Berridge Road



Berridge Road is a small road originally runing from Salters Hill to Bristow Road.   Once a traditional Victorian residential road built c1880s. Now only 13 of the original houses remain along the south western side of the road.   The rest of the road has been infilled with a variety of modern terraced houses and Alphabet Lanes nursery.

Maps and Land Ownership
Berridge Road is a small road between Bristow Road (Bristow Road was originally named Barnfield Road), reached from Sainsbury Road, near Gipsy Hill Station (built 1867) or Whiteley Road from Salters Hill.  Once a traditionalVictorian residential road built c1880s, it now only has a few original houses on one side of the road.

The renumbering of houses in Berridge Road – courtesy of Lambeth Archives

The Norwood Area in 1805

 

Berridge Road has not been created yet. It is still open fields with just Alexandra Road
and Victoria Road created there (c 1860) Gipsy Hill Station is close by.

Berridge Road off Sainsbury Road (which was originally named Station Road as it led to
Gipsy Hill Station). 1884

 

Modern street map of Berridge Road

       
Timeline
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Building of the street

 

Architecture
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Significant Street Buildings

    St Jude’s Mission Church

    This building was erected in 1880 as a mission church for the parish of Christ Church, Gipsy Hill. The architect was Frederic W Ledger. Described as “a small plain stock brick building of little architectural pretence. There is a small porch fronting t …


Social History
One family that lived in Berridge Road  was William George Starr, born 20 September 1878 in Old Windsor, but he moved with his family to Norwood by 1881.  His mother, Sarah, was a Laundress.

On the 1901 Census (aged 33), he is married to Rosa (aged 29), with four children, Florence (aged 7), Henrietta (Bn 1896) (aged 5), Ellen (Bn 1899) (aged 2) and Edith (Bn 1900) (aged 10 months).  They are living at 44 Berridge Road, Upper Norwood.   In 1911, they are living at No 38.  William is a House Painter (aged 43), with Rosa (aged 40) and five daughters.  They have three rooms in the house.

38 Berridge Road

William Starr died on 11 May 1921 at 44 Berridge Road, Upper Norwood.  He was only 54 years old and had been a Packer of Paper in a Warehouse.  His daughter Rose Ann Starr, lived there until at least 1938.

Ernest Edward Bushnell (Bn 1876 D1954) married Emma at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill in 1909. By 1911, they lived with their family at 7 Berridge Road. He was a Carpenter by trade.  When he was 39 in 1915, he joined the Labour Corps, but luckily survived WW

William Edgar Bloomfield (Bn 1868 in Norwood and died on September 17th, 1929) lived at 11 Berridge Road.  His father Edgar had been a Coachman at the Cintra Coach House in 1881.  By 1901 he was married to Merina (in 1892 in Somerset.  She had been a Servant) and living at 11 Berridge Road.  His occupation was an Auxiliary Postman and a Bootmaker. In 1911, he was still a Postman and his eldest daughter, Minnie (aged 15), a Dressmaker.  William died at 11 Berridge Road in 1929, aged 61.

On the 1891 Census

Mr (Walter John) Tedd also lived at No 48 Berridge Road (1891 & 1901 Census) and continued to live in Berridge Road until at least 1911.  Harry Fitch, aged 67, also resided with them in 1911 and he was a Boot Repairer Assistant.  On the 1911 Census, Mr Tedd’s 16 year old daughter, Lilly was a Shorthand Typist and 14 year old Daisy was a Dressmaker’s Apprentice.

On the Census Returns for 1881 until 1911, the following examples of information was submitted

1881

General Labourer, Nurse, Carpenter, Dressmaker, Upholsterer, Shoemaker, Gardener, Tailor, Mangler Woman, Manufacturing, Bricklayer, Seaman’s Wife, Coalman, Porter at Glass Store, Police Inspector, Stone Mason, Railway Lamp Cleaner, Railway Porters.

From: Mainly Norwood, Plymouth, Devon, Chelsea, Amsterdam, Holland, Burton-on-Trent, Cheshire, Sussex, Bethnal Green, Bournemouth, Somerset, Forest of Dean. Dublin, Ireland, Cardiff, Wales, Ramsgate, Cork, Ireland, Suffolk Essex.

