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Thank you to all contributors for providing a wealth of diverse material. Access pages via links below.
  • The Swan was a well-known house and a rendezvous for river outings ... a good eel house with an unusual location: Brentford Ait; read more about The Swan and thanks to Jim Storrar for sharing his research (2 Sep 2019)
  • Tina Rowe spotted an interesting bequest in a will transcription provided by Bob Loveday; the legatee was thought to be James Duffield but Tina confirms it was James Dutfield, 'an exceptionally talented painter of butterflies and moths'; he lived in Ealing in the mid-18th century, see notes about him and a link to one of his paintings 2 Sep 2019
  • Vic Rosewarne has used newspaper, licensing records and censuses to prepare a history of The Castle, a New Brentford inn that operated for over 200 years, closing in 1936; it was a focus for the community and used by various groups; a splendid piece of research that found an item of Victorian fake news! (14 Aug 2019)
  • Joan Rose ChapmanLinda Hillier nee Chapman is pretty sure she has spotted her aunt Joan Rose Barrett nee Chapman in Diane Elphick's 1930 school photo; soon after Barry Pearce emailed details of his uncle Alfred Brooks(known as Jim) in the same photo (10/13 Aug 2019)
  • Janet McNamara has provided current-day photo of Goat Wharf, rather different to the 1930s/1940s photos from Liz Bryant (4 Aug 2019)
  • Notes for the section of the High Street that includes Alexandra House updated to include information from the 1939 Register (2 Aug 2019)
  • Two photos of Alexandra House, dating from the late 1930s or early 1940s, thanks to Liz Bryant; complemented by history notes and a current day view from Janet McNamara (2 Aug 2019)
  • A rather special photo of The Cage, Brentford's lock-up, from Liz Bryant, date late 1800s (26 Jul 2019)
  • Thanks to Peter Young for this link to The Guardian website; which has photos of two abandoned buildings in Brentford - Pyrene and Wilson & Kyle; also see a postcard which shows (rather fuzzily)the Pyrene Building in the 1930s; or search (above) for 'kyle' to find memories of working there, a photo from 2002 and more...; and, if you have five minutes, take a look at Peter Young's portfolio of photos of Brentford in the 1970s (18 Jul 2019)
  • The Duke of York PH featured in a postcard and included the name of the landlord... thanks to regular contributor Howard Webb for sharing this unusual card (16 Jul 2019)
  • Liz Bryant has sent a splendid collection of deckle-edge photos of Brentford, probably dating from the 1920s or early 1930s; the first is a view down Goat Wharf from the High Street; a 1945/6 view and 1961 map section are included (7 Jul 2019)
  • If your folk lived in Brentford around 1936 they could be in this street directory, part of Peter Rutt's excellent website, thanks to Barry Pearce for the link (16 Jun 2019)
  • Mike Larro spotted a great news item with a photo of councillor T. Forrester Clayton in his Rover car, 1916; now included in the extensive biography prepared by Janet McNamara (14 Jun 2019)
  • Thanks to Peter Young for a YouTube link of the Brentford Lock West development; he adds 'how the world has changed! That’s where they used to store the drums of lime juice and load them onto narrowboats to be taken up the GU Canal to Rickmansworth to the Roses Lime-juice factory. The two long sheds next to the railway line were coffee bean stores'; also see Peter's many 1970s photos of Brentford Lock, Dock and other parts of the town (13 Jun 2019)
  • Clare Francis shares information about the Francis family including Joseph James Francis, waterman and father of 19; other surnames include Thomas, Bates, James and Bissell (9 Jun 2019)
  • 130 years ago work on the St Paul's Recreation Ground was nearing completion; Janet McNamara researched the history of the ground and her article now has a super postcard image provided by Peter Stuart plus a contemporary account of the opening ceremony (22 May 2019)
  • Peter Stuart has provided a second view of a High Street traffic jam, 30th June 1909 - this complements an image previosuly sent by Howard Webb, both images are of a size to see much detail (23 Mar 2019)
  • Can you help Peter Timms: I went to stay with my uncle and aunt in Brentford in July 1962. While train spotting on the iron bridge in Brook Lane, I got friendly with a boy named Ian. He lived close to the bridge on the Griffin Park side, in Brook Lane North. Ian had a caliper on one leg and his family had an Alsatian dog I seem to remember.
    I often wonder what became of Ian as I never saw him again despite visiting Brentford regularly thereafter. He would be in his early to mid-sixties now.
