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John Attfield of Buchholz, Germany has written with details of two James Attfields who lived in Brentford for a short time: James Attfield born 1788 and James Attfield born 1845. These James Attfields are not related to each other, or to John. He goes on to say 'Basically all existing Attfield families originated in West Surrey, so they are probably all related if one could go back far enough ...!'.

If you are interested in the Attfield family then take a look at John's Attfield family web site. (Neither of the Attfields below are included on John's site as yet).

James Attfield, born 1788, lived at no. 280

At No.280 you mention James Attfield, omnibus proprietor. I can fill in some extra biographical details about him:

James Attfield was born at Guildford in 1788 and baptised 8.6.1788 at Holy Trinity, Guildford, son of Thomas Attfield, Blacksmith. He married Susannah Temple at Chobham on 6.9.1810 and they had a daughter Harriet (or Harriott). When she was born in 1816 they were living at Sunbury but he was living at Brentford by 1828 when he was mentioned as follows:

"JAMES ATTFIELD. I live at Old Brentford, Middlesex, and keep the house - I am a coachman. ... WILLIAM FARROW and FREDERICK CRAW were indicted for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Attfield, on the 29th of July, at Ealing, and stealing therein 25 yards of linen ... etc, his property." Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 11.9.1828

See Old Bailey case notes for full details.

By 1831 he must have gone bankrupt because there is the following record at the Surrey History Centre, Woking:

Item ref: GUHT/35/5: Lease and release for (among others) "John Sharp of Stoke next Guildford, trustee for creditors of James Attfield of Old Brentford, Co Middlesex, stage coachman, son of the testator, Thomas Attfield of Guildford, blacksmith, deceased." Recites Will of Thomas Attfield dated 3 Aug 1811, proved 27 Apr 1816. Date of record: 8-9 Jun 1831. On 9.3.1842 he was in Fleet Prison awaiting an appearance before the Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors, described as "James Attfield, late of Old Brentford, Middlesex, Omnibus Proprietor." (London Gazette 11.3.1842)

In the 1851 census he was an "accountant" at King Street, Hammersmith. In 1861 he was a "general agent" at King Street West, Hammersmith. He died at Brentford in 1864.


James Attfield, born 1845, lived at no. 385

This James Attfield is not related either to the earlier James or to me. He was born in Farnham in 1845 (son of Richard Attfield & Elizabeth Cucksey) and died on 12.3.1922 at which time he was residing at 22 Oxford Gardens, Chiswick.

In 1901 he was a farrier living at 62 High St Mortlake. His son James Richard Attfield (1871-1923) was also a farrier, and was living at 47 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford at the time of his death. I assume that either the father or the son was the 'smith & farrier' at 385 High St in 1913 (or both of them).