Tag Archives: 1986

Mitcham Building Society

Building society that was at number 173 London Road, CR4 2JB, on the corner with Downe Road.

According to the Building Societies Association Handbook (pdf), the Mitcham Building Society merged with the South Metropolitan Permanent in July 1977 to form the Mitcham & Metropolitan. It also had a branch at 38 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AA. Transfer was then made to the Sussex County in April 1986.

c. 1987 clip from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_​7_​1-93 copyright London Borough of Merton

Established 1883 according to this account book from 1970:

Account book with a start date of January 1970

E. Bywaters Butchers

170 London Road, Mitcham, from 1980 to 2000.

E. Bywaters butchers shop, photo kindly provided by proprietor via Facebook Mitcham History Group.

Number 170 London Road was originally called number 2 Eveline Villas, and in the 1925 street directory was occupied by butcher Ernest Reeve, who was still at this address in the 1938 street directory.

1929 clip from Merton Memories photo 51782, copyright London Borough of Merton.

This ad from 1979 shows the butchers shop was run by S.J. Theobald:

1979 SJ Theobald butchers at 170 London Road

S.J. Theobald was also listed at this address in the 1967 chamber of commerce handbook.

From 1983/4 proprietor Edward Bywaters produced an initial run of 50 diaries, later in batches of 100, which he gave free to customers, called ‘The Mitcham Diary’. He also produced calendars for catering customers. This was paid for by advertising, which included an ad for his business, such as this one from the 1986 diary: