Tag Archives: 1955

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

ROUNDABOUT

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.

WELCOMED

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.


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

Gaybell’s, 415b London Road

Grocer shop that was in the middle of the three shops at 415 London Road, next to corner of Tramway Path and London Road, south of Mitcham station.

Adverts such as this continued in the Mitcham Cricket Club yearbooks until the 1961 edition,

1952 ad

Text of ad:

GAYBELLS
415b, London Road,Mitcham
(Opposite Morden Road)

COOKED MEATS
GROCERIES & PROVISIONS

Quality with Civility

New Registrations Welcomed

Phone: MIT 1714

1955 ad

From 1961, the address has Berry’s grocery and provision management.


In 2020, no. 415b is occupied by off-licence and groceries shop Prince Foods.

H.J. Chapman, 237 London Road

Newsagents that was at 237 London Road, opposite Raleigh Gardens. In 1989 this shop was Binneet, also a newsagent, which can just be seen on the right of a photo from Merton Memories. In 2019 it is a newsagent called Shreeji News.

1955 ad

Text of ad:

Telephone: MITcham 4709

H.J. CHAPMAN

Confectioner
Stationer – Tobacconist

GREETINGS CARDS
FOR ALL OCCASIONS

237 LONDON RD., MITCHAM

In this 1962 ad, it is called James Chapman:

1962 ad

Text of ad:

JAMES CHAPMAN

MITCHAM’S LEADING STATIONERS
GREETINGS CARDS
for all OCCASIONS

OFFICES & FACTORIES SUPPLIED

CONFECTIONERS

TOBACCONIST

237 LONDON ROAD, MITCHAM
Telephone : MITcham 4709

In a similar 1963 ad, the name has changed to V.P. Major & Co., and
in a similar 1964 ad the shop has changed its name to Mitcham Cards (late Chapman’s) with the proprietor R. Gordon.

T.J. Shaw, hairdresser, 239 London Road

Family hairdressers, run by Tom and Lily SHAW, that was at 239 London Road, opposite Raleigh Gardens, from 1952 to 1977.

Percy Mayhew had moved from this address to Monarch Parade in around 1947.

The shop became Toulla’s Hairdressers in 1977/8. In 2016, the shop became occupied by Simply Bright, dentists.

1955 ad

Text of ad:

Hairdressing
for the Family

T. J. SHAW

Ladies’, Gents’ and Children’s
Hairdresser

LATE APPOINTMENTS WHEN NECESSARY
HOMES VISITED IN CASES OF SICKNESS

A fully qualified staff just waiting to give
you satisfaction

239 LONDON ROAD, MITCHAM
Telephone: MITcham 1384

G.M. Shepherd, newsagent

Newsagent that was at 323 London Road

1955 ad

Text of ad:

Greeting Cards
for all Occasions

Artist’s Materials
Fountain Pens

G.M. SHEPHERD

Stationer Bookseller
Newsagent Printing
Office Sundries

323 London Road, Mitcham, Surrey

Telephone : MITcham 4886

In the 1959 Mitcham Cricket Club yearbook a similar ad appeared with the name of E. A. MALLEM added in brackets as the proprietor.

In 1965, the shop has moved across the road to no. 386 London Road.

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.