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Mulholland Close

Road on the Eastfields Housing Estate, built in 1972 on land formerly occupied by Pain’s fireworks factory. The name should have been Milholland after the then current director of Pain’s, but the council got the spelling wrong.

From the Mitcham News & Mercury
29th December, 1972

Council boob and a tribute back-fires

When Merton Housing Committee named a road on the new Eastfields Estate, Mitcham, after a local businessman they meant it as a compliment.

But the compliment back-fired when someone in the housing department got the name wrong.

And the man in the middle of the mess is annoyed that his name has been taken in vain now for over five months.

The road should have been Milholland-close – after Mr Philip Milholland, director of Pain’s Wessex Fireworks Ltd who had a factory on the site for 100 years.

But when the sign went up it read ‘Mulholland’ – and went un-noticed for several months.

Mr Milholland said this week : “I am annoyed. They should have got it right and I hope they are going to put it right. I have written to the housing department pointing out the mistake.

I didn’t even realise they had named this close after me until an old works manager of mine who lives in the area saw the sign and told me they had got it wrong.”

At first the housing committee decided that as local residents had been used to living in Mulholland-close for several months it would be wrong to change the name.

Housing Manager Mr A. A. Brown said: “I think it was because they thought people had possibly got used to it and even had notepaper printed with the address. Now however the matter has been referred back to the committee.:

Explaining the mistake he said: “It was a mistake of someone in the department and I think it happened because Mulholland is such a usual name and Milholland isn’t. We are very sorry.”

Acacia Road

Originally called Firework Road, it ran from Grove Road to the firework factory of James Pain, in Eastfields.

1913 OS map

1913 OS map

2021 map from Open Streetmap

Occupants from the 1915 street directory:

from Grove Road


1 Horace McBRIDE
3 Henry TODD
4 William CARTER
5 Edward ROGERS
7 Joseph J. STEVENS
8 William WARREN
9 Frderick Charles BAKER
10 William LUXFORD
11 Robert PHELAN
James Pain & Sons, fireworks manufacturers

World War 1 Connections
Private Albert Edward Cousens

Private Alfred Jakeman

News Articles

Reynolds’s Newspaper – Sunday 23 May 1937


The first prize in the Tracing Competition is awarded to Dorothy Gwendollne Skelton (13), 2, Mizen-cottages, Acacia-road. Mitcham, Surrey. Dorothy is not a Circleite, so she will receive a prize of 5s. instead of 10s. The second prize goes to Gordon Grant (8), 10, The Crossways, Stone Cross, near Pevensey, Sussex. Gordon Is a Circleite, so he will receive a prize of 5s., instead of 2s. 6d. The third prize has been won by Islwyn Bore (10), 25, Hope-street, Blaina, Mon. Islwyn also is a Circleite, so will receive a prize of 5s., instead of 2s. 6d.

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