Tag Archives: 1974

Engineers Stores & Equipment Ltd., 34 Monarch Parade


1962 ad

Text of ad:


Good tools will help you to do this, we are
stockists of all branded makes
The Craftsman and Handyman
Mitcham’s leading Tool Merchants


Telephone : MITcham 3842

Three Kings Road

No longer exists. It was a road that was on the east side of the Three Kings Pond and connected Commonside East to Commonside West. In around 1982 it was removed and this connection was replaced by an diversion of Commonside East and a roundabout.

Source: Merton Council planning application number MER494/82, which was granted 9th September 1982 :

The diversion of Commonside East involving construction of new carriage way, construction of roundabout on Commonside West, closure of Commonside East/West junction to vehicular traffic, narrowing of part of carriageway of Commonside East and stopping up of Three Kings Road.

1953 OS map of Three Kings Road

This photo, from around 1974, of a Metropolitan Police Recruitment day shows the road on the right.

A recruitment drive showing some of the specialisations available once 2 years probation was complete. Dog unit, motorcycle unit, underwater search unit etc.

Note also the route of the footpath that connected Cold Blows to Lavender Walk. This was an ancient path connecting the west and east fields. The path is now diverted to before the start of the Beehive Bridge incline.

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

Surrey Arms coat of arms

Photo taken 2016. The pub sign is no longer hanging from its frame on the pub sign post.

Photo taken 2016. There are two coat of arms signs on the flanking walls of the pub building.

The coat of arms displayed on the walls of the Surrey Arms pub are for the county of Surrey. These arms were in use from 8th August 1934, and were replaced on September 20, 1974.

The description or blazon of these arms :

Per pale Azure and Sable a Fess per pale Ermine and Or in chief a representation of the Crown of King Edgar proper and a Sprig of Oak fructed Argent.

King Edgar, as well as several other Saxon kings, were crowned in Kingston. The ermine underneath the crown is from the arms of the Borough of Richmond. When Kingston and Richmond became part of Greater London, they left Surrey and so these arms were changed.

The sprig of oak and the colours azure and sable (blue and black) have been retained on the current arms for Surrey, see the Heraldry of the World website.

Mek-Elek Engineering, Ltd.

17 Western Road

Mechanical and Electric Meters

Borough of Mitcham List of Factories,
Town Clerk’s Department,
July 1963.
Available at Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
Reference L2 (670) MIT

According to Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History, the company was founded in 1931 by H.C. Cooper as manufacturers of special lighting equipment.

Products Advertised

1947 ad

1947 ad

1957 ad

1957 ad

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

In the 1954 telephone directory, the company was listed at 17 Western Road, with the number MIT 3072

Company wound up in 1974:


Notice is hereby given in pursuance of section 290 of the Companies Act, 1948, that a General Meeting of the Members of the above-named Company will be held at the offices of Messrs. Hesketh Hardy Hirshfield & Co, at Norwich House, 13 Southampton Place, London, WC1A 2AR, on Monday, 24th June 1974, at 11 o’clock in the forenoon precisely for the purpose of having an account laid before them and to receive the Liquidator’s report showing how the winding-up of the Company has been conducted and the property of the Company disposed of, and of hearing any explanation that may be given by the Liquidator; and also of determining by Extraordinary Resolution the manner in which the books, accounts, papers and documents of the Company and of the Liquidator thereof, shall be disposed of. Any Member entitled to attend and vote is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote who need not be a Member himself.

Dated 20th May 1974.

C. E. Bond, Liquidator.

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

Montague John Stenning

He had a grocery and provisions shop at 34 Church Road, at the corner of Church Place, opposite the Bull pub.

1959 clip from Merton Memories

1959 clip from Merton Memories photo 50966 Copyright London Borough of Merton

Listed in the 1930 and 1938 directories as

Stenning Montague J. grocer, 34 Church rd

An indication of when he started trading from number 34 can be found in the advertisements of the Mitcham Parish Church Magazine. His first ad appears in the July 1924 issue, and in the January 1924 issue the shop has the name W. B. Trowbridge.

July 1924 ad in Parish Church Magazine

July 1924 ad in Parish Church Magazine

January 1924 ad in Parish Church Magazine

January 1924 ad in Parish Church Magazine

In this 1974 photo, number 34 is derelict, but part of ‘MJ Stenning’ can be seen on the railings near the ground.

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