Brandram,Thomas

(born 1777 - died 1855)

Local connection
He lived at The Cedars, Lee.

Biography
Thomas was a JP, Senior Churchwarden (1813 – 1824) and Farmer.

He seems to have been an active resident of the parish of Lee and should have had the opportunity to sign the petition but did not, possibly because of his business interests.

He was the heir of Samuel Brandram, who died in 1808. For nearly 50 years Thomas was the head of the old-established firm of Brandram, Brothers, and Co., of Sise lane, London.

The company had started trading in 1783 as Brandram, Templeman and Jaques in 1805 it became Brandram, Templeman and Co and traded as colour merchants at 12 Budge Row, London.

From 1788 it moved to 17 Sise Lane. In 1815 it became Brandram Brothers and Co 1815 –1841 or later, 17 Sise Lane, as merchants, rather than colour merchants.
This change in the description of the business may mean that the company had dealings with those that were part of the slave trade and so Thomas felt he could not sign the Lee Petition of 1814 to Government to Add a clause in the French Treaty forcing them to Abolish Slavery.

He made several improvements to the Cedars including a new coach house, stables and farm buildings next to Love Lane. A herb garden with lavender, mint and rosemary was laid out, giving rise to names of fields and property locally.

Thomas died unmarried aged 78 in 1855.

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