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Postcard of Brentford High Street near the Red Lion, around 1905

Another gem from Howard Webb: 'a real photo postcard, postally used Dec 28 1905. Publisher not stated but likely to be by Wakefields of Brentford. Shows the shops around number 316 clearly.'

The view takes in the shops to the west of Ealing Road, north side of High Street. A photo of the Osborne family outside no. 315 was taken at around the same time as the postcard and the view below gives a better sense of the setting and includes the signage 'Brentford Dairy' and awning 'J.W. Osborne Dairyman & Confectioner'. Some advertising in the doorway is visible - R. White's Ginger Beer - and under the shop window next door at no. 314 is an advert for Batey's Ginger Beer. No. 314 was a tobacconist's.

Brentford Dairy, 315 High Street, and surrounds

The furthest property in the block containing numbers 314 and 315 was no. 313; here the signage is difficult to make out but may include 'onder'. A barber's pole is visible and this fiits findings from trade directories (see property notes for more detail). Beyond is a taller block, three full floors, numbers 311 and 312. In the misty distance the sign projecting into the High Street could be for the Alexandra beerhouse at no. 307.

Nearer to the photographer is the butcher's shop 'William Lee Family Butcher' at 316 High Street, with three pigs for pedestrians to contend with. This was next door but one to the Red Lion at 318 High Street. The tiling under the shop window looks identical to that at no. 315 but a couple of courses deeper; the two properties may have been tiled at the same time. To the left of the butchers at first glance looks like a shop, but it has no front door. The 1909/10 Valuation includes a plan showing number 316 had a larger than usual frontage of over 27 feet; on the ground floor was a front room to the left and shop to the right. 316 had a narrower portion of the frontage on the first and top floors, number 317 getting the major share.

William Lee of Henley on Thames, perhaps a relative to the butcher, owned numbers 312a to 315 at the time of the 1909/10 Valuation; it is odd he did not own his shop at 316 too.

The card was sent to:
Mrs A Young
22 Barfett Street
Queens Park
Harrow Road
With the following message:

Dear Mother
expect us tomorrow if fine shall come (here the words 'between about' have been crossed out to give a bit more flexibility) some time in the morning hoping you are all well as I am plese to say we are quite well I remain your loving daughter Jennie
see you tomorrow

The 1901 census shows Jennie's mother had not arrived at 22 Barfett Street and she had departed by the time of the 1911 census.

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Page published March 2018; updated August 2019