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Opposite County Parade, 1975

Stephen Reed sent over 20 photos from the mid 1970s during 2017. This one was taken in October 1975 from the corner of County Parade by Boars Head Yard, looking eastwards towards Half Acre. It shows the 1960s parade built opposite County Parade, set back from the original building line. Stephen adds What strikes me most about the County Parade image is the lack of traffic in the high street .. how times have changed.

A 1950s postcard shows a broader view of County Parade before the new developments.

A few landmarks are visible: the spire of St Paul’s church to the left and in the distance the Beehive pub’s beehive. Signage in a new-build in the distance reads GODDARDS, at number 225 High Street on the corner of Half Acre, which survives as at 2018.

Nearer to the observer County Parade to the right had a cafe at its western end and Woolworths was a few doors beyond: the link above shows more of this area.

To the left, is Market Place and the Magistrates Court bulding gave its name to the Old Court restaurant at number 200/201 High Street. A guide to Brentford High Street from 1997 records La Rosetta restaurant at this address. Barclays Bank is on the corner at 203 as at 2018 and may have been there in the 1970s - signage is diffcult to read but there appears to be a safety deposit box in the facing wall.

Dave Stoneleigh took some photos of New Brentford in 2008 and a couple show County Parade, see a full list.

Opposite County Parade

Published February 2018