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J.K. Harvey, chemists

Early 1900s view of the chemist shop of J.K. Harvey in York Place, Fair Green. This clip is from Merton Memories photo 30338 (c) London Borough of Merton

Early 1900s view of the chemist shop of J.K. Harvey in York Place, Fair Green. This clip is from Merton Memories photo 30338 (c) London Borough of Merton

Chemist closes after 88 years

An old-established chemist’s shop at Fair Green, Mitcham, closed at the end of June.

Founded in 1878, the business was taken over in 1943 by the late John Kentish Harvey, a well known local man who was for many years church warden at St Mark’s, Mitcham.

After his death in 1955 the business was run by his two sons, Mr John Kentish Harvey and Mr Lawrence Reginald Harvey, Langdale Road, Mitcham.

But in recent years there has been a shortage of qualified pharmacists and the firm unable to obtain a permanent one had to close down.

Mr J.K. Harvey and Mr L.R. Harvey, who both work in the City, will still be living in Mitcham.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 22nd July 1966.

In the 1928 electoral register, at number 1 St Mark’s Road, John Kentish Harvey was listed as an occupation voter whose address was 36 Langdale Avenue.

ad from 1938

1938 : Memories of Mitcham Green

By E.A.C. Thomson, founder and secretary of The Club Cricket Conference, editor of “The Hockey World” and Co-Founder of The National Playing Fields Association.

From the 1938 Mitcham Cricket Club yearbook.

Born at Woodford in Essex, my parents moved to Mitcham when I was five years old. My father, a keen sportsman, played cricket and rugger in his younger days and was a member of the Mitcham C.C. My family had no relationship with the late W. W. Thomson, so long connected with Mitcham during and after my boyhood days.

As a schoolboy at the Mitcham Grammar School (the headmaster of which was Dr. Smith, M.A.), we used to arrange occasional school matches on Mitcham Green. To we schoolboys this was a tremendous honour, because we knew that we were playing on a part of the ancient cricket turf trod by so many famous and historical cricket figures of the past.

I remember the team when they had T. P. Harvey, Joe and Jim Caffrey, Joe Knight, A. Ferrier Clark. T. J. Barber, S. Hooper (who stood about 6ft. 6 inches and was a slow bowler), Rutter, Southerton, Jnr., etc. In my school days it was a common spectacle to see from 2,000 to 3,000 people congregated around the Green watching an important match. On the far side, grooms were in charge of the saddle-horses by the dozen, there were carriages and pairs, dog carts, broughams and other vehicles common to those days.

I remember one prolonged stand made by T. P. Harvey and W. W. Thompson. If memory does not play me false, they put on over 200 for the first wicket, but even in those days there were boundaries arranged. W. W. Thomson was captain of the Mitcham C.C. before T. P. Harvey. The latter was, in my opinion, one of the finest all round amateur cricketers that I have ever met. In later years I had the pleasure of playing against T. P. Harvey and Mitcham on several occasions. I often wonder whether his batting and bowling figures year by year have been preserved. One usually knew when he was in for a long score. After lie had got his eye well in, he would turn the peak of his cap round to the back of his head and settle down. In other words, he would just dig in, and then he took a lot of digging out.

J. Southerton used to bowl against the older cricketing boys at the nets on Mitcham Green and gave them sound coaching instruction. Not only did Southerton do this, but if there were any promising boy cricketers, they were put in the nets and sure of getting efficient coaching and instruction. That is one reason why young Mitcham cricketers in those days were so numerous.

There was real sorrow in the village when Jim Southerton died. He was Mine Host of The Cricketers’ Inn. Mitcham cricketers and visitors for untold years used to dress, meet and join in convivial company during and after the match. It was a walking funeral which took place from ‘The Cricketers’ Inn; that is to say, the coffin was carried from the Inn to Mitcham Churchyard.

The funeral procession must have been at least a quarter of a mile in length. We schoolboy cricketers, who knew and respected Southerton, took up the immediate rear and walked behind the cortege to the churchyard where we saw Southerton laid to his final rest.

While my father and I were watching a match on the Green one Saturday afternoon, he talked to an old villager who was nearer 90 than 80. He said that his own grandfather had told him he remembered seeing an old print of a cricket match with the inscription underneath “Crickette on Olde Meecham Green.” It was dated 1685. He said that this print was hanging on one of the walls inside a room in one of the cottages surrounding the Green. Alas! it has now disappeared.

