10 thoughts on “The Fenny Family from Stockton-on-Tees

  1. Does anyone have any news of Alan Fenny? He was the son of Mr Fenny who ran the Brush Works on Skinner Street in the 1930s. Alan was a great school friend of my father Gerald Danaher, son of Dr Jim Danaher from Harewood Terrace in Thornaby.



  2. My gran lived at 60 Skinner Street and I used to stay with her at weekends when I was 8. I remember the Fenny’s and also the Palais, I would sit on the doorstep on a Saturday night and watch the teddy boy’s going to the Palais with their girls.


  3. Does anyone remember their logo at all, I’ve tried recreating it from an old brush and wish to know if it’s the correct logo. I hope to put my Fenny Ancestors on the map so to speak.


  4. My father Jacob Wilson, was probably one of Fenny best customers for the very wide brushes which he sold to the railway companies for sweeping station platforms, he also sold them to breweries with Vaux and Cameron’s being amongst his buyers. He once called at Vaux Breweries, Hartlepool, to meet with the buyer for them, during this sales conversation my father remarked he had served in the DLI, and that Colonel Vaux had been his Regimental Commanding Officer, after this remark the deal was soon clinched and, before leaving their premises, the buyer had his secretary type up a letter for him stating that my father was “The Official Brush Supplier to all Vaux premises and pubs, adding any and all orders for brushes for public house use had to go to him.” This was a goodwill gesture on the buyers part to a former DLI soldiers. In 1927, the DLI regiment served in India guarding the Khyber Pass. For strategic reasons, after the First World War the British built a heavily engineered railway through the Pass. The Khyber Pass Railway from Jamrud, near Peshawar, to the Afghan border near Landi Kotal was opened in 1925; it was guarded by British troops, my father served in India for three years.

    (References) Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Vaux, CMG, DSO, VD, DL (5 March 1865 – 21 November 1925) was a British Army officer and businessman. A member of the Vaux Breweries family, his grandfather Cuthbert Vaux, established the brewery in 1806. Vaux was born in Bishopwearmouth. He was mentioned in despatches 7 times, received the Queen’s South Africa Medal with four clasps, and was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1901.The DLI fought in every major battle of the Great War.Vaux was an extremely popular commander. The 7th DLI was recruited in Sunderland and many of the men under his command he knew personally. In his first letter from the front he wrote to his wife ” so my dear this is our first night on the front line. It is now past midnight, I have see the men and made sure they all have had a hot drink and dry socks…. I very much fear that this is a war such as we have never seen before”. He believed in leading by example and took part in many major actions. His letters home, confirm that ‘Chancellor’ his favourite hunter and the horse he had brought with him from his home in Yorkshire to the battles field of France, as his companion and War Horse travelled back with him after 4 years of War. Chancellor, live out the rest of his day in the fields of Brettanby Manor. Colonel Vaux was recommended for The Victoria Cross in 1918. However the dispatches where lost and the award was not received.


  5. Rita that is correct. Browns Sheet Iron Works in Prince Regent Street had a fire and the Sheet Iron section where I was an apprentice moved to a large warehouse in Skinner Street opposite Fenny’s. They employed a lot of women and girls we had some young lads so there was a lot of intermixing, one of the men married a girl from Fenny’s and live not far from me a real Derby and Joan couple.
    Those women had a hard and often dirty job yet sang all day, go into the street and you would here the brush factory chorus belting out the latest songs.
    We also met up in the Palais dancing to Jack O Boyle and many a lasting friendship. We finally moved Back to Prince Regent Street cutting the intimate proximity and ending some close associations.
    The war was still going on in the far east at that time and Fenny’s did work for the MOD so as with most factories at the time were classed as war work. no matter we all knew how to have fun and those girls were great.


  6. Any relation to Fennys that lived on the corner of Turton Road opposite Longleys shop? I remember Lolly Fenny. & she had an older sister.


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