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Glendene, Love Lane

Possibly the earlier name for number 77 Love Lane CR4 3AW, in use before that road was renumbered.

In 1935 George Victor Dearn, of 77 Love Lane, registered the land that was to become Dearn Gardens. In 1929, planning application number 1515 was submitted by G.V. Dearn of “Glendene”, Love Lane, to build a WC and shed. The assumption then is that these two people are the same and that he didn’t move between 1929 and 1935.

Source: page 20, volume XV of Mitcham Urban District Council minutes, 1929-1930.

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.


1935 : Boxing at Mitcham Baths

From the Mitcham Herald, 20th December, 1935

Bad Luck for Local Men.

Local boxers met with bad luck in their contests at Mitcham Baths on
Monday night, at a tournament in aid of the Wimbledon and Mitcham Poor Children’s Outing Fund.

Butcher Clements, a Morden welter-weight, appeared to be well ahead on points when his contest with Johnny Rust, of South Africa,was stopped by the referee, because Clements had sustained a cut eye, at the end of the third round. Clements had done nearly all the attacking and had forced Rust to fight almost entirely on the defensive. Rust was shaken by a hard right to the stomach, and again by a left swing to the head. In the third round, however, Rust landed an uppercut during a clinch and Clements’ eye was cut.

Jack Bowdery, of Carshalton, missed with a left lead, and was knocked out in the first round by Charlie GORY, of Mitcham. Bowdery made a game effort to rise, but just failed to beat the count.

Jacky Roberts, of Tooting, created a surprise by knocking out Al Roy, of Newcastle, with a body blow in the fifth round.

Over six rounds, Johnny Collier, of Battersea, and Micky Quinn, of Ireland, fought a draw, and Harry Taylor (Tooting) knocked out Fred Dyer (Shepherds Bush) in the second round.

Homefield House

House in Phipps Bridge, home to the Harland family. The varnish factory of William Harland & Sons Ltd. was just to the north, as can be seen on this 1894 map:

1894 OS Map

1894 OS Map

Merton Memories Photos
1920 view of factory buildings
aerial view of factory

Land registered in 1935 by New Ideal Homesteads Ltd., see London Gazette Publication date:10 September 1935 Issue:34197Page:5757

Demolished to make way for Homefield Gardens estate, built by Ideal Homesteads, the same builder of Bramcote Avenue and Denham Crescent.

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

Montrose, Upper Green

According to Eric Montague in his book Mitcham Histories: 7 The Upper or Fair Green, Mitcham, page 120, Montrose was a red brick house built for Frederick Samson, veterinary surgeon, in the late 19th century. It had replaced an older house which was set back from the road, and had shops in its front gardens.

In 2016, a newsagent ‘Mitcham News’ and a dentist occupy the two shops on the Upper Green in front of this building.



Occupied by dentists, according to the Dentists Registry:

1935 and 1940 : Arthur McEwan
1930, 1935, 1940 and 1942 : Trevor Thomas Oliver

1935 Romany Funeral


Six black horses, with postilions in gold and black uniforms riding the first pair, pulled the hearse at the Mitcham (Surrey) funeral on Monday, of Rebecca Powell, 75-year-old gipsy flower-seller. Two horse-drawn carriages and two motorcars followed the hearse. Then came more than 100 relatives, representing five generations, on foot.

All the men wore blue reefer jackets and blue trousers, and the women were decked in furs and plumes. Thousands of people gathered to watch the Romany funeral. The churchyard was overrun by sightseers and graves were damaged.

Source: Shepton Mallet Journal – Friday 22 November 1935 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1935 Phipps Bridge Road Street Party

From Mitcham News & Mercury, 7th June 1935

The party in Phipps-bridge Road was for 150 children of that road, Palestine-grove, Phipps-terrace, and a few from Church-rd. The vicar of Christ Church (the Rev. Gilbert Johnston) opened the proceedings with a short but impressive address. After tea the children sang “God Save the King.” Miss Harwood handed to each little guest a Jubilee mug, and community singing was indulged in. Among the helpers were Mesdames MacPherson, senior and junior, Mrs. Hyde, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Ward, Mesdames Buck, senior and junior, the Misses Fell and Lil Buck, Mrs. Hornigold, Miss Sopp, Mrs. Procter, Mrs. Holgate, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. Catlin, Mrs. Edginton, Mrs. Chadwick, Miss Brown, Miss Dorothy Stroud, Masters Henry and Fred Stroud, Mr. Bert Procter, Mr. Geo. Ives, Mr. Hornigold, Mr. Greenaway, Mr. Francis, Mr. Stroud, Messrs. Geo., Albert and Bill MacPherson, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Enticup, and Mr. Jack Edgington.

Before leaving, each child received an apple, banana and bag of sweets. Tne festivities concluded with a fire-work display. A. telegram was sent to the King and a reply has been received from Buckingham Palace thanking the people of Phipps-Bridge-road for their kind message.

A letter from 1935 – an enjoyable week in Mitcham

Dear Uncle Tom,

— At last I am writing to you again.

I have really been waiting until I had saved my 200 farthings, but it is surprising what a long time it takes. I had hoped to be able to send them long before this. I am looking forward to next summer as last year I had some lovely holidays. Very soon after we broke up I went to Mitcham for a week and did I enjoy myself? I should say so. I went out on the common every day and as it was so hot I saw a great many heath fires.

After this I spent another enjoyable week in Worthing, near Brighton, but best of all was the fortnight in Malines, Belgium.

I went to the Brussels Exhibition and spent the whole day there. It was all very interesting. Another day I went to Antwerp. I went over the river Scheldt in a boat and came back under the river through tunnel which was a mile long. I went into the Museum Steen and saw all the old-fashioned furniture and old implements of torture.

I also went into the dungeons underground, and in some of them only about three little holes as big as a penny were used to let air and light come in. When we had finished dinner we went the Zoo. I went to a great many other places besides but I have no time to tell you about them to-day.

Your loving niece, JUNE.
66, Dolphins Road,

Source: Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald – Saturday 16 November 1935 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Note that this letter was published under another, see below, from the Doctor Barnado’s Homes, which acknowledged receipt of money to pay for a cot at the Bruce-Porter Home. The 200 farthings referred to in this letter was a contribution for such a cot. A farthing being a quarter of an old penny, then 200 farthings was 50 old pence, or 4 shillings and twopence – inflation adjusted to 2016, this is around £14.

The letter from Dr. Barnado’s :

Dear Sir,

— Enclosed I have much pleasure in forwarding our Hon. Treasurer’s receipt for the sum of £10 which has safely come to hand, as a second instalment, from the members of the League of Lasting Kindness, towards the support of their Cot in our Bruce-Porter Hospital Home.

Will you once again express our Council’s very grateful appreciation of all the kindness and help shown by the members of the League? We are glad to know that they have every opportunity of visiting our Bruce-Porter Home, and seeing for themselves the wonderful progress which their little protege has made since he has been in the Home.

I am sure it must gladden their hearts to feel that they have been able to have a share in bringing about such very happy and blessed results.

The Board Room,
Dr. Barnardo’s Homes,
18 to 26, Stepney Causeway,
London, E.1.