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The Ride, Brentford early 1900s

Howard Webb has provided scan of this postcard, he adds it is 'a very rare card. Published by J Johnson & Co, Layton Road Brentford and used 1913'.
Sepia view of entry to lane, with stout wooden gate posts and a pedestrian entrance; the lane is bounded by a wall to the right

The Ride, Brentford runs off Boston Manor Road and today is lined with houses, apart from a small section at the eastern end, which remains a footpath and joins up to Windmill Road.

The scene is very peaceful: a man carrying possibly a watering can approaching the photographer and a small boy, well aware he is being photographed, sitting atop the pedestrian entrance - which may have a swing gate. Perhaps it is his bike in the foreground.

I checked the Historical Directories website to see if I could find out more about J. Johnson, and there was a John Johnson, 34 Layton Road, in Kelly's 1907 directory. The 1911 census for this address shows he was a postman, age 42 and born in Isleworth. So was this the postcard manufacturer?

Published January 2011