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Brentford Councillors - George Clarke

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.

George Clarke

George Clarke was on the Local Board minutes as a member in 1882. His name is is on the dedication stone at the Sewage Pumping Station built in 1883.

The 1888/9 directory shows his address as Boston Lodge, Little Ealing or 59, Windmill Road.

It seems that he was born in 1805 or 1806.

His father was John Clarke of Old Brentford (80, High Street) who left him property when he died in 1856. See abstract of John Clarke’s will.

In the 1841 and 1851 census George Clarke is living in the Butts with his family.

The print is smudgy and difficult to read but by 1861 their address was Boston Lodge and George was ‘Landed proprietor’. His wife Mary had been born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire with daughter Amelia Georgiana (18), Fanny (15) and son Lewis Lyle (10) scholar together with Samuel HUNT his son in law aged 29. He was a Senior Clerk in the Indian Office (born Walthamstow, Essex). His wife was Mary Lewis Hunt, George’s daughter (24) born in New Brentford. George Percy Hunt born in Wandsworth was George’s 3 year old grandson. There was also a cook, housemaid, nurse and 2 laundresses.

The next property in the census was Little Boston House. The previous one was Clarks Cottage with Russell Cottage before that all shown as in Windmill Lane. Before that was Mercury House then 16, Prospect Place, Windmill Lane.

Might his house been on the land inherited from his father?

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In 1871 the address was shown as Boston Road and Georgiana was shown as Amelia. George’s son Lewis (20) a Cambridge undergraduate with two Cambridge undergraduate friends were visiting and there was a cook and 2 housemaids.

In the 1881 census he was living at what was shown as ‘Little Ealing Priv{ate} House’. He was 76 years old and born in Brentford – Occupation ‘Land Dividends’. His wife Mary was 72 and had been born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Their daughters Georgiana (38 shown as blind) and Fanny (36) both born in New Brentford and three servants made up the household.

He died on the 16th May 1889 in Brighton and his funeral was on May 28th 1889 at St Mary’s Church in Ealing where he was interred in ‘the family vault in the churchyard’.

On May 31st 1889 The Will with a codicil of George Clarke late of Boston Lodge, Little Ealing in the County of Middlesex, gentleman who died 16th May 1889 at 147, Kings Road, Brighton in the County of Sussex was proved at the Principal Registry by Mary Clarke of Boston Lodge widow the relict, Samuel Hunt of the India Office in the County of Middlesex esquire and William STACEY of 14, Southampton Street, Bloomsbury in the County of Middlesex gentlemen the Executors. Personal estate £36,109.5.5d

Mary Clarke died on February 9th 1892. Administration to Mary Lewis Hunt (wife of Samuel Hunt) and Julia Augusta Stacey (wife of William Stacey) Effects £1,483.7.5d.

Other material

Janet has also provided photos of the Clarke gravestone and a newspaper account of his funeral. To be added as time permits.

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Page published April 2011