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1837 : Pasture of 12 acres sold next to The Swan

Mitcham, Surrey

To Livery Stable Keepers, Horse-dealers, Coach-Masters, Farmers and Others.

– The luxuriant growing Crops of Grass on Acres of Land, and the After-pasture until April next, capital four-wheel Break, single horse Ditto, four-wheel Chaise, four other Ditto, nearly-new Hay-cart, four Sets of capital brass-mounted Chaise Harness, two Sets of Cart Ditto, Horse Clothing, Corn-binns, Stable Utensils, a three years old Filly, got by that fast Trotter Rochester, and Effects.

— By Mr. J. WISBY, upon the Premises, near the Swan, Mitcham, Surrey, THIS DAY, July 11th at Twelve, without reserve, by Order of the Executors of the late Mr. John Carpender.

Source: Morning Advertiser – Tuesday 11 July 1837 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Ascot Road

Road built on a former golf course, hence the name the Links Estate, in around 1907. Between Seely Road and Links Road.

1913 OS map

1913 OS map

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District council
Volume XII 1906 to 1907
Highways and New Streets and Buildings
10th January 1907

Application number 4129 from Mac Callum Bros. to build 50 houses in Ascot Road.

Occupants rom the 1915 street directory

from Links Road:

1, Alfred John SEWELL
3, Charles Robert STEGGALL
7, John BACON
9, Henry ROCHE
11, Amos JEFF
13, William J White
15, Ernest CROOK
17, James Cameron PARHAM
19, William JOHNS
21, Bertie John SAUNDERS
23, Mrs M.A. WHITE
25, Joseph OLSTEAD
27, William BUNDOCK
29, Edward WALTERS
33, Charles Henry GODWIN
35, Augustus WRIGHT
37, George PARTRIDGE
39, George Campbell GRACE
Ascot Villa, William BALDRY


2, William COOK
4, Ercole RAFFONI
6, Henry John TESTER
8, Francis BLACKWELL
10, Edmund George NEALE
12, Lascoff HUMPHREYS
14, Edward James FERGUSON
16, Charles Frederick Durrie MULFORD
18, Mrs MANDER, nurse
20, Walter John ELLIS
22, Daniel Chant WILLIS
24, William John COX
26, Lewis ESCOTT
28, John SANTRY
30, William Joseph McCARTNEY
32, Walter Henry JORDAN
36, James Arthur TILLOTT
38, Chalres James SCREECH
40, Mrs CLARK
42, Frederick Robert GREEN
44, Henry SPOONER
46, Arthur James REEVE
48, Herbert CROSSLAND
50, Mrs TAYLOR
52, Charles MORITZ
58, William WEXHAM
60, William Henry JULIAN

From a 1939 auction:


LEONARD DAVEY & HART Have been instructed to offer by Auction, at the Greyhound Hotel. Croydon, on TUESDAY. 28th MARCH, at 6.30 p.m. The following properties:-


— Attractive centrally situated Villa, producing £65 gross. Lease 67 years at £5.

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

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

Sibthorp Road

Called Sibthorp (without the ‘e’) in earlier street directories, Sibthorpe Road is currently a short road, almost an alleyway, off of the west side of London Road, north of the Kings Arms pub and opposite the White Lion of Mortimer pub (formerly the Bucks Head). It leads to the public car park, which has entrances in Holborn Way.

It was possibly named after Waldo Sibthorp of The Elms.

On the 1866 OS map there is a strip of land with trees, with two houses on the south side.

1866 OS map

An auction notice of 1879 includes a block of 12 brick and slate houses, one unfinished, with the rest let at 5 shillings per week, which could imply that they had recently been built. The auction also refers to two cottages and a plot of building land opposite.

14th June 1879 Morning Post auction notice (from the British Newspaper Archive)

The 1893 electoral register includes named terraces, listed below. It is not known which terrace was built first.

