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Brentford Councillors - Walter H Jackson
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.
Walter H. JacksonMr Jackson was one of the early members of the Brentford Local Board.
His name is on the dedication stone at the Sewage Pumping Station built in 1883, the Baths (1895) and the Fire Station (1897). He later became a Middlesex County Councillor.
In 1892 he was a ‘general printer’ and in the 1896 directory wrote a piece called ‘Brentford Past and Present’. His company published the business and street directory and he was the editor of the Middlesex Independent newspaper advertising in 1893 that they had the largest printing works in West Middlesex and that he was the Editor and Sole Proprietor.
The first census I can locate him is 1871 when he is in the High Street, the only person on the premises, a Printer employing 3 boys. From the 1881 census it would seem that he was born in Poplar and family search shows this was c1843.
In the September quarter 1872 Walter Henri E Jackson married Helen Esther Warrand (Brentford 3a 81). The marriage details are available on ancestry.co.uk and show the couple were both aged 30 and single. Walter's father: John Herbert Jackson, civil engineer, Helen's father: Thomas Warrand, surgeon. Witnesses: Meliora Pearson, Thomas Warrand and David Thornton. (A Thomas Warrand was recorded at 286 High Street in 1871, possibly a relative to Helen.)
By 1891 they had moved to Derby House which was near Spring Grove House in Isleworth next to the 3 gardener’s cottages for Spring Grove which seems to have been unoccupied at the time. (Spring Grove had been the home of Sir Joseph Banks and members of the Pears soap family).
Ten years before in 1881 Charles Craft had been head of household a widower aged 71. Mary Phillips a widow aged 57, his step daughter was a dressmaker. They were living at 3, Convent Gardens, Kensington. It’s possible that Walter was known by another name in the early census if his mother had other married names which could be a reason for there not being an entry for him in 1851 and 1861.
In an edition of the County of Middlesex Independent in April 1884 Walter was advertising that his was the only printing office in the district where steam power is used and in 1893 as part of an advert said that his company had been established for 26years.
The death of Helen Esther Jackson aged 55 was registered in Brentford in the March quarter 1897 (Brentford 3a 40).
In the 1901 census his full name is given as Walter Henry Ernest and he was a Journalist Author aged 59.
Helen Meliora Jackson had married in the Sept quarter 1897 (Brentford 3a 233).
Walter was standing for re-election as a County Councillor in 1901.
London Gazette published a notice in November 1901 regarding the dissolution of Dowker & Co. partnership between Arthur Cracklow Dowker and Walter Henri Ernest Jackson (Produce Brokers, 61 Mark Lane, city of London) 'All debts ... will be ... paid by ...Walter Henri Ernest Jackson'.
A notice in the Middlesex Independent on Wednesday 24th October 1928 announced that he had died at his residence in Shepherds Bush aged 86.
Other materialJanet has also provided photos from his time of serving as a councillor (1888, 1894, 1897); trade directory advertisements from 1884, 1888, 1893; examples of his signature; a letter from Walter H.E. Jackson to the electorate and a response, both published in the local press in 1901; death notice, obituary and funeral account published in the local press in 1928. To be added as time permits.
Page published June 2012