Mitcham

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Mitcham is in south west London, and the name simply means big settlement.

Lavendar - upon which Mitcham came to fame.
Before the Romans and Saxons were present, there was a Celtic settlement in the area, with evidence of a hill fort in the Pollards Hill area. The discovery of Roman-era graves and a well on the site of the Mitcham gas works evince Roman settlement. The Saxon graveyard, located on the North bank of the Wandle is the largest discovered to date, and many of the finds therein are on display in the British Museum. The area is a possible location for the Battle of Merton, 871, in which King Ethelred of Wessex was either mortally wounded or killed outright. The Church of England parish church of St Peter and St Paul dates from the Saxon era. Although it was mostly rebuilt in 1819–21, the current building retains the original Saxon tower. The Domesday Book of 1086 lists Mitcham as Michelham, a small farming community, with 250 people living in two hamlets; Mitcham, an area known today as Upper Mitcham; and Whitford, today known as the Lower Green area.

During her reign Queen Elizabeth I made at least five visits to the area. John Donne and Sir Walter Raleigh also had residences here in this era. It was at this time that Mitcham became gentrified, as due to the abundance of lavender fields, Mitcham became renowned for its soothing air. The air also led people to settle in the area during times of plague.

There were many lavender fields in Mitcham, and peppermint and lavender oils were also distilled. In 1749 two local physic gardeners, John Potter and William Moore, founded a company to make and market toiletries made from locally-grown herbs and flowers. Lavender features on Merton Council's coat of arms and the badge of the local football team, Tooting & Mitcham United F.C., as well as in the name of a local council ward, Lavender Field.

Mitcham was industrialised first along the banks of the Wandle, where snuff, copper, flour, iron and dye were all worked. Mitcham, along with nearby Merton Abbey, became the calico cloth printing centres of England by 1750. Asprey, suppliers of luxury goods made from various materials, was founded in Mitcham as a silk-printing business in 1781. William Morris opened a factory on the River Wandle at Merton Abbey. Merton Abbey Mills were the Liberty silk-printing works. It is now a craft village and its waterwheel has been preserved.

The activity along the Wandle led to the building of the Surrey Iron Railway, the world's first public railway, in 1803. The decline and failure of the railway in the 1840s also heralded a change in industry, as horticulture gradually gave way to manufacturing, with paint, varnish, linoleum and firework manufacturers moving into the area. The work provided and migratory patterns eventually resulted in a doubling of the population between the years 1900 and 1910.

Mitcham train station opened on 22 October 1855. The route was operated as a conventional railway until it was closed by Railtrack on 31 May 1997, for conversion to tram operation. Station Court, on the north of the tram line and east of London Road A217, was one of the SIR's original station buildings, used as a merchant's home, making it one of the oldest railway buildings in the world. The wall of the Ram Brewery on York Road has a plaque commemorating this.

Social housing schemes in the 1930s included New Close, aimed at housing people made homeless by a factory explosion in 1933 and Sunshine Way, for housing the poor from inner London. This industry made Mitcham a target for German bombing during World War II. During this time Mitcham also returned to its agricultural roots, with Mitcham Common being farmed to help with the war effort.

Post war, the areas of Eastfields, Phipps Bridge and Pollards Hill were rebuilt to provide cheaper more affordable housing. The largest council housing project in Mitcham is Phipps Bridge estate. Further expansion of the housing estates in Eastfields, Phipps Bridge and Pollards Hill occurred after 1965. In Mitcham Cricket Green, the area lays reasonable, although not definitive, claim to having the world's oldest cricket ground in continual use, and the world's oldest club in Mitcham Cricket Club.

