Tag Archives: 1936

Tea Cosy coffee shop

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, April 17th, 1936

‘Tea Cosy’ coffee shop, at corner of London Road & Morden road, to disappear for reconstruction of railway bridge at Mitcham station.

Mrs M. Cottle, 87, owned the shop for 27 years. “When I came here the place was just a village and business was remarkably good. I used to serve many lorry drivers here but now they can’t pull up here, so I don’t get their custom so much.”

“Some people say I should retire, but I should be thoroughly miserable with nothing to do. I have the best of health, and while I feel as I do at present I want to keep busy.”

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Sunshine Way – Ownership

Sunshine Way, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3HQ (all houses in this road, including the flats, have the same postcode).

This is a crescent-shaped road off the south side of Bond Road in Mitcham.

1952 OS Map

Number 1 is on the corner with Bond Road, and is separated by a footpath from the eastern square of houses, numbered odd from 2 to 29. The square was originally a grass playing area that was turned into car parking spaces in 1991. See planning permission 91/P0276.

Number 31 Sunshine way is a block of 20 flats, named Donald Lynch House, numbered 1 to 20 sequentially, that was built on playing fields between the two squares. Planning application MER940/73 suggests that this was built in late 1973, early 1974.

The Welcome Hall and caretaker’s house is separate and south of the flats. This was converted, in 1994/5, into housing, numbered 37A and 37B. See planning permission 94/P0245.

The southern square has houses numbered odd from 39 to 61. Like the eastern square, its grass playing area was converted to car parking, in 1994. See planning permission 94/P0246.

Number 63 is on the south-western corner with Bond Road and is also separated by an alleyway from the southern square.

The inner circle of houses are numbered even from 2 to 18. Numbers 8 to 14 were originally ‘sunshine’ houses, with an open roof area for TB patients to sleep in the open air. These areas have since been converted to bedrooms.

Numbers 1 and 8 to 14 even are registered under title SGL506115. Numbers 2, 20, and 63 are registered under title SGL396963.

The road itself, the squares numbered 3 to 29, and 39 to 61, are shown on the Land Registry Title Plan as under title TGL21177, which was originally registered on 24th January, 1936.

The registered owner of these titles is

THE RIVERSIDE GROUP LIMITED (Industrial and Provident Society No. IP30938R) of 2 Estuary Boulevard, Estuary Commerce Park, Speke, Liverpool L24 8RF.

which became owner on 20th April, 2010.

In the inner circle of houses, number 10 was sold for £170,000 on 18th July 2008. Its registered title is SGL700262, and hence was removed from title SGL506115.

1936 : Boxing at Mitcham Baths

From the Mitcham Herald, 13th November, 1936

BOXING AT MITCHAM BATHS.

In aid of the Wimbledon and Mitcham Poor Children’s Outing Fund, a boxing tournament was held at Mitcham Baths on Monday.

Fred King (Carshalton) was to have fought Bert Francis (Woolwich) over ten rounds, but Francis was found to be well over a stone the heavier, and King declined to meet him. Instead, he fought Harry Taylor (Tooting), whom he knocked out in the second round. King had plaster over both eyebrows.
In a ten-rounds middle weight contest Pat Mulcahey (Croydon) was awarded
the decision on points over Fred Taylor (Canning Town).

Over six rounds, Young Waterman (Canning Town) outpointed Darkie Benito (Croydon); Tony Smith (Canning Town) outpointed Jack WILLIS (Mitcham); and Freddie LYONS (Mitcham) fought a draw with Jimmy Kelly (Walworth).

1936/7 Nalder & Collyer’s sale to Ind Coope

Brewery Distribution

An unusual linking of brewery interest is brought to notice by an announcement to-day from Nalder & Collyer’s Brewery Co. (Ltd.) This Company has a capital of £660,000 in £130,000 Ordinary and £530,000 Preference shares. Practically all the Ordinary and 90 per cent, of the Preference are held by the City of London Brewery and Investment Trust (Ltd.) This latter, now mainly an investment trust, has a considerable holding in Ind Coope & Allsopp (Ltd.) and also an indirect interest in Ind Coope through Nalder & Collyer, which in March last year sold a number of its properties to Ind Coope & Allsopp (Ltd.) for a total consideration of £2,200,353, paid partly in cash and partly in Ind Coope Debentures, Preference, and Ordinary stocks.

The directors of Nalder & Collyer are now going to distribute part of the Ind Coope Ordinary to the Company’s Ordinary shareholders and the bulk of these shares will of course go to the City of London Brewery and Investment Trust (Ltd.) For every £10 Nalder & Collyer Ordinary will be given £2 of Ind Coope Ordinary, making the total distribution £26,000 nominal, worth at the current market price £162,500. Accompanying this announcement is a final dividend of 20 per cent plus a 10 per cent cash bonus, making, with the interim of 25 per cent., a total of 55 per cent, as before, which of course also goes mainly to the controlling company. There is a free market in City of London Brewery 5s Deferred Ordinary units now standing around 20s. a price which indicates long-standing hopes of a capital bonus. Last year’s dividend was only 6 per cent. The next accounts are to June 30 next and are due in July.

Source: The Scotsman – Friday 07 May 1937 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Nalder & Collyer owned the Horse and Groom, Kings Head (later Burn Bullock), Ravensbury Arms, Three Kings, Swan, Windmill.

W.A. Mitchell & Smith, Ltd.

Maple Terrace
Church Path

Synthetic Resin


Source:
Borough of Mitcham List of Factories,
Town Clerk’s Department,
July 1963.
Available at Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
Reference L2 (670) MIT

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, March 27th 1936:

Fire at Messrs Mitchell & Smith, resin manufacturers at the ‘Ravenspring Works’, Western Road.

Barbara Thrupp

Mitcham Council Housing manager from March 1936, as noted by the Housing Committee on 12th March 1936, page 447, volume 2 of Mitcham Borough Council minutes.

Miss Barbara Thrupp, A.R.I.C.S. was awarded the MBE in the 1952 New Year’s Honours.

News Articles

Personality Girls To Collect Rents Mitcham (Surrey) Council looking for girls of 18 or more with pleasant personalities. They are wanted for training in house management, which carries a salary of up to £760 a year. The girls will be paid while they are training. Miss Barbara Thrupp, Mitcham housing manager, explained: “It is something more than just collecting rents. We want girls with the personal touch who can take an interest in the tenants’ comfort, look after repairs and sort out all the housing problems that arise nowadays.”

Source: Dundee Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 06 April 1948 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


It’s possible that this is the same person:

Chester City Council on Wednesday created new municipal department by appointing Miss Barbara Thrupp, of London, to manager of the house property management department at a starting salary of £250 per annum and a minimum increment of £20.

Source: Hull Daily Mail – Thursday 26 April 1928 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

She published an article on public housing in 1929 called The Scope of a House Property Management Department, by BARBARA THRUPP, B.A., P.A.S.I. (Chartered Surveyor), House Property Manager, Chester City Council. The first page of this is available as an extract.


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

George Shepherd

George Shepherd’s Funeral

George Shepherd, 73, was a wheelwright and coach builder of 6, Arnold road, Tooting.

He was apprenticed to a firm of coach builders in Totterdown-street Tooting and later established the firm of George Shepherd and Son on the site where Mitcham Baths was built. The business is now carried on by his son Captain George Shepherd M.C. close to the old premises.

As a young man George Shepherd was in the Mitcham Volunteer Fire Brigade when Mr. R. M. Chart the Charter Mayor was captain and rose to be second officer.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 20th March 1936