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Brentford Bridge, early 1900s

Howard Webb provided this postcard printed by Wakefield of Brentford, a view looking east towards Brentford Bridge, with London Road running up to the bridge and Brentford High Street beyond. The view was probably taken from the GWR station.

Landmarks (from left to right) include the spire of St Paul's, the Town Hall (white building bisected by tall chimney) and St Lawrence's church tower to the right.

The Pennington's building white-painted end (sign reads 'Penningtons Clothing Factory Original Working Mens Tailor') is prominent, just visible adjoining Pennington's is a single storey building (159 High Street), remembered as a lock-up shop which sold fish at one point. The Pennington's 1904 jubilee sign is visible, giving an earliest date for the photograph.

Near to the bridge are a couple of sheds, a table with nicely turned legs, roughly fenced off: some sort of activity going on. A photo taken around 1908 in 'Brentford As It Was' shows this area is clear, similarly a postcard from around 1906. Behind the sheds is Brentford Lock.

On the right, nearest to the photographer, the terraced properties are the start of London Road, Brentford End, Isleworth parish. A sign for tobacco is likely to be 9 London Road. In 1907 John Colman, grocer, traded here, by 1911 Waites, Colman and Co., grocers and post office.

View towards Brentford Bridge

The widening of Brentford Bridge in 1900 made space for the double tram tracks.

More about the properties to the left, numbers 158 - 170 High Street.

Published August 2012