Tag Archives: Lower Green East

Rhodes Cottage

A house on Cricket Green, when it was previously called Lower Green East. Demolished.

It was possibly next to White House, Cricket Green. It may have been owned by Walter Charles Rhoades. In the 1915 electoral register he is listed as living at 183 Bedford Hill, Balham, and owning “Two cottages east side of Lower green”.

The 1953 OS map shows ‘White House’ and the entrance to The Birches is just north of it.

The 1910 OS Map shows a building next to White House which may have been Rhodes Cottage.

1953 OS Map

1953 OS Map

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

This clip from a 1910 photo on Merton Memories shows a building to the left of White House, which may have been Rhodes Cottage.

1910 clip from Merotn Memories photo 51702. Copyright London Borough of Merton

1910 clip from Merton Memories photo 51702. Copyright London Borough of Merton

1903

1903


Electoral registers show this as Rhoades or Rheades Cottage.

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Mitcham Parochial Committee
24th April, 1906
Page 80

Nuisances: “Rhodes Cottage” and “White House” Lower Green.
Inspector Rabbetts reported the existence of nuisances at these premises, arising from the defective condition of the drains. Resolved, That the Inspector of Nuisances be authorised to serve notice on the owner, Mr. A. R. Harwood, of London Road, Mitcham, requiring the abatement of said nuisances.


Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

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

Malcolm Arnold Robertson, MP

Sir Malcolm Arnold Robertson was MP for Mitcham from August 1940 to July 1945.

sir_malcolm_robertson

Born 1877, died 1951.

1921 – 1925 : Consul General Tangier
1925 – 1927 : Envoy & Minister Buenos Aires
1927 – 1929 : HM Ambassador to Argentina

Knighted

3 June 1924, KBE (Knight Commander of the British Empire)
3 June 1929, KCMG
1 January 1930, GCMG

In 1944, his wife suggested that Lower Green East be renamed to Cricket Green.

The Mitcham parliamentary constituency was created in 1918, and abolished in 1974.

Renaming of Lower Green East to Cricket Green

Road name sign at the southern end of the odd-numbered road called Cricket Green. Photo taken June 2019.

From the Corporation of Mitcham Minutes & Reports, Volume 10, 1943 to 1944
Highways Committee
18th February 1944
pages 181 to 182

Read letter from Lady Robertson suggesting that in order to avoid confusion between Lower Green East and Lower Green West, the former should be renamed “The Cricket Green” a name generally used in respect of this part of Mitcham by a large number of people.

Resolved, That the Council be recommended to agree to this proposal and to rename the highways as suggested by Lady Robertson.


Lady Robertson was the wife of Sir Malcolm Robertson, the MP for Mitcham from 1940 to 1945.


1938 OS Map

1938 OS Map


Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.


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