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Cranmer Road

Road that is numbered as the A239 and runs south east from the junction with Madeira Road and Cricket Green, over the railway line at Cranmer Bridge and ends at the Carshalton Road.

It is named after the Cranmer family who lived in the area and the house called Cranmer.

All buildings are the south side of the road as the north side is part of Mitcham Common.

1932 OS map

From the junction with Madeira Road towards Carshalton Road, the properties are:

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church
Cranmer Cottages
Cranmer Farm Close housing estate
Cranmer Primary School
Wilson Hospital
Mitcham Garden Village


Saint Peter and Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church

This is locally listed by Merton Council who say:

This is a substantial church and an attached two and a half storey house in the same general style. The buildings date from 1889, and were designed by the architect Frederick A Walters. The materials used include a yellow brick, with blue brickwork detailing, and roof tiles. The design of the building does not relate to that of any others in the vicinity. The side elevations of the church have 5 bays with buttresses, inset windows with semi circular heads under a brick arch with a linking string course at springing level and a continuous string course at sill level. The street elevation has a central ceramic medallion over a semi circular headed entrance, and within the gable an arch, crossed keys and cross picked out in blue bricks. The bell tower has exposed bells within its arches. The Presbytery uses matching brick and roof tiles.

Cranmer Cottages

1953 OS map

Cranmer Cottages

Numbers 3/4/5 are described by Merton Council as

This is a terrace of 3 x 2 storey cottages. They appear to date from the 18th century
(possibly early 18th century). The buildings are a reminder of the old Cranmer Estate
now largely occupied by the Wilson Hospital. The architecture is very plain and
simple, with small 12 pane sliding sash windows with only a very shallow reveal
(suggesting a possible early date). The building materials are render with a plain tiles
roof. No substantial alterations are evident. The properties (together with nos 6/7
Cranmer Cottages) have a group value not so much from the point of their design but
more from their common history linked to the Cranmer Estate.

Numbers 6 and 7 are listed separately as:

This is a non symmetrical pair of semi detached cottages, partly 2 storey and partly
single storey. They are understood to date from 1902. The design is neo vernacular.
The materials used include red brick to the ground floor and pebbledash to the upper floor and gable. The main features of interest are the well detailed timberwork to the lintels of the ground floor window and 1st floor window at no 6, and the metal decorative motif within the gable of no 6. Number 7 is a very small scale house, single storey only, with 3 round headed window openings on the SE elevation and on the larger window on the front elevation. The 3 window frames on the SE elevation have unfortunately been replaced. The properties (together with nos 3/4/5 Cranmer Cottages) have a group value not so much from the point of their design but more from their common history linked to the Cranmer Estate.

Cranmer Farm Close

A housing development built on the former Cranmer Farm.

Cranmer Primary School

Wilson Hospital

Photo taken April 2020

This is locally listed:

This is a part two and part single storey building, which dates from 1928, and which
was designed by the architects Chart Son and Reading. It was endowed by the local
benefactor, Isaac Wilson. The design of the building is classically inspired with a
steeply pitched roof, twelve panel timber sash windows, and a stone central portico
supported on pillars and pilasters. Stone quoins define the corners of the central two
storey section of the building, and the eaves display strong modillion detailing. Above
the portico is a palladian window, with a modillioned pediment feature above that,
and a centrally placed copper cupola on the roof. The wings to each side are of lesser
interest.

After the railway line is the

Mitcham Garden Village

A ‘Tuck’ postcard, possibly 1950

This development consists of 10 terraces each containing 4 two storey houses,
together with 2 pairs of similar semi detached houses. The development dates from
between 1929 and 1932. The architectural style of the development is influenced by
the vernacular revival, based on the Tudor period. This development was originally
conceived by a local benefactor, in order to cater for the needs of local elderly people.
The materials used include brown brick, some laid in panels of herringbone, Tudor
style timber frame with pebbledash render between at the gables, dormer windows
and porches, and roof tiles. The development as a whole has a very strongly cohesive
feel that results from the uniform architecture, and the layout of the buildings around
varied communal open spaces. The main features of interest include the first floor
jetties projecting beyond the ground floor, the very pronounced gables (including
dormers and porches) with their steeply pitched roofs, and the massive chimneys. The
overall layout of the development is also of interest, including in particular the
grouping of the buildings around green spaces of various sizes. Changes have been kept to a minimum, and have not undermined the cohesive architectural character of
the buildings.

The descriptions quoted above are from the Merton Local List Descriptions, 2018 (pdf)


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

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.