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Duncan’s Cottages and Stanley Villas

Two terraces of houses, on the east side of Western Road, near to and north of the corner with Bond Road.

Council minutes in 1902 refer to a planning permission for six houses, which could be for Stanley Villas:

No. 2116, Simmons E. & A., 6 cottages, Western Road Road, Mitcham

Source: Croydon Rural District Council Minutes, Volume VIII 1902 – 1903, 22nd May 1902, page 112.

It’s possible that E. & A. Simmons were Ephraim and Arthur, brothers who were nurserymen, see Rose Nursery.

This 1911 OS map shows 6 houses on the left which are likely to be Stanley Villas, and the next group of 4, Duncan Cottages. The house on its own at the corner with Bond Road (opposite Fountain Place) was Grosvenor House.

1911 OS map.

1911 OS map.

The 1911 census shows the occupants:

Stanley Villas
1, Thomas JONES, 44, labourer in gas works
2, Edith Mason, 42, of private means
3, William PARKIN, 62, leather dresser
4, Michael O’SULLIVAN, 53, carman and contractor
5, William PAYNE, 64, gardener
6, John William KIMPTON, 40, wheelwright

Duncan Cottages
1, Albert E. BLAND, 29, gas fitter at Mitcham Gas co.
2, George JANSON, 46, gardener & contractor
3, John DRAPER, 35, foreman in tea warehouse
4, Thomas HERMITAGE, 34, furnace stoker in Holborn Union Workhouse

The 1925 street directory shows an extra two houses have been added to Duncan Cottages. The houses were numbered in the directory, going south, 6 to 1 Stanley Villas and then 1 to 6 Duncan Cottages:

Stanley Villas
6, John Henry KIMPTON
5, Albert NEWELL
4, Michael SULLIVAN
2, George ALWYN
1, Thomas JONES

Duncan Cottages
1, John TILLEY, cycle maker
3, John DRAPER
4, James DAVIS
5, William John DAVIS
6, Sidney Harry COLEMAN

The 1952 OS map shows that the houses have been renumbered as part of Western Road.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

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

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.

Bridge Road

Road that was off east, or right-hand, side of Christchurch Road, opposite Runnymede. It was closed in 1966.

In this 1952 OS map, the road is shown with a single terrace of eleven houses on the north side, numbered sequentially 1 to 11.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

Aerial photo from 1947 shows the row of houses on the left side of the road.

29th April 1947 from Britain From Above

29th April 1947 from Britain From Above

Aerial photo from 1949 shows the road looking to the west. The dome atop the tower on the right was Frys Metals factory.

19th March 1949 from Britain From Above

19th March 1949 from Britain From Above

It is not mentioned in the 1891 street directory, but does have an entry in the 1911 commercial directory:

1, Harry Isaac CAVENDER, picture frame maker

and in the 1915 directory:

1, Henry BRYANT, confectioner

The road was closed in 1966:

Bridge Road is to be closed down

Bridge Road, a cul-de-sac off Christchurch Road, Mitcham is to be closed. Merton Council have given planning permission to Frys Metal Foundries Ltd., for redevelopment which involves the closing of the road.

The road was originally the principle means of access to residential properties which have since been demolished. It now serves the factory premises only.


The council agreed to give permission provided the council’s right of adequate access to the public sewers were preserved.

Also provided that the owner of the factory should take over the responsibility for the street lamps and cables in the road, and also bear any costs incurred in closing the road.

Frys have also offered land near Bridge Road to the council free of charge for the proposed widening of Christchurch Road. The offer has been accepted.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 13th May, 1966, page 1.

Occupants in 1939

1, Leonard Douglas and Elizabeth HAYNES
2, Mary Jane and Rosa FISK
3, William Charles and Alice Louisa and Christopher ADAMS
4, James and Maude BURLING
5, Robert and Gertrude MARSHALL
6, Alfred and Mabel Frances FORD
7, Robert and Doris May TAYLOR; Edith Mahala FRISWELL
8, James Alfred and Sarah Ellen DURLING
9, Henry William and Rose Florence and Florance DALTON
10, Ernest John and Flora BURLING
11, Charles Walter and Susan FRANCIS

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

James Chuter Ede, Mitcham MP in 1923

Right Honourable James Chuter Ede, P.C. (1944), M.P., son of James Ede, of Epsom.

Born 1882; educated Dorking High School and Chrit’s College Cambridge.
Married 1917 to Lilian Mary (died 1948), daughter of Richard Williams, of Plymouth.

Served in Great War with 5th East Surrey regiment and special brigade of R.E.

D.L. (Deputy Lieutenant) (1931), J.P. (1923).

Chairman of Surrey County Council 1933-37; M.P. (Labour) Surrey (Mitcham division) in 1923 and South Shields 1929-31 and from 1935. Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Education 1940-45, Secretary of state, Home Office 1945-51.

Leader of the House of Commons 1951.

Chairman of London and Home Counties Joint Electricity Authority 1934-40.

Oxford and Cambridge Club.

7 Tayles Hill, Ewell, Surrey.

Source: Kelly’s Handbook to the Titled, Landed & Official Classes, 1952 from Find My Past (subscription required)

He died at Ewell, Surrey, in November 1965, aged 83.

More information on wikipedia.

Reverend Pratt, Bishop of Zululand

Bishop of Zululand, the right reverend Eric Joseph Trapp, B.A., son of late Archibald Edward Trapp, of Coventry.