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Lavendar - upon which Mitcham came to fame.
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THE STREETS OF MITCHAM
Abbey Industrial Estate, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Abbeyfield Close, CR4 Abbeyfield Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Aitken Close, CR4 Aitken Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Albert Road, CR4 Albert Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Appleton Square, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Armfield Cres, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Armfield Crescent, CR4 Armfield Crescent is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Arney’s Lane, CR4 Arney’s Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Ashbourne Road, CR4 Ashbourne Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Ashtree Avenue, CR4 Ashtree Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Aspen Gardens, CR4 Aspen Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Baker Lane, CR4 Baker Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bank Avenue, CR4 Bank Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Barnard Road, CR4 Barnard Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Baron Grove, CR4 Baron Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Batley Close, CR4 Batley Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Batsworth Road, CR4 Batsworth Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Beaulieu Close, CR4 Beaulieu Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Beck Road, CR4 Beck Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bedfont Close, CR4 Bedfont Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Beecholme Avenue, CR4 Beecholme Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Belgrave Road, CR4 Belgrave Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Belgrave Walk, CR4 Belgrave Walk is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Benedict Road, CR4 Benedict Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Biggin Avenue, CR4 Biggin Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Birches Close, CR4 Birches Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Blake Road, CR4 Blake Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bond Road, CR4 Bond Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bordergate, CR4 Bordergate is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Borough Road, CR4 Borough Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Boundary Business Court 92-94, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Boundary Business Court, CR4 Boundary Business Court is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bourne Drive, CR4 Bourne Drive is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Brailsford Close, CR4 Brailsford Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bramcote Avenue, CR4 Bramcote Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bramcote Court, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Bramcote Parade, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Brickfield Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Broadway Gardens, CR4 Broadway Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Brookfields Avenue, CR4 Brookfields Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Bruce Road, CR4 Bruce Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Budge Lane, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Budge’s Walk, W2 Budge’s Walk is a road in the W2 postcode area
Budge’s Walk, W8 Budge’s Walk is a road in the W8 postcode area
Budge’s Walk, W2 Budge’s Walk is a road in the W2 postcode area
Bunting Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Burghley Place, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Caesars Walk, CR4 Caesars Walk is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Caithness Road, CR4 Caithness Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Cameron Square, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Camomile Avenue, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Camwal Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Canons Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Capital Business Centre, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Carew Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Carlingford Gardens, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Carshalton Road, CR4 Carshalton Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Cartwright House, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Cecil Place, CR4 Cecil Place is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Cedars Avenue, CR4 Cedars Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Chalkley Close, CR4 Chalkley Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Chantry Way, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Chart Close, CR4 Chart Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Chasemore Close, CR4 Chasemore Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Chatsworth Place, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Church Path, CR4 Church Path is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Church Place, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Church Road, CR4 Church Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Clarendon Grove, CR4 Clarendon Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Cobham Court, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Cold Blows, CR4 Cold Blows is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Collingwood Road, CR4 Collingwood Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Commonside East, CR0 Commonside East is a road in the CR0 postcode area
Commonside East, CR4 Commonside East is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Commonside Eastreet, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Commonside W, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Commonside West, CR4 Commonside West is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Commonside Westreet, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Cotton Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Cranmer Farm Close, CR4 Cranmer Farm Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Cranmer Road, CR4 Cranmer Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Crescent Grove, CR4 Crescent Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Cricket Green, CR4 Cricket Green is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Croydon Road, CR4 Croydon Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Crusoe Road, CR4 Crusoe Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Dalton Avenue, CR4 Dalton Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Dalton Mews, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
De’Arn Gardens, CR4 De’Arn Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Deer Park Gardens, CR4 Deer Park Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Denham Crescent, CR4 Denham Crescent is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Denis Reeve Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Dennis Reeve Close, CR4 Dennis Reeve Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Dorset Road, CR4 Dorset Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Dovedale Rise, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Downe Road, CR4 Downe Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Drake Road, CR4 Drake Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Eagle Trading Estate, CR4 Eagle Trading Estate is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Eastfields Road, CR4 Eastfields Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Edenvale Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Edenvale Road, CR4 Edenvale Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Edgehill Road, CR4 Edgehill Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Edmund Road, CR4 Edmund Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Ellis Road, CR4 Ellis Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Elmfield Avenue, CR4 Elmfield Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Elmhurst Avenue, CR4 Elmhurst Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Elmwood Road, CR4 Elmwood Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Esher Mews, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Eveline Road, CR4 Eveline Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fairgreen Parade, CR4 A street within the postcode
Falcon Business Centre, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Farewell Place, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Feltham Road, CR4 Feltham Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fernlea Avenue, CR4 Fernlea Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fernlea Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Field Gate Lane, CR4 Field Gate Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Figges Road, CR4 Figges Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fir Tree Avenue, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Firtree Avenue, CR4 Firtree Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fleming Mead, CR4 Fleming Mead is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fleming Mead, SW17 Fleming Mead is a road in the SW17 postcode area
