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Brentford Bridge area, around 1920

Pencil or charcoal sketch of Brentford Bridge area Quentin Pickard and Arthur Peters have both provided this image, which appeared on the front cover of 'London architect' in May/June 1974.

I have not been able to track down Noel Spencer, but searches on the Internet suggest he was an artist who lived in Norwich and had a fondness for scenes of rivers, working boats and bridges.

The view includes on the left Penningtons, who occupied numbers 161 to 163 High Street, the advertising for their business includes 'All kinds of outfitting, boots etc.', 'Mans Tailor' and 'Noted for cord trousers'. Abutting on to Penningtons' side wall are numbers 159 and 160 - a fishmongers run by George Clements.

The 'Martha' (is it a barge?) is moored near the bridge.

Across the road the parapetted building is number 157and to the left and set forward compared with no. 157 is number 156 and possibly to its left 155. The site has a 1972 photo showing a clearer view of numbers 157 and 158.

Published December 2010