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Sibthorp Road

Called Sibthorp (without the ‘e’) in earlier street directories, Sibthorpe Road is currently a short road, almost an alleyway, off of the west side of London Road, north of the Kings Arms pub and opposite the White Lion of Mortimer pub (formerly the Bucks Head). It leads to the public car park, which has entrances in Holborn Way.

It was possibly named after Waldo Sibthorp of The Elms.

On the 1866 OS map there is a strip of land with trees, with two houses on the south side.

1866 OS map

An auction notice of 1879 includes a block of 12 brick and slate houses, one unfinished, with the rest let at 5 shillings per week, which could imply that they had recently been built. The auction also refers to two cottages and a plot of building land opposite.

14th June 1879 Morning Post auction notice (from the British Newspaper Archive)

The 1893 electoral register includes named terraces, listed below. It is not known which terrace was built first.

Garfield Terrace
1, William WHITFIELD
2, George BETTS
3, George BUTLER
5, Henry GREEN
7, Thomas CRESSWELL
8, Arthur BASSON
9, Robert DIXON
10, Henry SEARLE
12, Robinson AMBROSE

Garibaldi Terrace
1, William WILKES
3, William LUKER
5, Edward BALL
6, John SALLIS
7, John GODDEN
9, John CHADWICK
10, John PARSONS
11, George STANLEY

Mayfield Cottages
1, ALfred Wilks
2, George BURTON
3, Thomas GOULD
5, David LAVENDER
6, Amy HIGGS
7, William KENT

Occupants listed in Sibthorp Road in 1893:

1, Walter WATSON
2, Aaron WARE
3, Charles HARVEY
4, William SUGDEN
5, William TOWNSEND
6, James HOLLOWAY
7, Caroline BATCHELOR
8, Noah BLAKE
9, John RAPER
13, Henry CHANDLER
14, Thomas RUSSELL
15, Henry FORSTER
16, Thomas ISAAC
17, William VARNHAM
19, Arthur HOOKINS
25A, George SALES
26, Albert WARD
27, George CORNISH
27A, Albert BOWMAN
28, Joseph WOOLMER
28A, Josiah SMITH
31, Thomas NEWSOM
32, Edward BRYANT
34, Thomas CLARKE

1921 aerial view of Sibthorp Road

2015. View from public car park. White Lion of Mortimer pub can be seen at far end.

2015. View from public car park. White Lion of Mortimer pub can be seen at far end.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

sibthorpe-road-from-fb

MITCHAM ROBT. N. FULLER, MOON & FULLER Will Sell by Auction, at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon, on THURSDAY, JANUARY 26th, at Six o’clock, NOS. 2 to 24 (even Nos.), SIBTHORP ROAD, consisting of twelve desirable leasehold COTTAGES, producing together £202 16s. per annum. Printed particulars with conditions of Sale may be had of the Vendor’s Solicitors, Messrs. Woodcock, Ryland and Parker, 15, Bloomsbury-square, W.C. ; of Messrs. Chart, Son and Reading, Architects and Surveyors, Vestry Hall, Mitcham, and at the Auctioneers’ Offices, 83, High-street, Croydon, and at Purley, Coulsdon, Reigate, and Epsom

Source: Croydon Chronicle and East Surrey Advertiser – Saturday 24 December 1910 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Occupants in 1911 included William Kent, blacksmith.

1911 Census for the family of Private George James Howe.

Private Charles Henry Hussey lived here in the 1930s.

Matilda Baker and Emma Gregory lived here and both worked as Firework Artists, according to the 1881 list of workers at James Pain’s firework factory.

Gardener at the Tamworth Farm recreation ground, George Finch, lived here in 1952.

World War 1 Connections

Corporal T G Bates

Private George James Howe

Private Edward Henry Roles

Private George James Schofield

Private Walter John Wells

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

R BARRON of 36 Sibthorpe Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Firework Maker. Conscripted on 13 September 1916 to the 22nd Training Reserve Batn.

E H BOLES of 68 Sibthorpe Road, aged 18 Years, Factory Hand. Conscripted on 2 September 1916 to the 26th Training Reserve Batn.

Thos BUTCHER of 90 Sibthorpe Road, aged 18 Years 11 Months, Carman. Joined on 17 May 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

C H COOK of 21 Sibthorpe Road, aged 38 Years, Butcher. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 7 June 1916 to the Middlesex Regiment (29th Batn).

W FOSSETT of 14 Sibthorpe Road Mitcham, aged 18 Years 8 Months, Carman. Joined on 19 June 1916 to the Royal Fusiliers.

C GAUNTLET of 62 Sibthorp Road, aged 26 Years 9 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 20 October 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (11th Batn).

S HARPER of 50 Sibthorpe Road, aged 39 Years 4 Months, Fitter. Volunteered on 27 May 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

A D JOHNSON of 48 Sibthorpe Road, aged 37 Years 11 Months, Wheelwright. Volunteered on 1 February 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

J LAWRENCE of 7 Sibthorpe Villas Mitcham, aged 28 Years 6 Months, Cook. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 5 June 1916 to the East Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

A G MANN of 78 Sibthorpe Road, aged 40 Years, Fitter. Volunteered on 31 May 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

A A MILES of 76 Sibthorpe Road, aged 40 Years, Labourer. Volunteered on 31 May 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

G MORRIS of 84 Sibthorpe Road, aged 26 Years, Plumber. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

C NIGHTINGALE of 42 Sibthorp Road, aged 39 Years 3 Months, Bricklayer. Conscripted on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

William ROFFE of Fred Roffe 20 Sibthorpe Road, aged 19 Years 7 Months, Carman. Joined on 16 December 1913 to the East Surrey Regiment (4th Batn).