Forval Close, CR4 Forval Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fowler Road, CR4 Fowler Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Fox’s Path, CR4 Fox’s Path is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Foxs Path, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Foxton Grove, CR4 Foxton Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Framfield Road, CR4 Framfield Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Friday Road, CR4 Friday Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Frimley Gardens, CR4 Frimley Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Furlong Avenue, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Garden Avenue, CR4 Garden Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Gaston Road, CR4 Gaston Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Gilpin Close, CR4 Gilpin Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Glebe Avenue, CR4 Glebe Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Glebe Court, CR4 Glebe Court is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Glebe Path, CR4 Glebe Path is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Glebe Square, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Goat Road, CR4 Goat Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Goodwin Close, CR4 Goodwin Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Gorringe Park Avenue, CR4 Gorringe Park Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Grace Business Centre, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Graham Avenue, CR4 Graham Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Graham Road, CR4 Graham Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Grange House, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Grenfell Road, CR4 Grenfell Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Guyatt Gardens, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Hallowell Close, CR4 Hallowell Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hallowfield Way, CR4 Hallowfield Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Harbour Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Harwood Avenue, CR4 Harwood Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Haslemere Avenue, CR4 Haslemere Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Haslemere Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Hasty Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Hatfeild Close, CR4 Hatfeild Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hatton Gardens, CR4 Hatton Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hawkes Road, CR4 Hawkes Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hawthorne Avenue, CR4 Hawthorne Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hay Drive, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Heatherdene Close, CR4 Heatherdene Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Heatherdene Court, CR4 Heatherdene Court is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Heathfield Drive, CR4 Heathfield Drive is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Heaton Road, CR4 Heaton Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hengelo Gardens, CR4 Hengelo Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Heyford Road, CR4 Heyford Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hilary Avenue, CR4 Hilary Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hill Path, SW16 Hill Path is a road in the SW16 postcode area
Hill Road, CR4 Hill Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Hill Road, SW16 Hill Road is a road in the SW16 postcode area
Hogarth Cres, SW19 A street within the SW19 postcode
Holborn Way, CR4 Holborn Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Homefield Gardens, CR4 Homefield Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Homefield Gardens, SW19 Homefield Gardens is a road in the SW19 postcode area
Horner Lane, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Illingworth Close, CR4 Illingworth Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Inglemere Road, CR4 A street within the SW17 postcode
Island Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Jeppo’s Lane, CR4 Jeppo’s Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Justin Plaza 2, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Kenmare Drive, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Kennedy Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Kennet Square, CR4 Kennet Square is a road in the CR4 postcode area
King George VI Avenue, CR4 King George VI Avenue was named to commemorate the king’s coronation in 1937
Kings Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Kingsleigh Place, CR4 Kingsleigh Place is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Laburnam Road, CR4 Laburnam Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Laburnum Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Laings Avenue, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Laings Corner, CR4 A street within the postcode
Lammas Avenue, CR4 Lammas Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Langdale Avenue, CR4 Langdale Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Langdale Parade, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Lansdell Road, CR4 Lansdell Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Lavender Avenue, CR4 Lavender Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Lavender Grove, CR4 Lavender Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Leather Close, CR4 Leather Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Lewis Road, CR4 Lewis Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Linden Place, CR4 Linden Place is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Linton Close, CR4 Linton Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Liongate Enterprise Park, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Lister Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Locks Lane, CR4 Locks Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
London Road, CR4 London Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Longfield Drive, CR4 Longfield Drive is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Love Lane, CR4 Love Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Lower Green West, CR4 Lower Green West is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Lower Green Westreet, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Lowry Crescent, CR4 Lowry Crescent is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Lulworth Crescent, CR4 Lulworth Crescent is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Lyle Close, CR4 Lyle Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Madeira Road, CR4 Madeira Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Majestic Way, CR4 Majestic Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Manship Road, CR4 Manship Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Marsh Avenue, CR4 Marsh Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
McRae Lane, CR4 McRae Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Melrose Avenue, CR4 Melrose Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Merlin Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Miles Road, CR4 Miles Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Mill Green Business Park, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Mill Green Road, CR4 Mill Green Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Miller Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Milton Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Mitcham Garden Village, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Mitcham Industrial Estate, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Mitcham Park Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Mitcham Park, CR4 Mitcham Park is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Mitcham Road, CR4 Mitcham Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Monarch Parade, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Montrose Gardens, CR4 Montrose Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Morden Gardens, CR4 Morden Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Morden Road, CR4 Morden Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Morland Close, CR4 Morland Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Mortimer Road, CR4 Mortimer Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Mortlake Drive, CR4 Mortlake Drive is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Mount Road, CR4 Mount Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Mullards Close, CR4 Mullards Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
New Close, CR4 New Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
New Road, CR4 New Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Northumberland Gardens, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Oakdale Way, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Oakmead Place, CR4 Oakmead Place is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Oakwood Avenue, CR4 Oakwood Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Octavia Close, CR4 Octavia Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Octavia Close, SM4 Octavia Close is a road in the SM4 postcode area
