Tag Archives: Streatham Road

Beacon Garage

Garage that was at 189/191 Streatham Road, on the east side of the road on the north corner of Melrose Avenue. Currently a block of flats possibly built in 2009/2010.

1950 OS map

ad from April 1962

ad from 1938

Text of ad:

TELEPHONE:
MITCHAM 2941

AGENTS FOR
A.A. & R.A.C.

BEACON GARAGE CO. LTD.

AUTOMOBILE AND GENERAL ENGINEERS

Electric Pumps, High Pressure
Washing and Greasing, Welding
and Vulcanizing Equipments

ANY CAR SUPPLIED.
CASH OR DEFERRED TERMS
CARS FOR HIRE

Open Day and Night

189 STREATHAM ROAD MITCHAM

Listed in the 1930 commercial directory as

Beacon Garage Co. Ltd. motor engnrs. 189 Streatham rd. T N 2941


In 2007, planning application 07/P3668 from the Genesis Housing Group to build a block of flats on this site was refused, but was later allowed in 2009 after an appeal. The application was for

Construction of four-storey block consisting of commercial units on ground floor (uses within classes A1(retail), A2 (financial and professional services) and B1 (business) and 14 residential units, with associated access, parking & works.

The site had become a petrol filling station and when this application was submitted it had been no longer in use as such.

F.W. Jackson, jewellers

Jewellers shop that was at 157 Streatham Road, on the south side of the corner with Elmhurst Avenue.

1950 OS map

1938 ad

Text of ad:

It will pay you to visit

F.W.JACKSON’S

for

rings, jewellery, watches
clocks, cutlery, china
decorative glass, pottery
and silverware

Specialists in
watch and clock repairs

Highest prices given for old gold

All Estimates Free. Send us a post card and we will call

157 Streatham Road, Mitcham
(Corner of Elmhurst Avenue)

Listed in the 1938 directory as Frederick William Jackson, watch repairer, no telephone number.

The 1938 Official Guide to Mitcham said:

The name of F.W. Jackson, the Mitcham Jeweller and Watchmaker of 157 Streatham Road, has established itself in almost every household in Mitcham. After serving an apprenticeship in Clerkenwell – the hive of clock and watchmaking – young Will Jackson travelled north as far as Manchester and attached himself to high-class retail houses to gain experience. Returning to London he soon gained a reputation as a keen buyer and connoisseur of antiques in London sale rooms. Premises were opened in Streatham Road, and within two years the trade had so increased that larger and more commodius premises were secured at 157 Streatham Road (corner of Elmhurst Avenue). Here you will find him surrounded by a most attractive array of stock worthy of any West End jeweller. Mr Jackson claims his success was due to close supervision of all works entrusted to him.

The 1939 Register shows Frederick W Jackson living at this address as having a date of birth of 28th December 1912, and occupation as watchmaker and jeweller.

In 2019, the shop is a convenience store.

Comments from the Mitcham History Group on Facebook:

Became a wool shop in later years.

Elmhurst Cafe

The Elmurst Cafe was at 155 Streatham Road, on the north corner of Elmhurst Avenue.

1950 OS map

ad from 1937

Text of the ad:

Telephone : MITcham 3545

The Elmhurst Cafe

E. POTTER, Proprietress

Parties and Clubs
catered for at
moderate terms

155 Streatham Road, Mitcham

Booking agent for coastal coaches

Not mentioned in the 1930 commercial directory, nor the 1954 phone book.

In 2019, the premises are occupied by a fish and chip shop.

Comments from the Mitcham History Group on Facebook:

I remember going to the “Elmhurst” one evening with an older friend, about 1956. It was full of local teenagers, playing the juke box and taking up a collection for the owners birthday present. I was about 13 and it cost me my last 6d.

Mac’s Cafe back in the 1970s

Eveline Tea Rooms

Tea rooms that was at 172 London Road, Mitcham, a terrace which was originally named Eveline Villas.

