Tag Archives: 1967

Percy Mayhew

Confectioners, newsagents and stationers, from early 20th century to possibly the late 1960s.

A number of postcards of scenes in Mitcham have his name on them, such as this undated one of London Road.

‘Mayhew’ in bottom left hand corner.

This photo of Preshaw Crescent has ‘Mayhew Mitcham’ on the left and ‘2721 Johns’ on the right, who might have been the photographer.

Preshaw Crescent

This photo of the Blue Houses has ‘Percy Mayhew’ on the left.

Ravensbury Arms and the Blue Houses

There is a collection on Merton Memories.

In the 1925 street directory, listed as a confectioner at number 4 The Parade, which was renumbered as 231.

Listed in the 1929 Where to shop in Mitcham advert as at 239 and 231 London Road.

In the programme for the 1952 Sports and Shopping Week his shop is listed as having contributed a pen and pencil set, worth 13s. 11d., as a prize in the lucky programme number competition. The address of the shop then was 72 Monarch Parade. The shop can just be seen on the right of Davant Ltd (the furniture shop at number 73), in this 1950 Tuck postcard:

1950 Tuck postcard

Listed in the 1954 telephone directory as newsagent, tobacconist, 72 Monarch Parade, London Road, MIT 2478.

Listed in the 1967 edition of the Mitcham Chamber of Commerce Yearbook, but not in the 1969 edition.


E. Birch & Sons, butchers

Ad from September 1914

Text of ad:

Messrs. E. BIRCH & SONS,

Pork and Beef Butchers.


It will pay YOU to give us a call. All goods of our own manufacture from
ENGLISH material. Note the HOME KILLED PORK of Finest Quality.

E. BIRCH & Sons,

36-38, Church Road and 1, London Road. Mitcham. 133, High
Street, Merton; Beddington Corner.

Phones: 817 Mitcham; 1283 Wimbledon.

1953 OS map

In the 1930 commercial directory, E Birch & Sons was listed at 36 & 38 Church Road and also 274 London Road.

In the 1952 chamber of commerce list, shown as S.E. Birch, 36 Church Road.

Listed in the 1954 telephone directory as E. Birch & Sons, 36 Church Road, phone number MITcham 0817.

A photo from the London Metropolitan archives of 1967 shows 36 Church Road still as family butchers, with the name F. Johnson.

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

1967 : Roy Castle at the Ravensbury Tavern

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 2nd October, 1967, page 1.


COMEDIAN Roy Castle visited the Ravensbury Tavern, Morden Road, Mitcham, last week.

He presented a cheque for £250 on behalf of the patrons to Mr. Dermot Cuddy, of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

He arrived at 10.30 pm, after leaving Wimbledon Theatre where he is appearing in the pantomime “Babes in the Wood” as Simple Simon.

And from behind the bar with the licensee, Mr. Charles Lawrence, and his wife, Pamela, he signed autographs and played several numbers an his trumpet.


Mr. Cuddy thanked the customers in both bars and presented Mr. Lawrence with a model of a guide dog.

The money was raised by donations over the bar during the past year.

“It’s the first time that we have collected,” said Mr. Lawrence.
“But it has been very worthwhile.”

1967 : The Game’s record banned by the BBC

A MITCHAM beat group’s record on drug addiction was banned from Saturday’s “Juke Box Jury.”

Because of complaints to the Home Office, sales are to be restricted by E.M.I., the record company.

The programme was recorded two weeks ago. And the record — “The Addicted Man,” by The Game beat groups came under strong criticism from the panel of four disc jockeys after they heard the first 70 seconds of the number.

The disc jockeys, Peter Murray, Simon Dee, Alan Freeman and Jimmy Saville, described the record as revolting, disgusting and horrific.

But most record shops reported that they had sold out on Saturday.

Officials of B.B.C. decided to cut the record and comments from the programme after a preliminary run-through. This meant that the programme started nine minutes late and a cartoon was put on to fill the gap.

The record, released on Friday, was written and composed by three local teenagers who manage The Game group under the name of Original Sound Productions.

Nineteen-year-old Alan Gowing, Bond Road, Mitcham, with 18-year-old Terry Brown, Laburnum Court, Mitcham, wrote the music, and Lesley Blake, Haynt Walk, Merton, also aged 19, wrote the words.


Speaking from their office at Bond Road, Mitcham, Alan Gowing said : “The whole aim of our song has been distorted.

“We are firmly against drug addiction, and we would never encourage drug taking.

“What has happened is that the disc jockeys heard the first two verses and not the last chorus, which changes the whole meaning of the record.”

The first verse is:

Take it, boy and feel you swing,
Take it, boy, make your blood swing,
See the girls move and sway,
Take it, boy, and you’ll get that way.

The last verse is:

So reach there, man, get there fast,
You’ll live in hell while you last.

Disc jockey Peter Murray said, “It was a terrible record. The most disgusting that I have ever heard.

“The last verse was read out to us and, in my opinion, does not in any way alter the song, which, as I see it, says ‘Have a good time taking drugs, even though you will end up in hell.’”

A spokesman for E.M.I. said: “We believe in all sincerity that ‘Addicted Man’ is an anti-drug record. No one could be sorrier than we are that it has caused such tremendous repercussions.

“If we had thought it was going to offend, we would never have released it in the first place.

“So despite the fact that some of the records have already gone out to dealers, we will do everything in our power to restrict sales, and we will see to it that no more copies are sent to the shops.”


“I’ve played the record through several times, and while as a production it is quite good, and could well appeal to the fans, I think it a most unfortunate choice (writes Reg Exton). The title itself gives a clue to what it is all about, and while it is true the word drugs is not mentioned, the lyrics make it pretty obvious.

I’ll concede that the last verse,
“So reach there, man, get there fast,
You’ll live in hell while you last”

– emphasises the dangers of taking drugs. But why a pop record at all about such a subject? Drug taking is a very serious matter. It has been the ruination of many young people. To my mind this disc is a mistake. The Game were ill-advised to make it.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, Friday 13th January, 1967, page 1.

For a list of other records produced by The Game, see the Discogs website.

Stewart & Gray, Ltd.

Paisley Works
Swains Road

Vitreous Enamellers. Part of Escol Group according to 1964 ad, see below. Possibly changed name to Escol Panels Ltd., see 1967 ad.

1949 OS map

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 27th January 1961:

New Mirror building

SPECIALISTS in vitreous enamelled steel panels, Stewart and Gray Ltd., Paisley Works, Swains Road, have their work featured in the vast new Daily Mirror-Sunday Pictorial building at Holborn. Their panels are in many new buildings in London and the rest of the country.

About 40 young children of employees attended a New Years party given by the firm at the White Hart, Mitcham. Each was given a present.

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 10th February 1961:

LONDON’S tallest building, the 33-storey office block being
built at Millbank, will embody enamelled architectural steel panels made by Stewart and Gray, Swains Road, Tooting Junction.

The factory has now geared its works mainly to the production enamelled architectural panels.

A recent project was the new quarter-mile long Ilford factory at Basildon which incorporates 35,000 square feet of yellow porcelain enamelled panels.

Among customers of their large export business are Scandinavia, India, Jamaica, Persia, and Hong Kong.

1964 ad

1967 ad

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

Listed in the 1963 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories. Available at Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
Reference L2 (670) MIT