Orchard Avenue, CR4 Orchard Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Orchard Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Ormerod Gardens, CR4 Ormerod Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Osier Way, CR4 Osier Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Osier Way, SM4 Osier Way is a road in the SM4 postcode area
Oxted Close, CR4 Oxted Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Park Avenue Mews, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Park Avenue, CR4 Park Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Park View Drive, CR4 Park View Drive is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Parkview Drive, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Pear Tree Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Pearce Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Pearson Way, CR4 Pearson Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Pembroke Road, CR4 Pembroke Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Percy Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Pharaoh Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Phipp’s Bridge Road, CR4 Phipp’s Bridge Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Phipps Bridge Road, CR4 Phipps Bridge Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Phipps Bridge Road, SW19 Phipps Bridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW19 postal area.
Phoenix Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Pitcairn Road, SW17 Pitcairn Road is a road in the SW17 postcode area
Plummer Lane, CR4 Plummer Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Poplar Avenue, CR4 Poplar Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Portland Road, CR4 Portland Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Preshaw Crescent, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Priestley Road, CR4 Priestley Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Prince George’s Road, CR4 Prince George’s Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Proctor Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Puma Trade Park, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Queen Anne’s Gardens, CR4 Queen Anne’s Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Queen’s Road, CR4 Queen’s Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Raleigh Gardens, CR4 Raleigh Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Ravensbury Court, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Ravensbury Grove, CR4 Ravensbury Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Ravensbury Lane, CR4 Ravensbury Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Rawnsley Avenue, CR4 Rawnsley Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Regal Court, CR4 Regal Court is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Ridge Road, CR4 Ridge Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Riverside Drive, CR4 Riverside Drive is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Riverside Drive, SM4 Riverside Drive is a road in the SM4 postcode area
Roan Gardens, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Rock Close, CR4 Rock Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Rodney Road, CR4 Rodney Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Roper Way, CR4 Roper Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Rose Avenue, CR4 Rose Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Runes Close, CR4 Runes Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Russell Road, CR4 Russell Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Rutter Gardens, CR4 Rutter Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Rutter Gardens, SM4 Rutter Gardens is a road in the SM4 postcode area
Sadler Close, CR4 Sadler Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Saint Barnabas Road, CR4 This is a street in the CR4 postcode area
Saint James’ Road, CR4 This is a street in the CR4 postcode area
Sandmartin Way, CR4 Sandmartin Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Sandy Lane, CR4 Sandy Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Seaton Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Seely Road, SW16 Seely Road is a road in the SW16 postcode area
Seymour Road, CR4 Seymour Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Sheldrick Close, SW19 Sheldrick Close is one of the streets of London in the SW19 postal area.
Sibthorp Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Sibthorpe Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
silbury avenue, CR4 silbury avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Slade Way, CR4 Slade Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Spencer Road, CR4 Spencer Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Spring Grove, CR4 Spring Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
St Barnabas Road, CR4 St Barnabas Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
St James Road, CR4 St James Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
St Marks Road, CR4 St Marks Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
St. Barnabas Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Stanley Gardens, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Stanley Road, CR4 Stanley Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Steers Mead, CR4 Steers Mead is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Stepney Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Streatham Road, CR4 Streatham Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Streatham Road, SW16 Streatham Road is one of the streets of London in the SW16 postal area.
Stuart Place, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Summerhill Way, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Sunshine Way, CR4 Sunshine Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Swains Road, CR4 Swains Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Sycamore Gardens, CR4 Sycamore Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Talbot Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Taplow Court, CR4 Taplow Court is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Taylor Road, CR4 Taylor Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
The Beeches, CR4 The Beeches is a road in the CR4 postcode area
The Close, CR4 The Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
The Driftway, CR4 The Driftway is a road in the CR4 postcode area
The Generator Business Centre, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
The Willow Centre, CR4 The Willow Centre is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Thirsk Road, CR4 Thirsk Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Thornville Grove, CR4 Thornville Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Thornville Grove, SW19 Thornville Grove is a road in the SW19 postcode area
Tide Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Tonstall Road, CR4 Tonstall Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Tramway Path, CR4 Tramway Path is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Tudor Place, CR4 Tudor Place is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Tull Street, CR4 Tull Street is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Turner Avenue, CR4 Turner Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Tynemouth Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Tyrrell Square, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Uckfield Grove, CR4 Uckfield Grove is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Unit 2-4/339 London Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Upper Green East, CR4 Upper Green East is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Upper Green Eastreet, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Upper Green West, CR4 Upper Green West is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Upper Green Westreet, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Varley Way, CR4 Varley Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Veals Mead, CR4 Veals Mead is a road in the CR4 postcode area
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Waldo Place, CR4 Waldo Place is a road in the CR4 postcode area
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Walsingham Road, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
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Western Road, CR4 Western Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
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Wheatstone Close, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
White Bridge Avenue, CR4 White Bridge Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Whitford Gardens, CR4 Whitford Gardens is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Wilkins Close, CR4 Wilkins Close is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Willow Business Centre, CR4 A street within the CR4 postcode
Willow Lane, CR4 Willow Lane is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Willow Lane, SM4 Willow Lane is a road in the SM4 postcode area
Wilson Avenue, CR4 Wilson Avenue is a road in the CR4 postcode area
Wolseley Road, CR4 Wolseley Road is a road in the CR4 postcode area
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Woodland Way, CR4 Woodland Way is a road in the CR4 postcode area
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VIEW THE MITCHAM AREA IN THE 1900s
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Mitcham

