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Brentford Local Board Members and CouncillorsJanet McNamara extracted 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 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 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 (postcard view, early 1900s, 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.
The following notes are in date order and comprise various articles located by Janet McNamara, Peter King and Mary Blyth which provide some insights into Victorian and later local government and the men that served.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 committee members:
Details of the 1881 census are reported on Feb 7th 1882 (page 19).Top
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:
Attendances of Members between 18th April 1893 and 20th November 1894Today we scrutinise local papers or council websites for details of councillor attendances and their expenses; in 1894 expenses were not published (could councillors claim expenses?) but meeting attendances were.
The table below lists the 12 councillors in descending order of attendance at board meetings during a 7 month period: each month a councillor was expected to attend around six board meetings and, depending on the committees they served on, anything up to a further nine committee meetings.
Of the five committees four are as in 1882; the Streets Naming and Numbering Committee of 1882 had presumably done its job (the High Street was numbered in 1876) and the Market Committee was the 'special project' of the day: the new Market Hall opened in 1893 (the site has some photos of the hall, use Search on the home page to find images). The number of meetings called, 21, seems low as three of the councillors attended more meetings than this.
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 July 2016