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Chris Brown's Memories of 1950s and 1960s Brentford

Chris Brown wrote in January 2021:
I was born in Ealing and spent most of my childhood in Brentford because my gran and grandad used to live in Hornbeam Crescent.

I remember my grandad Bennett my mum told me that he used to drive a horse and cart through Brentford High Street back in the old days. Fruit and veg I believe. Long before my time.

I remember Brentford High St how it used to be and all the shops like Woolworths, the Co op, Daubneys the greengrocers, Delores the wet fish shop, Wiltshires bike shop, Rattenburys. My late father used too work for Wilton Goddard in the electrical shop he had at Albany Parade. As a kid I used to go down the Ham and Syon Park when they used to have cows in the fields.

Back in the mid sixties I used to play drums in a group, Sandy Dogg, and we used to play a couple of nights at the Princess Royal (read Chris's memories of the Princess Royal).

I then moved to Isleworth, this is when both my parents were still alive. After my mum passed away I moved to Hounslow. Then from there I moved to Essex. Clacton on sea or to be posh the Costa del Clacton. I'm retired now, I'm 67 in fact live about 10 mins from Clacton pier.

I've met some really lovely people on my musical journey playing in the group and dj ing all over the place.


Published February 2021