Born 1910; educated Leeds University and Mirfield Theological College; married in 1937 to Edna Noreen, daughter of late Mrs Thornton, of Leicester; 2 daughters.

Ordained 1934, curate of St Olave’s, Mitcham, Surrey, 1934-37, director of Masite Mission 1937-40, canon of Bloemfontein Cathedral 1944-47, bishop of Zululand from 1947.

Bishophurst, Esgowe, Zululand, Africa.

Source: Kelly’s Handbook to the Titled, Landed & Official Classes, 1952 from Find My Past (subscription required)

The Association of Cricket Umpires

The Association of Cricket Umpires was formed in the Kings Head Hotel (later called the Burn Bullock) in 1953, by Tom Smith. Below is an article he wrote for the Mitcham Cricket Club Yearbook of 1954.

By Tom E. Smith, Hon. Gen. Secretary of The Association of Cricket Umpires.

It is a very great pleasure to me to be invited to contribute to the Mitcham Cricket Club Year Book a review of the work that is being done by my Association.

The Association has very strong links with Mitcham because apart from the fact that I, as founder, am a Mitcham man, the inaugural meeting was convened at the King’s Head Hotel, at the Cricket Green, last March. This was by no means an accident, but by way of careful design. At the beginning when I contacted about 20 umpires with a plan of forming an association on somewhat different lines I felt that a better start could not be made than by organising the formation at one of the most famous cricket greens in the world. There could surely not be a better omen for the inauguration of an association for umpires than at the very place where cricket has been played for over 250 years.

The Association has the blessing of the parent body, the M.C.C., The Club Cricket Conference, the National Association of Cricket Clubs, and other controlling bodies. From that start there are now over 200 names on the books. From all over the country the membership ranges through First Class County umpires, Minor County, M.C.C., C.C.C., the Leagues, the three Services and Club, to potential and trainee umpires. Such has been borne out in fact!

Besides an overseas membership in N. Ireland, North Borneo, British Guiana and Gold Coast and a very strong contingent in B.A.O.R., Germany, the Association works in close cooperation and liaison with the South African Umpire Associations, Jamaica U.A., Madras U.A., and many other bodies. Joint functions are held with the Cricket Society, whose Chairman is Ayton Whitaker, the B.B.C. producer. One of our active members is John Arlott, the well-known cricket journalist and commentator, and who is a keen vice-president of the Association.

To what can be attributed this tremendous growth from such a very small beginning ? The predominant object of the Association at all times is, “To improve the standard of umpiring.” The serving committees have created a powerful organisation with this theme always in mind.

For many years there has been grumbling in this country about the standard of umpiring and inefficient umpires but nothing has been done about it seriously. No attempt has been made to train and test umpires to bring them up to a standard for examination or grading.

The Association conducts its affairs and policy along the lines of a professional body. Members are elected as Associates on the understanding that they are willing to study and work to take the examination in theory and oral for “Full” status. These examinations are difficult and the standard is high. Perfect answers to theoretical questions do not necessarily make a perfect umpire. His interpretation of the laws on the field must finally count.

The Training Committee consisting of senior umpires, all experienced in teaching and coaching, has prepared training schedules with a standard system of training and grading. The first examinations were held in London in January, and the examiners were Frank Chester and K. McCanlis, the county umpires. It is difficult to imagine anyone better qualified for the job.

Lectures, discussions and demonstrations in theory and practice are proceeding. Welfare arrangements include legal advice and insurance against accident on the field and whilst travelling. An appointment bureau is available and a news bulletin is circulated. Refresher and other courses are planned.

Douglas Jardine, the famous England captain, became first President in October and publicly expressed his enthusiasm for the work of the Association. The National Press and a B.B.C. news bulletin followed with the announcements that Frank Chester, H. M. Garland Wells, K. McCanlis and John Arlott had become vice-presidents.

We now have to live up to a tremendous standard set by the leadership of a great England captain and the technical advice of the best-known umpire in the world today. In this book Frank pointed out last year that an umpire may know the laws inside out but the test is putting them into practice. We believe that is very true. He must have confidence in his bearing and personality. An efficient, well trained umpire will have quiet confidence in himself on the field. This leads in turn to the players having confidence in him and this to the greater enjoyment of our wonderful game by the players, officials, and spectators alike.

Allen Bros. Radio and TV Repairs

Opposite the Allen Brothers garage, on the south corner of Broadway Gardens and London Road, was a radio and television repair shop, also owned by Allen Brothers.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

1952 ad

1952 ad

Text of ad:

Service Reliability

(C.W. Ediker)

Radio & Television

Bush McMichael Marconi


All Makes Repaired

370, London Road, Mitcham

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

1952 : A Park in his Care

From the Mitcham Advertiser, 2nd October, 1952, page 5.

A familiar figure in Mitcham is Mr George Finch, for 26 years in the employ of the the council and now gardener and charge-hand at Tamworth Farm recreation ground.

His first job with the council – there was no separate parks department in those days – was “mowing Figges Marsh.” After that he became a driver and remained at that job until about three years ago.

He joined the council in 1926, a week after his discharge from the Army.

Mr Finch, who comes from an old Mitcham family, was born in Phipps Bridge Road. As a youth of 17, he ran away from home to join the Army, but at the recruiting centre he was told he was under age. A few days later he went back to the recruiting officer and told him he was 18.

“Haven’t you been here before?” he was asked. “Never,” replied Mr Finch. He was accepted and served until 1926.

Mr Finch, who is 50, joined the council’s service a week after his discharge from the Army. He lives in Sibthorp Road.