Tag Archives: 1955

Mitcham Angling Clubs

Angling clubs, such as the Mitcham Angling Society (MAS) and Mitcham Piscatorial Society (MPS) met at local pubs during the season and organised trips out to lakes and rivers for competitions. The MAS, for example, used to meet at the Beehive pub.

Clip from undated photo on Merton Memories, photo reference Mit_​Org_​Events_​38-1, of a Mitcham Piscatorial Annual Dinner award ceremony at the Streatham Park Hotel.

Newspaper Items
The newspaper articles below are via the British Newspaper Archive

The earliest mention of a Mitcham angling group was in the Fishing Gazette – Saturday 12th December 1885 where Rev. Spencer Gough and H.N. Goodhart, hon. sec. of the Mitcham Angling Association attended the annual dinner of the fly fishers’ club.

Norwood News – Friday 27th May 1960

MITCHAM PISCATORIAL SOCIETY have a few vacancies for active anglers; fortnightly coach outings with pick-up points to Avon, Stour, etc.

— Write Secretary, R. Good, 4 Rutter Gardens, Mitcham 8508

Norwood News – Friday 06 July 1956

Heaviest catch

The annual match for the Coronation Cup between Mitcham Angling Society and the Piscatorials was held at Burnt Mill, near Harlow.

The cup was won by the Angling Society who also won the three prizes. First for the heaviest catch was Mr Pipkin, second Mr Mott and third Mr Fifield.

Norwood News – Friday 4th November 1955

A good catch

Fourteen pounds of fish were caught by members of Mitcham Piscatorial Society when they visited the River Stour at the weekend. Mr. Barfoot had the biggest catch of the day at 4 lb. 5 oz.

Norwood News – Friday 29th April 1955


THE fishermen of Mitcham kept their best stories until after their dinner on Saturday. Then Mitcham Angling Society members told their tales of the fish that got away. The society’s sixth annual dinner was at Zeeta’s Restaurant, Croydon. Speeches were short. They took up less time than the distribution of trophies and other awards.

Presented to the winners by Mrs. A. Crowson, these included a, ” duck ” shield given to Mr. H Burr, senior, to remind him of the August day last year when he fell in during a fishing expedition. The secretary, Mr. E. J. Harber, reported that the society was in a healthy condition. He thanked fellow officers for their work and regretted the retirement of the chairman, Mr. F. J. Gutteridge, for business reasons.

Gudgeon cup, J. Barltrop; Heaviest catch of the season cup and Mrs. Crowhurst’s prize, E . Kemp (17 lb. 7 oz.); Roach cup, M. Tamila (15 oz. 4 dr.); Perch shield. E. J.Harber (11 oz.); Pike shield, R. Wilson; Mr. Dunckley’s birthday cup, C. Valentine ; Last o’ season cup, B. Kibler; Best specimen cup C. Stokes; Wilson cup for runner-up. Mr. Williams; Bream cup, P. Felstead; Medallion for heaviest catch at King’s Sedgemore pool, C. Stokes. Money awards were received by Messrs. Kemp, Valentine, Stokes, Barclay, senr. Knight, Alcock,Hosier, Munt and Felstead.

Norwood News – Friday 8th October 1954

Anglers net over 30lb. of fish

Fishing on a private stretch of the Thames at Littlestoke, Mitcham Piscatorial Society members caught over 30lb. of fish last weekend. Sunday saw their best catches this season.

Best catch was made by Mr Dowling (roach and bream), Mr Stevens followed with roacg and a fine chub weighing over 1lb.

Another chub weighing 1lb was caught by a new member, Mr Markham. Sizable fish were weighed in by Messrs. A. Tucker, F. Barnes, R. Digance, C. Blogg, G. Sparkes and S. Meager.

Carshalton Road

Road that is the start of the A237 and runs south from the junction with Commonside West, Cedars Avenue and Croydon Road, heading towards Carshalton.

On the west side there is a junction with Cranmer Road and Willow Lane, and on the right just after this is the entrance road to Mitcham Junction railway station and the Mitcham Golf Club. The road goes over the railway and tram lines on a bridge that was rebuilt and widened in the mid 1950s. On the west side of the road and part of the southern slope of the bridge is an access road leading to Aspen Gardens. Further south from here, and set back from the western side of the road is a line of houses that were originally called Rumbold Villas and Tramway Terrace. They are separated by two roads Drake Road and Arney’s Lane. At Beddington Corner is the Goat pub on the corner with Goat Road.

After Beddington Corner, the road is now called London Road and the A237 continues to the A23 at Coulsdon.

Carshalton Road at junction with Croydon Road. The house was one of the Blue Houses. From a Percy Mayhew postcard, from Merton Memories, photo reference Mit_19_1-19

The guide post (marked G.P.) that is on the south side of the tram line in this 1910 OS map is the one seen in the photo.

1910 OS map

The junction with Croydon Road was changed to a roundabout in 1955.

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 24th February 1955


Work is to start soon on making a traffic roundabout at the busy junction of Croydon Road with Carshalton Road, on Mitcham Common.

The Transport Minister has approved a grant of up to £4,427 towards the cost of the roundabout. Coun. D.J. Hempstead, Highways Committee chairman, said last week that it was hoped that work would be speedily undertaken.

The bridge over the railway line was widened at the same time, the work having been started in 1939 but was interrupted by the war.

On the east side of Carshalton Road, south of the railway station, was a WW2 anti-aircraft gun site. It was cleared in the early 1960s.

1955 OS map showing the Gun Site.

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 13th July 1962:

At last – Gunsite is to go

One of Mitcham’s biggest eyesores, the Gun Site, Carshalton Road, Mitcham Common, is at last to be cleared at a cost of about £13,000.

Work on clearing the site is expected to start in about two months time.

The Ministry have approved a tender of £10,800 submitted to them from the Conservators and have further agreed to bear the cost of replacing trees on the site.


A further cost of £2,000 fees will be included in the work.

This news is welcomed not only by the Conservators but by Mitcham Council and the public.

The Gun Site is one of the few remaining war relics in Mitcham and local people have been pressing for years to clear it.

The conservators hope to replace it with a grass landscape with trees.

WW2 Civilian Casualties

20th October 1940

16 Carshalton Road
Winifred Mabel LARBY, aged 35

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