Tag Archives: 1958

1958 May Queen Crowning Rehearsal

From the minutes of the Allotments Committee
2nd April 1958

5. The Canons: Use of Grounds.

The Town Clerk submitted an application from the Mitcham May Festival Society for the free use of the grounds of The Canons on Saturday, 26th April, 1958, for the purpose of holding a rehearsal of the crowning of the May Queen ceremony.

Resolved, That the free use of the grounds be granted.

Source: Minutes & Reports of the Corporation of Mitcham, Volume 24 1957-58, page 773

Merton Memories has a photo of the crowning of the May Queen in 1958.


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

Street Lighting – From Gas to Electric

NB: These notes will be added to when more are found in the council minutes.

From the minutes of the
Highways and Lighting Committee
8th May 1959
page 937

Street Lighting Improvement Scheme, Stage XIVc

the following tenders have been received for Stage XIVc of the Street Lighting Improvement Scheme (Class B Lighting):-

Company £ s. d.
Concrete Utilities Ltd. 2920 10 0
O. C. Summers Ltd. 7054 8 0
Erecon Ltd. 7091 0 0
Machinery Installations Ltd. 7192 0 0
Revo Electric Co. Ltd. 7391 5 0
Pengam Engineering Ltd. 7416 10 0
Bagshaws Contractors Ltd. 7445 10 0
Harland and Wolff Ltd. 7472 4 0
Cohen Bros. (Electrical) Ltd. 7506 15 0
Abacus Engineering ltd. 7562 15 0
Robert Mullen Ltd. 7723 0 0
S. A. Inston and Co. 7723 19 8
C. Maurice Contractors Ltd. 7911 19 2

Concrete Utilities Ltd. have withdrawn their tender

It is recommended that the tender of O. C. Summers, Ltd., in the sum of £7,054 8s., be accepted.

From the minutes of the
Highways and Lighting Committee
11th December 1958
pages 512 to 514

4. Borough Engineer’s Report. = The Borough Engineer submitted the following report:-

9th December, 1958
To the Chairman and Members of the Highways and Lighting Committee

Mr. Chairman and Members,

Street Lighting Improvement Scheme, Stage XIVB

(a) London Electricity Board. – I have been informed by the London Electricity Board that the cost of affording supply and contribution towards the provision of service lines in connection with the eighty lamps comprising Stage XIVB of the Street Lighting Improvement Scheme will be £1,773 10s. The increase in the annual charge for maintenance will be £75 1s. per annum.

(b) South Eastern Gas Board. – I have been informed by the South Eastern Gas Board that the cost of cutting off and plugging at the main the services to the gas street lamps in the roads to be provided with electric lighting in Stage XIVB of the Street Lighting Improvement Scheme will be £4 7s. 10d. each in respect of the thirty-eight lamps concerned.

I shall be glad of the authority of the Committee to place orders with the London Electricity Board and South Eastern Gas Board.

Resolved
(a) Street Lighting Improvement Scheme, Stage XIVB – The authority be given for the placing of orders with the London Electricity Board and the South Eastern Gas Board for the carrying out of the works set out in the report at the cost indicated.

From the minutes of the
Highways and Lighting Committee
13th November 1958

Street Lighting Improvement Scheme, Stage XIVb.
The following tenders have been received for the erection of eleven 140 watt. sodium discharge lamps and sixty-eight 100 watt. tungsten filament lamps comprising Stage XIVb of the Street Lighting Improvement Scheme:

Company £ s. d.
Revo Electric Co. Ltd. 1767 19 0
O. C. Summers Ltd. 1887 4 4
Machinery Installations Ltd. 1929 14 10
S. A. Inston and Co. 1937 11 0
The General Electric Co. Ltd. 1946 8 0
Erecon Ltd. 1949 4 0
Harland and Wolff Ltd. 2015 6 6
Abacus Engineering ltd. 2015 13 0
Bagshaws Contractors Ltd. 2025 19 0
Robert Mullen Ltd. 2031 0 0
C. Maurice Contractors Ltd. 2100 9 11

Revo Electric Co., Ltd. have withdrawn their tender.
It is recommended that the tender of O. C. Summers, Ltd., in the sum of £1,887 4s. 4d., be accepted.

