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John Baptiste Rompel

From the Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 11th September, 1914

From the Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 11th September, 1914

Text of ad:

J.B. ROMPEL, watchmaker, jeweller, and optician,
3, Central Market, London Rd., Mitcham
(opposite old address)
AN ENTIRELY NEW & UP-TO-DATE STOCK now showing.

JOIN OUR CLUB. Full particulars in application.

The Central Market was opposite the Parade, between Raleigh Gardens and Tom Francis’s shop London House.

He was listed in the 1915 commercial directory as a watch maker in the ‘high street’, London Road. The full name was given in the 1911 commercial directory. He is listed in the 1925 street directory as watchmaker at 3 Central Market. In electoral register of autumn 1926, this address was changed to 278 London Road, when that road was renumbered. His last entry at this address was in the 1934 electoral register. See also his ad in 1929 Where to shop in Mitcham.

From Ancestry:

He was born in Hessen Nassau, Prussia (Germany) on 13th September 1872, as Johannes Baptiste Rompel. His parents were Johann and Barbara Rompel. He was naturalised as a UK citizen in 1911.

He married Nellie Louise Court on 8th March, 1903, at the parish church. His wife was born in Oxford, and she lived at 12 High Street. Her father was William Court, confectioner. His father, deceased, Johann Carl Rompel, was a veterinary surgeon. John Rompel was living at 42 Kings Road, Mitcham, when he married.

John Rompel died on 26th December, 1935, aged 63, at Kingston hospital. His home address was 4 Melrose Avenue. He left £1,563 1s 9d. to his wife. Adjusted for inflation, this is equivalent to £100,000 in 2018.

His wife died on 19th March 1954, aged 74. She left £1,813 in her will, which is around £50,000 in 2018 values. Her probate record shows she was living at 4 Melrose Avenue, Mitcham, and died at Grange Nursing Home, Morden. She left her money to Cecil Howard Mason, departmental head.


In 1915, his shop was approached by an angry crowd protesting at the sinking of the Lusitania.

ANTI-GERMAN DEMONSTRATIONS AT MITCHAM

Early last evening a crowd, which gradually swelled until about 8 o’clock, when it
numbered several hundred persons, assembled at the Fair Green for the purpose of
expressing indignation at the recent murders on the high seas.

Proceeding in the direction of the Parade, the crowd halted in front of the jeweller’s
shop tenanted by Mr. J. B. Rompel, a naturalised German.

Their attitude was distinctly menacing, and but for the presence of a large force of
Special Constabulary they would, no doubt, have vented their feelings in no unmistakable manner. After some jeering and hooting the police dispersed the crowd.

With the exception of one man, whose head was cut with a stone, no damage or
injury took place.

Source: Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 14th May, 1915.

Rose Nursery

Weatherboarded cottage in Tramway Path.

There are two photos of this cottage on the City of London ‘Collage’ collection, both with the year of 1977, so perhaps it was demolished after that.

Image courtesy of Collage - The London Picture Library - http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

1977 Image courtesy of Collage – The London Picture Library – http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Image courtesy of Collage - The London Picture Library - http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

1977 Image courtesy of Collage – The London Picture Library – http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

From the 1911 commercial directory:

Arthur George & Ephraim SIMMONS, florists, Tramway path, Lower Mitcham

The 1915 street directory names the cottage:

Tramway Path, from London Road, Lower Mitcham

George THOMPSON, florist (Station Nursery)
Ephraim SIMMONS, florist (Rose Nursery)

The cottage is shown on this 1953 OS map:

1953 OS map

1953 OS map

An area in the south ward called Simmons’ Land was recorded in UDC minutes of 1917 as being of 13 acres. This land was used for allotments during the war. From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council, volume III, 1917 to 1918, 19th June, 1917, page 52.

Agnes Clarrissa Simmons, the daughter of Arthur George Simmons, married Private Percy John Hale in February 1916. She lived with her parents in Elmwood Road.


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

Preshaw Crescent

Photo taken 2nd January, 2017

Photo taken 2nd January, 2017

Photo possibly taken after the houses were built.

Photo possibly taken after the houses were built.

A row of four pairs of houses from the corner with Glebe Path running west, in parallel with, but set back from, the north side of Lower Green West. Built after 1897 on the site of a pond, which is shown in this 1866 map:

1866 OS map

1866 OS map

According to Eric Montague in his book Mitcham Histories: 5 Lower Green West, page 11, the pond measured 200 feet by 50 feet and had been called King’s Pond. The sub-soil here is sand and gravel and Montague suggested that this was originally a pit dug for the gravel, which would be used in building. With the water table high the pit would have filled in with water forming the pond.


