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Brentford Monument c1910 - 1915

Howard Webb sent in this Young & Co postcard image showing Brentford Monument, presumably not long after it was erected in 1909.

It commemorates four major events in Brentford's history:

  • BC 54: Julius Caesar's crossing of the Thames
  • AD 780-1: King Offa's church council
  • 1016: Canute driven across the Thames by Edmund Ironside
  • 1642: Civil War Battle of Brentford

The monument was constructed from two cylindrical blocks of granite from Brentford Bridge used to support lights until the widening of the bridge in 1900.

The photo shows the monument at its original site on the wharf at the end of Ferry Lane. Gillian Clegg recounts in 'Brentford Past' how the monument became buried in coal unloaded at this site. It was rediscovered in 1955 and Varley Pumps & Engineering of Ferry Lane rescued and repaired the monument. It was moved to the west side of Ferry Lane in the same year. This became a rather dank area with grafitti on nearby brickwork and the monument was moved again to its current site outside the County Court in 1992 (corner of Alexandra Road and High Street).

Inscribed cylindrical monument about 15-20' high, river in background

The photo features 2 men sitting to the left and 5 younger boys to the right, the colouring is closer to that of the original:

Enlargement showing 2 men Enlargement showing 5 boys

The top of the side which is visible commemorates Edmund Ironside, 1016 AD, the bottom side is inscribed in capitals:
AD 1909
To commemorate
these historical events
this stone was erected by
the Brentford Council
Evan Phillips JP Chairman
Jno. J Dorey Vice-Chairman
W BradleyH Newens
J ClementsW Noy
W J GommC E Saunders
G LambJ T Taylor JP CC
J B MilburnH Walter MD
T Layton FSA CM Liby Co (not clear)
J W CroxfordS Woodbridge

Biographies for many of the above are available.

'Brentford As It Was' and 'Brentford Past' include a photo of the unveiling ceremony, 12 May 1909, by the Duke of Northumberland. See another view of the monument.

Published June 2012; updated December 2015