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1902 Wandle polluted from Gas Works

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Volume 8
1902 to 1903
Public Health
17th April 1902
page 21


—Inspector Rabbetts reported

—That in consequence of repeated complaints by Mr. T. Harris, a watercress grower, of High Street, Colliers-wood, of the polluted state of the water in the river at various times. He has kept observation on the outlet of the Western Road surface water sewer which is at the end of Phipp’s Bridge Road, opposite the ” Albion ” Public House. He has noticed various colored liquids flowing through at times, particularly on a Wednesday and Thursday morning, but had not been able to discover the source of pollution until Wednesday morning, the 9th April, when he noticed a strong smell of coal gas at the outlet of the sewer. He had the manhole covers taken off and found the effluent being discharged from the Mitcham Gas Works was highly charged with gas. He took a sample of the effluent and showed it to Mr. Green, junior, son of the Gas Works Manager, who admitted the gas present in the sample was strong, and thought there must be a leakage in their mains. He promised to look into the matter. Inspector Rabbetts would be glad to know the Council’s views as to what steps should be taken to prevent a recurrence of the offence.

Resolved, That the Gas Co. be informed that proceedings will be taken under the Public Health Act should any repetition of the offence occur.

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

Chilton Place

In 1952, a terrace of 7 houses on Church Road, it no longer exists. It was on the corner with what is now called Liberty Avenue.

1885 auction notice for five brick-built freehold cottages known as Chilton-Place, Church-Lane, Mitcham:


To Land Speculators, Builders, Building Societies, Investors, and others. Upwards of acres of valuable Building Land, immediately ripe and available for building. Also Five Freehold Cottages, all let, and producing £52 per annum.

Messrs. Rogers, chapman, and THOMAS are instructed to SELL by AUCTION, in lots, at the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, City, E.C., on Tuesday, May 12. at p.m. precisely, FIVE brick-built FREEHOLD COTTAGES, known Chilton – place, Church-lane, Mitcham; all let, and producing £52 per annum.

Also 20 Plots of Freehold Building Land, situate at Mitcham, close to four railway stations on the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway, the church and Common, and ripe for building.

Particulars, plans, and conditions of sale at the White Hart Hotel, Lower Mitcham; of Messrs. Champion, Robinson, and Poole, 17, Ironmonger-lane, E.C.; and of the Auctioneers, No. 78, Gloucester-road, South Kensington, 50, Belgrave – road, S.W., and 8, Wetherby Terrace, Earl’s Court.

Source: South London Press – Saturday 02 May 1885 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

In 1886 a house and shop was auctioned :

To Small Capitalists.

—First Class Investment.

Chilton Place, Church Road, Mitcham.

Mr. G. WALTON MOULAND Has received instructions to Sell Public Auction, the White Hart Hotel, Lower Mitcham, on Wednesday, March 3rd, at Six for Seven o’clock, THE Valuable and substantially built FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE and SHOP adjoining the Albion Beerhouse, Church Road, Mitcham situated on the high road from Mitcham Merton, and one minute’s walk from Merton Abbey Railway Station. property is at present in hand, but would immediately let at £25 per annum. Particulars conditions of sale, may obtained from Messrs. Drummond, Robinson, & Till, Solicitors, Croydon; at the place of sale; and of the Auctioneer, 19, High Street, Mitcham.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 27 February 1886 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


1865 OS map

1865 OS map

1911 OS map - the pub on the right was the Prince of Wales; and the 'club' was the Singlegate Club.

1911 OS map – the pub on the right was the Prince of Wales; and the ‘club’ was the Singlegate Club.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

Occupants in the 1896 street directory

4,William RUDER
6,George BLAKE
7,Henry MASON

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