Tag Archives: 1956

Elmhurst Cafe

The Elmurst Cafe was at 155 Streatham Road, on the north corner of Elmhurst Avenue.

1950 OS map

ad from 1937

Text of the ad:

Telephone : MITcham 3545

The Elmhurst Cafe

E. POTTER, Proprietress

Parties and Clubs
catered for at
moderate terms

155 Streatham Road, Mitcham

Booking agent for coastal coaches

Not mentioned in the 1930 commercial directory, nor the 1954 phone book.

In 2019, the premises are occupied by a fish and chip shop.

Comments from the Mitcham History Group on Facebook:

I remember going to the “Elmhurst” one evening with an older friend, about 1956. It was full of local teenagers, playing the juke box and taking up a collection for the owners birthday present. I was about 13 and it cost me my last 6d.

Mac’s Cafe back in the 1970s

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.