    If anyone has any information I would love to hear from them via this website. If you can help just email me and I will forward to Peter (16 Mar 2019)
  • A sad story unfolded from Peter Stuart's find of a baptism to John Albert and Maud Alice Farnsworth in 1903; the couple divorced and John Albert Farnsworth apparently disappeared; Valerie Wright has established what happened next ... (16 Feb 2019)
  • Book inscriptions led to research into the life of Arthur Phillips, Shakespearean actor, who lived at Brent Cottage in the 1920s; R.H. has provided answers to some of the puzzles that arose, details of the family of tobacco merchants Arthur was descended from and also a family painting of their home in the 19th century, Hope Cottage, Clapton (12 Feb 2019)
  • February's news items: eclectic; read about pawnbroker Mr Folkard (1835), QPR take-over bid (1967) or other snippets between these dates (9 Feb 2019)
  • Emily Alice Beardsworth, 1924Emily Ann Beardsworth (nee Farnham), a charming photo from 1924; thanks to Julie Jakeway for sharing this (28 Jan 2019)
  • A first-hand account of living in New Grove Mansions from Jane Walker adds intriguing details about this property (25 Jan 2019)
  • January news items include a piece about the construction of Western Avenue, a daunting project started after WW1 (2 Jan 2019)
  • John Gauss undertook a large-scale transcription of two early Ealing censuses, 1801 and 1811; of great interest and value to this project as they cover Old Brentford; John has generously agreed for his work to be published here and and the first two pages are now available: the 1801 census of Old Brentford and statistical analyses from 1801 and 1811 (21 Dec 2018)
  • Two useful street directory listings from 1872 and 1877,just before and after the High Street was numbered; this will help place people found in censuses into properties but for now just enjoy the content! Thanks again to Vic Rosewarne for his sterling work (21 Dec 2018)
  • A nice image showing H. Newman's Banana Warehouse and two lorries, possibly around WW1, thanks to Peter Stuart for this (20 Dec 2018)
  • Vic Rosewarne research into the Queen's Arms at 366 High Street and its nine landlords; tales of counterfeit coinage and a 'regular scrimmage' (11 Dec 2018)
  • Thanks to Alan Taylor for providing further information about Brent House a grand property on Upper Butts demolished over 100 years ago (6 Dec 2018)
  • Read about two railway accidents at Brentford Dock, 1913 and 1914: reminders of the risks of working when Health and Safety legislation was not rigorously enforced; thanks to Peter Stuart for this new website source (24 Nov 2018)
  • The Pearce family had many lines in Victorian Brentford and Peter Stuart has added much detail to the family that ran The Royal Tar - see Pearce family page (18 Nov 2018)
  • The "Notorious Junction Arms" was so named in the 1860s as the landlord was almost ever present at the Magistrates Court, once for throwing a spittoon at his mother-in-law; another fine piece of research from Vic Rosewarne (18 Nov 2018)
  • Peter Stuart found an intriguing message about a bomb drop on Great West Road - see Roger William' copy of the same card for more info (14 Nov 2018)
  • Snip of Catherine RowCatherine Row, a Victorian street between High Street and Albany Road, was demolished in the slum clearance of 1959; VP has located a photo showing a neat terrace of 12 properties; thank you to Chiswick Local Studies for allowing publication (12 Nov 2018)
  • The site has a range of material commemorating those who fought in WW1 including a list of service records (11 Nov 2018)
  • Rob Higginson spotted his father in a previously-published photo of Albany Road dating from the 1950s - it includes a pristine Morris Minor Traveller (11 Nov 2018)
  • Some early 1960s Brentford scenes including western end of High Street and Brentford Dock, from The Marked One, ReelStreets website: thanks to Christopher M (5 Nov 2018)
  • Sorry - faulty link, it should work now: Details of the Brentford Poppy Day collection of 1943 - 75 years ago - and a selection of November news items from 1716 to 1943 (5 Nov 2018)
  • A leafy view of Boston Park Road, probably pre WW1 - thank you to Peter Stuart for another great postcard (28 Oct 2018)
  • Immerse yourself in the 1582 dispute concerning ownership of The Ham, New Brentford; entertaining and informative with references to Henry VIII and Brentford's ducking stool; a well-researched piece by Vic Rosewarne (27 Oct 2018)
  • Some of you will remember the transporting of drums of limejuice through Brentford up until the 1970s; Tam Murrell features in two of Peter Young's photos and Di remembers those days; also see her foodie afloat website and blog - some great writing and photos (19 Oct 2018)
