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Benedict Terrace, Belgrave Walk

Benedict Terrace was a row of six houses in Belgrave Walk when it ran from Phipps Bridge Road to Century Road. This part of Belgrave Walk is now Illingworth Close.

Image courtesy of Collage - The London Picture Library - http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk


1977 Image courtesy of Collage – The London Picture Library – http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Occupants in the 1904 street directory

1,William S CRESSWELL
2,Charles PEARCEY
3,Reuben POWELL
4,Stephen NICHOLAS
5,Mrs KENNING
6,William SMALL

World War 1 Connections
Able Seaman Walter Boughen


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.

Belgrave Walk

Road that connected Belgrave Road to Century Road, and from there led to the path known as Jessop’s or Adam’s Alley to Church Road.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

From the 1915 street directory:

From Church Road to Bath Road
SOUTH SIDE

Hawthorn Cottages
6, Albert Edward Tapping
7, George Carr
8, William Powell

… here is Century Road

NORTH SIDE

4, Thomas James Wilkes
3, Mrs A Clare, laundress
2, Arthur Darch
1, James Thomas Pepper

… here is Benedict Terrace

World War 1 Connections

A T CRESSWELL of 1 Benedict Terr Belgrave Walk, aged 18 Years, Clerk. Conscripted on 15 February 1917 to the 29th Training Reserve Batn.