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Brentford Councillors - Robert Edward Addey


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.

Robert Edward Addey

Mr Addey was a member of the Local Board in 1891.
That year he is recorded as having paid half a year’s rent for a covered stall at Brentford Market before the market had actually opened. At the opening of the extension in 1905 the local paper reported that in 1893 at the opening of the original he had been the first grower to store the first load of flowers there.

His name appears in the local directories from 1887/8 at North Grove House, Ealing Road.
The 1911 rate book shows him as the owner of North Grove House and premises and cottages. The cottages were occupied by tenants and Mr Addey as owner occupier of Market Garden and buildings.
In the 1912 rate book he’s shown as Market Gardener.
From 1922 he was listed as a fruit grower at the above address and a fruit salesman at Brentford Market, Kew Bridge.
1926 Addey & Son potato merchant, Grove House, Ealing Road and fruit salesman Brentford Market
From 1931 Robert Frank Addey (his son) grower at the same address and 8+ 9 new shed (old market)

Addey & Son growers and salesmen were still at the Market in 1948.


Robert Edward Addey was born in Paddington (46, Paddington Street, St Marylebone) in January 1854 and baptised on March 26th 1854 at St Marylebone Church. His parents were William and Ann Addey. His father was Gaoler at St Marylebone Police Court.

By the time of the 1861 census he was 7years old living as a boarder in Seend, Wiltshire with John Jordan who was an Agricultural Labourer aged 57 and his wife Ann (61) and Ann Marsh (81) Parish Relief. I suspect that these were relations of his mother as the 1871 census shows her as a widowed Annuitant aged 45 who had been born in Wiltshire. She was then living in St George’s Parish, Hanover Square with sons William (18) and Robert (17).
Robert was employed as a House Agents Clerk.
There were 4 households living in the property at 8, Worcester Street.

He was married to Elizabeth Peacock (thought to be known as Emmy) at St George’s Hanover Square in the September quarter 1880 (1a 668).
The birth of their son Robert Frank was registered in Brentford 3a 80 in the September quarter 1881. (RFA’s death was recorded in Hounslow in 1966).

The 1881 census shows them living at 1, Vine House, Boston Road.
Robert was 27 and a Brewery Collector Clerk and Elizabeth 34 born in Brentford.
Also resident was Robert’s step son James A Peacock a scholar aged 7. There was also a boarder and a servant.


The local directory for 1887/8 shows him at North Grove House and in the 1891census and Robert was a Market Gardener and an employer. Their son Robert Frank was 7 and a scholar and Herbert was 2. Quite a change of occupation.
His step son, James Peacock was a Drapers Clerk living at 4, Westbourne Grove Terrace, Paddington.

The properties along Ealing Road in the 1890s were numbered up to 140 followed by Rose Cottage, South Grove House, Middle Grove House, North Grove House then ‘Brentford Sewage’.

Robert Edward, Elizabeth and Robert Frank are living at North Grove House, Ealing Road in the 1901 census: REA a 'fruit grower', employer , at home; no occupation is recorded for RFA. The family has a live-in servant, Ellen Ruspinsole age 20/26/28 (not clear) born St Pancras. Their younger son, Herbert/Hubert Edward is a pupil at a large school at Wandsworth Common.

In 1911 Robert Edward, Elizabeth and Robert Frank are living at South Grove House, Ealing Road both father and son recorded as 'fruit grower' and 'employer'. A married servant, Emma Ashby, 48, born Pewsey Wilts and her daughter Winifred Emily, age 13, born Notting Hill are living in. The census shows South Grove House had 6 rooms. It also shows Robert Edward and Elizabeth had three children, one of whom had died.

By the 1920s Mr Addey seems to have left Brentford.
In 1925 he appears in the Leigh on Sea telephone directory.
There is the death of a Robert Edward Addey aged 81 registered in Rochford Essex in the June quarter 1935 (4a 714) which I think must be him.
By coincidence there is also a Gwendoline Addey on the line above registered the same quarter in Brentford (3a 133)

Robert Edward Addey of The Elms, Leasway, Westcliffe on Sea died May 10th 1935.
Probate to H.E.G. Piper solicitor and W. J.H. Wilsher corporate accountant. Effects £13,716.14.6d.

Other material

No other material found for Robert Edward Addey to date. Electoral Registers held on the ancestry website include references to REA from 1890.


Page published April 2012