Another of my happiest boyhood recollections was at the age of nine, not yet breeched, being visited at my home by Ebbutt, the captain of the Mitcham II eleven. He said to me “Youngster, I want you to play for me to-day.” I could hardly believe the great news. I found our opponents were Sutton II.

Of course, I was put in last, but the game, when I went in, was at a most interesting stage. Mitcham II required 2 runs to win with the last wicket to fall. I remember the Sutton captain emphasising very strongly to the captain of Mitcham in something like these words, “Whatever did you need to put such a kid in your side for? We cannot bowl overarm to him and shall just have to lob.”

At all events, my partner hit the ball, and called me for a quick run. I promptly raced to the other end of the wicket. The match was a tie. A Sutton bowler, who had been bowling overarm, then sent me down a lob which I played; a second lob I also played. The third lob, a little over pitched, I hit for one, ran hard and got the winning run.

My father knew F. Gale, known all over the cricket world as “The Old Buffer.” He wrote two or three books on the game, including a most interesting one on Mitcham cricket. I used to have this book in my library, but for several years now it has been missing.

“The Old Buffer’s” tales of Mitcham cricket were most entertaining and interesting. He was a faithful and constant supporter of the Mitcham club. Whenever Mitcham had an important game, whether a Saturday or mid-week. “The Old Buffer” would usually be found sitting on a seat and enjoying every moment of the play.

It was on Mitcham Green that I saw my first hockey match when Mitcham played Teddington. Many of the active Mitcham cricketers in the winter played occasional hockey matches on the Green to keep themselves fit. Among the Mitcham cricketers of those days who played hockey were Tom Harvey, Lionel Upton, A. F. Clark, Skelton, Abrahams, Hooper and others. As a matter of fact, the Mitcham hockey club consisted practically of Mitcham cricketers. It existed from about 1879 or 1880, but alter a few years, it became defunct.

Talking of hockey, it may not be well-known that T. P. Harvey was a good hockey player. He played in the first South trial team v. the North at Queen’s Club, Kensington, in 1890 and was one of the two centre-forwards. Further-more, in the first hockey international between England and Ireland at Richmond, March, 1895, Tom Harvey was one of the two umpires, who took charge of the match, He was a most enthusiastic hockey player, and did a lot for the game in its earliest stages. Tom Harvey, personally, coached me a good deal in my boyhood days of cricket at the nets. It was upon his advice that I eventually played hockey.

Worthington Close

New road with housing off east side of Tamworth Park, north of Commonside East and south of Tamworth Lane. The road is parallel to Tamworth Park. There are 33 properties in this road, numbered consecutively from 1 to 33, all with the postcode CR4 1JQ.

aerial view looking towards the east

aerial view looking towards the east

Possibly built in 1988 or 1989. Planning permission 88/P1199 was applied for in 1988 for Numbers 54/56 and land and premises rear of numbers 2-52, Tamworth Park, Mitcham
for the redevelopment of site by the erection of 6 x three bedroom houses 6 x three bedroom flats 12 x two bedroom flats and 19 x one bedroom flats together with associated parking and landscaping. This application was refused and an appeal was lodged, with that being refused as well. The LB Merton planning website doesn’t however show the application that was allowed for the current development, which is of 4 blocks, 2 of flats, and 2 terraces of houses.

This 1910 OS map shows that a field, numbered 268, of 1.182 acres, where Worthington Close is now.

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map

The Tithe Apportionment Map of 1846 shows that this field was part of the land owned by John Watney.

The 1938 OS map shows a cluster of buildings at the north end of this field.

1938 OS Map

1938 OS Map

The 1953 OS map helps to identify these buildings:

1953 OS map

1953 OS map

On the map, there is one building with a number: 54. The houses in Tamworth Park are numbered to 52 before the access road to these buildings, and 56 after, so the address of this is 54 Tamworth Park. This was the address of the Tamworth Park Construction Company, which built Tamworth Park. It was owned by Joseph Owen, who donated the land for the Mitcham Library.

Other occupants of 54 Tamworth Park included the company Hyrax Lubricants Ltd., which applied for a trademark in 1940 for its product “Hyrax-Petrecon”.

