Tag Archives: Eveline Road

1906 : Death in Prospect Road

LIVERPOOL MERCHANT’S STRANGE DEATH.

An inquest has been held Mitcham on the body the man found dead in the scullery of a house in Prospect Road. Mitcham, which he had taken under the name of Percy Lewis. A detective gave evidence to the effect that the deceased’s real name is Thomas Beecher Grime, and that he came from Liverpool. Intelligence has been received from Liverpool that he left there with £400 in notes on the 15th inst. Another witness said the deceased was visited separately by two young ladies, who stayed some time. Medical evidence showed death was caused by syncope. The inquest was adjourned till to day (Monday) to establish deceased’s identity.

The Press Association’s Liverpool correspondent telegraphs that Grime was a well-known Liverpool coal merchant, who left his office in Wavertree, Liverpool, on August 15, remarking that he would be back in a few minutes. Since then no trace of his movements had been found. He was a native of Darwen.

Source: Derry Journal – Monday 03 September 1906
from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1957 : Human skull found in Eveline Tea Rooms Coal Shed

He found a human skull in coal shed

A HUMAN skull, wrapped in paper, was found by a man in his coal shed on Tuesday.
The skull, thought to be that of a woman or child, was discovered by Mr. Jack Dann, London Road, Mitcham, while he was clearing away rubbish in his shed behind the Eveline Tea Rooms. The parcel, loosely tied with string, was among some billiard cues, firewood and old sacks.

“ When I picked it up I imagined it was an old rugger ball, but through the paper wrapping I could see some teeth protruding,” said Mr. Dann. “ At first I thought it was animal’s skull.” Mr. Dann, who was a male nurse in the Royal Army Medical Corps, examined it more closely and realised it was a human skull.

The skull, which has a dent in the top, has been taken to Tooting police this week.

The piles of rubbish had been put temporarily in the coal-shed by local builders who were decorating a small storage room.

When they distempered the inside of the building that had been blackened by a fire last year, they found the rubbish stacked in a cavity in the wall.

Note: More than 50 years ago, there was a famous murder in Prospect Road, near the cafe. The name was then changed to Eveline Road.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 8th March, 1957

Skull still not identified

The identity and age of the skull found in a coal shed by a Mitcham man has not yet been determined.

The skull, which was handed to a coroner’s court after being found by Mr Jack Dann, London Road, is still being examined.

“It may be used for medical purposes or destroyed,” said a policeman.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 15th March, 1957

Eveline Villas

Two terraces, each of five shops with flats above, on the west side of London Road, divided by Eveline Road, which is at the junction with Streatham Road and Locks Lane.

In the 1915 street directory, the houses were shown as numbered from south to north: from 1 to 5 and then 6 to 10:

1, Ernest McIntyre, M.R.C.S., L R C.P., Lond., physician & surgeon (surgery)
2, William Henry Curtis
3, Thomas Henry Band
4, Ernest Alfred Arthur
5,
6, Henry Thomas Hencher
7, Henry Horncastle
8, Hugh Anderson
9, Mrs Cook
10, Charles Alexander Hurrell

(Occupant for number 5 wasn’t given in the 1915 directory.)

In the 1925 street directory:

1, Miss L. Froude, confectioner
2, Ernest Reeve, butcher
3, J.W. Austin & Son, provision dealers
4,
5, Sidney Boreham
6, Charles Latham
7, William Drakeford
8, Hugh Anderson
9, Ernest Alfred Arthur
10, William Arthur Bleach

(Occupant for number 4 wasn’t given in the 1925 directory.)

Between 1925 and 1930, these houses were renumbered as part of London Road, north to south, 154 to 162, and 164 to 172.

In the 1930 commercial directory, the shop on the north corner with Eveline Road, originally numbered 6 Eveline Villas, is shown as no. 162 London Road:

The Swan Radio Co., wireless dealers, 162 London Road. Telephone 4009

1934 ad

1934 ad

1951 OS Map

1951 OS Map

There are two Merton Memories Photos from 1929, one looking north, the other, to the south.

World War 1 Connections
Private Francis Norton Drakeford

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

W A BLEACH of 1 Eveline Villas, aged 39 Years 10 Months, Carpenter. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment.

W S WHITE of 3 Eveline Villas, aged 33 Years 2 Months, Glazier. Conscripted on 10 May 1917 to the Royal Army Medical Corps.


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