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1933 Explosion – Slightly Injured List

From the Norwood News – Friday 31 March 1933, via the British Newspaper Archive

SLIGHTLY INJURED.

10 Belgrave Road
Mrs. MARY WALLS (aged 57)

12 Belgrave Road
Miss MAUD SEALEY (aged 17)
ELIZABETH SEALEY (aged 12)
PEGGY SEALEY (aged 10)

13 Belgrave Road
HENRY SEALEY (aged 29)

16 Belgrave Road
MYRTLE CONNOR (aged 15)

18 Belgrave Road
FREDERICK WELLER (aged 18)

20 Belgrave Road
Mrs CISSIE SPARROWHAWK (aged 42)

24 Belgrave Road
Mrs. MINNIE JARDINE (aged 40)
ALEC JARDINE (aged 17)

28 Belgrave Road
CHARLES WHITING (aged 30)
Mrs. MINNIE E. WHITING (aged 30)
ELIZABETH WHITING (aged 12)

30 Belgrave Road
Mrs. ETHEL GOODSELL (aged 48).

34 Belgrave Road
JOHN FOSTER (aged 48)

27 Queen’s Road
Miss ELLEN COOPER (aged 18)
ANNIE COLLINS (aged 18)

6, Stanley-road, Morden

FRANK CAPLIN (aged 28)
All these are suffering from bruises and cuts on head, body, and legs (not of a serious nature), caused by falling debris.

The Official Report on the Explosion also has names and addresses of those affected, with details of buildings damaged.

1889 Dog stolen from landlord of the Bath Tavern

MITCHAM.

Strange Proceedings.

—At the Town Hall, Croydon, on Saturday, Charles Dawson, was charged with wilfully breaking the gate and entering the yard the rear of the Bath Tavern, Belgrave-road, Mitcham, and with stealing therefrom a lurcher bitch and dog collar on Jan. 17th, valued at £1, the property of Joseph Gilbert, the landlord.

—Prosecutor said defendant had been a customer of his. The dog was loose in his garden on the 17th. and gone the next morning. The value of the bitch was £1. He knew it originally belonged to defendant. Joseph Omigold said on the night of the 17th he met defendant, who said prosecutor had his dog in his yard, and he meant to get it. He then deliberately pulled down the gate, and went in the yard and fetched the dog out

Defendant: The dog of no value; it is big and good for nothing, like the landlord.

—P-.c. 476 W said he apprehended defendant his home on Friday evening. He said I had known I would not have sent the old woman round with the dog this morning.”

—Defendant was remanded for a week so that some arrangement might be made with the prosecutor to the repair of the gate.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 26 January 1889 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1902 Defective Drainage

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Volume 8
1902 to 1903
Mitcham Parochial
29th April 1902
page 67

11. DEFECTIVE DRAINAGE.

—Inspector Rabbetts submitted the following reports upon the defective drainage of certain .premises in the parish of Mitcham :-

18, BELGRAVE ROAD.—That he had found a vent pipe at these premises not connected to the drain, and that several of the pipes were broken. The owner, on being communicated with, had done something, but had covered up the work without giving him an opportunity of inspecting. He, however, proposed making a further test.

“ASSANDUNE,” “IVY COTTAGE,” AND “ELM COTTAGE.” —That, in accordance with the authority given him, he had entered upon the above premises, and found the drains at ” Assandune” and “Elm Cottage” to be defective. The drainage of “Ivy Cottage ” appeared to be tolerably good.

Resolved, That Mr. Rabbetts, Inspector of Nuisances, be authorised to serve notices on the undermentioned owners requiring them to abate the nuisances and to remedy the sanitary defects in the undermentioned premises, in accordance with the entries in the Report Book of the Inspector of Nuisances:-

Name and Address of Owner Situation of Premises.
Clark, Mr.,12, Rowley Road, Lewisham “Assandune,” Lower Green West
Bayley, Mr. (occupier) “Elm Cottage,” Lower Green West

BRUNSWICK Villas, Robinson ROAD.—That it had been found necessary to open up the ground and examine the drains of these premises. The drains of Clifton Villa, adjoining this property, were connected to the same system, but he had not yet been able to examine them. He recommended that notices be served on the various owners requiring them to carry out certain works in order to abate the nuisances.

The Committee adjourned the consideration of this matter.


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.

1939 Auction Queens Road etc

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Friday 17 March 1939

LEONARD DAVEY & HART
Have been instructed to offer by Auction at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon, on TUESDAY, 28th MARCH, at 6.30 p.m., The following properties.

9. ASCOT ROAD. TOOTING JUNCTlON.—Attractive centrally situated Villa producing £65 gross. Lease 67 years

2. MADEIRA ROAD, MITCHAM Residence, facing Common. Producing £91 gross.

212. ABERCAIRN ROAD, STREATHAM VALE.—Redecorated Modern Residence. WITH VACANT POSSESSION.

13. BELGRAVE ROAD. MITCHAM. Shop, House and Stabling, producing £91 p.a. gross.

FREEHOLD BUILDING SITES. – QUEENS ROAD, MITCHAM.

