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Brentford Councillors - Thomas Brunsden

Introduction

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.

Thomas Brunsden

Thomas Brunsden was baptised in New Brentford (St Lawrence’s Church) on June 29th 1823. His parents were John Lineon and Mary. His father was shown as ‘servant’.

See information about other members of his family.

In the 1841 census he was living in the High Street in the house of John Thornton (Carpenter) and was an apprentice carpenter. A servant in the house was Amelia Weller and they were married on October 31st 1850 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Richmond.

In the 1851 census Thomas and Amelia appear to be living with John Thornton in the High Street. ‘Catherine Wheel Yard?’ has been written in a few properties past there but bhs project has it that they were at 127 High Street on the west corner of Boars Head Yard near the Magpie and Crown which was being run by Thomas’s father in 1826.

Thomas was 27, a Carpenter employing 2 men. Amelia was 28 and had been born in Hampton Wick and they employed a house servant, 16 year old Caroline Maddox who had been born in Isleworth.

In 1861 Thomas is shown as a Master Carpenter employing 3 men and 1 boy and they had 6 children. Adeline (9), Julia (8), Edwin (7), were all scholars. Lizzy was 4, Amelia A was 2 and Thomas J was 11months. Their general servant was 13 year old Ellen Earl. All the children and Ellen had been born in New Brentford.

In 1871 Thomas is described as a Builder and was ‘employing 10men sometimes more’. Adeline and Julia were 19 and 18 and Edwin 16 with no occupation shown. Lizzy (13), Rosa (9) and Walter (7) were all scholars.

In April 1877 Thomas stood for election to the Brentford Local Board with John Carpenter on behalf of the Brentford Ratepayers Association.

On their advertisement in the local newspaper they warn Ratepayers who are under the control of their landlords not to be influenced by them.

By 1881 the High Street was numbered and the Brunsdens were living at number 185. Thomas is shown as a builder aged 57. Amelia was 58 and Lizzy (23), Rosa (19) and son William W (17) were at home.

See a photograph of number 185 in the 1940s.

Thomas died in the September quarter 1887 aged 64. His death was registered in Brentford 3a 54. There is no record in the Probate Register and I couldn’t find any report of his death in the Middlesex Independent newspaper.

See information about his wife and family after his death.

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Other material

Janet has also provided a scan from the Middlesex Chronicle dated 24 April 1877, a short piece about the Brentford Ratepayers' Association's support of Mr T Brunsden to serve on the Brentford Local Board. To be added as time permits.

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Page published August 2011