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1909 Pig Slaughtering in Miles Lane

From the minutes of the Mitcham Parish Council of 25th January 1909

The following letter from the Clerk to the Croydon Rural District Council was read :—


Dear Sir,


I am directed to forward the subjoined copy of a resolution passed by the District Council at their last meeting, and to ask that you will bring the same before the Parrish Council.

Yours truly,

R. M. CHART, Esq., Clerk of the Mitcham Parish Council.

” The Medical Officer reported that in the course of Mr. Rabbetts’ inspection of the Piggeries on the Mitcham Allotments he found two pigs had recently been slaughtered and dressed in a shed belonging to Mr. William Sayers, who resides at 1, Clifton Cottages, Miles Lane, Mitcham. The shed was constructed of wood with concrete floor, and had a copper in it for heating water, which was obtained from a surface well close to the Piggeries. Mr. Rabbetts cautioned Mr. Sayers against using this shed as a slaughterhouse a few months ago, when he found that a pig had been slaughtered there. The Committee directed the attention of the Mitcham Parish Council be called to the circumstances, with a view to the prohibition by them of a continuation of this practice.”

1) Miles Lane, now called Miles Road, is shown in this map of 1910

1910 map

1910 map

2) Before 1915, Mitcham was part of the Croydon Rural District Council.

Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Parish 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.

Norman Smee & Dodwell

Varnish company, established in 1896.

Miles Road

1949 ad from Grace's Guide

1949 ad from Grace’s Guide

MANUFACTURERS OF HIGH-CLASS VARNISHES for Coach Builders and Decorators, Railway Carriage and Locomotive Builders, and Ship Builders.

Special insulating Varnishes for electrical Purposes

Offices and Factory : MILES LANE, MITCHAM, SURREY.

Text of ad from Wireless World May 1918 (pdf)

From the Military Service Tribunals:
Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 20th April, 1917

Mitcham Cases.

R. P. Dodwell, 31, single, varnish and paint manufacturer, works manager and chemist, whose case had been adjourned for medical examination, had been classified B1. It was claimed that it would be impossible to carry out orders, which were chiefly for war purposes, without his special knowledge. Twelve months ago he was given total exemption, and the Military Representative now appealed.

A further two months’ exemption was granted, and not final.

According to the 1961 Kelly’s directory, the company had moved to Croydon:

Union road, Croydon, Surrey
T N THOrnton Heath 8355;
Grams, “Decor. Croydon”; estab. 1896