Catalogues from the Auctioneers: Upper Green, Mitcham; 781 London Road. ThorntonHeath. ’Phones: MIT. 0808. THO. 1361.

Queens Road

One of the roads of ‘Rocky’. It ran from Phipps Bridge Road eastwards to Belgrave Road.

The Explosion of 1933 led to rehousing of a number of families from this area, to other parts of Mitcham. Although the houses in Queens Road were not badly damaged, it was identified as a Clearance Area in 1936.

1910 OS Map

1910 OS Map

After the second world war, ‘hutments’ and prefab bungalows were built for temporary housing. These were cleared in the early 1960s for the Phipps Bridge Housing estate, and the name Queens Road was kept.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

1954 aerial view of Queens Road and its temporary housing - this clip is from Merton Memories photo 49269 and is copyright London Borough of Merton.

1954 aerial view of Queens Road and its temporary housing – this clip is from Merton Memories photo 49269 and is copyright London Borough of Merton.

1954 aerial view of Queens Road and its temporary housing, looking east. This is a clip from Merton Memories photo 49278, and is copyright London Borough of Merton.

1954 aerial view of Queens Road and its temporary housing, looking east. This is a clip from Merton Memories photo 49278, and is copyright London Borough of Merton.


World War 1 Connections
Lance Corporal Arthur James Block

Private Edgar Block

Rifleman W Glover

Private J James

Driver E Marney

Driver J Newson

Private Hubert George Truelove

Sapper William Walklett

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

W BOTTWELL of 22 Queens Road, aged 18 Years 1 Months, Carman. Joined on 11 May 1917 to the Royal Field Artillery.

S T S DALE of 38 Queens Road, aged 19 Years, Fitter. Conscripted on 17 April 1917 to the East Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

W DAVIS of 7 Queens Road, aged 24 Years 7 Months, Carman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers (35th Batn).

L DIXIE of 1 Queens Road, aged 19 Years, Labourer. Volunteered on 01 November 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers.

B FENNELEY of 8a Albany Terrace Queens Road, aged 37 Years 7 Months, Jeweller. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Artillery School (5th).

M GLOVER of 11 Queens Road, aged 29 Years 5 Months, Painter. Volunteered on 25 October 1915 to the Army Ordinance Corps.

W G HERRINGTON of 19 Queens Road, aged 22 Years 6 Months, Stoker. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 07 December 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers (15th Batn).

W F HOOKINS of 47 Queens Road, aged 33 Years 3 Months, Grave Digger. Conscripted on 11 December 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment (6th Batn).

J P HORNEGOLD of 27 Queens Rd Mitcham, aged 20 Years, Ticket Collector. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 17 November 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers (16th Batn).

J JAMES of 35 Queens Road, aged 20 Years 1 Months, Hawker. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (3rd Batn).

J JAMES of 17 Queens Road, aged 18 Years, Gardener. Conscripted on 26 March 1917 to the 23rd Training Reserve Batn.

G JARDINE of 10 Queens Road, aged 37 Years 2 Months, Packer. Conscripted on 14 February 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (labour Coy).

W JARDINE of 10 Queens Road, aged 28 Years 2 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 13 April 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment (18th Batn).

Ian JORDAN of 40 Queens Road, aged 29 Years 6 Months, Bricklayer. Volunteered on 7 January 1915 to the Royal Horse Artillery.

S MEARS of 49 Queens Road, aged 20 Years 6 Months, Doorkeeper. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 19 February 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (9th Batn).

G MUNT of 43 Queens Road, aged 29 Years 9 Months, Grave Digger. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (3/5th Batn).

J MUNT of 50 Queens Road, aged 32 Years, Grave Digger. Conscripted on 23 October 1916 to the Labour Corps (depot).

W MUNT of 42 Queens Road, aged 28 Years 11 Months, Labourer. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (3/4 Batn).

W NEWSON of 34 Queens Road, aged 23 Years 7 Months, Labourer. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers (16th Batn).

M SIMANTS of 14 Queens Road, aged 18 Years, Labourer. Conscripted on 31 March 1917 to the 23rd Training Reserve Batn.

J SMITH of 24 Queens Road Mitcham, aged 31 Years 10 Months, Carman. Conscripted on 12 December 1916 to the 5th Labour Corps (301st Labour Co).

H TRUELOVE of 54 Queens Road, aged 31 Years 7 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 10 December 1916 to the Royal West Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

W WALKLETT of 5 Queens Road, aged 32 Years, Rigger. Conscripted on 8 September 1917 to the Royal Engineers.

J A WHITEMAN of 41 Queens Road, aged 20 Years, Labourer. Conscripted on 06 November 1916 to the East Surrey Regiment (4th Batn).