Garfield Terrace
1, William WHITFIELD
2, George BETTS
3, George BUTLER
5, Henry GREEN
8, Arthur BASSON
9, Robert DIXON
10, Henry SEARLE
12, Robinson AMBROSE

Garibaldi Terrace
1, William WILKES
3, William LUKER
5, Edward BALL
6, John SALLIS
7, John GODDEN
10, John PARSONS
11, George STANLEY

Mayfield Cottages
1, ALfred Wilks
2, George BURTON
3, Thomas GOULD
6, Amy HIGGS
7, William KENT

Occupants listed in Sibthorp Road in 1893:

1, Walter WATSON
2, Aaron WARE
3, Charles HARVEY
4, William SUGDEN
5, William TOWNSEND
7, Caroline BATCHELOR
8, Noah BLAKE
9, John RAPER
13, Henry CHANDLER
14, Thomas RUSSELL
15, Henry FORSTER
16, Thomas ISAAC
17, William VARNHAM
19, Arthur HOOKINS
25A, George SALES
26, Albert WARD
27, George CORNISH
27A, Albert BOWMAN
28, Joseph WOOLMER
28A, Josiah SMITH
31, Thomas NEWSOM
32, Edward BRYANT
34, Thomas CLARKE

1921 aerial view of Sibthorp Road

2015. View from public car park. White Lion of Mortimer pub can be seen at far end.

2015. View from public car park. White Lion of Mortimer pub can be seen at far end.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

1952 OS map

1952 OS map


MITCHAM ROBT. N. FULLER, MOON & FULLER Will Sell by Auction, at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon, on THURSDAY, JANUARY 26th, at Six o’clock, NOS. 2 to 24 (even Nos.), SIBTHORP ROAD, consisting of twelve desirable leasehold COTTAGES, producing together £202 16s. per annum. Printed particulars with conditions of Sale may be had of the Vendor’s Solicitors, Messrs. Woodcock, Ryland and Parker, 15, Bloomsbury-square, W.C. ; of Messrs. Chart, Son and Reading, Architects and Surveyors, Vestry Hall, Mitcham, and at the Auctioneers’ Offices, 83, High-street, Croydon, and at Purley, Coulsdon, Reigate, and Epsom

Source: Croydon Chronicle and East Surrey Advertiser – Saturday 24 December 1910 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Occupants in 1911 included William Kent, blacksmith.

1911 Census for the family of Private George James Howe.

Private Charles Henry Hussey lived here in the 1930s.

Matilda Baker and Emma Gregory lived here and both worked as Firework Artists, according to the 1881 list of workers at James Pain’s firework factory.

Gardener at the Tamworth Farm recreation ground, George Finch, lived here in 1952.

World War 1 Connections

Corporal T G Bates

Private George James Howe

Private Edward Henry Roles

Private George James Schofield

Private Walter John Wells

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

R BARRON of 36 Sibthorpe Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Firework Maker. Conscripted on 13 September 1916 to the 22nd Training Reserve Batn.

E H BOLES of 68 Sibthorpe Road, aged 18 Years, Factory Hand. Conscripted on 2 September 1916 to the 26th Training Reserve Batn.

Thos BUTCHER of 90 Sibthorpe Road, aged 18 Years 11 Months, Carman. Joined on 17 May 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

C H COOK of 21 Sibthorpe Road, aged 38 Years, Butcher. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 7 June 1916 to the Middlesex Regiment (29th Batn).

W FOSSETT of 14 Sibthorpe Road Mitcham, aged 18 Years 8 Months, Carman. Joined on 19 June 1916 to the Royal Fusiliers.

C GAUNTLET of 62 Sibthorp Road, aged 26 Years 9 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 20 October 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (11th Batn).

