In a conversation I had with my father in 2014, he told me about the Ship pub and the bakery behind the delicatessen where he bought pies in 1936.
Car spares shop Eddown & Co., referred to as Eddowns, occupied the site of that delicatessen, and was the last part of what was called Smith’s Terrace still standing for as long as I could remember. It was demolished at the time of making this video in April 2021, and so I have used screenshots from Google StreetView.
From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 20th September, 1968
After over 25 years as a bakery carthorse, Lizzie has moved from the noisy London suburbs to the peace of a country farm.
Lizzie, a liver chestnut Welsh cob who has reached the
distinguished age of 30, has worked for the past 15 years for Turner’s (Mitcham) Bakery, Fair Green, believed to be the only bakery in London which still uses horse-drawn vans for its delivery rounds.
For those 15 years she has been delivering bread in the Pollards Hill area with her driver Mr. Ted Gibson. Lizzie and Ted were a well-established team as they worked together for J. A. Taylor Ltd of Tooting for 10 years before going to Turner’s.
Life for Lizzie has not all been hard work, however. At the Easter Monday Horse Show in Regents Park she won first prize in the van parade and the Welsh rosette for the best Welsh Cob in the show.
Lizzie’s working day lasted about nine hours and she could make up to 450 calls a day. Anybody who maintains the horse is an outdated and uneconomical means of transportation is challenged by Turners who have proved that if a horse is ill the round takes over an hour longer to operate with a petrol vehicle.
Lizzie went into retirement yesterday (September 19) to Cherry Tree Farm, Lingfield, where she will mix with company from ex-race horses to costers’ donkeys.
Her successor, aptly named Lizzie II, is a nine-year-old bay Welsh Cob who will join Sally, Dolley and Kitty in maintaining Turner’s tradition of horse-drawn vans.
Rising costs led to Turner’s Bakery stopping using horses in 1973.