Tag Archives: 1956

Laburnum Park Estate

Laburnum Park was the name used for the housing development on the former Mitcham Stadium site. It may have been the name given by Wates Ltd, the developers, who bought the site in 1955.

In the Mitcham Borough council minutes of 14th June, 1956, the road names were recommended:

Mitcham Borough minutes, volume 23, 1956 to 1957, page 67

From OpenStreetMap, 2018

Newspaper Items

Norwood News, 15th May, 1959, via the British Newspaper Archives.

MITCHAM, Laburnum Park Estate – Two-year old luxury, modern, terrace house, three bdrms., bthrm., open plan downstairs, central heating, Marley floor, large kit., garage; £3,300 freehold – Box N0790, News, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News, 29th April, 1960, via the British Newspaper Archives.

Members of the Laburnum Park Estate Residents’ Association, Mitcham, presented one of their neighbours – England and Surrey Cricketer Ken Barrington – with a golf trolley at a dance held in his honour at the White Hart Hotel, Mitcham, on Friday. Pictured with Ken, who recently returned from the West Indies with the M.C.C., are officials of the association and Tooting and Mitcham players Brian Bennett, Paddy Hasty and Ted Murphy, who were among the guests.

1956 : Mitcham Fire Brigade Station Officer Retires

From the Norwood News – Friday 05 October 1956

NO MORE FIRE CALLS FOR HIM

FIFTY -ONE-YEAR-OLD Mr. H. S. Shepherd, Station Officer of Mitcham Fire Brigade, slid down the emergency pole on Monday morning but not to answer a call.

It was a farewell gesture.

For when Mr. Shepherd came off duty after a 72-hour spell at 9 a.m., he began his retirement.

He leaves the brigade four years earlier than is necessary. Recent changes in conditions enable officers to retire on pension after 30 years.

Mr. Shepherd was born in Mitcham and joined the brigade when he was 19. Apart from the war years, he has been with it since. In 1926, Mitcham fire brigade consisted of a chief officer, an engineer sub-officer — and Fireman Shepherd.

“A BOX”

“The engine was a box on four wheels — but what a machine! It won competitions all over Surrey.”

“It had solid tyres, but it could travel at 45 m.p.h. — faster than engines today, hampered as they are by traffic.”

When there was a fire, a bell, and later a siren, in the Town Hall, called council roadmen and gardeners from their jobs.

They donned uniforms and helmets as the big Merryweather roared down the road.

“Fire-fighting was not as easy then as it is today . . . we had no wireless.”

During the war, Mr. Shepherd worked with the National Fire Service. He was in the thick of the London blitz.

He became Station Officer at Mitcham in 1950.

NEW HOME

This week he will be moving with his wife and children (Roger, 10, and Irene, 20) from the station house to the home on the edge of the cricket green, which he has owned for some years.

“I shall take it easy for a bit,” he said.

“And for the first time, 1 won’t have to sleep with the telephone next to my bed.”

On Sunday. Mr. Shepherd was presented with a barometer by members of Mitcham Fire Brigade, and with a gift voucher by the officers.

Peggy Payne, hairdressers

Was at 67 Eastfields Road, listed in 1954 telephone directory as number MIT 3672. Closed between 2009 and 2014, when the shop became part of the Sre Ramana convenience store next door at number 69.

2012 view on Google Street View:

clip from photo, c. 1956, Merton Memories, copyright London Borough of Merton. The hairdressers shop is on the left.

Wavy Canopy Edge of Mitcham Junction

From an article called “Houses That Go With The Job”.

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Mitcham Junction is architecturally more conventional, with the Stationmaster’s house forming the block lying parallel with the down-line. A canopy with a wavy instead of the more usual jagged edge projects below the level of the upstairs windows, out over the platform.

Source: The Sphere – Saturday 28 January 1956 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Riley Schofield

Obituary from the Mitcham Cricket Club yearbook for 1978:

Riley Schofield who was made life member of the Club in 1956 was the Borough Engineer for nearly 45 years and made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough in 1960. He was a blunt Yorkshireman who loved cricket and was very useful to the Club especially with regard to anything appertaining to the Green and the square in particular.


Mitcham Cricket Club yearbooks are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

150 year old Cottage

7th May 1956

The 150 year old stone cottage from which Singlegate, Colliers Wood, acquired its name, is still standing. It is on the site of Walter Mays Ltd., the cork specialists in Byegrove Road. The cottage was built in 1803, when the Surrey Iron Railway was started. The railway ran from Ram Field, in Wandsworth, to Croydon. It ran through Summerstown, and crossed Colliers Wood High Street diagonally at Cavendish Road, and a single gate was put across the railway at the junction with the street.

The gate-keeper lived in the single-storey cottage, which is believed to be built with grey flint-stones from the ruins of Merton Priory. The roof of the building collapsed after the railway ceased to be used in 1838, but it was repaired in 1900. This roof lasted until three years ago. The cottage was originally called the stone cottage, and the whole of Colliers Wood was known to local inhabitants as Singlegate, even until the turn of the century.

Although the line was described at the time of building as a “ vast and important concern ” it was not successful. The wagons, which carried goods only, were drawn by horse or mule; the introduction of the steam engine, however, rendered it obsolete. The London and South Western Railway Company bought it in 1844 and later sold it to the London and Brighton Railway Co. In 1846 the railway was finally abandoned.

Source: Mitcham Advertiser, Thursday, 7th May 1956

Completion of 2,500th Post-War Dwelling

From the minutes of the
Housing Committee
2nd February 1956

The Town Clerk reported that the ceremony to commemorate the completion of the Council’s 2,500th post-war dwelling would take place at Glebe Square on Saturday, 18th February, 1956, at 3 p.m., and that the Chairman had arranged for the Rt. Hon. Hilary Adair Marquand, P.C., M.P., to perform the ceremony.

Source: Proceedings of the Council and committees, Mitcham Borough Council, Volume 22 1955 to 1956, page 635


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