Planning application MIT1836, dated 21st December, 1955, has a B.S. Bartlett of 54 Tamworth Park being permitted use of part of 54 Tamworth Park for a garage and motor repair business. It is believed that this property continued to be used for car repairs until the mid 1980s (from a comment on the Facebook Mitcham History Group).

Clarendon Grove

Road off of northern side of Upper Green East.

1953 OS map

1953 OS map

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

Occupants from the 1915 street directory:

from the Upper green


Mission Room
Baptist Chapel
1, Miss A.A. Bigsby
3, William Gillingham
5, George Aldrich
7, Mrs. I. Reed
9, Thomas Stephen Circuit
11, Henry Thomas Rossiter
13, Alfred Jenner (Sunnyside)


2, Stanley Henly Schneider
4, Charles Jenner
6, Sidney Holland
8, William Brooks
10, Alfred Hudson Telfer
12, Henry Frank Wood

World War 1 Connections
Private Sidney Herbert Holland

In the 1911 commercial directory, Hermann John Schneider, is listed as turncock to the Metropolitan Water Board, at 2 Clarendon Grove, Upper Mitcham.

In 1938, in a report of the death of Mrs Schneider at the same address, Mr H.J. Schneider was said to have also been in the Mitcham Fire Brigade.

From the Norwood News – Friday 20th May 1938


The funeral took place at Mitcham Old Graveyard on Friday of Mrs. Mary Grace Schneider, aged 81, wife of Mr. H. J. Schneider, of Clarendon-grove, Mitcham Fair Green.

She died at the home of her youngest son, Mr. C. F. Schneider, Girtongardens. Shirley.

The old lady, with her husband, was looking forward to calibrating their diamond wedding on November 14th next. Mr Schneider, who will be 84 next month, was a turncock for the Metropolitan Water Board in Tooting and Mitcham for many years.

He was also a member of Mitcham fire brigade for a long period.

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

Millars Motors (Mitcham) Ltd.

363 and 365 London Road

1953 OS map

1953 OS map

Listed in the 1938 commercial directory as motor cycle dealers, 365 London Road, telephone number 0829. Not shown in the 1930 commercial directory.

In 1954 phone book as Millars Motors (Mitcham) Ltd., Motor dealers, 363 London Road, telephone MITcham 0829.

Listed in the 1963 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories as Motor Vehicle Repairs, Sidecars.

This letterhead shows the outline of the building.

undated letterhead

undated letterhead

This clip from Merton Memories shows the left hand side of the building where ’36’ can be seen which matches the ‘363’ on the letterhead.

clip from 1938 photo of tree in garage next to Millars Motors building at 363 London Road, from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_​Work_​Industry_​18-1

Note that the description on Merton Memories says that this site was used by Kwik Fit and is now vacant, but that is incorrect. Across the London Road at Allen Bros. is where Kwik Fit was the last occupier.


22nd September 1939 ad from Croydon Advertiser

1982 ad from Mitcham Diary

1955 Stationery

District Stockist
Agents for

Part Exchanges
Insurances Arranged

The site at 359, 363 and 365 were built on around 2002 by Green Acre Homes (South East) Ltd whose planning application, no. 02/P0208, was for

Erection of a 3 storey building fronting London Road and comprising 3 x 2 and 6 x 1 bed flats and a 2 – storey building fronting Baron Grove and comprising 4 x 1 bed flats with associated car parking (the proposal involves demolition of all existing buildings on site)

Merton Council haven’t put online any documents for planning applications before 2005, so no other details are known.

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

H.G. Dorrett, Ltd

Commercial photographers, was at Manor House, 341 London Road. Owned by Harry Gordon Dorrett and his wife Nell, who bought Manor House in 1930, according to Eric Montague in Mitcham Histories: 4 Lower Mitcham.

1952 ad

1939 ad from Norwood News – Friday 17 March 1939 Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Listed in the 1938 commercial directory as

Dorrett H.G. & Co., multiple photo-printers, 341 London rd. T N 2208


From baby photos taken in 1957. Photographer Nettie M. MOON


Harry Gordon Dorrett died 5th March 1958 at Briar Wood Nursing Home, Worcester Park, Surrey. He left in £14784 10s. 4d.

A more detailed biography of him can be found on the Croydon Camera Club’s website.