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Brentford Councillors - Thomas Grant
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.
Thomas Grant (1867 - 1943)Seven men stood in the Council election in March 1923 and Mr Grant came second in the poll for 4 new Councillors receiving 1,028 votes.
He was a fishmonger at 5, Albany Road at the time and the Middlesex Independent reported that he had put himself forward as ‘a businessman for a business Council’. He was apparently well known in the district and took ‘a deep interest in the town’s institutions’ and supported local causes generously. ‘He wants to see a strenuous effort made to bring back to the town something of its old prosperity and would work hard towards that end’ it continued. It seems that he was a subscribing member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Ratepayers Association although their nominees were Messrs Commins, Davidge, Foster and Griggs. (Mr Commins was their only nominee to be elected). Mr Grant was also ‘one of the most prominent and earnest supporters of the Philanthropic Society which has done so much for Brentford’.
All Councillors were on the General Purposes Committee and in 1923/4 Mr Grant was on the Market, Maternity and Child Welfare Committees and the St George’s School Manager.
His name appears on the dedication stone at Boston Manor House when it was opened by Lady Cooper in 1924.
In March 1925 it was reported that he had attended 60 out of a possible 62 meetings.
There is a family tree for the Payne/Sheridan family on the ancestry website with a child Thomas born 4.11.1866 and died 1867. His parents were William (b 1838) and mother Martha (1841 – 1911) a copy of the baptism register for St George’s Church on ancestry which shows William as a fish hawker.
I can’t find the family in the 1871 census but in 1881 think he must be the Thomas Grant living in Back Lane, Brentford.
Ancestry has the entry from the marriage register at St Paul’s Church for December 23rd 1889. Thomas Grant (20) Fish Hawker of Albany Road Father William (hawker) married Sarah Ann West of Albany Road. Father, Richard West, (stoker). Witnesses, Richard West and Charlotte Bates.
In the 1891 census they were living at 8, The Barracks (one of the alleys off Albany Road) and Thomas was described as a costermonger and Sarah, a Garden Woman ( at this time there were still a lot of market gardens in the area).
In 1901 he was a Fishmonger working on his own account and the address was given as 3, Rose Cottage (also in Albany Road).
The electoral register shows his addresses as 1887 – Garden Cottages, Albany Road, 1894 Chapel Cottages, Back Lane, 1899, - 3, Albany Road and 1915 5, Albany Road.
I think the most likely record of his death is aged 77 and registered December 1943 3a 252.
Other materialJanet has also provided newspaper articles from 1923 (electoral adverts) and accounts of his death and funeral in 1943. To be added as time permits.
Page published April 2013