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Approach to Half Acre, early 1900s

Howard Webb sent this postcard image in the "Wyndham" Series showing the High Street approach to Half Acre, with the Bank on the High Street / Half Acre corner, 223/224 High Street. The original included the title 'High Street, Brentford.' and '7574 The "Wyndham Series.' in red underneath the photo.

Quite a crowd has gathered, presumably drawn by the photographer setting up his equipment.

The distinctive three gable ends to the far left are of the Castle Hotel at no. 208. The three buildings with projecting, ornately-windowed first floor bays are numbers 214, 216 and 218.

Platts Stores occupied numbers 220/221. Number 222 is the old, lower building between Platts Store and the Bank; the name 'Bates' can be made out above the door, helping date the photo: the Bates family occupied the property in 1901, by 1907 J & P Field, butchers, traded here.

Originally two buildings followed no. 222, until the re-building of the Bank: more details of numbers 209 to 224, including notes about the Bank.

View of High Street with a crowd of people and policeman on street corner

'Archive Photo Series, Brentford' includes the same image.

Published July 2012