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Brentford Monument unveiling, 1909

Peter Stuart provided this photo showing the unveiling of the Brentford Monument on Wednesday May 12 1909 by the Duke of Northumberland. Middlesex antiquarian Sir Montagu Sharpe campaigned for the granite monument to be erected.

Brentford as it was notes the Duke of Northumberland is to the left of the monument. Mr Montagu Sharpe, to the right, points to one of the four events in Brentford's history recorded on the monument.

The Berwickshire News and General Advertiser of Tuesday May 18 1909 reported on the ceremony:
The Duke of Northumberland on Wednesday
afternoon unveiled a granite monument at
Brentford Ferry, in commemoration of four
historical events. The monument, which was
originally one of the piles of old Brentford
Bridge, has been erected by the local Council.
Mr Montague Sharp, Chairman of the Middle-
sex Sessions, gave a minute account of the four
events recorded on the stone, and was presented
with a silver-mounted casket made from the
wood of an ancient stake taken from the bed of
the Thames. The Duke, whose estate of Syon
House is adjacent to the Ferry, was also pre-
sented with a silver-mounted bowl of similar

More information, including the names of the councillors at the time and additional photos of the monument is available.

Ceremony, Thames in the  background, many hatted gents in the foreground

Published December 2015