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Petroleum Licences in 1917

Licences issued by the council reveal just how many companies were storing fuel on their premises.

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District Council
Volume 3
April 1917 to March 1918
Public Health and Burials
11th September 1917
pages 103 to 105


—The Petroleum Inspector reported applications for renewal of licences to store petroleum from the following, and that with the exception of those of Messrs. Forster and Gregory and Messrs. Horsley the provision made was satisfactory, viz.

1, Messrs. A. & C. Jenner, Motor Engineering Works, Common-side East, to store 200 gals. of spirit.
2. Messrs. A. & C. Jenner, Cycle Works, 5, Buck’s Head Parade, to store 40 gals. of spirit.
3. Messrs. Horsley Bros., Motor Garage, King’s Head Yard, Lower Mitcham, to store 300 gals. of spirit.
4. Messrs. Lancaster & Co., Ltd., Haulage Contractors, Benedict Road, to store 150 gals. of spirit.
5. Messrs. Hepburn, Gale & Ross, Balata Belt Works, 243, Church Road, to store 1,500 gals.
6. And at their new premises in Church Road, 2,000 gals. of spirit.
7. Messrs. Thos. Parsons & Sons, Varnish Works, Church Road, to store 200 gals. of spirit.
8. Messrs. J. W. Bush & Co., Distillers, Batsworth Road. to store 1,500 gals. of spirit.
9. Mr. B. Dendy, Oakwood Motor Garage, London Road, to store 300 gals. of spirit. 10. Messrs. Forster & Gregory, Chemical Works, Lonesome, to store 1,000 gals. of spirit.
11. Mr. A. E. Cooper, Glove Cleaner, “Lyndhurst,” Graham Road, to store 150 gals. of spirit.
12. Mr. A. Davis, Motor and Cycle Works, 1, Gorringe Park Terrace to store 16 gals. of spirit.
13. Messrs. Griffiths Bros., Varnish Works, Church Road, to store 400 gals. of spirit.
14. Hadfield’s, Ltd., Varnish Works, Western Road, to store 700 gals. of spirit.
15. Mr. G. Hart, Motor and Cycle Works, Cranmers Road, to store 150 gals. of spirit. 16. Messrs. Aspinall, Ltd., Varnish Works, Bath Road, to store 100 gals. of spirit. 17. Mr. F. H. Cannon, Motor and Cycle Works, London Road, to store 40 gals. of spirit.
18. Messrs. Norman, Smee & Dodwell, Varnish Works, Miles Lane, to store 60 gals. of spirit.
19. Typke & King, Ltd., Chemical Works, Commonside, E., to store 4,000 gals, of spirit.
20. T. & W. Farmiloe, Ltd., Varnish Works, Batsworth Road, to store 490 gals. of spirit.
21. Messrs. F. R. Martin & Co., Refrigerator Works, Lonesome, to store 200 gals. of spirit.
22. Mr. Ernest Cooper, Glove Cleaner, “Sandown,” Cavendish Road, to store 200 gals, of cleaning spirit.
23. Joseph T. Robins, Ltd., Gas Mantle Works, Lonesome, to store 50 gals. of spirit. 24. The Mitcham Rubber Co., Ltd., Morden Road, to store 1,000 gals. of spirit.
25. Messrs. A. & C. Jenner, Engineers, Commonside East, to store 10 cwt. of carbide of calcium.
26. T. W. Palmer & Co., Iron Works, Church Road, to store 1 cwt. of carbide of calcium.

It was Resolved, That the Council be recommended to renew all the licences excepting that of Messrs. Forster & Gregory, which is to stand over, the Inspector in the meantime to inform the applicants of the Committee’s requirements.

The ‘carbide of calcium‘ referred to by A.C. Jenner may have been for making acetylene, used in carbide lamps for cycles, motorcycles and cars.

