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Cart accident, Brentford High Street, 1906

Vin Miles restored this postcard of an accident, the wheel of a cart having come off near the junction of Church Alley with High Street. The twin gables of the Six Bells at no. 149 are clear and beyond the half-timbered Magnet at no. 152. Nearer to the photographer is Wilson's hardware stores at 142 with (I think) galvanized iron baths hanging outside; a 1907 street directory provides more details :
  • 142 - Henry Devonish Wilson, oilman
  • 143 - no reference
  • 144 - Jasper Edward King, dairy
  • 145 - George Harley Gandy, scale maker
  • 146 - Mrs John Dutton, general shop
  • 147 - Mrs Florence G Entcott, confectioner
  • 148 - no reference, probably subsumed into the Six Bells
  • 149 - Charles Collins, Six Bells

More details of occupants of this stretch

Tipped over cart

The same image appears in The archive photographs series - Brentford, compiled by Carolyn and Peter Hammond, p. 71. They add 'the cart was carrying used straw from stables as manure for local market gardens'. Their version had Christmas greetings printed on the reverse.

Published December 2015