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Cranmer Road

Road that is numbered as the A239 and runs south east from the junction with Madeira Road and Cricket Green, over the railway line at Cranmer Bridge and ends at the Carshalton Road.

It is named after the Cranmer family who lived in the area and the house called Cranmer.

All buildings are the south side of the road as the north side is part of Mitcham Common.

1932 OS map

From the junction with Madeira Road towards Carshalton Road, the properties are:

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church
Cranmer Cottages
Cranmer Farm Close housing estate
Cranmer Primary School
Wilson Hospital
Mitcham Garden Village


Saint Peter and Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church

This is locally listed by Merton Council who say:

This is a substantial church and an attached two and a half storey house in the same general style. The buildings date from 1889, and were designed by the architect Frederick A Walters. The materials used include a yellow brick, with blue brickwork detailing, and roof tiles. The design of the building does not relate to that of any others in the vicinity. The side elevations of the church have 5 bays with buttresses, inset windows with semi circular heads under a brick arch with a linking string course at springing level and a continuous string course at sill level. The street elevation has a central ceramic medallion over a semi circular headed entrance, and within the gable an arch, crossed keys and cross picked out in blue bricks. The bell tower has exposed bells within its arches. The Presbytery uses matching brick and roof tiles.

Cranmer Cottages

1953 OS map

Cranmer Cottages

Numbers 3/4/5 are described by Merton Council as

This is a terrace of 3 x 2 storey cottages. They appear to date from the 18th century
(possibly early 18th century). The buildings are a reminder of the old Cranmer Estate
now largely occupied by the Wilson Hospital. The architecture is very plain and
simple, with small 12 pane sliding sash windows with only a very shallow reveal
(suggesting a possible early date). The building materials are render with a plain tiles
roof. No substantial alterations are evident. The properties (together with nos 6/7
Cranmer Cottages) have a group value not so much from the point of their design but
more from their common history linked to the Cranmer Estate.

Numbers 6 and 7 are listed separately as:

This is a non symmetrical pair of semi detached cottages, partly 2 storey and partly
single storey. They are understood to date from 1902. The design is neo vernacular.
The materials used include red brick to the ground floor and pebbledash to the upper floor and gable. The main features of interest are the well detailed timberwork to the lintels of the ground floor window and 1st floor window at no 6, and the metal decorative motif within the gable of no 6. Number 7 is a very small scale house, single storey only, with 3 round headed window openings on the SE elevation and on the larger window on the front elevation. The 3 window frames on the SE elevation have unfortunately been replaced. The properties (together with nos 3/4/5 Cranmer Cottages) have a group value not so much from the point of their design but more from their common history linked to the Cranmer Estate.

Cranmer Farm Close

A housing development built on the former Cranmer Farm.

Cranmer Primary School

Wilson Hospital

Photo taken April 2020

This is locally listed:

This is a part two and part single storey building, which dates from 1928, and which
was designed by the architects Chart Son and Reading. It was endowed by the local
benefactor, Isaac Wilson. The design of the building is classically inspired with a
steeply pitched roof, twelve panel timber sash windows, and a stone central portico
supported on pillars and pilasters. Stone quoins define the corners of the central two
storey section of the building, and the eaves display strong modillion detailing. Above
the portico is a palladian window, with a modillioned pediment feature above that,
and a centrally placed copper cupola on the roof. The wings to each side are of lesser
interest.

After the railway line is the

Mitcham Garden Village

A ‘Tuck’ postcard, possibly 1950

This development consists of 10 terraces each containing 4 two storey houses,
together with 2 pairs of similar semi detached houses. The development dates from
between 1929 and 1932. The architectural style of the development is influenced by
the vernacular revival, based on the Tudor period. This development was originally
conceived by a local benefactor, in order to cater for the needs of local elderly people.
The materials used include brown brick, some laid in panels of herringbone, Tudor
style timber frame with pebbledash render between at the gables, dormer windows
and porches, and roof tiles. The development as a whole has a very strongly cohesive
feel that results from the uniform architecture, and the layout of the buildings around
varied communal open spaces. The main features of interest include the first floor
jetties projecting beyond the ground floor, the very pronounced gables (including
dormers and porches) with their steeply pitched roofs, and the massive chimneys. The
overall layout of the development is also of interest, including in particular the
grouping of the buildings around green spaces of various sizes. Changes have been kept to a minimum, and have not undermined the cohesive architectural character of
the buildings.

