Sir Jeremiah Colman was born at Carshalton Park on 24 April 1859. He lived in the house which stood roughly behind the Sainsbury’s in Carshalton High Street, as seen from the air in the photo above (Cryer Arts is top left).
We discover more about his life in Carshalton.
Who likes a bit of mustard on their roast dinner? You’ve got the little boy on the left of the old waterfall photo below to thank for that. This person was Jeremiah Colman, the person who later became responsible for making Colman’s Mustard a household name around the world.
This little waterfall on a side road off Carshalton High Street has been played on by numerous children over the years, even back in the 1860s when it was still part of Carshalton Park.
Young Jeremiah, probably aged about 8 is pictured with his parents on the little bridge straddling the River Wandle waterfall. Sitting on the bank to the right is his sister with her Governess.
In 1888 Jeremiah purchased the nearby Gatton Park estate in Reigate, with beautiful grounds laid out by landscaper Capability Brown. He died on 16 January 1942 and Jeremiah is buried at the church here.
🗝 For clarification, this Jeremiah Colman was the third CEO in the family line. He was attributed for the worldwide expansion of the firm. The original Jeremiah was from Norwich, this one was born in Carshalton. There were a lot of Jeremiahs in the family.
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