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New nominations for Merton’s Local List

The New Year begins with our latest nominations to Merton Council for buildings to add to the Local List.

This celebrates buildings and other structures with an important local story or notable architectural and design details.

Our last batch of nominations – Bramcote Court & Parade, Jubilee Corner gas lamp, Canons Lodge lamp stands, the running track in front of Park Place and the Three Kings Pond cart dip were all successful.

This year we have nominated (clockwise in the image above from top left):

5, 7, 9, 11 Upper Green East – these are of late 18th or early 19th century construction with distinct double pitch roof (enabling heavy slates to be supported). They are among the oldest buildings in Mitcham Town Centre and have a long and continuous use as shops with a history of different uses, including take away pea soup, confectionery, pipe & tobacco, song sheets, bar, boot and shoe maker, sweet shop, tailors and outfitters, cobblers, and estate agent.

4-7 Upper Green West – these are the oldest buildings on the west side of Upper Green and are of mid Victorian construction with single pitch slate roof and four chimney stacks (three original)

Kellaway House – occupied by Citizens Advice on London Road this is a striking late 19th Century double fronted detached house which is the last survivor of what used to be a row of detached and semi-detached housed along London Road between the Upper and Lower Greens. These were subsequently replaced by Glebe Court

Mitcham Police Station – a distinctive yellow brick building redolent of its time which sits easily alongside the diverse assemblage of buildings around the historic Cricket Green and was opened in 1966

You can find out more about the Local List on Merton Council’s website https://www2.merton.gov.uk/environment/designandconservation/listed_buildings.htm 

Local list – our proposed additions accepted

Merton Council maintains a “local list” of buildings and structures which are of historic interest and add character to the area.

We have been pleased to help ensure a clear process for making additions based on input from the local community.

This year we proposed five additions to the local list for Mitcham Cricket Green:

  • Bramcote Court and Parade – a distinctive 1930s residential development in the “moderne” style
  • The Canons walls and well – these impressive structures include examples from both the 18th and 19th century and have been identified as being highly significant in recent investigations of The Canons as part of the successful Lottery bid that we are centrally involved with
  • Mitcham running track – the remnants of the cinder track on the former news of the World Sports Ground are the last vestige of a sporting heritage which included the training of Olympic athletes. Restoration of this track is part of the successful Lottery bid
  • The Canons Lodge lamp stands – these are a distinctive addition to the Lodge which is already locally listed
  • Gas lamp post – this elegant cast iron structure stands opposite The White Hart as a reminder of the days before electric street lamps and dates to the 1850s.

Four of these were accepted as additions to the Local List by a Council Meeting on 12 July. The Canon walls have been confirmed as being nationally listed.

If you have any thoughts on further structures that might be added to the Local List, please let us know.

Meanwhile, view the Local List here.

 

Proposed additions to the Local List – our comments

Merton Council has proposed a number of additions to the Local List and there is currently a public consultation on the proposals.

The Local List brings together buildings and other structures which make an important contribution to the local scene or which are valued for their local historical associations and which are not included in the national list maintained by English Heritage.

Proposed additions for Mitcham are:

  • The cart dip at Three Kings Pond, Mitcham
  • War Memorial, Lower Green West, Mitcham
  • War memorial, Mitcham Parish Church
  • Gravestones (wargraves) Mitcham Parish Church
  • Stone monument, Mitcham Parish Churchyard

We support all these proposed additions.

Read our comments on proposed additions to the Local List.

Please make your own comments by taking part in the consultation, which ends on 9th March 2015.

See the Local List at Merton Council’s web site.

 

Our proposed additions to the local list

Cricket Green has a large number of important buildings and other structures which add to its story.

Some of these – such as the spectacularly roofed Methodist Church and the 500 year old dovecote are nationally listed. Others are included on the “Local List” held by Merton Council. The recognises their importance and offers some protection from demolition or damaging development. The Vestry Hall, fire station and cricket pavilion are included.

When one of our volunteers – Joyce Bellamy – looked at the Local List she found a number of omissions and we have been very pleased by the way Merton Council has moved to address these gaps.

No fewer than five additions are proposed, including monuments in the parish churchyard, the war memorial on Lower Green West and the cart dip at Three Kings Pond.

Each of these has an important story and we have welcome their proposed inclusion in our response to Merton Council which can be read here.

The cart dip is also important as the first example of a structure other than a building or memorial to be included. We are also hoping its inclusion might encourage Merton Council to rethink plans for a damaging board walk around the edge of Three Kings Pond which would detract from this important historic asset.

Looking to the future we will be exploring whether the walled garden and Canons Pond might also be suitable for inclusion.