494 LONDON ROAD, MITCHAM
V. J. MARSHALL
Newsagents that was at 237 London Road, opposite Raleigh Gardens. In 1989 this shop was Binneet, also a newsagent, which can just be seen on the right of a photo from Merton Memories. In 2019 it is a newsagent called Shreeji News.Text of ad:
Telephone: MITcham 4709
Stationer – Tobacconist
FOR ALL OCCASIONS
237 LONDON RD., MITCHAM
In this 1962 ad, it is called James Chapman:Text of ad:
MITCHAM’S LEADING STATIONERS
for all OCCASIONS
OFFICES & FACTORIES SUPPLIED
237 LONDON ROAD, MITCHAM
Telephone : MITcham 4709
In a similar 1963 ad, the name has changed to V.P. Major & Co., and
in a similar 1964 ad the shop has changed its name to Mitcham Cards (late Chapman’s) with the proprietor R. Gordon.
Newsagent that was at 323 London Road
for all Occasions
323 London Road, Mitcham, Surrey
Telephone : MITcham 4886
In the 1959 Mitcham Cricket Club yearbook a similar ad appeared with the name of E. A. MALLEM added in brackets as the proprietor.
In 1965, the shop has moved across the road to no. 386 London Road.
Newsagents that was at 323 London Road, Mitcham, according to this ad in 1952:Text of ad:
Newsagent and Stationer
Books . Fancy Goods . Games
323, London Road, Mitcham
One minute from Cricket Green
From 1914 to 1941 this address was occupied by bookseller and newsagent Charles Edward SPENCE. No. 323 London Road was previously no. 5 Broadway, and was demolished when the road was widened.
From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 29th September, 1944
Sapper Killed in France
Mitcham Newsagent for Fourteen Years
Sapper Harold H. Taylor (aged 41), of the Royal Engineers, who for fourteen years was a newsagent in London-road, Mitcham, was killed in action in France on September 10. His wife, who is living in Graham-road, received a letter from her husband written two days before his death.
Sapper Tayor joined the Army two years ago, and went to France about ten days after D-Day. He brought his family from Woodford to Mitcham fourteen years ago. There are four children.
His will gives his residence as 103 London Road, presumably above the newsagents shop.
Harold Henry TAYLOR of 103 London-road Mitcham Surrey died 10 September 1944 on war service. Administration Llandudno 30 January to Violet Grace May Taylor widow. Effects £173 16s. 9d.
Source: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995
The 1939 Register shows four occupants at this address:
Harold H. Taylor, born 4th April 1903, newsagent shop keeper
Violet G.M. Taylor, born 29th May, 1903, housewife (surname changed to Spall 13th September 1948)
Violet G. Taylor, born 3rd April 1927, at school
Henry P. Taylor, born 8th April 1937, under school age
This clip from 1973 shows the newsagents at 103 on the left, the bicycle shop is no. 105, and the pub on the right, the Gardeners Arms, is no. 107.
It was a newsagent until possibly the 1980s. In 2019 the building still exists, but is part of the solicitors Pruveneers LLP, at 103-105 London Road.
From the Commonwealth War Grave Commission
TAYLOR, HAROLD HENRY
Service Number 14243886
Son of Henry Thomas Taylor and Mary Jane Taylor; husband of Violet Grace May Taylor, of Forest Gate, Essex.
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Newsagent and stationer who had a shop from around 1914 at number 5 the Broadway,
which was later renumbered as 323 London Road, as shown in this ad from the 1934 Official Guide to Mitcham:
Text of ad:
The Mitcham Circulating Library
Also SUBSCRIPTION LIBRARY
in connection with
MESSRS. W. H. SMITH & SON
2d. Volume – – No Deposit.
C. E. SPENCE
ARTISTIC PRINTER :: STATIONER
BOOKSELLER AND NEWSAGENT
BOOKBINDER :: PICTURE FRAMER
FANCY NEEDLEWORK :: TOYS
(Agent for Pullar’s Dye Works).
323 London Road, LOWER MITCHAM
In the 1913 directory, the newsagent is listed as John James KENYON. In the 1915 directory it is C.E. SPENCE.
In the 1939 register, Charles Edward SPENCE, stationer newsagent, born 1872, lived at 323 London Road with his wife Fanny E.M.B. SPENCE.
He died in 1941 and left £590 4s. to his widow Fanny Emma Mary Broadridge SPENCE.
From Norwood News – Friday 24 January 1941
NEWSAGENT FOR MANY YEARS
Mr. Charles Spence
THE death of Mr. Charles Edward Spence, well-known bookseller and newsagent, 323 London-road, Mitcham, has come as a great shock to his many friends and acquaintances.
Mr. Spence. who was 68 years of age, originally came to Mitcham from Cheam, where he had been associated with the Mitcham and Cheam Brewery.
For 26 years he was a prominent tradesman in Mitcham, and around him made a very large circle of friends and customers. He was a member of the Mitcham Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Spence being on the Social Cornmittee.
Mr. Spence has been in the choir at St. Dunstan’s Church, Cheam, since boyhood, and it was in the graveyard of this church that the funeral took place.
Numerous floral tributes included one from the Tooting and Mitcham Newsagents’ Federation, of which he was an active member, testifying to the esteem in which he was held.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Donald S. Drewett, Upper Green, Mitcham.
Listed in the 1954 telephone directory as
Brymans Tbcnst, Confctnr, Newsagt, 201 London Road MIT 4363