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The tithe and Ordnance Survey maps show each property in enough detail to allow you to match images in postcards and local history book High Street. Sometimes it is possible to trace a particular building through from 1839 to 1935 using maps, read a description of it from the 1909/10 Valuation and (if lucky) find postcards or photos from the 1890s onwards.
NB images are often over 200K and may take some time to download if you are not a Broadband user.
Tithe summaryThe High Street is split between the New Brentford and Ealing tithe maps, dating from 1838 and 1839/1841 respectively. Both are held at London Metropolitan Archives (the original documents), copies are also held on fiche/film at The National Archives, Kew. Read on for more information about the tithe maps, or access links to view tithe images.
Ealing TitheThe Ealing tithe apportionment is dated 13 June 1840 and lists all property owners and occupiers. This has been valuable in tying in to the 1841 census a few years later.
The Ealing valuer was William Tress of Princes Street, Wilson Street, Finsbury Square Middlesex (not a local man, so some surnames were misinterpreted by him).
The whole of Ealing parish consisted of:
* 1 perch = 30.25 square yards; 40 perches = 1 rood (1210 square yards) which is a quarter of an acre (4840 square yards)
# in full 'glebe lands which, if not in the hands of the owner or owners, would be subject to tithe of which 67 acres, 3 roods and 3 perches are part of the possessions of the Chancellorship of the Cathedral Church of St Paul in London and to Thomas Jennings Bramly, Thomas Smith, Thomas Harrington & Susannah Smith as lessees as aforesaid and 10 acres, 1 rood and 19 perches belong to Reverend John Smith'
The total value was assessed as £1,630 9 shillings, of which £607 7 shillings was due to the vicar and £1,023 2 shillings was to the appropriator.Top
New Brentford Tithe
The New Brentford apportionment records land ownership rather than property ownership, so has not been so useful for linking people to properties - but it is a beautiful document with stunning colouring.
List of Tithe Map images
The tithe map images available through the following links appear courtesy of Corporation of London, London Metropolitan Archives.
Ordnance SurveyThe larger scale OS maps also show individual properties. I have added house numbers to the 1894 map as part of this project and the resulting images will be made available in time. See example
1909/10 Valuation ReturnsThe Valuation Returns consist of a set of annotated 1894 OS maps, each property/plot being given a reference, and a set of Field Books in which brief details for each property/plot were recorded on pre-printed forms.
The Field Books include a number of small sketches used to illustrate the range of properties on each plot and to show rights of way etc. The maps and Field Books are held at The National Archives (TNA), Kew.
I have not been able to locate the map showing the eastern part of Old Brentford: this map covered parts of Surrey; the map at TNA includes property refs for the Surrey properties but not the Middlesex properties.
This site does not include copies of the Valuation Return maps but OS maps from the same date are available.
If you are interested in whom owned a property and a brief description of it, see the summaries by house no. and surname of owner. I am in the process of adding details from the 1909/10 Valuation to each property's notes.Top
1925 Street MapBacon's 'Up to Date Atlas and Guide to London' includes a street map for Brentford.
1930 MapMr T.W. Collis has prepared a hand-drawn map showing the area between the Market Place and Half Acre as he remembers it from ca 1930. The map includes the old and new road lines, showing how the High Street was much narrower.
Last updated: November 2010