Sports stadium, which occupied around 8 acres, north of Eastfields Road and opposite the football ground in Sandy Lane, was built in 1935 and was sold to property developer Wates Ltd in 1955.
Mitcham Borough council minutes of 6th December 1934, volume 1, page 89, record a letter received from Mr S.E. Parkes:
26. LAND, EASTFIELDS.
Read letter from Mr. S. E. Parkes stating that he had had under consideration a scheme for the
utilisation of the disused gravel pit in Eastfields Road for the purpose of a Rugby football ground, and asking whether any objection would be raised by the Council in connection with
the user of this land for the purpose under the provisions of the Town Planning Scheme.
Resolved, That Mr. Parkes be informed that no objection will be offered by the Council.
A detailed history of the stadium can be found at the Gandermonium blog.
In addition to rugby, Irish games such as hurling were played at the stadium.
Also charity events were held there such as this 1937 fete in ad of the Wilson Hospital:
In 1954, the stadium was called ‘A White Elephant’ in this article in the 1st July issue of the Mitcham & Tooting Advertiser:
The site was sold to Wates Ltd who built housing with Guyatt Gardens, Ormerod Gardens, Fowler Road, Priestley Road with Roper Way connecting to Eastfields Road.
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.