From the minutes of the
Highways Committee
11th March 1954

Street Lighting Improvements stage III: Completion of London Road (A217) and Upper Green East (A236).

The following tenders have been received for the provision of 140-watt sodium discharge lamps in London Road from the Cricket Green to Tooting Junction and Upper Green East: –

Company £ s. d.
Revo Electric Co., Ltd. 3,557 5 4
General Electric Co., Ltd. 3,557 5 4
North Midland Engineering Co., Ltd. 3,557 5 4
Treforest Electrical Services, Ltd. 3,634 12 0
Harland and Wolffe, Ltd. 3,693 10 0
Erecon, Ltd. 3,846 15 4
Clough Smith and Co., Ltd. 3,847 5 4
Cohen Brothers (Electrical), Ltd. 4,034 3 1

It is recommended that the lowest tender, that of Revo Electric Co., Ltd., in the sum of £3,557 5s. 4d., be accepted.

Street Lighting Improvements stage III: London Electricity Board

I have been informed that the contribution in respect of 73 services required for Stage III of the street lighting improvement program is £1279, based on the costs and wages and materials as at 8th March and subject to variation in the event of difference in either prior to the completion of the services.

In addition, the estimated cost of connection is £39; the actual cost being charged on a time and material basis.

Authority is required for placing an order with the London Electricity Board on these terms.

Lamp Columns

In connection with the street lighting improvements, I shall be glad of the authority of the committee to invite tenders for the removal and disposal of the steel and cast-iron columns at present used for gas lighting.

Yours obediently,
Riley Schofield,
Borough Engineer and Surveyor.

Source: Proceedings of the Council and committees, Mitcham Borough Council, Volume 20 1953-54, pages 711-2


Total estimated cost of replacing 73 gas street lamps, with electric was £4,875 5s. 4d., equivalent of £121,600 in 2016 values.


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

Bond Road

Road running west from Western Road to London Road, south of the Swan.

The row of houses on the south side of Bond Road as you come in from the London Road, was called Cecil Terrace, which can be seen on this c.1900 photo on Merton Memories.

The 1918 Electoral Register shows these occupants of Cecil Terrace:

1, Ellen Mary Ann and Isaac VINCE
2, Clara Elizabeth VINCE
3, Ellen Louisa COX
4, Maria and Charles SURKITT
6, Mary Elizabeth and William Arthur SKIVENS
7, Jessie Ellen and Thomas William PAICE
8, Emma and Henry BARTLETT
9, Maud Lily and Frederick Charles GRAHAM
10, Ada Emily and James VINCE
11, Mabel and Henry Thomas JEEVES
13, Ada and Edward Joseph WALLIS
14, Maria and George WALLIS

The 1925 Street Directory shows that the houses in Cecil Terrace were numbered from 1 nearest the London Road junction. The location of the houses on the north west side of Bond Road is not given, but it could be assumed that Mortimer House was near where the junction with Mortimer Road is now. The occupants in 1918 were

House Names
Lavender House Anna and Henry FOWLER
Cavendish House Emily Ann WOOD
Mortimer House Bessie and John BRETT
Mortimer House Elsie and James Alfred RICE
Holborn Union Gas Works Kate Olive and John Emmanuel HUMPHREYS

1925 Street Directory

BOND ROAD, from 8 Rupert terrace, London Road, Upper Mitcham to Western Road

South side

1, Isaac VINCE
2, Frederick Samuel COUSINS
3, Mrs COX
4, Percy TAYLOR
5, Mrs READ
6, William Arthur SKIVENS
7, Thomas W PAICE
8, Harry BARTLETT, fodder salesman
9, Robert NOBLE
10, James VINCE
11, Charles Ellis JEEVES
12, Robert TOWNSEND
13, George WALLIS

North-west side

ALLEN, Son & Fielding, scrap iron merchants
Henry FOWLER, florist (Lavender House)
Miss WOOD, (Cornish house)
John BRETT, box repairer (Mortimer house)
John E. HUMPHREYS, (Holburn farm)


Newspaper Articles

Article Details Newspaper Date Page
Bottleneck photo Mitcham and Tooting Advertiser 01/02/1951 1
Historical Note Mitcham and Tooting Advertiser 01/02/1951 4
Improvements planned Mitcham and Tooting Advertiser 22/07/1954 1
Housing Proposal Mitcham and Colliers Wood Gazette 07/02/1958 3

World War 1 Connections
Stoker 1st Class Robert Cox

Private John Humphreys

Private Edgar Vince

Private G Wallis

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

R S COX of 3 Bonds Road, aged 18 Years 1 Months, Fitters Mate. Conscripted on 5 January 1916 to the Northamptonshire Regiment (53rd Ysb).