1953 view from Streatham Road looking towards the Swan pub on the left and next to it on the right awning with ‘TEAS’ and ‘refreshments’ written on it

1952

1931 ad

1926 ad

From the Surrey Mirror of 21st July, 1939, thanks for contributions to a garden party include Miss. L. Froude, Eveline Tea Rooms, Mitcham. In the 1939 Register at 172 London Road shows Louisa FROUDE, born 30 Sep 1886, single, shopkeeper.

News Articles
1957 : Human skull found in Eveline Tea Rooms Coal Shed

Christ Church, Colliers Wood

sketch of the church from the May 1926 issue of their magazine

Church, on Christchurch Road, which was built in 1874.

Its address is 58 Christchurch Rd, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2NY

It was originally in the Mitcham parish and was built to cater for the increasing population in north Mitcham. The area covered by the church was described in the London Gazette, see District Chapelry of Christ Church.

From The Builder magazine, 4th July 1874:

Church-Building News
Mitcham.

The new church at Singleton has been consecrated by the Bishop of Winchester. The edifice, which containes 550 sittings, has been built from designs by Messrs. Francis, of London, the total cost being £4,283. The chief part of this sum has been the joint contribution of Mr and Mrs Harris, of Gorringe Park, Mitcham, who have also erected, at their sole cost, a parsonage and mission-room, on the adjoining ground. The amount of their gift is between £6,000 and £7,000. The site has been in part the gift of Emanuel College.

Note the spelling Singleton should have been Singlegate.

Eric Montague said, in his book Mitcham Histories 2 : North Mitcham, page 93, that in 1968, on his suggestion, the chapelry boundary stone that was in Streatham Road, opposite the east lodge of Gorringe Park House, be moved to the church for safe keeping.

In this OS map of 1895, the church was surrounded by fields, with watercress beds opposite.

1895 OS map

See also the history of Christ Church on the church’s website.


Photos taken 15th April, 2019


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

Framfield Road

Framfield Road is off the west side of Streatham Road opposite The Driftway. It leads into St James’s Road. The reason for the name is unknown, however next to it is Uckfield Grove, and the town of Uckfield in Sussex has a town of Framfield two miles to the east of it.

Possibly built around 1928 as in that year mortgages were provided by the Mitcham Urban District Council, under the Small Dwellings Acquisitions Act, for houses valued at £625 each.

As approached from the Streatham Road end, the houses on the left are arranged in blocks of six, numbered odd from 1 to 107. On the right side the houses are numbered even from 2 to 88. Extra houses were built on plots near the St James’s Road end that had garages. A number of houses have since been divided into flats.

The Royal Mail website says that there three postcodes in use in this road, namely CR4 2AL, 2AU and 2AW.


News Items

From the Manchester Evening News – Monday 11th January 1943, via the British Newspaper Archive

Home Guard Fell in River At Night

While two Home Guards were patrolling on the Thames quayside at Wandsworth, one of them, William Edward Field (41), of Framfield Road, Mitcham, fell into the river in the darkness and was drowned.

At the Battersea inquest to-day the Coroner (Mr. Hervey Wyatt) recorded a verdict of accidental death. He said that Field’s companion, Ernest William Horsman, who climbed down a wire and made two unsuccessful rescue attempts, had every reason to congratulate himself on his fine effort to help his friend.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry for W.E. FIELD, he was in the 52nd County of London (Wandsworth Gas Co.) Battalion of the Home Guard. He was the son of Edward and Daisy Field, of Mitcham and husband of Elsie Catherine Field, of Mitcham. Although his grave is in the London Road Cemetery, it is not in the ‘War Graves’ section that has the graves of the local Home Guard that died in 1941. It is in plot 9, which is near the Victoria Road entrance.

Edward Pullen gets MBE in 1961 but missed DCM in 1916

The Driftway

Road off east side of Streatham Road, north of Sandy Lane, built in 1933/34. From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District Council, volume 17, page 574:

Road leading to Mitcham Wanderers Football Ground. Read letter from My. E. J. Peacock stating that he thought the question of the name of this road should be left to the Highways Committee of the Council. Resolved, That this road be named “The Driftway”.

1952 OS map

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