Queen’s Head

Corner of Bramcote Avenue and Cricket Green (southside).

Mock Tudor style building, early 20th century.

2015 Queens Head

Property Ownership

The land was registered as two titles SGL605939, being the building and car park at number 70 Cricket Green; and SGL105754, being number 72 Cricket Green.

Both were registered in May 1999 to SHEPHERD NEAME LIMITED (Co. Regn. No. 138256) of 17 Court Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AX.

These were sold on 12th July 2016 for £775,000 plus £139,500 VAT to DELROSE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (Co. Regn. No. 07697345) care of Lawrence Smith & Co, Parkway House, Sheen Lane, London SW14 8LS.

It is assumed that both titles have been combined as one, listed as ‘The Queens Head’, i.e. with ‘Public House’ removed.

Before Shepherd Neame, the owner assumed is to have been Punch Taverns, who bought all of Charrington pubs in 1997.

The Archivist-Historian for Shepherd Neame was contacted for any further information, such as when the pub was built, and this was his reply:

Alas, as Shepherd Neame had this pub for such a short time we have absolutely no records nor deeds with which to help you.

Planning application 17/P0253 for conversion of existing public house (class A4) into residential (class C3) to create 7 x self-contained flats including the erection of 2 storey side extensions approved on 25th July, 2017.

Local Newspaper Articles Index

Article Newspaper Date Page
Death of Mrs W. A. Leney Mitcham News & Mercury 24/1/1958 9
Royal Swap Mitcham News & Mercury 23/10/1981 60
Businessmen meet at Queens Head Mitcham Herald 17/10/1990 4

Census Records
Name was “Queen’s Beer Shop” and occupants were:

Name Relationship Marital Status Age Year of Birth Gender Occupation Town of Birth County of Birth
William KIRBY Head Married 43 1838 Male Master Blacksmith Northampton Northamptonshire
Ann KIRBY Wife Married 40 1841 Female London Middlesex
Emily KIRBY Daughter 14 1867 Female Domestic Mitcham Surrey
Alice KIRBY Daughter 10 1871 Female Scholar Mitcham Surrey
Grace KIRBY Daughter 8 1873 Female Scholar Mitcham Surrey
William KIRBY Son 6 1875 Male Scholar Mitcham Surrey

Name was the “Queen Victoria” and occupants were:

Name Relationship Gender Age Year of Birth Town County
William WEBB Head Male 55 1836 Witney Oxfordshire
Mary WEBB Wife Female 63 1828 Burwash Sussex
Frederick BANCE Stepson Male 25 1866 Beddington Surrey
James BANCE Stepson Male 22 1869 Beddington Surrey
William WEBB Son Male 18 1873 Hackbridge Surrey
Harbert WEBB Son Male 15 1876 Hackbridge Surrey

Licenced Victuallers’ Records

Licensed as a Beer House for On and Off sales
Owner was A.C.S & H. Crowley, Croydon
Licensee was William WEBB


Licensed before 1869 and as a Beer House for On and Off sales
Poor Rate Assessment of £45
Owner was A.C.S & H. Crowley, Croydon to which it was tied
Licensee was Charles Allen BANCE
Refreshments other than Intoxicants were Bread and Cheese
There was no accommodation for sleeping
Stabling provided for 3 horses
Sanitary facilities provided were a urinal and w.c.
Ordinary class trade

Occupants from Directories
1930 Street Directory : Poole & Leney, beer retailers

Hoare’s Brewery bought Crowley of Croydon in 1919
and Charrington bought Hoare’s in 1933, see Breweries taken over by Charringtons.

Merton Memories Photos


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Aerial Photos
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Photos from Shepherd Neame website
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