1891

Grocer’s Porter, Bootmaker, Gas Fitter ,Domestic Servants, Storekeeper at the Crystal Palace, Outfitter’s Assistant, Joiner, Milk Carrier, Printer, Errand Boys, Painter, Paper Boy, 1st Class Postman, Carman, Railway Guard, Housekeeper, Fishmonger’s Assistant, Warehouse Porter, Cabman (groom), Manager in a Butchers, Laundress, Railway Labourer, Butcher’s Assistants, Postman and Gardener, Carpenter and Auxiliary Postman, Broker’s Clerk, Plasterer. Ralph B Whitfield (aged 8, a Scholar in 1891 later a ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA PENSIONER) at No 11 (In 1947, he lived at No 2 Woodland Hill), Smith’s Labourer, Plumber’s Labourer.

At No 1 Berridge Road, George Clifford (aged 6 Bn Norwood) (later an Electrical Contractor) joined the Royal Air Force during WWI.  Also, his brother Leonard (aged 2 Bn Norwood) (also became an Electrician) and joined up during WWI.  They were still at No 1 Berridge Road on the 1901 Census.  Leonard Hill (Bn 1875 Norwood) (later a Printers Machine Manager) also joined up during WWI.

At No 6 in 1891, Samuel J Denton (Bn 1878 Bn Penge) was a Milk Carrier in 1911.  He joined the Army Veterinary Corp in 1914, aged 36.  His occupation at that time was a Horse Keeper.

From: Edenbridge, Wisbech, Suffolk, Coventry, Lewisham, Marylebone, Watford, Paddington, Thornton Heath, Brixton, Devon, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Ivor Heath, Canterbury, Bath, Clapham, Snodland, Fulham, Norfolk, Daventry, Kilmarnock, Scotland, Somerset, Penge, Beckenham, Forest Hill, Deal, Poole, Essex, Pimlico, Dorset, Peckham, Dover, Ramsgate, but mainly from Norwood.

In 1891, Harry James Emery (Bn 1891), lived at No 18 Berridge Road.  In 1911 he was a Clerk.  During WWI he joined the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport).

At No 42, lived Bertram Taylor (Bn 1883), who in 1911 was an Electric Tram Conductor.

At No 15, Carman, Stephen Ingram (Bn 1856).  On the 1911 Census he had moved to 3 South Vale.

At No 19, was Alfred Burrows (Bn 1874), a Smiths Labourer.  By 1911 he had moved to Dulwich, his occupation was still a Blacksmith.

1901 Plate Layer on the Railways, Illusionist for Exhibitions, Metropolitan Police Constable, Assistant Potman, Wine Cellar man, Fruiter’s Assistant, Timber Yard Foreman, Musician, Auctioneer’s Porter, Milliner, Boot Repairer, Laundry/Ironer, Soldier, Tailoress.

From: Windsor, Poole, Dorset, Ashford, Stamford, Buckinghamshire, Pimlico, Tunbridge, Anerley, Snodland, Hull, Kennington, Honiton, Devon, Balham, Kentish Town, Montreal, Canada, Dulwich, Torquay, Salford, Fulham, Macclesfield, Staines, Sidmouth, Devon, New Cross, Deptford, Somerset.

1911

Enrico Perriti Music Master, Pastry Cook , Telegraph Messenger, Coffee House Barman, Daily Girl, Stileman, Furniture Sale Porter, Hackney Carriage Driver, Cabman, Builder’s Labourer, Publisher’s Clerk, Laundress, Porter SEC Railway, Fishmonger, Jobbing Gardener, Dyer’s Labourer, Errand Boy, Electrician, Church Caretaker at a building called The Institute in Berridge Road, Carman Corn Dealer.  Herbert Flood worked for the Army & Navy Stores (born in Norwood).  His father had been a Farmer.

At No 2 Berridge Road on the 1911 Census, is Charles and Dinah Dench.  Charles Dench was a Cabman, later a Grocer.  They had six sons, Charles (aged 18), George (aged 17), Walter (aged 13), Robert (aged 11), Ernest (aged 9), Stephen (aged 4) and two daughters, Mildred (aged 7) and Dorothy (aged 3).  Charles was a Builder’s Labourer later a Grocer’s Assistant.  He married Minnie at All Saints Church in 1920, and George was a Shop Assistant in a Grocers.  They also had Ann Eastwell, a 74 year old Widow (Bn 1837 in Fletching, Surrey) living there.

