Road off west side of London Road, south of Tooting Station.
1950 OS Map
The road was made up in 1902. From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council, Volume 8, 1902 to 1903, 18th September 1902, page 394:
Grenfell Road Tenders
The Council opened and considered the undermentioned tenders received for the making up, forming, kerbing, and metalling of Grenfell Road, Mitcham:-
Stockwell & Co., Bromley = £600 8s.
Adams, T., Wood Green, London = £527
Iles, E., Mitcham = £476
Free & Sons, Maidenhead = £454
Wheeler, W., Southwark, S.E. = £336
Resolved, That the tender of Mr. E. Iles, of Mitcham, be accepted, and that the necessary bond be entered into in accordance of conduct.
A water trough outside the Gorringe Park Hotel was in the way of this however, as can be seen from the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council, Volume 8, 1902 to 1903, Road and Buildings Committee, 20th November 1902, page 571:
The Surveyor reported that in order to complete the work of making up Grenfell Road it had become necessary to remove an obstructive water trough erected in connection with the Gorringe Park Hotel. The Owners of the Hotel (Messrs. Young & Co.) stated that the water trough was the property of the tenant, who, however, had refused to remove it.
—The Committee instructed the Surveyor to formally call upon the tenant of the Hotel to remove the water trough.
From the 1915 street directory:
from London Road to Bruce Road
2, Daniel KERWOOD, confectioner
Snelling & Gathercote Ltd. concrete slab manufacturers
… here is Bruce Road …
1, John C. HUGHES
3, Mrs KNAPP, wardrobe dealer
15, Raphael SHIREWITZ, ladies’ and gents’ tailors
25, Joseph WILSON, estate office
… here is Sirdar Road …
27, F. BOWDITCH, confectioner
29, Sydney HANNAM, fried fish shop
31, Hill House Laundry
33, David MORRIS, dairy
35, William TYRELL, butcher
36, Walter SWEET, oil and color man
39, Peter HEARN, greengrocer
World War 1 Connections
Private Henry Frederick Boston
Private Percy George ROE
Private John THURLOW
Serjeant Hubert William WATTS
Ad for Wainberg’s of number 3, Grenfell Road : Shoe maker and repairer.
June 1949 ad
From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Volume IX 1903 – 1904
23rd April 1903
No. 2483, Wilson, J., 8 shops and tenement houses, Grenfell Road, Mitcham
Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council 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.