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Will of William Tayler, otherwise Taylor, 1808

Abstract of will

I William Tayler late of the parish of Isleworth ... but of the parish of Ealing ... late victualler being of sound mind ...

unto my son William Tayler and my daughter Elizabeth Tayler £112 14s now standing in my name and ... £200 ... lent to Mr John NEWTON of Old Brentford ... brewer ... equally divided between my said son William Tayler and my said daughter Elizabeth Tayler ... when they shall attain their respective ages of 21 ...

I also give to my said son and said daughter all my household goods, plate, linen, china and ... my wearing apparel ...

I do nominate ... William ATTLEE of ... Isleworth undertaker and Thos GORE of Old Brentford ... the elder... gentleman executors

Dated 19th May 1808

Witnessed by Joseph EATON Old Brentford victualler, Benjamin MANNING (his mark) Old Brentford gentleman, Cha: EZARD Old Brentford carpenter & builder

Proved at London 8 June 1808 by the oaths of William ATLEE .... & Thomas GORE the elder the executors

The testator

William Tayler seems likely to be part of the Tayler families that ran the Hand and Flower and the Bull in Old Brentford in the 1800s. The spelling of the surname TAYLER rather than TAYLOR may help distinguish the two families.

There is no mention of a wife so it is possible she pre-deceased her husband. Only two children are mentioned, both under 21, and it is possible that the son William is the William Tayler who ran the Hand & Flower and who died in 1828, also leaving a will.


The witnesses, executor etc

Joseph EATON: ran the Bull at 350 High Street Old Brentford in 1826. The Bull was run by the Taylor family in 1841.

Benjamin MANNING: does not appear in the 1811 or 1826 trade directories.

Cha: EZARD: possibly related to Henry EZARD, a builder and carpenter, who lived at no. 221 High Street in 1841; he owned three High Street properties (tithe apportionment).

Thomas GORE: owner of Union Court in 1808 and 1810 (Land Tax). In the 1811 census he was recorded living in a property between the Drum at 319 and Running Horses at 346 High Street. This stretch of High Street is opposite Union Court.

John NEWTON: LMA holds a 21 year lease between John Newton, brewer of Old Brentford and Douglas and Henry Thompson of Chiswick, brewers, dated 1816 for the 'messuage or tenement and public house known as Hand and Flower (formerly Wilkes's Head) in Old Brentford, with yard, garden etc.' (I)

How to see this will in full

A copy of the original will can be downloaded from The National Archives Documents Online service, or it can be viewed free of charge by visiting TNA at Kew.


Published 2016; updated November 2021