Tag Archives: Upper Green East


Menswear shop, was at 11 Upper Green East, ‘facing the clock tower’ as stated in their ads

1972 ad

1972 ad

Text of ad:

(facing Fair Green Clock Tower)


and NOW

Telephone 648 2179

Also at:

130 Streatham Vale 764 2526
91 Streatham Hill 674 6479
3 Warwick Way, Victoria 834 4187

Ad from 1952:

1952 ad

1952 ad

Text of ad:



invite your inspection of their latest ranges

Sport Jackets = Smartly tailored in Single or Double Breasted styles.
Sports Trousers = Gaberdine or worsted in attractive new shades.
Suits = To suit all occasions. Expertly cut and tailored.
Raincoats = In cotton or wool Gaberdine.
Shirts & Ties = In modern and traditional styles.

For Men of Faultless Taste

Local Branch
11 UPPER GREEN – MITCHAM (Facing Clock Tower)

Also at

Clarendon Grove

Road off of northern side of Upper Green East.

1953 OS map

1953 OS map

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

Occupants from the 1915 street directory:

from the Upper green


Mission Room
Baptist Chapel
1, Miss A.A. Bigsby
3, William Gillingham
5, George Aldrich
7, Mrs. I. Reed
9, Thomas Stephen Circuit
11, Henry Thomas Rossiter
13, Alfred Jenner (Sunnyside)


2, Stanley Henly Schneider
4, Charles Jenner
6, Sidney Holland
8, William Brooks
10, Alfred Hudson Telfer
12, Henry Frank Wood

World War 1 Connections
Private Sidney Herbert Holland

In the 1911 commercial directory, Hermann John Schneider, is listed as turncock to the Metropolitan Water Board, at 2 Clarendon Grove, Upper Mitcham.

In 1938, in a report of the death of Mrs Schneider at the same address, Mr H.J. Schneider was said to have also been in the Mitcham Fire Brigade.

From the Norwood News – Friday 20th May 1938


The funeral took place at Mitcham Old Graveyard on Friday of Mrs. Mary Grace Schneider, aged 81, wife of Mr. H. J. Schneider, of Clarendon-grove, Mitcham Fair Green.

She died at the home of her youngest son, Mr. C. F. Schneider, Girtongardens. Shirley.

The old lady, with her husband, was looking forward to calibrating their diamond wedding on November 14th next. Mr Schneider, who will be 84 next month, was a turncock for the Metropolitan Water Board in Tooting and Mitcham for many years.

He was also a member of Mitcham fire brigade for a long period.

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

Randalls (Wimbledon) Ltd.

Watts Yard
Upper Green East

Sugar Confectionery

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

The location of Randalls was described on the Facebook Mitcham History Group as between Turners the bakers and where the locksmiths is now. This puts the location of Watts Yard to be between 39 and 41 Upper Green East.

News Articles


Firemen fought for three hours early on Wednesday morning to control a blaze at the Mitcham sweet factory of Randalls (Wimbledon) Limited.

The fire started just after 2 a.m. when sacks of peanut husks stored in the yard of the firm’s premises at Upper Green East overheated and caught alight.

The flames quickly spread to the roof timbers of the toilet block, against which the husks were stacked.

A storeroom of the adjacent South Suburban Co-operative shop also caught alight and roof timbers and a door were burned. Some stock was damaged by smoke.

A spokesman for Randalls said that it was too early to estimate the cost of the damage.

Source: Mitcham News & Mercury, 21st January, 1966

Amelia Elizabeth Hewitt, draper

Amelia Elizabeth Hewitt had a draper shop on Upper Green east.

1902 - clip from Merton Memories photo 49655, copyright London Borough of Merton

1902 – clip from Merton Memories photo 49655, copyright London Borough of Merton

1910 OS Map showing AE Hewitt shop in red, left of the Post Office

1910 OS Map showing AE Hewitt shop in red, left of the Post Office

News Articles


At Croydon Police Court, to-day, Amelia Elizabeth Hewitt, draper, of Upper Mitcham. was summoned for refusing fill up her National Registration Form, and for refusing to attend before the local registration authorities. The defendant did not appear, and it was stated that she told the enumerator that the lost her form, but she would not register.

When warned of the penalty for failing to register, she made a flippant reply, when the summonses were served she put them in the letter box, and said:— “I should think my face would tell you how old I am.”

She was fined £2 on the first summons and £1 on the second summons, with £1 12s. 6d. costs, or the alternative of 21 days.

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post – Thursday 09 September 1915 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


Order for Arrest of Draper Who Refused to Lower Lights. The Croydon magistrate yesterday ordered the arrest Amelia Hewitt, draper, of Upton Green, Mitcham, for failing to answer a summons for the excessive lighting of her shop. She declined to touch the lights complained of, and ordered the police officers out of her shop.

Source: Sunday Mirror – Sunday 02 April 1916 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required) NB: Upper Green incorrectly written as Upton Green in this article.

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

York Place

Terrace of 7 shops, on the north side of the Fair Green, west of the London Road. It became part of St Marks Road, until demolished to make way for Majestic Way in the late 1980s.


early 1900s





From the Dentists Registry entries from 1879 to 1893, William James Jones was in practice as a dentist with the pharmacy at 1, York Place before 22nd July 1878.

From the 1891 street directory:

from High Street to Killick’s Lane


1 W.J. Jones, chemist & stationer
2 Post Office
3 William Saynes, beer retailer
4 Joseph Shepherd, corn dealer
5 G.B. Bennett, tobacconist

7 William Shepherd, machine agent

In the 1915 street directory, these retain the numbers as above, but are part of St. Marks Road:


1 John K. Harvey, chemist
2 Mrs L.C. Williams, dining rooms
3 George York, undertaker
4 H. Tedder, hair dresser
5 William Whittington, tobacconist
6 William Augustus Martin, butcher
7 S. & E. Rimmel, grocers

In the 1925 street directory, the shops have been renumbered odd:

1 John K. Harvey M.P.S., chemist
3 William Scratchley, dining rooms
5 George York, undertaker
7 H. Tedder, hair dresser
9 William Whittington, tobacconist
11 A. Bacon, hosier
13 S. & E. Rimmel, grocers

From the 1954 telephone directory:

1 J.K. Harvey, chemist & druggist, MIT 0892
3 Thorpes Radio, MIT 3964
5 George York, undertaker, MIT 2926

(Scratchley’s Dining Rooms is in the 1954 phone book at 310 High Street, Sutton VIG 4125)