Tag Archives: Fair Green

Anne Cedar, Fair Green

This 1963 ad says that the shop was next to the new post office, i.e. Langdale Parade.

1963 ad

Text of ad:

IT WILL PAY YOU TO VISIT
ANNE CEDAR
Exclusive lingerie & Corsetry

Fair Green, Mitcham
(by the 64, 118, 220 bus stop)

Corsetry and stockings by Knitwear by
Playtex Wolsey
Pretty Polly Jaegar
Tandra Morley
Aertex Toplet
Lovable Donbros
Lux Lux Jane Eyre
Proper Pride Bairnswear
Flexees Mexwell
Gossard Slix

Chilpruf

Gorray skirts

Slimmer slacks

Next to the new post office

Air Raid shelters in 1948

Mitcham Borough Council minutes, volume 15, 1948-49, page 95 :-

The Borough Engineer submitted the following report: –

December 3, 1948.

To the Chairman and Members of the General Purposes Committee.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Air Raid Shelters.

In accordance with the instructions of the Committee I give below a list of shelters which have not yet been demolished :—

  • Morden Road (Deer Park Gardens).
  • Commonside West.
  • Commonside East.
  • Manor Road.
  • Rowan Road.
  • Figges Marsh S.
  • Figges Marsh N.
  • Manship Road.
  • Moffatt Gardens.
  • Cranmer Road.
  • Fair Green.
  • Carshalton Road.

Home Office sanction to the making safe of the shelters has just been received and negotiations are proceeding with the contractors, Messrs. J. Sullivan, Ltd., whose tender (in the sum of £603 15s.) was forwarded, in July, to the Home Office for approval.

Personal note: I remember in the mid 1960s the air raid shelters at the southern end of Figges Marsh and on the north side of Cranmer Road near the junction with Carshalton Road.

Hutton’s Fish Shop

2 Upper Green West

fishmongers

Listed in 1954 and 1971 telephone directories as F.A. Hutton. The 1954 phone number was MIT 1549.

The original shop was hit by a bomb during World War 2. A single storey shop was rebuilt, see 1962 clip below.

clip from 1962 photo on Merton Memories, copyright London Borough of Merton

1952 OS map

The pre-war shop.

clip from undated photo on Merton Memories, copyright London Borough of Merton, shows the shop before it was bombed in WW2,


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

1961 obituary of Jack Gillard, newsvendor at Fair Green since 1920

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 10th March 1961

NEWSVENDOR JACK DIES

Sixty-nine-year-old Jack Gillard, who died suddenly in hospital on Tuesday (7th March 1961), was one of Mitcham’s more famous landmarks.

For 41 years, he had sold newspapers at Fair Green, and was known by thousands of local people.

Mr. Gillard, of Henry Prince Estate, Earlsfield, had been in poor health for some time and had not been at his usual pitch for about four months.

He often talked about the changes in the district since he became a newsvendor in 1920.

“When I first moved in to Mitcham – I lived in Love Lane – it was like a small country village,” he would recall.

And he remembered shouting the big news over the years . . . The General Strike, the R101 disaster, the outbreak of war, the first atom bomb over Japan . . .

Three years ago Jack had a serious accident and later a leg was amputated. He was fitted with an artificial limb.

For years he tried to persuade Mitcham Council to let him put up a covered stand, but was never successful.

Jack Gillard

Fair Green Bandstand

Built in 1924 and demolished in ????, the bandstand at the Fair Green was at the western end, across the road from the Nags Head pub.

photo taken possibly before the 1930s

From Mitcham Urban District minutes in July 1924, the bandstand was built by Messrs McFarlane, Mr Hann connected the drainage to the culvert, and Sayers & Son was awarded the contract to paint it with anti-corrosive paint, for £20 18s. The County of London Electric Supply Company was paid £28 16s. for the installation of lighting for the bandstand.

The nearby Zion Congregational chapel objected to a bandstand being built. The council responded that it would

do all in their power to endeavour to secure quietude during the hours of service at the Church.

Source: council minutes 9th May 1924, page 24.


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