Whereas that stored by T.W. Palmer may refer to munitions work, as this later request to increase to 3 hundredweights by T.W. Palmer mentions complying with the Ministry of Munitions:

From the minutes of the Mitcham Urban District Council
Volume 3
April 1917 to March 1918
Public Health and Burials
12th March 1918
page 292


The Petroleum Inspector reported the receipt for an application from Messrs. T. W. Palmer & Co., for permission to extend their existing licence to store carbide of calcium from 1 cwt. to 3 cwt., in order that they might comply with the recent order of the Ministry of Munitions. The Inspector further reported that in his opinion the storage was of sufficient capacity for the quantity suggested and that the safety regulations would be complied with.

It was Resolved to recommend, That the Council grant the extended licence applied for by Messrs. T. W. Palmer & Co.

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.

T.W. Palmer & Co., Ltd.

Engineering company that was at 309 and 371 Church Road, Merton SW19.

clip from Merton Memories, image reference Mit_Streets_A_CHU_13-7 copyright London Borough of Merton

Listed as Constructional Engineers
in the 1963 Borough of Mitcham List of Factories,
(Available at Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.
Reference L2 (670) MIT)

In the 1939 electoral register, Thomas Walter PALMER of 371 Church Road is listed as living at 123 West Side, Clapham Common.

News Articles

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Company history, from the Surrey History Centre:

The company was set up in 1894 by T W Palmer, R H Alderman and Alfred Botting, who found themselves unemployed when a company of fencing suppliers, for which they worked, had to close. All three were members of the Baptist Church in Victoria Road, Clapham.

Operating from a rented basement in Victoria Street, Westminster, the three men purchased and fixed themselves wire fencing, sailings and gates and very soon moved on to making their own iron standards, pillars and gates. By 1901 they were able to purchase a site in Merton which became known as the Merton Abbey Ironworks. The fencing business was eventually made into a separate company, called the Victoria Fencing Co Ltd, in 1919 and the original company branched out into steel constructional engineering projects of a wide variety. Among these were some of the pontoons used in the Mulberry Harbour Scheme for the D day landings in Normandy in 1945, the London County Council’s Hyde Park Corner Marble Arch development, the Elstree Film Studios, the Avonmouth oil boom, a power station at Dekhelia, Cyprus, Kingston upon Thames railway bridge, and various factories, iron stairways, railings and gates.

In 1966 the Greater London Council redevelopment plan included a proposal to reallocate land in Merton including the T W Palmer site, from industrial to residential purposes. In spite of objections raised this resulted in the compulsory purchase of the site and the closing down of the company and selling of plant in 1969.

Booklets and Brochures


ABC of Fabricated Steelwork


The following scans were provided by the son of an employee at the factory (photo below), who believes it is from the 1960s.

ABC of Fabricated Steelwork

10ft Guillotine

10ft Guillotine

Circular Saw clipped

Circular Saw clipped

Drawing Office

Drawing Office



Main Office Block

Main Office Block

Main Structural Shop

Main Structural Shop

Plate Flanging Machine

Plate Flanging Machine

Plate rolling

Plate rolling

Radial Drill Boring

Radial Drill Boring

Template floor

Template floor

This booklet listed the products fabricated.


Angle Frames
Angle Curbs
Arch Bars
Ash Hoppers


Baffle Plates
Balustrading, Stair and Balcony
Basin Supports
Beams, Simple and Compound
Bench Supports
Boiler Platforms
Bolts, Purpose Made
Boot Scrapers
Bridge Bearings
Buckets, Tipping, Dumping, etc.
Buildings, Complete Structural Framework
Builders’ Ironwork
Bunkers, Plate


Cable Supporting Steelwork
Caisson Steelwork
Canopy Frameworks
Cantilever Brackets
Cat Ladders
Ceiling Supports
Chassis Frames
Chequer Plate Covers
Chequer Plate Framing
Chimney Bands
Chimney Step Irons
Chutes, Plate
Civil Engineering Temporary Steelwork
Clothes Posts
Columns, Solid Steel or Tubular
Column Guards
Column Moulds
Constructional Steelwork
Conveyor Structures
Coupling Boxes
Crane, Beams
Crane, Jibs & Booms
Crane, Structures
Crane, Rails
Curbing, MS or CI
Cutting Edges


