The Surrey Arms and "Casablanca," Morden Road, Mitcham

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1930
Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 London Borough of Merton
Picture Reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln166
Original Format Photo
Photographer / Origin of Photo Tom Francis
Notes / History The original pub and adjucent cottage were weather-boarded. This construction style was common in Surrey during the 18th and 19th century. The pub was demolished during the early 1930s and replaced with a mock Tudor equivalent. The larger property (far right) was known by various names – White House, White Cottage and rather grandly, ‘Casablanca’.
During the Victorian era, Robert Ellis, a local mineral water manufacturer, sank an Artesian Well into the land to the rear of the house. There was also an iron drinking fountain at the roadside, complete with a chained metal cup for public use. Ellis junior bored another deep well near Western Road, where he opened a factory to bottle mineral water in 1877. This ‘Ravenspring Works’ was ultimately purchased by the firm C.A.M.W.A.L. – (Chemists Aerated Mineral Water Company Ltd.)

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