Thomas Jecks: Fourth Mayor of Guildford 1891

Thomas Jecks Fourth Mayor of Guildford 1891 …tragedy strikes the Jecks family

In 1856 whilst building the new Rose and Crown Inn Thomas Jecks Senior had an accident, sustaining horrendous injuries that led to his death.  His wife, Elizabeth, was left to raise 13 children.

Elizabeth’s eldest son Thomas, in his early youth, helped run the family business. They owned a small warehouse and two boats operating them from their own wharf which was situated at the family home “Almond Grove” in Market Street.

Thomas spent time in India, leaving Fremantle in the 1860s in charge of a shipment of horses. Shortly after his arrival in India he entered the Customs Department. His brother Alfred, and cousin Theophilus Jones were also working in India but after the death of Alfred in 1873, Thomas decided to return to Guildford.

On his return he once again became interested in civic life, re-joining the Town Trust. He was a member of the first volunteer corps formed in Guildford, and was a life member of the Agricultural Society, and a founding member of the Mechanics Institute.

In 1880 Thomas married Selina Barlow.  Their union produced six girls.

With the resignation of Dr Tratman the third Mayor of Guildford, Thomas Jecks was elected mayor, serving in that position from August until December 1891.

In 1895, while having two teeth extracted, Selina died suddenly of heart failure.  In that year Thomas Jecks reverted to managing his hostelry The Rose and Crown Hotel.