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Preshaw Crescent

Photo taken 2nd January, 2017

Photo taken 2nd January, 2017

Photo possibly taken after the houses were built.

Photo possibly taken after the houses were built.

A row of four pairs of houses from the corner with Glebe Path running west, in parallel with, but set back from, Lower Green West. Built after 1897 on the site of a pond, which is shown in this 1866 map:

1866 OS map

1866 OS map

According to Eric Montague in his book Mitcham Histories: 5 Lower Green West, page 11, the pond measured 200 feet by 50 feet and had been called King’s Pond. The sub-soil here is sand and gravel and Montague suggested that this was originally a pit dug for the gravel, which would be used in building. With the water table high the pit would have filled in with water forming the pond.

The year of 1897 comes from the Land Registry title for number 6, which was auctioned in early 2016:

A Conveyance of the land in this title and other land dated 2 September 1897 made between (1) The Reverend Frederick Wilson Clerk (the Incumbent) (2) The Governors of The Bounty of Queen Anne for the Augmentation of The Maintenance of The Poor Clergy (the Governors) (3) The Right Reverend Father In God Edward Stuart (the Ordinary) (4) Francis Charles Simpson (the Patron) (5) The Right Honourable and Most Reverend Frederick By Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (the Archbishop) and (6) Richard Arthur Bush (the Purchaser) contains covenants details of which are set out in the schedule of restrictive covenants hereto.

The restrictive covenant contained in the conveyance of 2nd September 1897 stated that …

the purchaser would within 12 months of the date of abstracting presents erect not less than 4 detached houses or two pairs of semi detached houses on the premises.

That no buildings other than dwelling houses with their offices should be erected on the premises the prime cost of which for work and materials should not be less than £400 or in case of pairs of semi-detached dwellinghouses should not be less prime cost than £650 per pair.

This 1910 OS map shows the four pairs of houses:

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map


From the 1915 street directory:

Lower green west, from London Road

… here is Glebe Path
1, Charles STUART
3, George Henry NELSON
4, Robert CHART
5, Arthur LANGRISH
7, Charles Clarke APLIN
8, John David CLARKE

From the 1925 street directory:

Lower green west, from London Road to Church Road

1, Charles STUART
2, Miss Bessie May MARTIN
3, George NELSON
4, John William ALLEN
5, Arthur LANGRISH
6, Charles R SINCLAIR
8, Herbert E HART
9, George W.T. ORMOND

Note that number 9 is possibly the White Cottage.

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

1925 Acre Road directory

From the 1925 street directory

from Briscoe Road

1, James Alfred STOCKLEY
3, Sidney George MILLO
5, Ernest Arthur CAMBERLAIN
7, Henry James BROWN
9, Edward Charles GIBSON
11, Alfred SUTTON
13, Walter FLANDERS
15, Charles William GRIFFIN
17, George Edward JOHNSTON
19, John William MOORE
21, Arthur SMITH
23, Reginald JAMES
25, William James HOLLIDGE
27, Percy BANGS
29, Harry Wadham DALWOOD
31, Edward TURK
33, George Frederick JAMES
35, Alfred John WATKINSON
37, Benjamin CHURCH
39, Edgar George JAKINGS
41, Ernest RODNEY
43, Frank SLOGGETT
45, Gilbert Percy ROSS
47, Edward Charles BARON
49, Mrs SEWELL
51, Frederick CURREY
53, William GOODSON
55, Charles NASH
57, Thomas GARROD
59, Miss BRIDGET
61, Harry Francis RANDALL
63, Walter Charles RULER
65, Thomas Frederick WOODGATE
67, Reginald A CHRISTIE
69, John Thomas HOWES
71, William CLARK
73, George Charles SHARMAN
75, Charles George VALE
77, Francis SEARS
79, Ernest Frederick WALKER
81, Alfred William BUTLER
83, Robert MILLS


