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Brentford High Street, 1909

Howard Webb provided this postcard published by Wakefield of Brentford and Chiswick, showing the High Street crowded with traffic. It includes the date, June 30th 1909, a Wednesday (not the market day which was on Tuesday).

The view, looking east, was taken outside Freeman, Hardy and Willis's shoe shop on the left at 205 High Street, sign 'Branches in all towns'. The gable ends of 'The Castle' at 208 further along on the left are visible.

To the right and nearest the photographer is James Bradbury's grocery shop at 108 and 109 High Street.

Busy High Street scene

The scene includes an open top tram heading for Shepherds Bush, possibly its way is blocked. The conductor stands near the stairs to the upper deck. The tram is followed by a large-wheeled cart. The tram's top deck passengers have gathered to look down, interested in how the traffic jam will be resolved.

A policeman is involved and heading towards the photographer is a very smart coach drawn by two blinkered horses, conveying some smartly dressed ladies and gentlemen. Roger Davis adds: Bearing in mind the date, it is highly likely that the smartly dressed people in the coach were on their way to Ascot.

On the pavement to the right a small crowd has gathered to watch, wearing a good selection of caps. The boy nearest to the photographer has an armful of cloths or papers?

More about numbers 196 to 208 High Street or numbers 98 to 114.

Published August 2012