Alice ruffles outside store

A. Ruffle's Shoe Shop: 41 Baker Street, Weybridge

In 1918, Alice Ruffle was summarily dismissed as the acting manageress of a shoe and boot shop at 8 Baker Street. The shop - named 'Frisby's' - was formerly just across the road from where you are now standing.

This was a common occurrence after the end of the First World War. Unemployment had skyrocketed on the return of men from the army, and many of the women who had stepped into jobs while they were enlisted were consequently let go.

The recently widowed Alice therefore set up her own shop here, at number 41. She sold shoes and boots, in competition with Frisby’s, and it quickly became a hit with local shoppers. Alice and her only son, Sidney, lived above this store until 1925, after which they moved to Holstein Avenue. A pair of black leather boots officially known as 'Alice Ruffle's Boots' are now part of Elmbridge Museum’s collection. They were among the first stock purchased by Alice, and always kept under the counter as a good luck charm. Alice died in 1964, and Sidney’s wife, Kathleen, managed the shop from 1960 until her death in 1980. The shop was then managed by two of Alice's granddaughters until it closed.

Ruffle's is now home to Century 21. Visit the store to see the heritage trail panel.

Elmbridge High Streets Heritage Trail
  1. Woolworths: 27b High Street, Weybridge
  2. The Post Office: 42 High Street, Weybridge
  3. Frisby's Shoe Shop: 8 Baker Street, Weybridge
  4. A. Ruffle's Shoe Shop: 41 Baker Street, Weybridge
  5. Bannister's Drapers Shop: 4 - 6 Waterloo Terrace, Baker Street, Weybridge
  6. Weybridge Museum: Library Building, Church Street, Weybridge
  7. Church House Antiques: 42 Church Street, Weybridge
  8. Portmore House: 54 Church Street, Weybridge
  9. Hasletts Drapers: 60a Church Street, Weybridge
  10. The Duke's Head: Hepworth Way Crossroads, Walton
  11. Annett's China Shop: Hepworth Way Crossroads, Walton
  12. Henry Ireton's House: 47 High Street, Walton
  13. Rogers & Sons: 51 High Street, Walton
  14. The Regal Cinema: 2 The Heart, New Zealand Avenue, Walton
  15. The Old Library: 72 High Street, Walton