THE LATE MR.POLDING
Well-known Chiswick Trader's Funeral.
The funeral of the late Mr.Richard Polding, the well-known dairyman, of
13, Acton-lane, Chiswick, whose death was announced in our last issue,
took place on Thursday. A service was held at Turnham Green Church,
conducted by the Rev.S.Osbourne Goodchild, and interment followed at
Chiswick New Cemetery.
The mourners were Mrs.Polding (widow), Mr.and Mrs. T.Greenshields
(son in law and eldest daughter), Mr.and Mrs.N.Polding (son and
daughter in law), Miss D. Polding (daughter), Mr.R.Polding - son,
Mr.and Mrs.G.Candler (son in law and daughter), Miss I. Polding
(daughter and her fiance, Mr.L. Galloway, Mr.J.Polding (brother),
Mr.E.Morani (brother in law), and Mrs.Carrington (cousin).
Floral tributes were sent by :-
Wife: Vi and Tom; Norman and Winnie; Dorrie; Reg and Connie; Phyl
and Gordon; Iris and Les; Bibs and David; Brother Joe and boys; Aunt
Lizzie and family (Grantham and Long Bennington); Uncle Ernest and
daughters; Joe's Boys; Marge and Bert; Mrs.Rice and daughters;
Mr.and Mrs.Harvey and family; Rose; Garf; Mr.Wilmot and Eric;
Mr.and Mrs.Greenshields; Annie and Herbert; Mr.and Mrs.Candler
and family; Mr.and Mrs.Pinkstone; Mr.and Mrs.Galloway; Len West;
Helen:; London Wholesale Dairies; Harrods Correspondence Office;
Mrs.Hubbins, Mr.and Mrs. Jones; the Trowbridge Family; Mrs.Johnson
and family; Mr.and Mrs. Jackson; Mrs.Clarke and family; Mr. Steyer;
Mr.and Mrs.Wingrove; Miss Yates; Mr. and Mrs. Mallons; Mr.and
Mrs. Winwood; Mr.and Mrs. W. Kemp; Mr.and Mrs. Gow; Mr and Mrs
Miller; Mr and Mrs.Goding; Mr.and Mrs.Knight; Sid and Tim; Alf and
family; Friends from the Waggon and Horses; and from all at 81
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. W. G.Barratt.
Mrs. Richard Polding and family desire to express their thanks to the
many friends who sent floral tributes and sympathy in their sad
The above mentioned 'Sid' was a young Saturday milk
boy earning pocket money helping with the round some
five years before I was born - in later years Sid worked as
a journalist alongside my husband at the Daily Mirror in
the 1960's - a strange co-incidence and pure chance found
the previous connection with my family.
RICHARD POLDING (1839-1916)
as reported in the Times Newspaper of 16th November 1877
At Hammersmith, Richard Polding of West-place, Brentford, was summoned
at the instance of the Sanitary Authority of Chiswick for causing a nuisance
in the house by overcrowding. Mr.Finnis, clerk of the Board, said the
proceedings had been taken to prevent the outbreak of an epidemic
There were eight children with the parents living in the place, with only
1,000 cubic feet of air. The defendent did not appear, but he was
represented by his wife, a short robust little woman. Mr.Moore, the
Medical officer of Health for Chiswick, said there were only two habitable
rooms in the house. All the family slept in one room.
The wife said not now. She could not get another house as she had so many
children. What could she do with the children ? If they were turned out,
they would have to go to the workhouse. Mr.Finnis, in reply to a question
from the magistrate, said the Sanitary Authority had done their duty, and
were content to leave the case in his hands. Mr.Bridge said epidemics
arose, as he understood, through the physique of persons being lowered by
sleeping in crowded places, but in this case the parties were all healthy and
not predisposed to disease. He dismissed the summons.