R T SCHOFIELD of 34 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Porter. Conscripted on 14 April 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.

H J J SCOBELL of 20 Sibthorp Road Surrey, aged 18 Years 10 Months, Baker. Joined on 14 June 1915 to the Army Service Corps (supply).

J TAYLOR of 66 Sibthorpe Road, aged 23 Years 2 Months, Box Sorter. Volunteered on 18 January 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

H J WELLS of 19 Sibthorpe Road, aged 38 Years, Bricklayer. Volunteered on 27 January 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment.

W J WELLS of 19 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Gardener. Conscripted on 17 March 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.

S WHEELER of 22 Sibthorpe Rd, aged 22 Years, Gardener. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 22 November 1915 to the Royal West Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

H A WILDE of 70 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Porter. Conscripted on 31 March 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.


News Articles
Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 12th January 1917, page 3

Compulsory Education

A Mitcham mother had to answer in dock at Croydon on Saturday for having failed to send her child to school regularly. The prisoner, who had been arrested by a warrant officer, was Edith Amelia Hinckley (31), married, of Sibthorp Road. She had been before the court six times on summonses, and had failed to obey the last one. After the last fine, on October 7th, her girl made only 12 attendances out of a possible 103.

Prisoner said the child was delicate, and having 6 youngsters to keep on a separation allowance of 29 shillings weekly, could not properly clothe her for going out in all weathers.

A fine of 10 shillings was imposed.


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

1881 James Pain factory workers

Occupation Given Name Surname Marital Status Age Estimated Birth Year Gender Address
Firework Artist Matilda Baker 18 1863 Female Sibthorpe Road
Factory Operative (Firework) Eliza Block 14 1867 Female 3 Piccadily Causeway
Factory Hand (Firework) Emma Block Married 35 1846 Female 3 Piccadily Causeway
Labourer In Firework Factory Charles Buck 16 1865 Male East Fields No 4 Sherbourne Terrace
Firework Factory Operative Mary Burrows 17 1864 Female Causeway
Firework Artist Mary Cameron 21 1860 Female Field Gate
Firework Artist Rosina Cameron 14 1867 Female Field Gate
Fireworks Factory Operative Eliza Cluett 14 1867 Female 4 Piccadily Causeway
Firework Maker John Cook Married 37 1844 Male Robinson Lane
Firework Maker John Cook Married 37 1844 Male Robinson Lane
Forewoman At Firework Factory Emma Cooper Married 39 1842 Female East Fields Lodge At Firework Factory
Pyrotechnist At Firework Factory Benjamin Craig 22 1859 Male East Fields No 4 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Catherine Craig 17 1864 Female East Fields No 4 Allens Cottages
Pyrotechnist At Fireworks Factory John Cedric Craig Married 70 1811 Male East Fields No 4 Allens Cottages
Firework Factory Hand Caroline A. Ede 20 1861 Female Half Acre Row
Firework Factory Hand Sarah A. Ede 18 1863 Female Half Acre Row
Firework Artist Emma Gregory 20 1861 Female Sibthorpe Road
Assistant At Firework Factory Elizabeth Griffin 23 1858 Female Lonesome 3 Ebenezer Terrace
Pyrotechnic Artist At Fireworks Factory John Hall Married 71 1810 Male East Fields No 6 Nichols Cottages
Firework Maker Emma Hoskins 18 1863 Female Coxs Cottages Crews Alley
Firework Maker Elizabeth Ann Jarvis 34 1847 Female Upper Green
Firework Maker Robt. Jarvis 38 1843 Male Upper Green
Firework Maker Sarah Jarvis 22 1859 Female Upper Green
Factory Hand (Firework) Susan Lake Married 51 1830 Female Merton Lane
Factory Hand (Firework) Katherine Mahoney 20 1861 Female Merton Lane
Firework Maker Alfreda Makenzie 15 1866 Female 6 Baron Row
Assistant In Firework Factory Mary Ann Marsh White 19 1862 Female East Fields No 1 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Ann Sarah Shaw 21 1860 Female East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Susannah Shaw Widow 57 1824 Female East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Susannah Shaw 27 1854 Female East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages
Firework Artist Annie Stanley Married 24 1857 Female Figgs Marsh
Labourer At Firework Factory Albert Temple 19 1862 Male Lonesome 1 Tamworth Villas
Labourer At Firework Factory Harry Temple 22 1859 Male Lonesome 1 Tamworth Villas
Firework Assistant Amelia Tilly 18 1863 Female No 23 Smiths Buildings
Pyrotechnic Artist At Fireworks Factory Charles William Tucker Married 30 1851 Male East Fields No 2 Nichols Cottages
Pyrotechnic Artist At Fireworks Factory Edwin Tucker Married 53 1828 Male East Fields No 3 Nichols Cottages
Pyrotechnic Artist At Firework Factory Edwin Zachariah Tucker Married 26 1855 Male East Fields No 5 Nichols Cottages
Labourer At Fireworks Factory Thomas Ward Married 46 1835 Male East Fields No 5 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Joseph Watt 17 1864 Male Lonesome 4 Ebenezer Terrace
Assistant At Fireworks Factory Elizabeth White 21 1860 Female East Fields No 3 Allens Cottages
Assistant At Firework Factory Alice Williard 14 1867 Female East Fields No 2 East Fields Cottages
Labourer At Firework Factory Charles Williard 18 1863 Male East Fields No 2 East Fields Cottages
Labourer At Firework Factory George Williard 15 1866 Male East Fields No 2 East Fields Cottages
Labourer In Firework Factory Charles Wilson Married 25 1856 Male East Fields No 2 Allens Cottages