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Brentford Families - Pennington, Turner, Lanham

A clothier's business

Iris Lanham writes: My husband's maternal great grandfather, Henry Wakeford Pennington, founded a clothier's business at 162 Brentford High Street in 1857. The business was well known as a supplier for the canal boatmen.

In 1861 the census gives HWP, his wife (nee) Mary Pennington Turner, 5 children and a servant. Mary Pennington Turner Pennington's mother was a Pennington and she and Henry were cousins. It seems to have been a habit of the Penningtons to marry cousins,right up to the 1950s! Next door at No. 163 lived William Turner, his wife's relation, a tailor, with wife Harriet and seven children. He was employed by HWP.

In 1874 my husband's paternal grandfather, Francis Lanham, came to work for HWP and in 1887 he married HWP's daughter Edith.

The business expanded under Francis, and later his son Frederick, and other shops were opened in Hayes, Harrow, West Drayton and Stratford. The Brentford business finally closed in the 1950s. I believe this was partly due to a road widening scheme?

Research notes

The 1871 census showed the Pennington family living on Brentford High Street:
Henry W Pennington head widower 44 Clothier born Watford Herts
Clara Pennington sister 33 Southwark, Surrey
Mary T Pennington dau 18 Brixton, Surrey
Edith Pennington dau 12 Scholar Brentford, Middlesex
Emily Pennington dau 10 Scholar Brentford, Middlesex
Thomas Pennington son 8 Scholar Brentford, Middlesex

In 1881 Thomas Pennington lived at this address and next door was John F Turner, a tailor. By 1901 Francis Lanham,clothier's assitant heading a household of 5, including a servant was occupying numbers 162 and 163,

Photographs of the property appear in several local history books and captions indicate the buildings dated from the C18 (C) and were demolished in the 1960s (K).

Last updated October 2005