These roads and their houses were built in 1935 on land that had been the market gardens of Mr W. Carlton.
From local newspapers :
BIG LAND DEAL AT MITCHAM
8 1/2 Acres the Council Wanted
The market garden land adjoining Mitcham Park, which has been the subject of much discussion of late and was the cause of a petition to the Ministry of Health, has now been sold to a firm of builders.
The land belonged to Mr. W. Carlton, a former chairman of the old Mitcham Urban District Council.
Only last week the Mitcham Town Clerk said he had received from the Ministry a formal consent to the borrowing of £15,000 for the purchase of eight and a quarter acres of land for a Council housing estate. The Council was informed that Mr. Carlton was not prepared to give any further option in respect of the land at the sum named, nor was he prepared to consider any offer for the land at present.
The Council was re commended to submit to Ministry for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the land.
Mr. Carlton told one of our reporters yesterday (Thursday) that the land had been bought by the Ideal Homes Estates, of Erith, who have other land in Mitcham. “I have got a much better price than the Council offered,” he said.
Source: Mitcham News and Mercury, 4th January 1935
The efforts of the Mitcham Borough Council to acquire 8 1/4 acres of market land near the Cricket Green as a site for council housing estate has evidently been nipped in the bud by the action of the owner of the land, Mr W Carlton, a former member of the council, in selling the land to a private building firm only a week after the council have decided to apply to the Ministry of health for a compulsory purchase order for the acquisition of the land. The Council has already received the consent of the ministry to borrow £15,000 for the purchase, but Mr Carlton, who had given the council an option on it which they failed to exercise, refused to consider any other offer by the council, and would not continue the negotiations. So it would seem that yet another attempt by the council to meet the requirements of an extremely large number of would-be the tenants has failed. Not, it may be added, through any particular fault on the part of the council, who were taking their usual and legal steps to attain the desired end. The proposal to make a council housing estate on the particular land in question had met with opposition, and 250 residents of Mitcham Park send a petition to the Ministry protesting that the proposal would destroy the amenities and the character of the district. In view of subsequent developments, the effects of this protest will not be seen. The land had for many years been worked as a market garden by Mr Carlton, his father and his son, and included in the sale is the cottage where he was born, and which he will now have to leave. Mr Carlton was reported to have stated that he got a much better price for the land than the council offered, and he understood that the firm proposed to build about 100 good class houses on the site. He added, it was stated, that he did not want to sell, and had previously refused all offers, but the council “forced his hand”. The difficulties which a local authority has to contend with in matters of the sort are well known, but the Mitcham Council is meeting with more obstacles and is usually the case.
Source: Mitcham Herald 18th January 1935
Newspaper article of 8th February 1936 refers to a wireless dealer living in Denham Crescent, which implies that road was built in 1935.
Thursday, December 13th, 1934
LAND, LOWER GREEN.
—The Town Clerk reported that he had received from the Minister of Health formal consent to the borrowing of the sum of £15,000 for the purchase of 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green under Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925; and a letter was read from Messrs. Chart, Son and Reading stating that they had been in communication with Mr. Carlton, who had informed them that he was not prepared to give any further option in respect of his land at Lower Green East at the sum previously named nor is he prepared at present to consider any offer for the same.
Resolved, That the Council be recom-mended to submit to the Minister of Health for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green East for the purpose of Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925.
Source: Proceedings of the Council and committees, Mitcham Borough Council, Volume 1 1934-35 page 124
A council meeting on ??/??/???? approved the names Brancote Road and Denham Crescent for the ‘Whiteley Park’ estate (Lower Green East). Why the developer called it Whitely Park is not known, nor whether Brancote was a typo in the council minutes, and why avenue was chosen instead of road.
Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.