  • If you are interested in battles see the UK Battlefields Resource Centre details of the Battle of Brentford, 1642, English Civil War; this is commemorated on the Brentford monument along with the 1016 battle: Edmund Ironside v. Canute; thanks to Sally Elizabeth Douglas (15 Oct 2018)
  • The Andrews family were mealmen of Old Brentford from the 1780s-1880s; thanks to Kenneth Hull for three meticulously transcribed wills from 1784, 1814 and 1835 and a land dispute from 1799; many individuals are mentioned - tenants, witnesses, neighbours, former land owners; those starting 'S' include Salisbury, Searing, Slaughter, Sotheby, Spindler, Sterry, Stow, Strong, Stuckey, Swift (15 Oct 2018)
  • Thanks to Brenda Mitchell for more information about the Plastine family of Brentford (15 Oct 2018)
  • Take a look at Karen Reader’s Brentford Facebook page Brentford Thru My Lens - many Brentford photos old and new, some great images (7 Aug 2018)
  • Hearty thanks to Peter Stuart and Jim Storrar for some great postcard views of flooding in Town Meadow Road, 1906; Jim also located some contemporary newspaper accounts (4 Aug 2018)
  • Kate recognised her great grandmother Ada Barry (nee Nixon) in Sandra Grave’s photo of a coach outing from Brentford, around 1953; this is a popular photo, viewed over 5000 times (2 Aug 2018)
  • A fantastic August news item recounting memories of Mr Wheatley, born in Brentford in 1806 (2 Aug 2018)
  • I was surprised to find that Brentford Market had traders from as far afield as Bedfordshire, but this may explain why a Bedfordshire girl came to Brentford to have her baby (not her husband's child) - thanks to Claire Noble for a fascinating piece of research (25 July 2018)
  • The final pub map from Jim Storrar's work, showing eight pubs from the Half Acre across to North Road; this includes the four pubs stationed at the corners of the Griffin Park football ground (23 July 2018)
  • Thanks to Claire Noble for some useful information about local burial sites, the burial help page has been updated (21 July 2018)
  • Snip from school photoClass photo, Ealing Road School Thanks to Martin Cox for a postcard image showing Class 4, Ealing Road School, pre WW1 (if you can help date it even better); it shows a schoolmistress with her class of 49 children age 8-ish (17 July 2018)
  • Did the rightful Duke of Roxburghe live in Brentford?: details of an intriguing family mystery, compiled by Peter Timms from research undertaken by Bill Ker and his daughter-in-law Margaret; includes a photo of a James John Ker, brewers' drayman for the Beehive Brewery (14 July 2018)
  • Vic Rosewarne’s research into the Waterman’s Arms in New Brentford reveals tales of counterfeit coinage, a theft of ducks and a landlady named Asenath Drinkwater (10 July 2018)
  • Penultimate Brentford pub maps c/o Jim Storrar: these shows pubs on London Road, Brentford End and the north side of Brentford: nine pubs in all (8 Jul 2018)
  • Thanks to Robert Hurst for a link to a fine website about disused stations; it includes a site record for Brentford's goods' depot and a history of the Brentford branch of the GWR (8 Jul 2018)
  • This third set of pub maps prepared by Jim Storrar show New Brentford: 28 establishments in all including the Crystal Fountain and Standard Inn (3 July 2018)
  • July news items: a miscellany from 1829 to 1968 touching on air raid shelters, job adverts and a locally-made shampoo (1 July 2018)
  • Winchester Training College Roll of Honour for WW1 includes Harry James Payne who taught in Brentford (also noted 'Of all 60 names on the College Chapel Memorial, none proved a more difficult research task than Harry J. Payne' - read more; a search of this excellent website found biographies of three other men with possible Brentford connections: Cecil Fred Wilson, Frederick William Woods and Godfrey Neil Wootton (1 July 2018)
  • Dr Beverley Ronalds has written to say the Sir Francis Ronalds website now has a page on on Elizabeth (Betsey) Ronalds of Brentford, who illustrated her father Hugh’s renowned book on apples:". ’I have included images of a few of her numerous surviving watercolours, and links to a new paper on her art and also a detailed online biography that includes more of her work as well as a colour portrait of her.’ (22 June 2018)
  • Peter Stuart has sent a rare advertising postcard for the Osborne family business - dairy and confectionery - at 315 High Street, dating from the early 1900s; was the woman Agnes whom he married in 1906? If so does the postcard date from later than 1902? (20 June 2018)
  • Two more excellent Jim Storrar pub maps, this time covering Ealing Road and Ferry Lane areas of Old Brentford; enjoy reading lost road names (as per the next link) as well as spotting 20 pubs (16 June 2018)
  • Jim Storrar has prepared some stunning maps showing the location of Brentford’s many inns, pubs and beerhouses: the first two show the eastern end of Brentford, from the gasworks to Kew Bridge (14 June 2018)
