Locomotors Estate, Mitcham: Aerial View
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|Notes / History||Part of the Locomotors site, better known now as the Watermeads Estate, was occupied by the successful Crick and Sharp film company during the Great War. Described by some film historians as the MGM of their day, the company was acquired by Hovis & Co and then by Locomotors, a firm specialising in the manufacture of motor vehicles. In 1973 Locomotors relocated to Andover and Merton Council purchased the vast industrial site with a view to creating municipal housing.
During the next two years developers set about constructing low rise housing. A number of watercourses crossed the site and flooding led to a reduction in the acreage that could be used for housing. However the landscaped grounds proved popular with the new residents.