Road on western edge of the Mitcham Gas Works, and north of Fox’s Path.
On the 1952 OS map there are two rows of houses, numbered, from south to north, 1A to 18A on the west side and 1 to 16 on the east side.
On the 1910 OS map, there were two more houses on the east side, at the corner with Portland Road, numbers 17 and 18. These may have sustained bomb damage during World War 2, and were demolished. In 1995, planning permission was approved to build two new houses, numbered 17 and 18.
The road was built around 1902, as shown in the council minutes:
From the minutes of the
Croydon Rural District Council
Roads and Buildings Committee
Volume VIII 1902 – 1903
21st June 1902
2. Deposited Plans. – The Buildings Sub-Committee reported that they had carefully examined al the plans of new streets and buildings deposited since the last meeting, and on their recommendation, it was Resolved:-
(a) That the undermentioned be approved:
No. 2165, Jordan, T, 18 houses, Seaton Road, Mitcham
and on 20th November 1902
No. 2313, Jordan, T, 20 houses, Seaton Road, Mitcham
1952 OS map
1932 OS map
1937 aerial view looking to east. At top of photo is the Mitcham Gas Works. On the right, the footpath is Fox’s Path. On the bottom of the photo can be seen part of the factory roof of Standard Upholstery.
Occupants from Street Directories
1, William John SMITH, junior
2, Amos SMITH
3, James ROBINSON
4, Alfred ALLEN
5, Thomas DREWETT
6, Mrs POWELL
7, William W BIRD
8, John CHALLIS
9, George CRESSWELL
10, Bertram YEATES
11, Charles John DOLBY
12, Arthur KING
13, Alfred DEACON
14, Frederick MATTHEWS
15, James WILLCOCK
16, Harry NEW
17, Augustus STANDING
18, A.M. TOLHURST & Sons (grocers)
1A, John TIBBLES
2A, Henry JAMES
3A, Alfred HUDSON
4A, Leonard DIXIE
5A, Bernard JEWELL
7A, George HATFIELD
8A, Samuel CHAMBERS
9A, Mrs Louisa CRESSWELL
10A, Reginald F. WILLIAMS
11A, Arthur RUSSELL
12A, George CAIN
13A, George Albert BENNETT
14A, Abraham BATES
15A, John COYLE
16A, David LUXSON
17A, Thomas POWELL
18A, Arthur DREW
A total of 30 men from this road joined up in World War 1, with 6 not returning.
Of the six that died, it’s possible that Frederick Matthews lied about his age. On the Surrey Recruitment Register his age is shown as 19 when volunteering on 30th October, 1915, but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has his age as 20 when he died in March 1918. His elder brother had volunteered on the 3rd June 1915.
The names of the six fallen are on the Mitcham War Memorial.
World War 1 Connections
From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Private H Bennett
Rifleman W E Cook
Private John Hopkins
Private Frederick Matthews
Ordinary Seaman William New
Private James Walsh
From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:
F A BEARD of 7a Seaton Road, aged 24 Years 2 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 13 June 1917 to the 84th Training Reserve Batn.
G T BUCKFIELD of 5 Seaton Road, aged 21 Years 6 Months, Greengrocer. Joined on 8 March 1917 to the Royal Field Artillery.
S CHAMBERS of 8a Seaton Road, aged 25 Years 7 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 7 August 1917 to the Labour Centre.
C F CHAPMAN of 6a Seaton Road, aged 30 Years, Carman. Volunteered on 21 April 1915 to the Army Service Corps.
T DEACON of 6a Seaton Road, aged 19 Years, Hawker. Volunteered on 1 November 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers.
J ENEVER of 11a Seaton Road, aged 33 Years 9 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 6 July 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.
C H FLINT of 11a Seaton Road, aged 30 Years, Labourer. Conscripted on 25 June 1917 to the 301st Labour Coy (5th Batn).
J W GREEN of 4 Seaton Road, aged 19 Years, Carman. Conscripted on 28 February 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (labour Coy).
J H HICKS of 1 Seaton Road, aged 45 Years, Painter. Volunteered on 2 June 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment.
D. HOLDFORD of 5 Seaton Road, aged 25 Years 1 Months, Carman.
W. G. HOLDFORD of 5 Seaton Road, aged 23 Years 5 Months, Labourer. Both volunteered on 16 January 1915 to the Royal Field Artillery.
D E LUXON of 16a Seaton Road, aged 25 Years 4 Months, Fitter. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 10 December 1915 to the Royal West Kent Regiment (5th Batn).
H MATTHEWS of 14 Seaton Road, aged 26 Years 5 Months, Hawker. Volunteered on 3 June 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers.
F MATTHEWS of 14 Seaton Road, aged 19 Years, Hawker. Volunteered on 30 October 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers.
J PAGE of 15 Seaton Road, aged 27 Years 3 Months, Labourer. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 09 December 1915 to the East Kent Regiment (9th Batn).
P J REEVES of 3 Seaton Road, aged 29 Years 7 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 13 March 1915 to the Army Service Corps (ht).
D RILEY of 1a Seaton Road, aged 24 Years 11 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 26 June 1917 to the 105th Training Reserve Batn.
W RILEY of 1a Seaton Road, aged 31 Years 2 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 21 December 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (4th Batn).
W S SELBY of 11 Seaton Road, aged 31 Years, Porter. Conscripted on 7 June 1916 to the Reserve Household Batn.
C SMITH of 3a Seaton Road, aged 20 Years 2 Months, Carman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 1 March 1916 to the Royal Field Artillery.
W SMITH of 3a Seaton Road, aged 23 Years, Labourer. Conscripted on 1 March 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (labour Coy).
H SMITH of 2 Seaton Road, aged 18 Years 2 Months, Hawker. Conscripted on 2 February 1917 to the 24th Training Reserve Batn.
H SUMMERS of 4 Seaton Road, aged 29 Years 11 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 4 June 1915 to the Royal Field Artillery.
J TIBBLES of 1a Seaton Road, aged 41 Years, Carman. Volunteered on 14 July 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.
N F WILLIAMS of 10a Seaton Road, aged 25 Years, Handy Man. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 27 March 1916 to the Army Service Corps (mt).
From the Mitcham Urban District Council minutes,
Volume 3, page 120, Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting of 11th September, 1917, Mr Rabbetts reported contraventions under the Shop Act of Mrs H. Evens of 14A, Seaton Road, for serving a customer after closing time. Also Mr Carmino Tortolano of 18, Seaton Road, who at 7.15pm served a customer with pickles.
The 1911 Shops Act dictated the half-day closing of Wednesdays, in order to give staff time off.
Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council, and Mitcham Urban District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.