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Midland Bank branches

In the 1930 commercial directory, a branch was listed at 5 London Road, telephone number Streatham 2170, manager W. H. Bayford.

The branch at 241 London Road opened on 1st July, 1950, as shown in this announcement:

Norwood News – Friday 30 June 1950 Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

clip from c. 1987 photo Mit_​8_​1-29 on Merton Memories, copyright London Borough of Merton

As part of HSBC, this branch closed in 2015/6.

In March 2018 a halal butchers opened at this address.

Brook House

1A Cricket Green, Mitcham, CR4 4LB.

Office block built after the London Borough of Merton sold Mitcham Court and surrounding land to Alfred McAlpine Homes in 1985.

Redeveloped as a block of flats after it was sold for £3,085,000 plus £617,000 VAT to Java Asset Management (Co. No. 06181412) of Chesham House, 55 South Street, Epsom KT18 7PX on 16th March 2015, financed by Titlestone Property Lending Limited (Co. No. 08144104) of 40 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT. Source: Land Registry title SGL458390. A Royal Mail postcode search shows 30 flats.

before conversion to flats

before conversion to flats

December 2016

December 2016

Planning application 16/P0080 was refused for extension to roof to provide 6 residential units (2 x 1 bed and 4 x 2 bed) and alterations to external elevations 

Of the 23 flats already sold, 15 were to buyers in Hong Kong, 1 in Shanghai China, 1 in France, 1 in Italy, 1 in Japan and 4 in the UK. Source: Land Registry title obtained December 2016.

Deseret House

288 London Road, north of Glebe Court estate.

A building of three floors of flats above shops on the ground floor. According to the Royal Mail postcode finder website, there are twelve flats numbered 1 through 12, with the address 288A London Road, all with the postcode CR4 3NB.

The name comes from Deseret, the provisional name for the state of Utah, according to wikipedia.

ad from 1967

News Articles

Mormons open a local bookshop

DESERET Enterprises Limited, which is owned by members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, opened their first bookshop in England at London Road, Mitcham, on Tuesday.

The building houses a great variety of books not necessarily associated with the church, and is Mitcham’s first shop specializing entirely in reading matter.

The building “Deseret House” has three storeys. The ground floor, is composed of a library of books and shelves of stationery. At the rear of the main room is the manager’s office and a smaller book room containing books mainly connected with the church.


The storeys above contain 12 self-contained flats which will be let to local people. Elder Spencer Kimbal, a member of the church’s Council of Twelve, carried out the opening ceremony by cutting a ribbon across the door.

Before the doors were officially, opened the general manager of the new shop, Mr. Derek A. Cuthbert, welcomed members of the Mitcham Council and the Chamber of Commerce. He explained that it was hoped the premises would not only serve members of the Mormon Church in this country, but also the people in Mitcham.

Deseret Enterprises Limited was first registered in September and all the shareholders are members of the Mormon Church although not necessarily Americans.


The church has always had a book department for members but as the church has developed the need for a separate organisation has been felt.

The company shareholders decided the new shop should serve the general public. This is, in fact, the first commercial activity of the company in this country. They are the leaseholders of the premises.

The shop will be staffed by English members of the church and the general manager, Mr. Cuthbert, comes from Nottingham.

The ceremony was attended by a second member of the Council of Twelve, Elder Howard W. Hunter.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 26th January, 1962, page 1. For photos, see Merton Memories. Mr Cuthbert died in 1991, see obituary in Deseret News, which says that this was their first commercial venture in Europe.