The year of 1897 comes from the Land Registry title for number 6, which was auctioned in early 2016:

A Conveyance of the land in this title and other land dated 2 September 1897 made between (1) The Reverend Frederick Wilson Clerk (the Incumbent) (2) The Governors of The Bounty of Queen Anne for the Augmentation of The Maintenance of The Poor Clergy (the Governors) (3) The Right Reverend Father In God Edward Stuart (the Ordinary) (4) Francis Charles Simpson (the Patron) (5) The Right Honourable and Most Reverend Frederick By Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (the Archbishop) and (6) Richard Arthur Bush (the Purchaser) contains covenants details of which are set out in the schedule of restrictive covenants hereto.

The restrictive covenant contained in the conveyance of 2nd September 1897 stated that …

the purchaser would within 12 months of the date of abstracting presents erect not less than 4 detached houses or two pairs of semi detached houses on the premises.

That no buildings other than dwelling houses with their offices should be erected on the premises the prime cost of which for work and materials should not be less than £400 or in case of pairs of semi-detached dwellinghouses should not be less prime cost than £650 per pair.


This 1910 OS map shows the four pairs of houses:

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map

Occupants

From the 1915 street directory:

Lower green west, from London Road
NORTH SIDE

… here is Glebe Path
PRESHAW CRESCENT:
1, Charles STUART
3, George Henry NELSON
4, Robert CHART
5, Arthur LANGRISH
7, Charles Clarke APLIN
8, John David CLARKE

From the 1925 street directory:

Lower green west, from London Road to Church Road
WEST SIDE

PRESHAW CRESCENT:
1, Charles STUART
2, Miss Bessie May MARTIN
3, George NELSON
4, John William ALLEN
5, Arthur LANGRISH
6, Charles R SINCLAIR
7, Mrs HOLLIS
8, Herbert E HART
9, George W.T. ORMOND

Note that number 9 is possibly the White Cottage.


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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

Jersey Road

Road east of Ipswich Road and south of Seeley Road.

1933 OS map

1933 OS map

Occupants listed in the 1915 street directory:

From Links Road to Seeley Road
4, Alfred George NORRIS
6, Frank Ewart MASSEY
12, Victor PENNECARD

World War 1 Connections

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

F H NICHOLLS of 16 Jersey Road, aged 28 Years 9 Months, Compositor. Conscripted on 4 February 1917 to the 110th Training Reserve Batn.

From the Military Service Tribunals:

Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 14th December, 1917
Mitcham Tribunal

Mr W. Chilcott, age 29 (C2), a paper traveller, of Jersey-road, Tooting Junction, said he had one child, and a happy event was expected shortly in the family. There was no one to look after the wife if he joined up. Applicant said he had left his late employers, and was now a lathe operator. He held an exemption certificate, made by his employers. He said he was passed for labour at home, and was willing to do that work if needed. He had been rejected previously. Applicant said he had noticed that some Tribunals had given men conditional exemption if they did work of national importance.

Three months’ exemption.



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The Cottage Laundry

Laundry on Streatham Road, north of corner with Graham Avenue.

1911 OS Map

1911 OS Map

Listed in the 1911 commercial directory as:

S. L. Munday & Son, laundry, The Cottage laundry, Streatham road, Upper Mitcham

The size of the business can be seen when Mrs S.L. Munday goes to the Mitcham Military Service Tribunal as reported on 22nd February, 1918

Mrs. S. L. Munday, a widow, carrying on a laundry business, asked for exemption of her son, her manager. Owing to her age, it was impossible for her to carry on. She employed one hundred women, and had between three and four hundred customers. Her son’s health was not good. She had released eight men for military service, and had only appealed for this one. He was passed C8.

The Chairman: The position is exactly the same as last ?
—Yes.

Conditional exemption was granted.

The 1915 electoral register lists Selina Louisa MUNDAY living at Russelton, Graham Avenue.

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Lewis Road

Road between Church Road and Western Road. According to the Royal Mail postcode finder, Lewis Road as 119 addresses.

No. 1, Lewis Road is Lime Court, on the corner with Church Road. This has 46 flats, numbered 1 to 46 inclusive, with postcode CR4 3LS. Lime Court was built around 1987/8.

Evens numbers 2 to 10, 10A, 12 to 24 to 34, 34A, 36 to 46, 50 to 70 Lewis Road are CR4 3DE.

Odd numbers 19 to 27, 37 to 47, 47A, 55 to 69 are CR4 3DF.

Numbers 29,31,33 and 35 Lewis don’t exist now, as Dalton Avenue cuts through there.


