Tag Archives: Bishopsford Road


House that stood near to east side of Bishopsford Road, and close to Bishopsford House. Built in 1863 by Samuel Bidder. It was demolished in the 1930s to make way for housing, on what is now Hillfield Avenue.

In the 1911 census, occupants were the Devenish family and servants:

Name Relation to head Birth Date Age Gender Marital Status Years Married Occupation Birth Place
Henry Weston Devenish Head 1859 52 Male Married Barrister Weymouth, Dorset, England
Bertha Devenish Wife 1863 48 Female Married 22 Kensington, London, England
George Weston Devenish Son 1894 17 Male Single School Surrey, England
Henry Purcell Devenish Son 1896 15 Male Single School Surrey, England
Elizabeth Thurton Servant 1842 69 Female Single Domestic Cook Comberton, Cambridgeshire, England
Hester Browning Servant 1883 28 Female Single Ladies Maid Domestic Soudley, Gloucestershire, England
Helena Eliza Tugwell Servant 1883 28 Female Single Domestic Parlourmaid Clapham, Surrey, England
Dora Gladys Kett Servant 1897 14 Female Single Domestic Housemaid Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire, England

World War 1 Connections
Lieutenant George Weston Devenish

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

1972 : The Peter Osgood Boutique

From the Mitcham News & Mercury
Friday 9th June 1972
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England and Chelsea footballer Peter Osgood has opened a boutique at Cricket-green, Mitcham.

And the Peter Osgood Boutique has been opened because Peter and his partner Bryan Couchman believe that the area is poorly served for girls who want clothes.

“If they want anything they have to go to Wimbledon or Croydon – both a long way. And we have stocks here as good as anything they can buy at either shopping centres,” said Bryan Couchman.

The Chelsea team train at Bishopsford-road Sports Ground, and there are many club supporters in the area.

And there was a full complement present when the two men opened for business on Friday.

“It’s very difficult for the plump and cuddly girls to get nice clothes these days but we are planning to keep a good stock of size 20 and 22 dresses in stock in nice modern styles,” said Mr Couchman.

During the summer months and when he isn’t training in the winter, Peter Osgood will serve in the shop. “He will even be serving on Saturday mornings before matches,” said his partner.

Peter Osgood (Fashions) was listed in the phone book between 1972 and 1975, the address was 325A London Road, which is in the parade of shops south of the Job Centre, next to the Burn Bullock.

1972 phone book entry

1972 phone book entry


House that stood in Poulter Park, east of Bishopsford Road. Described in an auction ad from 1886 as having been built in 1866. An auction ad of 1917 refers to it as being in Mitcham.

Converted to flats in 2005/2006.

2016 aerial view of Bishopsford converted to flats

2016 aerial view of Bishopsford converted to flats


— By order of the executors of the late Alfred Attwood, Esq. — The very attractive Freehold Residential Properties, known as Bishopsford and Hillfield, situate in the parishes Carshalton and Morden, about mile from Mitcham Junction Station (whence there is an exceptionally good service fast trains the City and West End), ten miles by road to the Royal Exchange and nine and half from Whitehall.

Messrs. Debenham, Tewson, Farmer, and Bridgewater Have received instructions to Sell by Auction, at the Mart, E.C., on Tuesday, June 22nd at Two, in two lots, THE above-mentioned VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTIES:-

BISHOPSFORD, the residence of the late Alfred Attwood, Esq., comprises capital modern Family House, erected about years since from the designs of a well-known architect, occupying an elevated site, with long carriage-drive approach, and surrounded by charming lawns and pleasure grounds and welltimbered ornamental paddocks, with outbuildings, glasshouses, good kitchen garden, fruit plantation, and pretty piece of woodland, together about 35 acres. The residence contains on the upper floor two large bedrooms for servants, and space in the roof for two or three more rooms on the first floor six capital bed rooms (all of good dimensions), two dressing rooms, fitted bath-room, and water closet; on the ground floor extensive lofty dining and drawing room, each about 30-ft. (including large bay window) by 17-ft. 6-in.; study, and convenient offices, with dairy and cellars in the basement. The property is partly bounded the river Wandle, which is a very pleasing feature, and has long frontage to the main road, upon which one more superior residences could (without detriment) be built. Possession will be given on completion of the purchase.

HILLFIELD adjoins the preceding property, and consists of another excellent modern Family Residence, with stabling outbuildings, attractive grounds, and grass paddock, in all about four acres. Let on lease for 21 years from 1877, at rental of £170 per annum.

Particulars of Messrs. Arkcoll & Cockell. Solicitors, 11 and 42, Street. Southwark, S.E.; or of the Auctioneers, 80, Cheapside, E.C.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 05 June 1886 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

The Bystander, 9th May, 1917


Ten minutes from station. Easy reach Mitcham Junction.

standing well up in rural situation, with fine views.

LONG DRIVE with picturesque lodge. — 12 bed and dressing rooms, baths, 2 staircases, lounge hall, 4 handsome reception rooms.

(45ft. by 21ft.).

Stabling, garage, cottage, small farmery, glasshouses. LOVELY GARDENS, orchard, park and woodland in all about 55 ACRES, with long frontage to the River Wandle. ELECTRIC LIGHT. COMPANY’S WATER. TELEPHONE.

To be SOLD by AUCTION, at The Mart, E.C., on TUESDAY, JUNE 5th (unless previously disposed of). Solicitors, Messrs. F. F. and H. LANDON, 53, New Broad Street, E.C.

Full details of Auctioneers, 3, Cockspur Street, S.W.1.

19170905 for sale ad with photo

Photos from 2005 of the rebuilding

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Newspaper Articles

GARDENER. — Young Man wants Situation, as UNDER GARDENER; understands gas engines; would like to learn electric lighting; age 22; disengaged September 14.— G. Hewitt, Bishopsford, Mitcham.

Source: Sussex Agricultural Express – Saturday 01 September 1906 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

LOST. A large white BULL TERRIER DOG, nine months old. Supposed to have strayed from his home on Sunday last. Whoever will take the same to the Mitcham Police-station or to Mr. Attwood, Bishopsford, Mitcham, shall receive £1 reward.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 28 June 1879 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

A 1902 sketch of extension is on Merton Memories.