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Bramcote Avenue

Road that runs in a south westerly direction from Cricket Green to Mitcham Park.

As entered from Cricket Green, on the right is a block of flats called Bramcote Court with shops called Bramcote Parade, and on the left corner the former Queens Head pub.

The houses, mostly in blocks of 4, are numbered odd on the east side from 1 to 55, and even on the west side from 2 to 56. Addresses at Bramcote Court and Parade have the postcode CR4 4LR, odd numbered houses have CR4 4LW and even have CR4 4LU.

A house, 1A, was added before number 1 possibly in 2003, according to planning application 03/P0491.

1954 OS map

Turners Bakery horse drawn delivery in Bramcote Avenue around 1969/70

The road, along with Denham Crescent, was built in 1935 on land that had been the market gardens of Mr W. Carlton.

1910 OS map

From local newspapers :


8 1/2 Acres the Council Wanted

The market garden land adjoining Mitcham Park, which has been the subject of much discussion of late and was the cause of a petition to the Ministry of Health, has now been sold to a firm of builders.

The land belonged to Mr. W. Carlton, a former chairman of the old Mitcham Urban District Council.

Only last week the Mitcham Town Clerk said he had received from the Ministry a formal consent to the borrowing of £15,000 for the purchase of eight and a quarter acres of land for a Council housing estate. The Council was informed that Mr. Carlton was not prepared to give any further option in respect of the land at the sum named, nor was he prepared to consider any offer for the land at present.

The Council was recommended to submit to Ministry for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the land.

Mr. Carlton told one of our reporters yesterday (Thursday) that the land had been bought by the Ideal Homes Estates, of Erith, who have other land in Mitcham. “I have got a much better price than the Council offered,” he said.

Source: Mitcham News and Mercury, 4th January 1935

The efforts of the Mitcham Borough Council to acquire 8 1/4 acres of market land near the Cricket Green as a site for council housing estate has evidently been nipped in the bud by the action of the owner of the land, Mr W Carlton, a former member of the council, in selling the land to a private building firm only a week after the council have decided to apply to the Ministry of health for a compulsory purchase order for the acquisition of the land. The Council has already received the consent of the ministry to borrow £15,000 for the purchase, but Mr Carlton, who had given the council an option on it which they failed to exercise, refused to consider any other offer by the council, and would not continue the negotiations. So it would seem that yet another attempt by the council to meet the requirements of an extremely large number of would-be the tenants has failed. Not, it may be added, through any particular fault on the part of the council, who were taking their usual and legal steps to attain the desired end. The proposal to make a council housing estate on the particular land in question had met with opposition, and 250 residents of Mitcham Park send a petition to the Ministry protesting that the proposal would destroy the amenities and the character of the district. In view of subsequent developments, the effects of this protest will not be seen. The land had for many years been worked as a market garden by Mr Carlton, his father and his son, and included in the sale is the cottage where he was born, and which he will now have to leave. Mr Carlton was reported to have stated that he got a much better price for the land than the council offered, and he understood that the firm proposed to build about 100 good class houses on the site. He added, it was stated, that he did not want to sell, and had previously refused all offers, but the council “forced his hand”. The difficulties which a local authority has to contend with in matters of the sort are well known, but the Mitcham Council is meeting with more obstacles and is usually the case.

Source: Mitcham Herald 18th January 1935

Council Minutes

Thursday, December 13th, 1934


—The Town Clerk reported that he had received from the Minister of Health formal consent to the borrowing of the sum of £15,000 for the purchase of 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green under Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925; and a letter was read from Messrs. Chart, Son and Reading stating that they had been in communication with Mr. Carlton, who had informed them that he was not prepared to give any further option in respect of his land at Lower Green East at the sum previously named nor is he prepared at present to consider any offer for the same.

Resolved, That the Council be recom-mended to submit to the Minister of Health for confirmation a compulsory order for the acquisition of the 8 1/4 acres of land at Lower Green East for the purpose of Part 3 of the Housing Act, 1925.

Source: Proceedings of the Council and committees, Mitcham Borough Council, Volume 1 1934-35 page 124

WW2 Civilian Casualties

17th February 1941

21 Bramcote Avenue
William Henry HILLARD, aged 9

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

Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

Walsingham Road

A cul-de-sac road that is off of the east side of Caesars Walk, after Cecil Place and before Hatton Gardens.

1954 OS map

The name refers to Francis Walsingham, spymaster of Elizabeth I. See wikipedia entry.

This road, and the other roads between the railway line and the Wilson Hospital were on the former estate of The Cranmers which was bought by Isaac Wilson in 1926. All these roads have names related to Elizabeth I.

There are 37 houses, all with the postcode CR4 4LN.

As entered from Caesars Walk, the houses on the left are numbered odd from 1 to 29, with three terraces of 6, 5 then 4 houses. At the end of the road is a square, and a terrace of 4 houses, numbered 31 to 37, is at right angles to the rest of the road. The houses on the south side of the road are numbered even from Caesars Walk end from 2 to 30, also in three terraces of 6, 5 then 4 houses.

Number 13 was destroyed by enemy action during the Blitz. On 29th October 1941 four people lost their lives. (The links are to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website.)

Eleanor Margaret GRANGER, aged 27 and Reginald Frederick Stanley GRANGER, aged 30.

William Joseph LISMORE, aged 75 and Ada Rosa Lavinia LISMORE, aged 64.

Planning application MIT1287 was granted 29th July 1949 for the house to be rebuilt.

Occupations from the 1939 Register:

Architect & Surveyor
Bakers Roundsman
Chargehand Wireless Coil Winder
Clerk Advertisement Dept Newspaper (Make-up )
Clerk Upholstery Factory
District Foreman Wandsworth & Dist Gas Co
Domestic Duties
Draper’s Warehouseman’s Clerk
Engine Fitter & Oxy-acetylene Welder Heavy Worker
Established Clerical Officer H M Civil Service
Gardener (Retired)
Gas Works Labourer Coke Dept Heavy Worker
General Labourer
Hop Factor
House Furnishings Salesman
House Painter
House to House Salesman Own Account
Household duties (unpaid)
In Receipt of Old Age Pension
Incapacitated (Age )
Junior Clerk Chartered Accountants
Labourer Registered Hide Market Leather Control
Laundry Hand
Machine Room Capstan Labourer
Metal Polisher
Metropolitan Police Constable
Metropolitan Water Board Assistant Turncock Heavy Worker
Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer ‘Lab’ Assistant
Photogravine Operator
Piano Manufacturer
Police Officer Retired
Registered Architect & Surveyor Chief Technical Assistant (In control of all A.R.P. shelter construction work in Borough of Holborn)
Roneo Operator (Retired )
Sheet Metal Worker (Aircraft)
Shop Assistant (Food Dept)
Stores & Stock Clerk (Wireless Receiver & Spares)
Telephone Exchange Wireman (Travels)
Tram Driver LPTB (London Passenger Transport Board)
Unpaid Domestic Duties
Unpaid Domestic Duties Occasionaly Drapery Shop Assistant
Varnish Factory Warehouseman Retired
Wood Machinist

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