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..

Professional Cricketers

Robert (Bobby) Abel, 'The Guv'nor' to his many fans, was living at 43 Handforth Road in Clapham, although he was not shown as being there on the night of the census. Despite a long career as a professional cricketer, he had been forced to give up first class matches some seven years before due to health and eyesight problems. He was in fact staying with friends Henry & Abigail Bartlett at Spring Farm House in Fletching Uckfield in Sussex, where his occupation is shown as an athletic outfitter. Henry was also in the cricket bat manufacturing business and also came from south London.

Actually living at 43 Handforth Road are his wife Sarah (nee Reffell) and ten surviving children; Robert Henry, William John, George Albert, Thomas Ernest, Alfred Charles, Albert Edward, Ada, Alice Emily , Lillian Agnes and Violet Annie. It must have been a full house.

The first three sons are listed as professional cricketers, whilst Thomas's occupation is cricket bat handle maker, which would probably not have been in the family business of Abel & Son as that had failed by that time. He may have possibly been working for Henry Bartlett above. Alfred is an office lad, again possibly in this business.