Category Archives: Urban District

Glebe Avenue

1952 OS Map

1952 OS Map

Possibly built in 1926/7 as the originally proposed name of St. Dunstan’s Avenue was rejected by the Urban District Council:

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District Council
Highways, New Streets and Buildings, and Lighting Committee
Tuesday, 14th September, 1926
Page 254

22. Name of street

– Read letter from Messrs Chart, Son & Reading suggesting on behalf of Mr G. Reader the names of Westfield Avenue and Glebe Avenue for the new street upon his estate, in lieu of St. Dunstan’s Avenue, which was previously submitted and disapproved.

Resolved, That the name of Glebe Avenue be approved.


Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Urban 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.

Manor Road

In this 1913 OS Map, Manor Road was the name of the road at the northern edge of the Urban District boundary, and continued along past the Streatham Park Cemetery, then south towards Mitcham Common.

1913 OS Map

1913 OS Map

1913 OS Map

1913 OS Map

Parts of the road were renamed, after this suggestion in 1926:

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District Council
Highways, New Streets and Buildings, and Lighting Committee
Tuesday, 14th September, 1926

6. MANOR ROAD.

— Read letters from the Battersea District Post Office and the Streatham Park Cemetery Company suggesting the renaming of Manor Walk and a portion of Manor Road in order to prevent confusion.

Resolved to recommend, That the following names be adopted :

Manor Road, from Commonside East to a point 300 yards north-east of Willow Cottages ;

Northborough Road, from Manor Road to Croydon Boundary, and to be numbered from the Croydon end of the road ;

Rowan Road, from Manor and Northborough Road to Wandsworth boundary opposite No. 31, Greyhound Terrace ;

Greyhound Terrace, from Rowan Road to Lilian Road.


Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Urban 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.

1932 Lighting of Colliers Wood High Street

In 1932, Colliers wood was part of the Mitcham Urban District.

1934 OS Map - the boundary with Wandsworth Borough was just north of the bridge over the railway line, south of the junction with Blackshaw Road and Longley Road

1934 OS Map – the boundary with Wandsworth Borough was just north of the bridge over the railway line, south of the junction with Blackshaw Road and Longley Road

The council’s surveyor reported that the Gas Company’s chief engineer proposed using reflectors to increase the light from the ‘Windsor’ gas lamps in use, and that Windmill Road was to be used for a test. This road, across Mitcham Common, had no housing and without any lighting nearby would be a good way of assessing the effectiveness of this proposal.

For more on the Windsor type of gas lamps, see the William Sugg & Co. History website.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council
Volume XVII 1931 to 1932
Highways Committee
4th February, 1932
Pages 647 to 648

STREET LIGHTING, WINDMILL ROAD

The Chief Engineer to the Gas Company has now evolved a system of reflectors suitable to Windsor type lanterns, and is willing to demonstrate them free of charge in Windmill Road, and I have given him authority to carry out this improvement on the understanding that should they not prove satisfactory there will be no charge. The reflectors have now been fixed in position, but I have not yet had an opportunity of inspecting them at night, and will make a further report to the Committee next month.

The cost of fitting these reflectors on the six lamps is 24s., and the cost of conversion to double burners 12s., with an extra maintenance cost of £10 2s.

HIGH STREET, COLLIER’S WOOD.

The length of High Street, Collier’s Wood, is 970 yards, and is lighted by means of three-burner Windsor type lamps, eight of which are on the west side and twelve on the east side. The maximum distance apart is between the lamp at the corner of Cavendish Road to that opposite North Gardens, a distance of 80 yards; whilst the
minimum distance is 30 yards, this being the distance between the same lamp at the corner of Cavendish Road and that at the corner of Byegrove Road.

The length of the road in the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth, immediately adjoining the district boundary, is lighted by means of six-burner lamps fitted with reflectors, and is very well illuminated at this point, due, firstly, to the extra lamps being installed on the tramway refuge by Longley Road, and, secondly, to the close spacing and high power of the lamps, the maximum distance apart being 38 yards. In a length of 125 yards from the district boundary, there are 7 six-burner lamps. I suggest that alterations take place on the Mitcham side in order to tone the lighting down gradually. I propose that the second lamp be resited and converted to six-burner at a distance of 50 yards from the first lamp in Wandsworth, and the remaining lighting on the bridge approach would then be adequate.

In my previous report I proposed that a three-burner lamp be fixed to replace an obsolete type lamp opposite No. 216, and on further inspection, late one Sunday night, I suggest two additional lamps be erected, one midway between North Gardens and Cavendish Road, and one between College and University Roads on the east side. When these lamps are fixed I think the road will be reasonably well lighted.

