Thomas Brazenor (1831 – 1910)

Thomas baptised in 1831, at Oswestry, Shropshire was the son of Thomas and Ann Brazenor (nee Wilding). He married Hannah Legge at Birmingham, Warwickshire, in 1850. Hannah was from Puddletown in Dorsetshire, in the English “West Country”, an experience which she was to expound upon in later life. In the Census of 1851, the young couple were living in Great Colmore Street, Birmingham and Thomas was employed as a picture frame gilder. Their only child Mary Jane was born in Birmingham, in late 1851.

By 1861, Thomas, Hannah and Mary had moved to London, where Thomas was now a carver and gilder in the High Street, St Marylebone. In 1871, they were still in London but now lived in Great Church  Lane, Hammersmith. Thomas was occupied as a house painter, Hannah was keeping a small private school for ladies and Mary was giving music lessons. Hannah was still running her Ladies School, in 1874, in Great Church Lane, as advertised in the Post Office Directory for Middlesex. Ten years on, in 1881, they were living at 182   Kensington Park Road, Kensington and Thomas was again a carver and gilder but no occupation is given for Hannah. However, she had not been idle because in 1881, a book was published entitled “Ivy Cranbourne or the Pedlar’s Adopted Daughter;  A Story of West Country Life”, the author being a Mrs H Brazenor. The book was recommended by Golden Hours, an illustrated magazine, as being a good Sunday read.

In 1881, a notice appeared in the London Gazette, that as of 18 October 1881, the Partnership between Thomas Brazenor and James Cooper, trading as Brazenor and Cooper,  at  5 Albert Terrace, Notting Hill Gate,  carvers, gilders, glass and picture frame makers, was dissolved.  All debts owed to and owed by the firm would be settled by Thomas Brazenor.  In 1882, Thomas was again listed in a trade directory as a carver and gilder, still  at 5 Albert Terrace, Notting Hill Gate. Two years on and he was at the same address but he was now manufacturing mirror and picture frames, according to his listing in Morris’s trade directory. In the 1891 Census they were still living at 182 Kensignton Park Road.

Late in 1891, Hannah died at Kensington, aged 62.  Thomas was still living at the same Kensington address but his business address as listed in trade directories for 1895 and 1899 was 21 Pembridge Road. In the Census of 1901, Thomas was living at the same address in Kensington but with him was his 28 year old niece Letitia, daughter of his brother George.

In 1905, Thomas Brazenor  Esq., of 182 Kensington Park Road, was listed in the 116th Edition of  Webster’s Red Book, or the Court and Fashionable Register, as a carver. He died at Kensington, in 1910, aged 79.

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