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Brentford Councillors - William Bradley


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.

William Bradley

William Bradley was elected to the Brentford Urban District Council in 1901. His name is on the foundation stone at the Library (1903) when he was vice chairman, the Market Extension (1905) and the Monument (1909).

The ancestry website says that he was born on August 5th 1850 with parents Joseph Bradley and Eliza (nee Blackwell). (At his marriage in 1873 he described his father's occupation as 'commercial traveller').

By the 1861 census he was 1 of 4 boarders at Church Villa, Sunbury, a school run by a Mr and Mrs Church. His parents and his brother Edward (1) and a servant were living at 1, Park Cottage, Brentford End, Isleworth.

In 1871 his mother, Eliza was a widow, William a clerk aged 20 with a brother, sister and a servant resident at Vine House, Hounslow Road, Isleworth.

In 1873 he married Frances Mary Ann Robinson, daughter of Henry John Robinson (plumber and glazier of 155 High Street) at St Lawrence, New Brentford by Banns. Eliza Bradley, Joseph Dale, Clara (or possible Chas) Bradley, Thomas Woodbridge and James Bradley all signed as witnesses.

Their daughter Frances Gertrude was baptised at the same church in 1877: William gave his occupation as 'Accountant' and home as 'Old Brentford'. The 1881 census shows his wife Frances was born in Brentford and they were living at 5, Park Road (now Boston Park Road). Their daughter Frances G was 4 years old and they had a 17 year old servant. William was a Commercial Clerk.


By the 1891 census he was aged 40 and a Commercial Clerk married to Frances M.A aged 37 with 2 daughters aged 14 and 8 and a servant Sarah Kates aged 19. They had all been born in Brentford. The address was 2, Newlyn Villas, Windmill Road.

His next door neighbour was a retired jeweller called Thomas Honeybone who was an early Brentford Councillor.

The 1901 census states that he was a 50 year old manager in a timber yard. If this was Montgomreys he must have had influence from two people to encourage his public work with the Council. Messrs Honeybone and Montgomrey.
The family address at this time was 99, Windmill Road.
His wife was Frances Mary Ann, daughters Frances Gertrude (23) and Edith Marian aged 17.

In 1911 William Bradbury was living at 99 Windmill Road, a 7-room house (larger than average) with his wife, daughter Edith Marian and visitor Blanche McNae – all Brentford born. The census showed William and his wife had been married for 37 years and this helped locate his marriage in 1874 at St Lawrence New Brentford.

A William Bradley was left £100 in the will of James Montgomrey in 1835 ‘in token of his long and zealous service and integrity’. Might this have been this William’s grandfather and be another connection to the timber business?

His name appears in the local directory until 1912 but I haven’t yet discovered any date of death or did he move away?

Ancestry shows 2 deaths of William Bradleys registered in Brentford – September quarter 1928 Brentford 3a 124 aged 78 and December quarter 1921 Brentford 3a 238 aged 68. The 2nd seems most likely. I haven’t found an obituary in the local newspaper.

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Janet has also provided a photo from his time of serving as a councillor , to be added as time permits.


Page published February 2012