George Henry Brooks (1856–1939)

George Henry Brooks was the younger brother of William Brooks and like his brother he worked for the firm, having started prior to 1881, when aged 25. In 1871, when his brother William had already left home, George was still living with his parents at No. 3, Court F[1], Baxter Gate, adjacent to the Fox Inn and a few doors away from Harry Kirk, another of the firm’s employees. Also, living at home was his elder brother John, aged 17, a hosiery factory hand and younger brother Arthur, 11, who was still at school. Like his father, he was working as iron founder’s labourer, presumably they were both working for the same firm; whether this was Messenger & Co., or another of the town’s iron founders is unknown.


Entrance to Court F, Baxter Gate, Loughborough

He married Fanny Kirby Hull, the daughter of Jabez and Caroline Kirby, on 14th May 1881, at All Saints’ Church Loughborough. Fanny was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in 1859 and in 1871[2] was living with her parents and younger brother, in Castleford, Yorkshire, where her father was working as a boiler maker.


Court F, Baxter Gate, Loughborough – unknown date

Ten years later in 1891, they were living at No. 3, Court A, Baxter Gate with their five young children (Fanny, aged 9, William, 8, Joseph, 6, Mary, 4 and Ellen, 2) and William York, aged 21, who was born in Dallington, Sussex, who was lodging with them. Both George and William were hot water fitters with the firm. The family were still living at No. 3 in 1911, with all their children, Fanny, now a cotton framework knitter, William, a postman, Mary, Ellen, Walter, aged 10, Florence Annie, 4 and George Henry, 2.

By 1908[3], they had moved to No. 33,  William Street, where in 1911[4] George, still working for the firm as a hot water fitter, was living with his wife Fanny, three daughters and two sons. May, the eldest daughter, aged 24, was working in a hosiery factory; Florence Annie, aged 15, a cotton winder; Winifred Lucy, aged 5, at school; Walter, aged 19, a joiner’s apprentice with the firm and George Henry, aged 12, still at school.


No. 33, William Street, Loughborough

The family moved to No. 24, Glebe Street prior to 1921[5], where they remained until George’s death on 15th September 1939, aged 83. He left effects valued at £268 13s. 10d, with his widow and Thomas Brooks, an “assistant inspector of postmen”, acted as executors[6].


No. 24, Glebe Street, Loughborough

His widow, Fanny, passed away on 11th May 1946, aged 84 and it appears that their daughter, Winifred Lucy, continued living at the family home in Glebe Street, after her parent’s death[7].



  1. The entrance to Court F, which was one of eight Courts off Baxter Gate, was approximately where the entrance between Nos. 17-18 (known as The Brooklyn Bar in 2017) and Nos. 19-20 exists today (2017).
  2. Census Return.
  3. Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1908.
  4. Census Return.
  5. Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory for 1921.
  6. Probate Records.
  7. Loughborough Street Directory for 1951.