Sources for Epsom
and Ewell History
'Discovery of foundations at Nonsuch' Surrey Arch. Coll. 38 (1930) pp230-1.Willis is also recorded as having published an account of 15 High Street in the Epsom & Ewell Advertiser, 11th January 1949.
'Saxon burials at Ewell', Surrey Arch. Coll. 41 (1933) p122.
'The banqueting house at Ewell', Surrey Arch. Coll. 41 (1933) p127.
'Earthwork in Ewell and Cuddington', Surrey Arch. Coll. 42 (1934) pp117-8
'Epsom houses', Surrey Arch. Coll. 45 (1937) pp154-5.
'Ewell Grove, Ewell', Surrey Arch. Coll. 45 (1937) pp155-6.
'Ironwork in Epsom and Ewell', Surrey Arch. Coll. 48 (1943) pp8-16.
'An old workshop at Ewell', Surrey Arch. Coll. 48 (1943) pp159-60.
'Old houses in Epsom, Ewell and Cuddington', Surrey Arch. Coll. 51 (1950) pp110-33.
…The financial arrangement between him and his brother in your notes is not quite right.
When their father died in 1909 he left a flourishing and prosperous business and some properties equally between his two sons, with the option that either could buy the other out if they so desired. Uncle Bill - to his family - took that option in return for his keep and lodgings. This allowed him to live comfortably and to pursue his interests in music and antiquity, having also made some shrewd investments.
At that time the business also installed central heating systems and kitchen ovens, which was John's speciality. However, the business never recovered from the loss of their skilled workforce in WW1 and the change from a horse drawn economy. I think my grandfather would be the first to agree that he had neither the business acumen and drive of his (allegedly) martinet father nor indeed the interest to do so. Especially since his son had emigrated to Australia. His main interest was his allotment. Besides, I suspect that his wife, the favourite niece of a wealthy Mill owning widow was not short of a penny or two.
I really enjoyed my evening chats with Uncle Bill when I was visiting and sharing a glass of malt whiskey all those years ago.…