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Brentford Councillors - William George Brown


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 George Brown

Mr Brown was a member of the Brentford Local Board in the 1880s.

He had been born in Hammersmith c 1828 and by the 1851 census was aged 23 and running a Market Garden in Ealing Lane with his sister, Anne (21) and brother, Edwin (19) and employing 4 people.

He married in the September quarter 1852 (Brentford 3a 91). His wife’s name was Ann. She had been born in Brentford.

By 1861 he was cultivating 11 acres of land and employing 4 men and 2 women. His address is given as Cross Road, Ealing Lane.

Brother Edwin was still a market gardener employing 4 men and living with his wife and 3 children at Rochelle Cottage, Ealing Lane which was 3 properties past the School House occupied by the National Schoolmaster, William Pearce.


By the time of the 1888/9 directory he was a member of the Local Board and was recorded as a private resident living at Wilhelm Lodge, Boston Park Road. This was his address in the 1881 and 1891 census. He was shown there as a retired market gardener aged 63. His wife Ann was 60 and they had one servant.

The next house to Wilhelm Lodge was called Sunnyside and then came numbers 47 and 46, Homersfield and number 43.

He died on April 8th 1892 at Camberwell House asylum where he had been living for a short time – see obituary and report of his funeral.

He was buried in Ealing cemetery.

Probate was granted to his widow on May 4th 1892. Effects £19,249.15.6d.

In the 1901 census Ann Brown was living at 49, Boston Park Road with one servant. Wilhelm Lodge would seem to have been numbered by then.

Other material

Janet has also provided a photo from his time of serving as a councillor (1888), an example of his signature and notices of his death and the funeral from teh local newspaper. To be added as time permits.


Page published August 2011