We’ve started the New Year with a clutch of suggested additions to Merton’s Local List.
The Local List identifies buildings and structures of local historic value which don’t quite make it for national listing but are important to the story and heritage of our neighbourhood.
Being included on the Local List offers some additional protection from being lost or demolished when planning decisions are made.
This year we have deliberately worked on a selection of buildings and structures which do not have immediate visual appeal but they are of significant local historic value:
- Mitcham Police Station – this was agreed to be added during the last review once Merton Council officers provided councillors with an up to date photograph.
- WWII anti-tank blocks – these are located by Tramway Path near the Willow Lane railway bridges and provide a rare example of a WWII structure in the area.
- Mitcham’s last wall mounted postbox – this can be found on Spencer Road at the edge of Mitcham Common.
- Buildings on Willow Lane Industrial Estate – this important industrial area is often overlooked despite its significant history and contribution of many firms to developments in engineering and construction techniques. We have proposed the former HQs of Scaffolding Great Britain (in Cathite House) which pioneered modular construction methods and Morfax which contributed to the development of Concorde, the Exocet missile, simulators for the Chieftain tank and the Ministry of Defence’s radar systems. The Morfax Building included the largest clean room in Europe at the time.
- Holborn Union Workhouse Wall – this is the last remaining structure from the large workhouse that occupied land between Eagle House and Mitcham’s village centre and it also forms the boundary between Lavender Fields and Figges Marsh wards by Asda and Chak 89.
The Local List is meant to be reviewed every year so do let us know if you have any other suggestions we can look into for the future.