Tag Archives: High Street

256 and 254 London Road

Building divided into two shops with flats above, on west side of London Road, opposite the White Lion of Mortimer pub (formerly the Bucks Head). Numbered from north to south, 254 is on the right and 256 on the left as viewed from the street. Before 1926/7 this part of London Road was called Mitcham High Street, and the numbers ran south to north.

256 on left and 254 on right, London Road, Mitcham. Photo taken August 2017.

This photo, before 1980 or so, showed two features on the top of the building:

This photo from 1895 shows that before this was built stood the drapery shop of Mrs Lack and Mr Cummings greengrocers, see directory listing below.

1895 clip of Merton Memories photo reference Mit_​Streets_​Lon_​38-14 copyright London Borough of Merton

Before being renumbered in 1926, this part of the London Road was called Mitcham High Street. From the 1891 directory (the shops were numbered from 1 going north):

1, Henry COLLBRAN, butcher
2, S.E. BURTON, stationer
3, Charles GOULD, The Kings’ Arms Public House
4, Mrs H. LACK, draper
5, John CUMMINGS, greengrocer
6, Joseph COOK, butcher
7, T.P. SHEPPARD, grocer
8, William BARTER, grocer
9, George Joseph DALE, news agent

— here is Sibthorpe Road

In the 1930 commercial directory, John CUMMINGS is still listed as greengrocer at number 254, hence 4 High Street became number 256.


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

234 to 240 London Road

On the west side of London Road, a three storey building that replaced a row of shops that had formed part of the old High Street. Possibly built around 1969.

Clip from Merton Memories photo 27990, copyright London Borough of Merton

1952 OS map

This clip from a Merton Memories photo was taken in 1961, and shows the board announcing that numbers 234 to 240 are to be replaced by a new building.

Clip from Merton Memories photo 51738, copyright London Borough of Merton.

If you click on this clip to see the full photo on the Merton Memories website, you can see the businesses (from left to right) as:

240, C.F. HARDY, hairdressers
238, MONARCH, dyers and cleaners
236, KWIK KNIT CENTRE
234, GROVEPERT Ltd.

Numbers 12, 13, 14 and 15 were renumbered, (in 1926/7), to 240, 238, 236 and 234.

Occupants from street directories:
1891
12, Charles MACRO, hair dresser
13, C. SAUNDERS & Co., grocers
14, William COURT, baker
15, MOULAND & BENNETT, Watchmakers

1925
12, H. MACRO, hair dresser
13, Miss H.M. HICKS, milliner
14, M. HICKS & Sons, bakers
15, G.H. HUDSON, watch maker

1930
240, William J. KEMP, hair dresser
238, Miss Hilda Mary HICKS, milliner
236, M. HICKS & Sons, confectioners
234, Mrs. George Henry HUDSON, watch maker

 

1971

234, Home Radio (Components) Ltd., Mail Order of Elec Cmpnts, tel 01-648 8422

Mouland, Watchmaker

James Mouland, watch maker, was listed in ‘Upper Mitcham Green’ in the 1855 trade directory.

This clip from Merton Memories shows part of the name ‘Mouland’ on the side of a shop in what was called the High Street.

Clip from Merton Memories. Copyright London Borough of Merton.

Clip from Merton Memories. Copyright London Borough of Merton.

In 1886, G. Walton Mouland, of 19 High Street, Mitcham, acted as auctioneers for a property in Chilton Place.

Listed in the 1902 commercial directory at 15 London Road, Upper Mitcham, was Mouland & Bennett, watchmakers.

News Articles

1891 : summonsed for keeping an unlicensed cart

York Place

Terrace of 7 shops, on the north side of the Fair Green, west of the London Road. It became part of St Marks Road, until demolished to make way for Majestic Way in the late 1980s.

york-place

early 1900s

1921

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1964

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From the Dentists Registry entries from 1879 to 1893, William James Jones was in practice as a dentist with the pharmacy at 1, York Place before 22nd July 1878.

From the 1891 street directory:

from High Street to Killick’s Lane

NORTH SIDE

1 W.J. Jones, chemist & stationer
2 Post Office
3 William Saynes, beer retailer
4 Joseph Shepherd, corn dealer
5 G.B. Bennett, tobacconist

7 William Shepherd, machine agent

In the 1915 street directory, these retain the numbers as above, but are part of St. Marks Road:

NORTH SIDE

1 John K. Harvey, chemist
2 Mrs L.C. Williams, dining rooms
3 George York, undertaker
4 H. Tedder, hair dresser
5 William Whittington, tobacconist
6 William Augustus Martin, butcher
7 S. & E. Rimmel, grocers

In the 1925 street directory, the shops have been renumbered odd:

1 John K. Harvey M.P.S., chemist
3 William Scratchley, dining rooms
5 George York, undertaker
7 H. Tedder, hair dresser
9 William Whittington, tobacconist
11 A. Bacon, hosier
13 S. & E. Rimmel, grocers

From the 1954 telephone directory:

1 J.K. Harvey, chemist & druggist, MIT 0892
3 Thorpes Radio, MIT 3964
5 George York, undertaker, MIT 2926
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13

(Scratchley’s Dining Rooms is in the 1954 phone book at 310 High Street, Sutton VIG 4125)

1891 James Mouland’s unlicensed cart

A Business, Not a Pleasure Cart.

— On Saturday morning, at the Croydon County Police Court, James Mouland, a watchmaker and furniture dealer, of High-street, Mitcham, was summoned for having kept a “carriage” without license.

— The defendant said he kept a cart, and always had done so, for use in his business. It was true he used it for private purposes sometimes. He was in the habit of riding in it to church—(laughter)—but then the people at Somerset House had sent him a paper stating that he might ride to church in an unlicensed carriage if he was unable to walk, and that was the case with him. He was on his way to church when the Revenue Officer saw him.

— Sir Thomas Edridge: But it was on Thursday, Mr. Mouland.

— Defendant: On that occasion I was going to Sutton on business. I was taking some clocks and watches home. I often take furniture home in the cart Ought I to have a license for that?

— Sir Thomas : You know as well as I do that you don’t need a license for that

— The Officer : It is only a light spring cart and there was no furniture in it when I saw it

— Defendant: No, but I had clocks and watches in the cart

— The Officer : Watches are not goods.

— Sir Thomas: Supposing a man dealt only in watches, and loaded his cart with them ?

— Defendant’s daughter went into the box and swore that on the day in question she had conveyed some clocks and watches to Clapham for her father.

— Eventually the magistrates came to the conclusion that the case against the defendant had not been made out, and the summons was dismissed.

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 01 August 1891 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

1877 Young Thieves

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 22 December 1877

Young Thieves.

— Before Mr. T. R. Edridge, on Wednesday, at the Croydon Police Court, five boys named John Bearns, of Smith’s Buildings, Mitcham, Joseph Russell, Half-acre-row, Albert Bowling, Smith’s buildings, William Rosier, of Common Side, and Matthew Rosier, of the same address, were brought up in custody, charged with stealing from inside the shop No. 13, High-street, Mitcham, five tins of condensed milk and one pot of marmalade, the property of Mr. James Clarke.

— By their own admission the boys went into the shop of Mr. Clarke on Wednesday evening and bought sweets, and on leaving, took the opportunity each helping himself to the condensed milk.

— Bearns, Russell, and Bowling were sent to Horsemonger-lane gaol till Monday, and the other two were ordered to be taken to the workhouse till to-day.