Tag Archives: Holborn Union

Pye Records

From 1959 to 1980 vinyl records were pressed and distributed from Pye Records in

James Estate
132 Western Road
Surrey CR4 3UT

formerly the Holborn Union workhouse, on corner of Bond Road and Western Road.

1977 fire photo on Merton Memories.

For a list of records produced by Pye Records see this discography website.

Articles in Mitcham News & Mercury


Date Page Headline
23/10/1959 3 It is a record making business
12/11/1965 11 Singer Anita Harris visits factory
13/03/1970   Barry Hopkins, Mitcham pop singer visits record factory
24/04/1970 1 Sacha Distel’s visit
26/11/1973 1 Elton John visits factory
24/06/1977 1 £2 million factory blaze
08/07/1977 60 Factory fire – still a mystery
09/03/1979 57 Row over factory noise
20/06/1980 1 Plan to take over Pye

Articles from other newspapers

Norwood News – Friday 02 July 1965 – Heath and Coe Wedding

   Music played a big part at the wedding on Saturday of Mr. Geoffrey Heath and Miss Jacqueline Coe, at Bromley Parish Church. 

   The day started with a request being played for the couple on “Saturday Club.“

   The bridegroom is promotion executive for the Pye Record Company at Mitcham, and lives in Cedars Avenue. His father, Jack Heath is a music publisher, and the music business was well represented at the wedding. 

   Among the guests was Mr. L Benjamin, managing director of Pye Records, together with Pye A and R man John Schroeder. Drummer Tony Reeves represented the Sounds orchestral group. 

   The bride has been principal boy in amateur pantomime at Bromley for the past two seasons. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbie Coe, was for some years manageress of the New Theatre at Bromley. She and Mr. Coe live at Murray Avenue, Bromley. 

   Given away by her father, the bride wore a simple, full-length gown in white satin, with a long veil and train topped by a tiara. 

   Chief bridesmaid was 14-year old Janice Barrett (cousin of the bridegroom) and bridesmaids were sisters Susan and Judy Morse (aged 11 and eight) cousins of the bride.




Norwood News – Friday 14 December 1962


An excellent opportunity exists for a recent Grammar school leaver with an A level in mathematics to obtain a remunerative career in the application of electronic computers. Full training will be given as well as opportunities for the practical workings of a computer; this position carries ample opportunities for advancement and good starting salary will be paid.

Apply in confidence to : The Financial Controller.
Pye Records Limited.
132 Western Road.

Sir Arthur Bliss Court

Sheltered housing block of flats, built on the site of the former Holborn Union Workhouse in London Road, south of the junction with Bond Road.

After the Second World War, temporary housing was built on this site by the borough council.

1953 aerial view

1953 aerial view

When contacted, the Arthur Bliss Society said that from their archives:

Vol. 8, no. 2, page 34. … says that “the Performing Rights Society, of whom Sir Arthur was President from 1954 to 1975, named one of their sheltered housing projects for the Society’s members and dependants ‘Sir Arthur Bliss Court’. This was to mark the 75th anniversary of the PRS.

PRS refers to the Performing Right Society.

Planning application MER563/86 was granted permission (subject to conditions) on 17th July 1986, for

redevelopment of site by the erection of sheltered housing accommodation comprising 46 x 1 person flats 12 x 2 person flats and 2 wardens’ houses ancillary common rooms car parking and landscaping.

This application referred to the site’s address as

1-9 High Holborn, London Road, 202-218 London Road And, 1-27 Bond Road, Mitcham

High Holborn can be seen on this 1950 OS map:

1952 OS map

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