The traffic calming measures in Phipps Bridge Road were possibly implemented in late 2003/early 2004, based on this leaflet.
Born 26th August 1910.
In the 1911 Census, he was living with his parents Harry, aged 23, a clerk in the Army and Navy Stores in Westminster, London, and Alice, also 23, a sewer in a silk printing works, presumably the nearby Merton Abbey works. They lived in Littler’s Cottages, at the corner of Phipps Bridge Road (the part now called Liberty Avenue) and Church Road.
In the 1925 street directory, Harry Warner was living at 10 Shore Street, off of Phipps Bridge Road.
On 30th June 1934, when he was living at 10 Shore Street with his parents, he married Lilian Violet Ward of 75 Church Road, at the Mitcham parish church in Church Road. They were both 23 years old.
In the 1939 Register he was living at 75 Church Road, Mitcham, with his wife Lilian Violet. He was listed as a central heating fitter’s labourer.
He was originally in the Royal Artillery and was then transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry, 7th Battalion, service number 1741114.
Died 1st October 1944, when his battalion was part of the 214th Infantry Brigade in Operation Market Garden. He was killed by a mortar.
Banns – Surrey History Centre; Woking, Surrey, England; Reference Number: 3477/4
Commonwealth War Grave Commission casualty details
Wikipedia – Operation Market Garden Order of Battle
from the Mitcham News & Mercury, 25th May, 1962, page 1:
Mitcham’s ambitious slum clearance scheme
ABOUT 140 HOMES TO GO
It may start next year, say council
Hundreds of Mitcham people are likely to have to leave their homes soon when Mitcham Council go ahead with a large scale slum clearance scheme.
About 140 dwellings, scattered in many parts of the town, are included in the scheme, which will possibly get under way early next year.
Split into five groups the dwellings included in the scheme are in Phipps Bridge Road, Blue House Cottages, Fountain Place, Prussia Place, Nursery Road, Gladstone Road, Sibthorp Road, Fountain Road and Western Road.
SOME HOMES ALREADY VACANT
Compulsory purchase of many of the properties is inevitable. Thousands of pounds will be involved in the acquisition.
Some of the dwellings, however, are at present vacant.
The Borough Engineer, Mr J.W. Turner, has advised the council’s housing committee to split the slum clearance scheme into two phases.
He thinks that the Gladstone Road, Sibthorp Road, Fountain Road and Western Road areas – forming part of an area which should, he feels, be considered with the council’s redevelopment of the Town Centre – should be deferred until further progress has been made on the the town centre proposals.
If the housing committee do leave these areas it would mean that only 54 dwellings would be immediately affected.
LOCAL INQUIRIES MAY BE HELD
It is not possible to say yet the date the scheme will start. Various legal channels have to be gone through and there is also a possibility that many local residents, affected by the scheme, will object to the Minister of Housing and Local Government. This may mean a series of local inquiries.
The sites in Fountain Place, Prussia Place and Nursery Road are the only ones included in the scheme which will be re-developed for residential use.
The other sites will be used for roads, redevelopment of the town centre and one for a school site.
The creation of the parish of Christ Church (later called Christchurch) as described in the London Gazette, 10th August 1875, pages 9 and 10
At the Court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, the 5th day of August, 1875.
The QUEEN’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council.
WHEREAS the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England have, in pursuance of the Act of the fifty-ninth year of His Majesty King George the Third, chapter one hundred and thirty- four; of the Act of the second and third years of Her Majesty, chapter forty-nine; and of the Act of the nineteenth and twentieth years of Her Majesty, chapter fifty-five, duly prepared and laid before Her Majesty in Council a representation, bearing date the fifteenth day of July, in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five, in the words and figures following ; that is to say,
” We, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, in pursuance of the Act of the fifty-ninth year of His Majesty King George the Third, chapter one hundred and thirty-four; of the Act of the second and third years of your Majesty, chapter forty-nine; and of the Act of the nine- teenth and twentieth years of your Majesty, chapter fifty-five, have prepared, and now humbly lay before your Majesty in Council, the following representation as to the assignment of a district chapelry to the consecrated church called Christ Church situate within the limits of the parish of Mitcham in the county of Surrey and in the diocese of Winchester
“Whereas it appears to us to be expedient that a district chapelry should be assigned to the said church called Christ Church situate within the limits of the parish of Mitcham as aforesaid.
