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Postcard of Great West Road, Brentford, early 1930s?
Roger Williams provided this postcard showing the Great West Road: the first by-pass for Brentford High Street. The original image was sepia, it has been adjusted to improve contrast.
My husband Richard suggests the image dates from the early 1930s: the road has some patching but the cars/lorry are all from the 1920s.
The Pyrene factory (built in 1929/30, fire extinguisher manufacturers) is on the right, above the motorcyclist who may have broken down.
In November 2018 Peter Stuart came across the same image on a well-known auction site, this one has the message:
The Great West Road was the focus of the 2013 Brentford Local History Day and one of the speakers, James Marshall, has written a book about the GWR: The History of the Great West Road: its social and economic influence on the surrounding area published by Hounslow Library Services in 1995.
Published July 2010; last updated April 2022