Road that runs south westerly from Cranmer Road to the footpath alongside the tram line. On this 1932 OS map, the footpath is shown as Tramway Path.
The name of the road refers to Sir Julius Caesar Adelmere who, it was believed, had a mansion on the site where the Wilson Hospital is now. In 1598 he entertained Queen Elizabeth I. From this the names of the roads off of Caesars Walk are related to that monarch.
However, Eric Montague, in his book Mitcham Histories:11 The Cranmers, The Canons and Park Place, page 70, says that local records indicate that Sir Julius’s residence was actually south of the Burn Bullock, on the London Road.
Sir Isaac Wilson had bought in 1926 the Cranmers and surrounding land that stretched across the South London and Sutton railway line to the junction of Cranmer Road/Willow Lane with Carshalton Road. He built the eponymous hospital, which opened in 1928, as well as the Garden Village. In between the two he developed Caesars Walk, Burghley Place, Cecil Place, Walsingham Road and Hatton Gardens.
Ad for number 29, on the corner with Walsingham Road, from the Norwood News – Friday 27th October 1933
(7 mins, Mitcham Junction Station, 20 mins, Town); semi-detached freehold house; built 6 years; garage; 3 bed, 2 reception,bathroom. kitchenette; gas, e. l., hot water; re-decorated; excellent condition; £650. – Owner, 29, Caesars-walk. Mitcham.
WW2 civilian deaths on 24th February 1944 (links are to Commonwealth War Grave Commission website):
51 Caesars Walk
George Arthur WILLIAMS, aged 56, Air Raid Warden
Private Betty Violet WILLIAMS, aged 23, Auxiliary Territorial Service
55 Caesars Walk
Edith WHITE, aged 17
Rosa Harriett WHITE, aged 51
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
The bomb that killed George Arthur Williams at 51 Caesars Walk on 24 February 1944 also killed his daughter, Betty Williams. I have a copy of a letter my mother, who was Betty’s friend, wrote to my father, who was then Betty’s boyfriend, telling him of her death. She is buried in the cemetry near Figgs Marsh. Her death is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Thanks, Rob. I have updated the post.