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Funeral of Joseph Dorey, 1884

I am grateful to Janet McNamara for forwarding a series of local newspaper cuttings in 2010. They tell the lives of the Dorey family, well known builders in Brentford.

This one describes the funeral of Joseph Dorey and was published in the Middlesex Independent newspaper, Saturday September 13 1884.


The interment of the remains of the late Mr Dorey took place on Thursday afternoon.

The funeral arrangements were made by Mr. J. Barnes, High Street, and at the appointed time the hearse, a very handsome one, with glass panels, and three mourning coaches left Halden House, Hamilton Road, for the Ealing cemetery.

The coffin was of polished oak, with brass fittings, and many friends contributed wreaths and flowers as decorations. The men in the employ of the firm sent a very handsome wreath. The sons of the deceased were the chief mourners. There were also present representatives from the Freemasons; lodges at Twickenham and Richmond, the deceased having been a much esteemed brother of the Masonic Craft.

The employees formed a procession at Ealing railway bridge, and followed the funeral cortege to the cemetery, and on arriving there formed a single file on each side of the road leading to the Chapel.

The Rev. P.B. Drabble, Vicar of St Paul's Brentford, read the funeral service. Many friends of the dceased assembled in the cemetery to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of one who has for upwards of forty years been a well-known business man in Brentford. During the time of the funeral most of the shops in the town had two or more shutters up.


Page published May 2010