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Brentford Councillors - Frederick Stephen Newth


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 Stephen Newth

Mr Newth was elected to the Brentford Urban District Council in 1910 and he is on the photograph of the 1910 Council taken in the garden of Clifden House.

His address in the local paper shows that he was standing with a Mr Thomas Edward Doran who doesnít appear to have been elected. They say they believe that politics has no place in Municipal affairs and that they would represent the interests of the ratepayers and that rates should be KEPT AT ROCK BOTTOM WITH EFFICIENCY.

From letters in the Middlesex Independent newspaper he seems to have been involved in various controversies during 1910 to 1913.

He was born in Wootton Bassett in 1867, the son of Stephen and Matilda Newth. In the 1871 census both his parents were 37 and his father was a Grocers Porter. Frederick was 7 years old and had a younger brother and 2 younger sisters. All the family had been born in Wootton Bassett.

By 1881 he was a grocerís assistant in Melksham living as a Boarder in the household of what would seem to be his employer in the High Street. There was another grocerís assistant and a commercial traveller as well as household servants including a 14 year old nurse, presumably for the 1year old baby of his employer.

He seems to have been married in Kensington in the December quarter 1884 (1a 312: Mary Elizabeth Spackman) and by the 1890 Electoral Register was living at 10, Eastbourne Road, Brentford. In the 1891 census he and his wife, Elizabeth also 27 and born in Wootton Bassett were at this address with their 5 year old son, Percy and their 10month old daughter, Elsie M. Both children had been born in Brentford.
Frederick was a Commercial Traveller and they had a Lodger who was a schoolmaster.

In 1901 the family were living at 5, Dorset Road, Ealing.
Frederick was a Corn Merchant and an Employer.
His wifeís name is shown as Mary Elizabeth this time.
Elsie May was 10, son, Herbert Edgar was 2 and Kenneth Russell was 3months.
There was the death of an Elizabeth Newth aged 38 recorded at Bristol in the March quarter 1902 (6a 74) but whether this is his wife Iím not sure (but see below).

The directories show him living at Dorset Road until 1905/6 and in 1909/10 heís at Acacia Lodge, 49, Boston Park Road, Brentford. The 1911 census shows his property had 9 rooms and was occupied by Frederick (corn and flour merchant), his wife and four surviving children, the youngest daughter, Marjorie, aged 7. The family had a visitor, Sarah Howell, 55, widow born Wotton Bassett, and a live-in servant Florence Parsons.

Frederick would seem to have been at the same Boston Park Road address at the time of some correspondence in 1913 in the newspaper where itís suggested that he stood to gain from the building of the Ďnew roadí. Presumably this would be early plans for the Great West Road.


He must have moved away from the town at some time and his death aged 70 is recorded in Thanet (2a 1432) in the December quarter 1933.

1934 Newth Frederick Stephen of Plas Newydd 27 Pierrmont Avenue , Broadstairs, Kent died 17th November 1933 Probate London 5th January 1934 to Alice Maud Newth widow, Kenneth Russell Newth traveller and Margery Irene Singleton wife of John Percy Singleton.
Effects £34,595. 3s.7d.

He had married Alice Maud Beckwith in the June quarter 1932. Thanet, Kent 2a 2511.

I think descendents may have moved to New Zealand as his name appears on Kiwigen and another ancestry website there.

Other material

Janet has also provided a letter to the Couny of Middlesex Independent newspaper from Thomas Edward Doran and Frederick Stephen Newth as candidates for forthcoming Brentford UDC elections in 1910, also other correspondence in the same newspaper from 1910 and 1913 mentioning Cllr Newth and a photo from his time of serving as a councillor. To be added as time permits.


Page published April 2012