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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


Mek-Elek Engineering, Ltd.

17 Western Road

Mechanical and Electric Meters

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

According to Grace’s Guide, the company was founded in 1931 by H.C. Cooper as manufacturers of special lighting equipment.

Products Advertised

1947 ad

1947 ad

1957 ad

1957 ad

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

In the 1954 telephone directory, the company was listed at 17 Western Road, with the number MIT 3072

Company wound up in 1974:


Notice is hereby given in pursuance of section 290 of the Companies Act, 1948, that a General Meeting of the Members of the above-named Company will be held at the offices of Messrs. Hesketh Hardy Hirshfield & Co, at Norwich House, 13 Southampton Place, London, WC1A 2AR, on Monday, 24th June 1974, at 11 o’clock in the forenoon precisely for the purpose of having an account laid before them and to receive the Liquidator’s report showing how the winding-up of the Company has been conducted and the property of the Company disposed of, and of hearing any explanation that may be given by the Liquidator; and also of determining by Extraordinary Resolution the manner in which the books, accounts, papers and documents of the Company and of the Liquidator thereof, shall be disposed of. Any Member entitled to attend and vote is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote who need not be a Member himself.

Dated 20th May 1974.

C. E. Bond, Liquidator.

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

T.S. Jackson & Sons, Ltd

Varnish and paint manufacturer based at the former Holborn Union Workhouse site in Bond Road/Western Road.

Established in 1853, according to this ad from Grace’s Guide :

Listed in the 1954 telephone directory as

Thomas S. Jackson & Sons Ltd., varnish and paint manufacturers
Jasonite Works
132 Weston Road
telephone : MIT 2977

Listed in the 1963 List of Factories as

Blocks ‘C’ and ‘S’
James Estate
Western Road

Paint and Varnish

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

1954 Seven tons of tanning fluid lost after valve theft

Seven tons of fluid escaped

Seven tons of tanning fluid, worth £175, escaped and were lost when a valve was ripped from a tank in the yard of a factory in Church Path, Mitcham. It was stated at Mitcham Magistrates’ Court on Monday, when XXXXX, 17, street trader, of
Phipps Bridge Road, admitted stealing the valve. He was said to have told the police that he had sold it for £1 8s.

XXXXX admitted entering the yard at the factory of Messrs. Mitchell and Smith. Ltd., on four occasions in order to steal valves and other metal.

On the fourth occasion he was caught by a police officer who was lying in wait. He pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing metal, and asked for two others to be taken into consideration. XXXXX was remanded in custody until Monday so that his parents could be present.

Mitcham News & Mercury, 8th July, 1954, page 1