  • There are many wills of Brentford people proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury - see an index for 1800-1858; the National Archives charge £3.50 per copy but if you have an Ancestry subscription you can access them freely (14 June 2018)
  • The Three Pigeons was a prominent hostelry in Brentford and its history gives insights into local and national events: Vic Rosewarne has uncovered references to highwaymen, the stagecoach business, celebrations of Nelson's victory in 1798 and Queen Victoria's 18th birthday, the establishing of the Poor Law Union.... Meticulously researched using contemporary sources; you will need a pot of tea, several biscuits and a 15-minute break to get the most from this! (11 June 2018)
  • Research by Vic Rosewarne and contributions by others have identified the exact location of another ten or so individuals in the New Brentford 1811 census (one of several lists on site); several stretches of the High Street now 'work'; similar work is planned on the 1811 Old Brentford census (8 Jun 2018)
  • A fine postcard view of London Road looking towards Brentford Bridge around 1910: thanks once more to Howard Webb (6 June 2018)
  • Thanks to Lynn Hayter for sharing her research: The Life of James Pither, a bricklayer of Brentford, James being her great grandfather, dates 1846-1919 (4 June 2018)
  • Jim Storrar names 112 pubs and beerhouses in Brentford from the past to the current day, including several new to me; he also provides historical background to their rise and decline; his full document has much more detail about individual pubs and can be downloaded (29 May 2018)
  • A cracking postcard image from Howard Webb, showing the Barleycorn (or Barley Corn) beerhouse on the south side of High Street, 1907; very timely as Vic Rosewarne has recently shared his research into its history (27 May 2018)
  • June news items include an advert from 50 years ago extolling Wonderlon sheets, made by a local company whose name many will guess ... (27 May 2018)
  • Photos of the narrowboat Alcor at Brentford Lock and Dock, 1974 - thanks to Peter Young (7 May 2018)
  • A list of New Brentford landowners, recorded in the tithe apportionment, 1838 (2 May 2018)
  • Dr Beverley Ronalds has added to her extensive Ronalds family website a page detailing the Montgomrey family of timber merchants; this is illustrated with plaques naming councillors leading projects to purchase the Cottage Hospital building in 1901; and the building of the Boatman's Institute in 1904 (29 April 2018)
  • Trevor and Margaret, distant friends of the Brentford project, sent a Souvenir Of a Quarter of a Century in the Hay and Straw Trade, Edwin Underwood & Son, Ltd., Christmas, 1897; it includes photos showing their Brentford premises and locations abroad too, some of which are now included in Janet McNamara's piece about 80 High Street (29 Apr 2018)
  • The selection of five news items for May span 1842 to 1896 and include a piece about young smoker, David Cole, who attempted to set a hedge on fire in 1896 (29 Apr 2018)
  • Three photos of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, part of the collection provided by Stephen Reed (18 Apr 2018)
  • Christmas postcard 1908Family group, used as a Christmas card in 1908, sent by J.H.B.; thanks to trade directories, censuses and electoral registers the identity of the family is known; another fine contribution from Howard Webb (14 April 2018)
  • The Lord Nelson beerhouse backed on to the canal and watermen made up part of its trade; immerse yourself in Victorian life and the trials of being a publican; thanks once more to Vic Rosewarne (10 Apr 2018)
  • Some photos of McIlroy’s dating from 1911 to 2002, thanks to Janet McNamara (3 April 2018)
  • Thanks to Roger Davis for his reply regarding a mystery scrapyard (3 April 2018)
  • Another trip into Victorian life, thanks to Vic Rosewarne, this time the history of the Black Boy and Still; of the many newspaper items Vic has drawn upon three caught my eye: Detaining a hat; Charge of rape against a publican; Unjust weights and measures (30 March 2018)
  • The selection of newspaper articles from April (1847 to 1968) is less grim than March’s and include references to a poaching fisherman and the Brentford Dock development (28 March 2018)
  • Can you help I am trying to track down a smallish scrapyard I used to cycle past in my schooldays. It would have been circa 1960-ish, and was on the outskirts of Brentford in the general direction of Isleworth. The main occupants of the yard were motor vehicles, but there were also two small aircraft hulks which spent some months there. It is these that I am particularly interested in. I am hoping to discover how they came to be in the yard, but first I need to discover the identity of the yard and its location. Any help would be appreciated.
