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Glebe Square

Social housing built by Mitcham Borough Council, in 1955, on the site of the Glebe Villas. The council’s 2,500th post-war dwelling was completed there.

The blocks of flats are arranged as a square, with the western side on the east side of Glebe Path. The two southern blocks face Lower Green West, but are separated from it by fencing. There are two other blocks, one on the eastern and the other on the northern side.

There are 36 properties in total, numbered anti-clockwise sequentially from 1. In 1960 an attempt was made to change the numbers of the western block that had doors facing onto Glebe Path. Protests from homeowners in that road prevented this. See Glebe Path renumbering.

Layout of Glebe Square. Lower Green West is at the bottom of this diagram.

Layout of Glebe Square. Lower Green West is at the bottom of this diagram.

Aerial view of Glebe Square. The road on the left of the square is Glebe Path.

Aerial view of Glebe Square, looking northwards. The road on the left of the square is Glebe Path.

Glebe Path

Road that runs northwards off of the north side of Lower Green West.

The houses were probably built in 1929 or later by Isaac Wilson. The title deeds for one of the houses up for auction in February 2017 show that he bought the land on 10th November, 1928.

A Conveyance of the land in this title and other land dated 10 November 1928 made between (1) The Revd. Charles Aubrey Finch (the Incumbent) (2) The Governors of the Bounty of Queen Anne for the Augmentation of the Maintenance of the Poor Clergy (3) Cyril Forster Bishop of Southwark (4) The Revd. Alard Charles De Bourvel (5) Randall Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury and (6) Isaac Henry Wilson (Purchaser)

On this 1867 OS map a path is shown across ‘glebe’ fields to the Glebelands house. These fields had been bought in the 18th century using the Queen Anne’s Bounty, which was a scheme for providing an income to the local clergy.

1867 OS map

1867 OS map

This 1910 OS map shows a road called Glebe Path, the row of houses on the left in Lower Green West is Preshaw Crescent, and the separate houses on the right were called Glebe Villas.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

The OS map for 1953 shows the houses in this road. On the western, left hand side, going north, is a detached house, then a pair of houses before the junction with Russell Road which runs westward. North of Russell Road is a terrace of eight houses. On the eastern, or right hand side, the map shows a terrace of seven houses north of the junction with Russell Road opposite. At the north end of Glebe Path, the road turns right into Queen Annes Gardens.

1953 OS Map

1953 OS Map

Aerial photos

west side

west side

west side after Russell Road

west side after Russell Road

east side

east side

After the old people’s housing of Glebe Square had been built, an attempt in 1960 to renumber all the properties in Glebe Path was made by Mitcham Council, but the homeowners in the road protested. See Seven Defy The Council.


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

Glebe Path renumbering

Glebe Square had been built by Mitcham Council as old people’s housing. This consists of blocks of flats arranged as a square around a green space. The western block has doors facing onto the east or right hand side of Glebe Path. In 1960 Mitcham Borough Council attempted to renumber all the properties in Glebe Path. Homeowners in Glebe Path protested.

SEVEN DEFY THE COUNCIL

It’s the battle of the numbers at Glebe Path, Mitcham. Residents of seven houses, who have been told by Mitcham Council that they must change the numbers on their front doors, gave their answer last week.

It is : “No, no … seven times No. Fines us, if you want.”

And it took Mitcham Council a little aback. For if they want they can force the people to change their numbers by taking them to court. The penalty for the number rebels could be up to £2.

Confessed a spokesman : “I have had no experience of anything like this before, but I presume we shall have to do something officially.”

STANDING FIRM

But the seven rebels are standing firm … and meanwhile the number mix-up at Glebe Path and Glebe Square has caused chaos. For the council have already changed the numbers of THEIR property, the old people’s flatlets in Glebe Square.

So this is what tradesmen find when they arrive at Glebe Path: The numbers start at 2, climb to 28 … and then DROP again to 2 and continue up to 14.

The council want the numbers to start at 2 and end up at 42.

Why have the seven started their number strike? It’s because they think Mitcham Council blundered when they numbered the old people’s flatlets which face on to Glebe Path.

