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Seven Stars, Half Acre, early 1900s

Howard Webb provided a scan of this rare postcard showing the Seven Stars pub, 32 Half Acre, Brentford, in 2018. The back has nothing on it except publisher's info (Wakefield of Brentford).

The Seven Stars was demolished in 1905 to allow the Half Acre to be widened for trams on the route to Hanwell (destroying a building that the postcard shows was in excellent order).

Seven Stars pub, view of front

Signage shows the publican was J.D. Bradbeer and Vic Rosewarne's list of pub licence transfers shows John Dunscombe Bradbeer took over the Seven Stars from William Boxall in August 1888. The 1891 and 1901 censuses show Bradbeer at the Seven Stars with his wife Sarah (born Williton, Somerset), son Charles and daughter Lilian (born in Dorset). Bradbeer was born in Devon, as his surname suggests.

Seven Stars, mother and child Notice the woman in the gable window with a child: Howard sent a second image showing them. This could be daughter Lilian, who married Robert Joseph Kelly locally in 1902 and had five sons between 1903 and 1910. Perhaps this is her youngest boy, Denis Vincent Kelly.

Howard Webb previously sent a postcard a view of Half Acre showing the setting of the Seven Stars.


Published May 2021