Tag Archives: Gladstone Road

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)

Gladstone Road

No longer exists. The Sadler Close housing estate was built over it, the name being kept for one of the blocks, Gladstone House.

The Mission Hall seen in the map of 1952 was opened in 1939, see Merton Memories.

From Croydon Rural District Authority Minutes read in the Local Studies Centre at Croydon library, the following plans were approved:

– Mr JM Pitt of Mitcham to erect four houses Gladstone Road, Mitcham

Occupants in the 1896 street directory
From Western Road to Sibthorp Road
Cromwell Terrace:

4,Alfred GRAY
5,William MAYES
7,Edward Gray ARTHUR
10,John Thomas NIGHTINGALE

5,Edmund BALL (coal dealer)

Salvation Army Barracks

World War 1 Connections
Private William Richard Angliss

Private Henry James Collins

Private Harry George Sheppard

Youth Club details in 1949 Youth Handbook.

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