As independent, family-run funeral directors, T Pennack & Sons is in its 7th generation.
The Pennack family have lived in the village of Great Baddow since 1740. Charles Pennack (1740-1812) married Elizabeth Mulley and had 7 children. Their eldest son Charles (1771-1848) married Susannah Waller and they had 6 children.
Their eldest son, also Charles, became a carpenter and was the founder of the business T Pennack & Sons, with carpenters, builders, and undertakers. He married Elizabeth Saward and they had 9 children. Elizabeth died in 1840 and Charles remarried to Eliza Lucking and they had 5 children.
James, their eldest son (1847-1883), married Emily Butcher and they had 4 children. He ran the business from 1871 until his death in 1883. James’ 2 sons, Arthur and Charles, emigrated to New Zealand, and Charles Williams married and his descendants are still living there. James’ brother Thomas (1851-1921) married Hannah Butcher and they had 9 children.
William, Thomas’ eldest son (1873-1924), succeeded in the business but died at the age of 51 years old, and 2 of his brothers Sidney (1879-1975) and Alfred (1881-1949) became partners in the business.
On the death of Alfred, Sidney became the sole proprietor. His youngest son, died (1906-1992) succeeded in the business until his death when his only son Anthony and his wife Angela, the present owners, succeeded him. Today it is an established family run business with two of their children, their son Philip and daughter Sarah who are also both active in the running of the business. The building side of the business diminished more than 25 years ago, and since then it is has concentrated solely on funerals and memorials with the acquirement of shop premises in September 1991 which is now part of the establishment.