Hi Andrew - My great Grandmother was Edith Mary Novell born 1875 in Addlestone/New Haw in Surrey. Her father was Charles Novell, a shepherd born in Farnham. Her mother died shortly after giving birth in 1879, leaving Charles to bring up 4 young children alone.
Edith had a brother, Charles William born 1877 in Chertsey - he married Florence Kendrew in 1902 in South Croydon and they had a son John Charles in 1904 in Croydon. Florence died in 1908 and Charles William remarried a Hilda Berg (Swiss I think) - allegedly they had 9 children, one of which was Frederick Peter Novell - I say allegedly as I have not traced this family yet so cannot prove one way or another. My mother has been in touch with Frederick Peter's descendants.
I wonder if there was family in Croydon at the time of Edith's parents deaths and that is why Charles (the son)migrated there?
Anyway, the only other info I have on them is that Charles' parents were John and Mary and they lived in Badshot, Farnham with their numerous children and were Ag labs unsurprsingly!