Tag Archives: 1926

Cedars Avenue

Road that runs south westerly from Tamworth Lane to Commonside East where it crosses Mitcham Common to Croydon Road near the junction with Carshalton Road. The part of the road across the Common was a footpath until it was widened in 1930/31.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District council
Volume XVI May 1930 to April 1931
Highways Committee
4th June 1930
Page 115

IMPROVEMENTS.

I lay before you plans for the construction of a new road from Watneys Road to Galpins Road at an estimated cost of £3,880.

I also lay before you plans for the widening and reoonstruction of New Road from the common from Blue House Bridge to Cedars Road, at an intimated cost of £5,391.

In both cases it is proposed to maintain a footway on one side only, and in the case of the first mentioned road the width of the carriageway is 18 ft., and in the latter instance 24 ft. with 5 ft. footpath.

Yours obediently,
Riley Schofield, Assoc.M.Inst.C.E.,
Engineer and Surveyor.

Resolved –

(f) Improvements, Mitcham Common – That the Committee defer consideration of the plans for construction of a new road from Watneys Road to Galpins Road and for the widening and reconstruction of New Road across the Common from Blue Houses Bridge to Cedars Road, pending the decision of the Conservators with regard to the promotion of a Bill in Parliament.

This OS map from 1910 shows the route of road and footpath to the Blue House pub:

1910 OS map

It also shows two large houses off the east side of the road, and opposite the drive that led to Brenley. The names of these can be seen on this 1953 OS map, as The Chantry and Radstock.

1953 OS map

In the 1964 electoral register, the houses in Cedars Avenue were listed as:

No. 1,3 and 5
Brenley
Newholme
Orchard Cottage
Malvern
Devonia
Havrincourt
The Cedars
Radstock
The Chantry
The Orchard
Malgarry
Clonmel

Rear garden of The Orchard. Photo kindly supplied by a former resident.

Cedars Avenue looking towards Commonside East. Havrincourt is on the left. Photo kindly supplied by a former resident of The Orchard.

The houses on the east side of the road were renumbered even, starting from the Commonside East end, possibly in the 1930s. The 1939 for sale ad below for Devonia was the same as an ad listed for no. 2.

Road being surfaced in the 1960s. See comment below by Alan Hutchings.

News articles and adverts

Norwood News – Friday 14 April 1939

MITCHAM COMMON (partially overlooking).

Bright semi-detached freehold; vacant possession; 2 receptions, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, separate w.c., nice garden; £745. – Apply on premises, “Devonia”, Cedars-avenue, Mitcham; Mitcham 4130.

Norwood News – Saturday 13 November 1926
Image © Reach PLC. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Text of ad:

MITCHAM
(Immediately facing Common and Golf Links).
(By tram alight at Blue House).
Substantially Built Brick and Tile
FREEHOLD HOUSES.
3 and 4 bedrooms. Every modern convenience.
Room for Garage.
£975 to £1,200.
LIBERAL MORTGAGE ARRANGED.
Apply, any time, any day, to:-
PYLE, Contractor,
Corner of Cedars Avenue and Commonside East,
MITCHAM, Surrey.


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.

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

Hatton Gardens

A cul-de-sac road that is off of the east side of Caesars Walk, after Walsingham Road.

1954 OS map

The name refers to Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Elizabeth I. See wikipedia entry.

This road, and the other roads between the railway line and the Wilson Hospital were on the former estate of The Cranmers which was bought by Isaac Wilson in 1926. All these roads have names related to Elizabeth I.

As entered from Caesars Walk, the houses on the left, north side, are numbered odd from 1 to 35, with three terraces of six houses each. At the end of the road is a square, offset to the north, with a terrace of six houses, numbered 37 to 47, and then a smaller terrace of three houses, which is at right angles to the rest of the road, numbered 49 to 53. The houses on the south side of the road are numbered even from Caesars Walk end from 2 to 36, also in three terraces of six houses. This is followed by two terraces of three houses each, numbers 38 to 42, and 44 to 46. At the end of the square, at right angles, is a terrace of four houses, numbered 48 to 56.

All even house numbers have the postcode CR4 4LG, and odd houses have CR4 4LJ.

No. 37 was extended and 37A added to its side, as per planning application 18P0893.

Occupations from the 1939 Register
Duplicates have been removed.

Assistant Serving Manager United Dairies
Automobile Tester (One Man Business )
Bench Hand Fitter
Book-Keeper (Full Set of books)
Builders Labourer
Builders Labourer Heavy Worker
C O Accountant Generals Dept G P O London
Carpenter
Carpenter & Joiner
Carpenter & Joiner Incapacited
Certificated Teacher
Cinema Attendant
Clerical Officer Inland Revenue
Clerk Civil Engineering Public Works & Buildings
Clerk Incapacited
Clerk Shorth-hand Typist Secretary
Coach Painter
Coal Merchant
Coal Merchants Junior Clerk
Cook
Court Dressmaker
Currier Machine Leather Heavy Worker
Dealer in Meat (Manager ) 148-50 Rushey Green S E 6
Domestic Cook
Driver Cooked Meat Salesman
Electrician-Wireman Building Trade
Embosser (Soft Toys )
Engineers Tool & Jig Maker
Filler (Motor Work)
Foreman Paint Grinder Heavy Worker
Gas Service (Area Representative) Gas Co
General Clerk
Home Duties
Hotel Proprietress Retired
Household Duties
Household duties (unpaid)
Housekeeper
Housewife
Import Stock Clerk
In Partnership Also Clerical Painter, Paperhanger Decorator
Incapacitated
Incapacitated (T B )
Insurance Agent
Junr Draughtsman
Lift Engineer Fitter
Lift Engineers Mate
Lift Erector (Electrical Mechanical) Heavy Work
Literary Editor
Lorry Driver
Machine Shaver Leather Dresser Heavy Worker
Mechanic
Medical Student
Mess Room Attendant
Motor Driver
Motor Lorry Driver (Gas Stone) Delivery Heavy Worker
Motor Transport Garage Hand
Motor Transport Operation Clerical
Motor Vehicle Building & Repairing Senior Clerk Wages Dept
Museum Clerk & Supervisor (Medical )
Now Woodworking Min Foreman Carpenter & Joiner Setter As
Old Age Pension
Old Age Pensioner
Omnibus Conductor
Order Typist
Packer at Pains Fireworks Factory
Paint Manufacturer Manager
Plasterer
Pneumatic Driller & Driver Heavy Worker
Printers Estimating & Cost Clerk
Printers Reader
Printers Warehouseman Heavy Worker
Production Clerk
Rag Dealer
Railway Relief Clerk Qualified Stationmaster
Railway Ticket Inspector Travels Qualified Station Master
Record Clerk Manufacturing in Charge Chemists
Relief Foster-Mother County Council Childrens Homes
Retired Baker
Retired Pensioner NCO Royal Mariner
School Caretaker
Sheet Metal Worker
Sheet Metal Worker (General)
Shop Assistant (Shoes)
Shop Assistant Grocery
Shorthand Typist
Signalman Southern Railway
Sports Trade Wood Worker
Supervising Sorting Clerk & Telegraphist G P O
Synthetic resins & Varnish Maker
Telephone Operator
Tester of Valves
Unpaid Domestic Duties
Upholsteress
Wages Clerk Gas Co
Waitress
Wife
Wire Worker Lampshades etc. Manufacturing

1967 postcard addressed to Mr & Mrs Gower, 26 Hatton Gardens


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