Caithness Road

Road off east side of Streatham Road, possibly built in 1903, see council minutes below.

1920s postcard of Caithness Road

The 1925 street directory showed the North Mitcham Accumulator Charging Station on the north side of the road at the junction with Streatham Road, followed by odd numbers 1 to 123, and on the south side even numbers 2 to 118.

1934 OS map

1911 OS map


From the minutes of the
Croydon Rural District Council
Roads and Buildings Committee
Volume VIII 1902 – 1903
18th December 1902
page 636

2. Deposited Plans. – The Buildings Sub-Committee reported that they had carefully examined al the plans of new streets and buildings deposited since the last meeting, and on their recommendation, it was Resolved:-
(a) That the undermentioned be approved:

No. 2312, Keen & Co., houses, Caithness Road, Mitcham

World War 1 Connections
Private Albert Edward Aldred

Private William Henry Beaumont

Private H J Cobb

Corporal William Edward Ely

Private Walter Reginald Frost

Private Donald Gordon Gowar

A letter from a resident complaining about the state of the road, from the Norwood News, Friday 27 July 1928, said that he bought his home in 1904:

NOW THEY KNOW.
MITCHAM COUNCIL GET A STRAIGHT TIP.

Mitcham Council had it straight from the shoulder from one of the residents at Monday’s meeting.

Signed C. L. Wise, of 89, Caithness-road, Mitcham, a letter was read as follows:

“We bought this house 24 years ago, thinking we should live in a respectable neighbourhood, but instead of improving, it gets worse every day. Our road is in a disgraceful state, especially Streatham-road end. One cannot walk across the road without stumbling over big stones, and our pavements are not fit to walk upon, especially in wet weather. They have been picked up about a dozen times, and put down anyhow. I and others dread the winter coming, for we simply walk In puddles of water. I am ashamed to ask my relatives and friends to visit us, because the place is so bad. We are asked to keep our houses painted and repaired, which we do, but it is money wasted. Why cannot we have Victorian stone, like Hill-road and others, and the roadway made smooth? Money has been wasted patching it up. Anything seems good enough for us. We always pay our rates and taxes up-to-date, so think we ought to have a little consideration. Trusting you will look into this for us.”

Amid considerable laughter, the letter was referred to the highways Committee.


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

Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

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