Category Archives: Roads

Alfred Currell, greengrocer

A greengrocers shop that was in Upper Green West, north side, possibly where Huttons fish shop was later situated.

At time of writing, August 2020, the web page on Merton Memories gives no indication as to where in Upper Green West the shop was.

Left hand side of Currell’s shop showing part of next building. Clip from Merton Memories, photo reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln212

The chimneys on the building on the left look like those on no. 4 Upper Green West which still stands in 2020. The chimney on the Currell building looks the same as that on Huttons Fish shop, and while the number of windows is the same, its frontage is different.

The Merton Memories website says that it was a photo in the Tom Francis Collection. That website uses a Picture Reference for each of their images, and this one has “Mit_ TomFrancis_ Ln212”, which refers to note number 212 in Tom Francis’s notebook, which he used when displaying his slide collection in Mitcham Library. He died in August 1953. Note 212 says:

Currell’s sweet and greengrocery shop facing Fair Green. The type of many of the village shops – plaster fronted. This type was at one time were on two sides of Fair Green.

This note however doesn’t say where the shop was.

The 1896 Kelly street directory gives the location as the road is described as if walking along it, and the entry for the ‘North Side’ of Upper Green is described from Western Road to the High Street (London Road today):

NORTH SIDE

… here is Western Road

James MacMAHON, refreshment rooms
Henry HIGGS, boot and shoe stores
Edward MAXWELL, grocer
James TROTT, butcher
WALPOLE Bros., grocers

… here is Durham Place

Nag’s Head P.H. James Reynolds CHESHIRE
Arthur Vincent COOPER
John WALKERDINE, boot maker
Arthur R. KEMP, baker
Henry QUINBY, boot maker
Thomas GREEN
William BOXALL, tailor
Alfred CURRELL, greengrocer

The next shop would be Collbran’s butchers, but he is listed in this directory at no. 1 High Street.

Hatton Gardens

A cul-de-sac road that is off of the east side of Caesars Walk, after Walsingham Road.

1954 OS map

The name refers to Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Elizabeth I. See wikipedia entry.

This road, and the other roads between the railway line and the Wilson Hospital were on the former estate of The Cranmers which was bought by Isaac Wilson in 1926. All these roads have names related to Elizabeth I.

As entered from Caesars Walk, the houses on the left, north side, are numbered odd from 1 to 35, with three terraces of six houses each. At the end of the road is a square, offset to the north, with a terrace of six houses, numbered 37 to 47, and then a smaller terrace of three houses, which is at right angles to the rest of the road, numbered 49 to 53. The houses on the south side of the road are numbered even from Caesars Walk end from 2 to 36, also in three terraces of six houses. This is followed by two terraces of three houses each, numbers 38 to 42, and 44 to 46. At the end of the square, at right angles, is a terrace of four houses, numbered 48 to 56.

All even house numbers have the postcode CR4 4LG, and odd houses have CR4 4LJ.

No. 37 was extended and 37A added to its side, as per planning application 18P0893.

Occupations from the 1939 Register
Duplicates have been removed.

Assistant Serving Manager United Dairies
Automobile Tester (One Man Business )
Bench Hand Fitter
Book-Keeper (Full Set of books)
Builders Labourer
Builders Labourer Heavy Worker
C O Accountant Generals Dept G P O London
Carpenter
Carpenter & Joiner
Carpenter & Joiner Incapacited
Certificated Teacher
Cinema Attendant
Clerical Officer Inland Revenue
Clerk Civil Engineering Public Works & Buildings
Clerk Incapacited
Clerk Shorth-hand Typist Secretary
Coach Painter
Coal Merchant
Coal Merchants Junior Clerk
Cook
Court Dressmaker
Currier Machine Leather Heavy Worker
Dealer in Meat (Manager ) 148-50 Rushey Green S E 6
Domestic Cook
Driver Cooked Meat Salesman
Electrician-Wireman Building Trade
Embosser (Soft Toys )
Engineers Tool & Jig Maker
Filler (Motor Work)
Foreman Paint Grinder Heavy Worker
Gas Service (Area Representative) Gas Co
General Clerk
Home Duties
Hotel Proprietress Retired
Household Duties
Household duties (unpaid)
Housekeeper
Housewife
Import Stock Clerk
In Partnership Also Clerical Painter, Paperhanger Decorator
Incapacitated
Incapacitated (T B )
Insurance Agent
Junr Draughtsman
Lift Engineer Fitter
Lift Engineers Mate
Lift Erector (Electrical Mechanical) Heavy Work
Literary Editor
Lorry Driver
Machine Shaver Leather Dresser Heavy Worker
Mechanic
Medical Student
Mess Room Attendant
Motor Driver
Motor Lorry Driver (Gas Stone) Delivery Heavy Worker
Motor Transport Garage Hand
Motor Transport Operation Clerical
Motor Vehicle Building & Repairing Senior Clerk Wages Dept
Museum Clerk & Supervisor (Medical )
Now Woodworking Min Foreman Carpenter & Joiner Setter As
Old Age Pension
Old Age Pensioner
Omnibus Conductor
Order Typist
Packer at Pains Fireworks Factory
Paint Manufacturer Manager
Plasterer
Pneumatic Driller & Driver Heavy Worker
Printers Estimating & Cost Clerk
Printers Reader
Printers Warehouseman Heavy Worker
Production Clerk
Rag Dealer
Railway Relief Clerk Qualified Stationmaster
Railway Ticket Inspector Travels Qualified Station Master
Record Clerk Manufacturing in Charge Chemists
Relief Foster-Mother County Council Childrens Homes
Retired Baker
Retired Pensioner NCO Royal Mariner
School Caretaker
Sheet Metal Worker
Sheet Metal Worker (General)
Shop Assistant (Shoes)
Shop Assistant Grocery
Shorthand Typist
Signalman Southern Railway
Sports Trade Wood Worker
Supervising Sorting Clerk & Telegraphist G P O
Synthetic resins & Varnish Maker
Telephone Operator
Tester of Valves
Unpaid Domestic Duties
Upholsteress
Wages Clerk Gas Co
Waitress
Wife
Wire Worker Lampshades etc. Manufacturing

1967 postcard addressed to Mr & Mrs Gower, 26 Hatton Gardens


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