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Finborough Road

Road off west side of London Road, north of Arnold Road.

All houses have the postcode SW17 9HY.

Possibly built between 1865 and 1882 in what was part of Tooting. This 1865 OS map shows the V-shaped boundary line that extended to Tooting Hall, roughly where Woodley Close is now.

1865 OS map

As Eric Montague said in his book Mitcham Histories:2 North Mitcham, page 36, this boundary …

had become illogical by the late 19th century. .. It had marked the division between the (pre Norman Conquest) hundreds of Brixton and Wallington since the time of King Alfred … In 1899 the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth was formed and, after a public enquiry, the boundary was moved, following the northern fence of the railway line, and the land south of that line was transferred in April 1903 into Mitcham.

An ad in the South London Press, 13th October 1883, is for apartments to let in Claremont Terrace, Finborough Road.

Ad from South London Press, 13th October 1883

Occupants from 1891 street directory:

North Side
Sherborne cottage, Henry WOOD
1, Walter Thomas NEWMAN
2, William West WARE
4, Felix LEDGER
6, Frederick BUNNING
7, William WREN
8, David George COOPER

South Side
Claremont Villa, Charles FINCK

In an 1893 auction, four houses, numbered 13 to 16, were put up for auction. The houses were described as substantially built with 8 rooms. The buyer would pay £21 a year for the lease from the freeholder, and get £93 12s. from the tenants.

TOOTING.—Four substantially-built 8-roomed Houses, close to Tooting Junction, Nos. 13 to 16, Finborough-road; let to most respectable tenants (one on agreement), and producing £93 12s. per annum ; lease 86 years at £5 5s. each.—Solicitors, Messrs. Mackrell, Maton, and Godlee, 21, Cannon-street, E.C.

1895 OS map

This OS map of 1911 shows the district boundary north of the railway line (Union and Rural District), but the parliamentary borough boundary remaining where the original division was. The map also shows more houses at the London Road end of the road.

1911 OS map

The houses were renumbered at some point and are even on the north side, starting at 2 at the London Road end to 26 at the western end, and odd on the south side from 1 to 23.

1950 OS map

The houses on the north side don’t have bay windows, while those on the south side do. The original houses, numbered 7 to 23, have Corinthian style pilasters on either side of the bay window and front door.

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

Tamworth Villas

A terrace of 12 houses, built in 1907, on Commonside East, numbered 299 to 321. This part of the road is set back from the main road at its western end, and runs to Manor Road at its eastern end.

Tamworth Villas from the air

The facades of these houses have, near the roof, three small square bricks with the patterns English rose, circles, English rose. In addition there are two different friezes above and centred between each house. One of the friezes is of a man, possibly Bacchus as there is a keystone brick above the head with a bunch of grapes; the other is a woman, above whose head is a keystone of a flower.

The front door of each house is next to its neighbour, so that the first house, number 299, has its door on the right, and next to it, number 301 has its door on the left. Above each pair of doors is a frieze with the woman’s face.

Between each house there is the frieze of the man’s face.

However, when looking at the first house, number 299, the frieze with the man’s face is on the left, and a grapes keystone is left of the frieze near the edge of the wall (this bunch of grapes differs from the others in that it is angled to the right). At the other end of the terrace, at number 321, there is no extra frieze, and the keystone near the right hand edge is of a sunflower. Is no. 299 wider than no. 321?

There is an alleyway in the middle of the terrace, between numbers 309 and 311, which gives access to the back gardens. The alleyway has an arch which is formed of eleven segmental bricks, five on either side of the keystone brick. A pattern is repeated on each side consisting of two segments with a sunflower, one with grapes and two sunflowers again. The grapes and sunflower are repeated with the friezes, as described above. The keystone of the arch has a three petal flower.

Photo taken 3rd July 2020

Above the arch is a datestone showing the year 1907.

Photo taken 3rd July 2020

Above the datestone is a frieze of a sculpted face, and above that is another of the brick segment of grapes that is used in the arch.

Photo taken 3rd July 2020

This frieze, and the grapes segment above it, is repeated between alternate houses on either side of the alleyway. Between the other houses is a frieze with the sculpted face of a woman, and above that is a smaller face.

OS Maps

1910 OS map showing the terrace to the south east of Tamworth Lodge.

1910 OS map

The terrace was originally numbered sequentially, from 1 at the western end to 12 at the eastern end. The road was possibly renumbered after 1925, and the equivalent numbers are shown below.

Original Number Current Number
1 299
2 301
3 303
4 305
5 307
6 309
7 311
8 313
9 315
10 317
11 319
12 321

Occupants from Street Directories

1, Stanley REDPATH
2, Percy H. BUSS
4, Edward GREEN
6, James HIX
7, Arthur Ralph DAUNTON
10, Edgar Arthur LETKEY


1, William Alfred ROBERTS
2, Josiah WRIGHT
3, Robert Joseph EDWARDS
4, Charles Henry Joseph SAUL
5, Harry WOOD
6, Mrs NORTH
7, A. Ralph DAUNTON
9, Charles H. PRIDIE
10, David A. SMITH
11, Ernest Joseph Alfred SHACKLE
12, William STILES

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