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Brentford Families - Lewis & Tiller

Colin Halstead 'late of Mafeking Avenue and Orchard Road' writes (October 2010): Mum (Betty Tiller) was born in Mafeking Avenue to Bob and Elsie (nee Lewis) Tiller in 1931 before the family moved to 12 New Road where she lived with her Mum, Dad and sister Jean until marrying, at which point she moved back to Mafeking Ave; aged 78 she now resides in Selsey, W Sussex.

You may also be interested to know that as a result of our research into the Lewis' a relative of mine has recently given us the photograph album of one of Mum's great aunts (Lizzie Sheppard) which includes numerous photos of members of the Lewis, Tiller and Sheppard families, many of who we've been able to identify; those we've not are also very likely to have been Brentford/South Ealing residents as all those we do have names for most definitely were and between 1780 and 1977 the three families never resided any further north of the Thames than Junction Road, South Ealing.

Our research into the Lewis' and Tillers is ongoing and proving to be quite fascinating too, we have both families back to c. 1700 - my Lewis' don't appear related to any of those detailed on your website from what I can tell.

The Lewis' (my side) were Brentford residents from the mid 18th century right through to the late 20th...... the Tiller's moved in from the Paddington area c. 1840 and were residents until c. 1998 when my Mum moved to Selsey.

We have both families living all over the town at any one time during the 19th century!

While I now live in Leeds (W. Yorks) I visit my home town fairly regularly, more often than not to watch my beloved Brentford FC who I've supported since my grandfather first took me to a game in the mid 1960's; he was such an ardent fan that his wedding (1926 in Windmill Road) took place in the morning so that he could watch them beat Coventry City that same afternoon!

See a photo from VE Day 1945 including Colin's mother Betty Tiller.

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