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Brentford Councillors - Albert Edward Moore

Introduction

Janet McNamara has researched details of the men who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure.

Albert Edward Moore (1868 - 1938)

Albert Edward Moore’s birth was registered in the December quarter of 1868 in Bristol 6a 33.
In the 1871 census the household at 49, Milk Street, St Pauls, Bristol consisted of John (29) grocer, his wife Selina, daughter Kate Ann (6), William E (4) both scholars, Albert Edward (2) and John’s mother Ann aged 64 and his sister Annie E (21).

By 1881 the family were living in Feltham, Middlesex. John was 39, grocer, Selina (45) and Albert Edward shown as aged 14. He had one older and several younger sisters and also resident were a grocer’s assistant, a visitor and a boarder.

By the 1891 census he had moved to Brentford and was a grocer’s assistant at 234, High Street (his obituary says this was Platts Stores) and he married Florence Selina Edwards in the September quarter 1895 (Brentford 3a 257).

By 1901 he was a Grocer and Provision Merchant and an employer at 219 High Street. The initials of his wife were shown as FJ and they had a 3 year old daughter.

The 1911 census shows her aged 37 and with their daughter Stephanie Florence Moore (13). By that date they also had sons Charles (9) and William John (2). The census entry shows they had had another child that had died. Mrs Moore and the children had all been born in Brentford.
They were living at Chatham House, 15, The Butts. Albert Edward was a Provision Merchant and an employer.
219, High Street was not being used as a dwelling at that time and 220 and 221 were Platts Stores. In 1911 Frank Dominey was a grocery manager (for Mr Moore or Platts Stores or was this the same business?).
The rate book for 1913 shows Mr Moore as owner occupier of 220/21.
The trade directory for 1920/21 shows him as the grocer and post office at 47, Enfield Road, Post Office at 147, Boston Road, 219, 220/21 High Street and 36, St Mark’s Road Southall.

He was one of the early members of the Brentford Chamber of Commerce (see BCC website (History) and in 1921 stood for the Council declaring with Mr Bolton that they were ‘out to end waste and extravagance’. They were supported by the Chamber of Commerce and with Messrs Mills and Newens advertised against the purchase of Carville Hall Park to be used as a Memorial Park for everyone who had served in the First World War. His address was given as Chatham House, The Butts and he was a Provision Merchant described as ‘a man of ripe business experience’ who has a ‘keen perception of the general needs of the locality’. His business duties had lightened at the time so that he would have ‘ample time at his disposal to devote to the duties of Councillor’.
He was proposed by Richard Cavan Neil seconded by Forrester Clayton, proposed by Chas Taylor seconded by Leonard Martin, proposed by Edwin J Clarke seconded by FF Poole, proposed by JH Clayton seconded by James Arthur Bradbury, proposed by John Dinnis seconded by John George Fry, proposed by Wm Griffith seconded by James Foster.
Out of 9 candidates he came 3rd in the poll with 1113 votes.

In 1925 he wrote to the local newspaper saying that he had been asked by friends to stand for the Council again. It seems he had resigned some time earlier due to leaving the district but had now returned to Brentford. It seems during his previous service he had been Chairman of the Finance Committee and believed he served better in that capacity rather than ‘much talking in the open meetings of the Council’. He said he would ‘give closest attention to all matters affecting the comfort and prosperity of the people, and general welfare of the town’ and looked on the housing question as the most pressing.
His address at this time was Mona Lodge, The Butts.

He retired from business in 1922 and his premises were taken over by David Greig.
His obituary in 1938 says that after his retirement he then devoted himself to local affairs and was an active member of Windmill Road Methodist Church.
He was described as ‘a most conscientious man in all his dealings and work in public life’ and friends thought that he was inclined to put other people’s welfare before his own.

He died aged 69 on March 23rd 1938 registered at Brentford 3a 349.

Moore Albert Edward of Mona Lodge, The Butts Middlesex died 23rd March 1938. Probate London September 29th to Albert Edward Charles Moore farmer and William John Moore insurance agent. Effects £10,541.8.5d.

Other material

Janet has also provided newspaper articles published 16 March 1921: an electoral address from W.J. Bolton and A.E. Moore. To be added as time permits.

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Page published April 2013