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1890 The Fountain Tavern and the Gipsies

The Illustrated Police News Saturday, April 26, 1890

At The Croydon Petty Sessions, on Saturday, Mr. Peter Dale, landlord of the Fountain Tavern, Merton-lane, Mitcham, was summoned by the rural sanitary authorities for suffering a certain nuisance to exist by allowing gipsy caravans to be used for human habitation on his premises, the same not being supplied with water and drainage accommodation. The defendant denied the charge. Levi White, an inspector of nuisances said on the 16th inst. he discovered that one caravan out of two had gone, and that the land was occupied by a show. The showman and his wife were sleeping there. The defendant said the show alluded to was a portable theatre, and as far from doing any harm, he thought that when the very poor were enabled to see “Hamlet” played it did much to educate the children. The fact of the matter was that Mr. White did not like people to go to the theatre.

The Inspector : I should like to go myself. (Laughter.)

Eventually the case was adjourned.

Note that Merton Lane was renamed Western Road.

CAMWAL

CAMWAL name formed from

Chemists’
Aerated
Mineral
Water
Association
Ltd.

Originally Chemists’ Aerated and Mineral Waters Association Limited, of group of chemists established and incorporated in 1878. By 1895 had factories in London, Bristol, Harrogate and Mitcham. Acquired by Barclay Perkins and Company Limited 1954.

London Metropolitan Archives
ACC/2305/03
Camwal Limited, Gifford Street, Caledonian Road, London

18950322 New Factory1895 New Factory

18950322 Pure Mineral Waters

18950322 Table Waters

Merton Memories Photos

1911
Ravenspring building 1
Ravenspring building 2


From Grace’s Guide – 1914 Who’s Who in Business

CAMWAL, Ltd., Mineral Water Manufacturers, 112, Pembroke Street, Caledonian Road, London, N.; and at Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Harrogate, and Mitcham.
Hours of Business: Varying according to time of year.
Established in 1878 as the Chemists’ Aerated and Mineral Water Association, Ltd.
Reconstructed in 1900 under the name of Camwal, Ltd.
Directors: Hayward M. Davenport (Chairman), Horace Davenport , Harry Kemp, Frank A. Gould.
Secretary: H. T. Butler, F.C.I.S.
General Manager: F. G. Pixie.
Specialities: Dry Ginger Ale and Stone Ginger Beer. A special Natural Water.
Inventions: Syphon Holders and Drip Catchers.
Branches: Harrogate; Manchester; Birmingham; Bristol; Mitcham, Surrey.
Connection: United Kingdom.
Telephones: (London) No. 547 North; (Manchester) No. 3761 Central; (Birmingham) East 15; (Bristol) No. 212; (Harrogate) No. 243; (Mitcham) No. 1221 Wimbledon.
Telegraphic Addresses: ” Camwal,” London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Harrogate, or Mitcham.

Newspaper Articles

Daily Express, 26th November, 1900

— Camwal. Limited — the Chemists’ Aerated Mineral Waters Association, Limited—have issued a report to September 30, which is doleful reading when compared with the past history of this enterprise. The days when the old company used to pay 12 per cent. 20 per cent. seem to have quite disappeared for the moment. Expenses are high, and during the past year circumstances have been adverse in every way. But same comfort may be drawn from the fact that the reconstruction expenses have been cleared. As only £506 is being carried forward, it seems scarcely wise of the directors to distribute a dividend et the rate of 5 per cent per annum for the eight months.