NOTE:- Richard and Caroline's family at that time consisted
of the following members, as well as themselves -
William aged 13 years
Joseph aged 12 years
Caroline aged 9 years
George aged 8 years
Richard aged 7 years
Henry aged 5 years
Emily aged 4 years
Elizabeth aged 1 year
The 1881 census, just over 3 years later, shows them living at
3 and 4 West Place so they presumerably wre able to rent the
house next door to them as well and one hopes that by these
means there were more rooms habitable than in just the one
Caroline certainly must have been as robust as the court and
her photograph claims her to have been. It seems that as no
more children followed the ones she had, that possibly, as well
as saying "Not now" to the court, she used just those words to
her husband a bit more often.
INSIDE IVY COTTAGE
RICHARD ERNEST POLDING (1870-1935)
Mr.Horne appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr.Wortly for the defendant.
The declaration in this case stated that the defendant converted to his own use a dog-
cart belonging to the plaintiff. There was also a count stating that the defendants had
wrongfully detained the dog-cart. The defendant pleaded 'Not Guilty'.
The plaintiff in this case was a coal and coke merchant, carrying on business in the
Blackfriars-road, and the defendant was a livery-stablekeeper, also in the Black-friars-
road, and it appeared from the plaintiffs case that in October last the plaintiff had bought
two horses, and having them upon his hands, not having sold them as he expected, a
person of the name of Simpson cameand offered him a dog-cart and 2/- for his two
horses. The plaintiff agreed to that and received the 2/-. He then went with Simpson to
the premises of the defendant, where the dog-cart was, and Simpson, in the presence of
the defendant, took the key of the coach-house out of his pocket and showed the cart to
A few days afterwards, the plaintiff went to the premises of the defendant and requested
to see the cart, when the defendant said he could not get at it as he had not the key, and
that the plaintiff had better leave it, as some gentleman was coming to see it. At this
time the defendant said nothing about any claim upon the cart by anybody, but in
November, when the plaintiff went again about it, the defendant said he could not part
with the cart as he had a claim upon Simpson for £5 and he should not part with it until he
was paid. On the 10th January the plaintiff went again to the defendant's stables, when
the defendant advanced another claim upon the cart, saying that Simpson had pledged
the cart to a Mr.Warton, a pawnbroker, for the sum of 8£ 10s. and that he, as Warton's
agent, should not allow the plaintiff to remove it. Simpson, who was then present, said
that if the plaintiff would pay the £8 10s. he should have the cart.
The defence was that Warton had advanced the £8 10s three weeks before the deal
between Simpson and the plaintiff took place, and that the defendant had given a written
undertaking to Warton at Simpson's request, at that time not to part with the cart. He,
therefore, could not comply with the demand of the plaintiff to deliver up the cart.
Mr.Justice Erle, in summing up, asked the jury if they were of opinion that, after the
purchase of the cart by Conway. The defendant held the cart for Conway: if so, then the
defendant was guilty of converting the cart.
The jury said, they were of opinion that, after the purchase in October, the defendant
had held the cart for Conway.
His Lordship said that would be a verdict for the plaintiff for 16/-. His Lordship then
observed that, in his opinion a set of fraudulent persons had been endeavouring to over
each the plaintiff. The jury said they were of the same opinion.
REPORTED IN THE TIMES NEWSPAPER OF 23RD FEBRUARY
CONWAY V POWLING
REPORTED IN THE TIMES NEWSPAPER OF 21ST JULY 1892
JOHN POWLING + OTHERS FOR BETTING ACT OFFENCE
At West Ham, John Powling, the proprietor of a teetotal refreshment bar,
called the Non-intoxicating Ale Stores, 26 Barking Road, Canning-town, was
summoned before Mr.Baggallay at the instance of Chief Inspector Hornby
(K Division) to answer a charge of unlawfully permitting his premises to be
used by other persons for betting purposes, and Robert Davidson, a book-
maker, of Canning-town, was summoned, for using the place for the purpose
of betting. Mr.Hutton, who appeared for Powling, put in a plea of guilty. At
the same time, he said, he should like to state that Powling had been in the
house 11 years and there had been no previous complaint against him.
