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Newspaper Accounts

Most 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:

  • West London Observer
  • Middlesex and Surrey Express
  • London Evening Standard
  • Middlesex Chronicle
However as stories were syndicated there are also over 10,000 articles which mention Brentford in the Coventry Evening Telegraph.

PeriodNo. Brentford refs (2015)No. Brentford refs (2018)
1700-1749over 200unchanged
1750-1799over 2,500unchanged
1800-1849nearly 22,000nearly 31,000
1850-1899over 57,000over 100,000
1900-1949nearly 100,000over 250,000
1950-1999over 5,000nearly 35,000
2000-2018noneover 200

As at January 2018 no Brentford newspapers are included in the Archive but some local newspapers are held at Chiswick Library.

Examples of Brentford stories

At 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.
  • January: bizarre events leading to a 'singular fatality' in 1881; also a short advert from a lady wishing to travel to India in 1889
  • February: heroic rescue in 1847; names Grover (or Govey), Best and O'Hara
  • March: the death of 'Harris' following a dispute respecting a young woman; the drowning of a boy entrusted with the care of a boat, both in 1810
  • April: painting at the Three Pigeons 1854; charges against Benjamin Newman, High-street, Brentford, a shopman 1884
  • May: Brentford and district Tramways Bill in 1885; closure of the "Black Boy and Still" in 1922
  • June: Royal Horticultural Society's second fete in 1862
  • July: Coroner's Inquest, George Angel, aged 30 in 1829; destructive power of a thunderstorm, 1839
  • August: sale of farmland, Ealing in 1828; fire at United Water Softeners Ltd, High Street in 1926
  • September: rebuilding of Brentford Bridge, 1824
  • October: fining of Emanuel Smith for an unregistered canal boat 1927
  • November: death of a miser, Thomas Kane in 1846; death from exposure, 1861
  • December: proposals for paving part of the High Street in 1805; Barnsley v. Brentford 1952


Published December 2011; last updated January 2018