Ebenezer Smith

ebenzer smith sign blackheath
Jon writes:

I thought you might be interested in an old enamel sign I acquired some years ago.

Certainly am! The shop is mentioned in Bob Lands Memories of Blackheath post:

Ebenezer Smith was not an undertaker but an upholsterer, but his shop did look like an undertakers.

It’s mentioned in Blackheath Village and Environs (the green book):

Ebenezer Henry Smith (1872-1933) furniture dealer – pages 15,95,96,98,155
He bought the shop in 1899 form Robert Crickmore. His furniture and upholstery business remained in Blackheath until 1965, and he became a respected member of the Blackheath Chamber of Trade. He also added funeral undertaking to his commercial interests (this was quite common among furniture makers and upholsterers in the 19th Century). His shop was mostly left in the hands of a manager: until 1914 under the control of G.P. Baker, who was killed on active services at the end of that year; and from 1918-1946, A.G. Shapland, who became a director when the firm was constituted as a limited company. On Shapland’s retirement the business was controlled by Ralph Ebsworth Smith DFC (d1980), Ebenezer’s son. In September 1965 the upholstery business closed down, and was taken over by Messrs Findlater, Prentice, the wine and spirit merchants then trading at No 41 Tranquil Vale. The company was eventually absorbed by a large retail wine and spirits’ group and now trades as Wine Rack, a division of Threshers.

I make Number 41 the Costa coffee shop, not where Threshers was? I thought Threshers was on the other side?


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6 responses to “Ebenezer Smith

  1. Alan Burkitt-Gray

    Used to be a wine shop there, I think.

  2. Bob Land

    According to Neil Rhind’s book, it is one of or both of the buildings to the right of the alleyway leading to Collins Square and the Crown Pub

  3. Thomas Smith (no relation to Ebenezer)

    I seem to recall that it was no.43 Tranquil Vale (currently occupied by Fresh Aveda) that was for many years a wine shop. It was a Peter Dominic in the 70/80s, then an Unwins and finally a Wine Rack in the 90s. Its parent company First Quench eventually closed it down, probably due in part to the existence of a branch of Threshers across the road at no.48, another First Quench brand. No.48 is currently occupied by Farrow and Ball isn’t it?

    Terrific enamel sign.

  4. Anonymous

    The advert is in the facsimile of the 1909 Burrows Guide to Blackheath available from Blackheath Reprints. It also reveals Mr Smith’s furniture store was in Royal Parade Mews, scotching the widely-held idea that this lane was primarily stables for the old fire station.

  5. I have acquired a wardrobe with a label that says Ebenezer Smith, SE3 London. it hasn’t got a date.so we don’t know how old it is. Also it has written for Doctor Turner,8 Berwick,to halls *

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