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Bramcote Avenue

Road that runs in a south westerly direction from Cricket Green to Mitcham Park.

As entered from Cricket Green, on the right is a block of flats called Bramcote Court with shops called Bramcote Parade, and on the left corner the former Queens Head pub.

The houses, mostly in blocks of 4, are numbered odd on the east side from 1 to 55, and even on the west side from 2 to 56. Addresses at Bramcote Court and Parade have the postcode CR4 4LR, odd numbered houses have CR4 4LW and even have CR4 4LU.

A house, 1A, was added before number 1 possibly in 2003, according to planning application 03/P0491.

1954 OS map

The road, along with Denham Crescent, was built in 1935 on land that had been the market gardens of Mr W. Carlton.

1910 OS map

From local newspapers :


8 1/2 Acres the Council Wanted

The market garden land adjoining Mitcham Park, which has been the subject of much discussion of late and was the cause of a petition to the Ministry of Health, has now been sold to a firm of builders.

The land belonged to Mr. W. Carlton, a former chairman of the old Mitcham Urban District Council.

Only last week the Mitcham Town Clerk said he had received from the Ministry a formal consent to the borrowing of £15,000 for the purchase of eight and a quarter acres of land for a Council housing estate. The Council was informed that Mr. Carlton was not prepared to give any further option in respect of the land at the sum named, nor was he prepared to consider any offer for the land at present.

The Council was recommended to submit to Ministry for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the land.

Mr. Carlton told one of our reporters yesterday (Thursday) that the land had been bought by the Ideal Homes Estates, of Erith, who have other land in Mitcham. “I have got a much better price than the Council offered,” he said.

Source: Mitcham News and Mercury, 4th January 1935

The efforts of the Mitcham Borough Council to acquire 8 1/4 acres of market land near the Cricket Green as a site for council housing estate has evidently been nipped in the bud by the action of the owner of the land, Mr W Carlton, a former member of the council, in selling the land to a private building firm only a week after the council have decided to apply to the Ministry of health for a compulsory purchase order for the acquisition of the land. The Council has already received the consent of the ministry to borrow £15,000 for the purchase, but Mr Carlton, who had given the council an option on it which they failed to exercise, refused to consider any other offer by the council, and would not continue the negotiations. So it would seem that yet another attempt by the council to meet the requirements of an extremely large number of would-be the tenants has failed. Not, it may be added, through any particular fault on the part of the council, who were taking their usual and legal steps to attain the desired end. The proposal to make a council housing estate on the particular land in question had met with opposition, and 250 residents of Mitcham Park send a petition to the Ministry protesting that the proposal would destroy the amenities and the character of the district. In view of subsequent developments, the effects of this protest will not be seen. The land had for many years been worked as a market garden by Mr Carlton, his father and his son, and included in the sale is the cottage where he was born, and which he will now have to leave. Mr Carlton was reported to have stated that he got a much better price for the land than the council offered, and he understood that the firm proposed to build about 100 good class houses on the site. He added, it was stated, that he did not want to sell, and had previously refused all offers, but the council “forced his hand”. The difficulties which a local authority has to contend with in matters of the sort are well known, but the Mitcham Council is meeting with more obstacles and is usually the case.

Source: Mitcham Herald 18th January 1935

Council Minutes

Thursday, December 13th, 1934


—The Town Clerk reported that he had received from the Minister of Health formal consent to the borrowing of the sum of £15,000 for the purchase of 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green under Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925; and a letter was read from Messrs. Chart, Son and Reading stating that they had been in communication with Mr. Carlton, who had informed them that he was not prepared to give any further option in respect of his land at Lower Green East at the sum previously named nor is he prepared at present to consider any offer for the same.

Resolved, That the Council be recom-mended to submit to the Minister of Health for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green East for the purpose of Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925.

Source: Proceedings of the Council and committees, Mitcham Borough Council, Volume 1 1934-35 page 124

WW2 Civilian Casualties

17th February 1941

21 Bramcote Avenue
William Henry HILLARD, aged 9

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

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

1973 : Park Place Saved – Brenley Doomed

From Mitcham News & Mercury, 14th December 1973, page 1.

Park Place Saved – Brenley Doomed

Storm over the ‘Stately homes’

TWO of Mitcham’s “stately homes” have become the centre of the preservation storm. One has just been temporarily reprieved but the other is doomed for demolition.

Saved – for a while at least – is Park Place, once a highly desirable mansion set in parkland off Commonside-west. The council are reconsidering their earlier decision that it is not worth preserving.

Doomed is Brenley, a Victorian villa, off Commonside-east, at present used as a children’s home.

The Social Services Committee are to bulldoze ahead with their plans to pull it down, despite strong Tory claims led by councillor Mrs Iris Derriman, that this is expensive and needless destruction.

Councillor Peter Casey led the so far successful battle to save Park Place.

“I know the building is not of considerable architectural merit but it is on the supplementary list of these buildings and is in a conservation area.”

Although the majority of objections to its preservation had been on the grounds of costs and that it was not worth saving, he felt it had a certain character and could possibly serve the borough as offices.

“I know that the Greater London Council feel that it should be preserved,” he said.

Councillor Alan Jones angrily pointed out that if the GLC felt that strongly about the building then “they should dig their hands in their pockets and pay for it.”


“It was strongly felt by the committee concerned that on all grounds it was not worthy of retention. There is no useful purpose in retaining it. It will be a sheer waste of time.”

The Education Committee who are currently using Park Place as a storage centre for equipment, agreed to reconsider their decision.

But Brenley, a smaller house had its death sentence confirmed by Social Service Chairman Miss Sheila Knight, who swept aside Tory pleas that so much money had been spent on its interior, including central heating that, as Councillor Mrs Derriman claimed, “you are pulling down a perfectly good building.”

“I agree we have spent a lot of money on Brenley but this is the trouble – we could go on spending money in attempts to get it up to the standard it should be for modern child care thinking.

“I think it is time to take a more realistic look at the situation – the present house parents who have given long and devoted service are nearing a well earned retirement and then we are going to have difficulty in attracting the kind of young married couple we need to run this children’s home.”

For despite the council’s efforts to modernize the interior it was still not up to a standard which would give the couple privacy when they were off duty.

A modern building would answer the needs both of the children in care and the family needs of those who looked after them.

Councillor Mrs Iris derriman remembered the recent demolition of The Croft, another old Mitcham villa used by the council as a nurses’ home until it was pulled down earlier this year.

“Now we are talking about removing another perfectly good building. What on earth are we doing? Brenley is a very pleasant building,” she said.