Tag Archives: Beehive Bridge

Sparrowhawk’s Yard

Scrap metal and former rag-and-bone site at 159 Commonside East, on the corner with Hallowwell Close.

1953 OS map of 159 Commonside East

In 1979 the childrens’ television programme Magpie did a piece on a rag-n-bone man who stabled his horse and cart at the Sparrowhawk yard:

Google Street View history has a view of the site in July 2009:

These photos were taken in December 2007, when the building of the adjacent former Beehive pub was being redeveloped.

Photo taken 16th December 2007

Photo taken 16th December 2007

These photos were taken from Beehive bridge on 15th August 2021, after the house and buildings had been demolished.

Photo taken 15th August 2021

Photo taken 15th August 2021. The spire of St Marks church can be seen in the background.

Planning application 20/P1060 says that the plan is to build 25 flats on the site. The site history in the Design & access Statement said that the site had been in the same ownership since 1926 as a scrap metal facility by Jack Sparrowhawk & Sons, which had ceased trading.


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

Three Kings Road

No longer exists. It was a road that was on the east side of the Three Kings Pond and connected Commonside East to Commonside West. In around 1982 it was removed and this connection was replaced by an diversion of Commonside East and a roundabout.

Source: Merton Council planning application number MER494/82, which was granted 9th September 1982 :

The diversion of Commonside East involving construction of new carriage way, construction of roundabout on Commonside West, closure of Commonside East/West junction to vehicular traffic, narrowing of part of carriageway of Commonside East and stopping up of Three Kings Road.

1953 OS map of Three Kings Road

This photo, from around 1974, of a Metropolitan Police Recruitment day shows the road on the right.

A recruitment drive showing some of the specialisations available once 2 years probation was complete. Dog unit, motorcycle unit, underwater search unit etc.

Note also the route of the footpath that connected Cold Blows to Lavender Walk. This was an ancient path connecting the west and east fields. The path is now diverted to before the start of the Beehive Bridge incline.


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