Henburys History

We’ve been hearing recently from Dave Ludlow in relation to his ancestors who lived at the Henburys. Dave has sent us a copy of an obituary for George Frederick Lyndon, including a transcription. Mr. Lyndon was both accomplished and a man of wide-ranging interests, and seems to have been connected with many local institutions or noteworthy activities.

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“Mr. Lyndon, who was aged 83, was the son of Mr. Walter A. Lyndon, who lived at the Henburys, which estate now forms part of Uffculme Park.”

W.A. Lyndon founded local edge tool firm Minerva Works at Fazeley Street, and G.F. Lyndon inherited both the business and the family home at Kings Heath, but also lived at Brandwood House, Kings Heath,  Chantry Road and Oxford Road in Moseley, and later at Olton.

George Lyndon became first County Councillor for Moseley and Kings Heath, and during his six years of office was chairman of a sub-committee of the County Highways and Bridges Committee, was instrumental in the carrying out of several improvements in the roads of the division. He was also a magistrate for a time.

In terms of pastimes, he rode with the North Warwickshire Hunt, was president of Moseley Football Club, of Moseley Park Lawn Tennis Club, vice-president of Moseley C.C., and of the Coldbath Quoit Club, and pursued photography and meteorology as hobbies. “He had a rainfall gauge fitted in his grounds, and each month he supplied to the “News” statistics of the fall, with interesting comparisons of previous years compiled from his carefully-kept log.”

We’re interested in hearing more about the Lyndons, particularly where photographs are concerned. Dave Ludlow is hoping to find photographs of places his ancestors lived. We are hoping to discover more details of these places. Dave has also offered to pass along photos and other information, so watch this space!

We have attached a transcript of the obituary as a PDF for your viewing, and scanned images as separate files here and here.

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