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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
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
10, John PARSONS
11, George STANLEY

Mayfield Cottages
1, ALfred Wilks
2, George BURTON
3, Thomas GOULD
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
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


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.

Volunteer Fire Brigade

Mitcham’s fire brigade was a volunteer service until 1920, when Albert Wells was appointed Chief Officer. He introduced retaining fees for the chief and sub officers at each station, and remunerations for drills and call-outs for the firemen.

Stories from the British Newspaper Archive

(subscription required)

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 07 September 1889

The Volunteer Fire Brigade.

—The annual test drill of the brigade took place on Wednesday evening, when the men mustered in full force and arrived at the tanyard, Beddington Corner, with their engine punctually at six p.m., and in about three minutes got to work with one jet. To this was shortly added another, junction being made in the hose about ten yards from the engine ; another connection was rapidly made from the engine with additional hose, and three powerful jets of water were concentrated on point where an imaginary fire was raging. A correspondent who witnessed the drill is of opinion that from observations made and the excellent espirit de corps shown the men, that this, as an entirely volunteer brigade, in a position to cope with any emergency which may arise in the vicinity. An essential point with men who give their time and labour gratis is having confidence in their leader, and this the Mitcham men certainly have in Superintendent A. R. Harwood. The following members of the committee were present to witness the proceedings, viz., Mr. S. Wells (chairman), Mr. Harwood, sen., Dr. Love, Mr. Sampson, and Mr. S. Love.

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 23 February 1889

The Mitcham Volunteer Fire Brigade.

— The committee of this brigade entertained the members to dinner on Wednesday evening, at the Old Nag’s Head, Upper Mitcham. Mr. Wells, the chairman committee, occupied the chair, and Mr. A. R. Harwood, the superintendent of the brigade, the vice-chair. There were present Messrs. W. R. Harwood, Dr. Love, F. G. Sampson, R. M Chart. S. Love, and W. Jenner, members of the committee, and the brigade with the turncock and call-boys. An excellent repast was put upon the table by Mr Tomlin, and served in his best style, to which ample justice was done. The usual loyal toasts were also given, with that of the brigade, committee, &c. and a most enjoyable evening was spent. During the evening some capital songs were rendered by Messrs Shepherd, Brown, Dill, Turner, and others.

Agricultural Express – Saturday 25 February 1893



—On Thursday morning a fire, which originated in a store used for frying fish, broke out at 2, Rock-terrace. The rafters in the chimney had caught alight, but the volunteer fire brigade were able to extinguish the flames with a few buckets of water. The house was occupied by woman named Patience Stone.

Lock’s Lane

Road that runs south-eastwards from junctions with Streatham Road and London Road, twoards Eastfields Road. It was named after Lock’s Farm, at the Figges Marsh end, according to J.D. Drewett, in his ‘Memories of Old Mitcham’.

In this OS map from 1893, the part now called Eastfields Road is shown as Tamworth Lane:

1893 OS map

The 1952 OS map shows the marzipan factory of John F. Renshaw & Co., Ltd.

1952 OS Map

References in Newspapers

West London Observer – Saturday 30 April 1887

WANTED, by a Respectable Young Man, regular employment of any kind ; not with horses.— Apply, W. B., 11, Lock’s Lane, Mitcham.

World War 1 Connections
Private William Henry Tricker

Charles H. Blume


Carl Hans Blume was born 18/10/1847 in Schönebeck, and died 15/02/1919 in Magdeburg, Germany.

After working as an accountant and then salesman with various paint/varnish companies in Magdeburg, he set up a company with a colleague in 1873 called Blume & Knopf. The company quickly grew from modest beginnings to become well-known market leaders for high-quality paints and special varnishes, which were used for coaches, cars, bicycles, sewing machines, paper mills and a wide range of other industrial products. In 1875 he set up on his own, using land bought in Magdeburg, trading as Carl Hans Blume, Lackfabrik, which supplied the German navy, military and state works, railway companies and many other industrial enterprises on a large scale. In addition, he was able to start exporting its products to European countries at an early stage. In the summer of 1893, a first branch factory was erected in Mitcham, followed by a branch office in Paris before the First World War.

