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Emails from Jenny Redwood June 2009 - April 2011

I have been researching my husband’s (Kenneth Redwood) grandfather Harry Redwood.

Harry was born in 1877 in Holcombe, Devon. In 1898 he married Harriet UPHAM at the Church of St George, Old Brentford. He was living in 31 Cressage Road at this time.

In the 1901 census he was living with Harriet and their daughter Winifred at 29 Cressage Road Brentford.

In the 1911 census he was living with his second family, wife Clara, children Reginald, Frank (Ken’s father) and Ivy at 49 Wellesley Road Chiswick. Harry’s occupation was Gasfitter in 1911.

I have a copy of Kelly’s Directory of Middlesex 1914 and find Harry listed as “Bird Dealer – 272 High Street Brentford”. I see, however, no reference to him/this business on your site.

Kelly’s Ealing, Hanwell, Brentford and Southall Directory 1914 also has a listing for Harry Redwood at 30 Green Dragon Lane Old Brentford. We know that he eventually owned a pet shop so the 1914 reference seems to be correct

Harry moved to 25 Jordan Place Fulham where he had a pet shop and was well known as a “stock dealer”, a business he ran with his son Reginald. Harry died in 1932 and the Fulham Chronicle reported that people from all over London consulted him about their pets.

My husband never met Harry and would dearly love to have any information that can be found about him – any photographs, either of his premises or himself would be wonderful.

I have been looking at the Brentford High Street Website and cannot find any reference to him at 272 High Street.

I am sending this email in the hope that perhaps I can acquire another piece of the family puzzle (please get in touch if you can help). Please feel free to use any of this information if it is of interest.

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A street directory for 1914 shows Horace Dear, cycle maker at 272 High Street but on checking the Historical Directories website the 1914 Kelly's Middx directory shows Harry at this address. I found Horace Dear at 312 High Street in the same directory, so it looks like Horace must have moved from 272 to 312 around 1914.

Have you seen Arthur Peter's piece which includes a couple of photos of no. 272? The area is also shown in a 1948 photo.

Notes for no. 272 updated to include a reference to Harry Redwood.

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