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Prince Georges Road

Road off east side of junction of Christchurch Road and Church Road, opposite Liberty Avenue. It was within the Mitcham Urban District although as letters were delivered from Merton, it acquired a SW19 post code.

In the 1891 street directory it was listed as Prince of Wales Road, probably in connection with the nearby Prince of Wales pub.

Prince of Wales road (Merton)
from Merton Lane
William Croft, pig dealer
Walter Shepherd, pig dealer
Henry Davison, pig dealer
Benjamin Bolton, pig dealer
Stephen Holloway, pig dealer
Charles Leaver, pig dealer
George Thatcher, pig dealer
Joseph Randall, pig dealer
Singlegate Schools

1895 OS map

1895 OS map

In this 1895 map, it is shown as Prince’s Road.

1911 OS map

1911 OS map

The 1915 directory shows 2 pig dealers:

Prince’s Road (Merton)
from Western Road

NORTH SIDE

Singlegate Council Schools
(girls & infants)

3 Robert Davison, pig dealer
11 William Whittick, pig dealer

The road led to land that used by London colleges as playing fields, as shown in the 1930 Commercial Directory:

Battersea & Chelsea Polytechnics, athletic ground, Princes rd. T N 0852
The Esco Sports & Social Club (A. P. Lawson, sec. ),Princes rd
James Ferguson & Sons Ltd. ebonite dust mfrs. Princes rd. T A “ Nestorius, Toot; ” T N 2283

Which has led to the names of the business parks College Fields, at the eastern end of Prince Georges Road and Chelsea Fields, off Western Road.

The name of this road was changed after a request by the London County Council. They said that there were 10 Prince’s Roads in the LCC area with 4 of these were in the SW19 district. The Borough of Mitcham decided in 1934 to change Princes Road to Prince Georges Road.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

Spencer Road

Road north of Commonside East, on the eastern side of the railway past Beehive Bridge.

1895 OS map

1895 OS map

In the 1891 street directory, it was described as Spencer’s Road:

from Mitcham common to Queen’s road

SOUTH SIDE

G. Jordan, florist & nurseryman
Mrs. Shaw, shopkeeper
William Henry Peters

NORTH SIDE

1 William Thomas Godwin
2 James Dell
3 Alfred Bennett
5 William Rooke
6 William Ambrose
7 E. Simmons
14 Benjamin Craig

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

Occupants in the 1915 street directory:

from Commonside east to King’s Road

SOUTH SIDE

James Crisp, florist
James Rice (Ivy Cottage)
Frederick Cooper (Rose Cottage)
Frederick J. Goddard (Spencer Cottage)

Spencer Terrace:

1 George Brooker
2 George Brown
3 William George Atterbury
4 Charles Tanner
5 H.E. Judd
6 George Holder
7 Frederick Reynolds
8 Leonard Jenner

NORTH SIDE

1 William John Ambrose
2 James Thomas Lardner
3 Mrs Lardner
4 William Henry Brightwell
5 Albert Ward
6 William Towers
7 William Reed
8 George Towers
9 George Lardner
10 Edward Weller
11 Edwin Kenett Deacon
12 Albert Henry Sturtivant
13 William King
14 James Crisp, florist
15 Thomas Kirby, sen
16 George Jordan
17 Arthur Batten
18 Walter Penegar
19 Percy Tremlett
20 Robert Frederick Munday

Clifton Terrace

7 Ernest Blake
8 Carl Lindquist
9 Frederick Charles Bowley
10 Joseph Kilby

World War 1 Connections
Private Harry Charles Eley Lardner


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

Fountain Road

Road that was demolished in mid 1970s to make way for the ‘Quadrant’ housing estate, Sadlers Close. It was off the Western Road and connected to the end of Sibthorp Road. At the corner of Fountain Road and Western Road was the Fountain pub.

Houses were numbered odd on the left side of the road, as seen from the Western Road end, and even on the right.

1953 OS map

clip from 1962 photo on Merton Memories, copyright London Borough of Merton. On the left is the Fountain pub on the corner with Western Road.

The road included Trotts Yard.

