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Brentford Families - Gregg

James Gregg, weights & measures man (ca 1815 - 1883)

In the 1851 census James Gregg was 'Beadle of Middlesex Sessions'. He was 36 and living with his wife Sarah (39) in King Square, Finsbury. Both were born in Eltham Kent.

Norman Biggs writes 'In 1853 [Mason's Court Guide] the inspector was James Gregg, who was available for stamping weights on Tuesdays. On other days he would be in other places in his district, which covered the whole of the western part of Middlesex. Gregg was still in post in 1881 [Census], but was living in Isleworth.'

It seems likely that he stamped weights at the newly built (1850) Town Hall in the Market Place.

In 1861 James & Sarah Gregg were living at 2 Elm Place, Boston Road, Brentford. They had no children.

James's wife Sarah may have died in 1869: there is a death registered of a 65 year old Sarah Gregg in the Jul-Sep quarter in Brentford Reg Dist.

James Gregg appears to have married Ann Munday in 1871, in the July -September quarter, so after the census. At the time of the census Ann was living in Isleworth, a widowed annuitant, boarding with a family headed by Edwin Mott. I have not been able to find James in teh 1871 census.

The 1874 Kelly's PO Middlesex directory includes James Gregg, Inspector of Weights & Measures, New Brentford.

The 1882 Kelly's directory includes James Gregg, Inspector of Weights & Measures & Petroleum, 207 High Street, Brentford (in the 1881 census no. 207 is not recorded, in 1891 it was uninhabited, presumably the premises were used as offices). By 1909/10 it appears to have become part of the Castle Hotel at no. 208.

James Gregg died in the Brentford area in 1883, aged 68. His wife Ann died in 1885 aged 78 (a few years out compared with the census entries), also in the Brentford area.

Kelly's 1889/90 directory shows E. J. Stevens was Inspector of W & M, 29 Boston Park Road, Brentford.

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