Category Archives: Roads

Morfax Social Club Sports Ground

A sports ground that included a club pavilion that was east of the Corporation Cottages, opposite the Goat pub on Carshalton Road. It was last used by the factory Morfax, which was in Willow Lane.

Its address was Sports And Social Club Of Morfax, Carshalton Road, Mitcham CR4 4HN

This OS map from 1954 shows the outline of the pavilion building and the extent of the ground eastwards towards the railway line.

1954 OS map

Bing Maps has an aerial view of what is left of the clubhouse and ground.


There are 7 Planning applications on Sutton Council’s website:

90/P0448 : Granted 26 Jun 1990
Erection of single storey rear lounge extension to clubhouse.

86/P1340 : Granted 10 Mar 1987
Erection of changing rooms.

MER/1286/85 : Granted 4 Apr 1986
Erection of extension to existing club room.

MER/745/85 : Granted 20 Sep 1985
Extension of changing rooms.

MER/920/84 : Granted 31 Jan 1985
Erection of extension to club building involving demolition of existing buildings, to provide new servery, food preparation and beer storage areas.

MER/469/81 : Granted 13 Jan 1983
Retrospective application to erect a single-storey building for use in connection with the football club.

MER/468/81 : Granted 29 Sep 1981
Retrospective applcation for the erection of a standing encosure for spectators on northern site of the Fisher Football Club, Carshalton, Mitcham.

Beacon Garage

Garage that was at 189/191 Streatham Road, on the east side of the road on the north corner of Melrose Avenue. Currently a block of flats possibly built in 2009/2010.

1950 OS map

ad from April 1962

ad from 1938

Text of ad:

TELEPHONE:
MITCHAM 2941

AGENTS FOR
A.A. & R.A.C.

BEACON GARAGE CO. LTD.

AUTOMOBILE AND GENERAL ENGINEERS

Electric Pumps, High Pressure
Washing and Greasing, Welding
and Vulcanizing Equipments

ANY CAR SUPPLIED.
CASH OR DEFERRED TERMS
CARS FOR HIRE

Open Day and Night

189 STREATHAM ROAD MITCHAM

Listed in the 1930 commercial directory as

Beacon Garage Co. Ltd. motor engnrs. 189 Streatham rd. T N 2941


In 2007, planning application 07/P3668 from the Genesis Housing Group to build a block of flats on this site was refused, but was later allowed in 2009 after an appeal. The application was for

Construction of four-storey block consisting of commercial units on ground floor (uses within classes A1(retail), A2 (financial and professional services) and B1 (business) and 14 residential units, with associated access, parking & works.

The site had become a petrol filling station and when this application was submitted it had been no longer in use as such.

F.W. Jackson, jewellers

Jewellers shop that was at 157 Streatham Road, on the south side of the corner with Elmhurst Avenue.

1950 OS map

1938 ad

Text of ad:

It will pay you to visit

F.W.JACKSON’S

for

rings, jewellery, watches
clocks, cutlery, china
decorative glass, pottery
and silverware

Specialists in
watch and clock repairs

Highest prices given for old gold

All Estimates Free. Send us a post card and we will call

157 Streatham Road, Mitcham
(Corner of Elmhurst Avenue)

Listed in the 1938 directory as Frederick William Jackson, watch repairer, no telephone number.

The 1938 Official Guide to Mitcham said:

The name of F.W. Jackson, the Mitcham Jeweller and Watchmaker of 157 Streatham Road, has established itself in almost every household in Mitcham. After serving an apprenticeship in Clerkenwell – the hive of clock and watchmaking – young Will Jackson travelled north as far as Manchester and attached himself to high-class retail houses to gain experience. Returning to London he soon gained a reputation as a keen buyer and connoisseur of antiques in London sale rooms. Premises were opened in Streatham Road, and within two years the trade had so increased that larger and more commodius premises were secured at 157 Streatham Road (corner of Elmhurst Avenue). Here you will find him surrounded by a most attractive array of stock worthy of any West End jeweller. Mr Jackson claims his success was due to close supervision of all works entrusted to him.

The 1939 Register shows Frederick W Jackson living at this address as having a date of birth of 28th December 1912, and occupation as watchmaker and jeweller.

In 2019, the shop is a convenience store.

Comments from the Mitcham History Group on Facebook:

Became a wool shop in later years.

Elmhurst Cafe

The Elmurst Cafe was at 155 Streatham Road, on the north corner of Elmhurst Avenue.

1950 OS map

ad from 1937

Text of the ad:

Telephone : MITcham 3545

The Elmhurst Cafe

E. POTTER, Proprietress

Parties and Clubs
catered for at
moderate terms

155 Streatham Road, Mitcham

Booking agent for coastal coaches

Not mentioned in the 1930 commercial directory, nor the 1954 phone book.

In 2019, the premises are occupied by a fish and chip shop.

Comments from the Mitcham History Group on Facebook:

I remember going to the “Elmhurst” one evening with an older friend, about 1956. It was full of local teenagers, playing the juke box and taking up a collection for the owners birthday present. I was about 13 and it cost me my last 6d.

Mac’s Cafe back in the 1970s

Lilian Road

Road that runs in a southwesterly direction from Greyhound Terrace and was in of the Mitcham Urban District, but is now considered as in Streatham.

This OS map of 1952 shows the boundary line running through Leonard Road to the west, and Greyhound Line to the north.

1952 OS map

Houses are numbered odd on the east side, and even on the west side, ascending from north to south.

At number 1A, on the north east corner with Greyhound Terrace, the pub called The Mitcham Mint opened in 1968. It had previously been an off-license.

Next are two terraces, numbers 1 to 11 and 13 to 21. These can be seen on this 1910 OS map:

1910 OS map

As this area is shown on the 1897 OS map as nurseries, with no roads laid out, it is likely that this road was built around 1900 to 1910.

Note that on this 1910 map, Greyhound Terrace is shown as Manor Road, which continued along the present Rowan Road to Manor Road to the Common. The name of the road signified it being the boundary of the manor. Parts of that road were renamed in 1926 when it became necessary to renumber the houses.

On the west side of the road, houses numbered 28 to 38 and 42 to 54 appear to have been built around 1910. The current numbers 49 and 42 were built in 2008, see planning application 08/P0773.

415 London Road

A block of 3 shops with flats above numbered 415a, 415b and 415c on the east side of the London Road, south side of Tramway Path, near Mitcham tramstop.

1954 OS map

In the 1971 phone book:

Robert Brooker, greengrocer, 415a London Road, telephone 01-648 5237
Cain Brothers, butchers, is listed at 415 London Road, but doesn’t give the letter.