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map

Occupants from street directories

1891

From Merton Lane to Sibthorpe Road

NORTH SIDE

Walter Lancaster, contractor
Mrs. C. Howe, wood dealer

SOUTH SIDE

Chas. Stevens, wardrobe dealer
Mrs. E. Ballard, shopkeeper

1915

From Western Road to Sibthorp Road

NORTH SIDE

23, Mrs. Mary Prestridge, shopkeeper

SOUTH SIDE

14, Mrs. A. Ellis, shopkeeper
36, James Elliott, marine store keeper
52, Mrs. Eliza Ballard, shopkeeper

1925

from Western Road to Sibthorpe Road

NORTH-WEST SIDE

9, Walter SMITH
11, John HOLMES
13, Walter HILLS
15, Harry COLE
17, Alfred LAVENDER
23, John BAXALL
25, William ELMER
27, James S BATES
29, Arthur WILDE
31, Mrs MOORE
33, William BAXALL
35, George Thomas YEATES
37, Mrs Anna SMITH
39, Alfred LAY
41, Frank CHAMBERS
43, George RUSSELL
45, William SALLIS
47, Mrs LAY
49, Mrs RICHINGS
51, Mrs HOLDFORD
53, Henry BLAKE
55, William BUTCHER

SOUTH-EAST SIDE

52, E. BALLARD, grocer
50, Mrs RONALD
48, Bert BALLARD
46, Robert William BALL
44, Harry GARDNER
42, Joseph GARDNER
40, David HUMMERSTONE
38, Edward GROOM
36, James ELLIOTT, marine store dealer
30, George Frederick SHEPHERD
28, William George SALLIS
26, Charles F. HUTTON
24, Henry FISHER
22, Mrs HILLS
20, William WILKES
18, George ELLIOTT
16, H.J. PARKER
14, Frederick MILES
12, Frank BROWN
12, James ELLIOTT
10, Josiah SMITH
8, Alfred FLETCHER
6, Mrs BARTLETT
4, Mrs WHEELER
2, Mrs KING

World War 1 Connections

Private Charles BONE
Driver William Thomas CHALLIS
Private David James ELLIOTT
Private John GARDNER
Lance Corporal Isaiah LEMON

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

Sarah Place

A row of possibly two houses, listed in the 1891 street directory as on the west side of Church Road, south of Homewood Terrace. The entry describes the houses in Homewood Terrace heading south:

— here is Homewood road
4, John Tutley
3, Henry George Shead
2, Henry Hunt
1, Richard Harding Kisser

William Richardson, boot maker (2 Sarah place)
George Hill (Box cottage)

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

World War 1 Connections
Serjeant Wallace James Howse
Private Percy David Jessup

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

Arnold Road

Road off west side of London Road, south of what was Tooting Junction.

1894 OS map

1894 OS map

Occupants from 1891 street directory, from western end of road to London Road, which was listed as Mitcham Road:

NORTH SIDE

10, Miss Mary JONES
9, W.G. ROLFE (Hazeldene)
5, Mrs ARMITAGE
4, John YOUNG
3, Theo George SCHOMBURG
2, James Henry COLLINGWOOD

SOUTH SIDE

2, Horace Godbold DARBY
3, John BECKETT
4, Miss TURNER
5, Henry CHATAWAY (Waltair)
7, J. HOLMAN (Fairlight villa)
8, Mrs. OSWIN (Brooklyn)
9, H.W.TAYLOR (Wraxall)
10, Edward HORSEY

World War 1 Connections
Trooper Leslie Seymour EDGLEY

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

A ELMS of 7 Arnold Road, Tooting Junction, aged 24 Years 9 Months, Painter. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Army Service Corps (k Coy).

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

Graham Avenue

Road off east side of Streatham Road, north of Graham Road.

1894-os-map-graham-avenue

Built in the late 19th century on land previously occupied by The Willows, described by Eric Montague in his book Mitcham Histories : 2 North Mitcham, page 74, as having

extensive stabling, farmery, meadows and gardens

. The roads Graham Road, Elmfield Avenue and Fernlea Road were also built in this land. The address “Graham Avenue, Willows Estate” was used in this auction ad from 1889:

Almost without reserve. Tooting Junction. Within a few minutes of the railway station and easy distance of Mitcham Junction, from whence there is an excellent service of trains to London Bridge, Ludgate Hill, or Victoria. For Occupation or Investment.

