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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   William Walter Penford
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   17 April 1923
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   14 Northbrook Street, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 079
Record number: 10228
Official at burial:
   A.H. Fowler
Source of information:
  Burial Register

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Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

William Walter Penford
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    19 April 1923
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News









Another old Newburian connected with the business life of the town has passed away. A little more than a week ago Mr. Walter Penford was out and about apparently in his usual state of health. On Tuesday, the 17th, he was taken with a heart seizure. He rallied the next day and the doctors were hopeful about him. Then he had another attack at half past six on Thursday night, and this proved fatal.


Born and bred in the town, Walter William Penford has lived in our midst practically all his life, the only exception being a few years spent in Leamington gaining business experience. His father, the late Mr. William Penford, who was born at Woodhouse, Brimpton, ,purchased the business of Mr. Blyth, and started the well-known drapery establishment in 1849. It was afterwards carried on in the name of Penford and Son until the amalgamation with Camp, Hopson and Co., after the war. His son Walter was born in 1853, and was educated at Newbury Grammar School and Taunton School, where at that time of day many sons of well-known Newbury tradesmen were sent to finish their education.


The outstanding trait in the character of Walter Penford was his geniality and his readiness to help. He never like to appear in the limelight, but in his quiet way he did a lot of good work. His chief interest was in connection with the Newbury Congregational Church, of which he was a Sunday School teacher, a Deacon and Church Secretary. A lover of music, he was one of the oldest members of the Newbury Amateur Orchestral Union. As showing his ever readiness to assist, a little incident may be here mentioned. The Orchestral Union had not long been started, and an oboe player was wanted. Mr. Penford started to learn the oboe, and joined the Society. This was in 1890, and he has remained a member ever since, playing in practically every concert. The last time Mr. Penford played was in the orchestra at the performance of the “Creation” at the Good Friday concert in the Congregational Church.


Mr. Penford’s activities were more varied than his quiet manner would suggest. He was a director of the old Literary and Scientific Institution, which, in its palmy days days, did so much for the instruction and amusement of the town. He was a director of the Newbury Cemetery Company, and of Messrs. Pratt Ltd. He was a man greatly trusted for his integrity of character, and was much in demand as an executor for any number of people. He was always good in company, could tell a good tale, and visiting ministers to the Congregational Church were never happier than when quartered with him, for he was most hospitable and entertaining. Walter Penford possessed the happy qualities of being the best of good fellow and an upright man. His friends were legion, and he will be greatly missed.



Mr Penford married Miss Taylor, of Marden, Kent, who survives him, and there are two sons, Reginald and Leslie, the latter living in Tasmania.


Large Attendance at Funeral


The funeral, which took place on Tuesday afternoon, was largely attended by representative townspeople, fellow members of the Congregational Church, directors and staff of the business with which Mr. Penford was connected, members of the local musical societies, and many personal friends. It was a fitting tribute to a Newbury brought up in the old traditions of the town, and who, though living his life quietly and ostentatiously, had served his day and generation well.


Newbury Weekly News 19 April 1923

Not in Mrs. P.

Buried 17 April 1923

Book 1917 No. 10228


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