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Commonside West

Road from Upper Green East towards the junction with Madeira Road. Buildings are on one side only, as the other side is Three Kings Piece, which is a part of Mitcham Common. An exception being the sports changing rooms opposite Madeira Road.

Houses are numbered sequentially, from 1 (Newton House) to 72, which is part of the News of the World Houses. Between the Cold Blows footpath and the entrance to Park Places is currently only the Windmill pub and Merton Sea Cadets, but there were houses near the pub. Numbers 51 and 52 were demolished in 1967.

c.1900 : Newton House on the right in this clip from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_​2_​10-9 copyright London Borough of Merton

Occupants from Street Directories
Listed below in order from the Upper Green towards Madeira Road. The beer retailer referred to in these listings is for the Windmill pub.

1896
This directory lists the road as Mitcham Common (west side), and Cold Blows is shown as St Mary’s Avenue, which was a temporary renaming of that footpath.

John RICHENS (Newton House)
William WILLIAMSON (Holly Cottage)
Mrs SAHLER (Maori Cottage)
Christopher ROBINSON (The Lawn)
William BARNES, engineer
Mrs Lilian IRLAND, music teacher
Mrs DREWETT senior
Thomas GARDNER, furniture dealer

…. here is St Mary’s Avenue

Thomas Bodle LAWRENCE (Avenue Cottage)
James BROOKSON
James SAYERS, beer retailer
Charles GOULD
George SAWYER
John THOMPSON, diaryman
William F.J. SIMPSON (Park Place)

1904

John RICHENS (Newton House)
William Rutherford McLEOD (Holly Cottage)
William James DICKISSON (Trent Cottage)
Charles LESTER (The Lawn)
William BARNES, engineer
Thomas LAWSON, shopkeeper
Alfred GARDNER, furniture dealer

PILLAR LETTER BOX

…. here is Cold Blows

Thomas LAWRENCE
Miss SHEPHERD
Alexander Tully GRANT, beer retailer
John THOMPSON, diaryman
William F.J. SIMPSON (Park Place)

1911

Mrs RICHENS (Newton House)
William Rutherford McLEOD (Holly Cottage)
William James DICKISSON (Trent Cottage)
Charles LESTER (The Lawn)
William Howard BARNES, confectioner
William BARNES, engineer
Thomas LAWSON, shopkeeper
Alfred GARDNER, furniture dealer

LAMP POST LETTER BOX

…. here is Cold Blows

Thomas LAWRENCE, decorator
Miss SHEPHERD
Henry Edward CLISBY, beer retailer
John THOMPSON, diaryman
William F.J. SIMPSON (Park Place)

1915

Mrs RICHENS (Newton House)
William Rutherford McLEOD (Holly Cottage)
Ernest Frederick GOERING (The Nook)
Charles LESTER (The Lawn)
Mrs TURNER (Meriden)
Frank JAMES (Allesley)
William Howard BARNES, confectioner
William BARNES, engineer
George Frederick LOCKYER
Alfred E. GARDNER, furniture dealer

LAMP POST LETTER BOX

…. here is Cold Blows

Thomas LAWRENCE, decorator
James JORDAN
James BOXALL, beer retailer
John THOMPSON, diaryman
William F.J. SIMPSON (Park Place)

1925
Note that Cold Blows is not named as such, but is shown as ‘footpath to Lower Green’ i.e. the cricket green

Thomas George BAKER, builder (Newton House)
William Rutherford McLEOD (Holly Cottage)
Charles LESTER (The Lawn)
Alfred DREWITT (Fernhurst)
Mrs TURNER (Meriden)
Henry Willam ORFORD (Allesley)
William H. BARNES (Malvern)
William BARNES
George Frederick LOCKYER (The Cottage)
Alfred Ernest GARDNER, furniture dealer (Homeside)

.. footpath to Lower green ..