    Charles Woodley, ex-Distillery Road; if you can help please get in touch (27 March 2018)
    Roger Davis replied 3 April: I can recall an MG specialist company called Toulmins who were sandwiched between the London Road and Syon Park. Although I never visited them, I could see that they had a selection of MGs from various decades parked against the Syon Park wall. I don't remember any aircraft there. Googling Toulmins it appears that they are now in Windsor.I hope this may be of help your enquirer.
  • Can you help Peter Timms with his enquiry: Last year I sat outside W.H.Smith's in Skipton, Yorks, waiting for my wife. I got chatting to a man and the conversation got round to where we came from: he lived locally but said he was a southerner originally. When he said he came from Hanworth in Middlesex I said I came from nearby Brentford: I used to play full back for Brentford F.C. he said. "I started as an apprentice in 1953, from school and never played for anyone else because I got injured and had to pack it in quite young."
    After we parted I realised I hadn't asked his name. Does anyone know who this might have been? A look through on-line records showed that the only person still alive who 'fits the bill' is a George Lowden. If you can help please get in touch (27 March 2018)
  • It is unusual to celebrate marriage by designing a toffee tin featuring bride and groom, but take a look at this Walter Robertson toffee tin and see what you think; thanks to Andrew Robertson for the images, also for a fine,rare postcard showing the Robertson Toffee Factory by Brentford Bridge; and thanks to Howard Webb who subsequently dated the postcard (18 March 2018)
  • Property notes for numbers 48 and 49 High Street, the latter next to the George IV on the Goat Wharf corner; help sought from any descendants of the locally-born Winter family, lightermen from the 1810s onwards (16 March 2018)
  • Group outside the Bricklayers ArmsGroup of 33 men outside the Bricklayers Arms, early 1960s, from Stephen Reed; Justine Sullivan has added another name so now we have Ben Morley (landlord), Charlie Reed, Dan Reed and Bill Stacey; perhaps you can add some more? (14 March 2018)
  • A view of the new Red Lion on the corner of Ealing road, from Stephen Reed, 1975; includes a no. 267 bus (13 March 2018)
  • Thanks to Barry Pearce for confirming the Temperance Seven did indeed play at the Bricklayers Arms,as remembered by Jim Jefferies (7 Mar 2018)
  • Enjoy Jim Jefferies' memories of growing up in Brentford in the 1940s and 50s - he lived on Ealing Road and attended the school there (3 March 2018)
  • Vic Rosewarne’s research into the Catherine Wheel is detailed as ever, with insights into the requirement to billet soldiers (and their horses), information about long-serving landlord George Charles Collier, reports of a theft and two inquests held at the pub; he also speculates as to the pub's age, suggesting it may have been operating back in 1635 (3 March 2018)
  • South side High StreetView of High Street including Stone's menswear, 1975, another photo from Stephen Reed capturing the moment (26 Feb 2018)
  • The first of many photos from 1975 thanks to Stephen Reed; this first one shows the area opposite County Parade in October 1975 (16 Feb 2018)
  • Thanks to Jim Jefferies for three more names - Nativity play scene, Ealing Road School - Crofts, Evans, Tidy (12 Feb 2018)
  • The history of the Waterman's Hall beerhouse, Catherine Wheel Yard, tells several stories: of its customers: watermen, lightermen and farriers;the three beerhouse keepers; of the rather unworkable law relating to bona fide travellers; and finely its demise; another excellent read from Vic Rosewarne (7 Feb 2018)
  • Mark Clements has sent a lively account of his local Carter and Hurt families and photos, some dating from over 90 years ago; Hannah Carter, despite her early life in Newbury Workhouse, lived to the age of 94: see the cemetery register entry (2 Feb 2018)
  • Jim Jefferies spotted himself in a Nativity play scene, Ealing Road School - I have enlarged the photo, can anyone add more names? (31 Jan 2018)
  • Thanks to Peter Stuart for his additions to Jim Storrar’s piece on the origins of BFC 28 Jan 2018
  • The British Newspaper Archive, a great source for family and local history research, has expanded greatly over the last three years, see an update (28 Jan 2018)
