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Brentford Councillors - Frederick Francis Poole


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.

Frederick Francis Poole

Mr Poole is on the photograph of the Councillors of 1910/11 when he was a butcher with premises in the High Street. There is a picture of the shop on page 57 of Brentford in Archive photographs by Carolyn and Peter Hammond. The figure in the doorway is likely to be Mr Poole.

He was narrowly defeated in the election in 1909 when the local paper said of him that he was one of ‘our most respected tradesmen’ with a ‘wide knowledge of the needs and necessities of New Brentford’. He had done particularly good work on the Burial Board where he had keenly watched expenses. He was elected in 1910 with 868 votes when his private address was 29, Somerset Road and business address 187, High Street.
That year he was on the Works Committee, the Market Committee and the General Purposes Committee. He served for about 20 years and was the Chairman of the Council at the outbreak of the First World War.

His birth was registered in the December quarter 1863 (Brentford 3a 68) and he was baptised with other members of his family at St Paul’s Church on August 9th 1868.
(Pages from St Paul’s Parish Registers are on the ancestry website).
His parents were Frederick and Jane Caroline. George (born 1866) and Caroline Jane (born 1866) were baptised at the same time. There was also a William Poole with parents Frederick and Eliza.
Both fathers are shown as Lawyer or Sawyer.


In the 1871 census Frederick, aged 44, most likely a Sawyer and Jane Caroline (37) were living in the High Street on the corner of Sweep Alley with Frederick Francis (7), George (6), Caroline Jane (4) and Hester Poole a widow aged 74. She is probably the grandmother of the children who are all shown as scholars.

I couldn’t find him in the 1881 census but his family are at 266, High Street with his father a Tripe Dresser, Jane Caroline had been born in Isleworth, brother George 14, a butcher, Caroline Jane 14, Scholar and Arthur William.
By 1891 Frederick Francis and Arthur William are butchers at 187, High Street with Frederick Francis shown as an employer.

On June 25th 1891 he was married aged 27 at All Saints Church, Wandsworth. His address was given as 187, High Street and his father Frederick, a butcher.
His bride was Elizabeth Fisher (26) of 49, Alma Road, Wandsworth. Her father was a licensed victualler and one of the witnesses. The other witness was Emily Fisher.

The directory of 1898/9 shows his address as 8, The Terrace, The Butts and in the census of 1901 he is 37 years old and living at 17, The Butts. He is a Butcher Shopkeeper Employer. Elizabeth is 36 and they have 4 children. Daisy is 8, Frederick H 6, Lilian R 4 and Stanley 1. Elizabeth Fisher aged 65 born in Bedfont is also resident and most likely to be Mrs Poole’s mother.


By 1911 the family was at 29, Somerset Road and Frederick was a Master Butcher. He and Elizabeth had been married for 19 years and had had 9 children.
Six were living and they were Daisy (18), Harold (16), Lillie (14), Stanley (11), Lenard (sic) (7) and Norman (4). They had a visitor Cyril V Trotman an artist colour man and a servant aged 21 called Alice Fennell.

By 1933 the butcher’s shop seems to have been 204, High Street and the local directory shows he had a slaughterhouse in the Butts (perhaps behind his High Street premises).
He retired in 1949 according to an obituary in the Middlesex Independent on November 25th 1955 when his son, Stanley took over the business. The obituary says that he had been Treasurer of the Brentford Philanthropic Society, a Master of Brentford Masonic Lodge and a member of the Brentford Chamber of Commerce. It would seem that he was known as Francis.
His wife had died two years before. (Registered March quarter 1953 Ealing 5c 87).

Poole Frederick Francis of 7, Boston Gardens, Brentford died November 17th 1955. Probate London 3rd February to Frederick Harold Poole motor engineer and Leonard Archibald Poole commercial traveller. Effects £19,305. 2s.4d.

Other material

Janet has also provided photos of his premises in the Butts and the Poole home at 29 Somerset Road taken in 2012. To be added as time permits.


Page published August 2012