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1962 Slum Clearance Scheme

from the Mitcham News & Mercury, 25th May, 1962, page 1:

Mitcham’s ambitious slum clearance scheme


It may start next year, say council

Hundreds of Mitcham people are likely to have to leave their homes soon when Mitcham Council go ahead with a large scale slum clearance scheme.

About 140 dwellings, scattered in many parts of the town, are included in the scheme, which will possibly get under way early next year.

Split into five groups the dwellings included in the scheme are in Phipps Bridge Road, Blue House Cottages, Fountain Place, Prussia Place, Nursery Road, Gladstone Road, Sibthorp Road, Fountain Road and Western Road.


Compulsory purchase of many of the properties is inevitable. Thousands of pounds will be involved in the acquisition.

Some of the dwellings, however, are at present vacant.

The Borough Engineer, Mr J.W. Turner, has advised the council’s housing committee to split the slum clearance scheme into two phases.

He thinks that the Gladstone Road, Sibthorp Road, Fountain Road and Western Road areas – forming part of an area which should, he feels, be considered with the council’s redevelopment of the Town Centre – should be deferred until further progress has been made on the the town centre proposals.

If the housing committee do leave these areas it would mean that only 54 dwellings would be immediately affected.


It is not possible to say yet the date the scheme will start. Various legal channels have to be gone through and there is also a possibility that many local residents, affected by the scheme, will object to the Minister of Housing and Local Government. This may mean a series of local inquiries.

The sites in Fountain Place, Prussia Place and Nursery Road are the only ones included in the scheme which will be re-developed for residential use.

The other sites will be used for roads, redevelopment of the town centre and one for a school site.

1888 Sleeping on a Manure Heap

Sleeping on a Manure Heap.

— At the Croydon County Petty Sessions Monday, before Sir T. Edridge (in the chair) and Mr. J. Cooper, jun., Henry Theobald (13) and John Theobald (12), two brothers, of Gladstone-road, Mitcham, were brought up in custody charged with being found sleeping on a manure heap Sunday morning at 2.15, at Grove-road, Common Fields, Mitcham.

— Prisoners pleaded guilty.

— P.-c. 48 WR said he heard a noise at 2.15 on Sunday morning in Grove-road. He went to a manure heap and there found the two prisoners. He asked them why they did not go home, and they said they didn’t know. In reply to witness’s question, they said their father did not beat them or drive them away. The younger prisoner said their parents gave him some halfpence to buy water cresses, and they took the money home again. Witness took them to the station and charged them. The father refused to bail them out.

— Mr. Theobald said had great trouble with the boys. His wife had been an invalid for two years, and the boys stayed out night after night and would do no work at home.

— Sir Thomas remanded the boys until Saturday, and liberated them from custody on their promising to stop at home, have their meals there, sleep there, and return with their parents to the Court on Saturday.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 27 October 1888 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)