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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   George Griffin
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   21 October 1932
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   36 Craven Road, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 166
Record number: 10923
Official at burial:
   W.L. Jones
Source of information:
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Memorial Details

  George Griffin
  17 October 1932
  Headstone and 3 kerbstones
  Polished Red Granite with inlaid letters
  From top of headstone: In Ever Loving Memory of/ George Griffin/ who died Oct. 17th 1932/ aged 75 years./ Also of his wife Hannah/ who died Aug. 14th 1932/ aged 75 years./ And of their son/ Headley Saunders Griffin/ who died of wounds received/ in action Aug. 31st 1917/ aged 20 years./ "Death on earth/ is but birthday in Heaven"
  01 July 2014
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Hannah Griffin



Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

George Griffin
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    20 October 1932
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News










Few people were held in such high esteem as Mr. George Griffin, whose death took place in the early hours of last Monday morning, at his residence, “The Acacia”, Craven-road. When three years ago, ill-health compelled him to retire from civic work, sincere regret was felt, for he had not only endeared himself to his colleagues on the  Town Council, but by his unostentatious manner, and his homely and genial personality he had gained the respect and affection of the whole town. His illness was a great trial which he bore with fortitude, and he did not let his interest in public matters wane, although he realised that he was destined to take no further active part in them. The death of his devoted companion, Mrs Griffin, only two months ago was a blow from which he never recovered, His passing was a peaceful one.


Mr. Griffin was 75 years of age. He was always proud of his humble beginning in life, for at the age of seven he started work as a plough boy. He was born at Weston in the Lambourn Valley, and was only at the Wickham National School for a very short time. When but seven years of age he entered the employ of Mr. J. Munday of Elton-farm, and subsequently he worked for Mr. James Palmer, of Weston-farm. He used to recall days when he had to work hard for long hours, and his earnings were 3/6 a week. Weston, however, did not offer him the future which accorded with his aspirations, and so he moved to Newbury 48 years ago, and became an assistant in the business of Mr. Charles Saunders, pork butcher and fruiterer, at the Bridge. By dint of perseverance, he rose to the position of manager, and in March, 1891, on the retirement of Mr. Saunders, he purchased the business and with the aid of his sons, it has been run on most successful lines ever since.


In 1912, Mr Griffin came forward as a representative of the West Ward on the Newbury Town Council. He quickly made good. He became a popular figure, for he did not allow the limelight of public service to spoil his natural and unassuming sincerity. When elected to the position of Mayor of the Borough in 1919, which office he accepted with no a little hesitancy, he remained just the same, and at the end of three years, he vacated the civil chair, with the satisfaction of knowing that he had earned the goodwill and gratitude of all classes of the community. He was particularly loved by the school children, whom he and his wife generously entertained each year to a summer treat and so he earned the title of “The Children's Mayor”. He always upheld the dignity of the position he accepted, and his pleasant manner helped to dispel any difficulties that arose, but the secret of his success was that he was conscientious to a degree and never made any pretence to pose as anything but his modest self. One of the outstanding events during his Mayoralty was the erection of the town War Memorial, which Mr. Griffin had the honour of unveiling.


Mr Griffin was for some time Chairman of the Allotments and the Public Health Committee, and in 1928, he was raised to the aldermanic bench. For some 25 year she served as one of the overseers of the Borough, and he was a Borough Magistrate from 1922 until the time of his death.


The Methodist Church will suffer a great loss by his passing. Both Mr. and Mrs. Griffin were life-long Primitive Methodists, and indeed their whole family have been and still are, active workers in the Church. Mr. Griffin was a local preacher for 58 years, his preaching appointments being mainly in the villages around Newbury, where his presence was always welcome. In addition he held several responsible positions in local church life. He was married at the Bartholomew-street Church on September 21st 1879- the present church having been built two years- Mrs Griffin being the fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Morland, of Bucklebury, and their golden wedding was celebrated three years ago.


Mr. Griffin is survived by four sons and one daughter (Mrs. G.E. Slater). He had five sons, all who served in the Great War, the youngest Hedley Griffin, who took a commission in the Royal Berks Regiment, succumbing to wounds received in action in France.


The funeral takes place tomorrow (Friday) the service at the Methodist Church, Bartholomew Street, being at 2.30, and the interment will be at the Old Cemetery, where Mrs Griffin was buried.


Newbury Weekly News 20 October 1932

Sources:Newbury Weekly News20 October 1932







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George Griffin
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and Mrs Pattison
Date of source:    20 October 1932
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News







Deaths of two public men who have done much for the town and district have to be recorded this week. They were in different walks of life, but both were imbued with that spirit of fairness and integrity which makes English public life and example to the whole world.


Mr George Griffin was a “son of the soil.” At seven years of age he had left school and was working as a plough boy. He finished life as the proprietor of one of the most prosperous businesses in the town, after having been Mayor for three years, a Justice of the Peace, an Alderman of the Town Council and a Primitive Methodist local preacher for 58 years.


He was popular with all classes by reason of his unassuming simplicity and sterling honesty.


Mr. Griffin was a pork butcher by trade, and his sausages had much more than a local reputation. Many visitor to the races always made a point of stopping their cars and taking supplies home with them.


Newbury Weekly News 20 October 1932


Mrs P p 186 C22

Died 17 October 1932 from 36 Craven Road.

Bk 1917 p. 166 no. 10923


Also wife Hannah died 14 August 1932 aged 75

Also Memorial to son Headley Saunders GRIFFIN died of wounds received in action 31 August 1917 aged 20


This obituary entry is awaiting verification.
George Griffin
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News 13/11/1919 and 20/10/1932, Phil Wood: Local listing submission for Newbury War Memorial, October 2014. Press report 16/06/1921
Date of source:    13 November 1919
Copyright:    © as above




MAYOR 1919, 1920, 1921


George Griffin (1857-1932). Purchased what became known as Griffins butchers, Bridge Street, in 1891. Elected to West Ward 1912. Borough Magistrate 1922. Alderman 1928. Lay preacher for the Primitive Methodist Church, Bartholomew Street.1 In October 1922 he unveiled the Newbury War Memorial, commemorating those fallen in the First World War. He had previously chaired the War Memorial Committee.2 Greenham House was acquired in 1920 and its grounds were formally opened to the public by Mayor Griffin in 1921.3 He was called “The Children’s Mayor” because of his parties for children.4


1 Newbury Weekly News 13/11/1919, transcribed by the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery.

2 Phil Wood: Local listing submission for Newbury War Memorial, October 2014.

3 Press report 16/6/1921. The house was used as children’s welfare centre until 1977. J.N. Day (Mayor 1902) and A.D. Cater (Mayor 1922 & 1923) were also instrumental in the purchase.

4 Newbury Weekly News 20/10/1932, transcribed by the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery.

He is referred to in the Souvenir Handbook 1932, published by the Brinkworth & Swindon District Synod of Primitive Methodists.  Interestingly this was the last one published prior to the three major streams of British Methodism united in 1932 to form the current Methodist Church of Great Britain.
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