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Nick wrote in October 2017:

Archibald Robinson

My great-grandfather, Archibald Robinson, already appears at least twice on your site; once in the inquest of Frances McCarthy and in the Brentford UDC Mortuary index. The information I have is supported by various census records, marriage and death certificates etc together with family memories.

I can first place him in Brentford in the 1891 census aged 20 at 38 York Road, just opposite the York Mineral Water Co where he seems to have worked for the rest of his life.
He married Sylvia Thomas (more on her later) on 7 June 1898; in 1908 my grandfather Charles (their only child) was born. By this time they were living at the Lindens on Boston Road.
In the 1911 census Sylvia and Archibald were away at a hotel in Brighton and my grandfather Charles aged 3 was staying a house in Chiswick!
Archibald died on 24 January 1918 aged only 47, being outlived by Sylvia who died at the Lindens on 6 November 1931 aged 54. He is described on his death certificate as a Manager at the York Mineral Water Co. I believe that my grandfather then sold the Lindens as he was living elsewhere.

Sylvia Robinson (nee Thomas)

Sylvia was the oldest daughter of Mark and Susan Thomas. Mark was a caretaker at the Rothschild Gunnersbury Park estate where the family lived in one of the estate lodges on Lionel Road; the lodge goes by various names over the years and still stands (just) today. They had a number of other children whose names I am still working on!
Mark lived at the lodge until his death in 1932 aged 83; he outlived his daughter Sylvia by a year. I am unsure about Susan.

Gibbons family

My grandfather Charles married Dorothy Gibbons, who was born and grew up in Defoe Avenue in Kew. This might be outside the scope of your site however as no-one from this family lived actually in Brentford and they moved away to the South coast.

I would love to find out more about them, hear from any relatives and to find out if any of the family (particularly Archibald) took part in local councils etc.? If you know of Nick's family please email and I will forward to him.


1909 postcard showing the Lindens, home of Archibald Robinson and his wife Sylvia, quite probably taken when they were living there.

York mineral water bottle.

For other references to the York Mineral Water Co. or Boston Road (now known as Boston Manor Road) try the search facility.

Page published October 2017; upated February 2020