EWELL BUSINESSES 1911

High St
High Street looking north, with the King William IV on the right.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

The purpose of this endeavour is to record as many as possible of the shops and businesses that existed in the main part of Ewell village as at 1911, incorporating descriptions of the buildings and proprietors as far as we are able.

Much of the historical information derives from two documents written by the Nonsuch Antiquarian Society (NAS), one in the 1970s and the other a little later: the two do not always tally in some of the details. Information about the proprietors has been taken from the 1911 census, at which time the High Street was not numbered, so it has been necessary to deduce the numbers, although many of them have been provided by the NAS documents.

Other valuable sources of information have been various sets of reminiscences that are on this website, notably Reminiscences of Cicely Fausset, Tom Pocock's Memoirs of Ewell and Reminiscences of James Cracknell. Some of the buildings also feature in The Old Buildings of Ewell Village.

High St
High Street looking south.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

You will notice that in several places there are unexplained gaps in the building numbers: this is because at the date under review the missing numbers were mainly residential, and in at least one case the 'hole' was open ground. In some instances it may be that the occupant was operating a business from home, but if this is not clear from the census information it has been omitted.

We do not always have a description of the building but, where we do, it may contain unfamiliar architectural/building terms: a guide, with illustrated examples is here.

An interactive map of the period can be found by clicking on this thumbnail:
Hovering your mouse over a property will reveal its address; if the property is coloured red, it is a business and a left click of your mouse will bring up the details. Alternatively, use the street list at the end by clicking on the links.

This is not by any means an exhaustive account of all Ewell shops and businesses in 1911 and deals mainly with the High Street.

Research and Text by Linda Jackson
Map and Ground Research by Nick Winfield with Peter Reed
September 2013


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