Dock & Harbour Steelwork
Door Frames,
Doors, Fireproof
Doors, Hinged
Doors, Sheeted
Doors, Sliding
Doors, Wicket
Down Pipes & Clips
Duct Covers
Duct Framing


Electric Cable Supporting Steelwork
Escalator Trusses
Expansion Joints, Bridge & Road


Fencing, Mild Steel or Wrought Iron
Fender Brackets and Fittings
Field Gates
Fire Escape Staircases
Fire Escape Ladders
Fire Resisting Doors
Flanges, Plate
Floodlighting Towers
Flower Boxes, Plate or Sheet
Foundation Bolts
Fruit Enclosures
Furnace Steelwork


Gates, Mild Steel or Wrought Iron
Gates, Tubular
Girders, Simple, Lattice and Compound
Gratings, Pavement
Guard Bars
Gutter, Brackets and Straps


Handrailing, Mild Steel
Hay Barns
Hoist Frames
Hook Bolts
Hoppers, All Types


Incinerator Steelwork
Ironwork, General Builders’


Jetty Iron and Steelwork


King Rods


Ladders, Mild Steel or Wrought Iron
Lift Cages
Lift Components
Lift Structures
Lighting Brackets
Line Pole Steelwork
Liner Plates


Machine Guards
Manhole Covers & Frames
Manhole Ladders
Masts, Steelwork
Mat Well Frames
Mechanical Handling Steelwork
Mooring Rings
Moulds, Plate or Sheet


Netting Stakes


Oven Steelwork
Overhead Crane Structures


Parapet, Bridge Railing and Fencing
Partitions, Mesh or Sheeted
Pavement Gratings
Pedestrian Guard Rails
Pile Driving Caps and Leaders
Pile Frames
Pile Shoes
Piling Gantries
Pipe Supports
Pipe Brackets
Pipe Bridges
Pipes, Plate
Pipe Saddles
Plate Rolling and Bending
Platework, Riveted or Welded
Platforms, Railway Awnings and Canopies
Pole Lighting Equipment, Railway
Portal Frames
Power Stations, Structural and General Steelw
Pressure Vessels
Profiling, Gas
Purifier Box Covers


Quarry Plant Steelwork


Radiator Brackets
Rafts, Mild Steel
Railing, Mild Steel & Wrought Iron
Railing, Tubular
Reaction Tanks
Refuse Chamber Doors
Refuse Chutes
Refuse Hoppers
Ring Bolts
Road Form Stakes
Roof Straps
Roof Trusses
Rope Standards
Runway Beams and Supports
Rush Barriers


Safety Bars
Safety Cages
Safety Rails
Scraper Mats
Screens, Mild Steel or Wrought Iron
Screens, Wire Mesh
Screwed Rods
Self-Supporting Chimneys
Sheeting Rails
Shin Bar Railing
Shuttering, Plate
Shuttering, Tunnel
Signal Structures, Railway
Sink Supports
Sliding Doors
Smoke Pipes
Smoke Plates
Solid Steel Columns
Solid Steel Handrailing
Spiral Staircases
Splice Plates
Spray Booths
Stable Fitments
Staircase Balustrading
Stanchions, Simple and Compound
Standards, Solid Forged
Standards, Tubular
Step Irons
Storage Racks
Storage Sheds
Straps, Mild Steel or Wrought Iron
Structural Steelwork


Tanks, Plate and Sheet
Tank Saddles
Tennis Court Surrounds
Threaded Rods
Tie Rods
Trailer Framework
Tree Guards
Trench Covers and Framing
Truck Frames
Tubular Columns
Tubular Gates
Tubular Handrailing
Tubular Structures


“U” Bolts


Ventilator Ducting
Vessels, Plate and Pressure


Wall Plates
Wall Ties
Washer Plates
Welter Tower Structures
Water Treatment Steelwork
Weather Cravats
Weed Screens
Weir Plates
Welded Structures and Platework
Wharf Iron and Steelwork
Wicket Gates and Sweeps
Wicket Doors
Wind Tunnels Steelwork
Window Guard Bars
Wire Mesh Screens