Tag Archives: 1935

Bramcote Avenue

Road that runs in a south westerly direction from Cricket Green to Mitcham Park.

As entered from Cricket Green, on the right is a block of flats called Bramcote Court with shops called Bramcote Parade, and on the left corner the former Queens Head pub.

The houses, mostly in blocks of 4, are numbered odd on the east side from 1 to 55, and even on the west side from 2 to 56. Addresses at Bramcote Court and Parade have the postcode CR4 4LR, odd numbered houses have CR4 4LW and even have CR4 4LU.

A house, 1A, was added before number 1 possibly in 2003, according to planning application 03/P0491.

1954 OS map

Turners Bakery horse drawn delivery in Bramcote Avenue around 1969/70

The road, along with Denham Crescent, was built in 1935 on land that had been the market gardens of Mr W. Carlton.

1910 OS map

From local newspapers :

BIG LAND DEAL AT MITCHAM

8 1/2 Acres the Council Wanted

The market garden land adjoining Mitcham Park, which has been the subject of much discussion of late and was the cause of a petition to the Ministry of Health, has now been sold to a firm of builders.

The land belonged to Mr. W. Carlton, a former chairman of the old Mitcham Urban District Council.

Only last week the Mitcham Town Clerk said he had received from the Ministry a formal consent to the borrowing of £15,000 for the purchase of eight and a quarter acres of land for a Council housing estate. The Council was informed that Mr. Carlton was not prepared to give any further option in respect of the land at the sum named, nor was he prepared to consider any offer for the land at present.

The Council was recommended to submit to Ministry for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the land.

Mr. Carlton told one of our reporters yesterday (Thursday) that the land had been bought by the Ideal Homes Estates, of Erith, who have other land in Mitcham. “I have got a much better price than the Council offered,” he said.

Source: Mitcham News and Mercury, 4th January 1935

The efforts of the Mitcham Borough Council to acquire 8 1/4 acres of market land near the Cricket Green as a site for council housing estate has evidently been nipped in the bud by the action of the owner of the land, Mr W Carlton, a former member of the council, in selling the land to a private building firm only a week after the council have decided to apply to the Ministry of health for a compulsory purchase order for the acquisition of the land. The Council has already received the consent of the ministry to borrow £15,000 for the purchase, but Mr Carlton, who had given the council an option on it which they failed to exercise, refused to consider any other offer by the council, and would not continue the negotiations. So it would seem that yet another attempt by the council to meet the requirements of an extremely large number of would-be the tenants has failed. Not, it may be added, through any particular fault on the part of the council, who were taking their usual and legal steps to attain the desired end. The proposal to make a council housing estate on the particular land in question had met with opposition, and 250 residents of Mitcham Park send a petition to the Ministry protesting that the proposal would destroy the amenities and the character of the district. In view of subsequent developments, the effects of this protest will not be seen. The land had for many years been worked as a market garden by Mr Carlton, his father and his son, and included in the sale is the cottage where he was born, and which he will now have to leave. Mr Carlton was reported to have stated that he got a much better price for the land than the council offered, and he understood that the firm proposed to build about 100 good class houses on the site. He added, it was stated, that he did not want to sell, and had previously refused all offers, but the council “forced his hand”. The difficulties which a local authority has to contend with in matters of the sort are well known, but the Mitcham Council is meeting with more obstacles and is usually the case.

Source: Mitcham Herald 18th January 1935


Council Minutes

Thursday, December 13th, 1934

LAND, LOWER GREEN.

—The Town Clerk reported that he had received from the Minister of Health formal consent to the borrowing of the sum of £15,000 for the purchase of 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green under Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925; and a letter was read from Messrs. Chart, Son and Reading stating that they had been in communication with Mr. Carlton, who had informed them that he was not prepared to give any further option in respect of his land at Lower Green East at the sum previously named nor is he prepared at present to consider any offer for the same.

Resolved, That the Council be recom-mended to submit to the Minister of Health for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green East for the purpose of Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925.

Source: Proceedings of the Council and committees, Mitcham Borough Council, Volume 1 1934-35 page 124


WW2 Civilian Casualties

17th February 1941

21 Bramcote Avenue
William Henry HILLARD, aged 9


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

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

Mitcham Stadium

Sports stadium, which occupied around 8 acres, north of Eastfields Road and opposite the football ground in Sandy Lane, was built in 1935 and was sold to property developer Wates Ltd in 1955.

1952 OS map

1953 aerial photo showing football and rugby posts on the field. Fernlea Road is on the left, with Sandy lane at the top.

Mitcham Borough council minutes of 6th December 1934, volume 1, page 89, record a letter received from Mr S.E. Parkes:

26. LAND, EASTFIELDS.

Read letter from Mr. S. E. Parkes stating that he had had under consideration a scheme for the
utilisation of the disused gravel pit in Eastfields Road for the purpose of a Rugby football ground, and asking whether any objection would be raised by the Council in connection with
the user of this land for the purpose under the provisions of the Town Planning Scheme.

Resolved, That Mr. Parkes be informed that no objection will be offered by the Council.

A detailed history of the stadium can be found at the Gandermonium blog.

Mitcham News & Mercury, 18th May, 1935

Norwood News, 6th September 1935, showing construction of one of the two stands. 300 tons of steel was used in each stand, and by comparison, the Majestic cinema had 350 tons.

Norwood News, 6th September 1935 advertising the opening of the stadium the next day.

In addition to rugby, Irish games such as hurling were played at the stadium.

Also charity events were held there such as this 1937 fete in ad of the Wilson Hospital:

ad from 1937 Mitcham Cricket Club Yearbook

In 1954, the stadium was called ‘A White Elephant’ in this article in the 1st July issue of the Mitcham & Tooting Advertiser:

The site was sold to Wates Ltd who built housing with Guyatt Gardens, Ormerod Gardens, Fowler Road, Priestley Road with Roper Way connecting to Eastfields Road.

Mitcham and Tooting Advertiser, 26th May 1955, page 1.

House for sale ad in 1965 referred to the former Mitcham Stadium.


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