JP (2017, e.2020):
On the corner of Wiseton Rd were originally two houses, which were demolished in 1915 to make room for the National Provincial Bank, later Natwest. When the bank closed the branch [approx date?] it became a branch of the Est Est Est restaurant chain for a while, and then another restaurant, Piccolino, before opening as a Sainsbury's Local.
Behind the bank on the right in Wiseton Rd [i.e. the Trinity Rd side] was Miller's slaughterhouse.
[PB: I recall that when the bank was transformed into a restaurant, everybody was amazed by the innovative use of immense seamless glass panels to create an external conservatory area by enveloping the arches of the old exterior walls. (This remains there today in the Sainsbury incarnation, but with nothing like the same visual impact. This is largely because the bottom metre or so of glass is now covered by an old map of part of Bellevue.)
The glassed-in area created a fine area for diners to see out over Bellevue and the Common, and for outsiders to see in. As a result, when it opened [approx. date?] you had to book weeks in advance to get a table in the window.
Sadly, the company made the mistake of handing out wax crayons, which meant the rather fine stone surfaces, so recently cleaned, were soon covered in a thick waxy scrawl up to the height of about 2 metres. I was told that this layer proved very difficult even for specialist cleaners to deal with.]
I have my doubts about this slaughterhouse. I have not come across any references to its existence e.g. on subsequent maps, or in newspapers. I suspect that one was planned, but never built.
1879: Application for a slaughterhouse on Bellevue / Wiseton Rd approved by the Metropolitan Board of Works
Notice how airily the committee rejects the objections of the inhabitants of Wiseton Rd, and insists that all that is needed to remove any objections local inhabitants might have to the sights, sounds and smells of a slaughterhouse is a trellis.
Your Committee have also to report that they have had under consideration an application from Mr. Charles Newbury, of Hill-street, Walworth, for sanction to the establishment anew of the business of a Slaughterer of Cattle, at premises situate in Wiseton-Rd, Wandsworth-common.
The Slaughterhouse premises are attached to a new house and shop in Belle Vue-Rd [PB: which number was this - 27? 28?], but they abut upon and are entered from Wiseton-Rd, the houses in which are residential.
Your Committee have had before them a Memorial from some of the inhabitants of Wiseton-Rd, protesting against the establishment of a Slaughterhouse within a few yards of their residences.
Your Committee have viewed the premises, and find them to be well adapted to the business proposed to be carried on; and as they are enclosed by a wall, your Committee consider that the objections of the Memorialists will be sufficiently met by placing a trellis-work screen on the top of the wall. It will also be necessary to make an alteration as regards the poundage, and your Committee recommend:
That the application be granted, on condition that, prior to granting the formal sanction of the Board under Seal, the poundage be altered in accordance with the Board's conditions as to new Slaughterhouses; that a trellis-work screen, of a height of at least three feet, be constructed and placed on the top of the whole of the boundary-wall in Wiseton-Rd; and that the premises be altered and maintained, in all respects, in accordance with the conditions and Bye-laws of the Board.
JP (2017, e.2020):
This was a children's dressmaker until 1940, when it became The Wool Shop, selling knitting wool and other items to do with sewing and knitting. It was then incorporated into Sainsbury's Local.
Here is St James's Drive . . .
Here is Althorp Road . . .
Here is Wiseton Road . . .
Here is Trinity Road . . .