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Chilton Place

In 1952, a terrace of 7 houses on Church Road, it no longer exists. It was on the corner with what is now called Liberty Avenue.

1885 auction notice for five brick-built freehold cottages known as Chilton-Place, Church-Lane, Mitcham:


To Land Speculators, Builders, Building Societies, Investors, and others. Upwards of acres of valuable Building Land, immediately ripe and available for building. Also Five Freehold Cottages, all let, and producing £52 per annum.

Messrs. Rogers, chapman, and THOMAS are instructed to SELL by AUCTION, in lots, at the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, City, E.C., on Tuesday, May 12. at p.m. precisely, FIVE brick-built FREEHOLD COTTAGES, known Chilton – place, Church-lane, Mitcham; all let, and producing £52 per annum.

Also 20 Plots of Freehold Building Land, situate at Mitcham, close to four railway stations on the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway, the church and Common, and ripe for building.

Particulars, plans, and conditions of sale at the White Hart Hotel, Lower Mitcham; of Messrs. Champion, Robinson, and Poole, 17, Ironmonger-lane, E.C.; and of the Auctioneers, No. 78, Gloucester-road, South Kensington, 50, Belgrave – road, S.W., and 8, Wetherby Terrace, Earl’s Court.

Source: South London Press – Saturday 02 May 1885 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

In 1886 a house and shop was auctioned :

To Small Capitalists.

—First Class Investment.

Chilton Place, Church Road, Mitcham.

Mr. G. WALTON MOULAND Has received instructions to Sell Public Auction, the White Hart Hotel, Lower Mitcham, on Wednesday, March 3rd, at Six for Seven o’clock, THE Valuable and substantially built FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE and SHOP adjoining the Albion Beerhouse, Church Road, Mitcham situated on the high road from Mitcham Merton, and one minute’s walk from Merton Abbey Railway Station. property is at present in hand, but would immediately let at £25 per annum. Particulars conditions of sale, may obtained from Messrs. Drummond, Robinson, & Till, Solicitors, Croydon; at the place of sale; and of the Auctioneer, 19, High Street, Mitcham.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 27 February 1886 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


1865 OS map

1865 OS map

1911 OS map - the pub on the right was the Prince of Wales; and the 'club' was the Singlegate Club.

1911 OS map – the pub on the right was the Prince of Wales; and the ‘club’ was the Singlegate Club.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

Occupants in the 1896 street directory

4,William RUDER
6,George BLAKE
7,Henry MASON

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

Lavender Grove in Westfields

The road called Lavender Grove, off of Lavender Avenue and parallel with Mortimer Road, was built in the 1930s. Possibly named from a group of nearby cottages that were situated near what is now the junction of Steers Mead.

1952 OS Map

1952 OS Map

Lavender Grove in the ‘west fields’, was referred to in a newspaper story about a fire in 1889. The actual location is uncertain, but the article refers to the water supply for the fire brigade to be too far away in Merton Lane (later Western Road).

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 17 August 1889 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Fire at Westfields.

The Volunteer Fire Brigade received call on Monday night 11.50 to a fire at Westfields. The men were mustered and the steamer taken to the spot in a very few minutes, when it was found that two cottages in the occupation of Mr. Simmons, jun., florist, namely, 3 and 4, Rosemary-cottages, Lavender-grove, and used by him for the storage of herbs, were well alight.

The nearest fire plug being over 400 yards distant in Merton-lane, the brigade had not sufficient hose to reach the burning cottages, and a mounted patrol was dispatched for the Merton Brigade, which arrived shortly afterwards.

By this time, however, the fire had obtained a good hold, the efforts of the firemen were directed principally to the surrounding property. By about 3 a.m. the flames were extinguished, the result being that the two cottages were gutted the contents destroyed.

It is understood that the property is fully insured in the Phoenix Office. The cause of the fire is unknown.

An 1865 birth certificate has Lavender Grove as the address of Louis James Block.

1865 birth certificate

1865 birth certificate