directory.

1914 : Whole Families Serving With The Colours

From the Daily Express, 5th September, 1914

WHOLE FAMILIES SERVING WITH THE COLOURS

Mrs Strange, the stewardess of the Princes Ladies’ Golf Club, Mitcham, whose husband is a naval pensioner now on duty at Devonport Barracks as a captain-steward, has six brothers, two brothers-in-law, and twelve first cousins in the navy. In addition, eight of her maternal uncles are naval pensioners. Her father, Thomas Rees, who is seventy-six years old, is a Crimean veteran. He wears five medals and three clasps, and her grandfather also fought in the Crimea.

One of Mrs Strange’s brothers is serving in the Highflyer, which sank the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse.

William Ellis draper in Gorringe Park Parade

This 1920 ad has W Ellis draper at number 5 Gorringe Park Parade. After renumbering, no. 5 Gorringe Park Parade became number 39 London Road. As it has a SW17 postcode, this address may be listed as Tooting, but this is in Mitcham, being south of the River Graveney, which was the boundary of the urban district of Mitcham.

1920 ad

1920 ad

In the 1914 directory, he is listed as William Ellis.

No entry for W Ellis in the 1938 directory.

In 2016 this is occupied by a minicab company.

Gorringe Park Parade

Parade of 14 shops, with flats above, originally numbered from 1 to 14 south of Grenfell Road and north of Inglemere Road, on the east side of London Road.

Occupants from directories
1914 Kelly Directory

Number Name Business
1 Arthur John Eacott grocer
2 George Henry Catton butcher
3 Stephen Gage greengrocer
4 Robert George oilman
5 William Ellis draper
6 Walter Rock baker
7 Albert Wilkins confectioner & post office
8 Chas. O. Gamble corn dealer
9 William James Sutton miller
11 David Davies dairy
13A J. Williamson clothier
13 Harry F. Tapping hairdresser
14 George Uridge dining rooms

Smith’s Terrace

Terrace of six houses, London Road, south of Oakwood Terrace.

From the 1914 street directory, going south on the west side of London Road:

The Swan inn, Wm. Powell
Dendy Adolphus, wheelwright
(The Oakwoods)
OAKWOOD TERRACE:
3 Arthur Wells
2 Thomas Walter Bowhill
1 Arthur Hookings
______
PILLAR LETTER BOX

SMITH’S TERRACE:
1 Fredk. Stannet, grocer
2 William Chance, laundry
3 Mrs Halliday
4 Thomas William Moss
5 Thompson & Son, dairy
6 Mrs. Minnie McNaughton, beer retailer
……. here is Bond rd ……
RUPERT TERRACE:
8 Saml. Timpson, coffee rms
7 Mrs. Ellen Whiting, tbccnst
6 Miss Shellard
5 George McEvoy
4 Thomas William Paice
3 Mrs Kirby
2 Francis Stembridge
1 Richard Henry Gerard

Oakwood Terrace

Terrace of three houses south of the Swan and north of Smith’s Terrace, marked in red on this 1911 map.

From the 1915 street directory, going south on the west side of London Road:

The Swan inn, William POWELL
Adolphus DENDY, wheelwright, (The Oakwoods)

OAKWOOD TERRACE:
3 Arthur WELLS
2 Thomas Walter BOWHILL
1 Arthur HOOKINGS
______
PILLAR LETTER BOX

SMITH’S TERRACE:
1 Frederick STANNET, grocer
2 William CHANCE, laundry
3 Mrs HALLIDAY
4 Thomas William MOSS
5 Thompson & Son, dairy
6 Mrs. Minnie McNAUGHTON, beer retailer

……. here is Bond rd ……

RUPERT TERRACE:
8 Samuel TIMPSON, coffee rooms
7 Mrs. Ellen WHITING, tobacconist
6 Miss SHELLARD
5 George McEVOY
4 Thomas William PAICE
3 Mrs KIRBY
2 Francis STEMBRIDGE
1 Richard Henry GERARD

World War 1 Connections

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

A HOOKINGS of 1 Oakwood Terrace London Road, aged 41 Years, Printer. Conscripted on 28 December 1916 to the Army Service Corps (k Coy).

F MONK of 1 Oakwood Terrace London Road Mitcham, aged 23 Years, Mantle Cutter. Conscripted on 11 June 1917 to the 84th Training Reserve Batn.


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

In 1914 Saxon relics were found near Mitcham Station

From the minutes of the Mitcham Parish Council
Volume 12 April 1914 to March 1915
Page 28

SAXON RELICS

The Clerk reported the receipt of the following letter from the General Manager of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.

               LONDON, BRIGHTON & SOUTH COAST RAILWAY

                             General Manager's Office
                                     London Bridge Station, S.E.,
                                            26th May, 1914.

Dear Sir,

I enclose herewith two bronze tin-plated brooches, a bronze pin and iron knife supposed surrounded by a wooden sheath, which were recently discovered during excavations on this Company’s property near Mitcham Station, together with a photograph of same, and as the articles are no doubt of antiquarian interest, I am authorised by my Directors to forward them to you to be placed in the Vestry Hall at Mitcham, where I understand other similar relics found in the neighbourhood are on view.

I also enclose photographs of three skeletons which were unearthed at the same place recently.

I shall be obliged if you will kindly acknowledge receipt.

                         Yours faithfully, 
                                 WILLIAM FORBES.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Parish Council
Volume 12 April 1914 to March 1915
Page 102

The following letter was read from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Co.

               LONDON, BRIGHTON & SOUTH COAST RAILWAY

                             General Manager's Office
                                     London Bridge Station, S.E.,
                                            23rd October, 1914.

Dear Sir,

With reference to my letter of the 26th May last, and your reply of the 27th idem, another ornament has been found in excavating gravel near Mitcham Station. Captain Bidder informs me that it is a gold-plated bronze brooch, a beautiful piece of work and important, as its design (purely geometrical without any trace of “animal” motive) points to a very early Saxon period, probably the sixth or seventh century.

I am authorised by my Directors to forward this brooch to you to be placed in the Vestry Hall at Mitcham with the other similar relics found in the neighbourhood.

I also have the pleasure of inclosing a photograph of the brooch.

     Kindly acknowledge receipt.
                         Yours faithfully, 
                                 WILLIAM FORBES.

These finds were near the Anglo Saxon cemetery that was discovered in the Morden Road area, which were excavated over a period from 1888 to 1922. This is Monument No. 400549 on Historic England’s PastView website.


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