S HARPER of 50 Sibthorpe Road, aged 39 Years 4 Months, Fitter. Volunteered on 27 May 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

A D JOHNSON of 48 Sibthorpe Road, aged 37 Years 11 Months, Wheelwright. Volunteered on 1 February 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

J LAWRENCE of 7 Sibthorpe Villas Mitcham, aged 28 Years 6 Months, Cook. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 5 June 1916 to the East Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

A G MANN of 78 Sibthorpe Road, aged 40 Years, Fitter. Volunteered on 31 May 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

A A MILES of 76 Sibthorpe Road, aged 40 Years, Labourer. Volunteered on 31 May 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

G MORRIS of 84 Sibthorpe Road, aged 26 Years, Plumber. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

C NIGHTINGALE of 42 Sibthorp Road, aged 39 Years 3 Months, Bricklayer. Conscripted on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

William ROFFE of Fred Roffe 20 Sibthorpe Road, aged 19 Years 7 Months, Carman. Joined on 16 December 1913 to the East Surrey Regiment (4th Batn).

R T SCHOFIELD of 34 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Porter. Conscripted on 14 April 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.

H J J SCOBELL of 20 Sibthorp Road Surrey, aged 18 Years 10 Months, Baker. Joined on 14 June 1915 to the Army Service Corps (supply).

J TAYLOR of 66 Sibthorpe Road, aged 23 Years 2 Months, Box Sorter. Volunteered on 18 January 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

H J WELLS of 19 Sibthorpe Road, aged 38 Years, Bricklayer. Volunteered on 27 January 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment.

W J WELLS of 19 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Gardener. Conscripted on 17 March 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.

S WHEELER of 22 Sibthorpe Rd, aged 22 Years, Gardener. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 22 November 1915 to the Royal West Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

H A WILDE of 70 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Porter. Conscripted on 31 March 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.

News Articles
Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 12th January 1917, page 3

Compulsory Education

A Mitcham mother had to answer in dock at Croydon on Saturday for having failed to send her child to school regularly. The prisoner, who had been arrested by a warrant officer, was Edith Amelia Hinckley (31), married, of Sibthorp Road. She had been before the court six times on summonses, and had failed to obey the last one. After the last fine, on October 7th, her girl made only 12 attendances out of a possible 103.

Prisoner said the child was delicate, and having 6 youngsters to keep on a separation allowance of 29 shillings weekly, could not properly clothe her for going out in all weathers.

A fine of 10 shillings was imposed.

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

1859 Auction of Church Living


Next Presentation.

MESSRS. CRAWTER WILL SELL BY AUCTION, at Garraway’s Coffee House. ’Change Alley, Cornhill, on Wednesday, March 16th, 1859, at one o’clock precisely, the NEXT PRESENTATION to the desirable LIVING OF MITCHAM, in the County of Surrey, only 8 miles from London, and 3 from Croydon Market Town, with the advantage of Railway communication to the City or West End in a very healthy locality, and improving neighbourhood.

The income is derived from commuted rent charge in lieu of tithes, and nearly 18 Acres of Glebe Land, with the Vicarage House. &c., estimated to produce in the gross together about £670 per annum.

The Glebe Lands can viewed on application to Mr. Wm. Hills, Church-street, Mitcham ; the Vicarage House to be viewed by cards only from the Auctioneers, and with the consent of the present incumbent.

Particulars may be had ten days before the sale of Mr. Chart, Vestry Clerk, Upper Mitcham; of Messrs. Mitchell and Berkeley, Solicitors, 27, Lincolns-inn-fields ; the King’s Head, Mitcham; Cock Inn, Sutton; principal Inns at Tooting, Merton, and Epsom; the Greyhound, Croydon ; and of Messrs. Crawter, Surveyors, Land Agents, &c., 5, Bedford-row (W.C.), and Cobham, Surrey.

