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The first family business in Hugon Road

That William’s destiny lay in Fulham may be due to his enthusiasm for the temperance cause. In 1885, when he was twenty, William met Elizabeth Ansell at a Christmas party, probably organized by the Juvenile Templars in Battersea where they were both members. The templars served as the temperance movement’s youth wing: zealous campaigners for abstinence from the ‘four evils’ of alcohol, tobacco, gambling and profane language. Elizabeth Ansell, also twenty, was churchgoing, took an interest in the betterment of society and had a strong work ethic.

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Heroes of the 'first aid repairs'

On 16 September 1940, John Wilfrid Marston, managing director of WJ Marston & Son, sat down to compose a letter to Mrs Kay, recently appointed as manager of the company’s newly built hotel on the Kent coast. “The bombing in London is certainly rather terrible”, he began, but “so far, we have been rather fortunate.”

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125 years in Fulham

Pictured is the Empire petrol station at 79-91 New King’s Road opposite Eel Brook Common in about 1933 - rebuilt in about 1938 by W J Marston & Son for Mr J C Brodie

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Family Values

Everything we do at Marstons we do with our family shareholder values in mind

Determined to achieve

Provident with our resources

Honest in our dealings

Responsible to our Community

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Work anniversaries

2019, fifteen year work anniversaries for Darren Walsh and Noreen Tapp of working for Marstons

Marstons average length of service is just over 10 years but none of us are likely to beat the record set by Harry Sander of 70 years set in 1984 !


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Clapham Good Neighbours

Being good neighbours is important to Marstons, reflecting one of our values of being ‘responsible to our community’. The new scheme at Crosland Place will consist of nine newly built apartments to rent that will be owned and managed by Marstons for years to come . Living or working next to a building site is never going to be easy but it is important to Marstons to do all we can to minimise disruption and maintain good relations with all our neighbours .

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