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Brentford Families - Barratt

Roberta Ashworth has researched the Barratt family, who lived in Chiswick and ran an undertakers business at no. 330 High Street Brentford from the early twentieth century.

Three William Barratts

The earliest William Barratt traced was born in 1805 and worked as an undertaker in Turnham Green. His son William G Barratt was born in 1831, and William G's son, William was born in 1862. All three Williams were undertakers.

Roberta forwarded a note of records held at Chiswick Library:

WG Barratt, funeral director, Chiswick: records of funerals organised by, 1828-1903

1891 Census

Urban Sanitary District Chiswick, Town Chiswick, Parliamentary Division Ealing, Ecclesiastical District Christ Church>

424 High Road

Mary A Barratt Head Widow 59
Eliza Barratt Daughter Single 34, Assistant Schoolmistress
William Barratt Son Single 29, Undertaker
Alfred Barratt Son Single 23, Undertaker
Alice Barratt Daughter Single 23, Post Office Clerk
Florence Barratt Daughter Single 20

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Trade Directory, Electoral Register & Telephone Directory Entries

A 1903 trade directory records W G Barratt at 330 High Street, undertaker. This is the William Barratt aged 29 recorded in the above census. Jan Chinnery, descendant of William Heath who ran the business previously, believes William Barratt bought the business upon the death of William Heath. A phone directory from 1903 shows a telephone no. for just one address: W G Barratt, 424 High Road, Chiswick.

The 1906/7 phone directory shows W G Barratt, undertaker, at 424 High Road, Chiswick as well as 330 High Street Brentford, confirming the business ran from two addresses at this date.

W G Barratt is recorded in 1903, 1907, 1911, 1913, 1928, 1933, 1938 and 1940 trade directories at 330 High Street. He was living in Brentford, but not at the business premises, at the time of the 1911 census.

The 1920 Electoral Register entries for 330 High Street:
William George Barratt (abode: Kendall Villa, Sutton Lane, Chiswick)
Albert Henry Day (330 High Street)
Emily Day (330 High Street)
Presumably the Days lived above the shop.

The 1925 phone directory provides addresses of 430 High Road Chiswick and 330 High Street Brentford for W G Barratt, undertaker.

The 1929 Electoral Register for 330 High Street:
Alfred Barratt (abode: 34 Alwyn Avenue, Chiswick W4)
William Barratt (abode: 14 Arlington Mansions, Sutton Lane, Chiswick)
The Days as in 1920

An advert in ‘The Official Guide’ to Brentford & Chiswick, published in 1936, includes an advert for Barratt’s showing the business was founded in 1781.

The Electoral Register for 330 High Street in 1937:
William Barratt (abode: 14 Arlington Mansions, Sutton Lane, Chiswick)
The Days as in 1920

Finally, in 1950, the phone directory shows the business still operating at the 430 High Road and 330 High Street addresses.

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Published January 2009; updated March 2012