William Harland & Son, Ltd.

Varnish and paint manufacturer that was at Phipps Bridge Road, near the river Wandle.

A 1928 ad shows the telephone number as Mitcham 2994 and telegrams to be sent to Harland Mitcham 2994. The ad says:

Manufacturers of “Harlasyn” synthetic enamels and varnishes

For other ads see Grace’s Guide To British Industrial History.

1914 OS map

News Articles and Ads

Norwood News – Friday 27 October 1961

MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN rqd. for paint and varnish factory; flameproof installation; pension scheme, etc.

— Apply to Works Manager Wm. Harland and Son Ltd., Phipps Bridge-rd.. Merton,’ S.W.19.

Birmingham Daily Post – Wednesday 07 March 1956

Ault and Wilborg.—These paintmakers have acquired the capital of Wm. Harland and Son. Merton. London. S.W.19. an old-established firm of manufacturers of paints. enamels, varnishes. cellulose and synthetic finishes. The purchase price was met out of the company’s resources.

Norwood News – Friday 06 July 1928


Another of Mitcham’s celebrities has passed away in the person of Mr. William John Davis, aged 69, of 5, Duncan-cottages. For years Mr. Davis worked for Messrs. James Drewett and Sons, and when the war came and the Drewett boys Joined up, the business stood in abeyance. Mr. Davis then went to work at Messrs. Harland’s varnish works, and remained there until his health began to fail. His wife went to Hastings on June 27, and Mr. Davis accompanied her a bit down the road. He returned home, and his daughter gave him a cup of tea. Shortly afterwards he was found seriously ill, and died the same night. Mr. Davis was well known as a canary breeder and rabbit-keeper. He won many prizes with his stock. The funeral took place on Tuesday at Mitcham Parish Church burial ground, and the esteem and respect in which Mr. Davis was held locally was evidenced by the number of sympathisers, and floral tributes sent. Six workmen from Messrs. Harland’s acted as bearers. and the firm sent a wreath. Mr. Davis leaves a widow, six sons and two daughters.

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 30 July 1910


On Wednesday morning the remains of the late Mrs. Harvey, mother of Mr. R. M. Harvey, organist at the Parish Church, and Mr. T. P. Harvey, manager of Harland’s Varnish Works, were interred at the Norwood Cemetery. Mrs. Harvey’™s husband was a partner in the firm Harvey & Wright, floor cloth manufacturers, who used to carry on business in Morden-lane. For the last few years she lived at Brixton and the funeral took place from her residence there.


Merton Memories Photos

1920 Enamel Department
1920 gum running workshop
1920 coke fires heating boilers
Aerial photo

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