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Brentford Councillors - Henry Thomas Gomm
IntroductionJanet 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 Thomas (Harry) Gomm (1870 – 1939)Mr Gomm it seems was known as Harry.
An article in the Middlesex Independent dated March 18th 1914 says that he had been born in on October 1st 1870 in The Butts and had been educated at Ealing College.
Henry Thomas’s birth was registered in the December quarter in 1870 (Brentford 3a 78) and he was baptised in New Brentford (St Lawrence’s Church) on November 26th 1870. His father was William Gomm, brewer and his mother Elizabeth Ann.
In 1881 he was 10 years old living with his family at 18, Catherine Wheel Road.
His father died in 1884.
In the 1891 census Harry was a brewer aged 20 living at 17, Windmill Road with his widowed mother Elizabeth A (42), 6 younger sisters, 2 younger brothers, a nursery governess and 2 servants.
On June 11the 1892 he married Alicia Mira Smith at Christ Church Turnham Green.
The Beehive Brewery was sold to Fullers Brewery of Chiswick in 1908 together with their 34 licensed premises. William John Gomm, Harry’s brother also died in 1908 and Harry then followed family tradition in being elected to the Council in 1911.
In the 1913 street directory his address is given as The Princess Royal PH, 107, Ealing Road which he would seem to be running at the time. He later moved to The Bunch of Grapes (later called the Ferry Inn) where he was ‘mine host’ in March1914.
By 1920/21 he seems to have left Brentford and at his death in 1939
Other materialJanet has also provided newspaper articles from 1911 (an advert for the 'Princess Royal' on Ealing Road) and an election advert; his life story 1914 and his obituary in 1939. To be added as time permits. See also the Gomm family page which has more family details.
Page published January 2013