EPSOM BUSINESSES 1911
Troops marching through the High Street in the First World War era
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.
As with Ewell Businesses 1911
the purpose of this endeavour is to record as many as possible of the shops and businesses that existed in the central part of Epsom as at 1911, incorporating information about the buildings and proprietors as far as we are able. Although this began as a stand-alone project, we hope that it will also prove interesting as background material to the First World War era, which will be the subject of an exhibition at Bourne Hall during 2014. We have some excellent photos for you, many of which do not appear elsewhere on this website.
Parts of the Epsom project have proved a nightmare. The three main problems have been lack of numbering for most of the buildings in the 1911 census, the fact that by 1911 many of the proprietors were no longer living over their shops (so that no one appeared on the census in quite a few buildings) and, most of all, the inconvenient issue that large swathes of buildings have long since been demolished. So, what we have here is our very best collective effort at locating the right businesses in the correct buildings, although there has had to be some guesswork and we are not guaranteeing 100% accuracy.
We could not get everything on the same map, so the project has been divided into six separate maps, as follows:
1. UPPER HIGH STREET (THEN STATION ROAD) See Intro Page
2. HIGH STREET EAST See Intro Page
3. HIGH STREET WEST AND WEST STREET See Intro Page
4. SOUTH STREET See Intro Page
5. CHURCH STREET See Intro Page
6. EAST STREET (Western End) See Intro Page
This is not by any means an exhaustive account of all Epsom shops and businesses in 1911 and deals mainly with the area in and around the High Street.
Research and Text by Linda Jackson
Map and Ground Research by Nick Winfield with Peter Reed