2 Miles Road
82 Church Road
Borough of Mitcham List of Factories,
Town Clerk’s Department,
Available at Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
Reference L2 (670) MIT
Incorporating J.L. Fordham and Sons (est. 1837) – according to this newspaper ad in 1943 when the company’s protective paints and industrial finishes were mainly being produced for the war effort, but limited quantities were still available for Approved Essential Purposes. Two of their products named were ‘Pedigree’ Hard Drying Enamel Gloss Paint and ‘Perfecto’ Washable Water Paint.
From the 1961 Kelly’s directory:
Manufacturers of “Aristocrat” Enamels & Synthetic Finishes.
“Pedigree” Hard Drying Gloss Paint & Varnishes,
“Perfecto” Water Paint, Japans, Lacquers, & Industrial Finishes.
From the minutes of Mitcham Borough Council:
HAMER’S VARNISH FACTORY, Miles Road.
—The committee received the following report from the Chief Sanitary Inspector
— To the Chairman and Members of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
May 18, 1937.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Re complaint of fumes from Hamer’s varnish factory, Miles Road, I have made observation in Frimley Gardens as follows:-
May 10th at 11 a.m., no fumes, plant working;
May 13th at 11.45 a.m. to 11.55 a.m., very slight fumes;
May 13th at 3 p.m. to 3.10 p.m., very slight fumes, plant working;
May 14th at 11.30 a.m., no fumes, plant working;
May 15th at 11 a.m., no fumes, plant working;
May 18th ay 11.25 a.m., very slight fumes, plant working.
I have interviewed Mr. Bett, of Messrs. Hamer and Sons, on May 18, 1937, re this complaint and inspected the factory. Mr. Bett informed me that slight fume was unavoidable when the pots were moved. He also said he would be pleased to show any member of the Council the plant in operation.
I am of opinion that by the installation of the plant Messrs. Hamer and Sons have used the best practical means of abating the nuisance.
K. J. GUTTERIDGE,
Chief Sanitary Inspector.
Resolved, That the Sanitary Inspector be asked to keep these Premises under further observation, and to submit a further report thereon to the Public Health Committee.
Source: Proceedings of the Council and committees, Mitcham Borough Council, Volume 3 1936-37
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