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Brentford Councillors - William Henry Bellamy

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.

William Henry Bellamy

Mr Bellamy stood for the Council for the first time in 1909.

The Middlesex Independent said that he ‘considered it far from inadvisable to have legal brains on a District Council’ so was hopeful of polling a good number of votes.

It was pointed out that he was not as well known as some of the other candidates but was full of energy and would bring to bear all his legal abilities and sound commonsense. It seems that he had been connected with Messrs Woodbridge & Son (Mr Woodbridge was secretary to the Council) but by March 1909 was practising as a solicitor in London on his own account.
He came third in the poll with 637 votes.
His address was given as 66, Hamilton Road.

The directory shows the occupier of the property as a Mr Strange so it would seem likely that Mr Bellamy was a lodger.

His name is on the dedication stone at the Cottage Hospital (1928) now in the wall at Brentford Health Centre opposite Brentford Station.

In 1910/1911 he was on the Finance Committee, the Works Committee and the General Purposes Committee.

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Origins (research by Celia Cotton)

William Henry Bellamy was born in Ansty, near Hilton, about 10 miles north east of Dorchester in Dorset, the son of Frederick Richard Bellamy and Eliza Martha. His parents may have married in Clerkenwell area in April-June 1862: Eliza Martha gave her birthplace in 1881 as ‘London Middlesex’ and the marriage of Frederick Richard Bellamy (indexed also as Billamy) and Eliza Martha Marsh share the same marriage volume / page reference.

The 1881 census shows the family living in Blandford, William (4) had brothers and sisters age 2 to 17, all born in Anstey Hilton, Dorset. His father was a butcher, age 51, born Hartfoot Lane, Dorset, his mother was 42.

In 1891 William H Bellamy was 13, a scholar, with his parents in the Market Place, Blandford.

By 1901 he was working as a solicitor, living in two rooms in a property on Western Road, Axminster, Devon, also occupied by Rebecca White’s household: she was a 62 year old unmarried lady born in Colyton, Devon.

He is first recorded at a Brentford address in the 1907 electoral register, he occupied rooms rented from William Strange at 66 Hamilton Road.

The Electoral Register for 1911 confirms this address and also provides his office address: 39 Walter House, 52 Bedford Street, Strand, London.

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A William H Bellamy and Winifred N Smart share the same marriage volume/page reference in the April-June quarter of 1914, in Blandford, suggesting Winifred may have been from his home town.

In 1915 and 1920 his address was The Hawthorns, Field Lane, Brentford; in 1920 Winifred Norah Bellamy’s name is also recorded. There is no evidence (from FreeBMD) that the couple had any children.

The 1926 and 1933 electoral registers show the couple at the same Brentford address, WHB having the same office address.

He was the executor of the will of Eva Wray Loupy of Rapallo, Italy in 1933, his work address was Walter House, 418-422 Strand London WC2.

By the time of the compilation of the 1934 electoral register the couple had moved from Brentford to Max Gate, Redstone Hill, Redhill, Surrey (incidentally Max Gate was also the name of Thomas Hardy’s home in Dorchester).

William Henry Bellamy retained connections with Brentford, acting as solicitor to the executors of the will of James Arthur Bradbury of 108/109 High Street in 1937.

The couple were recorded at Max Gate (home address) and Walter House (work address) in 1939. He may have retired at around this time, no record found of him at his work address post 1939 (electoral registers).

William Henry Bellamy died in 1958 at the age of 82, home address Max Gate, 33 Redstone Hill, Redhill, Surrey and left his estate, valued at £88,013 8s 9d to the Public Trustee.

His widow survived him by 20 years, the death of Winifred Norah Bellamy is recorded in Brighton in the last quarter of 1978: she was 99 years old.

Other material

Janet has also provided two newpaper cuttings from April 1909 shortly before and after his election to the BUDC. To be added as time permits.

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Page published August 2012