Nags Head

Pub on Upper Green West, demolished for the building of the by-pass road, Holborn Way.

Listed in the 1930 commercial directory as number 11 Upper Green West (telephone number 2497), and shown on this OS map of 1952:

1952 OS map

The pub was rebuilt in the 1930s. This undated photo shows the pub on the left.

1822 : Alice BRADFORD
1825 : Alice WILCOX
1826 : John CARPENTER
1867 : Giles AUSTIN
1896 : Francis TOMLIN
1911 : Thomas Henry SEWELL
1915 : Frank ELLIS
1930 : Mrs Montague GODFREY (from 1930 commercial directory)

1954 : I.H. HOLLAND (from phone directory)

Council Minutes

From the minutes of the Mitcham Borough Council
Volume 1
1934 to 1935
4th April 1935
page 497

17. Rebuilding of “Old Nag’s Head,” Upper Green
Read letter from the architect, Messrs. Meux Brewery Co., Ltd., asking whether the Council desired the new lavatory to be constructed at the “Old Nag’s Head,” Upper Green, to be arranged so as to afford external access during all hours.
Resolved, That the architect be informed that the Council will not desire to take over and maintain the lavatory at this public house.

Note: the council maintained toilets at public houses to make them available for public use when there was no public convenience nearby.

News Articles

Mitcham, Surrey.—

The OLD NAG’S HEAD INN and Premises, let on lease, in consideration of a premium, at 60/. per annum. Messrs, Farebrother, Clark, and Lye are instructed by the Mortgagee to Sell by Auction, at Garraway’s, on Wednesday next, July at 12, a copyhold ESTATE of the Manor of Biggin and Tamworth, Surrey, comprising the well accustomed house and premises known as the Old Nag’s Head Inn, at Upper Mitcham-green, Mitcham, Surrey, with prominent front and ample accommodation, yard, with stabling, coach-house, skittle ground, and good garden; let on lease to Mr. George Chamberlain (and in the occupation of Mr. Simmons), for 21 years from the 15th of December, 1851, at the low rent of £60 per annum, in consideration of a premium of £400. May be viewed, and particulars had at the place of sale; of C. B. Teague, Esq., Solicitor, Crown-court. Cheapside; at Garraway’s; and at the Offices of Messrs. Farebrother, Clark, and Lye, Lancaster-place. Strand.

Source: Morning Advertiser – Wednesday 15 July 1857 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

From the Tithe Apportionment Map of 1846, the land was owned and occupied by William Lowman. The land measured 1 rood and 7 square perches.

World War 1 Connections
Private Montague Albert Godfrey

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