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Brentford Families - AshfieldMy name is Deirdre Richards (nee Ashfield) and I am the great granddaughter of William Ashfield and Sarah Thornby. In the census of 1851 William was a bootmaker at 238 High Street Brentford.
William Ashfield’s Ancestors:George Ashfield & Jane Lonnon – my Paternal Great Great Grandparents
William’s Father was George Ashfield, a bootmaker, who married Jane Lonnon/London on 10 August 1817 in All Saints Church, Fulham. George & Jane had 10 children but only 5 survived to adulthood. In the 1841 & 1851 census they lived at 25 St Peters Place, Hammersmith. Also at the address was Charles Wood listed as an insane patient, ward in chancery, Elizabeth Aldridge/Eldridge/Otridge 71 a lodger and fundholder, and a servant Elizabeth Wheeler. George died in 1853 and Jane in 1872.
William Ashfield & Sarah Thornby - my Paternal Great Grandparents
By 1871 William had become a Relieving Officer. The family now lived in Back Lane, just behind Brentford High Street. In 1881 they had moved to 3 Oxford Villas and in 1891 they were at 1 Newlyn Villas, Windmill Road. Sarah died in January 1893, aged 65.
William, now a widower, married Fanny Lippiatt, a widow, in 1894. Fanny had lived with her husband Thomas at 47 Enfield Road, The Post Office/Grocers Shop. William & Fanny moved to 27 Eastbourne Road with her children Ada, Thirza and Charles. Fanny also had a son Thomas. William Ashfield died in January 1900 aged 73, Fanny died in May 1930 aged 86.
William Ashfield’s Descendants:James Ashfield & Lizzie Fenn – my Paternal Grandparents
James Ashfield, son of William & Sarah was born in June 1858 in New Brentford. James married Lizzie Jane Fenn, born in June 1875 on 28 December 1896 in Brentford. Lizzie was the daughter of Alfred Jason Fenn & Margaret Ann Hopcroft. In the census of 1881 and 1891 Lizzie is listed as living with her father, a widower, at 11 Enfield Road, Brentford.
In the 1901 census James, Lizzie and sons Charles and William were living at 7 Eastbourne Road. Living next door at 8 Eastbourne Road was James brother George, his wife Henriette and their daughter Eugene Simion and a servant Fanny Catherine James.
By the 1911 census James and Lizzie had four sons Charles 12, William 11, Harold 9 and Cyril 3. James was now a school master in London.
By 1921 James, Lizzie, Harold and Cyril had moved to The Point, 54 Selwyn Avenue, Richmond. In 1937 James, Lizzie and Harold moved to 70 Gladstone Avenue, Whitton.
James trained as a teacher in 1879 at Borough Road College at London Bridge before the College moved to Isleworth. He began his teaching career at Kensal Rise School, then moved to Beethoven Street School in Queens Park and ultimately became a Headteacher at Swan Street School, Goodman’s Yard, Minories, Aldgate until he retired in 1922 aged 63.
James and his four sons were supporters of Brentford Football Club and James was especially keen on cricket.
Children of James & Lizzie Ashfield:Charles James Ashfield
Charles James was born in 1899 and died in 1986, aged 87. Charles married Marjorie Camp in 1928 and they lived in Ridgeway Road, Isleworth. They moved to Burgess Hill when Charles retired. Charles signed up for WW1 on 23 September 1916 when he was 17 years 7 months. His regiment number was 96556 (Tank Corps) and he spent some time in France.
William Fenn Ashfield
Harold Thornby Ashfield
Cyril Geoffrey Ashfield – my Father
Celia Elsie Craven, born on 15 November 1910, was the daughter of William Craven and Emily Hannah Foster. Celia was a keen gardener and a lover of antiques, especially Pratt Ware.
During World War II Cyril was a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force (no. 108650) and served abroad for three years from December 1941 until January 1945. Cyril was a banker all his working life. He worked for the National Bank of Egypt until the Suez Canal crisis in 1956 when he moved to Barclays Bank DCO (Dominions, Colonies and Overseas) in the City of London.
Children of Cyril & Elsie Ashfield:Marilyn June
Born in September 1938, married John Russell in 1962. They live in Staines, Middlesex.
Ancestors of Lizzie Fenn:Alfred Jason Fenn & Margaret Ann Hopcroft – my Maternal Great Grandparents
Alfred Jason Fenn (often called Jason) was born in 1830 in Redbourn, Hertfordshire, the son of farmers James Fenn & Mary Ann Joyner.
In the 1861 census, Alfred (29) a farmer in Rivel End, Redbourn, was living with his sisters Elizabeth, Francis Jane and Louisa, and his brother Charles. Also living there was an Uncle, Ernest Ashley as well as a Thomas Hart and Edward Gregg.
Alfred married Margaret Ann Hopcroft (Hoperoft) on 29 June 1862 at St Dunstan & All Saints, Stepney. Margaret Ann Hopcroft was born in 1833 in Ringshall, Nr St Albans, Hertfordshire, the daughter of publicans John & Mary Hopcroft.
Alfred and Margaret had 5 children. By the birth of Louisa in 1864 Alfred and Margaret were living in Brentford. In the 1871 census Alfred 37 (and now a gardener), Margaret 35, Louisa 7, William 5 and Alfred 3 were living at 1 Smiths Cottages, near The Jolly Gardener pub in Windmill Lane, Brentford.
Margaret died in 1878, aged 46.
In the 1881 census Alfred 50, a widow, is still listed as a gardener. Alfred was living with children; William 15 a milk carrier, Alfred 13, George 9, Lizzie 6 and Jason’s sister Francis Fenn 46. They are now living at Grove Cottage.
By the 1891 census Alfred 58 and son Jason 22 were both gardeners, George 19 a milkman, Lizzie 16, and sister Francis 54 was now the housekeeper. They were living at 11 Grove Road, Brentford, round the corner from Fanny Lippiatt a widow, and her family. (See William Ashfield).
Francis died in 1892 aged 55, and Alfred died in 1899, aged 69.
(Deirdre Richards 2015)Top
Page initially published November 2012; revised December 2015