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Brentford Local Board Members and CouncillorsJanet McNamara is extracting information about Brentford Local Board members and councillors from a range of sources during 2010/2011, including material held at Chiswick Library and on-line (ancestry.co.uk). Eventually it is hoped to include for each man some biographical details, perhaps a photo, adverts for their business, accounts from the local newspapers of their funerals etc. Material will be added over time.
From a researcher's point of view you are fortunate if your family includes a councillor: there are likely to be group photos of councillors (Chiswick Library holds several) and local newspapers will often include an obituary, which may provide details of their family and forebears, and details of their funeral, including lists of mourners. See the 'in progress' A-Z of councillor names which includes links to further material provided by Janet.
A brief history of Brentford local governmentIn 1874 the Brentford Local Board was formed, creating the first body which governed both Old and New Brentford. The Brentford Local Board initially met at the Town Hall, Market Place, then in 1888 moved to Clifden House.
In 1894 the Local Board was replaced by Brentford Urban District Council and in 1927 this joined with Chiswick to become the Brentford & Chiswick UDC. In 1932 this body became a Municipal Borough, with a mayor and aldermen: the first (charter) mayor was James Clements.
In 1965 Brentford became part of the London Borough of Hounslow.Top
Local Board Members / Councillors 1874Peter King has provided a list of attendees at the first meeting of the Brentford Local Board in 1874:
Committees in 1882After the Election in 1882 the following people were in these committees:
1883 Local Board
1884 Local Board
On 5 April 1884 the following nominations for Local Board were reported in the local newspaper:
1886 Brentford District Council
In 1896 the Members, Clerk, Surveyor, and Medical Officer of the Brentford District Council were:
1899-1905 Brentford ElectionsSee Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society's website charting George Haley's candidacy: first bearer of the Labour banner. All candidates are listed, including their occupation and votes gained.
This article by John Grigg was originally published in the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal 4 (1985).
Photo taken at the opening of Brentford Library, 1904 showing the Library Committee and other dignitaries.
1908 Brentford CouncillorsThe report of the 1908 funeral of W J Gomm in a local newspaper included a list of District Councillors and officials:
Brentford UDC Members and Officials 1927Diane Lockie and Janet McNamara sent a 1927 newscutting showing the 18 members and officials of the last Brentford UDC, which was succeeded by the Brentford and Chiswick UDC:
A-Z of councillors and officialsThis is not (yet) a complete list.
Published March 2011; updated April 2013