This 1913 map shows a varnish works at the Church Road end. This would later be the belting factory.

1913 OS map

Occupants from 1915 street directory

from Church Road to Western Road

… here is Oakwood Avenue
… here is Ashtree Avenue

7, George READER, shopkeeper
William SEARLE, contractor (Oakwood Villa)

Occupants from 1915 electoral register:

1 Orchard villas : Alfred READER
2 Orchard villas : Albert NEALE
3 Orchard villas : Edward lee GRICE
Cornelia Cottage : Charles HACK
Cornelia Cottage : Henry DAY
Emily Cottage : Frederick Augustus FOSSEY
Violet Cottage : James Edward TOOGOOD
7, George READER
Rose villa : Alfred John SLATER
Orchard villa : Henry SEALE
Westfield farm : Sydney CORNWALL
4 Rosemary cottages : John SEALE
3 Rosemary cottages : Daniel ELLIS
1 Claremont cottages : Henry George SMITH
2 Claremont cottages : William SAVILLE
3 Claremont cottages : Samuel George HUMPHREY
4 Claremont cottages : Alfred Samuel GOODWIN
5 Claremont cottages : John SMITH
6 Claremont cottages : John DOLBY
7 Claremont cottages : James BEARMAN
8 Claremont cottages : Samuel PAYNE
10 Claremont cottages : Griffin CRESSWELL
11 and 12 Claremont cottages : William ASPLAND
13 Claremont cottages : Walter STAGG
14 Claremont cottages : Thomas STEVENS
15 Claremont cottages : Thomas STAGG
16 and 17 Claremont cottages : Charles WILLIAM
2 Rosemary cottages : Isaac SEALE

Occupants from the 1925 street directory:

from Church Road to Western Road
… here is Oakwood avenue …
… here is Ashtree avenuse …
1, George READER
2, John HUMPHREY
3, Charles William HACK
4, Richard STEVENS
5, Edward Charles Le GRICE
6, James E. TOOGOOD (confectioner)
7, George READER and Miss V. READER (fried fish shop)
8, Alfred John READER (metal merchant)
Mitcham Poultry Food Co. Limited
Henry HISLEY
Cavendish villa : Alfred George BROWN
Ivy villa : Harry PATEY
Rose villa : Mrs SLATER
Laurel villa : John W. SALES
Orchard villa : William SEALE
Isaac SEALE (metal merchant)
Rosemary villa : Sidney D. CORNWALL
Westfield farm : John CORNWELL

Rosemary cottages:
1, William SEALE (confectioner)
2, Isaac SEALE
3, Mrs FORDHAM
4, Mrs EVANS

P.J. Nash & Co. Ltd. (sauce manufacturers)

From the 1930 commercial directory

1, George SMITH (dairy)
31, A. Couling & Sons (fried fish shop)
33, Alfred READER (firewood dealer)
41, William SEALE (greengrocer)
59, John CORNWELL (hotel waste contractor tel: 0880)

The following have no number given in the directory:

Mitcham Poultry Food Co. Limited (poultry food manufacturers tel: 0800)
Seal’s Yard : George HARKWRIGHT (haulage contractor tel: 3919)
Isaac SEALS (scrap metal merchant) (note: could be SEALE not SEALS)
Zalmo Pickle & Sauce Works (A. D. Robertson, propr.)


World War 1 Connections
Bombadier Frank Osborne Broster

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

G ASPLAND of 9 Lewis Cottages Westfield Mitcham, aged 31 Years 6 Months, Fitter. Conscripted on 2 March 1917 to the Royal Engineers.

D ELLIS of 3 Rosemary Cot Lewis Road, aged 38 Years, Scaffolder. Volunteered on 15 January 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

W HUMPHREY of 4 Lewis Cot Mitcham, aged 19 Years 11 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 24 February 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment.

A J READER of 1 Orchard Villa Lewis Road, aged 27 Years 3 Months, Carter. Conscripted on 18 June 1917 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

P O SLATER of 3 Lewis Road, aged 19 Years 8 Months, Machinist. Conscripted on 6 December 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment (29th Batn).

H SMITH of 16 Lewis Cottages Mitcham, aged 36 Years 11 Months, Iron Worker. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

H G C SMITH of 1 Lewis Cot Lewis Road, aged 33 Years, Labourer. Volunteered on 15 January 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

W G SLATER of Rose Villa Lewis Road, aged 18 Years 6 Months, Belt Maker. Conscripted on 7 March 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (30th Lab Co).

R T STEVENS of Emily Cottage Lewis Road, aged 31 Years, Belt Maker. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 7 June 1916 to the East Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).



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