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Brentford Councillors - Charles Jackman


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.

Charles Jackman (1880 - 1963)

Charles William Jackman was born on December 18th 1880 and baptised at St George’s Church on January 6th 1881. His father was Charles (a barge builder) and his mother Anne . Also baptised was his sister Rosina Matilda who had been born on December 18th 1877. Their address was given as New North Road. The baptism record is on the ancestry website.

Charles Jackman (senior) married Ann PEARCE at St Peter Hammersmith in July 1879, he was a barge builder of Ship Lane and son of Daniel Jackman deceased; Ann, age 20, the daughter of William Pearce, fisherman, her address 12 Mulbery or Nealbery Place.

The 1891 census shows him with his family at 70, Distillery Road.
Charles Jackman – father (42) barge builder (ship w has been written over this) born Burrage Wilts. Mother Anne (29) born in Brentford.
Their children, Rosina (13), Charles (10), Albert (5) both boys are scholars, Annie (3), Edith (1). All the children had been born in Brentford.

When he was standing for the Council in 1914 a newspaper article reported that he had been a chorister at St George’s Church and pupil at the British/Rothschild School He had started work as an apprentice barge builder (like his father) at the Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co. but gave that up after 3years and trained as a joiner spending some time as a student of building construction at Chiswick School of Arts before setting up in business on his own account.

In the 1901 census Charles senior was living alone at 71, Distillery Road.

On July 30th 1902 Charles William Jackman married Annie Maud FOSTER at All Saints, Greenwich. He was a Carpenter whose address was 9, Layton Road. Her address was given as 44, Selcroft Road (Greenwich?) and her father, Edward Mead Foster was a conductor.

I haven’t been able to find Charles or Annie in the 1901 or 1911 census but the 1914 article says that he was a great believer in travel to broaden the mind and had spent time with his wife in Canada, South Africa, Australia and America so perhaps they were away.

He stood for the council in 1913, the year his father died (aged 67, Brentford 3a 70, June quarter) when he was also on the Board of Guardians but was not elected.

In 1914 when his address was The Gables, 113, Windmill Road he was described as a builder and contractor he was proposed for the Council then by EJ PRESTON and seconded by WT FOULKES, by Francis YOUNG seconded by RK GREEN, by WD OWEN seconded by WH SEARLE, by W WRIGHT seconded by EA FORDER, by H SMITH seconded by G NORRIS, by Leslie H DAVIS seconded by Thomas Henry GODDARD and by Leslie H Davis seconded by Rev George TUOHY.
RK Green was elected to the Council in 1919 and Rev Tuohy was the minister at St Faith’s Church.
Mr Jackman must have been a Councillor through the War until in March 1919 he wrote to the Secretary from Kent House, Little Holland, Clacton on Sea saying ‘Owing to illness brought on by excessive long hours on war work (night work) I have been forced to live away from Brentford for a time. Under the circumstances I do not think it fair to the ratepayers to still continue my membership on the Council. It is with regret that I tender to you my resignation. I trust that in the near future I may be fortunate enough to pick up the work where I now leave it’.

In 1917 his address was The Laurels, 48, Kew Bridge Road.


When the Boston estate was being sold in the 1920s after the War it seems that he bought the property known as Little Boston, Windmill Road, thought to have been the dower house to Boston House. He lived there with his family before building houses along Windmill Road, demolishing the old house and building the present house still called Little Boston at 236, Windmill Road, Ealing. Information about this house and Mr Jackman’s business during this period: see the Little Ealing website

In 1943 he was elected Mayor of Ealing. The local paper at the time reporting his career said that during the First World War he had served with the Royal Flying Corps. Due to ill health afterwards he had moved near Folkestone and because of his interest in local government had become a member of Elham Rural District Council and the Folkestone Board of Guardians.
On moving back to Ealing he was elected to the Council as member for Manor Ward in 1931 and had served on most of the more important committees especially Housing, Town Planning and Old Age Pensions Committee. He had also been on the Works and Highways, the Finance Committee, the Education and the General Purposes Committee. At the time of his election as Mayor he was serving as vice chairman of the Establishment Committee.
He had played tennis (see above website) and bowls and sang in St Faith’s Church choir.
I his acceptance speech Mr Jackman talked about the changes in the area since he’d moved into Seaford Road after his honeymoon. From being almost countryside over 600 houses had been built during his Chairmanship of the Housing Committee and he had enjoyed his period when involved with local education and hoped that the school meals would be continued after the War. He was obviously very proud at the presence of his elder son who was in the RAF at the time.
The full newspaper cutting is in Chiswick Library Local Studies 920 JACK with one reporting his retirement from the Council in February 1955.

Extract from Probate record
Charles William Jackman of 240, Windmill Road, Ealing, Middlesex died July 2nd 1963. Probate Nov 7th to Charles Edward Jackman engineer and Ronald Arthur Jackman works superintendent. Effects £6155.6.4d

Other material

Janet has also provided a newspaper article about Charles Jackman's life (he was 33 at the time) dated March 1914. To be added as time permits.


Page published December 2012