Newsagent and stationer who had a shop from around 1914 at number 5 the Broadway,
which was later renumbered as 323 London Road, as shown in this ad from the 1934 Official Guide to Mitcham:
Text of ad:
The Mitcham Circulating Library
Also SUBSCRIPTION LIBRARY
in connection with
MESSRS. W. H. SMITH & SON
2d. Volume – – No Deposit.
C. E. SPENCE
ARTISTIC PRINTER :: STATIONER
BOOKSELLER AND NEWSAGENT
BOOKBINDER :: PICTURE FRAMER
FANCY NEEDLEWORK :: TOYS
(Agent for Pullar’s Dye Works).
323 London Road, LOWER MITCHAM
In the 1913 directory, the newsagent is listed as John James KENYON. In the 1915 directory it is C.E. SPENCE.
In the 1939 register, Charles Edward SPENCE, stationer newsagent, born 1872, lived at 323 London Road with his wife Fanny E.M.B. SPENCE.
He died in 1941 and left £590 4s. to his widow Fanny Emma Mary Broadridge SPENCE.
From Norwood News – Friday 24 January 1941
NEWSAGENT FOR MANY YEARS
Mr. Charles Spence
THE death of Mr. Charles Edward Spence, well-known bookseller and newsagent, 323 London-road, Mitcham, has come as a great shock to his many friends and acquaintances.
Mr. Spence, who was 68 years of age, originally came to Mitcham from Cheam, where he had been associated with the Mitcham and Cheam Brewery.
For 26 years he was a prominent tradesman in Mitcham, and around him made a very large circle of friends and customers. He was a member of the Mitcham Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Spence being on the Social Cornmittee.
Mr. Spence has been in the choir at St. Dunstan’s Church, Cheam, since boyhood, and it was in the graveyard of this church that the funeral took place.
Numerous floral tributes included one from the Tooting and Mitcham Newsagents’ Federation, of which he was an active member, testifying to the esteem in which he was held.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Donald S. Drewett, Upper Green, Mitcham.
From a user on the Mitcham History Group on Facebook:
Gladys AYLING worked in C.E. Spence around 1929. She earned 5 shillings a week, started early and finished late. If she was let go early one day, she had to deliver the sample books to the customers on her way home – riding her bike with the books resting over the handlebars!
Her husband, Wilfred AYLING, worked in the old manor house gardens a few doors along from this shop.