George Oliver NASH (North Lodge)
Lawrence Thomas BODLE, builder (Avenue Cottage)
James JORDAN
Alfred KILLICK
Harry LOCK
George WEST
Benjamin HILLS
Thomas HIGGS, confectioner
James BOXALL, beer retailer
Charles Thomas SEARS
George SAWYER
Mrs ODELL
John THOMPSON, dairy
William Charles HINES
News of the World Sports Ground (Leonard WHITE, hon. sec.) (Park Place)

In the 1938 commercial directory, T.G. BAKER is listed as builder at no. 1 Commonside West, telephone number 2915.

1936 clip from Tom Francis photo of Albert Ernest Gardner’s furniture stores, from Merton Memories phot reference Mit_​2_​10-11 copyright London Borough of Merton.

In the 1912 directory, Alfd. E. Gardner, Common side west, is listed as a manager of the Zion Congregational School.

Cranmer Motors

clip from Merton Memories photo reference Mit_Streets_Col_Cro_17-7, copyright London Borough of Merton, showing Cranmer Motors on garage

This photo shows 3, possibly 4, petrol pumps, and the sign projecting from the gable in the roof has the text:

Cranmer
Motors
Regent
Petrol

This dates the photo to before 1967 which was when the Regent brand was changed to Texaco, according to Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History.

Cranmer Motors was a garage that was near the present day roundabout with Madeira Road and Cricket Green. Although the 1953 OS map shows it between 76 and 94 Cricket Green, Cranmer Motors Ltd was listed in the 1963 Mitcham Borough List of Factories as Motor Vehicle Repairs, 1 Cranmer Road.

1953 OS map

The site was redeveloped as flats around 2008/9, as stated in planning application 06/P0708:-

Former Service Station Site, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4LA

Erection of a part 2 / part 3 storey building to accommodate 12 flats (9 x 2 and 3 x 1 bedrooms) together with 12 car parking spaces.

Filed with this application:

Following air raid damage to residential properties during the Second World War, a garage forecourt replaced the destroyed houses on the study site, which by the 1970s was redeveloped as an Esso fuel filling station.

Source: Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd. 2008 An Archaeological Watching Brief at the Former Esso Petrol Station, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, London Borough of Merton.


From the Mitcham Urban District Council minutes,
Volume 3, pages 104, Public Health and Burial Committee meeting of 11th September, 1917, a petrol licence for 150 gallons was issued to Mr G. Hart, Motor and Cycle Works, Cranmers Road.

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

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

News of the World Houses

Houses built along Madeira Road and Commonside West, possibly between 1922 and 1926.

These photos, taken in May 2016, show houses along Commonside West. Most of the houses in Madeira Road have been extended to the front with porches etc.

Commonside West

Commonside West

Commonside West

Commonside West

This photo is from the 1926 article referred to below.

1926 NotW Houses

Architects CULPIN and BOWERS

COST: Approximately £600 per house.

MATERIALS: The external 9 inch brick walls are covered up to the cill levels of the first floors, above which the front has a projecting stucco band and a felt-floated cream-white plaster finish; the chimney stacks are faced with red sand-faced bricks; the window casements throughout are of wood; the halls and sculleries have red composition floors, and the roof is covered with variegated sand-faced plain tiles.

Source: an unnamed architectural magazine being sold on ebay


Building application no. 350 submitted by the News of the World for ’28 cottages, Commonside East and Madeira Road’ was approved by Mitcham Urban District Council on 12th September, 1922. Source: Proceedings of the council Volume VIII 1922 – 23.


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

Henry Harwood

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Friday 24 March 1939

“LIKE A BAG OF WET CLAY” WITNESS’S GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF FALL

Inquest on Mr. Henry Harwood, Mitcham

The Coroner’s Inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Mr. Henry Harwood, aged eighty-two, of 11, Lower Green East. Mitcham, which was adjourned for a week to enable an eye witness of the accident to attend, was resumed in Mitcham Town Hall on Tuesday by Dr W.J. Lord, who sat with a jury.

