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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.

Caesar’s Walk

Road that runs south westerly from Cranmer Road to the footpath alongside the tram line. On this 1932 OS map, the footpath is shown as Tramway Path.

1932 OS map

Road sign at corner of Caesars Walk and Cranmer Road. The Wilson Hospital can be seen in the background.

The name of the road refers to Sir Julius Caesar Adelmere who, it was believed, had a mansion on the site where the Wilson Hospital is now. In 1598 he entertained Queen Elizabeth I. From this the names of the roads off of Caesars Walk are related to that monarch.

However, Eric Montague, in his book Mitcham Histories:11 The Cranmers, The Canons and Park Place, page 70, says that local records indicate that Sir Julius’s residence was actually south of the Burn Bullock, on the London Road.

Sir Isaac Wilson had bought in 1926 the Cranmers and surrounding land that stretched across the South London and Sutton railway line to the junction of Cranmer Road/Willow Lane with Carshalton Road. He built the eponymous hospital, which opened in 1928, as well as the Garden Village. In between the two he developed Caesars Walk, Burghley Place, Cecil Place, Walsingham Road and Hatton Gardens.

Ad for number 29, on the corner with Walsingham Road, from the Norwood News – Friday 27th October 1933

MITCHAM COMMON

(7 mins, Mitcham Junction Station, 20 mins, Town); semi-detached freehold house; built 6 years; garage; 3 bed, 2 reception,bathroom. kitchenette; gas, e. l., hot water; re-decorated; excellent condition; £650. – Owner, 29, Caesars-walk. Mitcham.

WW2 civilian deaths on 24th February 1944 (links are to Commonwealth War Grave Commission website):

51 Caesars Walk
George Arthur WILLIAMS, aged 56, Air Raid Warden

55 Caesars Walk
Edith WHITE, aged 17
Rosa Harriett WHITE, aged 51


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