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Newspaper AccountsMost of the following items are from the British Newspaper Archive, see the British Newspaper Archive home page for more details of this project including progress to date: a full list of titles published AND a list of additions in the last 30 days can be accessed from the 'Search by Newspaper' link: 'show all titles'. As at January 2018 the database includes entries from 1700 to the current year.
Searches rely on Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which is not perfect (I suspect worse for older publications, where the print may not be so clear), but nevertheless this is a very valuable resource.
It is possible to filter by publication title, date, region, county, place and type of article. Searching is free, accessing the original article is chargeable (there is a range of subscriptions). If you subscribe to findmypast then you will be able to access the same newspaper archive - however the search facilities are better on the BNA website; searching there then viewing on findmypast works well.
As at January 2018 the archive gives access to over 420,000 articles which include the word 'Brentford', a substantial increase over the last three years, particularly in the period 1850-1999. The following London and Middlesex titles contribute to significantly to this total:
As at January 2018 no Brentford newspapers are included in the Archive but some local newspapers are held at Chiswick Library.
Examples of Brentford storiesAt the outset I had hoped to add a piece each month, but life caught up with me! However I will continue to add Brentford stories whenever time permits and the list below includes some examples of what has been added, use the links to get a fuller picture: often only one piece is recorded below but in practice there may be several others. Items on each page are in date order.
Published December 2011; last updated January 2018