“Now, therefore, with the consent of the Right Reverend Edward Harold Bishop of the said diocese of Wincheter (testified by his having signed and sealed this representation), we, the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners, humbly represent, that it would, in our opinion, be expedient that all that part of the said parish of Mitcham which is described in the schedule hereunder written, all which part, together with the boundaries thereof, is delineated and set forth on the map or plan hereunto annexed, should be assigned as a district chapelry to the said church called Christ Church situate within the limits of such parish as aforesaid, and that the same should be named ‘ The District Chapelry of Christ Church Mitcham.’
” And, with the like consent of the said Edward Harold Bishop of the said diocese of Winchester (testified as aforesaid), we, the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners, further represent that it appears to us to-be expedient that banns of matrimony should be published, and that marriages, baptisms, churchings and burials should be solemnized or performed at such church, and that the fees to be received in respect of the publication of such banns and of the solemnization or performance of the said offices should be paid and belong to the minister of the same church for the time being: Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall be Construed as expressing .any intention on the part of us the said Commissioners to concur in or approve the taking of any fee for the per forraance of the said office of baptism or for the registration thereof,
“We, therefore, humbly pray that your Majesty will be graciously pleased to take, the premises into your Royal consideration, and to make such Order with respect thereto as to your Majesty, in your Royal wisdom, shall seem meet.
“The SCHEDULE to which the foregoing
Representation has reference.
“The District Chapelry of Christ Church, Mitcham, being ;—
“All that part of the parish of Mitcham in the county of Surrey and in the diocese of Winchester which is bounded on the east by the new parish of Emmanuel Streatham on the north partly by the parish of Streatham and partly by the parish of Saint Nicholas Tooting—otherwise called or known as Tooting Graveney—all in the said county of Surrey and in the diocese of Winchester aforesaid on the west partly by the district chapelry of the Holy Trinity South Wimbledon in the said county of Surrey and in the diocese of London and partly by the parish or parochial chapelry of Saint Mary Merton in the said county of Surrey and in the diocese of Winchester aforesaid and upon the remaining side that is to say on the south by an imaginary line commencing on the boundary which divides the said parish or parochial chapelry of Saint Mary Merton from the parish of Mitcham aforesaid at a point distant two hundred and twenty-seven yards or thereabouts due north of such point being in the centre of the bridge which carries the footway leading from a certain house into ‘Phipp’s Bridge-road’ over the stream or watercourse which flows along the north-western side of the said road into the River Wandle and extending thence eastward for a distance of twenty yards or to its junction with Phipps Bridge-road aforesaid and extending thence north-eastward for a distance of ten yards or thereabouts along the middle of the last-named road to a point opposite to a boundary stone inscribed ‘ M.Ch : Ch : D. C. 1875 No. 1’ and placed, on the eastern side of the said road over the culvert which carries the watercourse which forms the northern and eastern boundary of the buildings and premises called or known, in one part as Homefield and in the other part as Harland’s Varnish Manufactory and extending thence eastward to such boundary stone and continuing thence for a distance of nine and a half chains or thereabouts first eastward and then southward along the, middle of the last-described stream or watercourse to a point opposite to the middle of the western end of the roadway which leads past the northern side of the rows of houses called or known respectively as Hope Cottages and as Aberdeen-terrace, into Church-road and extending thence eastward along the middle of the said roadway to its junction with Church-road aforesaid and continuing thence still eastward across the last-named road to a boundary stone inscribed ‘M. Ch : Ch.: D. C. 1875, No. 2’ and placed on the eastern side of the same road immediately opposite to the-middle of the above-described roadway and continuing thence still eastward and in a direct line for a distance of nearly a quarter of a mile to a boundary stone inscribed ‘M. Ch : Ch : D.C. 1875, No. 3’ and placed on the south-western side of Merton-lane opposite to the middle of the south-western end of the cart or occupation road which leads through the farmyard attached to Manor House to the southern end of the common land called or known as Figges Marsh and extending thence, that is from the last-mentioned boundary stone north-eastward and in a direct line for a distance of forty-nine chains or thereabouts to the mile stone indicating a distance of seven and a half miles from Whitehall and of eight miles from the Royal Exchange and placed on the western side of the high road from London to Mitcham and extending thence first eastward to a point in the middle of the said high road and then southward for a distance of thirty-one chains or thereabouts along the middle of the same high road to the point at the southern end of Figges Marsh aforesaid where the same high road is joined by Streatham-lane and extending thence north-eastward for a distance of thirty-two chains or thereabouts along the middle of the last named lane to a point opposite to a boundary stone inscribed ‘ M. Ch : Ch : D. C. 1875, No. 4’ and placed on the south-eastern side of the same lane nearly opposite to the south-eastern end of the occupation roadway leading to the house called or known as Gorringe Park at the north-western end of the line of fences which divides the closes numbered respectively 181, 180, 217, 218, and the occupation road leading to the house called or known as Lonesome upon the map of the ordnance survey of the said parish of hereunto annexed from the closes numbered respectively 185, 214, 215, and 216 upon the same maps and extending thence south-eastward to such boundary stone and continuing thence generally in the same direction for a distance of twenty four chains or thereabouts along the said line of fences (crossing the line of the Peckham and Sutton Branch of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway) to a boundary stone inscribed ‘ M. Ch : Ch : D. C. 1875, No. : 5 ‘ and placed at a leads to the house called or known as Lonesome, as aforesaid, such point being at the south-eastern end of the same line of fences and being also upon the boundary which divides the said parish of Mitcham from the new parish of Emmanuel Streatham aforesaid and also all. that detached part’ of the said parish of Mitcham which is situate on the southern side, of the road leading from Merton-road to Lambeth Cemetery and-which is bounded on all sides by the parish of Saint Nicholas Tooting otherwise called or known as Tooting Graveney.”