W MITCHELL of 12 Bonds Road Surrey, aged 31 Years 1 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 19 April 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

E A RUDDICK of 6 Bonds Road Up Mitcham, aged 33 Years 2 Months, Blacksmith. Conscripted on 2 March 1917 to the 30th Infantry Labour Coy.

W A SKIVENS of 6 Bonds Road, aged 26 Years 8 Months, Labourer. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Essex Regiment (14th Batn).

E VINCE of 1 Cecil Terrace Bonds Road, aged 35 Years 3 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 25 January 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (3rd Batn). Note that the Register shows BINCE, but given the CWGC entry, this is more likely to be VINCE.

A S WALLIS of 14 Bonds Road, aged 25 Years 9 Months, Plumber. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 9 December 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (10th Batn).

C WALLIS of 14 Bonds Road, aged 30 Years 10 Months, Motor Driver. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment (6th Batn).

H WOOD of Cavendish House Bond Road, aged 24 Years 10 Months, Postman. Volunteered on 19 October 1915 to the Royal Garrison Artillery.


From the Military Service Tribunals:
Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 14th December, 1917
Mitcham Tribunal

Mr Moore, in appearing in the appeal for exemption for Mr H. Fowler of Bonds-road, Mitcham, said his client held an agriculture certificate.

Councillor Mizen : He can stand over until it is withdrawn.

The Tribunal decided to adjourn the case until the certificate was withdrawn.

Note the use of Bonds Road. The previous name was Bond’s Lane.


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

William Jeffery

1943-44 mayor of Mitcham. Born 1878, died 1966, aged 88.

Clip from Merton Memories photo 50493 (c) London Borough of Merton

Clip from Merton Memories photo 50493 (c) London Borough of Merton

COUNCIL KEEP ONE MINUTE’S SILENCE

A MINUTE’s silence was observed by Merton Council last week in memory of ex-Ald. William Jeffery who died recently.

Mayor of Mitcham from 1943-44, Mr Jeffery had been ill for some time. He was a remarkable man who retired from Mitcham Council in 1958 at the age of 80. He had completed 20 years of unbroken service.

He first came to the district in 1920 and lived at Colliers Wood before moving into the centre of Mitcham.

NEVER DEFEATED

He was elected to the Urban District Council in Mitcham in 1932 and he was never defeated in local elections.

He was chairman of many council committee meetings and was elected alderman in 1946.

The Mayor of Merton, Ald. Cyril Marsh, told Merton Council that he had written to Mrs Jeffery and had sent a wreath on behalf of the council.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 4th February, 1966, page 1

Sydney Gaston

1937 mayor of Mitcham, full name Sydney Leonard Gaston.

Born 1882, died 18th March 1945. His wife, Constance Edith Gaston, died 22nd September, 1958, aged 74.

His son John Sydney Gaston, died 30th July 1943, aged 21. He was a pilot with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 102 Squadron. He is buried in Hamburg cemetery in Germany. Source: Commonwealth War Grave Commission.

In 1920 he was the first editor of the by the North Mitcham Improvement Association magazine The Sentinel. The May 1949 issue said about him that

He was a man of letters, a musician, an elecutionist and amateur actor, a gardener and a cook. His speciality as a cook was making cakes. He was a wise councillor and an orator. He became chairman of the U.D.C. and Mayor of the Borough, a County Councillor and Chairman of the Bench of Magistrates. No one went to 61 Melrose Avenue or, later 2 Garden Avenue for advice, on any subject under the sun, without being helped and impressed by his knowledge. Truly a guide, counsellor and friend.

