Kenneth Maclean Burder (1881-1959)

Kenneth was born in Loughborough on 3rd December, 1881 and was educated at Haileybury School, near Hertford, Hertfordshire. Following which he went to learn the trade in Scotland, where he was apprenticed iron founder. In 1901, he was lodging at No. 28, Windsor Terrace, Glasgow, He remained there for several years, later becoming a draughtsman, before returning to Loughborough to work in the family firm.

Kenneth Maclean Burder, Leicester Graphic, March 1959

On returning to Loughborough, he appears to have lived with his distant relatives Edith Mary (1871-), Frances Eva (1873-1957) and Thomas Sidney Nash (1860-1939), at their family home, No. 107, Ashby Road, Loughborough[1]. Frances, Edith and Thomas were three of ten children of Rev. Frederick Gifford Nash (1819-1904) and Sarah Elizabeth Hackett (1833-1905). One of their other daughter’s. Elizabeth, married Walter Chapman Burder, Kenneth’s uncle, in 1876.

No. 107, Ashby Road, Loughborough

Kenneth Burder married his distant cousin, Frances Eva (Daisy) Nash, at St. Peter’s Church, Loughborough on 17th September, 1914. Their marriage was a quiet affair with no bridesmaids. Frances was given away by Walter C. Burder and the best man was Mr. Albert Beardsley. The bride’s brother, the Rev. Frederick Corden Nash (1854-) helped officiate. The couple started their motoring honeymoon via Derbyshire en-route for Wales[2].


Myrtle Cottage, No. 8, Albert Place, Loughborough

Early in their married life Kenneth and Frances lived at Myrtle Cottage, No. 8, Albert Place, Loughborough, where their son, Frederick Gifford Maclean (1915-1983) was born on 16th September 1915. They moved to ‘Clavering’, Ashby Road before 1925[3], where they lived until around 1941, when he offered the property for sale for £3,000[4]. Described as a “charming residence” with 3 reception rooms, 5-6 bedrooms, delightful gardens, tennis court, with a large garden set in about 1 acre.

Clavering, Ashby Road, Loughborough

Following the sale of the property, they moved to No. 45, Park Road, Loughborough, which they renamed ‘Clavering’. The property was reputedly built and owned by Thomas Messenger, the original owner of the horticultural business.

Clavering‘, No. 45, Park Road, Loughborough

A series of articles, by S. H. Matthews, appeared in the Loughborough Monitor in the early 1950s, looking at, and describing the history and contents various residences in, and around Loughborough. On 11th September 1953, the article featured the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Burder, then a Director of the firm: –

…… The land on which 45, Park Road and its neighbours are built belonged to a house known as Sydney Cottage, which stood on a triangular plot formed by Far Park Lane and Middle Park Lane, its entrance being where today, Beacon Road joins Park Road.

Sydney Cottage had been occupied successfully by John Adams, chemist and druggist and Charles Hacker Capp, a wine and spirit merchant, and was sold in the middle 1880’s to Mt. T.G. Messenger.

It was he undoubtedly who had 45, Park Road built although there is no record existant that he ever occupied it. Henry Pickworth, a furnisher and draper, was the first tenant of 45 Park Road, which he called Foxholme. He was followed by William James, a Grammar School master who in turn was succeeded by Mr. W.N. Weston. a director of Herbert Morris. Ltd.

Mr. Weston. purchased the property and during his occupation made many alterations and additions.

Named after village

In 1942 the executor’s of Mr. W.N. Weston sold Foxholme to Mr. K, M, Burder who. until then, had been living at Clavering on the Ashby Road now a college hostel. When he took possession of Foxholme, he renamed it Clavering, after the village in Essex where his wife lived before their marriage.

Clavering 45, Park Road, is an attractive house. covered partly with Virginia Creeper and possessing a fine garden the extent of which is rather surprising. The house has the large and loft rooms so characteristic of the Victorian era.

In the spacious lounge hall, I noticed a long case clock by Thomas Cook of Loughborough, add a long dresser formerly at The Elms, which Mr. Burder’s father leased from 1889 to the beginning of this century.

I noticed on the mantelpiece a pair of large frog mugs. Such curios were purchased in large numbers from the exhibition building at Hyde Park in 1851, but are now comparatively rare.

Off the hall is the drawing room whose salient feature is a very beautiful display cabinet of walnut. In it are many specimens of good porcelain, including some pieces made at the Pinxton factory in Derbyshire. Which closed down in 1812. I saw also part of an elephant tusk intricately carved with flower designs.

