Brentwood, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Brentwood and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

The 2nd World War Years Brentwood

I remember during the 2nd world war years I used to go swimming at Brentwood. The steps in this photo leading to the pool is where I saved a young boy from drowning. In those days the young boys who could not swim had a habit of jumping in the deep end just by the steps - when they reached the surface ...Read full memory

Social Life At The Pool!

I was five years old when this photograph was taken and would have occasionally been taken to the pool by my mother.  My older sister would have come too.  As we got older it was a great place to hang out as teenagers and we would often go for a swim after school and then walk home to Shenfield (saving the ...Read full memory

A memory of Brentwood by Anthea Hilson

Poplars 3

I believe I was sent to Brentwood following a stay in Hither Green Fever Hospital with whooping cough. I seem to have been in a ward named Poplars 3. I have two very strong memories of that stay. I was 5 years old. First, I was encased in a 'frame' which was made of metal but thickly padded, the padding encased in thick suede ...Read full memory

A memory of Brentwood by Beryl Padgham