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Brentford Families - BarrattRoberta 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 BarrattsThe 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:
1891 CensusUrban Sanitary District Chiswick, Town Chiswick, Parliamentary Division Ealing, Ecclesiastical District Christ Church>
424 High Road
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 occupant then was Frederick Healey, coffin maker, an employee).
The 1920 Electoral Register entries for 330 High Street:
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:
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:
Finally, in 1950, the phone directory shows the business still operating at the 430 High Road and 330 High Street addresses.Top
Published January 2009; updated March 2012