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Brewery ladies, 1940s?

Photo taken outside, six cheerful ladies dressed in  summer clothes,  with backdrop of corrugated iron roofing
Sandra Graves has provided this photo from the early 1940s of six ladies who worked in the bottling plant at a local brewery. Ellen GRANT (who was born in 1900) is in the back row, second from the left.

In May 2010 John James identified the lady on the front row, left, as Laura Elsie KEYES (nee BECKINGHAM), who was born in 1902, a daughter of Harry and Ellen Beckingham. Harry was a lighterman. Laura married John Joseph Victor Keyes (Vic) in Brentford Registration District, 1920. John James reckons the photo may date from the 1930s.

They worked at Fuller Smith & Turner's Griffin Brewery, Chiswick (between the A4 and Chiswick Mall; this is still running as at 2009).

See: Gillian Clegg's 'Brentford & Chiswick Pubs'; British History Online web site ( for more about local breweries.

If you recognise any of the ladies or have ideas about the date (see the distinctive necklines) please get in touch.

Published May 2009; updated June 2010