Lansdell Road

Possibly named after Reverend F. J. Lansdell who was the mission clergyman at the ‘School Church’, in St Marks Road, in 1891 – according to Eric Montague in his Mitcham Histories : 7 The Upper or Fair Green, page 110.

Alfred Lansdell Mizen was born in Mitcham in July 1904, according to a family tree webpage.

The road runs from the junction with Locks Lane and Eastfields Road, southward to St Marks Road.

1952 OS Map

The houses are number even on the west side of the road, starting at 2 near the St marks Road end. Between numbers 32 and 34 is Feltham Road. A terrace of six houses numbered 34 to 44 is followed by a detached building which has a datestone on which is ‘Lansdell House 1901’. This building is currently divided into four dwellings numbered 46 to 52. Then there are two terraces of five houses each numbered 54 to 62 and 64 to 72.

On the east side of the road, the houses are numbered odd, starting at no. 15 which is in a block of four houses to number 21. The next block is also four houses numbered from 23 to 29, followed by a block of six houses numbered 31 to 41. This is followed by a block of five houses, 43 to 51, then a block of four from 53 to 59, then two houses 61 and 63. Then a block of four from 65 to 71, and a block of two houses 73 and 74, followed by Tonstall Road. The even numbered houses all have the postcode CR4 2JE and the odd have CR4 2JF.


In the 1891 street directory, described as heading north from St Marks Road to Locks Lane, the occupants were:

from St Mark’s road to Lock’s lane

EAST SIDE

Alexandra Terrace:
1, Walter William SMITH
2, William STANLEY
3, James Dundas HILL
4, Edwin COX
5, George William LAWRENCE
6, Samuel COUSINS

WEST SIDE

Walgrave Terrace:
1, Arthur EVERETT
2, Jacob NORRIS
3, William HOPKINS
4, Charles NEWING
5, Charles WILLIAMSON
6, Miss MIZEN
7, Thomas BAKER
8, Mrs EXCELL
9, Thomas BELBIN
10, Edward ARTHUR
11, George WHITTINGHAM
12, John HUMPHREYS
13, Charles SCHNEIDER
14, Arthur MORRIS
15, Arthur CLINCH
16, Thomas TURNER

— here is Feltham road

Victoria Terrace:
1, Edward SALMON
2, Alfred STENNING
3, Edward GARDENER
4, Avis ETHERINGTON
5, Albert HARRISON
6, John TILLEY

The 1904 street directory has James WHITE and John BLACKMAN living at Lansdell House, and the 1922 electoral register shows four dwellings, the occupants were:

1, Edith and Thomas BURFOOT; John Rumbold SHERMAN
2, Harry SIMS; John BLACKMAN
3, William CRAMP
4, Stephen and Rose ACKERMAN

World War 1 Connections

From the Mitcham and Tooting Mercury, 7th December 1917

KILLED IN ACTION. – The sad news came to Mr and Mrs Morris, of Walgrave-terrace, Lansdell Road, Mitcham, on Tuesday night, that their son, Ben Morris, had fallen on the Western Front. He was one of the bellringers of the old Parish Church.

Private Benjamin Arthur Morris

The 1891 street directory shows a William MORRIS at no. 14, as does the directory from 1915.


Lance Corporal Frederick James Seach

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