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Great West Road Opening, 1925

Great West Road lined with poles supporting bunting, two cars driving towards photographer surrounded by crowds of people

Roger Davis has provided 9 photos taken at the opening of the Great West Road, 30th May 1925, by King George V and Queen Mary.

Brentford & Chiswick As It Was includes more information about this major road project: the first by-pass of Brentford High Street.

This photo shows two cars passing along the newly opened road with an excited crowd pressing in on them: many happy faces, hats waved, hands raised. In the background smartly uniformed firemen have climbed 50' high ladders at each side of the road and a banner strung across the road reads 'Heston & Isleworth'. The car nearest the photographer contained the royal couple.

If you recognise anyone in the crowd please get in touch.


Other photos sent by Roger Davis can be viewed here

The site has photos and postcards of the Great West Road, for example this postcard from the 1930s. Search for "Great West" on the home page to find others.

Published February 2009