Thomas Turner

Date published: 07/02/2013
© Newbury Weekly News










Mr. Thomas Turner of York-road, who died last week, is noteworthy as having been the last tallow chandler to carry on business in Newbury. In the early years of the century, the manufacture of tallow candles was a lucrative industry. The factory in Newbury where the candles were made, was on the west side of Bartholomew-street close to the opening of the Craven-road, the old meeting house of the Society of Friends being on the same spot. For many years the business was carried on by Ald. John Kimber, a leading townsman in municipal affairs, who, on his retirement, went to live at Cope Hall.


          It was disposed of in the late eighties to Mr. John Mason, but was not long in his occupation, when the concern was sold to Mr. David Dolby, the manager, who, on leaving Newbury, sold it to Mr. Thomas Turner, who had previously worked in the factory. He kept on until local candle making died out, and then he took up with the oil trade- which he successfully carried on until having made a competency, he retired on his little property in the York-road, where he passed away, and was buried in the Cemetery on Wednesday in last week, the Rev. J. Peel officiating.


          The mourners were Mrs Panchard, his only surviving daughter, and her husband; Mrs. Blackwell, sister; Mr, F, Pocock, son-in-law; three grandchildren; Mr. J. Adams, nephew; Mrs. Taylor, niece; Mr. S. North.


          Wreaths were received from his daughter Alice and her husband; Sister and brother (Emma and George); son-in-law (Fred), grandchildren (Nellie and Willie, Janey and Fred); Jack Polly; Mr. and Mrs. S. North; Mrs Rawlings and Elsie; Mr. and Mrs. Ryder; Mr. A.T. Whitington; Mr. and Mrs. H. Taylor.




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Newbury Weekly News  December ? 1916




Thomas Turner died December 4 1916 aged 75



Sources:Newbury Weekly News 1916

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