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Mitcham Rubber Company

Rubber factory that was on the south side of Morden Road, as shown in this 1953 OS map.

1953 OS map

1947 aerial photo, looking south, from Britain From Above

The business moved from Mitcham in 1963 and the factory site is now a trading estate.

According to a comment on the Mitcham History Group on Facebook:

it was a big local employer in the 1950s and called workers back to work with an air raid siren.

Also from Facebook, the Leyland Historical Society, in requesting any local knowledge of the Mitcham Rubber Company, said:

Mitcham Rubber Company started in 1916 as a subsidiary of the Leyland & Birmingham Rubber Company, part of the firm that produced latex products before being transferred up to Leyland in 1963

Before 1916, the site was used by W.T. Bigsby varnish manufacturers.

News Articles

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – Saturday 9th September 1916

LEYLAND AND BIRMINGHAM RUBBER COMPANY

Presiding at the annual meeting of Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company, at Leyland, yesterday. Mr. Robert T. Byrne said the past year’s profits were £67,239 after providing for excess profit tax, and £27,311 was brought forward. A final dividend on the Ordinary Shares of 10 per cent, was proposed, making 15 per cent, for the twelve months, and carrying forward £25,429. They recieved notice from the Government that from September 1 the works at Leyland and Mayhill, Glasgow, would be controlled under the Munitions of War Act. If they were not controlled many workmen of military age would be taken from them, but they will not now stand such risk. The directors had taken over the Mitcham Rubber Company with a view of capturing a special class of trade which was almost entirely done before the war in England, France, and Russia by the German and Austrian manufacturers. The report was adopted, and Mr. J. T. Goodie was re-elected director.

Birmingham Daily Post – Thursday 19th September 1918

PURCHASE OF THE MITCHAM RUBBER COMPANY.

They would remember that extraordinary general meeting of the shareholders of the Mitcham Rubber Company was held on June 19 consider the advisability of purchasing the balance of shares in the Mitcham Rubber Company, and letter setting out firstly the reasons for doing so accompanied the notice calling that meeting. The shareholders present at that meeting unanimously decided to purchase the balance of shares, so that the Mitcham Rubber Company was now the absolute property of this company. He proceeded to speak of the branches home and abroad. The home branches – namely, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, and the Palatine Heel Company — had again, he was pleased to say, done exceedingly well; the result of the trading the Mary Hill Works, Glasgow, had been highly satisfactory, and reflected great credit on the management there. The results of the branches abroad — Johannesburg, Calcutta, and Buenos Ayres — were satisfactory, notwithstanding the great difficulties which had contended with in the way of freight, and especially regard providing their branches with the necessary stocks — their works, as they must be aware, having been mainly employed in turning out requirements for the Government,

Birmingham Daily Post – Thursday 26th September 1963

Leyland Rubber – a recovery Leyland and Birmingham Rubber reports a gentle recovery from last winter’s recession in Britain, and “for the moment there seems to be good reason to expect It to continue/” That, and the continued development of the South African company, and the transfer of Mitcham Rubber’s production to Leyland seem to augur well for 1963/4.


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.