The name’s the same as a pub
THE Star Junior and Infants’ Schools, Church Road, Mitcham, may be renamed — because the name also refers to a public house opposite.
Merton Council’s Primary Education Sub-Committee have recommended that the new name be the Benedict Junior and Infants’ School.
At a meeting on Monday Coun. R. A. Spalding moved that the recommendation be referred back.
He said : “I can see a case for changing the name but I’m not in favour of calling it Benedict. I would like to see it changed to the original name of the Lower Mitcham School. Benedict has a connection with monks.”
Coun. H. J. Clack, chairman, said : “The Star refers to a public house. We preferred the connection to be with monks rather than a public house.” The motion was defeated.
Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 14th January, 1966, page 1.
The school is currently known as the Benedict Academy. The Star pub was demolished in 2003.