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Mr and Mrs Tripp's golden wedding anniversary, 1955

Janet Byron sent a set of Pugh family photos in summer 2022 and included this photo of Mr and Mrs Tripp, neighbours of the Pughs, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

'Mr Tripp kept racing pigeons in the back yard and he took me in to the loft to see his prize pigeons.'

Cake cutting by Mr and Mrs Tripp, their golden wedding anniversary

Janet later forwarded a news cutting from 1967:

CREMATION took place at Mortlake on March 21st of Mrs Marion Tripp (Tot), who died in West Middlesex hospital on March 14th after a short illness. She was 83.

A life-long resident of Brentford, Mrs Tripp lived in Greet Road. A widow, she leaves one son and three daughters.

Flowers were received from:
Em and Bill (daughter and son-in-law);
Bill (son);
Nell (daughter);
Gladys and Harry (daughter and son-in-law);
Lizzie, Edie and George;
Ted, Mary and children;
Eileen, Ron and boys;
Marie, Alf and children;
Peter, David, Irene and children;
Ron and Carole;
Aunt Nellie;
Winnie, Alf and Stella;
Len and Ethel;
Mr and Mrs Bates;
Tom and Hettie;
Nell and the girls;
Florrie and George;
Kath and Jim;
Rene and Peter;
Ivy and Fred;
Brent Works and dispatch;
Gill and Mum;
packers and pressers of Spring Grove Laundry;
Margie, Lil and Arthur;
neighbours of Greet Road;
Mrs Harris, Betty and Marie.

The family of the late Mrs Tripp would like to thank all friends, relatives and neighbours for their kind sympathy and beautiful flowers received during their sad bereavement.

More details

The floral tributes give clues as to family and friends and possible workplaces: Brent Works and Spring Grove Laundry.

Other records provide more details of the family.

In the 1921 census the family was living at 37 Distillery Road, next to the Pugh family at no. 36:
Edward F Tripp, 35, stoker at Brentford Gas Works, High Street
Mary A F Tripp, 37
Emily F Tripp, 16, unemployed factory hand, previously worked at Osram Lamp Works, Brook Green Road, Hammersmith
Ellen E Tripp, 10, whole time at school
William F Tripp, 8, whole time at school
Gladys E Tripp, 9 months

Edward was born at Hendon, his wife and family were all Brentford-born.

FreeBMD has a record of the marriage of Edward Frederick Tripp to Mary Ann F Jackson in the first quarter of 1905, Brentford registration district.

The 1911 census finds Edward and his wife 'Frances' lodging with the Thomas family at 7 Starnage Road; they had two daughters, Emily 5 and Ellen 18 months. Edward was a labourer at the gas works.

There was some variation in Mrs Tripp's name in the records but her birth name was Mary Ann Frances Jackson.


The Tripp family had a connection with the Spring Grove Laundry, which features in a photo from around 1967 sent by Paul Kirby.

A photo of Greet Road sent by Helen Shepherd (nee Ashby).

An atmospheric photo of the gas works sent by Don Harris's sister, taken in the 1950s.

The site has several photos of Distillery Road, where the Tripp and Pugh families lived, thanks to these contributors: Coronation celebrations in 1953 (Sue O'Donnell), more views, same event (Barry Draper), view towards the gas works, around 1970 (Arthur Peters).

Published December 2022