At No 36 Berridge Road, on the 1911 Census was James Markham Izod (Bn 1878), a Stileman at the Crystal Palace/1901 an Accounts Clerk, and his wife Ellen (Bn 1873 D 1918 aged 46) (M 1899) and their son James Raymond (Bn 1900). In 1901 they were living at No 5 Barnfield Road, where their son was born.  He was connected to the Izod family, Chemists on the corner of Gipsy Hill/Westow Hill.

Arthur Eden, a Boarder at No 17 Berridge Road (Bn 1891, son of a Grocer/Milk Carrier).  In 1901 he lived with his family at 25 George (Cawnpore) Street. In 1911 was a Boarder at 27 Woodland Hill (married Nellie at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill in 1912) and had become a Dental Mechanic/Artificial Teeth Maker.

From: Felixstowe, Suffolk, Bermondsey, Wandsworth, West Norwood, Norwood, Paddington, Margate, Balcombe Sussex, Tooting, Anerley, Hastings, Westerham, Canterbury, Fulham, Cheltenham, Dorset, Lancashire, Brixton, Torquay, Unknown, Bootle, Westerham, Lewisham, Peckham, Notting Hill, Teddington, Camberwell, Forest Hill, Somerset, Yalding, Kent, Yorkshire, Yaxley, Suffolk.

At No 22 Berridge Road, lived the Dearsley family from before 1911 until at least 1948.  All the family had been born in Norwood. Thomas Dearsley (Bn 1870 D1964), a House Painter, married Emily (Bn 1863) in Christ Church, Gipsy Hill in 1892.  They had previously been living at 37 and 51 Sainsbury Road a short walk away.

Marriage Certificate for Thomas and Emily Dearsley 1892

 

 

William and Minnie Dearsley’s wedding certificaste from 1930

Son, Ernest Dearsley (Bn 1907 – D1996). He married Mary in 1942.

There was also a son, Albert William (Bn 1902 D1944). Who later became a Private Chauffeur.  He married Ellen in 1928.

Advertisements for Berridge Road

October 1910

A DESPERATE ACT

DRUNKENNESS NO EXCUSE

Thomas Dearsley (40) of 22 Berridge Road, Upper Norwood, was charged with braking a plate glass window, value £20 at 28 High Street, South Norwood, the property of Thomas John Tunstall Clark.  Prisoner said he was full up with beer and did not know what he was doing. Mr Clark said that at mid-day on Tuesday, he was in his shop when he heard a crashing of glass and he later found that the shop window was broken.  Prisoner, who was standing there, said, “I did it, guv’nor,” and when asked “Why?” he replied “I don’t know.”

PC 889W said that when he arrested the man he had the appearance of having been drinking.  Having no explanation to offer the magistrates, the Bench were of the opinion that there was no evidence before them to lead them to believe that the prisoner had any malicious intention to do Mr Clark any harm, but at the same time, drunkenness was no excuse for such an act, and to some extent prisoner must be held responsible. 

He would be fined 20 shillings and costs.

Advertisements from the Norwood News

CHRIST CHURCH C.E.T.S – On Monday evening the Rev H Stuart Clark, gave at the Berridge Road mission room, a lecture on John B Gough, the great temperance advocate in connection with the C.E.T.S.

Gipsy Hill (close to Station and Crystal Palace) – Rent 11s per week; no taxes; contains 8 rooms, kitchen fitted with Kitchener (good repair); garden, &c; to view – Apply Mr Tedd, Bootmaker, 1 Berridge Road, Station Road, Gipsy Hill

Norwood News, Saturday, 26 May 1900

Safety Pneumatic Roadster; in good condition; all accessories; low price, £4 10s; room wanted – Cycle, 28 Berridge Road, Norwood, S.E.

Norwood News Saturday, 20 November 1909

LAUNDRIES

Hand Laundry – Wanted by experienced laundress, large or small, families’ washing – Apply H., 23 Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill

1884 – Mrs Jolliffe (from Brighton), Dressmaker, 2, Allen Terrace, Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill; charges very moderate; orders by post promptly attended to.

