Saturday, 2 January 2010

Dairy Quest



Ian has sent me this fascinating photograph of 'The Worcester Park Dairy', proudly proclaiming the sale of fresh milk from Potter's Farm in New Malden.

He has been trying to work out where the Worcester Park Dairy was located and what became of it.

The only clue I can see is what looks like the number 17 on the plaques on the pillars either side of the shop window. Number 17 Central Road no longer exists (it was knocked down to make way for the building that is now home to Sainsbury's Local and the flats above it) which would explain why the shop unit can't be identified in Worcester Park today.

The architectural style of the shop and the pillars certainly looks fairly similar to the remaining shops nearby (Broadway Bargains etc.)

My money would be on it being at the top of Central Road, but I'm sure some blog readers can shed more light on it.

Do you know where Worcester Park Dairy was located (and, for that matter, where was Potter's Farm in New Malden)?

7 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Rick said...

Worcester Park must have been seriously upmarket at the time when this photograph was taken. Just imagine how the shop must have looked in real life: with an embossed golden shop sign with an overhanging, colourful floral display, ornately carved stone on either side of the shop front, decorative iron address plaques, a series of attractive, coloured, leaded lights above the shop window, and below, a rural landscape painted on the tiles. All finished with the proprietor’s trademark on the window ledge - and even an intricate overhead cast iron design, to stop birds landing on the ledge above! How inviting … and to think all this vibrant colour and Victorian craftsmanship has been scrapped! Replaced by today’s plain, plate glass window and an overhead orange Sainsbury’s sign? No, WP! Surely not?

Next you’ll be telling us that wonderful artistic masterpieces of the era, like those by Constable and Turner have been similarly displaced, in favour of something as obviously and laughably inartistic as, oh, I don’t know, a cut up cow and an unmade bed?

Robin said...

The Worcester Park Dairy was at two locations

1) 3 Park Terrace WP
2) 3 Coombe Parade New Malden

The dairy at WP was taken over by E White and son in about 1912/13 and the one in New Malden was subsequently operated by F(rank) Marshall (whose name can be seen on the door) the address changed from 3 Coombe Parade to become 17 Coombe Road in New Malden.
Potters Farm (I think) refers to the farm that used to be in Motspur Park back in the 1850s run by Bernard Potter.
Hope this helps.
Lovely photo

Jeffers said...

Park Terrace is of course opposite WP Station and opposite the Worcester pub so not the top of Central Road.

I thought Potters Farm, New Malden, might have been near Potters Grove which is way over towards the Kingston Road off South Lane.

Robin said...

Further to mine and Jeffers comments. He may well be right, as Bernard Potter also owned a large amount of farmland in South Lane New Malden.

Ian Wigg said...

I left Worcester Park back in 1973 at the tender age of 13 but from memory Potter's Farm was on the right just after you went under the railway bride on the way to New Malden.

The front of the Worcester Park Dairy looks very much as I remember Caters when I was a child which would place it a couple of doors down from where Mac Fish used to be.

olive miller said...

My Grandad, Albert Wise (1868-1932) farmed Potters Farm for Frank Marshall until my Grandad's death. My Granny continued to live in the farmhouse until her death in 1948. Aunt Mabel and Aunt Jessie lived with her. Aunt Mabel worked for Marshall's Dairy as a roundswoman, backbreaking work but she never complained. My sisters and I thought it was great fun to get up at the crack of dawn and 'help' her. Her round was up and down all the groves off Coombe Road.
After 1932 most of the land surrounding the farmhouse was sold off for redelepment (Potters Grove housing a later example) Franks Avenue, South Park Grove, Green Lane could be earlier developments.
Our childhood was spent at what remained of the farm, a great area for camps and dens and even a cottage which was always known as 'Trussler's Cottage' named after a long dead cowman.
Olive Miller nee Wise






Alot of the landmy

Brit Rocker said...

I can confirm that Potters Farm became Potters Grove in 1939. My grandfather helped to build the road and my grandparents and their children were the first to move in. I was born in the road and still live there. My uncle, now 81, remembers the farmer's house. He also still lives in the road
- the only original occupant. There are now four generations of my family living in the road.

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