THE MAN AT NO. 14 (42 IF THE COUNCIL HAD ITS WAY) SAID : “I refuse to submit to the renumbering.”

A CANING

“Someone on the council needs to have his knees caned for having so little foresight as to number the old people’s flatlets the way he did. If they were numbered properly in the first place this would never have happened.

“Look at the trouble we should have to go to if the numbers were changed. We would have to notify the bank, change the deeds of our home, tell the land registry people, the Post Office, and alter our letter headings.”

THE WOMAN AT NO. 8 (36, SAY THE COUNCIL), Mrs M. Bassano, said: “I have lived here for 31 years. Why should we change our numbers because of a council mistake after all this time?

“Why couldn’t the council have just changed the numbers of the ld people’s flatlets?”

THE MAN AT NO. 2 (30, IF THE REBELS GIVE WAY), Mr Palmer Riley, said:

THEIR MISTAKE

“Look old man, we are not grumbling because we think we will have to go out with a screwdriver and put the new numbers up. But after all we were here first, and it is the council’s mistake.

“I will have to alter my letter heading embosser, and I know there are plenty of people here who will have reams of notepaper made useless.

“I have worked out that it will cost me 8s. at least to let people know my new number.

“The numbering of the old people’s flatlets was the height of inefficiency.”

Mr J.R. Thomas, chairman of South Mitcham Residents’ Association which campaigned for the numbering of Glebe Path and Glebe Square to be altered because of confusion between the two, said:

REVERSE THEIRS

“The residents decided to stand firm at a meeting on Friday. When we asked the council to change the numbers we just wanted them to reverse the numbers of their own property, Glebe Square.

“But now they have brought one side of Glebe Square into Glebe Path.

“They did not do it the simple way. But it was the woriding of the notice which, I think, annoyed people most. It just stated the change had to be made and mentioned a £2 penalty – I think a more human letter would have had more effect.”

Mr Thorns has written to the council asking the renumbering of Glebe Path be suspended until discussions can be had with the highways committee. Most others of the seven residents have also written in protest.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 1st April 1960, page 5.

The council reversed their decision.

The rebels looked like winning

The seven rebels of Glebe Path, Mitcham, looked like winning the battle of the numbers yesterday (Thursday). They are the people who said no when Mitcham Council told them to renumber their homes.

A resolution before the council yesterday completely surrenders to the rebels. It says that they may keep their numbers – they live at 2 to 14.

The resolution says that it is the council cottage dwellers at Glebe Path who will have to have their numbers changed AGAIN. Nearly a month ago they were changed by council workmen.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 22nd April 1960, page 9.

Ernest Edward Mount

As Mayor of Mitcham, 1953/4. Clip from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_People_97-1

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 14th December, 1962, page 1:

Death of Former Mayor

A former Mayor of Mitcham, Coun. Ernest E. Mount, Glebe Square, died on Saturday from coronary thrombosis.

The funeral service was at Mitcham Parish Church yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Coun. Mount, who was 64, was a long-standing member of the council. He had served as a Labour Party member for nearly 20 years and was at present chairman of the Civil Defence Committee. He was Mayor of Mitcham in 1953-54.

At the Town Hall on Monday morning, Mitcham’s Civil Defence officer, Mr R. Allen, paid tribute to Coun. Mount. He said: “He had a lot of friends within the corps and was very respected.

“I shall personally miss him; he has been a great help to me. He was always prepared to stand up for us in the council chamber.”

Among his wide and varied interests he was connected with 1st Mitcham Scout Group, Mitcham Operatic Society, a member of Oddfellow’s and chairman of Glebeland’s Old People’s Home, Love Lane.

Since the news of his death many local councillors and people from Colliers Wood, the Ward Coun. Mount represented, have visited or sent letters and telegrams of sympathy to Mrs Mount.

He lived at 1, Glebe Square and left £1,766 in his will (from Ancestry).

Coronation Celebrations on 6th June 1953. Mayor Mount inspects cadets from TS Benbow.