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Brentford Councillors - John Reeder


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.

John Reeder

John Reeder was first elected to the Brentford District Council in 1898 and was vice chairman after the 1903 election. He served as Chairman on the Finance Committee and was on the Sanitary, Market, Fire Brigade, Works, Baths, General Purposes, Baths and Library Committees. His name is on the foundation stone at the Library (1903). He died shortly before he was due to become Chairman of the Council.

He was the Secretary of the Liberal Association and when first in Brentford attended the Wesleyan Church but later attended the Primitive Methodist Chapel.

He had been born in Norfolk about 1864 and in the 1871 census was 7years old living with his parents, a younger sister and 2 younger brothers. His father, William was a labourer and local preacher. Their address was 5, South Bank Place, Wisbeach.

In 1881 they were at 9, Adam Street in Wisbeach. John, aged 17 was a Harness maker and his father a labourer at the Gas works.

He married Elizabeth ETTERY on May 28th 1887. (A copy of the entry in the register is on He was aged 23, a saddler living at 98, Brackebury Road, Hammersmith and Elizabeth 21 was living at 67, Holland Road.

They had moved to Brentford by the 1891 census living at 26 Brook Road. The entry shows that John was a gas fitter aged 27 born in Marham, Norfolk and Elizabeth was 25 born in Leighland, Somerset. They also had a 1year old son called John who had been born in Hammersmith.


By 1901 they were living at 296, High Street with 3 other children. Their daughter was 9 and there were sons, William aged 7 and Herbert 4. The 3 youngest children had all been born in Brentford. John was a coal and forage salesman. From his obituary it would seem that he was working for Underwoods.

Other research on this site suggests that as an adult the 7year old son, William went to live in Australia and Herbert aged 4 was later living at London Orphan Asylum, Metropolitan District Imbecile Asylum.

John Reeder died on November 3rd 1904 aged 41. Administration was to his wife at 296, High Street. Effects £158.

There is a very detailed obituary in the Middlesex Independent newspaper on November 5th and a long report of his funeral after he was buried in the South Ealing cemetery.

There are papers in the archives in Chiswick Library (942.114.920) which say on the index ‘Papers re. fund for the relief of the wife of the late Mr Reeder. 1904.

Other material

Janet has also provided a photo from his time of serving as a councillor in 1900, an example of his signature and articles from the local newspaper about his death and funeral. To be added as time permits.


Page published September 2011