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Brentford Families - Tagg & Pritchard

Wendy Tagg wrote in August 2005: My connection with Brentford is through my Father's side of the Family. Thoof no mas and Mary Ann TAGG are my great, great grandparents.

Thomas TAGG and Mary Anne PRITCHARD were married (26 March 1865) in the Parish Church of New Brentford parish. I believe this is the former St. Lawrence Church on Brentford High Street. Their son, William J TAGG, was born in Brentford in about 1866. Thomas and Mary were both born elsewhere and later moved to Ealing so the family's connection with Brentford was quite fleeting.

Research notes: other Pritchard in Brentford

A William Pritchard was recorded in the 1851 census, a shoemaker, age 24, born Marlborough, Wiltshire, with his wife Harriet E, age 22, born Andover Hampshire. They shared the property on Brentford High Street with Joseph Rutter, gardener, 38 and his wife Mary Ann, 36 plus their three children.

The two households were between Henry Wood, chemist and druggist (115 High Street) and John Cole, the grocer (114 High Street). Plough Yard runs south between numbers 114 and 115 so it is possible the Pritchards were here.

In either case, they were on the south side of the High Street New Brentford, a little east of the Market Place (which was on the north side of High Street). William Pritchard was not there in the 1841 or 1861 censuses.

Two William Pritchard deaths were registered in Brentford before the 1861 census: in the last quarter of 1859, age 50; and in the second quarter of 1860, age 30. Neither is a perfect match to William found in 1851, but the 1860 death is closest in age.

In the 1901 census a Mrs Ann Pritchard, aged 72 and born in Dover, Kent, was living in room 4 of the St George's (or Salutation) Almshouses at no. 6 High Street. She was a 'parochial pensioner'.

Summing up, there is nothing to link these Pritchards together or to Wendy's Mary Anne Pritchard.

Published September 2005; last updated March 2022