And whereas the said representation has been approved by Her Majesty in Council; now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her said Council, is pleased hereby to ratify the said representation, and to order and direct that the same and every part thereof shall be effectual in law immediately from and after the time when this Order shall have been duly published in the London Gazette, pursuant to the said Acts ; and Her Majesty, by and with the like advice, is pleased hereby to direct that this Order be forthwith registered by the Registrar of the said diocese of Winchester.
C. L. Peel
No longer exists. It was a cul-de-sac off the south side of Phipps Bridge Road (the part of which is now Liberty Avenue), and west of Willow View.
From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 2nd February, 1968:
HOMES MUST GO – MINISTER
Shore Street residents lose fight against demolition
Colliers Wood redevelopment plan confirmed
A GROUP of Colliers Wood residents have lost their fight to prevent their homes being
demolished in a housing redevelopment scheme.
The Ministry of Housing this week approval Merton Council’s controversial compulsory purchase order for 34 properties in the Shore Street area.
But some of the residents have gained a partial victory, for while their homes will still be demolished, they are not now considered unfit for human habitation.
Nine properties have been transferred from this category and their owners will get compensation at the higher market value instead of site value.\
‘The best solution’
And another 12 owners are to receive good maintenance payments for keeping properties, confirmed as unfit, in good condition.
At a public inquiry in October, the council claimed all but one of the houses were unfit and sought approval to remodel the whole area.
Residents claimed many of the properties were quite habitable and others could easily be improved. Demolition, they said, would not be the answer.
But the Minister has accepted his inspector’s recommendations that the demolition of all the buildings is the best solution, and has confirmed the order.
Town Clerk, Mr Sydney Astin, said this week : “In accordance with the Minister’s instructions, market value and good maintenance payments will be made, where applicable.”
The houses were described by the Medical Officer in an inspection in January, 1939:
January 28, 1939
To the Chairman and members of the Public Health Committee,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As requested by the Committee I have made a detailed inspection of the houses on Shore Street.
There are fourteen houses, eight (1-8) situated on one side of the road and six (9-14) on the opposite side. The houses are between sixty and seventy years old. All the houses are of fairly sound construction and the outside walls have been built with a hard brick. The roofs are made of slate and are fairly sound.
The rents vary from 9s. to 10s. per week.
The front room of each house opens directly on to the pavement. There is no bad arrangement of the street, and each house has plenty of air space both front and back.
As far as the inernal arrangement is concerned there is on the ground floor a front living room, with a scullery behind, and on the first floor, a front and back bedroom. The height of the rooms varies from 7 ft. 9 ins. to 7 ft. 11 ins. In some cases the floor of the front room ground floor is of concrete, in others it is wood. The staircase in all the houses is extremely dark.
Although the houses are old they are not unfit for human habitation, and the defects which found can be remedied at a reasonable cost.
As far as I have been able to ascertain there has been only one recent occasion in which the street was flooded, and this was due to the gulleys being blocked by rubbish. In heavy storms the rain beats in under the doors of some of the houses and causes the floors to become very damp. This state of affairs could probably be remedied by raising the height of the door steps and attention to the fit of the doors. Some of the houses have back additions which make the scullery very dark, and cause a certain amount of dampness.
Two of the houses are overcrowded, and two showed the presence of vermin infestation.
The owner has always complied with any sanitary notices that have been served.
A. T. Till
Medical Officer of Health
SCHEDULE OF DEFECTS
By house number
1. Three adults, seven children. Small fractures in brick work of back wall. Slight dampness round chimney breast in back bedroom.