Source: Sussex Agricultural Express – Tuesday 15 March 1859 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1822 Bucks Head referred to in auction

Building Materials, Chaise Cart, Household Furniture, &c. Upper Tooting, Surrey.——By FLAMSTON and ELLIS, on the Premises, adjoining the Bell, in Upper Tooling, on TUESDAY, June 25, at Twelve, in Lots, THE useful Materials of Four brick and timber-built Cottages, comprising brickwork, plain and pantiles, rafters, sound oak beams, girders, framed sashes, pannelled doors, floor boards, staircases, partitions, sundry useful materials, a light chaise cart, two feather beds, and a few lots of furniture, &c. To be viewed on Monday and morning of sale. Catalogues had on the Premises at the Bell Inn, Tooting; at the Buck’s Head, Mitcham; at the Elephant and Castle, Newington; and of the Auctioneers, 76 and 143, Minories.

Source: Morning Advertiser – Saturday 22 June 1822 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1876 auction of onions

Will Sell by Auction, at the Goat Inn, Mitcham Junction, on Thursday, March 23rd, at 5 p.m.,

THE GROWING CROP OF LISBON ONIONS, on nearly One-and-a-Half Acres of Land, in the occupation Mr. Buck, Beddington Comer. For (‘onditions of Sale see printed bills.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 18 March 1876 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1853 auction of Manor of Biggin and Tamworth

MITCHAM, Surrey, close to Lower Tooting, and near Streatham and Croydon.

—To CAPITALISTS, Freehold Land and Building Societies, Market-gardeners, Medical Herbgrowers, and Others.—Valuable and extensive MANOR, with FREEHOLD and COPYHOLD PROPERTIES, nearly all land-tax free, comprising the remaining portion the estates of the late James Moore, Esq.

—Messrs. CRAWTER are favoured with instructions from the Devisee in Trust for Sale (and with the consent of the Mortgagee) to offer by AUCTION, at Garraway’s Coffee-house, Changealley, Cornhill, London, on MONDAY, Aug. 29, 1853, and two following days, at One precisely each day, in about seventy convenient lots, Nearly Three Hundred and Fifty Acres of superior LAND (part with brick earth), several buildings, consisting of a spacious Silk Printing Manufacturing Premises, with capital residence attached. The Prince of Wales Public-house, sundry Houses, Cottages, Brick Field, and Homesteads; very desirable Family Residence and Lands, known as Sherwood Farm; capital Wood, containing nearly 30 acres, well stocked with timber and underwood, and easily made a good game preserve.

And the extensive and lucrative Manor of Biggin and Tamworth, paying fines arbitrary, heriots, quit rents, tools, and appurtenances, with rights in and over the extensive common and waste. The situations of the estates are dispersed, but very eligible, being close to the church, Phipp’s-bridge, and road to Merton, Half Furlong, Blacklands, East Field, &c.; also on the high road from Mitcham to Morden, near the high roads to Streatham and Croydon, and part close to Lower Tooting.

All the land is in a high state of cultivation, of first-rate quality, particularly adapted to the growth of Medical Herbs (for which they were used by the late proprietor), and Market Garden Crops ; also productive Meadow and Pasture Lands, and several eligible Building Sites with extensive frontages, in a healthy improving neighbourhood, surrounded and adjoining to good roads, only eight miles from London, and three from Croydon Town. The whole of the value of upwards of £1,000 per annum, part being secured leases to responsible tenants, with reversions, and so near the metropolis, affords a rare opportunity to Trustees for investment, and is well worthy the attention of any capitalists.

The Croydon and Wimbledon Railway is about to be formed, and will pass through this estate; several of the most eligible lots will be within a few minutes’ walk of the proposed Station.

Possession of the greater part can be had at Christmas next. Particulars can be had 14 days prior to the Sale on application to T. E. Penfold, Esq., Solicitor, 42, Mecklenburgh-square; at Garraway’s; the King’s Head and Buck’s Head, Mitcham; the Greyhound, and Cock Inns, Sutton; principal Inns at Tooting, Merton, Corshalton, and at Messrs. Crawter, Surveyors, Land Agents, &c., 7, Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, and Cobham, Surrey.

A competent person will be employed to show the lands.