Tag Archives: Bath Road

1883 Destructive Fire at Varnish Factory

Surrey Mirror – Saturday 17 November 1883

Destructive Fire at Mitcham.

—Up to a late hour on Wednesday night the Croydon, Wimbledon, Sutton, Carshalton, and Tooting Fire Brigade were engaged at a destructive fire that had broken out at a varnish factory, situated at Westfield, Bath-road, Mitcham, and in the occupation of Messrs. James Crease and Sons, 29, Cow-cross, Smithfield, E.C. The call was conveyed through the police to the Croydon Corporation Brigade at 4.27 p.m., and when Superintendent Tennuei arrived with a steamer, fully manned, he found the building comprising a block, measuring 50ft. by 40ft., in flames, it was at once seen that there was no hope of of saving the boiler, running-off, finishing, and store rooms, and although engines arrived from the above mentioned stations in quick succession, the factory was destroyed with its contents. The fire was caused by the upsetting of a turpentine pot. Henry Fillsars, aged 39 years, the foreman of the works, and William Skelton, a workman, were badly burned about the face and hands, and removed to their homes. The damage is estimated at between £1500 and £2000. The building is insured.

1. Henry Fellows, not Fillsars, is listed in 1881 census living in Bath Road as an ‘Oil and Colourman’

1879 Drunkeness and Alleged Assault

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 05 April 1879

Drunkeness and Alleged Assault

At the Croydon Police-court on Monday James Stone, a labourer, of Rock-terrace, Mitcham, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and also with assaulting Charlotte Stone.

—P.-c. 241 W stated that on the previous night he heard cries of “Murder” in Bath-terrace, and on proceeding there he found Charlotte Stone leaning against some railings, moaning, and with her clothes torn. He accused the prisoner of having assaulted her, and, as he was drunk, witness took him into custody.

— William Gregory, of 3, Bath-terrace, Bath-road, Mitcham, stated that prisoner and his sister, Charlotte Stone, had quarrelled, and he described the conduct of the woman, who was a prostitute, as having been of a very aggravating character.

—Caroline Stone, sister of Charlotte Stone, having also made a statement, Mr. Edridge said the parties were a bad lot altogether. He ordered the prisoner to pay a fine of 10s. and 9s. coats, for being drunk and disorderly, and intimated that if the money were not paid by four o’clock the prisoner would be sent to the House of Correction for a week.