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Brentford Councillors - Lewis Harry Hewett
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.
Lewis Harry Hewett (1871 - 1945)In March 1923 seven men stood for election to the Brentford District Council. Mr Hewett was in independent candidate who the Middlesex Independent reported had had ‘experience of serving the ratepayer, having been a member of the Old Brentford Burial Board for a great many years. His practical experience of many subjects pertaining to the details of local self-government should tell strongly in his favour, and with him economy and efficiency go hand in hand.’ It was thought that he would be an appropriate successor to Mr James Clements who had decided to retire. His address was given as 33, Clifden Road and he was a stonemason.
He came third in the poll with 733 votes although it was reported that he was handicapped by ‘conveyances the use of which he had relied on, and had they been at hand in the forenoon more of his supporters would have polled. He is a thorough businessman, and his inclusion among the Council members should be of distinct advantage’.
All Councillors served on the General Purposes Committee and in 1923/4 Mr Hewett was on the Baths and Housing & Town Planning Committees and was the St George’s Schools manager.
He was due for re-election in April 1926 and was proposed by James Clements, T. Selby Henery (the Vicar at St Georges Church), Harry F Davis, William Flewitt, James Henry Clements, William Buck (see below), Rhoda Agnes Buchanan, G Challis, E C Jones, C W Howard and seconded by T Stallabrass, Robert B Dand, Alfred J Gooding, Thomas Uren, F.G. Remnant, James Rugg, William Parker, W T Foulkes, R Seymour and W F Brawn.
There was a great deal of apathy on election day.
In 1871 his parents, Harry and Rose were living 5 houses east of the George and Dragon PH and next to a bakers shop in Brentford End.
Lewis Harry’s birth was registered in the June quarter 1871 Brentford 3a 44.
In 1881 the family were living at 87, London Road, Isleworth which may have been the same property that had been numbered. Lewis was 9 years old and a scholar and they had a 2 year old visitor (Florence Turner) who had been born in Hampden, Bucks the same place as Rose so perhaps a relative of hers.
In the 1891 census Harry (45), Rose (44) and Lewis (19) were living at 5, New Road and Lewis and his father were both Masons.
Since 1882 it seems his father had been in partnership with George Henry William Lamb. When Mr Hewett (senior) died it seems that Lewis continued the partnership.
Lewis was married in Liskeard, Cornwall in the September quarter 1896 5c 81 and in the 1901 census was living at 69 Hamilton Road with Kate (30) born in St Clear, Cornwall and their daughters Hilda Frances (3) and Winifred Rose (3mos)
I can’t find Mr Hewett in the 1911 census but Kate, in that census was living at 33, Clifden Road.
The ancestry website lists Lewis Harry Hewett on the Electoral Registers for a number of years. In 1906 his address is given as 33, Clifden Road and states that he has half share of the freehold premises at the corner of Ealing Road and New Road. This continues through 1912 and 1915 and from 1918 it’s described as ‘Monumental Works, Ealing Road’.
Hewett Lewis Harry of 196, Ealing Road died December 9th 1945.
December quarter 1945 aged 74. Brentford 3a 347.
Kate Hewett of 196, Ealing Road, South Ealing, Middlesex widow died March 2nd 1953 . Probate London 10th June to Albert Edward Buck Company Director and William Buck Company Secretary. Effects £1119.5.3d.
Registered Ealing 5a (or c) 93 March quarter aged 84.
Other materialJanet also provided photos showing 5 New Road and area. To be added as time permits.
Page published June 2013