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Brentford Families - Tippell
Paul Tippell wrote in March 2023 seeking 'photos or information on Brentford Timber Company, Kew Bridge Road near Bangor Road. My Grandparents, surname Tippell, lived in a flat above the company and overlooking the yard at the rear, from the early 1930s until early 1970s. My father and his 6 brothers lived with them until they left home.'
'My father described the upper part of the building as having numerous small bedrooms which he believed to have been part of an old coaching Inn. However no such Inn on the site is shown on the old OS maps.'
'I remember going into the yard after my Grandmother's funeral and seeing some timber and machines. I believe the yard was no longer in use at the time. As I child I occasionally stayed with my grandparents and I remember walking along the paths adjacent to the river and seeing the timber barges moored to the wharf.'
Paul also sent a link to the Kelly's Ealing, Hanwell, Brentford & Southall Directory, 1914, which shows Alfred Aldin & Co., timber merchants, at 38 and 39 Kew Bridge Road.
Findings follow, but, apart from an aerial view, no photos of the timberyard have been located. If you can help, please get in touch.
Brentford Timber Company: location
The website has information about Bangor Road, thanks to Paul Kirby and Jennifer Ruff, including a report on a fire at the Spring Grove Laundry in 1926:
An advertisement in the Middlesex County Times 24 Jan 1923, gives the address of the Brentford Timber Company Ltd: Medina Wharf, Kew Bridge Road, Brentford.
Three late 19th-century advertisements for sales at Medina Wharf, Kew Bridge Road show the premises were a boat builder's yard in the 1880s:
The Ordnance Survey map from 1961 has house numbers and shows 38 and 39 Kew Bridge Road with a Depot at the rear. 37 and 38 Kew Bridge Road have the same frontage line, set back from the road compared to their neighbours to the east at 33 to 36 Kew Bridge Road. There is an entrance between 38 and 39 to the (Brentford Timber Co.) Depot. Numbers 39 and 40 share a frontage line further back than numbers 37 and 38. The timberyard extends behind them to The Hollows, with the banks of the Thames beyond. Bangor Road and the (Spring Grove) Laundry are to the east of the timber yard.
Alfred Aldin, timber merchant
Alfred Aldin was noted in the 1914 trade directory, see link above from Paul.
Alfred Aldin junior was recorded as a timber merchant in the 1891 and 1901 censuses, he lived in Twickenham in 1891 and Richmond in 1901. Presumably he employed a manager to oversee the timberyard. Following his death in 1905, the 1911 census shows George Agars Sowerby, timber merchant, at 37 Kew Bridge Road and Albert Cozens, timber trade yard foreman, at no. 39.
Advertisements for the Brentford Timber Company appear in the local press from 1922 and in a Bees football programme in 1947. This is around the time Paul's grandparents lived on Kew Bridge Road.
Residents near the Brentford Timber Co. premises
Searches from 1911 to 1965 found no reference to no. 38 Kew Bridge Road throughout and in 1965 no reference to numbers 36 and 40 either, suggesting they were not residential.
1937 Electoral Register, Kew Bridge Road, Old Brentford - East Ward:
1945 Electoral Register:
1965 Electoral Register no voters at numbers 36, 38 and 40:
Having an exact address and location on a map for 37A Kew Bridge Road, what was its earlier history and could the building have been a coaching inn?
Descriptions of 37 to 39 Kew Bridge Road
The Lloyd George Survey recorded information about properties and land around 1910 to 1915: read more about the survey and access to records online. Rarely are build dates given for properties and this is the case here.
37 Kew Bridge Road
The items crossed out above were included in the next property record
Numbers 38 and 39 Kew Bridge Road
There is no indication that the properties were particularly old, nor is there any hint that they could have been used as a coaching inn in the past, although the location on the main route from London to the west is promising.
Earlier records of this part of Kew Bridge Road
The 1893 OS map shows number 37 Kew Bridge Road as in the 1961 map above.
The OS Map from a survey of 1867 published in 1871 (see below) shows a recognisable configuration of properties to that in 1961. Numbers 38 and 39 can be picked out, but numbers 33 to 37 have not been built.
There are large premises behind numbers 38 to 40, down to The Hollows. Their irregular shape suggesting they have been built over a period of time. This is a decade before it is known there was a barge and boat building business operating from Medina Wharf.
The Ealing tithe map of 1840 shows the south side of the main road down to the river had few properties until nearer Kew Bridge. Opposite the Waterworks was a pair of cottages owned by the Grand Junction Waterworks Company. These could be numbers 39 and 40 Kew Bridge Road.
Summing up: no evidence has been found that a coaching inn was on the site of 37A Kew Bridge Road and Ordnance Survey maps show the property was built between 1867 and 1893. Family stories often have a grain of truth, although with the passing of time it may now be difficult to find that grain.
Finally, if you have any photos showing this area you are happy to share, or memories of any of the people, please get in touch.
Page published April 2023