Tag Archives: 1958

Sandy Lane football ground

The football ground is shown on this 1938 OS map from National Library of Scotland (re-use CC-BY)

Tooting Town Football Club purchased the land in 1922 in February and it took 18 months to get ready, and it was first played on in the 1923-24 season. The wooden stand there was built when the ground was built, and it was replaced in 1958, and you can see a good view of this in the postcard and there’s also one on top of the Tooting Town programme.

In 1958 the stand was demolished and a new stand was built. In the original plans, they were talking about going to build a stand the full length of the pitch, and there was an idea of building the two end quarters first and then building the middle in at some other time, but they actually went for to demolish this stand and build these middle two quarters. This was ready for the 1958-59 season. They then had a very good cup run and with the money that they made, they built the the quarter on the left hand side of the stand at the Sandy Lane end. Unfortunately the last quarter never got built.

Photo of the ground taken in 2000, by Colin Peel.

When you look at the colour photograph of the ground, at first it looks as though the stand goes all the way along, but when you look closer you can see that the last quarter is not there, and a view of the more modern programme from the early 80s you can see it looking the other way and you can see that the the stand was only three quarters of the way down.

The ground actually lasted until the end of the 2001-2002 playing season and then the ground went over to a housing development.

Source: Stan Churchillman, a South London Football historian.

Kempat Ltd.

Listed in the 1954 phone book as Kempat Ltd., Brassieres, Girdles, 1 Block James Estate, Western Road, telephone Mitcham 1664.

Presumably named after its managing director Vivian Fitch-Kemp, who named in a 1945 court case involving overcharging on the sale of bras. Mr Fitch-Kemp patented in 1934 a bra with bust support:

U.S. Patent No. 2,104,867
Vivian Fitch Kemp. London, England
Application August 19, 1935, Serial No. 36,909
In Great Britain August 30, 1934.

A bust support comprising two separate breast pockets; a single pivotal connection between said pockets situated above the line corresponding with the maximum chest expansion; a resilient coupling between said pockets situated
below said line so that said pockets can move relatively about said pivotal connection to permit the girth measurement below the pivotal point to vary; shoulder straps respectively secured at one end to the upper edges of said breast pockets and at the other end to the back of said bust support and means for securing said bust support on the wearer.

Mr Vivian Fitch-Kemp, born 13 Jul 1899, served in the Grenadier Guards at aged 17 in 1917. He died in 1958.

The newspaper articles below are via the British Newspaper Archive


Norwood News – Friday 02 January 1953

Kempat Ltd. have a few vacancies for school-leavers and teen-agers who wish to become sewing machinists; frequent rises, and when fully trained (approx. 2 years) over £6 p.w. can be earned. no Saturdays, music, canteen, also ex-employees welcomed. Apply Kempat Ltd. James Estate. Western-rd.. Mitcham.

Norwood News – Friday 22 February 1946

EXPERIENCED machinists reqd.; good wages; our best machinists earn up to £3 12s. 6d., 44 hours, no Saturdays; music while you work; willing to train inexperienced applicants. Apply Kempat Ltd., “M” Block, James Estate (opposite Gas Works), Western-rd., Mitcham.

Company ceased trading in 1962, as stated in the
London Gazette, Publication date:20 August 1965 Issue:43743 Page: 8015

Name of Company: KEMPAT LIMITED.
Nature of Business: Ceased trading on 27th March 1962 as LINGERIE MANUFACTURERS.
Address of Registered Office: Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff.
Liquidator’s Name and Address: Paul Francis Spurway, of Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff.
Date of Appointment: 7th August 196S.