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250 and 252 London Road

A building in London Road, between the Kings Arms pub and Sibthorpe Road.

Photo taken 27th August 2017 (a Sunday morning)

In this 1952 OS map, numbers 250 and 252 are south of 248 on the west side of London Road, opposite the Buck’s Head pub.

1952 OS map

This clip of Mitcham ‘High Street’ as was called then, is from around 1900, and shows the left the old Kings Arms pub. Numbers 250 and 252 are to the left of the Oil Colour Stores’ that has ‘No. 8’ between the windows on the first floor.

c. 1900 clip from Merton Memories photo 51472, copyright London Borough of Merton

From the 1891 directory (the shops were numbered from 1 going north):

1, Henry COLLBRAN, butcher
2, S.E. BURTON, stationer
3, Charles GOULD, The Kings’ Arms Public House
4, Mrs H. LACK, draper
5, John CUMMINGS, greengrocer
6, Joseph COOK, butcher
7, T.P. SHEPPARD, grocer
8, William BARTER, grocer
9, George Joseph DALE, news agent

— here is Sibthorpe Road

10, James MOULAND, Pawnbroker
11, William Henry JENNER, ironmonger
12, Charles MACRO, hair dresser
13, C. SAUNDERS & Co., grocers
14, William COURT, baker
15, MOULAND & BENNETT, Watchmakers

Hence numbers 6 and 7 High Street are now 252 and 250 London Road.

A photo from 1895 shows it looking north.

1895 clip from Merton Memories photo 51748, copyright London Borough of Merton

The 1925 street directory still referred to the High Street. In 1926/7 London Road was renumbered.

Charles A. HUDSON, Kings Arms hotel
2 & 4, H. LACK, draper
5, John CUMMINGS, fruiterer
6, G. DUTRIEZ, butcher
7, W.H. FIELD & Son, wine merchant
8, E. & A.M., grocers
9, A.E. DALE, news agent

— here is Sibthorpe Road

10 & 11, W.J. HYDE, pawnbroker
12, H. MACRO, hair dresser
13, Miss H.M. HICKS, milliner
14, M. HICKS & Sons, bakers
15, G.H. HUDSON, watch maker

Number 6, now 252, was a butchers shop in 1891. In 1939 it was occupied by A. SPICER, as shown in this ad:

1939 ad

In the 1954 phone directory, it was occupied by HEARN & Sons, Family Butchers.

Number 7, now 250, was a wine merchants as shown in the 1925 directory. In the 1954 phone directory it was occupied by H.A. PAINE as Wine, Spirit Merchant. In 1967 it was called by Paines of Mitcham, trading as an off license, as shown in this ad:

1976 ad for 250 London Road

Advertisements

234 to 240 London Road

On the west side of London Road, this is currently a 1960s three storey building that replaced a row of shops that had formed part of the old High Street.

Clip from Merton Memories photo 27990, copyright London Borough of Merton

1952 OS map

This clip from a Merton Memories photo was taken in 1961, and shows the board announcing that numbers 234 to 240 are to be replaced by a new building.

Clip from Merton Memories photo 51738, copyright London Borough of Merton.

If you click on this clip to see the full photo on the Merton Memories website, you can see the businesses (from left to right) as:

240, C.F. HARDY, hairdressers
238, MONARCH, dyers and cleaners
236, KWIK KNIT CENTRE
234, GROVEPERT Ltd.

Numbers 12, 13, 14 and 15 were renumbered, (in 1926/7), to 240, 238, 236 and 234.

Occupants from street directories:
1891
12, Charles MACRO, hair dresser
13, C. SAUNDERS & Co., grocers
14, William COURT, baker
15, MOULAND & BENNETT, Watchmakers

1925
12, H. MACRO, hair dresser
13, Miss H.M. HICKS, milliner
14, M. HICKS & Sons, bakers
15, G.H. HUDSON, watch maker

1930
240, William J. KEMP, hair dresser
238, Miss Hilda Mary HICKS, milliner
236, M. HICKS & Sons, confectioners
234, Mrs. George Henry HUDSON, watch maker

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

Occupants

From the 1915 street directory:

Lower green west, from London Road
NORTH SIDE

… here is Glebe Path
PRESHAW CRESCENT:
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
WEST SIDE

PRESHAW CRESCENT:
1, Charles STUART
2, Miss Bessie May MARTIN
3, George NELSON
4, John William ALLEN
5, Arthur LANGRISH
6, Charles R SINCLAIR
7, Mrs HOLLIS
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
WEST SIDE

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

EAST SIDE

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
20, Mrs TYRRELL
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
74, Mrs A. RICHARDSON
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.

1938

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

CENSUS OF TRAFFIC

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,
BURNETT BULLOCK, P.A.S.I.
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.