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Brentford High Street trams, early 1900s

Howard Webb has provided a scan of this postcard, he adds 'Although the caption is hard to read, it says 'Brentford High Street A Disgrace to the Country'. The card was posted in October 1907 from London WC to Hastings. It was published by Wakefields of Brentford.'
Street scene with horses, wagon, carts and a tram competing for space
The view was taken from near the Market Place looking east. There is a sign for 'Birds Custard Powder' on a tram, which was near no. 196, on the eastern corner of Market Place, Titus Ward & Co Ltd, grocers on 1907.

To the right, a sign for 'Griffith Brothers' can just be made out on a high resolution scan: this would be the clothiers at number 125 and 126 in 1907. A little beyond a misty three balls sign marks out a pawnbrokers, George Hilton Haycock, at numbers 121 and 122 (1907). The Magpie and Crown at no. 128 must be very near the photographer, on the right.

The pair of shire horses are pulling a Sich & Co wagon with barrels: Sich was a Chiswick based brewery.

Published July 2011