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Boston Park Road

Peter Stuart provided this postcard image of 'Park Road Brentford' - an unfamiliar address to me but the penny dropped eventually - it is Boston Park Road.
Leafy road with postman

The distinctive spire of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 44 Boston Park Road, is visible on the left. The church was built in 1866 and is listed - Historic England website has more details.

It is a quiet scene, no traffic, just two ladies with big hats - Edwardian perhaps - and a postman. The trees look relatively young. The 1897 OS map shows Boston Park Road still had a few undeveloped areas and opposite the church were several greenhouses.

The view is eastwards towards Windmill Road with The Globe PH in the distance at the junction: see a view of The Globe from around 1910 which also includes a postman.

By 1925 things were noisier - the Great West Road (A4) was built to the right of this view and later the M4 crossed the road. (The site has some photos showing the opening of the Great West Road and construction of the M4 - try a search on the home page).


Published October 2018