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Brentford from Towing Path, 1906

Sepia view taken from behind a seat occupied by a smartly dressed couple and their two sons, looking across the Thames towards Brentford, which appears hazily in the background

Muriel Wallington has provided this postcard image, which 'was sent by my Grandmother (Agnes Martha Jones and known to her sisters as Pattie) to one of her sisters: a maiden aunt called Alberta Ellen Bonwick, known as Nell. Nell was a Lady's Maid in Tunbridge Wells. She collected postcards, so all her 8 sisters sent them to her'. It is postmarked August 16th 1906.

I contacted Carolyn Hammond for assistance in identifying the view and it turned out that she also has this postcard, postmarked on the same day, but from a different sender!

Regarding the viewpoint, the photo is looking across the Thames from the tow path with Kew Gardens behind the photographer. Carolyn adds 'I think Lots Ait is the low island in the middle, with Ferry Point just visible behind its left hand end, and the wooded island is part of Brentford Ait - the industrial buildings you can see in the gap between the islands are the Royal Brewery.'

It seems likely the photo was taken recently and I believe this is a locally published Wakefield card from the 'W7627' identifier in the bottom right corner.