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Brentford Conservative Rowing Club Coxed Four of 1913

Andrew Hood, grandson of Edison Whitaker Hood, has sent this splendid photo taken in 1913 showing the rowing team, officials and the trophies won during their very successful season:-
  • Kingston Open Fours
  • Brentford Conservative Regatta Open Fours
  • Thick-Halle Memorial Cup
  • Reading Challenge Bowl
  • Diamond Jubilee Challenge Shield Staines
  • Dewar Shield and Brakespear Memorial Cup Henley
  • Tom Sim's Challenge Cup Oxford

It is my understanding that these were all the Coxed Four races from Oxford to Brentford.

Four rowers, club officials and trophies
Left to right: F.Thomas (Bow), E. Hood, T. Moore (Cox, seated on the ground), G. Treeves and J.E. Smith (Stroke).

The same photo featured in a display prepared for the Brentford Local History Day of 2012 with a note '(The team is) sitting in the garden of the Conservative Club, on the north side of the High Road at no. 264, opposite Town Meadow Road and Pump Alley'.

An article published in 1912 notes others involved in the Brentford Conservative Rowing Club: Mr Charles Dorey was the honorary secretary; Mr Frank White; and the waterman Mr George Treeves. It is possible that Dorey and White are in the above photo. The site has an article about the Dorey family.

Andrew adds: In 1913 my grandfather was living at 130 Ealing Road. He was a carpenter and joiner. I was led to believe that the family may have something to do with the construction of the bee-hive on top of the public house on the corner of Ealing Road and Brentford High Street but I have been unable substantiate this. [The site includes a photo from 1907 which shows The Beehive after its recent rebuilding: the beehive is clearly visible; search for 'beehive' on the home page to see other photos of the pub.]

Andrew provided three other photos: two of the Brentford Conservative Rowing Club, 1913 and a Rothschild School group of 19 boys taken in 1906.

Published May 2017