Mr. Harwood, a six-foot upright man, famed for his walking powers, was returning home from a walk at 6.15 p.m. on Monday. March 6th. when he was struck by a motor cycle combination at the comer of Madeira and Cranmer roads, opposite the Catholic Church. The evidence on Tuesday showed that he was standing on the white safety line in the centre of mouth of Madeira road when the machine approached, and then suddenly started to cross the rest of the road front of the combination.

The only witness, apart from the driver of the combination, answered a broadcast appeal. His evidence differed from that of the motorist to some extent. He described the fall of the body graphically by saying it sounded like the dropping of “a bag of wet clay.”

Mr. Harwood, a very much esteemed native of Mitcham, who had lived on the edge of the Green where he was killed most of his life, died in Wilson Hospital on Friday, March 10th.

Miss Mary Ann Harwood told the Court that her brother was a great walker. He was returning from a walk when the accident happened. He wore glasses for reading only, but he was very deaf.

William John McGuckin, 26, Byron-gardens, Sutton, said he was riding a pedal cycle from the direction of London-road along Lower Green East when a motor cycle combination came behind him and turned into Madeira-road.

Coroner — Did you notice the speed? — No, sir. It seemed reasonable. Witness looked round to the left and saw the machine crash into a man. who appeared to be crossing to the Green from the opposite side. The man dropped into the road with a sound like the dropping of a bag of wet clay. Did you see anything of the pedestrian before the accident?— No. sir. It was just getting dark. He couldn’t say whether the street lamps were lit. Did you hear any sound of horn? —No.

Witness added that he saw the motor combination hardly a second before the accident occurred. It was on its proper side of the road. The man had apparently just stepped off the near side kerb, and the machine was close to him when struck him. P.-c. Gibb said he examined the road after the accident, and found no sign of brake marks. P.-c. Cox said the man was lying on the white safety line. Eric John Redhead, aged twenty-nine, of 208. Devonshire-way, Shirley, told the Court that he was driving his motor cycle combination towards Croydon from Lower Green East, and was making for Madeira-road. No one was in the side-car. His speed was about twenty-five miles an hour. The old man was standing on the white line facing towards witness, who slowed down for him to cross the road, but he did not do so. He was still standing there when the combination got into the entrance to Madeira road. As witness thought he was waiting for him to pass, witness accelerated to get past. When witness was almost level with him he suddenly started to cross, and virtually walked into the side of the machine. His head struck that of witness, and he fell backwards on the right-hand side of the combination. The machine was pulled up in about nine feet. The street lights were on and on that particular corner they were good. His own lights were not on.

Dr. Edward Stewart, Wilson Hospital, said Mr. Harwood was unconscious when admitted, verv seriously injured. Dr. G. T. Ruston, Weybridge said the post-mortem examination showed abrasions on the right side of the scalp, and bruising over the right shoulder. The right leg was fractured twelve inches above the heel due to contact with the footguard of the motor cycle. Four ribs on the right side of the chest were broken, and the base of the skull was fractured. All the injuries were consistent with the driver’s evidence. Death was due to the fracture of the skull and multiple injuries. His organs generally were in good condition for a man of his age. His bones were not as brittle as one generally found in men so old. A verdict of accidental death was returned, and the driver was exonerated.

1939 Auction Queens Road etc

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Friday 17 March 1939

LEONARD DAVEY & HART
Have been instructed to offer by Auction at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon, on TUESDAY, 28th MARCH, at 6.30 p.m., The following properties.

9. ASCOT ROAD. TOOTING JUNCTlON.—Attractive centrally situated Villa producing £65 gross. Lease 67 years

2. MADEIRA ROAD, MITCHAM Residence, facing Common. Producing £91 gross.

212. ABERCAIRN ROAD, STREATHAM VALE.—Redecorated Modern Residence. WITH VACANT POSSESSION.

13. BELGRAVE ROAD. MITCHAM. Shop, House and Stabling, producing £91 p.a. gross.

FREEHOLD BUILDING SITES. – QUEENS ROAD, MITCHAM.

Catalogues from the Auctioneers: Upper Green, Mitcham; 781 London Road. ThorntonHeath. ’Phones: MIT. 0808. THO. 1361.