I have prepared a plan and estimate of the cost of lighting the road in the same manner as the recently relighted Tooting High Street, where each lamp is fitted with six burners at a maximum distance apart of 50 yards. The capital cost of this scheme would amount to £230 and the extra annual maintenance cost would be £150. I cannot see that this expenditure is justifiable in any way.

If the reflectors on the lamps in Windmill Road prove satisfactory they could be fixed with advantage to the lamps in High Street, Collier’s Wood.

Yours obediently,
RILEY SCHOFIELD, Assoc. M.Inst.C.E.,
engineer and Surveyor.

Resolved

(d) Lighting of Windmill Road. – That the Committee consider this question at the next meeting, when an opportunity has been given to the members to observe the effect of the new system of reflectors.

(e) Lighting, Collier’s Wood. – That the Surveyor be authorised to replace the obsolete type of lamp opposite No. 216 with a new three-burner lamp, and that two additional lamps suggested by the Surveyor be also provided, and that if the reflectors prove satisfactory in Windmill Road this system is adopted in High Street, Collier’s wood.


Inflation adjusted costs:

1932 2016
12s. £37
24s. £74
£10 2s. £620
£150 £9,200
£230 £14,000

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

1929 Ban on socials, dances and whist drives in Schools

DANCE BAN ON SCHOOLS.

No schools controlled by the Mitcham ( Surrey) Education Committee are to be let for socials, dances or whist drives. This decision was made on Monday night by the Committee in reply to a request from two Ratepayers’ Associations. “We had so-called social gatherings,” said Dr. Henry Love, but we found that drink was brought in after the public houses closed, and our schools became a perfect pandemonium.”

Councillor Field said it was reported that cups of tea and coffee were poured into the pianos and other wilful mischief committed.

Source: Shepton Mallet Journal – Friday 08 November 1929 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1915 Urban District Council

From Kelly Directory

URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

Meetings are held at the Vestry hall, London road, on the
4th tuesday in each month at 8 p.m.

Members.
Chairman, Edward Johnson Mizen.
Vice-Chairman, James Douglas Drewett.

North Ward.
John Brewer
John Henry Cole
George Stephen Cook
Walter John Hill
William Hudson
John Felix Laker

West Ward.
Frank Lawrence Baker
William Maisey Bland
William Robert Ginns
Walter Henry Parslow
Henry Poulson
Ernest Edward Snowsill

East Ward.
John Robert Chart
Adolphus Dendy
William Frederick Laing
Alfred Mizen
Edward Ernest Mizen
Edward Johnson Mizen

South Ward.
James Douglas Drewett
John Miles Leather
Henry Love
Harry Mount
Robert Richman
John Thompson

Officials.
Clerk, Stephen Chart, Vestry hall, London road
Treasurer, Walter Thew, London & Provincial Bank, London rd
Medical Officer of Health, Maj. Chas. Milton Fegen (T.F.) L.R.C.P.
Edin., M.R.C.S.Eng., D.P.H.R.C.S.I. Vestry hall, London rd
Surveyor, Burnett Bullock, Vestry hall, London road Health Visitor, Miss E. M. J, Pleister
Inspector of Nuisances, Charles Rabbetts, Harewood road, Collier’s Wood, Merton s w
Collector. Herbert W. White, Vestry hall, London road

Fair Green Public Convenience

Built in 1924 at a cost of £1066 18s. 6d., which was the nearest tender to the Surveyor’s estimate of £1064. Adjusted for inflation, this is the equivalent in 2019 of around £64,000. It was decided in May 1924 that it should open from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Photo possibly taken in the 1950s

Photo possibly taken in the 1950s

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council
Volume April 1923 to March 1924
Highways and New Streets and Buildings Committee
Tuesday, 12th February, 1924
Page 533

18. Public Convenience: Fair Green.-
The following tenders were submitted:-

Contractor Address £ s. d.
W. A. Taylor Pitcairn Road Mitcham 1187 17 5
A. F. Simpson South Norwood 1178 0 0
F. & G. Foster and Co. Norwood Junction 1158 0 0
S. Dale Mitcham 1128 7 7
H. Bacon and Son Coulsdon 1097 0 0
H. Hann Colliers Wood Mitcham 1066 18 6
A. A. Secrett Ltd. Wallington 1035 0 0

Surveyor’s estimate, £1064
Resolved, That the tender of Mr. H. Hann be accepted.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council
Volume 10
May 1924 to April 1925
Public Health and Burials Committee
Page 18

5. Public Conveniences : Fair Green. – It was Resolved, That the Open Spaces and Recreation Grounds Committee be asked to consider as to the hours during which the new public conveniences on the Fair Green shall remain open.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council
Volume 10
May 1924 to April 1925
Open Spaces and Recreation Grounds
Friday, 9th May, 1924
Page 28

14. Public Conveniences : Fair Green – It was Resolved, That the public conveniences upon the Fair Green remain open from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Public Health and Burials
July 1924
Page 255

18. Convenience : Upper Green The Clerk reported that Mrs McCAUL had undertaken to clean and look after the ladies’ convenience for a payment £1 per day, plus 5 shillings on Bank Holidays, and an extra £1 for the week of Mitcham Fair.


