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Postcard showing the Town Hall, 1906 or earlier

Tinted view of the Town Hall

This postcard was postmarked Southall, 7.15pm on March 1st 1906 and addressed to Mr J Roach, Lelant Downs Post Office, Lelant, Cornwall.

It shows the Town Hall building in the Market Place, New Brentford, with a few men and boys, all conscious that the photograph is being taken. The Town Hall was not used as a Town Hall but housed the Petty Sessional Court which was held every day at 11am, except Monday, 10.30am; police charges were dealt with on Mondays and Thursdays at 11am (1898 Kelly's directory).The time on the clock is 8 o'clock (morning or evening?).

The sign on the front of the Town Hall starts 'County Council of Middlesex'. To the side of the building a second notice includes the name 'Walter Tyler'; an 1898 Kelly's directory describes him as 'inspector of weights & measures, food & drugs, explosives, petroleum & Shop Hours Acts' who was based at council offices in Brentford, Staines, Acton and Twickenham.

The three-storey shop on the left sold earthenware and behind the Town Hall the White Horse is just visible, with the landlord's name: Evans.

The message on the back reads Have you got Maggies address if you have send it by return so as I can go on Sunday and see her before she go back home love to all from all J O

See Janet McNamara's piece about the history of Brentford Market and Market Place.