After his factory was confiscated in 1916 under the Trading With The Enemy Act, he returned to Germany. The company was run by his eldest son, also called Carl (1878-1921), who had been trained in England, then his second son Hermann (1882-1943) from 1921-43, later by his third son, Paul (1884-1951). The business survived the second world war, but as Magdeburg came under East Germany, it was appropriated in 1948.

Source: University of Magdeburg biography on Carl Blume (in German)

From the 1912 Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China …




Owner of varnish factory in Western Road that was closed down and sold off at auction in 1916.

Blume’s factory mentioned in 1902 Mitcham Parochial minutes.

From the 1910 Cycle and Motorcycle Exhibition on Grace’s Guide

Chas. H Blume.
Mitcham, Surrey.

Stand No. 244.

This firm is famed for brilliant and long wearing enamels, and some very fine samples of cycle stove enamels, black and coloured, mudguards and gear case enamels, silver paint, air drying enamels, etc. One of the firm’s latest lines is the “Marrow Grey” and “Bamboo” rust proof priming ; it should be noted that the use of these rust proof primings does not exclude the use of the ordinary rubber or first coat black enamel, which may still be used as an intermediary coating, but is not necessary ; two coats of finishing for the rust proof metallic priming gives very excellent results and a very fair finish is obtained with one coat of black for the priming ; a point in favour of the priming is that it “carries” or “fills” better than the ordinary black first coat, and is equivalent in bodying up to two coats of ordinary enamel.

We learn that tubes treated with this rust proof priming have been exposed continually to rain and damp for six and eight months without any lifting taking place.

This exhibit is certainly one of the most interesting and instructive in the Hall.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Parish Council
Volume 11 April 1913 to March 1914
Report of the No. 1 Fire Brigade Committee
27th January, 1914

Page 162

                              Western Road,
                              Mitcham, Surrey,
                              17th January, 1914

To Superintendent A. Jenner,
   Mitcham Fire Brigade,

Dear Sir,

Allow me to express to you once more my feelings of indebtedness and sincere recognition for the very prompt effective assistance which you and your men have rendered to us on Thursday last.

As the outbreak occurred at night time the extent of the fire would indeed have been quite disastrous, but for your timely and efficient help.

Please be good enough to convey these sentiments to your men and express to one and all of them my grateful thanks.

                     I remain,
                         Yours faithfully,
                             p. p. CHAS. H. BLUME,
                                K. STRUBE,

Page 161

The Superintendent’s Reports were submitted

Jan 15th … Fire at Blume’s Factory … £2 9s. 6d.

The Superintendent reported that an additional fire hydrant is required near Mr. C. Blume’s factory, and the Committee recommend –

That the Croydon Rural District Council be requested to fix the hydrant in Western Road.

Closed down in 1916

under the Trading with the Enemy law, citing Charles H. Blume as an enemy.

See order of London Gazette, 13th June 1916

Orders have been made by the Board of Trade requiring the undermentioned businesses
to be wound up : —

Charles H. Blume, Western Road,
Mitcham, Surrey. Varnish and Enamel Manufacturer.
Controller: John William
Barratt, 19a, Coleman Street, London, E.C.
9 June, 1916.

and 10th October 1916

Final Notice.

In the Matter of the Trading with the Enemy Act 1916, and in the Matter of CHARLES H. BLUME,
an Enemy Subject.

WHEREAS by Order made by the Board of Trade, dated the 9th June, 1916, under the
provisions of the above mentioned Act, the business carried on in the United Kingdom, of the above named Charles H. Blume was ordered to be wound up, notice is hereby given, that any persons claiming to be creditors of the said business carried on by the said Charles H. Blume who have not already sent in their claims are required to send, by prepaid post, to John William Barratt, Chartered Accountant, of 19a, Coleman-street, London, E.C., the Controller appointed by the said order, on or before the 16th day of November, 1916, their Christian and surnames, addresses and descriptions, with full particulars of their debts or claims, or in default thereof they will
be excluded from the benefit of the said order.
—Dated this 10th day of October, 1916.
J.W. BARRATT, Controller.