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

1917 War Allotments

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council
Volume III 1917 to 1918
19th June, 1917
Pages 51 to 53

8. WAR ALLOTMENTS.
—The following report of the War Allotments Sub-Committee was submitted :—

The Committee have since their report made to the Council on the 27th February last held eight meetings. and beg to report to the Council as follows :—

ALLOTMENTS.
The number of applicants for the allotments have been 530. The number of applicants satisfied who have taken up the land and are in possession of their allotments is 349; the rents received in advance for the half-year to Michaelmas amount to £49 5s 1 1/2d. The land acquired provided 417 plots. With some few exceptions, each allotment consists of 10 rods. This included land offered by the Wandsworth Gas Company, on which 20 allotments were set out, but only 7 were found to be capable of cultivation to advantage ; and on the estate of Mr. Ollerhead, where 35 allotments were set out, only 14 were taken up on account of the indifferent condition of the land. The only land acquired and set out for allotments which is suitable but has not been taken up is in Tamworth Lane, on Mr. Wise’s Estate, where 24 plots were set out and only 13 have been taken up, and 1 on St. George’s Road (Mr. Jones’s Estate), notwithstanding the fact that special handbills were printed and distributed around the district inviting applications.

These allotments are distributed throughout the Council’s district as follows:-

In the North Ward

Gorringe Park 62
Tooting Junction 10
Links Estate 9
81

In the South Ward

Elmwood Estate 59
Ollerhead’s Estate 14
Francis’s Meadow 7
Gas Works Land 7
Simmons’ Land 13
100

In the East Ward

East Fields 20
Graham Road 9
St. George’s Road 28
Tamworth Lane 11
Mitcham Lodge 7
75

In the West Ward

Colliers Wood 9
Byegrove Estate 25
Fortescue, Courtney and Devonshire Roads 21
Christchurch Road 17
Phipps Bridge 21
93
Total 349

A considerable number of applicants for allotments declined to take their plots up for various reasons: some because they were not close enough to their abode, some because of their working hours have been increased by their employers, others on account of their own or son’s enlistment, others because they were afraid of work, some never troubled to reply at all to the reminders sent them, and personal applications had to be made in the evening and frequently on Sundays, the only time the applicants could be found at home.

SEED POTATOES.

The arrangements made by the Board of Agriculture for the supply of seed potatoes has been most unsatisfactory. Through the County Committee the applicants were requested to state the quantity they required, and a choice of three sorts in two qualities were offered them, and your Committee upon receipt of the applications made request for the supply of 12 tons, which more than covered the quantity applied for up to the given date, Feb. 10th. The seed potatoes were delivered in instalments, and no definite information could he obtained its to whether the total quantity applied for would be delivered or not, or on what date they would be received. The first delivery of 2 tons was received on March 31st, the next delivery of 7 1/2 tons on April 11th, and a third delivery of 2 1/2 tons on April 17th. In the meantime additional applications were received, and the Committee applied for a further 4 tons (which they were informed would not probably be supplied), and the 12 tons were distributed, priority being given to all allotment holders ; but eventually another 4 tons arrived on April 27th, entailing a second distribution and going over the same ground a second time.

This procedure complicated the distribution, as the seed potatoes did not correspond either with qualify, description or price with the applications ; and as some applicants had already paid, some money had to be returned, whilst from others additional amounts had to be collected, whilst many of the applicants were found to have obtained their supplies elsewhere, entailing very considerable number of letters of explanation and visits to the applicants.

The potato seed was distributed to 265 persona, the amount received being £240: 0 : 6.

The Committee organised a course of three lectures on Potato Culture and the Cultivation of Allotments, the lecturer (Mr. Burgess) being supplied by the Surrey County Council.

In compliance with the request of the Board of Agriculture (Food Production Department) the Committee have resolved to undertake the spraying of potato crops of allottees at a charge of 3d. per rod of the crops sprayed, and issued a notice inviting applications. In order to secure the supply of sprayers and chemicals the Committee found it necessary to apply at once to the Board of Agriculture and pay for the sprayers and chemicals without which there appeared to be no certainty of obtaining them in time, and accordingly they recommend, That the Clerk be reimbursed the sum of £25 : 4 : 0 advanced by him.

the sprayers have not yet come to hand, but the spraying will be commenced on receipt thereof.

W.J. Hill,
Chairman

June 12th, 1917

Resolved, That the report be received and adopted.


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