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Postcard: The Castle and eastwards, 1930s
Thanks to Roger Williams for providing a scan from his postcard collection.
This scene was taken from outside the Castle Inn at no. 208 High Street (sign visible on the left) and (from the dress of the lady approaching the photographer) appears to date from the 1930s. The Castle Hotel closed in 1936 but looks to be running in this postcard (please contact me if you can pinpoint the date more precisely).
The Castle offered 'Barclays Lager'(brewed in London) and 'Luncheons'. Just beyond at no. 209 were Woodbridge & Sons, Solicitors. The boot and shoe shop of James Baker, to the left of the parked van, was operating at no. 212 in 1933 and 1940 (trade directory entries).
In the distance above the trams the beehive of the Beehive public house can be seen at no. 227.
On the right side the Westminster Bank (window sill visible) was rebuilt in the 1920s, see Carolyn & Peter Hammond's 'Then & Now Brentford' for a 'front-on' view of this area in the early 1900s. Note the ladder and man on the parapet of the bank.
Postcard view looking the opposite way, 1920s
Published Jan 2009