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Albert Street, Mitcham

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Published May 12th 2023
Many historical buildings
Parallel to Princes Road is Mitcham's Albert Street, the main street of the village in times past. It was named for Queen Victoria's consort Prince Albert. Today, many historical buildings still remain along this street.

old Mitcham Hotel
Old Mitcham Hotel

At the corner of Taylors Road, across from Sutton Gardens, you'll find the old Mitcham Hotel restored to its original grandeur. Built in 1869, the hotel had a second storey added about ten years later. It operated with a liquor license until 1909. Thanks to the Temperance Movement, its license wasn't renewed and the sale of alcohol became a thing of the past. The Temperance Hotel continued to offer light refreshments and general goods as well as accommodation. Later, the building was used as a betting shop, boarding house and flats before being converted into a private residence.

On the eastern and western corners of High Street stand the former Harris Greengrocer and Edinburgh Cellars.

former Harris Greengrocer
Former Harris Greengrocer

The Harris family worked in the greengrocery store for three generations. Their small shop had a family home attached to it. At the rear was a paddock where the vegetables were grown. Nowadays, children play in the outdoor area which forms part of Mitcham Village Kindergarten.

Edinburgh Cellars
Edinburgh Cellars

As for Edinburgh Cellars, the building is rather young being just rebuilt in the early 1990s after an arson attack. Before that, it served as a general store for approximately 120 years as well as an art and crafts centre.

Cobbler's Cottage
Cobbler's Cottage

Further down the street is one of the oldest cottages in the area. As its name suggests, Cobbler's Cottage was where bootmaker Watters ran his business from. He would have made all the shoes by hand.

Allison's Apothecary Bed & Breakfast

The shop next door was owned by chemist and apothecary J W Allison. Although it changed hands a couple of times, the building remains pretty much the same today as it was in 1880. Look through the windows and you'll be pleasantly surprised at what you see.

Baptist Church
Baptist Church

Lastly, the village's Baptist Church can be found across the road near Welbourne Street. Built in 1858, its original structure is unfortunately no longer visible. A piece of history, although small, has been hidden behind a new facade. Nevertheless, the building still stands to this day.
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Why? Many historical buildings
Where: Albert Street, Mitcham, SA
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May the buildings never be developed externally. They are part of our history and should remain so.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4701) 14 days ago
Many nice historical buildings worth a visit.
by Bev (score: 2|209) 13 days ago
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