  • Vic Rosewarne has researched the history of the Magpie and Stump, at 124 High Street; as usual an excellent read with detailed using newspaper articles 17 Jan 2018)
  • If you are new to family history and are interested in exploring your roots, then this link: offers you the opportunity to win a prize: a subscription to Findmypast; organized by Peter Calver of LostCousins - read more about LostCousins (9 Jan 2017)
  • You may remember reading about bank robbery in 1958 in which a cashier was shot? The cashier’s son Richard Lewis has been in touch with an update (5 Jan 2018)
  • Take a look at the 5 feet to the mile OS map of late Victorian Brentford, viewable for free at the National Library of Scotland website; this link from Jim Storrar takes you to the Grand Junction Water Works, pull the map to the right to explore westwards (30 Dec 2017)
  • Jim Storrar has done a little bit of research into the origins of BFC, identifying the names of players of their very first match in 1889; a happy addition for the festive season (28 Dec 2017)
  • In 2010 Richard Taylor sent details of an impressive set of medals awarded during the 20th century to one William Charles Cole of Brentford - but more than one person was identified who might be the recipient; Carolyn Cameron has a William Charles Cole in her ancestry and through collaborative research it has been concluded he was the medal holder - see the medals and read the story (18 Dec 2017)
  • The Crystal Fountain beerhouse took its name taken from the fountain at The Great Exhibition of 1851 and Vic Rosewarne’s research draws on colourful local newspaper accounts; surnames mentioned include: Andrews, Basing, Christmas, Dowden, O’Callaghan, Parsons, Rich, Shackel, Thatcher, Woolridge; his research also confirms the location of Brentford’s Dispensary at 176 High Street (18 Dec 2017)
  • Trollop, rabbit fancier, he also compared the bar to a water closet transport the reader back to Victorian Brentford; thanks to Vic Rosewarne for his meticulous research into the Black Boys, near to St Lawrence’s church; and there is more to follow ... (16 Dec 2017)
  • Perhaps you remember the Great West Cafe on Boston Park Road - it was operating in the mid-1950s? Pauline Stanhope has sent a photo taken from an old calendar (15 Dec 2017)
  • Vic Rosewarne’s research into the Barleycorn, 98 High Street, ’one of the best conducted houses in Brentford’; as well as numerous newspaper reports Vic also had added the origins of its name (13 Dec 2017)
  • Can you help? Does anyone remember Osram, who had a base at Springvale, on the north side of the Great West Road? Peter Timms has sent two images from their December 1951 staff newsletter The Osram Searchlight, a great contribution to start the festive season (27 Nov 2017)
  • The Crown and Anchor was at 224 High Street, the corner of Half Acre until 1882: Vic Rosewarne has researched the history of this beerhouse (27 Nov 2017)
  • Can you help? Anke from Munich has sent a mystery photo showing a carnival scene, 1920s - not Brentford (I think) - can you identify the location? (25 Nov 2017)
  • Vic Rosewarne has research the history of the Jolly Boatman, a beerhouse near Brentford Bridge (24 Nov 2017)
  • FlaskNeil Smith sent a photo of a flask used in the Barge Aground pub around the 1830s or 1840s; a link to his website includes an older flask used at the Hand & Flower, another High Street pub (13 Nov 2017)
  • Thanks to Calvin Wong from City University of Hong Kong who has shared his research into the son-in-law, Thomas Brown, of Brentford Councillor Charles James Cross (7 Nov 2017)
  • Another 1973 photo from Peter: the swingbridge at Brentford Dock; also see this super aerial view of Brentford Dock in 1929, thanks to Reg Harris, now with a larger image (7 Nov 2017)
  • Peter Young was taken with the scene of a barge loaded with drums in Brentford Dock, 1973 - and he took a photo (5 Nov 2017)
  • Wedding photoA Ricket / Turner wedding photo from 1910, sent by Maureen Harris, featuring some wonderful Edwardian hats; perhaps you can help identify some of the guests? Surnames include Ricket, Turner and Sheldrake (29 Oct 2017)
  • In 1902 Brentford Union’s new workhouse opened at Isleworth and here is a postcard view; this is also an opportunity to mention and include a link to Peter Higginbotham’s excellent workhouse website (22 Oct 2017)
  • Thanks to Peter Stuart for a very unusual postcard image showing a Windmill Road dairy, dating from around WW1 (21 Oct 2017)
