Tag Archives: Windmill Road

Mitcham Electrical Fan Co. Ltd.

Company that was likely at the factory estate at the corner of Commonside East and Windmill Road.

Auction in 1911 lists equipment being sold, and included 6 sets of X-ray machines:

Forest Hill & Sydenham Examiner – Friday 12 May 1911

By Order of the Liquidator.


Without Reserve. COMMONSIDE EAST, MITCHAM, SURREY. (near Mitcham Junction Station, L. B. & S C. Rly., and on tram route West Croydon).

Important Sale of the superior and well-kept Equipment and Stock of an Electrical Engineering Works.

MR. HARRY SIMPSON has been favoured with instructions to Sell by Public Auction upon the premises as above, on THURSDAY, JUNE 1st, 1911, at 12 o’clock noon sharp, the whole of the Valuable PLANT, MACHINERY and STOCK comprising:

A 75 h.p. “OTTO” GAS ENGINE, 4 LATHES, DRILLING, PLANING and MILLING MACHINES, Surface Tables, Table Benches, Vices, Shafting, Pulleys, Belting, SEVERAL DYNAMOS, Batteries, large number of Fan and other Motors, about 400lbs Cotton and Silk covered Copper Wire, Cables and Flexible Wire, large and varied assortment of FITTINGS, PARTS, TOOLS, INSTRUMENTS, EXPERIMENTAL APPLIANCES, and STORES. SIX SETS Of X-RAY APPARATUS, also a Motor Car, 2 Chassis, Portable Iron Building, Quantity of Timber, Weighing Machine, Hand Truck, the OFFICE FURNITURE and EFFECTS and numerous sundries. On view Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Sale.

Catalogues and orders for private view may be obtained on and after May 18th. from the Auctioneer, 61, Sydenham Road, Sydenham, SE. Telephone : Sydenham ‘529.

Mitcham Workhouse Wall

The last part of the crenellated wall from the Mitcham Workhouse on Mitcham Common has been demolished. This clip from the Tom Francis collection, available on Merton Memories, is from 1895 and shows the wall when the site was occupied by the Woodite company.

Clip from Merton Memories photo 33222, copyright London Borough of Merton.

These photos were taken on 5th July 2017, in Windmill Road, near the corner with Commonside East:

The Manager of Mitcham Common said in July 2017:

It’s my understanding that the remaining wall is unstable and will shortly be demolished and replaced by a wall and fence design very similar to the one that exists along the southern and eastern boundaries of The Meadows estate.

As far as I’m aware there was no condition placed on the planning consent which required the developer to maintain the extant crenellated wall.

The new wall was photographed on 6th September, 2017: