The Reffell Family in 1911

A snapshot in time on Sunday 2 April 1911

One Hundred Years ago...

A comprehensive survey of the Reffell family of one hundred years ago..

The Bexley Brewery

The Bexley Brewery is not actually shown in the 1911 census as no one was living there permanently.

Percy Hugh Waistell had become the manager of Reffells Bexley Brewery in 1904 and was living next door to the brewery at Bourne Cottage with his wife of five years Hilda Florence Aldersmith. Also with them was young son John Kipling and two servants; Bessie Wood & Nellie Tugwell.

Percy's recently widowed mother, Margaret Ida Waistell was living at South End Northallerton in Yorkshire on private means. With her were an unmarried son and daughter; Charles Rowland a solicitor & Irene Margaret. Charles was to die the following year aged 43. Also at the address was a visitor, Mary Elizabeth Rowlandson and two servants; Sarah Anne Metcalfe & Ethel Blanborough.

Margaret's other two sons are not shown in the census; Arthur Kipling (later Sir Arthur) who was in the navy and retired in 1934 with the rank of admiral & Alan Murray.

The census also lists a number of other local people who worked in the brewery in Bourne Road.