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December NewsThese items have been extracted from the British Newspaper Archive, also available on findmypast. They are in date order and range from 1805 to 1952:
Notes follow some items: further research, useful links etc.
Morning Post Saturday 21 December 1805PAVING the TOWN of BRENTFORD.
NOTICE is hereby given that the Trustees for putting in Execution the several Acts of Parliament for repairing the Highways from Counter's Bridge through Brentford, &c. &c. will meet on SATURDAY the 11th of January, 1806, at the Pack Horse and Talbot, on Turnham Green, at Twelve o' clock Noon, to receive Proposals for PAVING with Scotch Granite, of the best quality and proper dimensions, in a substantial and workmanlike manner, about 500 yards in length, of the TOWN of BRENTFORD, commencing at the Salutation in Old Brentford.
Such persons as may be willing to contract for the Whole, or for One-half of the said Paving, are desired to send their Proposals in writing, sealed up, specifying the price per square yard, and the time in which they will engage to complete it. The Contractors are to procure materials, labour, and every thing necessary for the complete execution of the work, at their own expence, and to give security for the due performance of the Contracts. Further particulars may be known by applying to Mr. Greentree, Surveyor of the said Road.
NotesJanet McNamara has prepared a history of Brentford High Street from Roman to Modern Times, this notes Counters Bridge is in Kensington. Her article also provides details about various plans to widen the High Street, the Turnpike Trust, the introduction of pavements etc.
Journals of the House of Commons, Volume 50, 1794/5, includes reference to Charles Greentree surveyor of the road (Google Books).
Morning Post Friday 26 December 1851CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSES.
It has been the custom of the Morning Post, for several years past, to lay before its readers at this festive season, an account not only of the treatment of the parochial poor of this vast metropolis on Christmas-day, but, at the same time, an interesting and statistical detail of the numbers in the respective workhouses and unions, enabling the public to ascertain, at a glance, the important fact of whether, during the year, there has been a decrease or increase of pauperism - a subject in which every ratepayer of the metropolis, and, indeed, the kingdom, is more or less interested.
(a report followed for each workhouse. Interestingly Brentford Union provided weights and measures, unlike the others!)
BRENTFORD UNION.-Numbers in the house, 415, viz., men, 146; women, 128; children, 141. Last Christmas, 129 men; 142 women; and 138 cxhildren; total, 409. Christmas fare, 1/2 lb. roast beef, 1lb. of potatoes, 1lb. plum pudding, 1 pint of beer, and extra tea and sugar each adult. The children regaled with fruit and sweets in the afternoon. Extra relief to the out-door poor at work in the stone-yard. Holidays after the Christmas festivities. Increase, 6.
NotesFor more about the Brentford Union Workhouse see Web Links.
Aberdeen Journal 28 December 1897Charles Ware and a man named Moore, while driving beer for the Royal Brewery Company, Brentford, on Christmas Eve, at Richmond, drove into the Thames, owing to the dense fog, and were drowned. Both bodies have been recovered and also that of the horse, which was found in the river attached to the van.
NotesFreeBMD includes the death registration of Charles Thomas Ware, age 31 at Richmond in the last quarter of 1897. On the same page the death of William Robert Moore, age 27, was recorded.
Middlesex Chronicle 25 December 1915IMPORTANT NOTICE
Owing to the depletion of the Staff, the BRENTFORD GAS CO. is compelled to suspend temporarily the acceptance of orders for GAS FIRES and other HEATING APPARATUS on Hire, while only certain FITTING WORK can be undertaken.
The Company's Show Rooms are closed every evening at 6 o'clock instead of 8.
Early Closing Days as usual at 1 o'clock.
West London Observer 02 January 1931CHRISTMAS AT BRENTFORD
The holy days at Christmastide were duly and fervently observed in the old county town, and notwithstanding the unpleasant, and at times very exacting weather conditions, there were large congregations at the various places of divine worship. The churches were chastely adorned with flowers and foliage, and the familiar hymns were heartily rendered by the choirs at St George's, St Faith's, St Lawrence's, St Paul's, St John's (Catholic) and other religious centres. In and around the neighbourhood the carols by bands of good-voiced singers enhanced the impressiveness of the occasion. Business, it must be confessed, was not very brisk, owing to the prevalent depression and its attribute unemployment, but "one and all" anticipate, and hope for, brighter prospects during the New Year that has just dawned.
NotesThe above upbeat piece was followed by a short item about Kathleen Batho, 55, who had 77 convictions for drunkeness. She was remanded at Marylebone 'in order that she might be sent to a convent'.
Nothing to do with Brentford but it caught my eye.
Returning to Brentford's churches:
FInally, if you are researching your family history, the site has details of the parish registers.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 27 December 1952Double defeat of Barnsley
BARNSLEY 0, BRENTFORD 2
There was no Christmas cheer for Barnsley, a double defeat by Brentford helping to bring what may prove for them anything but a happy New Year.
Misfortune did not come singly over the holidays. Two experienced players, Yeuell and Blenkinsopp, were still absent yesterday for the return game with the Londoners for whom Lawton had scored two of the four goals by which they won on Christmas Day.
Yesterday Lumley was out of the home attack, injured, as well as Taylor, and of the two goals scored against the Oakwell men one was an "own goal" conceded to a Lawton-inspired attack inside six minutes. An attempted clearnce by Norman Smith in the congested goal-mouth struck McNeill and rebounded into the net.
In the 65th minute a perfect through pass by Lawton enabled the visitor's left winger, Legerton, to beat Hough. Barnsley's hope were raised by the dribbling skill of 19-year-old winger Kaye, playing at inside-right. Half-back Dougall, at inside-left, had a deserving effort headed off Brentford's goal line and McMorran saw a shot spin out of the visiting goal-keeper's hand only to rebound into play off his left shoulder.
NotesBrentford's win put them at 15th position in Division II, with 19 points; Sheffield United were at the top with 37 points and Barnsley at the bottom, 14 points.
Published December 2012; updated December 2017