In a little ivory box in this cabinet are the fragments of a piece of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake which was given to Mrs. Burder by her aunt, who was a lady-in-waiting. I was shown, too, a tiny container which held 12 perfectly carved elephants in ivory. All could have stood on a silver three-penny piece.

I noticed, too, a nest of four Japanese lacquer tables, and, an old chest of drawers over which on the wall, hung nine silhouettes of Mrs. Burder’s family — the Gifford Nash’s of Essex.

The dining room is a very charming room, and is dominated by two pictures. one portrait of William Preston, an ancestor of Mr. Burder and the other which, looked like a Snyders, representing a vividly coloured group of birds.

On the mantelpiece are two rushlights, and nearby two elephants, which were carved by Mr. Burder’s father.

Mr. K. M. Burder. the owner of Clayering, 45, Park Road, is managing director of Messrs. Messenger and Co. Ltd., the horticultural engineers. It is purely a coincidence that he now lives in the house built by Mr. T G.

Messenger, the founder of the firm. In conclusion. I would like to place on record my deep appreciation of the help given me by Mr. Burder in this and previous articles.


Clavering‘, No. 45, Park Road, Loughborough

The couple remained at Park Road for over fifteen years until their deaths in 1957 and 1959. Frances died on 22nd July 1957, aged 84 and Kenneth on 1st December 1959[5], aged 77.


Clavering‘, No. 45, Park Road, Loughborough

Frances was a long-standing member of St. Peter’s Church and a founder member of the St. Peter’s branch the Mothers’ Union, where she was, for a time, secretary, before becoming responsible for enrolling new members[6]. Frances left effects valued at £3,868 19s.

Kenneth worked for the family firm, becoming Chairman and Managing Director from 1942. In 1920 filed a patent for “Improvements in or relating to fasteners and holders for casements, windows and like hinged articles”. He was one of the oldest members of the Institute of British Foundrymen[7]. Up to when he became ill in September 1959 he reportedly went into the office every day[8]. Like his wife, he was a long-standing member of St. Peter’s Church and one time sidesman. His funeral took place at the Church and he was buried in Loughborough Cemetery, Leicester Road. He left effects valued at £23,100 19s. 9d. with his son and solicitor William John Beardsley acting as executors.

Kenneth and Frances had one son:

Frederick Gifford Maclean (1915-1983)

Frederick, known as Derek, was born at No. 8, Albert Place, Loughborough on 16th September 1915[9].

Frederick Gifford Maclean Burder, Leicester Graphic, March 1959

He married June Betty Fay Bloomfield (c.1926-) on 23rd April, 1946, at St. Peter’s Church, Loughborough. At the time of his marriage, Frederick, was living at home at No. 45, Park Road, Loughborough and serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)[10]. June Bloomfield aged 20, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bloomfield, was serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and living at home at Flat 21, Dudley Court, Upper Berkeley Street, London[11].

Following their wedding the couple initially lived in ‘Bromleys’, Westfield Drive, Loughborough, before moving to ‘Gifford House’, No. 4, Burton Walks, Loughborough from around 1948 until the mid-1950s.


‘Gifford House’, No. 4, Burton Walks, Loughborough

Frederick secondly married Eleanor Joyce Broad, in Derby, on 3rd October 1969[12].

Frederick worked in the family business, becoming a Director. He died in hospital on 26th August 1983, whilst living at The Green, Knossington, Leicestershire[13].

Frederick and June had two children:

  1. David Gifford (1947-)
  2. Gabrielle Frances (1951-)


Frances Eva, Kenneth Maclean and Frederick Gifford Maclean Burder’s grave, Loughborough Cemetery



  1. 1911 Census
  2. The Loughborough Herald and North Leicestershire Gazette, 24th September, 1914.
  3. Kelly Directory of Leicestershire, 1925.
  4. The Times, 18th July, 1941.
  5. The Times, 2nd December, 1959.
  6. The Loughborough Echo, 2nd August, 1957.
  7. In 2000 the Institute of British Foundrymen changed its name to the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers.
  8. The Loughborough Echo, 4th December, 1959.
  9. The Times, 18th September 18, 1915.
  10. Marriage Record.
  11. Marriage Record.
  12. The Times 6th October, 1969.
  13. The Loughborough Echo, 2nd September, 1983.