In 1880 he moved his business again to Wharf Road in Stanford-le-Hope. From here he carried on his undertaking profession and also built many houses in Stanford-le-Hope which are still standing today, including a large part of the housing around his business, in Wharf Road, Salisbury Avenue, Rectory Road, and Fairview Avenue. He soon became a very prominent figure in Stanford le Hope, being a local lay preacher for the Wesleyan Chapel.
At the advent of the First World War, Lewis’s son Edward joined up and served in the Royal Flying Corps, whilst his father continued to run the business. After the war he joined his father in the business which was now expanding and in 1923 Lewis decided to join The British Undertakers Association.
Just three years later in 1926 Lewis died and Edward took over the business at 46 years old. Edward concentrated on the undertaking business rather than property and he was asked to arrange some very impressive funerals.