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Lambretta Hire Service

Lambretta Hire Service Ltd. was at 32 Monarch Parade, London Road. Possibly mid 1950s to 1960s. A 1960 ad, see below, said there was a branch at 221/227 and 233 The Broadway, Wimbledon.


From the Norwood News, 15th June 1956. Image © Reach PLC. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

Text of ad:

32 Monarch Parade, Mitcham
Phone 5141/2
100% Lambretta Sales Service Repair and Accessories. The Largest Display of Lambrettas and Accessories in London. Choice of 16 colour schemes. Sidecars and Delivery Sidecars.

Demonstration models always available.


From 18/6 per day fully covered by Insurance.

Norwood News – Friday 27 May 1960
Image © Reach PLC. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Text of ad:


1959 LI 150 c.c. £135
1959 TV 175 c.c. Mk. II £165
1959 LDB 150 c.c. from £110
1958 LDB 150 c.c. from £90
1956 LDB 150 c.c. from £75
1955 LD 150 c.c. from £70
1954 LD 125 c.c. from £50

Most of the above have various extras. Choice of colours. ALL SERVICED BEFORE SALE
New and Used Machines 20% deposit – balance up to 24 months. Part Exchanges – any make or model. Immediate Insurance.

SELF-RIDE HIRE (Wimbledon branch)
1960 LI 150 c.c. Lambrettas from 18/- per day. (All enquiries receive Immediate attention.)
221/227 & 233 THE BROADWAY, WIMBLEDON, S.W.19. CHE. 3241/2/3. And 32 MONARCH PARADE. MITCHAM. MIT. 5141/2.

Showroom and Stores Open 8.30-6 p.m. Daily.
Stores open until 7 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri.

The 1971 phone book showed this address as occupied by Parade Motors (Mitcham) Ltd.

1863 : Fatality at Pudding-fields

Fatal Railway Accident

— An inquest was held at the King’s Head Inn, Mitcham, before T. Carter, Esq., coroner, on the body of Harriet Collins, aged 72, who was killed whilst passing over a crossing, on the Wimbledon and Croydon Railway.

It appeared from the evidence that the deceased, with her husband and daughter, were on their way home by a regular footpath through Pudding-fields, and, on arriving at the railway crossing, they observed a train approaching. The daughter ran across the line, leaving her mother to follow; and on the poor creature attempting to do so, the engine caught her and literally tore her to pieces. The driver of the engine was called on evidence, but said he did not see anything of the occurrence. The stoker, however, stated that he saw the deceased attempt to cross the line, but not until the engine was within 12 or 15 yards of her; he then told the driver to sound the whistle, which he did, but the engine was too near to allow of her escape. The jury returned the following verdict:—

“That, in returning a verdict of accidental death, the jury are anxious to express their wish that the Brighton Railway Company will substitute bridges for footways at the various crossings on the Wimbledon and Croydon Branch, all of which are, in their opinion, more or less dangerous to the public.”

Source: Thame Gazette – Tuesday 13 January 1863, via the British Newspaper Archive.

The area called Pudding Fields was referred to in the Mitcham Memories of Ben Slater.

The name might be related to ‘pudding grass’, a former name of the mint pennyroyal, see Peppermint in 1875.