Messrs. FURZE ALDRIDGE Will Sell by Auction at the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, E.C.. Tuesday, June 4th, Twelve for One o’clock, THE DETACHED FREEHOLD RESIDENCES situate and being Nos. 43 and 75, Graham Avenue, Willows Estate, Mitcham, near Tooting Junction, detached, double-fronted, and most conveniently planned on two floors only ; they occupy a choice position and are close to shops, &c. contain on first floor four bedrooms, bath room (hot and cold) water, w.c.; the ground floor dining room and elegant drawing room, 26-ft. long, large kitchen and scullery, and other domestic conveniences ; large garden front and rear; wide sideway. At present in hand, but of the estimated rental value of £50 per annum each. May be viewed by order of the Auctioneers. Particulars and conditions of sale obtained of Messrs. Heather Sons, Solicitors, 17, Paternoster Row, E.C.; and of the Auctioneers their Offices, Railway Bridge, High-road, Streatham, at Norwood Junction and Thornton Heath.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 01 June 1889 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


The 1915 street directory lists the occupants in the order encountered when walking from Figgs Marsh to Fernlea Road. The house names are in brackets.

SOUTH SIDE

from Figg’s marsh

Mrs Munday (Russellton)
Mrs Page (Glenfield)
Frederick George Taylor (Roseneath)
Clemence William Benger (Woodbine)
Alfred Shott (Edgemont)
William Court (Wardown)
Allan Reed (Woodside)

NORTH SIDE

William Frederick Wontner (Fairlawn)
James Henry Ellis (Melita)
Walter Wilson (Elm cottage)
Miss Marlow (Shirley)
John Gray (Homeland)
George Arthur Cramp (Mayville)
Miss Hunt (Oakdene)
Charles Kendall (Stoneleigh)
Ernest Charles Newton (Cyril villa)

… here is Elmfield Avenue

Frederick Moon (Lynton)
Frederick Holmesworth (Ashley)
John Newson (Sunnyside)
Thomas Gordon Richards (Cloveley)
Edward Hagon (Primrose)
Percy Babb (Pevensey)


The 1891 street directory:

from Figg’s marsh

NORTH SIDE

Mrs Freeman (Glenfield)
F.G. Taylor (Roseneath)

SOUTH SIDE

Charles Frderick Woodward (The Elms)
Mrs Noble (Fairlawn)

World War 1 Connections
Private Ernest Newsom

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

York Place

Terrace of 7 shops, on the north side of the Fair Green, west of the London Road. It became part of St Marks Road, until demolished to make way for Majestic Way in the late 1980s.

york-place

early 1900s

1921

1921

1964

1964

From the Dentists Registry entries from 1879 to 1893, William James Jones was in practice as a dentist with the pharmacy at 1, York Place before 22nd July 1878.

From the 1891 street directory:

from High Street to Killick’s Lane

NORTH SIDE

1 W.J. Jones, chemist & stationer
2 Post Office
3 William Saynes, beer retailer
4 Joseph Shepherd, corn dealer
5 G.B. Bennett, tobacconist

7 William Shepherd, machine agent

In the 1915 street directory, these retain the numbers as above, but are part of St. Marks Road:

NORTH SIDE

1 John K. Harvey, chemist
2 Mrs L.C. Williams, dining rooms
3 George York, undertaker
4 H. Tedder, hair dresser
5 William Whittington, tobacconist
6 William Augustus Martin, butcher
7 S. & E. Rimmel, grocers

In the 1925 street directory, the shops have been renumbered odd:

1 John K. Harvey M.P.S., chemist
3 William Scratchley, dining rooms
5 George York, undertaker
7 H. Tedder, hair dresser
9 William Whittington, tobacconist
11 A. Bacon, hosier
13 S. & E. Rimmel, grocers

From the 1954 telephone directory:

1 J.K. Harvey, chemist & druggist, MIT 0892
3 Thorpes Radio, MIT 3964
5 George York, undertaker, MIT 2926
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(Scratchley’s Dining Rooms is in the 1954 phone book at 310 High Street, Sutton VIG 4125)