Charles Brook was a Meltham manufacturer.
His siblings were:
He was educated at Mr. Hawtrey's in Slough and then Radley College.
He spent his early years living at Meltham Hall before purchasing the nearby hall at Durker Roods around the time of his marriage. He regularly allowed events, such as the annual Meltham Cattle Show, to take place in the land adjoining Durker Roods.
A keen huntsman, he was the Master of the Newmarket and Thurlow Foxhounds (1901-02), Badsworth Hounds (1902-05), Holderness Hounds (1905-08) and of the Dumfriesshire Hounds (1908-19).
He became a High Sheriff of Yorkshire on 15 October 1906.
The 1912 edition of the Yorkshire Who's Who" reported that Brook owned some 5,000 acres of land in Meltham and around 8,500 acres in Dumfriesshire.
In the autumn of 1914, he offered Durker Roods for use "as a hospital for wounded soldiers and sailors" and "to pay all expenses in connection with the hospital for at least six months." Around 30 wounded men were received at the hall in October 1914 and 30 more the following month.
By the mid-1920s, he was living in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, but also held properties at 2 Spring Place, Meltham, and 2 Mansfield Street, London.
In January 1926, he travelled with his wife to Auckland, New Zealand, aboard the Naldera. The following January, they travelled to Port Said, Egypt, aboard the Rajputana, likely returning to England in April 1927 aboard the S.S. Chitral.
Charles Brook died on 14 June 1930, aged 64, at Kinmount in Annan, Dumfriesshire.
His estate was valued at £167,562 15s. 10d. and probate was granted to his son Edward William Brook, Major John Gordon Crabbe, and his son-in-law Captain Walter D'Arcy Hall.
Mabel Frances Brook died in September 1934 at Hoddom Castle and was buried on 26 September at St. James, Meltham Mills.
entries for Charles Brook are shown in italics
|1871 — Meltham Hall, Meltham|
|Edward Brook||45||head||Sewing Cotton Manufacturer employing 412 Males and 1111 Females.|
|Edward J. Brook||6||son|
|Frances M. Brook||2||daughter|
|Anne I. Brook||11m||daughter|
|John H. Grassham||25||servant||Butler.|
|Mary A. Firth||49||servant||Cook.|
|Annie Allatt||17||servant||Kitchen Maid.|
|Matilda Boulton||19||servant||House Maid.|
|Fanny Ancliffe||18||servant||Under House Maid.|
|Elizabeth Stoton||27||servant||Head Nurse.|
|Emma Taylor||18||servant||Under Nurse.|
|Edwin Raynor||28||gardener||Living nearby with his wife Louisa (27) and their daughter Emma (3).|
|1901 — Hall Walk, Enderby, Leicestershire|
|Charles Brook||34||head||Living on own means.|
|Mabel F. Brook||35||wife|
|Mildred F. Brook||7||daughter|
|Edward W. Brook||5||son|
|Annie M. Brook||1||daughter|
|Beatrice A. Brook||27||sister-in-law||Living on own means.|
|Ellen Burton||32||servant||Ladies maid.|
|Mary Pitman||21||servant||Kitchen maid.|
|Mary Radage||17||servant||Scullery maid.|