  • Another set of pub-related data from Vic Rosewarne: lists of all of the public houses in Brentford in 1861, 1882 and 1900; the later two years include lists of beerhouses too (20 Oct 2017)
  • Vic Rosewarne has undertaken some tremendous research into Brentford pub licence transfers, resulting in a list of over 300 records where a pub or beerhouse changed licensee, covering 1846 to the early 1890s plus some later cases; the comprehensive list is in date order, there is also a list by pub name with the barest details; of interest if you have a pub landlord or beerhouse keeper in your family (19 Oct 2017)
  • Lynn Hayter sent a great photo of the Crown and Jersey Laundry employees, 1933 several years ago; a larger version has now been loaded - can you add any names? (17 Oct 2017)
  • Peter Timms has sent an atmospheric photo of the Gas Works, mid to late 1950s (14 Oct 2017)
  • There are a few references on this site to the York Mineral Water Company, including the following piece about the Robinson family: a good time to add a photo of a York bottle dating from 1905 to 1937 (11 Oct 2017)
  • There has been a lull in family contributions so it was good to get an email from Nick about his Robinson and Thomas families; addresses include the Lindens on Boston Road; the family has links with the York Mineral Water Company (8 Oct 2017)
  • Robert Hurst has added some information about the architects of the Firestone Building which features in Peter Young’s photos of the 1970s; on a different tack, a postcard showing Market Place and a little of County Parade in the 1960s which was omitted from the list of postcards and therefore unlikely to be found (5 Oct 2017)
  • View across Kew BridgeTwo vivid photos taken from the southern end of Kew Bridge dating to the mid to late 1950s, sent by Peter Timms, possibly catching the aftermath of the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race; he has also provided a similar view taken in March 2017: a rather special ’Then and now’ (22 Sep 2017)
  • Memories of Spanton’s wood yard from Jack Iason, this was on the south side of High Street just east of St Lawrence’s vicarage (14 Sep 2017)
  • Thanks to Sally Douglas for information about the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana, built in Brentford in 2011/12: official website, BBC news item covering the launch on the Thames and campaign to moor the Gloriana in Brentford; she featured in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, June 2012; Pam Vernon-Roberts forwarded photos showing other pageant craft, incuding locally-built Bantam Tugs (29 Aug 2017)
  • Can you help?’I am after details of a bomb that dropped on Brent Meadow Wharf Oil Depot Brentford towards the end of WWII. Unfortunately I do not have an exact date.’ If you can help David please get in touch; see links to bomb maps - unfortunately there appears to be no record for this exact location (23 Jul 2017)
  • The Huntley Archives have 1950s footage of canal transport on YouTube; in all nearly 36 minutes; about 8 minutes in are views of Brentford, including loading of aluminium ingots at Brent Meadow Wharf; steerer - Bill Beresford (23 Jul 2017)
  • The National Archives includes a searchable divorce index - scroll down to point 3. to enter the person’s name; however the survival rate of files varies:
    • 1858-1927: almost 100%
    • 1928-1937: 80%
    • After 1937: less than 0.2%
    (11 July 2017)
  • Robert Hurst has sent some unusual photos from his time of working in Brentford: the 1979 xmas tree display (and his very personal story about what makes this image so important) and a view inside the Honeywell Computer Centre from the same era (8 July 2017)
  • Thanks to Sally Douglas for suggesting a link to local listed buildings - this is from the Historic England website (28 Jun 2017)
  • Janet McNamara has written an interesting piece about the Brentford Monument (TW8 website); also we have some photos on this site too (19 June 2017)
  • Thanks to Kake for a new website link: Survey of London, which currently has histories of Whitechapel buildings but is due to expand; and if you have Croydon interests see Kake’s website The Past and Present of Croydon’s London Road (29 May 2017)
  • Can you help? Can someone tell me when the houses in Humes Avenue, Brentford, were first occupied, ie. Year date? 1920’s/1930’s. My family interest is the Faulkner family; please email if you can help David (28 May 2017).
