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Mr. Thomas Patenall
of "Bron Dinas"

Extract: Northamptonshire Contemporary Biographies, by W T Pike, 1908
Thomas Patenall
Thomas Patenall
Thomas Patenall—J.P., Bron Dinas, Rushden; son of James Patenall, of Higham Ferrers; born at Higham Ferrers, September 27th, 1855; educated at the Grammar School, Higham Ferrers. Sole proprietor of Thomas Sanders, currier and leather merchants, Higham Ferrers; Mayor of Higham Ferrers, 1900-1901 and again 1905-07; Deputy Mayor, 1908-09; Justice of the Peace for the borough of Higham Ferrers; Chairman of the Educational Sub-Committee, and Chairman of the Managers of the Higham Ferrers Schools; has filled all the offices in the Wesleyan Methodist Church open to laymen; was principal mover in the building of the new Wesleyan church recently opened in Higham Ferrers. Married, in 1884, Clara Poynton, youngest daughter of the late Samuel James Joll, of Waddington, Lincolnshire, and has issue two sons, Harry Rollins, born in 1885, and Donald Hay, born in 1895. [Thomas lived at 89 Higham Road]
Note: Samuel James Joll, brother of Clara, son of Samuel James Joll, was sometime grocer at Higham Ferrers, and married Annie Marriott, daughter of Ambose Marriott.

Plan drawn up for Mr Patenall for a barn stable. The street was off Higham Road
then known as Rushden Hill to 'Mr Groom's factory' - now Lime Street.
It shows he had more than one house, one for himself and others at the corner.
Also shows Mr Spencer's sand pits where John White late built Lime Street factory.

Rushden Echo, 27th June 1924, transcribed by Kay Collins

Garden Party at "Bron Dinas"
A Pleasant Function

In connection with the Higham Ferrers Wesleyan Ladies’ Working Party, a garden fete was held in the grounds of “Bron Dinas,” Rushden, on Saturday last, by kind permission of the Mayor and Mayoress of Higham Ferrers, Alderman and Mrs T Patenall.

1926 Map showing Kilburn Place (green)
Bron Dinas (pink) probably demolished with Kilburn Place in 1958.

The Walnut Tree at Higham Ferrers (right) and Kennel Row cottages.

In 1930 the area around the tree was made into a Memorial Garden to Bessie Patenall. Seating was arranged round the trunk of this majestic tree.

Thomas's wife Clara was Commandant at the V.A.D. Hospital in WWI and his sister Bessie was the Sister in Charge.


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