Tag Archives: Commonside East

Beehive Bridge

Railway bridge on Commonside East over the railway line that was opened in 1868 connecting Streatham to Sutton. The line separates Three Kings Piece from the rest of Mitcham Common. The name is from the nearby former pub of the same name that predated the railway.

The current bridge was built in 1939, replacing a humped back bridge. At 42 feet wide, it required extra land from the Common.

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 25th August 1939.

The bridge had to be rebuilt as it was not strong enough to take bus traffic over it (route 118).

The tender of Howard Farrow & Co. was accepted to build the bridge.

Borough of Mitcham Council Minutes, 5th January 1939

1938 OS map reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Scotland (reuse CC-BY)

Engineer’s Line Reference is BTH1, structure reference 1217, showing that it is 9 miles and 43 chains from London Bridge (photo taken May 2017)

Mitcham Electrical Fan Co. Ltd.

Company that was likely at the factory estate at the corner of Commonside East and Windmill Road.

Auction in 1911 lists equipment being sold, and included 6 sets of X-ray machines:

Forest Hill & Sydenham Examiner – Friday 12 May 1911

By Order of the Liquidator.


Without Reserve. COMMONSIDE EAST, MITCHAM, SURREY. (near Mitcham Junction Station, L. B. & S C. Rly., and on tram route West Croydon).

Important Sale of the superior and well-kept Equipment and Stock of an Electrical Engineering Works.

MR. HARRY SIMPSON has been favoured with instructions to Sell by Public Auction upon the premises as above, on THURSDAY, JUNE 1st, 1911, at 12 o’clock noon sharp, the whole of the Valuable PLANT, MACHINERY and STOCK comprising:

A 75 h.p. “OTTO” GAS ENGINE, 4 LATHES, DRILLING, PLANING and MILLING MACHINES, Surface Tables, Table Benches, Vices, Shafting, Pulleys, Belting, SEVERAL DYNAMOS, Batteries, large number of Fan and other Motors, about 400lbs Cotton and Silk covered Copper Wire, Cables and Flexible Wire, large and varied assortment of FITTINGS, PARTS, TOOLS, INSTRUMENTS, EXPERIMENTAL APPLIANCES, and STORES. SIX SETS Of X-RAY APPARATUS, also a Motor Car, 2 Chassis, Portable Iron Building, Quantity of Timber, Weighing Machine, Hand Truck, the OFFICE FURNITURE and EFFECTS and numerous sundries. On view Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Sale.

Catalogues and orders for private view may be obtained on and after May 18th. from the Auctioneer, 61, Sydenham Road, Sydenham, SE. Telephone : Sydenham ‘529.