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Marco Refrigerators, Ltd.

Manor Works
216/8 Rowan Road

Refrigerator manufacturer.

1948 aerial photo from Britain From Above

1951 OS map

Listed in the 1930 commercial directory as Marco Refrigerators (1929) Ltd. refrigerator mfrs. Rowan rd. Trading As ” Fridgettys, Phone, London; ” T N Pollards 1141

News Articles
Mitcham News & Mercury 13th January 1961, page 1


THE 350 employees of Marco Refrigerators Ltd., in Rowan Road, Mitcham, were shocked to learn at the week-end that their company made a net loss of £51,795 last year.

This is in marked contrast to the previous year when a profit of £32,539 was made.

Many of the workers have been asking among themselves: “Will this mean some of us will lose our jobs?”

The management refused to comment this week. but it seems reasonably certain that wholesale sackings will not take place. Shortly before Christmas 29 were laid off because of the drop in orders, but none has been dismissed since.


it is understood that trade is once again improving and according to sales representatives, will continue to go up.

The firm, which makes refrigerators mainly for industrial
and commercial use – a large part of their output goes overseas – gives two reasons for the 1960 loss.

Firstly, the Governments credit squeeze, including the hire purchase restrictions.

Secondly. the need to sell many of their goods at little or no profit to meet “cut-throat competition” in spite of increased material and labour costs.


An official statement by Marcos adds: Every possible step has been put into operation by the directors to rectify the position.”

No one at the company would enlarge on this statement. “We can say nothing at this stage,” a spokesman said. Marco Refrigerators are not alone in their poor financial result.

Many other refrigerator firms have been similarly hit.

From the Norwood News, 29th January, 1960, page 4.

Big year for the fridge firm

The firm of Marco Refrigerators Ltd. Rowan Road, Long Thornton, are full of new ideas aimed at keeping the company in a good position in a highly competitive industry, says the chairman, Mr Edwin G. Batt.

In his annual statement he refers to the past year as a ”phase unprecedented in extent.”

“Never before has the company in such a short space of time completed preparations for launching so many new models.”


These included frozen food display cabinets and an entirely new range of ice cream conservators. Considerable cost has been involved in their development.

Mr Batt adds: ”I would like to extend to all employees, whatever their duties or degrees of responsibility during this momentous time, our warmest appreciation of their efforts.
“In the face of great problems, trials and temporary setbacks they have come through smiling.”

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

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

Manor Road

In this 1913 OS Map, Manor Road was the name of the road at the northern edge of the Urban District boundary, and continued along past the Streatham Park Cemetery, then south towards Mitcham Common.

1913 OS Map

1913 OS Map

1913 OS Map

1913 OS Map

Parts of the road were renamed, after this suggestion in 1926:

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District Council
Highways, New Streets and Buildings, and Lighting Committee
Tuesday, 14th September, 1926


— Read letters from the Battersea District Post Office and the Streatham Park Cemetery Company suggesting the renaming of Manor Walk and a portion of Manor Road in order to prevent confusion.

Resolved to recommend, That the following names be adopted :

Manor Road, from Commonside East to a point 300 yards north-east of Willow Cottages ;

Northborough Road, from Manor Road to Croydon Boundary, and to be numbered from the Croydon end of the road ;

Rowan Road, from Manor and Northborough Road to Wandsworth boundary opposite No. 31, Greyhound Terrace ;

Greyhound Terrace, from Rowan Road to Lilian Road.

Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Urban District 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.