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No. 245 High Street, 1900

shop with recessed door and windows on either side, filled with rows of boots and shoes; in the doorway a smartly dressed man holds a small girl in his arms; the sign over the shop reads J. Sullivan, boot makers

Paul Smith from British Columbia has provided this photo of 245 High Street, Old Brentford, taken in 1900.

He says 'The owners of the business were my Great Great Grandparents John and Mary Sullivan, John died on July 31st 1890 at the address and his widow and daughter Mabel continued the business until the mid 1910s. In front of the store is my Great Grandfather Alfred Sullivan holding my Grandmother May.'

'Alfred Sullivan became a Butcher by trade and eventually set up shop in Clapham, but my mother believed he served an apprenticeship as a lad in Brentford.'

Paul has sent a high resolution copy which shows window signs from left to right:

  • Gentlemens BOOTS in all STYLES
  • Anatomy SCIENCE MECHANISM
  • LIQUIDATION STOCK NO ... SALE ... RESERVE
  • The MART NOVELTY
  • Ladies BOOTS cut from ... PATTERNS

See details of no. 245 and area.