2, Frank CLARK
4, Samuel BAKER
6, Frederick COBB
8, Henry WATSON
10, Lawrence FOOTMAN
12, George Henry BAKER
14, Mrs FELTON
16, Sidney WILLIAMS
18, John Frederick NEWTON
22, George Thomas BLUNT
24, Leonard William NELSON
26, Charles Lewis MOODY
28, Ernest Joseph MCLARN
30, Ernest OSBORN
32, John PAYNE
34, John MOODY
36, Henry Robert KNOTT
38, Joseph SMITH
40, Arthur John RAPER
42, Aubrey HARDS
44, Sidney William FLANDERS
46, Joseph BALL
48, Alfred COBB
50, William TAYLOR
52, George Frederick VAHEY
54, Tom E. DAVIS
56, Leonard WHALEY
58, Herbert INNES
60, Charles LAUER
62, William SILVER
64, William Henry PEARCE
66, Frank DYER
68, Joseph Henry BUNDEY
70, Edward James WILSON
72, Charles LING
76, John Charles NEEDHAM
80, William JONES
82, Francis HARE
84, A. NEAL

Homewood Terrace

A terrace of 12 houses, with 6 on either side of Homewood House, on the west side of Church Road. Originally numbered from south to north, starting at two houses south of Homewood Road, and continuing north to Chapel Road.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

The 1925 street directory described this terrace, going south from Chapel Road:

— here is Chapel road

Homewood Terrace:
12, Joseph Payne
11, William Reeves
10, Charles Andrew Grant
9, William Bailey
8, James Gough
7, Charles E. Weight, plumber

John George Bowskill (Cologne cottage)
William Morgan (Homewood house)

Homewood Terrace:
6, Mrs Blackwell
5, Henry Siviour

— here is Homewood road
4, John Tutley
3, Henry George Shead
2, Henry Hunt
1, Richard Harding Kisser

On the 1952 OS map, these houses have been renumbered:

Homewood Terrace Church Road
12 145
11 143
10 141
9 139
8 137
7 135
6 129
5 127
4 125
3 123
2 121
1 119

World War 1 Connections
Private Walter William Tedder

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

Grand Parade, Streatham Road

1949 OS map and 1920 ads/1925 street directory

1949 OS map and 1920 ads, with 1925 street directory

Parade of shops on the east side of Streatham Road consisting of eleven shops between Caithness Road and Park Avenue, and four more from the southern corner of Park Avenue.

Mentioned in 1920 adverts as ‘Grand Parade’, the numbering was from north to south, 1 to 15, which was then numbered as 121 to 93 in the 1925 street directory. In the OS map of 1949, the numbers are 221 to 193, as they are in 2016.

This ad for J Brewer at number 217 shows that the final renumbering occurred between 1925 and 1938.



Merton Memories photo of 1930 shows the parade from corner of Caithness Road looking south.

Occupants from 1911 Commercial Directory

Number Occupier Trade
1 Percy Beard wine & spirit merchant
2 Thomas James Mills laundry
4 Jas. Benj. Austin grocer,& post office
5 Thomas George oil & color man
6 James Pigg dairy
9 Edward Huntley & Sons house & estate agents
10 Edward Arthur Jesson newsagent
12 Albert Keirle baker
13 Thomas George Humphrey Palmer ironmonger
14 Miss Babette Reiss confectioner

In the 1915 directory, Raoul Chabauty is listed as a draper at 11, Grand Parade, and in the 1925 director as draper at 101 Streatham Road. This implies that the first renumbering was between 1915 and 1925.

World War 1 Connections
Able Seaman Walter Thomas Edmonds

Private Peter F Lawton

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

1925 Traffic Survey

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council
Volume XI 1925 to 1926
Highways and New Streets and Buildings
13th October, 1925
Pages 320 to 321


In accordance with arrangements made with the Ministry of Transport, a census of traffic was taken at several points in this district from August 17th to 23rd, and I have attached to my report a copy of the totals as arrived at from the sheets by enumerators.

Yours obediently,
Engineer and Surveyor.

From measuring the distances referred to, the survey points were:

Figges Marsh, London Road near junction with Victoria Road.

Streatham Road, near entrance to Pascall’s chocolate factory, opposite Uckfield Grove today,

Croydon Road, about halfway between Ravensbury Arms and Beddington Lane/windmill Road crossroads.

Western Road, north of Mount Road/Lavender Avenue junction, near where Mortlake Drive is now.

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

Robertson’s Pickle and Sauce Works Ltd

“Zalmo” Pickle Works
22 Lewis Road

1937 ad

1937 ad

In 2013, a long lost recipe for piccalilli was discovered.

Its closure in March 1969 was reported in the local newspaper, which referred to it as having been started 44 years previously, i.e. 1925.

