John H.Burrows

Image from the Chelmsford Chronicle 1st February 1935.
Chelmsford Chronicle
Solby House.
Signage at the John H Burrows playing field.
Photograph taken at the opening of the Hadleigh Clinic.
An informative plaque at Hadleigh Clinic.
The funeral procession for John H Burrows in 1935

We have often been asked for some idea of the many aspects of the life of John H Burrows. Following are transcriptions of a few sample newspaper articles which would not be legible on this site in their original form.

OBITUARY IN THE ESSEX NEWSMAN   Saturday 2nd February 1935
We regret to record the death, which occurred yesterday at his residence, Solbys, Hadleigh, of Alderman John Henry Burrows, J.P.   Mr. Burrows, who was in his 81st year, was taken suddenly ill Monday night.   He passed away at his residence at 2pm on Thursday.
DEATH OF ALD. BURROWS:  A LIFE OF PUBLIC SERVICE  

JOHN H BURROWS & SONS LTD
The Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser 2nd April 1908
In 1882 Mr John H. Burrows purchased the Southend Standard and subsequent Grays & Tilbury Gazette and Southend Telegraph. Some years ago his eldest son Mr J.W.Burrows, on succession to the editorial chair, was taken into partnership and subsequently, his second son Mr H.H. Burrows was admitted. Last Wednesday a limited liability company, bearing the above title was registered, and on Saturday purchased and entered into possession of the above named newspaper business, together with the jobbing printing connection attached thereto. The total capital required was found by various members of the family named; the company being of a private character. The directors of the new Company are the three late proprietors; Mr J W Burrows being Managing Director, the secretary is Mr W Tuck Pook. 

The Southend Standard 25th March 1886
BOARD OF GUARDIANS’    Election 1886
To the voters of the Parish of Prittlewell including the Ward of Southend;

Ladies and Gentlemen:
At the request of many influential parishioners I have again consented to be nominated to serve in the office of GUARDIAN OF THE POOR for the ensuing year and now appeal to you to approve of that nomination by returning me as one of your representatives upon the Rochford Board.
I make no complaint against your retiring representatives; but as the business of the Board is still conducted in secret and your money – one third of the total of the contributions to the Common Fund – is still voted away in the dark by men who, with the exception of three, do not represent our parish. I submit the time has now come for you to compel the admission of the Press to the meeting of the Board.
Should you elect me, my best efforts will be on behalf of the poor of this parish, and I will favour, wherever practicable, out-door in preference to in-door, so as to avoid that enormity of our Poor Law System, the separation of the sexes in the cases of aged married couples.
I strongly object to the present system of high assessments of Prittlewell Property and ridiculously low, next -to- nothing assessments of property in the other parishes of the union and I shall be prepared to favour a scheme to reduce the present high and extremely disproportionate contributions of this parish to the Common Fund.
I shall support liberal payments of school fees in the cases of children of the needy poor.
Should you elect me, I will do my best to secure the admission of ALL duly accredited representatives of the Press to ALL the meetings of the Board; and further, will zealously work for those alterations in the representation of this and other parishes of this parish, unanimously decided to be necessary by the rate payers of this parish in vestry assembled.
I have the honour to be Ladies & Gentlemen
Your obedient servant JOHN H. BURROWS
Southend Standard office, Clifftown Road, Southend.  

Chelmsford Chronicle    Friday 17th July 1936
RECREATION GROUND FOR HADLEIGH
The John H. Burrows Recreation Ground at Hadleigh was opened on Saturday by Mrs. J. H. Burrows. Benfleet Urban Council acquired Solbys ——- where the late Mr. J. H. Burrows J.P., C.A. resided for many years—and the grounds, consisting of about 9 ½  acres, for £3,700. One of the fields is already used for cricket, and it is the intention to lay out the bulk of the remaining land for games. The use to which the house is to be put has yet to be decided. Mrs. Burrows, who was accompanied by Mr. Roland Burrows, K.C., and Mrs. Roland Burrows, Dr. Arthur Burrows, and Mr. R. T. F. Burrows, unveiled the board which bears the name of the ground. . The Chairman of the Council (Mr. H. R. Tutt, J.P) paid tribute to the work of the late Ald. John Burrows, the whole of whose life, he said, was devoted to the service of his fellow men.

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We acknowledge with thanks the sources of these news items, which include:  The Essex Newsman, The Chelmsford Chronicle, The Southend Standard and The Southend Standard & Essex Weekly Advertiser. 
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My grandparents had a country place, Hull Bush in Mountnessing and spent the war years there. My grandmother wrote my mother constantly throughout the Battle of Britain and all the letters have been saved. They give an interesting, if somewhat repetitive, account of life during that time.
My mother was Sina Margaret Burrows and while she never lived in Southend, she did spend most of the summer in Mountnessing and was a frequent presence at her grandparents. Her cousins were also in the area. Doris Burrows and John Burrows took over the family business on the deaths of their respective fathers. Some years after selling the business, Doris died in Westcliff and John bought a sheep station in Australia. Other cousins were Phyllis and Molly Burrows. My mother married a Canadian before WWII and lived the rest of her life in Montreal.
I think that account is reasonably accurate, but if anyone has any information about my family, I would appreciate hearing from you. I am trying to put together a bit of a family history and unfortunately most of the family is no longer with us.
David Burrows   Posted May 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hello Alison,  {Alison Streight}
I am one of John Burrowsthree sons, (and one daughter,)and I live in Norfolk. I would be delighted if you would like to get in touch and we could exchange notes on family history. I well remember meeting your grandfather when he came to visit us at our home in Essex. I was only 4 or 5 at the time, I think. I did not meet Uncle Roland, but Uncle Harry, Dorisfather died when I was about 5. There is an interesting story there!
I hope you will get this message and make contact.
Yours Sincerely,
My mother was Sina Margaret Burrows and while she never lived in Southend, she did spend most of the summer in Mountnessing and was a frequent presence at her grandparents. Her cousins were also in the area. Doris Burrows and John Burrows took over the family business on the deaths of their respective fathers. Some years after selling the business, Doris died in Westcliff and John bought a sheep station in Australia. Other cousins were Phyllis and Molly Burrows. My mother married a Canadian before WWII and lived the rest of her life in Montreal.
I think that account is reasonably accurate, but if anyone has any information about my family, I would appreciate hearing from you. I am trying to put together a bit of a family history and unfortunately most of the family is no longer with us.
David Burrows
Posted May 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hello Alison,
I am one of John Burrows
three sons, (and one daughter) and I live in Norfolk. I would be delighted if you would like to get in touch and we could exchange notes on family history. I well remember meeting your grandfather when he came to visit us at our home in Essex. I was only 4 or 5 at the time, I think. I did not meet Uncle Roland, but Uncle Harry, Dorisfather died when I was about 5. There is an interesting story there!
I hope you will get this message and make contact.
Yours Sincerely,
David Burrows.

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