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1923 : Woodland Way burglary

HOLIDAY THIEVES.

Vocalist’s Story of Ransacked Rooms.

On returning from a three months’ holiday at Barmouth Mrs Edwards Rhys, Woodland Way, Mitcham, found that her house had been broken into and articles to the value of £300 taken. Miss Cordelia Rhys, a Welsh costume vocalist and Eisteddfod singer, said that when she reached home with her mother they found the upstairs rooms ransacked and clothes and other goods piled in heaps, showing that the thieves intended returning for more. The goods taken include two valuable musquash fur coats, linen, and jewellery, including three gold bracelets. They also took a child’s War Savings Certificates and money-boxes. “But what we most regret,” said Miss Rhys, is that the 1914 Star and other decorations belonging to my dead brother, Captain Rhys, were also taken.”

Source: Dundee Evening Telegraph – Thursday 26 July 1923 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Note that in 1923 Woodland Way had only two houses.

N.M.I.A. Hall, Woodland Way

Called the North Mitcham Hall by the North Mitcham Improvement Association, or N.M.I.A., this building stood at number 51 Woodland Way, close to the junction with Ashbourne Road. There was also a pavilion, with two hard and three grass tennis courts

1949 OS map

1949 OS map

Clip from 1939 photo of the North Mitcham Hall from Merton Memories photo 49676 (c) London Borough of Merton

Clip from 1939 photo of the North Mitcham Hall from Merton Memories photo 49676 (c) London Borough of Merton

22nd February 1949 - the first play by the North Mitcham Players, held at the NMIA's North Mitcham Hall

22nd February 1949 – the first play by the North Mitcham Players, held at the NMIA’s North Mitcham Hall

example of event at the hall and grounds

example of event at the hall and grounds

The hall was built by Joseph Owen, who lived at 89 Ashbourne Road.


Demolished in 2015/6 and redeveloped.