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Hunt for where grandma lived, 237 High StreetMy paternal grandparents were born in Brentford and when I traced their parents I found I had several families who lived in Brentford from around 1840, most of whom lived on the High Street at some point.
I hoped to find photos of where they lived but this proved to be tricky. Yes, there are lots of photos of Brentford High Street in local history books, but it is not always possible to tell which house numbers are shown. Yes, I could find my families living on the High Street in various censuses, but it wasn't easy to work out where they actually lived, particularly in the earlier censuses when the High Street had not been numbered.
I've always liked a puzzle and here was the ideal one: to try and piece together a picture of the whole High Street from around 1841 (first census) up to 1940 (the date of the latest street index I copied at Chiswick Library). The dates covered 100 years, which seemed a reasonable target. And so the Brentford High Street Project was born in 2003.
ThanksI live in Leicester, about 100 miles from Brentford, so this has increased the challenge. This is a good point to thank Janet McNamara for her 'on the ground' assistance and providing heaps of material, also Carolyn Hammond from Chiswick Library Local Studies Section, who helped with my queries by email and sorted out photos etc when I made a rare local visit.
Thanks also go to all the people who kindly responded to my requests in Family Tree and the West Middlesex Family History Society journal for any snippets about Brentford High Street/families. Most of the material people have kindly contributed has been included as at June 2008.
Family interestsMy Brentford High Street families are
My second and third cousins, descended from the Taylor family, are interested in
My fourth cousins, related through the Anthony family which originated in Norfolk (branches settled in Brentford), are interested in