Edwin Chappell was born in Keynsham in 1844, son of John Chappell, a basket maker, and wife Sarah Cantle. In 1871 Edwin was lodging at 10, Anstice Terrace, near Orchard Street, Weston-super-Mare, working as a Grocer's Shopman. He married Hannah Andrews at Clevedon Parish Church on Christmas day 1871. They had 13 children: Edith Anne (1873); Edwin Walter (1874); Horace Ernest (1876); Amy Selina (1877); Arthur Lionel (1879-died 1879, & 1880); Wilfred James (1881); Eleanor Gertrude (1883); Reginald Herbert (1884); Percival Andrew (1887); Edgar Francis (1889); Ralph Gilmore (1892) & Hedley Norman Leslie (1893).
From the Western Daily Press - Saturday 10 September 1887 page 6: "KEYNSHAM. Licensing Session, yesterday (before Messrs J. C. Ireland, W. S. Gore Langton, G. L. Lean, H. M. Skrine. and Harford Lyne.) —Edwin Chappell, of Keynsham, applied for a grocer's licence to sell wines and spirits. The necessary proof having been given as to service notice and qualification of applicant, Mr F. Jones, of Keynsham, handed a petition against the application signed by nearly 100 householders, and a resolution passed by the Keynsham Lodge of Good Templars. Mr Jones mentioned to the bench that if there had been time he believed nine out of every ten householders would have signed the petition. Mr Bennett also spoke against the application, urging that the proper notice had not been affixed Mr Chappell's premises. The Chairman said the licence would be granted as regards selling wine. As far he knew the bench had nothing to with selling spirits, and the application in that case would be adjourned for three weeks."
In 1889 to 1895, Edwin Chappell was Grocer and Coal Merchant, and agent for W. & A. Gilbey, Wine & Spirit Merchant, at the Railway Station. (Kelly's directories).
Edwin had retired by 1901, and sons Edwin Walter, Horace Ernest, and Wilfred continued to run the City House Grocers in Keynsham High Street, Arthur and Reginald became commercial travellers in the trade, Percival joined the Merchant Navy, Edgar became a Grocer's assistant in Yeovil, Ralph went into Dentistry but Hedley remained an apprentice in the provision trade and fought in WW1, and was a grocer at 5 Station Road in Keynsham in 1939. Edith became a draper's assistant in Clifton, Eleanor married a draper and moved to West Bromwich.
In 1914 Chappell Brothers were Grocers in the High Street, and Coal Merchants at the Railway Station. George Edwin Chappell was a Grocer &c. in the High Street (Kelly's directory).
From the Western Daily Press - Saturday 29 September 1934 page 12: "The old-established business at Keynsham Messrs Chappell Brothers, grocers and wine merchants, is changing hands, having been purchased by Messrs Joseph Burton and Sons, Ltd., of Nottingham." F. H. Ingram was the manager in 1939. The company continued trading as Chappell Brothers until 1962 when a new shop appeared in the phone book at 243 Redcatch Road, Knowle. By 1963 the Keynsham shop seems to have disappeared from the phone book, and the Redcatch shop was advertising for staff as early as 1941. It had disappeared altogether by 1975.
From The London Gazette, 5 December 1975: "KNOWLE GROCERS (CHAPPELL BROS.) LIMITED —At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the above-named Company, duly convened, and held at 26 Alexandra Parade,Weston-super-Mare, Avon, BS23 1QX, on the 24th November 1975, the following Special Resolution was duly passed: "That the Company be wound up voluntarily, and that Albert Almor Millard, of 26 Alexandra Parade, Weston-super-Mare, Avon, BS23 1QX, be and he is here by appointed Liquidator for the purposes of such winding-up." L. W. Chappell, Company Director." Lionel Wilfred Chappell was Edwin's grandson by Wilfred James Chappell and wife Louisa Catley. He was born in 1908 and in 1939 was living in Rock Road, Keynsham with wife Myrtle Lilian Peppin. After the takeover of the Keynsham store he seems to have revived the name of the firm of Chappell Brothers and continued the company at the Knowle Grocers, 243 Redcatch Road, Knowle, Bristol.
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CHAPPELL BROTHERS / Family Grocers / Wine & Spirit Merchants /
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