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G. Purdom & Co., Ltd.

96 Church Road, near corner with Fox’s Path

Listed as a varnish factory in the 1963 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories.

Eric Montague, in his book Mitcham Histories: 8 Phipps Bridge, page 79, said that he interviewed the works manager in 1966. The manager told him that he had heard it said that the work was originally mostly during the winter months and so local Gypsy and other casual workers were employed.

Montague goes on to say that the gates to the firm had written on them Established 1842, which he doubts.

Clip from Merton Memories, photo reference Mit_​Work_​Industry_​8-1 taken 4th April 1974

1860 ad

1860 ad

Text of ad:

Important to BUILDERS and PAINTERS.
Genuine White Lead, 31s. per cwt.
Linseed Oil, 2s. 2d.; Turps, 2s. 10d. per Gallon.
Fine Oak Varnish, 7s. 6d. per Gall.
Dry and Ground Colours, Brushes, &c, &c, for Cash, at
G. PURDOM’s, 20, Kings-road, Chelsea, S.W.
Every Article requisite for the Trade at Wholesale Prices.

John’s Place

No.s 2 to 20, Church Path

Locally listed December 1992



When built in the 1860s a bronze Saxon bowl was found

Source Mitcham Histories : 12 Church Street and Whitford Lane, by E N Montague pages 3 and 50.

World War 1 Connections

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

F H THICK of 10 Johns Place, Church Road, Mitcham, aged 40 Years 7 Months, Handyman. Conscripted on 15 June 1917 to the 5th Labour Corps (301st Labour Co).