Tag Archives: 1965

Mortuary Chapel in parish churchyard

When the burial ground was enlarged, a mortuary and chapel were built. These were near the entrance in Miles Road, at the north end of the churchyard. Another entrance from Church Road was made, leading to the chapel.

The Mortuary Chapel was built around 1888, by Crockett at a cost of £1,761, as listed from an advertised tender.

When Mitcham became part of the London Borough of Merton in 1865, H.M. Coroner decided that autopsies and inquests would be performed at Battersea for both Merton and Wandsworth. This decision was recorded in the minutes of the Parks, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee dated 26th May 1965:

612. Mitcham and Wimbledon Mortuaries

The Director of Parks reported

(i) that following the reorganisation of the London boroughs, H.M. Coroner had decided that as from the 1st April, 1965, he will hold all inquests for both the London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth at the Battersea Coroner’s Court and that consequently all autopsies on bodies will be carried out at the Battersea Mortuary; and

(ii) that no request has been made to use the Wimbledon and Mitcham mortuaries which had been kept in readiness since the 1st April in case local funeral directors wish to use them as Chapels of Rest, and

(iii) that consequently there seemed to be no necessity to keep the mortuaries available particularly as some financial arrangements would have to be agreed with the London Borough of Wandsworth for bodies admitted to the Battersea Mortuary from this borough.

Source: Minutes of proceedings of the council and committees, London Borough of Merton Council Minutes, 1965-66, volume 2, part 1.

This 1952 Ordnance Survey map shows the outline of three buildings near the Miles Road.

1952 OS map showing the Mortuary Chapel

Only the mortuary building survives intact in 2017, the small building opposite it has gone, leaving a concrete slab. Nothing is left of the chapel building.

Photo taken 26th April 2017 of mortuary building

Photo taken 26th April 2017 of slab opposite mortuary building.

Photo taken 26th April 2017 of plot where mortuary chapel once stood.

Measurements made using the online map show the length, along its east-west side, and depth, along its north-south side :

Building length (ft) depth (ft)
Mortuary 28 22
Opposite Mortuary 9 18
Mortuary Chapel 45 30

Inquests, see links below, were also held at the Mortuary Chapel, presumably after a post mortem examination in the mortuary.

1895 Death from pleurisy
1910 Miss Ellen Peerless, of the Ship Laundry


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


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

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.

1965 Luftwaffe Contract for Bryans

From Flight International, 4th March, 1965 page 346

Luftwaffe Contract for Bryans

The West German Ministry of Defence has recently placed a £68,500 contract with Bryans Ltd, of Willow Lane, Mitcham Junction, Surrey, for the supply of 52 Oxygen Demand Regulator Test Stands, Model 1488/A.

Delivery of the first nine units has already been made. This equipment is used for
testing aircrew oxygen demand regulators for How capacities and oxygen concentration under simulated flight conditions.

Altitudes of up to 70,000ft can be reproduced in the pressure chamber where the
regulator is tested. Provision is made for the accurate control and measurement of
pressures and flows of oxygen through the regulator.

Full facilities are available in Model 1488/A for testing all airborne regulators of European and US origin.

Bamboo House

Chinese restaurant, 249 London Road, corner of Langdale Avenue. Established in 1960.

Extract from the Daily Mirror, 8th April, 1965

In England Today there are more than 2,000 Chinese Restaurants

… in the “Bamboo House,” 45-year-old Mr. Pui Cheung opens seven days a week with members of his family as his chief assistants.

Mr. Cheung arrived in England eleven years ago by boat from Hong Kong with very little money m his pocket, and for six years he worked in restaurant kitchens and then as a waiter.

Five years ago he risked his savings and got a mortgage to open his Chinese restaurant.

Today he has paid off his mortgage and is saving hard to expand.

He regularly serves more than 300 4s. 6d. lunches between midday and 3 p.m.

He employs an 18-year-old boy, Lai Fong, solely to look after and grow fresh bean shoots from seed in huge wooden tubs in an immaculate transformed coal cellar.

He told me: “I often use 100lb. bean shoots on Saturday nights alone, and I can only keep pace with the demand by growing them on the premises.”

Most Chinese restaurants do the same — it’s handier and cheaper than buying outside.

The popularity and standard of food values can be judged by the fact that local housewives now collect Mr. Cheung’s three-course 4s. 6d. meals to take home for the family.

