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Brentford Councillors - William Flewitt


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 Flewitt JP (1881 – 1948)

Mr Flewitt’s name appears as a Councillor on the Brentford UDC houses on the corner of Ealing Road and Challis Road built in 1920 and the plaque commemorating the opening of Boston Manor Park in 1924 when he was Chairman of the Council.

His birth was registered in the June quarter in Wrexham 1881 11b 321 and at the time of the 1881 census he was 1month old. His father Thomas was 35 and a Public Waiter and his mother Clara was 30. He had 4 older sisters. The elder 3 were scholars. They were living in Denbeigh, Wrexham.

I haven’t found a census entry for 1891 but by 1901 the family were in Liverpool. William was a cashier aged 20 with 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers.

In the December quarter 1906 he married Elizabeth Collard in Derby 7b 1165 and by the 1911 census they were living at 90, Wellseley Road, Chiswick with their 3 year old son, Leslie. William was 30 and an employer and a fruit salesman (presumably at Brentford Market which had been extended in 1905). Elizabeth was 31 born in Derby.


In 1919 William stood for the Council saying in an advertisement in the Middlesex Independent Vote for William Flewitt and the Improvement of the town, the dwellings and the Market.
At that time his address was 75, Oxford Road, Chiswick and he was a wholesale fruit and potato merchant.
He was proposed by Rev Thomas Selby Henrey (vicar at St George’s Church), seconded by Frederick George Remnant. Proposer Frederick J Wells, seconder Joseph Henry Bridges. Proposer Ernest J Turner, seconder Thomas Knight. Proposer Evan Phillips (headmaster of the British/Rothschild School), seconder Ellen J Pooley. Proposer James Clements, seconder Forrester Clayton. Proposer Wallace Frid, seconder Henry William Newman. Proposer Richard Whittick, seconder Reginald R Chovil.

17 men stood for the Council that year and Mr Flewitt was one of the 8 elected with 883 votes. He served for many years and was Mayor …….
Standing for re-election in 1925 he wrote that he had been Chairman of the Market Committee for the previous 5years. Prior to that the Market had been a heavy burden on the ratepayers with a loss in March 1919 of over £1,000 but the net profit for the last year had been £3,870. The Council had also acquired 6acres of land for further expansion. There had obviously been some discussion about amalgamation with another district but his policy, if re-elected would be that profits from Brentford Market should be for the benefit of the people of Brentford.

He became a Justice of the Peace in 1933 and was an Alderman until 1945.

Also in 1933 he was a founder member of Gunnersbury Masonic Lodge.
He was President of the Triangle Social & Sports Club (in Gunnersbury) and director and one time treasurer of Brentford Football Club.
For nearly 40 years he was wholesale potato market dealer and proprietor of W.D.H. Vaux at Brentford Market.

William Flewitt of Idridgehay, 183, Gunnersbury Lane died March 4th 1948 at The Grove Nursing Home, 18, The Grove, Heston.
Probate London May 12 to Elizabeth Flewitt widow and Leslie Collard Flewitt wholesale fruit and vegetable merchant and George Gordon Parr-Head accountant. Effects £14,309.2s.2d.

There are some records on the Ancestry website.

Other material

Janet has also provided newspaper articles from 1925 (address to electorate), a newspaper head and shoulders portrait (1932) and two obituaries, 1948. To be added as time permits.


Page published February 2013