EWELL BUSINESSES 1911


23 High Street, Ewell
Current Occupier (2013) Alexandras Wood Furniture (23 - 25)
Furniture Store
Occupier in 1911 International Tea Stores
Tea Supplies
Details of 1911 Proprietor
International Tea Stores Logo
International Tea Stores Logo

The International Tea Stores (formerly the International Tea Company Stores, founded in 1878) were an extensive chain, with over 200 shops by 1890 - in the forefront of supermarkets really, owned by a firm called Kearley & Tonge (tea importers and jam manufacturers). The chain went through several incarnations, ending up as part of the Somerfield supermarket group which, in turn, was consumed by the Co-op in 2009. Hudson Ewbanke Kearley (1856-1934) originally worked for Tetley Tea and then established his own grocery stores. He later became Chairman of the Port of London Authority and Minister for Food Control in the First World War. He became Baron Devonport in 1910 and Viscount Devonport in 1917. Hilaire Belloc wrote of him thus:

The grocer Hudson Kearley, he

When purchasing his barony

Considered first, we understand,

The title of Lord Sugarsand,

Or then again he might have been

Lord Underweight of Margarine:

But being of the nobler sort

He took the title Devonport.
Details of building, where known
International Stores
Ewell Old Boys Parade passing International Stores
and Baldwin Bros (boarded up windows) c1911
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

23 High Street
23 High Street, 2013
Photo by Brian Bouchard




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HV Usill
HV Usill
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