Mitcham Common

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Surrey Iron  Railway Route

Tramline follows it to Mitcham Junction. (not sure what next!)

Going North from London Road, follow Tramway Path. To Willow Lane and thr tramway. It then rejoins the Tramway line  to Mitcham Station.

Mill Green

Railway crossed the Green just to the left of London Road, where a low embankment can still be seen; may be part of the track bed, but probably later

Mitcham Garden Village

Nice layout of timbered housing. Picturesquely arranged. 1929-32 by Chart & Reading. A keyhole-shaped close with houses facing inwards, all different. The spirit of Blaise Hamlet over a century late. Pleasant layout; poor half- timbered houses

Mitcham Common

1812/19 tried to enclose it; Surrey Iron Railway crossed it.  460 acres in a common cleared of its oaks in Neolithic times and subsequently heavily grazed.

War memorial

Carshalton Road

Railway Line   -On approaching Mitcham Junction, the line from Streatham curves in sharply from the north to meet the old Wimbledon-West Croydon branch which is virtually straight. Mitcham Junction North signal box once stood between the converging tracks, but this was closed on 20th May 1928, and has long since disappeared.

Mitcham Junction Station.  1868. Between Hackbridge and Streatham on Thameslink.  Between Hackbridge and Balham and also Streatham Common on Southern Trains. Between Mitcham and Beddington Lane on Croydon Tramlink. It was built as a junction which was used by coastal expresses from London and made remote Mitcham a main line station. It was also on the Croydon-Wimbledon line. At first more passengers changed trains than got out.  In 1870 some trains ran through from Crystal Palace. The local Golf club built a clubhouse which gave them more traffic. The original buildings are still there. There was once a bay platform at the east end of the down side, which was intended for local services to and from West Croydon, but it was eventually demolished.

South Signal Box, replaced by a new structure in 1928 which survived was still standing in 1997, although in an extremely derelict state

The Croydon Tramlink branch from Wimbledon to Central Croydon follows the Surrey Iron Railway formation from Mitcham to Waddon Marsh tram-stops, allowing for the fact that the trams use a flyover to cross Railtrack metals at Mitcham Junction

The double track to Sutton swings off southwards, whilst the single line for West Croydon continues in a straighter course across Mitcham Common

Tramway Path

A version of 'Tramway Path' which actually follows the formation, starts from the junction of Goat Road and Carshalton Road, south of Mitcham Junction station(s) and heads in a north- westerly direction towards Mitcham tram stop, running adjacent for several hundred yards and crossing London Road by the original eighteenth century station house that formed the entrance to Mitcham BR station, as was

Tramway Terrace 1882 date on houses.   Part of an old footpath from Hackbridge and Mill Green to Mitcham, pre-dates SIR, which was built on the east side of it. 

Willow Lane.

Surrey Iron Railway is the road of the railway. Bridge to join between the two bridges; footpath which went more or less alongside the Surrey Iron Railway.


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