Tag Archives: 1889

1889 : Flooding at the Fountain


Messrs. Oehme, Summerhays & Co., solicitors, wrote stating that Mr. Peter Dale, of the Fountain, Mitcham, had consulted them with reference to the over flowing of the Board’s sewer into their client’s cellars. They understood that the flooding had occurred several occasions and that the attention the Authority’s surveyor had been drawn the fact on more than one occasion, but steps had been taken until October last prevent a recurrence. Mr. Dale estimated that had sustained damage amounting for loss of beer and cost cleansing, in addition to which and his family had suffered severely from inconvenience. It was hoped that the Authority would make some adequate compensation.

The Surveyor said the flooding took place over six months ago.

The Chairman — Then they are debarred from making a claim upon us.

Mr. Philpott said in addition that the flooding was due the excessive rainfall, over which the Authority had control.

The Surveyor said that was not all. The drain was constructed without the consent of the Authority, and stated the time that it would be liable to overflow. He had had an interview with Messrs. Crowley, the brewers, about the matter some time ago, he had no difficulty in convincing them that the tenant was in the wrong.

It was decided to reply that the Authority could not recognise any claim.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 16 March 1889 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Chas. Sayers & Son (Mitcham) Ltd., 335 London Road

335 London Road

Builders, Joinery. Listed in the 1963 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories.

Established in 1889 according to this ad from 1963:

1963 ad

Text of ad:





Telephone : MITCHAM 4015/6

This photo from 1910 is of The Broadway, looking north, and part of the name C. SAYERS can be seen on the gate on the right. Next door is the post office (the third of Mitcham’s post offices).

1910 clip from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_Streets_Lon_38-24

Newspaper Articles

Norwood News – Friday 12 March 1937


The funeral took place on Monday at Mitcham New Cemetery. London-road. of Mrs. Harriett Maria Sayers,(aged 76), who passed away on the previous Thursday at 153 Wandle-road, Morden. She was the wife of Mr. Charles Sayers, the well-known building contractor, London-road, Mitcham, and had been in failing health for some time.

The funeral was preceded by a short service at the Methodist Church, Lower Green, with which the family have been associated for many years.

Mrs. Sayers leaves a husband, one son and one daughter to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother.

Mr. Donald S. Drewett, Upper Green, Mitcham, was the funeral director.