1885 – Leasehold Houses, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill  Let at £186

1885 – Crystal Palace and Station (near); rent 11s per week, including rates and taxes; eight rooms; kitchen, fitted with kitchener; venetian blinds; good repair; immediate possession – Apply Mr Tedd, Boot maker, 1 Berridge Terrace, Station Road, Gipsy Hill

1884 – Upper Norwood, near Station and Palace – Rent 12s, no taxes; arranged for two families; eight rooms, venetian blinds, garden &c; good repair; 10s allowed for moving – To view, apply Mr Tedd, Bootmaker, 1 Berridge Terrace, Berridge Road, Station Road

Mr (Walter John) Tedd also lived at No 48 Berridge Road (1891 & 1901 Census) and continued to live in Berridge Road until at least 1911.  Harry Fitch, aged 67, also resided with them in 1911 and he was a Boot Repairer Assistant.  On the 1911 Census, Mr Tedd’s 16 year old daughter, Lilly was a Shorthand Typist and 14 year old Daisy was a Dressmaker’s Apprentice. .

1891

1884 – WANTED a Family’s Washing; good drying ground; no other washing done – Mrs Hollis, 18 Berridge Terrace, Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill

A heart-breaking advert Friday, 16 December 1887 in the Woolwich Gazette

To Widowers and Others – Wanted the care of one or two Children after Christmas; loving care; good home – Apply by letter to “M.A.,” 6 Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill, Norwood

Housebreaking in 1891

Norwood News, Saturday, 14 March 1891

YOUTHFUL HOUSEBREAKERSAt the Lambeth Police Court on Monday, Arthur Offen, 15, labourer, of 48 St Hugh’s Road, Anerley; Arthur Moore, 15, errand boy of 1 Berridge Terrace, Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill; Robert Wendland, 12, of 41 Queen’s Road, Upper Norwood; and Charles Mates, 14, errand boy, of 68 Romany Road, West Norwood, were charged, on remand, with being concerned together in feloniously breaking and entering a furnished house, of which, no one was in charge, at 21 Victoria Road, on 27th and 28th ult.  They were also charged with stealing therefrom four knives, a chopper, a saw, a waistcoat, a shirt, a waterproof, a coat, four glasses, two irons, two hats, two caps, a tea caddy, a cup and saucer, two plates and 11 painted ornaments, the property of Alfred Grierson – Margaret Conse, 32, married of 3, Albert Yard, Westow Hill, was charged, on remand, with feloniously receiving some of the articles. – Mr Hopkins now committed the whole of the prisoners for trial, Conse being admitted to bail.

Arthur Offen was sent to Wandsworth Prison, aged 15, his occupation as an Errand Boy.

In 1881 Robert Wendland had lived at 23 Ashburnham Terrace, Barnfield Road.

His father was a German musician.

Charles Mates married Louisa in 1905 and became a General Labourer at the Crystal Palace (1911). In 1891, his father was a Chimney Sweep (Romany Road, West Norwood)

Norwood News Saturday, 25 July 1903

No 18 Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill S.E – Capital six roomed house to be Let; rent 12s per week; just redecorated inside – Apply Mr Chas P Whiteley, Estate Agent, 82 Queen Street, Cheapside, E.C

Friday, 13 May 1892

Girl – Wanted, young girl for house and laundry work.  Good home.  Address L., 6 Berridge Road Gipsy Hill, Norwood, Surrey

1901 – ASTHMA and bronchitis – A gentleman who has been cured will gladly send particulars to any sufferer; enclose stamped envelope – Mr Lock, 14 Berridge Road, Gipsy Hill, S.E.

Obituary for Berridge Road

William Henry Holland Obituary

9 December 1949

He is at 11 Berridge Road – Street Directory from at least 1920

MR W H HOLLAND

The funeral takes place to-day (Friday) at Elmers End, of Mr William Henry Holland, Berridge Road, Upper Norwood.

A service will be held at St Jude’s Church opposite his home, where the family worshipped.

Mr Holland had suffered from a nervous complaint following his work in the Heavy Rescue Service during the war.  He was at first attached to the Salters Hill depot and was later transferred to Brixton.  He had been ill for two years and died in

West Park Hospital, Epsom.

