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Brentford High Street, eastern end, early 1900s

Howard Webb sent this postcard image which he dates to 1908 to 1911. It is postmarked Brentford, 11am, June 14 1913 and shows a rare view of the eastern end of the High Street taken near the Ealing Road (formerly Drum Lane) junction, 'stage left' looking at the view. Howard kindly provided a high resolution scan, allowing a lot of detail to be picked out:

On the north side of the High Street, to the left, the first shop is Robert Read, cash butcher at no. 320. Next: E. Collett's shop, with his horse and wagon outside, signed 'Fruiterer & Greengrocer', no. 321. His window display includes piles of dark apples. Next door at 322 is a tobacconists probably run by William Rickets at the time. There are adverts for Wills 'Gold Flake' tobacco, the 'Rajah' cigar (2d each) and the hanging sign 'Agent for British Oak Shag'.

A (gas?) lamp sign 'Good Beds' marks 324 High Street, a lodging house run by Walter Taylor in 1913. The white painted double fronted shop is no. 325 (later this was Pink's) and no. 326 is the lower building, a confectioners run by Arthur Fishlock in 1913: a sign outside offers ''Sweet or Soft? Drinks'.

Newens the bakers were at no. 327, in the view their blind is down, and the 'Funerals' sign is outside no. 330: W.C. Barratt's, undertakers. There is a tea and coffee sign after no. 330, possibly Mrs John Dean, dining rooms (1913) at 331.

The 'S' of 'Funerals' is next to a three storey property with four windows on the top and first floors: 334 High Street, Brentford Liberal & Radical Club in 1913.

Finally on the northern side, the 'Fuller, Smith & Turner Ales & Stout Chiswick' sign is on the wall of the Bull at 350 High Street. The rounded roof building running up to it was a distillery occupying the sites of numbers 347-349.

High Street looking east
The south side of High Street is to the right (around no. 30) and is more difficult to make out, but some 'Self Denial Week' posters caught my eye. The Australian 'Trove' digitised newspaper site includes this article, 19 February 1908, Brisbane Chronicle: 'The Suffragettes - Self-Denial Week, London, Monday. The Suffragettes have decided upon a week of self-denial in order to raise funds. The 'self-denial' will consist in making collections at the railway stations and in the streets, singing, organ grinding, and making sketches on the street pavements.'

There are also signs: Rowntree, Durbar Boot Polishes, 'Electric Cars Stop Here If Required', Lyons Tea, Lipton Tea and Rutter Mitcham Tobacco.

Two enlargements follow:

Finally, lets look at the sender and recipient of the card, and enjoy the very personal message:
Back of postcard

Pem me darling
Shure & we shall be whome tomorrow evening - hope you've been a good ickle gal. M.I.M. Tons of luv Yrs W C H?

Addressed to
Miss Pem Evens
146 Divinity Road

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Published February 2013