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Brentford, Trooping the Colours, Rothschild School, 1905-7

Howard Webb sent this lovely real photo postcard image by local photographers, Wakefields, which he dates to 1905 or 1907. A Google search located a New Zealand newspaper archive which includes an account from May 24th 1909 under the heading 'Trooping the Colours': Including eighteen thousand schools, with nearly four million scholars in the United Kingdom, it is estimated that fifteen million children are celebrating Empire Day throughout the Empire'. Presumably this is what the card is showing.

Crowd scene outside the Rothschild School

The Rothschild School was set back a little from the road and when the photo was taken the area was filled with people, banners proclaiming 'The King' and Union Jack flags. The property to the left, no, 257, was run by M. Connor, 'Noted Eel & Pie House', with other signs advertising 'Stewed Eels' and 'Fruit Pies'. Another postcard shows the school and number 257 from a different angle.

Beyond the school numbers 258 and 259 are visible, the latter's signage appears to be 'A Lodge & Co', the scale makers. Beyond is the three property terrace, numbers 260 - 262. Read more about this section of High Street.

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Published May 2014