Category Archives: Shops

G. Davis, greengrocers (“Blowers”)

Greengrocers, George DAVIS & Sons, that was at 1a and 41 Upper Green East, also known as “Blowers”. On Sundays, in season, they sold seafood.

1952 ad

Text of ad:

HIGH CLASS
FRUITERERS & GREENGROCERS

EST. OVER 50 YEARS

G. DAVIS & SONS,
(Davis Fruiterers Ltd.)

Better known as “BLOWERS”

41 and 1a Upper Green East, Mitcham

Winkles, shrimps, etc.
On Sundays Only
(When in Season)

Phone:
MIT. 2189

1973 ad

The last day of trading was 4th March 1978, according to Merton Memories, and shown in this clip:

clip from Merton Memories, reference Mit_Work_Industry_41-1

Listed in the 1902 directory as George W. Davis, fruiterer, and in the 1904 street directory, as described as heading east:

Mrs TURNER, baker
Henry SEARLE, furniture dealer
William LAWRENCE, dining room

…… here are Watts cots ……

George DAVIS, greengrocer

and in the 1930 commercial directory as George W. Davis & Son, greengrocers, and in the 1954 telephone directory as Davis Fruiterers Ltd, 41 Upper Green East, MIT 2189


The shop at 41 Upper Green East is, in 2020, used by Magrath Locksmiths, who possibly moved there in 1992.

Stevenson & Rush, grocers, 327 London Road

From the 1954 telephone directory, Stevenson & Rush Ltd., grocers, wine merchants, was at 327 London Road, telephone no. MITcham 0818. They also had 17 other branches in the area of Kingston, Croydon and Leatherhead.

Jan 1948 ad from parish church magazine

The shop was remembered by a user of the Facebook group Mitcham History, who said:

When I think of shops in Mitcham, I remember the names of Harpers sweet shop on the corner of Bramcote Ave and Stevenson & Rush in London Road. Harpers I remember waiting with a bowl to collect the ice cream during rationing and Stevenson & Rush for the smell of ground coffee.

Listed in the 1930 commercial directory as

Stevenson & Rush Ltd. grocers, 325 & 327 London rd. T N 0818

This address was part of The Broadway, subsequently demolished when the London Road was widened.