2. Two adults, two children. Flooring of front room ground floor requires repairing. Cracked chimney pot on front chimney stack.
3. Two adults. Rainwater pipe front of house leaking. Small repair required to pointing of brickwork of front wall.
4. Two adults, three children. Slight ground dampness in living room. Small repair required to pointing of brickwork of front wall.
5. Two adults, two children. Joint forming the interspace between the window frame and brickwork of living room defective.
6. Four adults. Flooring by door defective. Rainwater gutter and pipe at rear defective. Stone window sill of back bedroom defective. Dampness around chimney breast in back bedroom.
7. Two adults, two children. Flooring week in living room.
8. Two adults. Dampness in corner of front bedroom by parapet wall.
9. Two adults, one child. Good condition.
10. Three adults. Dampness around chimney breast back room first floor.
11. Two adults, five children over 10 years of age. Good condition.
12. One adult. Joints forming interspace between window frame and brickwork living room defective. Defective stair tread. Countless round chimney breast in back bedroom. Slight dampness above matchboarding in front room ground floor.
13. Two adults. Week flooring of front room ground floor. Stone window sill back bedroom first floor. Woodwork of windows back bedroom first floor defective.
14. Four adults. Week flooring front room ground floor. Flooring defective by cover. Rainwater gutter and pipe at rear defective. Stone window sill of back bedroom defective. Woodwork of back bedroom window defective. Dampness around chimney breast of back bedroom.
Source: Minutes of the Mitcham Borough Council, volume 5, pages 315-6.
Occupants in 1925 street directory
1 Alfred BULL
2 Gilroy M HARRINGTON
3 Charles Jesse COLES
4 Thomas ROSUM
5 Geogre NOVELL
6 James SEAGRAVE
7 Walter READ
8 Frederick John PAYNE
14 George CODD
13 Ernest Garrat REEKS
12 Mrs F PROCTOR
11 Arthur Cecil POULTON
10 Harry WARNER
9 Mrs SINEY
Occupants in the 1933 Electoral Register
1, Harry, Elizabeth and Eleanor BULL
2, William Henry and Marian Maud CHADWICK
3, Charles Jesse and William Henry COLES
4, Charles and Adelaide Violet CARTWRIGHT
5, Harriett, Edith May and Florence Ethel NOVELL
6, James, Louisa and Richard SEAGROVE
7, Walter and Ada Alice READ
8, Frederick and Lilian Maud PAYNE; George Frederick DUMSDAY
9, Jane IVES; Violet SINEY; Arthur and Beatrice THOMAS
10, Harry, Alice and Henry James WARNER
11, Arthur Cecil and Rose POULTON
12, george, Florence and Kathleen Susan PROCTOR
13, Ernest Garrett and Margaret REEKS
14, George Francis, Bertha Eleanor, Harry and Esther Emily CODD
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
From the Mitcham Advertiser, 2nd October, 1952, page 5.
A familiar figure in Mitcham is Mr George Finch, for 26 years in the employ of the the council and now gardener and charge-hand at Tamworth Farm recreation ground.
His first job with the council – there was no separate parks department in those days – was “mowing Figges Marsh.” After that he became a driver and remained at that job until about three years ago.
He joined the council in 1926, a week after his discharge from the Army.
Mr Finch, who comes from an old Mitcham family, was born in Phipps Bridge Road. As a youth of 17, he ran away from home to join the Army, but at the recruiting centre he was told he was under age. A few days later he went back to the recruiting officer and told him he was 18.
“Haven’t you been here before?” he was asked. “Never,” replied Mr Finch. He was accepted and served until 1926.
Mr Finch, who is 50, joined the council’s service a week after his discharge from the Army. He lives in Sibthorp Road.
Road off west side of Church Road, now forms part of Phipps Bridge Road.
World War 1 Connections
Stoker 2nd Class James Munt
From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:
C F CHALLIS of 6 Homewood Road, aged 36 Years, Tobacco Blender. Conscripted on 3 January 1917 to the Army Ordinance Corps.
J COLLISON of 22 Homewood Road, aged 26 Years 4 Months, Dustman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 5 June 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.
T E GRAHAM of 12 Homewood Road, aged 40 Years 1 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 2 June 1915 to the Army Service Corps.
F JELLEY of 24 Homewood Road, aged 35 Years, Dustman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 7 June 1916 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.
J F PEARCE of 18 Homewood Road, aged 30 Years, Dustman. Conscripted on 7 June 1916 to the Royal Garrison Artillery (no 1 Depot).
S J PICKETT of 14 Homewood Road, aged 39 Years 1 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 9 May 1916 to the Labour Centre.
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.