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Brentford Councillors - Henry J Newens

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.

Henry J Newens

Henry Newens was a Councillor at the time of the Brentford Urban District Council.

His name appears on the Monument erected by the Ferry in 1909 and now on the High Street outside the County Court.

He had been born in Brentford in 1862.

His parents, Edward and Maria were bakers and confectioners at 327, High Street following his father and grandfather and Henry also followed the same trade. They were related to the Newens family in Kew who were also bakers.

Edward died on July 17th 1887 and his widow, Maria and son Henry were Executors. His personal estate was £1,483. 16s. According to the notice of his death in the Middlesex Independent on July 20th 1887 he had also been the Postmaster of Old Brentford.

The business then seems to have been carried on by Mrs Newens.

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In the 1891 census she is the head of the Household and a Post Mistress Baker with the household consisting of Henry (shown as Harry) her eldest son aged 29 a baker, Ada (31) Clerk CC, Emily (28) living on own means, Rosalie (23) Clerk CC, Laura (21) living on own means, Edward (16) Apprentice baker, Arthur Whalley (21) bakers assistant, William Trueman (49) Foreman in Bakery, William Farmer (20) Van man.

It seems that Henry was a member of the Brentford Philanthropic Society from 1882 and an active member of Brentford Conservative Club and a local Freemason.

The 1907 rate book shows him as the owner occupier of 327, High Street and his sister Ada as the occupier of number 328 which was also owned by Henry.

An advertisement for the business in the Middlesex Independent in 1915 has a line stating ‘English Workmen Only Employed’.

Henry James Newens died in 1932 at the age of 77. He lived at Brook Lodge, Brook Road, Brentford.

Other material

Janet has also provided a photo from his time of serving as a councillor, adverts from 1915 and 1918, newspaper cuttings for the death and funeral of Edward Newens in 1887; Alfred Nachbar Newens in 1915; Henry James Newens in 1932. To be added as time permits.

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Page published November 2011