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Postcard of Great West Road, Brentford, early 1930s?

Road with motor traffic, factories to either side

Roger Williams provided this postcard showing the Great West Road, which opened in 1925 and was the first by-pass for Brentford High Street. The original image was sepia, it has been adjusted to improve contrast.

My husband Richard suggests the image dates from the early 1930s: the road has some patching but the cars/lorry are all from the 1920s.

The Pyrene factory (built in 1929/30, Pyrene were fire extinguisher manufacturers) is on the right, above the motorcyclist who may have broken down.

'Then and Now Brentford' has other photos of the Great West Road, 'Brentford Past' has a section about it.

Roger Davis has provided photos taken at the 1925 opening of the Great West Road.

Published July 2010