To buy number 2 Garden Avenue, he borrowed £600 from the Mitcham Urban District Council in 1924 which provide loans under the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, 1899. R.M. Chart had valued the property at £810. Source: page 705, Volume IX, UDC Minutes, Finance and General Purposes Committee, 15th April, 1924.

Sydney Gaston became chairman of the Mitcham Magistrates in 1939 when Sir Isaac Wilson resigned from the position. Source : Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Friday 27 October 1939

SIR ISAAC WILSON RESIGNS CHAIRMANSHIP OF MITCHAM MAGISTRATES

Ald. Gaston The New Chairman

Sir Isaac H, Wilson, of The Birches, Mitcham Green, has retired from the position of chairman of the Mitcham magistrates, which he has held for several years.

The announcement was made by Alderman A. Mizen, the senior magistrate, at the opening of the Court in Mitcham Town Hall on Monday morning. The other magistrates present were Alderman S. L. Gaston, who has been chosen by his fellow magistrates to succeed Sir Isaac, Alderman J. Fitch, Mr. Harry Mount and Mrs. Ransom. Alderman Mizen said Sir Isaac resigned the chairmanship and also the deputy chairmanship at Croydon, at a meeting of the Bench on Friday. Alderman Gaston had been appointed to succeed him in both positions.

I congratulate my colleague on the honour that has come to him.” the alderman added. and we all feel sure that the business of the court will be conducted faithfully and well, as in the past, under his chairmanship.”

Mr. Ingle, Deputy Clerk, associated Mr. N. C. Gillett. the Clerk, and himself with what Alderman Mizen had said. While they regretted the loss of Sir Isaac Wilson they welcomed Alderman Gaston. Both had been members of the Bench for many years.

Mr. J. S. Stevens spoke similarly for the legal profession.

Alderman Gaston said they all regretted that Sir Isaac Wilson had found it necessary, through the passing of time, to give way to younger man. His shoes would be difficult to fill, but he (Alderman Gaston) would do his best.

Alderman Gaston then took the chair, Sir Isaac Wilson, who was not present, has not resigned his position as a magistrate. He is over seventy years of age.

Merton Memories Photos

1937
1938 crowning the May Queen
1938 presenting medal to fireman
1939 with wife


The Sentinel magazines by the North Mitcham Improvement Association are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

Tom Higgs

Thomas Higgs was known as the “Sporting Mayor” of Mitcham in 1957.

1st May 1958 at Hall & Co. This clip is from Merton Memories photo, reference Mit_Work_Industry_2-12

From the Norwood News – Friday 28 June 1957, via the British Newspaper Archive

The Sporting Mayor

THE borough of Mitcham has been fortunate in recent years in having mayors who show a keen interest in local sporting activities. The present one, Coun. Tom Higgs is no exception.

He is an official of Mitcham Boxing Club, an A.B.A. judge, a keen cricketer and a soccer fan. He is a vice-president of local amateurs Tooting and Mitcham.

Now I am pleased to see that the sports-conscious Mayor and I have something in common. We both believe that something must be done to liven up amateur soccer.

At United’s club dinner on Saturday the Mayor said he was concerned about the fall of gates and growing lack of interest in the game (although, of course, this doesn’t apply to United at the moment—but it could in the future). He suggested that more importance should be attached to league games.

” Dare I suggest a promotion/ relegation system ? ” he asked.

This, of course, is not new. But surely the time has come for the amateur bodies that be to give it their EARNEST consideration

Among his sporting interests:

boxing – he was secretary of the London Amateur Boxing Association in 1960;

cricket – he wrote the history of the Mitcham Cricket Club in the booklet ‘300 Years of Mitcham Cricket’ (a reprinted paperback book is available on Amazon.co.uk);

soccer – he was vice-president of Tooting & Mitcham.

Photos on Merton Memories:

 

Home Guard Memorial Service in 1957

 

 

Planting a bush at Glebelands Old Peoples Home in 1957

 

At a Rotary Club event

 

 

At a Chamber of Commerce Dinner

 

 

At another Chamber of Commerce dinner

 

Crowning Mitcham’s May Queen, Elizabeth Holbrow in 1958

 

At a Labour Party social in 1958

 

With his wife on leaving the office of mayor