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FOR SALE £485,000
Mitcham
, Mitcham
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London
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About Mitcham

About Mitcham

Areas Covered

We cover a large part of South London and Surrey taking in areas such as Colliers Wood, Merton Abbey, Morden, Streatham and of course Mitcham.

Travel

Local Travel includes a recently re-introduced tram system ( Tramlink ). You will find stations throughout the Mitcham area linking up with Bus routes and British Rail stations such as Mictham Junction , Wimbledon and East Croydon . London Undergrounds Northern Line is available from Morden Station , South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood . British Rail is also available from Streatham Common .

Amenities

All of the areas we cover have great shopping facilities such as Savacentre (Colliers Wood), Sainsburys (Morden), Tesco (Mitcham) and also Asda (Mitcham). Merton Abbey Mills Arts and Crafts Fair is host to antique shops, toy fairs, and many market stalls offering locally made goods such as furniture, paintings, jewellery and much much more.

Schools

A list of Local Secondary, Primary and Special Schools are available online at www.merton.gov.uk/schools/schools/index.asp along with Local Colleges.

Entertainment

Merton Abbey Mills is a great place for entertainment with events such as ‘Abbeyfest' which is two month festival of drama, dance, comedy, jazz and classics held between July and August. There is also ‘Music among Friends ' a special series of monthly concerts with professional musicians held once a month on Sunday evenings. Entry to these events is free and food stalls and restaurants such as Mama Rosa's Italian restaurant, The Commonwealth Café and the riverside William Morris Pub offer a great choice of quality food. You will also find Heritage Museums such as The Chapter House home to some of the fascinating archaeological remains of medieval Merton Priory, The Wheelhouse Liberty's historic Victorian waterwheel, fully restored and working, with Heritage Museum and Craft Pottery.

Mitcham's Common's are a great place to unwind whether fishing on the seven islands, bird spotting, jogging or simply walking the dog. The commons are also host to a number of fairground spectaculars through out the year from Dodgems to Big wheels with goldfish winners in their masses.

The Mitcham Carnival

Tooting and Mitcham Football Club has recently re-located to a floodlit stadium on the A217 which is host to daily 6-a-side amateur football leagues along with of course Tooting and Mitcham FC home games. The ground is easily accessible by Bus and Tram or by car with a mass of parking spaces available in the ground.

Cannon's Leisure Centre will delight sports enthusiasts with its two indoor pool's, indoor courts and outdoor football pitches. There are evening classes in aerobics, yoga step aerobics. There are also local Karate and Kickboxing clubs that use the facilities and are contactable via the leisure centre.

History in Brief

The village of Mitcham developed at the centre of the valley of the river wandle, which had probably attracted settlement long before the Roman occupation of Britain.

The historical facts and omissions are many and are available from books and websites such as web.ukonline.co.uk/honor.m/towns/mitcham/mitcham.html and Mitcham A Pictorial History by Eric Montague.
The historical evidence takes us through the Roman and Early Saxon Periods, The Middle Ages, The Civil War, and the Georgian and Victorian Periods to now. In the first decade of the 20 th Century the population of the Mitcham doubled this helped lead changes in the way Mitcham was run.

The Great War of 1914- 1918 took many lives from the area and the names of men and boys are inscribed on the war memorial erected on the Lower Green. ‘Homes For Hero's' were popular and large estates were built in the early 1920's notably the Bordergate Estate to the west of Figges Marsh, with roads named after aromatic herbs, which were a produce of Mitcham along with medicinal herbs and distillation of essences and perfumes in the 18 th and 19 th centuries, such as Lavender Ave and Camomile Ave.

The building of council homes were matched by huge estates of private housing, developed by firms such as The Tamworth Park Construction Company and Wates of Norbury. Open spaces were preserved like Ravensbury Park and Morden Hall Park. Before this and after a period of abuse and neglect mainly by railway companies Mitcham Common was safeguarded by the Metropolitan Commons Act of 1891.

Transport links became accessible and the growing township was granted borough status in 1934 and later became famous for it's paint industry, and for a multitude of factories producing sugar confectionery, fireworks, bakery products, milk and dairy products, flavoring essences and tobacco.

The outbreak of war in 1939 threw Mitcham into the front line for the Battle Of Britain, bombing was heavy during both day and night raids, the loss of lives and damage to properties were severe. Anti-aircraft battery, huts, public air-raid shelters were to be seen everywhere. Vacant houses were given first aid care to house the homeless, whilst bombed site sprouted Nissan huts for temporary accommodation. Empty plots of land were used as allotments, and parts of the common were ploughed by Land Army Girls for the War Agricultural Committee, producing crops of potatoes and cereals.

After the war the recovery was slow, much effort was directed by the council to shortening the waiting list for housing. Private estates left unfinished in 1939 were completed by the council in Wide Way and on the Brookfields Estate, a large estate of Arcon prefabricated bungalows were built on the old Pollards Hill Golf Course along with medium rise maisonette blocks at the Elm Nursery, Glebe Court and Pollards Hill. Under the provisions of the London Government Act 1963 the borough of Mitcham was merged with the borough of Wimbledon and the Urban District of Merton and Morden to form the now familiar London Borough of Merton.

Residents now can pride themselves with living so close to London yet still being able to ‘touch' the country side at Mitcham Common and along the riverbanks of the Wandle through Ravensbury and Morden Hall Parks, Mitcham Faeste Gestandep (Mitcham Stands Fast) was adopted as the town motto in 1934, and despite the many changes of the last half a century, Mitcham contrives to retain its special identity amongst the urban sprawl of South London, and essential village loyalties seem never to far below the surface. Information taken from Mitcham A Pictorial History by Eric Montague.