EWELL BUSINESSES 1911


90 High Street, Ewell
Current Occupiers (2013) King of Cotton (shop portion) (90 East)
Household fabric products

Home Sweets Home (90 West)
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Occupier in 1911 Clara Isabella Curtis
Dairy farmer/retailer
Details of 1911 Proprietor Born Clara Isabella Lemon 1857 City of London, daughter of a rope manufacturer. Married dairyman Charles Curtis (born 1843 Streatham/Balham) 1878 St Mary's Ewell. In 1891 they had a dairy farm (West Farm, Horton), which was later purchased by the LCC as part of the asylum site. Charles died in 1896 from a septic leg. The family later moved to Fitznells Farm in Ewell. The Curtis dairy firm was taken over by United Dairies in 1920s and the eldest son, Charles John (c.1878-1971, married Florence E Potterton) continued to work for them. Then, in 1935 the family purchased Home Farm, Effingham, Surrey, trading as C I Curtis, dairy farmers: this business was sold to Cow & Gate in 1955. Clara died on 20 October 1952. Another son, William Thomas (1880-1965) was also involved in the family business. After his wife, Janet Susan (nee Odell), died in 1951 he married a widow from South Africa and emigrated to Natal. There were two other sons - George Herbert (born 1882, married Florence E Murphy), who became a dental surgeon, and Edwin Elnor (1884-1975, married Amelia Emma Capon). The sole daughter, Clara Lilian (born 1893 Epsom) married George Stone in 1914 and died at Leatherhead in 1963. An excellent account of the Curtis family and their dairy businesses, together with photos, can be found here.
Details of building, where known See Fitznells.
C. I. Curtis (Fitznells Farm) Milk Float c.1923
C. I. Curtis (Fitznells Farm) Milk Float c.1923
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.
90 High Street
90 High Street, 2013
Photo by Brian Bouchard




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