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Prince Georges Road

Road off east side of junction of Christchurch Road and Church Road, opposite Liberty Avenue. It was within the Mitcham Urban District although as letters were delivered from Merton, it acquired a SW19 post code.

In the 1891 street directory it was listed as Prince of Wales Road, probably in connection with the nearby Prince of Wales pub.

Prince of Wales road (Merton)
from Merton Lane
William Croft, pig dealer
Walter Shepherd, pig dealer
Henry Davison, pig dealer
Benjamin Bolton, pig dealer
Stephen Holloway, pig dealer
Charles Leaver, pig dealer
George Thatcher, pig dealer
Joseph Randall, pig dealer
Singlegate Schools

1895 OS map

1895 OS map

In this 1895 map, it is shown as Prince’s Road.

1911 OS map

1911 OS map

The 1915 directory shows 2 pig dealers:

Prince’s Road (Merton)
from Western Road


Singlegate Council Schools
(girls & infants)

3 Robert Davison, pig dealer
11 William Whittick, pig dealer

The road led to land that used by London colleges as playing fields, as shown in the 1930 Commercial Directory:

Battersea & Chelsea Polytechnics, athletic ground, Princes rd. T N 0852
The Esco Sports & Social Club (A. P. Lawson, sec. ),Princes rd
James Ferguson & Sons Ltd. ebonite dust mfrs. Princes rd. T A “ Nestorius, Toot; ” T N 2283

Which has led to the names of the business parks College Fields, at the eastern end of Prince Georges Road and Chelsea Fields, off Western Road.

The name of this road was changed after a request by the London County Council. They said that there were 10 Prince’s Roads in the LCC area with 4 of these were in the SW19 district. The Borough of Mitcham decided in 1934 to change Princes Road to Prince Georges Road.

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

James Ferguson & Sons, Ltd.

Lea Park Works,
Prince Georges Road
Merton, SW19

Moulding Composition and Chemicals

1949 aerial photo from Britain From Above

Listed in the 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

News Articles

Acid stream kills man

A man died and two others were injured last night when the bung of a drum flew out and a stream of acid squirted into their faces. The dead man was Henry Harris, aged 47, of Cavendish Grove. Lambeth. He died of burns and shock in Wilson Hospital, Mitcham. Charles Knight was kept in for observation, and a third man went home after treatment. They were opening drum of phenol-carbolic acid at the factory of James Ferguson and Sons, Prince George’s-road, Mitcham. The pressure of gas forced the bung out.

Source: Daily Herald – Friday 11 August 1950 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Listed in 1938 commercial directory as ebonite dust manufacturers trading as “NESTORIUS”, telephone number was MIT 2283

The Eyre Smelting Co., Ltd.

Tandem Works
Christchurch Road, Colliers Wood, SW19

Iron works, Smelting and Assaying


24 Willow Lane

Aluminium Foundry


Prince Georges Road

Motor Vehicle Repairs

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

1947 aerial view of works chimney

1947 aerial view of works chimney

1956 ad

1956 ad

Text of ad:

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The Eyre Smelting Company Limited

Manufacturers of Tandem White Metals – Rotocast Bronze Bushes – ESCO Bronze Ingots

Tandem Works, Merton Abbey, London

Telephone : MITCHAM 2031