Mitcham is in south west London, and the name simply means big settlement.

Before the Romans and Saxons were present, there was a Celtic settlement in the area, with evidence of a hill fort in the Pollards Hill area. The discovery of Roman-era graves and a well on the site of the Mitcham gas works evince Roman settlement. The Saxon graveyard, located on the North bank of the Wandle is the largest discovered to date, and many of the finds therein are on display in the British Museum. The area is a possible location for the Battle of Merton, 871, in which King Ethelred of Wessex was either mortally wounded or killed outright. The Church of England parish church of St Peter and St Paul dates from the Saxon era. Although it was mostly rebuilt in 1819–21, the current building retains the original Saxon tower. The Domesday Book of 1086 lists Mitcham as Michelham, a small farming community, with 250 people living in two hamlets; Mitcham, an area known today as Upper Mitcham; and Whitford, today known as the Lower Green area.

During her reign Queen Elizabeth I made at least five visits to the area. John Donne and Sir Walter Raleigh also had residences here in this era. It was at this time that Mitcham became gentrified, as due to the abundance of lavender fields, Mitcham became renowned for its soothing air. The air also led people to settle in the area during times of plague.

There were many lavender fields in Mitcham, and peppermint and lavender oils were also distilled. In 1749 two local physic gardeners, John Potter and William Moore, founded a company to make and market toiletries made from locally-grown herbs and flowers. Lavender features on Merton Council's coat of arms and the badge of the local football team, Tooting & Mitcham United F.C., as well as in the name of a local council ward, Lavender Field.

Mitcham was industrialised first along the banks of the Wandle, where snuff, copper, flour, iron and dye were all worked. Mitcham, along with nearby Merton Abbey, became the calico cloth printing centres of England by 1750. Asprey, suppliers of luxury goods made from various materials, was founded in Mitcham as a silk-printing business in 1781. William Morris opened a factory on the River Wandle at Merton Abbey. Merton Abbey Mills were the Liberty silk-printing works. It is now a craft village and its waterwheel has been preserved.

The activity along the Wandle led to the building of the Surrey Iron Railway, the world's first public railway, in 1803. The decline and failure of the railway in the 1840s also heralded a change in industry, as horticulture gradually gave way to manufacturing, with paint, varnish, linoleum and firework manufacturers moving into the area. The work provided and migratory patterns eventually resulted in a doubling of the population between the years 1900 and 1910.

Mitcham train station opened on 22 October 1855. The route was operated as a conventional railway until it was closed by Railtrack on 31 May 1997, for conversion to tram operation. Station Court, on the north of the tram line and east of London Road A217, was one of the SIR's original station buildings, used as a merchant's home, making it one of the oldest railway buildings in the world. The wall of the Ram Brewery on York Road has a plaque commemorating this.

Social housing schemes in the 1930s included New Close, aimed at housing people made homeless by a factory explosion in 1933 and Sunshine Way, for housing the poor from inner London. This industry made Mitcham a target for German bombing during World War II. During this time Mitcham also returned to its agricultural roots, with Mitcham Common being farmed to help with the war effort.

Post war, the areas of Eastfields, Phipps Bridge and Pollards Hill were rebuilt to provide cheaper more affordable housing. The largest council housing project in Mitcham is Phipps Bridge estate. Further expansion of the housing estates in Eastfields, Phipps Bridge and Pollards Hill occurred after 1965. In Mitcham Cricket Green, the area lays reasonable, although not definitive, claim to having the world's oldest cricket ground in continual use, and the world's oldest club in Mitcham Cricket Club.
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