Shiu-King, the owner’s strikingly good-looking wife, supervises the kitchen. His elder son Ching Kwong is her deputy, his daughter-in-law, Choi King, is a waitress, his 21-year-old son Yick Kwan is the deputy chef and his 19-year-old daughter Oi-ling, is a waitress.

Inflation adjusted, four shillings and sixpence in 1965 is around £4 in 2016.

Pollards Hill Arcon Bungalows

From the minutes of the
Housing Committee
22nd June 1965

695. Notices to Quit. – The Housing Manager reported that (a) there remained at Pollards Hill seven occupied Arcon bungalows which had to be cleared by the 29th September 1965; and b) the rehousing of the tenants was proceeding, but he felt that the time was approaching when all remaining tenancies should be formally terminated by Notices to Quit as a precaution against any last minute difficulties in rehousing.

Resolved – That authority be given for the the service of Notices to Quit accompanied by an explanatory letter.

Source: Minutes of Proceedings of the Council and committees, London Borough of Merton, Volume 2 1965-66, page 417

345 Arcon bungalows were built by Mitcham Borough Council as temporary housing after the Second World War.

Merton Memories photos of Arcon bungalows at Pollards Hill: outside and inside.


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

Hygienic Wireworks

79 Miles Road

Sheet Metal and Wire Work

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 Grace’s Guide:

Sheet metal and wire workers of Mitcham.
1850 Company founded.
1925 Private company.
1961 Sheet metal and wire workers, producing Genykage cages, Blend occasional furniture, Genyk hardware products, fireguards, plastic coated wire work, bathroom cabinets, meat safes, saucepan stands. 250 employees.

From 11th Feb 1977, newspaper ad for

TOOLMAKERS
£1.60 per hour plus overtime.
We produce Presswork and Wirework, and require toolmakers to manufacture and maintain our presstools and welding fixtures. Apply to:

Derek Bennett,
Genyk Products Ltd
Miles Road, Mitcham, Surrey
Telephone : 648 7071

19770211 wireworks job ad

Company bought by Spillers in around 1969.

Then bought by Chapman Seating, according to their website:

Chapman Seating purchased Genyk Products Limited and their factory at Mitcham in South London from the Spillers Group and all the pet type products including bird and hamster cages ceased production as they were no longer economical or viable in a diminishing pet market. Chapman Seating moved to this factory and traded under the Genyk Products name for a while, but the trading name reverted to the well known and respected Chapman Seating again after two years.


1947 Miles Road


From Britain From Above



These photos have been kindly provided by a user from the Facebook Mitcham History Group:
1969

1969

1969 Bill receives his long term service award

1969 Bill Stephens receives his long term service award

1969 Bill receives a watch for 55 years with the company

1969 Bill Stephens receives a watch for 55 years with the company

Bill Stephens (1900-1987) joined the company in 1914 at the age of 14, when the company started in Peckham, and he and his family moved to Mitcham when the factory was established there. He completed 55 years’ service in 1969.

His two brothers, George (1903-1970) and Charles (1902-1984), also worked for the company, and both lost their sight because of that work. One of the brothers worked with chromium plating and acid splashed into his face, damaging his eyes. He lived a 5 minute walk from the factory, and was able to continue working there.


Another fellow on the Facebook Mitcham History Group said

I worked there around 1965, brazing fire guards……abysmal. There were two of us, one loaded while the other brazed them together, it was a bonus system so no let up for the 8 hrs you were there, couldn’t let your partner down. I remember spot welding machines that spat out white hot steel that sometimes went into your shoe – ouch !!!

Adverts from 1962
1962-ad-hygenic-wire-works

1962-ad-vacancies


Articles from the British Newspaper Archives

25th January 1946

PUBLIC NOTICES.
CITY OF NOTTINGHAM EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THE ROYAL COLLEGE NURSING (Nottingham Branch—Public Health Section).

A WEEK-END COURSE IN INDUSTRIAL NURSING will be held the COTTESMORE SCHOOL, LENTON BOULEVARD, NOTTINGHAM, on SATURDAY and SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th and 17th, 1946.

FEE 10/- inclusive of sleeping accommodation (if required) and meals.

LECTURES.

“ Practical Aspects Industrial Nursing.”

Miss M. M. Durrant, Sister-in-Charge, The Hygienic Wire Works Ltd., Mitcham.

Source: Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 25 January 1946 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)