For details of stock at time of auction, see Western Daily Press – Thursday 20 July 1916 from the British Newspaper Archives (subscription required)


By an Order of the Board Trade, dated 9th June, 1916, under Section 1 the above-mentioned Act, relative to the above firm, I, the undersigned John William Barratt of 19a, Coleman Street, London, E.C., Chartered Accountant, was appointed to control and supervise the carrying out the said order and to conduct the winding up of the firm’s business.

Notice is hereby given that the Creditors the said firm are required before the 25th day of August 1916 to send their Names and Addresses and the particular, of their DEBTS and CLAIMS the names of their Solicitors (if any) to me the undersigned Controller at address aforesaid and required notice writing from are their solicitors or personally to come in and prove their said Debts or Claims at time and place as may be specified in such notice or in default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before Debts are so proved.

Any property or business effects of the said firm should delivered to me and all Debts due to the said firm should paid to me forthwith. J. W. BARRATT, Controller. Dated this 20th day of July, 1916.

Auction of stock in 1916
Birmingham Daily Post – Wednesday 04 October 1916

Re Chas H. BLUME. VARNISH MANUFACTURER, MITCHAM. SURREY. By Order J. W. Barrett. Esq., F.C-A., the Controller appointed by the Board Trade Messrs, Fuller, Horsey, sons, & Cassell, having Disposed the Freehold Works and the Goodwill of the Business, will Offer for Sale by Auction lots the Premises, Western Road. Mitcham, on FRIDAY, October 13, 1916. 1030 o’clock precisely.

THE STOCK-IN-TRADE, including 16,000 gallons Oil Varnish. 500 gallons Spirit Varnish Polish, and Lacquers, 3,000 gallons Storing and Air-drying Black Enamels and Japans, quantity Coloured Stoving and Air-drying Enamels. 2,600 Boiled. Perilla, and Wood Oils. 8 1/2 tons various Gums 8 tons Resin. 16 tons Pitch. 25cwt. Asphaltum. 2 tons Litharge. 13 tons Dry Colours. 2 tons Lithopona. 500 gallons Benzine. Naphtha Rubber Solvent. Benzole, and Turps; large quantity Orates, Cans &c.

Also the Loose Plant and Utensils, Office Furniture Typewriters. Safes, and numerous other effects.

May be Viewed Two Days Preceding and Morning of Sale, and Catalogues (when ready) may be had of Messrs. Nicholson, Graham and Jones, Solicitors, 24. Coleman Street. EC.; Messrs. J Barratt and Co.. Chartered Accountants. 19a. Coleman Street. E.C, and 75. New Street. Birmingham; or Messrs Fuller, Horsey, and Co.. 11, Billiter Square. E.C.

Bought by Hadfield in 1917, see Surrey History Centre record.

From Grace’s Guide:

HUTCHINGS, Arthur, A.M.I.E.E., Cons. Elec. Engr.; b. 1868; s. of late William Medlin Hutchings (Editor and Publisher of ” The Colliery Guardian ” ). Ed. Privately. Training: Finsbury Tech. Coll. Career: Head of Testing Dept., Elec. Eng. Corpn., Ltd., West Drayton, 1888; Chief Designer, J. G. Stalter & Co., Ltd., London, 1891; Designer, Deptl. Mangr. and Works Lecturer, Crompton & Co., Ltd., Chelmsford, 1894; Mangr., Elec. Windings Dept., Vickers, Ltd., Sheffield, 1905; Mangr., Insulating Varnish Dept., Chas. H. Blume, Mitcham, 1910; Ditto, Jenson & Nicholson, Ltd., Stratford, E., 1916; Asst. Engr. (War Service), Metropolitan Electric Tramways, Ltd., 1917; Commercial and Tech. Mangr. and Director, Acme Electric Traction Co., Ltd., Tottenham, 1919. Address: 15, Penton Place, King’s Cross, London, W.C.I. T. N.: North 2680.

Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.