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Lock’s Lane

Road that runs south-eastwards from junctions with Streatham Road and London Road, twoards Eastfields Road. It was named after Lock’s Farm, at the Figges Marsh end, according to J.D. Drewett, in his ‘Memories of Old Mitcham’.

In this OS map from 1893, the part now called Eastfields Road is shown as Tamworth Lane:

1893 OS map

The 1952 OS map shows the marzipan factory of John F. Renshaw & Co., Ltd.

1952 OS Map

References in Newspapers

West London Observer – Saturday 30 April 1887

WANTED, by a Respectable Young Man, regular employment of any kind ; not with horses.— Apply, W. B., 11, Lock’s Lane, Mitcham.

World War 1 Connections
Private William Henry Tricker

John F. Renshaw & Co., Ltd.

Locks Lane

Marzipan and Confectionery

Borough of Mitcham List of Factories,
Town Clerk’s Department,
July 1963.
Available at Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
Reference L2 (670) MIT

JF Renshaw photo

From the 50th Anniversary Booklet of 4th June 1948:

Diary of Success

1898 Commencement of this Firm in a small office and Store room in Great Portland Street, London.

1906 Move to slightly larger premises in Fenchurch Street in
the City of London

1912 Moved to an old, disused but larger factory in Battersea.

1920 A Strip of land, an old laundry, a few sheds and we had
arrived at Mitcham.

1922 New offices and Despatch Department were being built.

1923 25th Anniversary – Connaught Rooms.

1926 The new three storey building was being erected and we
had started to plan and build our new automatic Almond Plant.

1931 Slump years … But progress and expansion
1932 continued at Mitcham.

1934 Demonstration Hall and New Canteens were being built.
1935 Aged 59, he died.

As a young man, he commenced his business life without any money but with a great capacity for hard work. He brimmed over with keenness and enthusiasm and maintained his sense of humour, even in difficult times. He was blessed with a great degree of human understanding. Although his leadership and guidance provided the driving force, he was constantly supported and backed up by the loyalty and diligence of his friends, the members of this Factory who worked with him.

On our Fiftieth Anniversary – we salute the memory of our Founder.