A life-long building operative, a trade which his two sons are also following.  Mr Holland took a keen interest in interior decoration, an art which he exercised in his own home.  He was also a keen allotmenteer.

 

 

 

 

Residents

    Lloyd, Herbert Thomas, Private 2439 (1892-1917)

    he was born in 1892, son of Elizabeth and George.  In 1911 he lived with his parents, three brothers and sister at 22 Berridge Road and was a carpenter’s labourer.  He joined the Household Cavalry, Dorset (Queens Own) Yeomanry.  He died on 30 January 1 …


    Jackson, Alfred George, Lance Coporal (1899-1917)

    4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers Royal Field Artillery, born 1899, son of John (a police constable in the Metropolitan Police) and Agnes originally of 18 Berridge Road and later 26 Jasper Road.  He was killed in Action at Flanders on 10 April 1917, aged 1 …


    Batten, Levi Gunner 204201 (18831917)

    He was born 1883 and married in Christ church, Gipsy Hill on 9 March 1912 to Sarah Minnie Bates when he was 29 and she was 30 years old.  He had been living at 24 Berridge Road, and Sarah at No 26.  He was a postman and his father, George William Batte …


Memories
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War
The First World War 1914 to 1918

LANCE CORPORAL ALFRED GEORGE JACKSON 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers Royal Field Artillery, born 1899, son of John (a police constable in the Metropolitan Police) and Agnes originally of 18 Berridge Road(later 26 Jasper Road).  He was killed in Action at Flanders on 10 April 1917, aged 18.  He had 5 brothers and 3 sisters, whose occupations included a philatelic clerk, a sorter in a laundry and telegraph messenger. He is buried at Faubourg, Amiens Cemetery Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

PRIVATE 9187 FREDERICK C LYNN. He was born in Norwood in 1888, son of John and Esther and living at 18 Berridge Road in 1891.  In 1911 he was a soldier in the 1st Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers, single, aged 23.  He was Killed in Action at Ypres, Flanders on 24 October 1914 (2nd Battalion), aged 25.  He is mentioned in De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour and is buried in West Flanders.

PRIVATE ARTHUR ERNEST NORRIS/CH15352 born 31 May 1886, son of Frederick Norris (widower) a carpenter, and Hannah.  In 1901, lived at 19 Berridge Road.  When Arthur was 15, he was a wash house apprentice.  In 1911 when he was 24 he was already a Private in the Royal navy.  He joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry HMS ‘Natal’.   During World War I the ship was assigned to the 2nd Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet, but did not participate in any battles.  Natal spent much of 1915 uneventfully patrolling the North Sea. He was killed by an internal explosion of the vessel on 30 December 1915.  His body was not recovered for burial.

PRIVATE CHARLES McKNO/TF 241278, born in 1895 son of Marcus (a baker) and Frances.  In 1901 lived with his family at 22 Berridge Road (later moved to Tooting).  He joined the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment 1st 8th (TF) Battalion.  In 1911 he had been an errand boy for a grocer.  He Died of Wounds on 19 April 1918 and is buried Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, Calais France.  He had a younger sister and brother.

PRIVATE 2439 HERBERT THOMAS LLOYD, born 1892, son of Elizabeth and George.  In 1911 he lived with his parents, three brothers and sister at 22 Berridge Road and was a Carpenter’s Labourer.  He joined the Household Cavalry, Dorset (Queens Own) Yeomanry.  He died on 30 January 1917 and has a war grave at Sevenoaks Cemetery.  He was 25 years old.

GUNNER LEVI BATTEN 204201 was born 1883.  Married in Christ Church, Gipsy Hill on 9 March 1912 to Sarah Minnie Bates when he was 29 and she was 30 years old.  He had been living at 24 Berridge Road(1901 & 1911), and Sarah at No 26.  He was a postman and his father, George William Batten, a policeman. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery 1st Siege Bty and died on Active Service, a Gunner RGA on 15 August 1917.  He left behind his wife, Sarah and at least one child, Blanche Minnie, baptised on 5 October 1913, in Christ Church, Gipsy Hill.  He is remembered on Panel 9 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, which means that his body was never found.

The Second World War 1939 to 1945

VE Day, Berridge Road 8 May 1945

VJ Day, Berridge Road – looking towards Barnfield:Bristow Road 15 August 1945

 

 

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