Another small firm closes

Rising rates, inability to compete with giant supermarket and manufacturing concerns and wholesale business methods have driven another small firm to the wall.

A 44-year-old Mitcham factory, Robertson’s Pickle and Sauce Works Ltd., Lewis Road, have closed down and the owners have put the property up for sale.

A director, Mr Cyril Robertson, said this week:

“Most of my customers were small grocers – and with the advent of the supermarket they have been forced out of business. So I go down the drain too.

“Rates have risen over the past 12 years, from £56 a year to over £700.

“I can no longer get bottles for my produce – all the glass manufacturing is in the hands of four large concerns and they are only interested in mass production.”

Staff have reduced over the years, and when Robertson’s finally closed its doors in March only nine were declared redundant.

From a lifetime of working for himself in a £50,000 a year business Mr Robertson is now looking for a job.

“I’m too young to retire,” he said. “I’m only 62.”

People from the south coast and up as far as Reading will remember Robertson’s pickles, he added.

“They were the finest in the country – but then I suppose eating habits have changed too. People go out and eat more often – or just buy fish fingers to cook at home.”

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 6th June, 1969, page 1.

This 1952 OS map shows the pickle factory.

This aerial photo shows the factory in relation to nearby factories and houses.



After closure, a planning application was filed to use the site for the production of plastics. This gives the size of the single-storey works at 7,000 square feet.

From the minutes of the
Town Planning and Development Committee
31st July 1969

497. LEWIS ROAD, MITCHAM — MER. 595/69 — Robertson’s Pickle and Sauce Works Limited — (Section 43 Determination)

— The Borough Surveyor submitted an application for a determination under Section 43 of the Town Country Planning Act, 1962, as to whether the proposed use of Robertson’s Pickle and Sauce Works for the moulding of reinforced plastics involving the use of polyester resins and fibreglass would constitute or involve development requiring planning permission. He explained that the premises (of single-storey construction comprising approximately 7,000 square feet floor area) were situated at the rear of Nos. 12-20, Lewis Road, fronting an access road leading to the Lewis Road recreation ground; stated that they had been used for a considerable number of years for the pickling of vegetables and the making of sauces; and reported that, since the proposed use and the last use both fell within Class IV of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order, 1963, it was clear that express planning permission would not be required.

Resolved — That the Council determine and the applicant be informed that the use, as described, would not constitute or involve development requiring planning permission.

Source: Minutes of Proceedings of the Council and committees, London Borough of Merton, Volume 6 1969-70, page 355

1944 film footage by Bruce Robertson of V1 bomb damage in nearby Glebe Avenue.

Minutes of meetings held by the London Borough of Merton 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.

Ravensbury Villas

Described in the 1925 street directory as being a terrace of 4 houses on the Morden Road, past Ravensbury Grove and before the bridge over the Wandle. This 1910 OS map shows a terrace of 4 houses at the junction of Ravensbury Grove and Morden Road. This terrace can be seen in this Merton Memories photo from around 1900.

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 15 April 1876

MITCHAM. A Troublesome Fellow.— At the Croydon Police Court, Monday, George Jones, of Ravensbury Villas, Mitcham, was charged with being drunk and creating a disturbance on Sunday morning.—P.c. 183 stated that at half past 12 o’clock on Sunday morning he was on duty in Merton-lane, when he heard a great noise, apparently that of lot of females screaming. As he was proceeding towards the spot, he was met by woman about forty years of age, who begged of him for God’s sake to come. When he got near the spot, he found the prisoner running away. He asked him what was the matter, and the prisoner replied, “Nothing.” Witness took him back, and found a man who was bleeding from a wound under the right eye. The man charged the prisoner with having assaulted him. Prisoner said, “All right, old pal! I shall square it with a sovereign in the morning.” Prisoner was very violent, and witness apprehended him to prevent further breach of the peace, which he thought was imminent. —Prisoner, in answer to the charge, alleged that the man referred to challenged him to fight, and struck him. The man afterwards came to him, and said he was sorry for having done so.The constable said the man referred to did not formally charge the prisoner with having assaulted him, he said he was unwilling to lose a day’s work. The prisoner, witness added, was a great source of trouble to the police at Mitcham.—The prisoner was bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace for three months, and was then discharged.

1911 Census for Private Albert Morgan