Tag Archives: Downe Road

Mitcham (Electrical) Spares

Electrical spares shop that dealt with part for vacuum cleaners, and washing machines etc., at 169 London Road, between the library and Downe Road.

Clip of photo on Merton Memories from around 1987. Photo reference Mitcham_7_1-94, copyright London Borough of Merton

1989 receipt for vacuum cleaner bought from Mitcham (Electrical) Spares

Mitcham Building Society

Building society that was at number 173 London Road, CR4 2JB, on the corner with Downe Road.

According to the Building Societies Association Handbook (pdf), the Mitcham Building Society merged with the South Metropolitan Permanent in July 1977 to form the Mitcham & Metropolitan. It also had a branch at 38 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AA. Transfer was then made to the Sussex County in April 1986.

c. 1987 clip from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_​7_​1-93 copyright London Borough of Merton

Established 1883 according to this account book from 1970:

Account book with a start date of January 1970

Lansdowne Estate

The Lansdowne Property Co. Ltd. built the two blocks of shops with flats above in London Road, between the library and the Baptist church, as well as the houses in Downe Road.

From Mitcham Borough Council Minutes, Vol I 1934-35, 6th December 1934, page 84, Lansdowne Property Co. Ltd applied to build a block of seven shops with living accommodation above. It didn’t say which block this was, but as the southern block has seven units, then this could have been the first.

Also in 1934, the company asked for the name Downe Road to be used for its development of houses.

1952 OS Map

1952 OS Map

StreetView Photos

shops near the library

shops near the library

block north of Downe Road

block north of Downe Road

block of shops south of Downe Road

block of shops south of Downe Road

Merton Memories Photos from 1987

near library
middle north block
north block near Downe Road
south block near Downe Road
middle south block
south block near Baptist church

Aerial Photo from 1937
1937 aerial Lansdowne Estate

1937 aerial Lansdowne Estate labels


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


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