The descriptions quoted above are from the Merton Local List Descriptions, 2018 (pdf)


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

1910 Shooting over fair pitches

Music Hall and Theatre Review – Thursday 1st September 1910

Guns at Mitcham.

At Croydon Police Court on Friday Henry Harris was committed for trial at the next Guildford Assizes, having been charged with the attempted murder of Frederick Gray, aged fifty, of Wandsworth-road, and Henry Gray, aged twenty-six, of Kensal-rise, by shooting them with a revolver at Mitcham-green on August 12. The injured men attended the court. Mr. A. A. Strong said it was customary for the showmen to take up their positions on the Thursday before the fair, and the members of the Showmen’s Guild had their places allotted by the Guild, so that everything should be done in order. This year, on reaching Mitcham the showmen found that, owing to the notoriety the fair had gained through the action of the local conservators, the ground was occupied by gipsies. On the Wednesday before the fair the Grays found the site they usually occupied was in Harris’s possession. The prisoner, said counsel, was not a showman. Showmen did not carry revolvers, and were a most orderly and law-abiding folk.

Harris carried on small coal business at Battersea. Occasionally he had gone with shows, and the Grays had helped him. The elder Gray, knowing he had no legal claim to the site, offered Harris £5. On the first day of the fair they had not yet come to an agreement. Frederick Gray was under the impression on Thursday night that Harris had agreed to accept £6 and a use of a portion of the ground. Accordingly instructions were given for the roundabouts to be erected on Friday, but he found Harris was still in possession. About mid-day prisoner asked witness what he was going to do, and witness said, ” I’ve finished,” and Harris then said, ” I haven’t finished with you.” Between 1.30 and 2 o’clock as witness and his son were walking round the fair ground, Harris ran in front of them, and without a word pointed a revolver at them from a distance of eight or nine paces, and fired several shots.

After being treated by a local doctor witness and his son were taken to Guy’s Hospital, remaining until Wednesday last. A bullet was extracted from his chest, and a doctor told him that if it had been half an inch further to the left, the wound would have been fatal.

Harry Gray, the son, denied that he struck prisoner, or that his father threatened him.

The incident was reported in the Croydon’s Weekly Standard – Saturday 20th August 1910

TWO SHOT AT A FAIR

A shooting affray marked the opening of Mitcham Fair on Friday. Two showmen, Frederick Gray and Harry Gray, his son, were shot and Henry Harris, the proprietor of a “Hoop-la” booth was arrested. The incident occurred about two o’clock in the afternoon, when the fair was crowded with people. It is said that the Grays and Harris quarrelled over a pitch. A heated dispute ensued, during which, it is alleged, Harris pulled out a revolver – and fired at the two Grays. The crowd promptly scattered in all directions, and took shelter behind the nearest caravans. Harris, it is said, ran after the Grays with a revolver in his hand, but a young woman named Maria Herrick, in the employment of the elder Gray, ran up to him, and pluckily wrenched the revolver from him. Immediately after the police came up and arrested Harris. Altogether, four shots were fired. In view of the crowded state of the ground, it is remarkable that no more people were hit. Frederick Gray was wounded in the back, and his son Harry in the chest. Both are doing well.

As regards the fair itself, the action of the Mitcham Common Conservators during recent years in attempting to stop it has apparently only resulted in making it more popular. The number of shows is greater this year than ever before. The Conservators took out against twenty-two showmen for taking up places forty-eight hours before the time allowed, which was Thursday noon.