Mr.Baggallay, remarked that there seemed to have been an extensive
business carried on. The defendant was liable to a £100 penalty for each
offence. He ordered him for the first offence to pay a penalty of £10 and
costs, and £1 and costs for each of the others - in all £17.16s.
Davidson was fined £33 in all. The money in each instance was paid.
REPORTED IN THE TIMES NEWSPAPER OF 7TH NOVEMBER 1884
WILLIAM POWLING - EMBEZZLEMENT
At Worship-street, William Powling, 22, Carman of Birkbeck-road, Kingsland, was
charged with embezzling, during the past 3 months, various amounts received on behalf of
his master, Charles Offen of High Street, Kingsland. The prosecutor a baker, carrying
on business in the Kingsland-road, stated that the prisoner had been in his service about
nine months, and was employed to deliver bread and collect accounts from customers, on
his round. About four months ago prosecutor discovered that a number of accounts
amounting to about £16 had been paid to the prisoner, who had not included them in his
returns, but he overlooked the offence then, on the prisoner promising to act honestly in
future and to five up drinking habits.
Recently, further defalcations, which he estimated to amount to £20, had taken place, and
he decided to prosecute him. Witnesses were examined who had paid money to the
prisoner and who produced his receipts for £6, and the whole of that sum the prosecutor
said had been kept back. It was stated that the prisoner had been engaged in gambling
etc., and Mr.Busby said it appeared he had robbed his master wholesale. Mr.Bushby
now sentenced the prisoner to six months imprisonment under the Summary Jurisdiction
POWLING IN THE TIMES
are any of these miscreants your ancestor ?
POWLING IN THE COURTS
ONE OF CHISWICK'S "CHARACTERS" HAS GONE -
JOE POLDING DIES
Mr.Joseph ("Joe") Polding, one of Chiswick's best-known characters, died in St.Johns
Hospital, Twickenham, on July 18th after an illness lasting about a year. He would
have been 90 in September. "Joe" - for that was how he was known to a vast number
of Chiswick residents - had lived here all his life. He started work when he was 10
years old, helping his father in the dairy business which still bears the name of Polding
and is now run by a great grandson. (gt.grandson of his father not Joe)
In his younger days he was a familiar figure at all political meetings. He was a fearless
Labour supporter, and at a time when to be so was to court almost universal
disappoval. That made no difference to Joe Polding. If he believed in a cause he would
support it come what may.
He enlivened Conservative meetings with his rapid-fire heckling, and on more than one
occasion brought proceedings to a stand-still until police requested him to move on. He
would leave with a mischievous chuckle: the meetings would proceed, but would be a
good deal less entertaining. Politically, "Joe" Polding could be said always to know
what he was talking about. He was one of the first to realise the value of trade unions
(he was a paid-up member of one well into his seventies). and the importance of getting
the workers to unite. "The workers are their own worst enemies, he often exclaimed,
and never saw any reason to change that opinion.
ON THE BENCHES
He was one of the prime movers in establishing a Brentford and Chiswick Pensioners
Federation. Their first meetings were on the benches on Turnham Green common.
For many years he worshipped at Chiswick Mission, Fraser-street.
Until last summer he could often be seen in Chiswick High-road; he would sit for hours
watching the stream of traffic pass by. His final illness started about a year ago, and
he underwent an operation in December. His home was with his son and daughter-in-
law, Mr and Mrs Horace Polding, at Reckett-road. His wife died in 1931.
A funeral service was at Mortlake Crematorium on Friday conducted by Paster H.G.
Dean, Chiswick Mission. Only the four sons attended - one of Mr.Polding's last
OBITUARY OF JOSEPH POLDING
"THE BRENTFORD AND CHISWICK TIMES" NEWSPAPER
Joe Polding of Chiswick
(c) 2006 Jill Walker
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