Occupants from electoral registers:

1936 Health Report

CLEARANCE AREA No. 12.

Fifty-four houses known as 1 – 51 and 2 – 56 (inclusive), Queens Road.

Source: Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Mitcham, Wellcome Trust, page 44.


Stories

The road was disconnected from Belgrave Road in 1996, as described in this Section 316 Planning Application, number 96/P0786 :

Closure of the eastern end of Queens Road, 55 metres in length, from its junction with Belgrave Road and use of the highway as open space, alterations to the Cranleigh Court vehicular access off Phipps Bridge Road and provision of new vehicular access to Frensham Court off Phipps Bridge Road.

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

Rock Terrace

A terrace of houses built near the crossroads of two field paths. One path went from the parish church, north-westerly across the fields; the other ran east to west along Fox’s Path.

This OS map of 1866 shows where these two paths met, and, while Rock Terrace is not actually named, the buildings outlined in red may well be it.

Later, the terrace was extended and the road was named Belgrave Road, with the path leading to the church being called Belgrave Walk.

Earliest reference found so far in the newspaper archives is for an auction of 9 houses in Rock Terrace.

Freehold ground-rent of £21 per annum, arising from nine houses in Rock-terrace, Mitcham — £115.

Source: Morning Advertiser – Wednesday 29 August 1866 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

This 1910 map shows the outline of houses in Belgrave Road. Given that Batsworth Road was laid on the original path from Fox’s Path, then the 9 houses referred to in the auction may well have been the whole terrace.

News Stories

1922 Rock Terrace Recreation Ground

A major event was the Explosion of 1933.

King George V Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1935

Note that Lady Worsfold, residing at Hall Place when this photo was taken, moved to the White House at the cricket green the following year when her husband, T. Cato worsfold, died.

Rock Terrace and Queen Street (sic), Mitcham, Jubilee Tea. From Mitcham News & Mercury, 31st May, 1935.

Rock Terrace and Queen Street (sic), Mitcham, Jubilee Tea. From Mitcham News & Mercury, 31st May, 1935.


Merton Memories Photos

Church Class

Off to the Races – this photo was reproduced in Eric Montague’s Mitcham Histories: 8 Phipps bridge, on page 113 with the caption that it was around 1910.

1933 Belgrave Road

Electoral Register of occupants of voting age in Belgrave Road in the year of the Explosion.

Odd Numbers on west side

Searle, Rosina Mary Bath Tavern
Martin, Agnes Bath Tavern
Tidy, Ada Edith Bath Tavern
George, Leonard Bath Tavern
Tonge, Gervasse 5
Tonge, Lucy Elizabeth 5
Tonge, Lucy Barbara 5
Richardson, Reginald Ralph 7
Richardson, Beatrice May 7
Forster, John 9
Forster, Jane 9
Stopher, Lucy 11
Stopher, William Alfred 11
Hilliard, Albert James 13
Hilliard, Ellen Catherine 13
Sealey, Henry 13

Even numbers on right side, next to WJ Bush factory

Munsey, Charles 2
Munsey, Florence 2
Blake, Maria Mary 4
Blake, William George 4
Blake, Grace Violet 4
Herrington, Sidney 6
Herrington, Millicent 6
Francis, Charles Walter S
Francis, Ellen 8
Francis, Ellen Mary 8
Walls, Alfred Herbert 10
Walls, Mary Ann 10
Walls, Edward Herbert 10
Walls, Elizabeth 10
Sealy, Emma Jane 12
Sealy, Robert William 12
Taylor, John 14
Taylor, Margaret 14
Smith, William 14
Smith, Cissie 14
Connor, James Leonard 16
Connor, Annie Louise 16
Gorey, Charles 16
Gorey, Ellen Maud 16
Weller, George Sam 18
Weller, Hannah 18
Weller, Charles 18
Weller, Walter 18
Ackerman, Albert 18
Ackerman, Julia 18
Sparrowhawk, Harry 20
Sparrowhawk, Sarah 20
Sparrowhawk, Priscilla 20
Smith, George 22
Smith, Edith 22
Jardine, Minnie 24
Jardine, Robert Alexander 24
Jardine, Jane 24
Adaway, Thomas 26
Adaway, Isabel Louise 26
Whiting, Charles Edward 28
Whiting, Minnie Elizabeth 28
Goodsell, Ethel Louisa 30
Goodsell, James 30
Goodsell, Frederick 30
Goodsell, Edith 30
Cook, Ernest James 32
Cook, Emily 32
Cook, Gwendolen 32
Cook, Ernest William 32
Forster, Louisa Jane 34
Forster, John 34
Forster, Jane 34
Forster, Elsie 34
Hilliard, James 38
Stopher, Lucy 38
Stopher, John Thomas 38
Clarkson, Charles 38
Clarkson, Gladys 38
Hill, Elizabeth 38