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Love Lane

Following the road as it is currently numbered, it starts as a footpath off Church Road along the eastern side of the parish churchyard, and continues to Western Road.

1954 OS map showing the start of Love Lane at Church Road

Eric Montague, in his book, 12 Church Street and Whitford Lane, chapter 6, said that Love Lane almost certainly dated back to the Middle Ages as it served as the access lane to strips of land that stretched north of it. These strips were around a furlong, or 22 yards, in length, and the layouts of roads such as Frimley Gardens and Rodney Road to Fox’s Path, another access lane.

Entrance to Love Lane from Church Road. Photo taken when four 3-bed houses were being built on this corner by the Beaver Housing Society in 1996/7, which is now numbered as 82A Church Road.

In Love Lane, the houses with even numbers 2, 4 and 6 are on the right in the first part of the footpath, then 8, 10 and 12 are round the corner as the path heads east.

Then there is a block of four houses numbered 14, 16, 18 and 20, that have a datestone identifying it as Laburnum Cottages.

LABURNUM COTTAGES W. F. 1853

This block can be seen on this 1866 OS map:

1866 OS map

After this block the footpath ends, and on the left is a terrace of 6 houses, numbered 1 to 11. This has a name plate in the middle, partially obscured by a drainpipe, which says ‘Hope Terrace’.

Opposite this terrace are houses built around 1983, as planning permission MER170/83 was granted on 21st April 1983. They are numbered with suffixes.

Next to these houses on the right side of Love Lane is a three storey block of 12 flats called Frimley House, which has numbers 22 to 44. Possibly built late 1930s or post-WW2 as the block is not shown on the 1933 OS map.

Opposite Frimley House, and past Hope Terrace, are two pairs of semi-detached houses, numbers 11A and 15, 17 and 19. Next to 19 is number 21, a detached house that is on the corner with Frimley Gardens.

After this the roadway turns right into Church Place but Love Lane continues as a footpath until Edmund Road. On the right can be seen the remains of the entrance to the council depot.

Breeze block filling where entrance to depot was. Photo taken 20th April 2016.

Past Harwood Avenue, the next houses on Love Lane are a pair of semi-detached on the left numbered 23 (Hope Cottage) and 25 (Rose Cottage). This is the only remaining pair of such cottages from those that were built in the early 19th century. The 1896 street directory describes walking from Church Street to Western Road, i.e. in a easterly direction, and the occupants were:

Samuel BEALES (Hope Cottage)
John HUSSEY (Rose Cottage)

23 and 25 Love Lane. Photo taken 21st May 2020

Rose Cottage was the childhood home of William Henry SLATER, who emigrated to Australia in the late 1850s where he was one of the founders of the Mitcham township, now a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.

This is followed by a terrace of 12 houses, numbered 27 to 49, which has the nameplate in the middle of ‘Douglas Cottages’. These were built in the first decade of the 20th century according to Montague., and were numbered 1 through 12, from west to east. In the 1915 directory Stewart Daniel SLATER, florist, is listed at no. 12.

1954 OS map

After Douglas Cottages is currently a nursery school, built in the early 1960s after a pair of semi-detached cottages, numbered 55 and 57, called Dent’s Cottages, was demolished. The Mitcham News & Mercury had an article in the 2nd September 1960 issue: 132-year old Love Lane cottage to come down.

Further along on the left hand side, after Dearn Gardens, are two detached houses that are set back from the road side at an angle, number 75 and number 77, the latter of which may have been called Glendene when it was occupied by George Victor DEARN, who developed Dearn Gardens.

75 Love Lane with its arched chimney stacks. Photo taken 21st May 2020

Next is a 3-storey block of 6 flats, numbered 79, 81, 83 and 79a, 81a, 83a. After which is a block of 2 houses, 85 and 87, with a third added on, number 89.

Corner of Love Lane and Taffy’s How shows no. 85, 87 and 89 Love Lane. Photo taken 15th July 2020

Houses numbers 103 to 121 were built in 1934 as part of the Pear Tree Close estate.

An older terrace of 4 houses, numbered 123 to 129, north of the corner with Westfield Road, dated from the 1880s, as are the similar houses on the north side of Westfield Road, according to Montague. The 1910-1911 street directory lists these houses as Knapdale Villas, with these occupants:

1, Frederick NEWSOM
2, Thomas ARTHUR
3, John HINCKLEY

A photo from around 1970 on Merton Memories, incorrectly labelled as Gladstone Road, shows these houses with their original slate roofs.

From Merton Memories, photo reference Mit_Streets_D_LEW_29-2

From the current footpath that leads to the Glebe Path and Queen Anne’s Gardens, on the right hand side of Love Lane northwards, were 6 pairs of semi-detached houses, all demolished by the end of the 20th century and replaced by houses and bungalows.

1910 OS map

From the 1896 street directory the occupants, in houses numbered from 12 down to 1 heading north, were:

12, William Talbot WALLIS
11, Edward WAINWRIGHT
10, Henry DEARN
9, Miss Susan WOOLSEY, dress maker
8, John STEERS
7, Edward FOSTER (Jasmine Cottage)
6, Thomas RYOTT (Ivy Cottage)
5, James CURRELL
4, George James GREGORY
2, Joseph PRIOR
1, Robert Edward SLATER


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

Spencer Road

Road north of Commonside East, on the eastern side of the railway past Beehive Bridge. It runs parallel to, and is east of, Grove Road, and joins Kings Road.

