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240 Hills Road, Branksome

History of 240 Hills Road

1911:

George Champion Bedwell 63, widower, manager of music business, born London

Clara E 39, daughter, born Plymouth

James K D 27, son, music seller’s assistant, born Cambridge

Eliza M 65, visitor, widow, born Jamaica

Beatrice Brand 23, servant, born Bottisham

Mabel Watts 21, servant, born Kennett

George Bedwell (c1845-1934) set up his piano and instrument shop at Cecilia House in Hills Road in 1874. They had a works in Tenison Road 1896-1933 and showrooms in St Mary’s Passage c.1912-28 and 130 East Road 1933-36. There were also branches in Bournemouth, Clacton-on-Sea, Norwich and Colchester. They became builders of small pipe organs c.1891 and also made harmoniums.

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