  • Rowing TeamAndrew Hood, grandson of Edison Whitaker Hood, has sent this splendid photo taken in 1913 showing the Brentford Conservative Rowing Club Coxed Four including Edison Hood (16 May 2017)
  • Stephen Lyne has sent a rare undated photo of the school in the Ham, possibly from the retirement of John Lyne the school master in 1884 (24 Apr 2017)
  • Bacon’s street map from 1925 shows Brentford shortly after the Great West Road opened; the image has been enlarged so it is easier to read (9 Apr 2017)
  • What And Where Is Paradise, Brentford, a 15 minute film from 1960, directed by Chris Owen, a student at Kingston Art School; highly recommended, thanks to Janet McNamara for the link with more information (14 Mar 2017)
  • Thanks to Janet McNamara for a link to an interview with James Marshall, Local Studies Librarian for Hounslow Library Service, where he picks out some gems held at Chiswick Library dating from the 18th to 20th century; under 10 minutes and fascinating, includes examples of the young Turner’s work, records of the first V2 rocket which landed locally in September 1944, pub licences and more; put that kettle on! (18 Feb 2017)
  • Tony Harbor writes: I lived at 21 Distillery Road from 1951 to the late 60’s with the Simeoni family my Gran Grandad and 2 Uncles Mario and Peter. My cousins lived one the other side of the road Richard and Paul Williams we all went to St George’s school I would love to find Charlie Woodley; please get in touch if you can help Tony (7 Nov 2016)
  • More interesting links from Sally Douglas - try 1829 Panorama of the Thames, Brentford; use the right arrow to glide east;or select a different part of the Thames - Richmond to Westminster - from the dropdown menu at the top (20 Oct 2016)
  • Geograph aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland; the website has over 5.1 million images including nearly 2,500 for Brentford and area (18 Oct 2016)
  • Further links from Sally Douglas including the 1783 Road Bill for repairing the Highways from ... Counters Bridge ... leading through the Towns of Brentford and Hounslow (18 Oct 2016)
  • Sally Douglas has amassed links to websites which include paintings, newspaper pieces, archaeological finds etc. - all relating to Brentford and area; these are published as a separate page pending a review of the original links page, which has outgrown its original purpose (15 Oct 2016)
  • Sandra Graves kindly loaned me four parish magazines dating from 1971-1983; I have extracted the names from the April 1980 issue (24 Jul 2016)
  • Thanks to Roger Williams for sending a link to Mike Paterson’s London Historians’ Blog - The Shocking Case of Sarah Trimmer School, Brentford.; two historic newspaper articles and links to photos of the school are brought together in a new page (15 June 2016)
  • Great views of Brentford Market in the late 1960s (Flickr) (26 March 2016)


Coming Soon (catch-up is underway*)

Below is a summary of items sent over the last two years, these will be added as soon as possible. * I graduated in July 2015 (MA in English Local History) and am currently still catching up with the backlog of material. Apologies for the delay in loading new pages, all material received is held safely in the meantime.

Thank you to all contributors for the wealth of images, research and puzzles:

  • More rare and interesting Brentford postcards from Howard Webb, including views of the Barleycorn and Duke of York (March and April, 2018)
  • Hugh Hughes has sent a leaflet about the move of Howard & Son from High Street in 1965 (Jan 2017)
  • Sally Douglas has sent a wonderful miscellany of Brentford finds and facts from the mid-18th century onwards (September and October 2016)
  • Annie of Appledore sent details of a grave reference and with help from the Hounslow Cemetery Team has been found to be in Islington Cemetery; they also provided plans showing the grave location (March 2016)
  • Pauline Stanhope has sent a selection of local photos taken from old calendars; views include Rattenburys ’I remember Rattenburys well. I had a second hand eternity ring from there in 1965ish’; photos include a view of the High Street opposite the Market Place around 1951 (November 2015)
  • Postcard of the Half Acre / High Street corner showing the Beehive Hotel; County Parade 1960s (thanks to my husband Richard) (November 2015)
  • Janet McNamara has provided more news cuttings: George Haley’s election address, April 1st 1903 and one from 1914 about expansion of the Griffith Bros business (origins in Brentford, around 1900) into Richmond (Feb 2014)
  • Peter King provided a file of newspaper cuttings and adverts from 1913 following the Local History Day in June (June 2013)
  • Lynn Hayter has sent a slideshow showing Brentford in November 2012, over 100 photos, hope to be able to make this available to any who can access a .wmv file and some stills (March 2013)
  • Dave Stoneleigh has sent scans of Brentford Football Club programmes from 1947-1952, including adverts and team names, a trip down memory lane! (Feb 2013)
  • Janet McNamara has sent newspaper cuttings about Brentford councillors, also a charming advert for the dolls’ hospital at 234 High Street (September 2012)

The above is not a complete list of all material outstanding (one of the challenges is to keep tabs on all contacts and I occasionally have a ’hot moment’ when I find a mis-filed email dating back two or more years... If you write and have no reply, or I have said I’ll do something and then don’t a reminder will be appreciated!


Can You Help

Please get in touch if you can help with any of the following. Thank you!

Can you help Margaret reunite a 1920s journal with the writer’s family?; two photos show the mystery journal-writer, possibly called George, who worked at Bohee’s, the printers, 58/59 High Street, and a view outside Bohee’s (May 2013)

Please can Jim Kelleher provide his current email address: a researcher into the Twining family would like to get in touch?

Please can Pauline Chidwick provide her current email address: a researcher into Reuben Fleetwood and family would like to get in touch?

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