Tag Archives: High Street

Alfred Currell, greengrocer

A greengrocers shop that was in Upper Green West, north side, possibly where Huttons fish shop was later situated.

At time of writing, August 2020, the web page on Merton Memories gives no indication as to where in Upper Green West the shop was.

Left hand side of Currell’s shop showing part of next building. Clip from Merton Memories, photo reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln212

The chimneys on the building on the left look like those on no. 4 Upper Green West which still stands in 2020. The chimney on the Currell building looks the same as that on Huttons Fish shop, and while the number of windows is the same, its frontage is different.

The Merton Memories website says that it was a photo in the Tom Francis Collection. That website uses a Picture Reference for each of their images, and this one has “Mit_ TomFrancis_ Ln212”, which refers to note number 212 in Tom Francis’s notebook, which he used when displaying his slide collection in Mitcham Library. He died in August 1953. Note 212 says:

Currell’s sweet and greengrocery shop facing Fair Green. The type of many of the village shops – plaster fronted. This type was at one time were on two sides of Fair Green.

This note however doesn’t say where the shop was.

The 1896 Kelly street directory gives the location as the road is described as if walking along it, and the entry for the ‘North Side’ of Upper Green is described from Western Road to the High Street (London Road today):

NORTH SIDE

… here is Western Road

James MacMAHON, refreshment rooms
Henry HIGGS, boot and shoe stores
Edward MAXWELL, grocer
James TROTT, butcher
WALPOLE Bros., grocers

… here is Durham Place

Nag’s Head P.H. James Reynolds CHESHIRE
Arthur Vincent COOPER
John WALKERDINE, boot maker
Arthur R. KEMP, baker
Henry QUINBY, boot maker
Thomas GREEN
William BOXALL, tailor
Alfred CURRELL, greengrocer

The next shop would be Collbran’s butchers, but he is listed in this directory at no. 1 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.