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Windmill Road, Brentford

Howard Webb sent this postcard by W H Applebee of Ashford, 1913. It shows the sign for the White Hart beerhouse at 46 Windmill Road, a good clue to location.

View along Windmill Road with a group of children centre

In the 1911 census George Hilllyar, widower, licensed victualler lived at the White Hart with his daughter, widow Ethel Luscombe, 31, wine merchant's manageress and barman Percy Allen, 20. George was born in Lyndhurst, Hants, his daughter in Brentford and Percy in Tywford Abbey, Ealing.

On the right are several shops. A large-scale OS map from the 1950s shows the house numbers: opposite the White Hart were numbers 41 to 49. I reckon the shops to the right are numbers 25 to 41; they were standing when Google Streetview filmed in August 2008, then they were all residential. So the photographer was looking northwards and standing near the junction with Layton Road to the right but not visible in the view.

Advertisements from the corner shop, no. 25 at the right, include Batey's ginger beer, Bovril, Cadbury's chocolate, Hudson's soup, R White's lemonade, Rowntree's chocolates and Will's Gold Flake. No. 27 has signage 'Palmer'. In the distance is a gaggle of a dozen or more school children (what was attracting their attention?) and nearer to the photographer a boy of 8 to 10 carrying a lumpy looking sack.

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Howard Webb has previously sent two other postcards showing Windmill Road: a view from around 1905 looking north, taken from around 180m south of the view above; and a view from around 1910, also looking north, taken from around 220m north of the view above.

Published April 2022