Currently, in 2020, its has houses numbered odd on the left hand side, 1 to 59 with postcode CR4 1SG, and 61 to 89 with CR4 1SJ, with even numbered houses on the right hand side numbered 2 to 84 with postcode CR4 1SH.

1895 OS map

1895 OS map

In the 1891 street directory, it was described as Spencer’s Road:

from Mitcham common to Queen’s road

SOUTH SIDE

G. Jordan, florist & nurseryman
Mrs. Shaw, shopkeeper
William Henry Peters

NORTH SIDE

1, William Thomas Godwin
2, James Dell
3, Alfred Bennett
5, William Rooke
6, William Ambrose
7, E. Simmons
14, Benjamin Craig

Note that Queen’s Road was renamed to Kings Road between 1891 and 1900 to avoid confusion with the Queens Road near Phipps Bridge Road.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

Occupants in the 1915 street directory:

from Commonside east to King’s Road

SOUTH SIDE

James Crisp, florist
James Rice (Ivy Cottage)
Frederick Cooper (Rose Cottage)
Frederick J. Goddard (Spencer Cottage)

Spencer Terrace:

1 George Brooker
2 George Brown
3 William George Atterbury
4 Charles Tanner
5 H.E. Judd
6 George Holder
7 Frederick Reynolds
8 Leonard Jenner

NORTH SIDE

1 William John Ambrose
2 James Thomas Lardner
3 Mrs Lardner
4 William Henry Brightwell
5 Albert Ward
6 William Towers
7 William Reed
8 George Towers
9 George Lardner
10 Edward Weller
11 Edwin Kenett Deacon
12 Albert Henry Sturtivant
13 William King
14 James Crisp, florist
15 Thomas Kirby, sen
16 George Jordan
17 Arthur Batten
18 Walter Penegar
19 Percy Tremlett
20 Robert Frederick Munday

Clifton Terrace

7 Ernest Blake
8 Carl Lindquist
9 Frederick Charles Bowley
10 Joseph Kilby

Occupants in the 1925 street directory:

Spencer Road, from Commonside east to King’s road.

WEST SIDE

1, Mrs AMBROSE
2, James CHAPMAN
3, Stephen COUGHLAN
4, William BRIGHTWELL
5, Albert James WARD
6, William TOWERS
7, William REED
8, George TOWERS
9, George LARDNER
10, Edward WELLER
11, Edwin K. DEACON
12, Harry STURTIVANT
13, William KING
14, James CRISP, nurseryman
15, Thomas KIRBY
16, Charles George KENYON
17, Arthur BATTEN
18, Walter PENEGAR
19, Bertie TREMLETT
20, Robert MUNDAY
Rosedale Cottage, George Frederick WALLS
Conway Cottage, Herbert R. WYATT
Aber Cottage, Frederick CARMICHAEL
Ogwen Cottage, James GRAY

Clifton Terrace:

7, Ernest Arthur BLAKE
8, Charles REED
9, Mrs E. BOLEY
10, Joseph KILBY

EAST SIDE

Spencer Terrace:

8, John Frederick BARRY
7, Albert Ernest JENNER
6, George HOLDER
5, Hector E. JUDD
4, Charles TANNER
3, William George ATTERBURY
2, John William GODDEN
1, George BOOKER
Spencer Cottage, Frederick Joseph GODDARD
Rose Cottage, Frederick COOPER
Ivy Lodge, H. ASHCROFT

Note that Aber Cottage is number 75, and Ogwen Cottage is number 77. Both have visible datestones with the year 1924.

No. 75 Aber Cottage

No. 77 – Ogwen Cottage

This 1932 OS map shows the Mitcham Model Laundry in Grove Road, (top left of map, where the ‘C’ of Mitcham is), and a gap in the houses in Spencer Road behind the laundry. This may have been used as an entrance to that laundry. Although the houses are not numbered on this map, this gap was between houses numbered 51 and 71.

1932 OS map

This 1953 OS map shows that a terrace of houses numbered 61 to 67 has been built in this gap. In addition a separate house, number 59, has been built.

The 1953 map shows a gap between numbers 51 and 59. In 1948 planning application MIT1062 to build a social club at number 53 was refused by the Mitcham Borough Council. Presumably this was for the staff of the Mitcham Model Laundry. Planning application MIT3163 was granted on 31st October 1957 to build two houses on this plot.

1953 OS map of southern end of Spencer Road

The postbox, on the map marked as ‘L B’ i.e. Letter Box, on the corner with Commonside East is likely to be the only remaining wall mounted post box in Mitcham. It has the royal cypher ‘GR’ for George V, giving it a date range of 1910 to 1936.

Photo taken 28th May 2020


World War 1 Connections

Private William James Atterbury See also the Mitcham War Memorial blog.

Private Harry Charles Eley Lardner


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