The sister of a friend worked at Rippingilles in the '50's, I wonder who was the owner then.
That is interesting tacitus, would it have been unusual for a woman to run a business in those days?
In view of the "Villiers" included in the information that Brian has added, I thought that the artist that I mentioned in #15 could be connected, so I've had another trawl
This is an interesting link https://www.benedictheal.com/personal/family/FH/fam244.html . It shows that Edward Villiers Rippingille (artist) is actually Edward Alexander's father!
Edward Villiers Rippingille death is registered Q2 1859, West Bromwich 6b 420