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Priestley Road

Road built on the former Mitcham Stadium site, on a development called the Laburnum Park Estate. It runs south westerly from Sandy Lane, opposite Edgehill Road.

The houses are numbered sequentially from 1 to 33 and all have the postcode CR4 2LL. Houses numbered 1 to 28 are along the south eastern side of the road in blocks of 4,5 or 6, with numbers 29 to 33 in a block of 5 on the south western side.

The road was built was around 1956/7 as seen on this land registry transfer, dated January 1957, which was for a plot from Amberwood Estates Ltd., was for £500. The plan with this transfer shows that the front drive of the houses varied between 20 and 30 feet. The rear gardens are narrowest at the Sandy Lane end, and widest at the southern end. Each house has a garage, which is set at an angle, is at the end of the rear garden.

part of land registry transfer, dated 28th January 1957

Esther Rantzen bought a house in this road, according to Tony Rogers of the Rogers Estate Agency at 21 Eastfields Road.

Laburnum Park Estate

Laburnum Park was the name used for the housing development on the former Mitcham Stadium site. It may have been the name given by Wates Ltd, the developers, who bought the site in 1955.

In the Mitcham Borough council minutes of 14th June, 1956, the road names were recommended:

Mitcham Borough minutes, volume 23, 1956 to 1957, page 67

From OpenStreetMap, 2018

Newspaper Items

Norwood News, 15th May, 1959, via the British Newspaper Archives.

MITCHAM, Laburnum Park Estate – Two-year old luxury, modern, terrace house, three bdrms., bthrm., open plan downstairs, central heating, Marley floor, large kit., garage; £3,300 freehold – Box N0790, News, Upper Norwood.

Norwood News, 29th April, 1960, via the British Newspaper Archives.

Members of the Laburnum Park Estate Residents’ Association, Mitcham, presented one of their neighbours – England and Surrey Cricketer Ken Barrington – with a golf trolley at a dance held in his honour at the White Hart Hotel, Mitcham, on Friday. Pictured with Ken, who recently returned from the West Indies with the M.C.C., are officials of the association and Tooting and Mitcham players Brian Bennett, Paddy Hasty and Ted Murphy, who were among the guests.