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Brentford Councillors - James Henry Paine


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.

James Henry Paine (1854 – 1930)

Mr Paine stood for the Council in the election of 1920.
He was described as a Lath Render of 37, Half Acre which seems to be the address of Frederick W Paine shown in directories as lath wood merchant.
He was proposed by AE Harrington seconded by WH Canning, proposed by Forrester Clayton seconded by EC Jones, proposed by H Taylor and seconded by Arthur Thomas.
His letter to the local paper on March 10th 1920 says that he has lived in the area for many years and knows the wants of the town and having great experience of the building trade he’s well qualified to assist in the housing scheme that is so far advanced.
The odds on him being top of the poll were 6 to 4 and he came 4th out of 4 candidates elected having received 712 votes.
His name is on the houses at the corner of Ealing and Challis Roads built in 1920.


The 1881 census shows him as a timber merchant aged 27 at Bailies Yard, Birkbeck Road, West Hackney and born in London. A later census shows him having been born in Paddington.
Also resident at Bailies Yard was his brother Edward (19) lath render, his sister Ellen (20) housekeeper and 2 boarders, Edward Donington (27) born Poplar and a Scotsman James Momsach (23) both lath renders.

He must have married Rose about 1887 but I can’t find a record of that or the couple in the 1891 census but they must have moved to Brentford by 1894 when one of their sons was born there.

The 1901 census at 37, Half Acre shows James H Paine (47) lath and lathwood merchant (employer) born in Paddington. Rose (32) born Kingsland (this is north London). Ernest (son 10), born Kingsland, Ellen (7), Rose (5), Mat??? (daughter 3) and James (2) all born in Brentford.


In 1911 the Head of Household is shown as Frederick Paine which seems to have been the name of the company but all other information matches James Henry Paine.
He’s described as a lath merchant aged 57.
Rose was 43 and they had been married for 23 years. Her place of birth is shown as Stoke Newington (Kingsland Road runs through Stoke Newington JM 2012), Ernest (22) was an assistant in the business and born in Kingsland, Helena (17), Rosetta (15), Margaret (13), James Henry (12), Frederick William (7), Richard (3) were all born in Brentford.

He appears to have served for 1 term as a Councillor and in his first year was on the Baths and Housing and Town Planning Committees and the manager for St Pauls Schools. All Councillors served on the Works and General Purposes Committees and in 1922 he was on the Housing and Town Planning Committee.
A report of the Council meeting in the local paper in September 1921 mentions the presence of Mr F Paine so it seems likely that sometimes there’s a mix up of his own initials and that of his company.
It seems likely that Frederick was his father and the name given to one of his sons. His eldest son is named after his brother.

James Henry died on April 17th 1930 and it appears that the business was carried on by his children as Frederick W. Paine is in the directories until at least 1939 and members of the family are on the voters list through the 1930s.

The Brentford & Chiswick Times reported that he had been ill for 2 months and spent the second month in Brentford Hospital. He had been the founder 40 years earlier of the business in the Half Acre, a member of the Council, the Conservative Club and the Philanthropic Society.
His funeral took place at Kensington Cemetery (this is in Hanwell. JM) and was attended by his widow, sons and daughters, brother and nephews.

His death aged 76 was recorded in the June quarter 1930 Brentford 3a 197.

James Henry Paine of Half Acre House, Half Acre, Brentford, Middlesex died April 17th 1930. Probate London May 10th to James Henry Paine lathrender.
Effects £5,779.0.2d.

Half Acre House was used later by H Goods???? Building Contractor and Goddards House Furnishers and in 2012 houses the offices of Brentford Community Sports Trust an offshoot of Brentford FC.

A lath render – a person who split (or rended) lengths of wood in order to make laths to be used as a foundation structure for plastering or in other applications.
Someone who rends/rives (i.e. splits) wood to form laths.


Page published February 2013