Brentford Memories

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What a wonderful site. I came across it while researching an accompanying book for my sister's planned 90 birthday Tour of Brentford in June this year. We lived in Brentford from around 1930 until 1976 when our mother died. They were eventful, not to say interesting times. My sister and I both attended Ealing Road Junior (...Read full memory)

My name is Carol Dawson (nee Thomas), I lived in Kenley Road with my mum Ellen, dad Len & my brother John. I went to St Georges School in 1951, I remember Mr Allen & Mr Church, there was a dishy teacher there also & when we left to go to Brentford School for Girls, us girls cried. My best friends were (...Read full memory)

This is from my gran, Eunice Burridge, now Smallman. " My main teacher was Mr Church at the school. I always remember walking across the iron bridge to reach Mr Allen, the headmasters, office. My first teacher was Mrs Forest. My last was Mr Church. I remember the toilet stood out on its own on the side of the building. (...Read full memory)

I lived in Brook Road from 1949 till 1968. I went to St Johns School till 1960 and then ArchBishop Myers in Hounslow. I lived with parents May and Alf Tyrrell, with nan and grandad living upstairs, when flats were not portioned off. I remember shops such as Fred (S)mudge the Albany Road butcher, the italian ice cream (...Read full memory)

What wonderful memories of Brentford. My name was Dorothy Pearce I lived in Netley Road with sisters Beryl and Hazel and brothers Richard and Philip. My Nan lived in Potteery Road next door to Edie Joyce. The Shepherds lived opposite and my Nan used to get her shopping from Drapers Stores (where Syd Shepherd worked) in (...Read full memory)

Hi John, many memories of playing football in the street with you and John Padbury. The last time Jean and myself saw you, you were both about 9 or 10. All the Maslin family are now gone there's only Jean left and Dawn Trott (her niece) who lived in Cressage House, she's now retired and lives in Isleworth. Many changes in (...Read full memory)

During the 40's and 50's my life revolved around Bedford Road and surrounding area..roads like; Harnage Rd, George Rd, Pottery Rd, North Rd, Distillery Rd ,Netley Rd and Greet Rd. All these are sadly gone along with the Gas Works where on Saturday mornings I used to take a pram to get sacks of coke (...Read full memory)

Yes I remember your wife, I used to live at number 9 Kenley Road with my mum and dad and sister Carol. My name is John Thomas. My dad was a lorry driver and worked for Wiggins and Sankeys, delivering bricks and stuff all over England until he got a job in Brentford Market. Sadly, Mum and Dad died years ago, Dad at an early (...Read full memory)

I've read the memories of Brentford with interest and recognise some of the roads and places my father in law has mentioned. He was born in Chapel Alley (unfortunately now the site of a Travelodge) in 1937 and grew up there with his 3 brothers, Peter, Michael, Anthony (Tony) and sister Pat. His dad was called Jim and his (...Read full memory)

The streets around Boston Manor were more spacious and had bigger houses than Hanwell. Southdown Avenue was very grand. Going towards Elthorne Park I remember Mr Mitchell our geography teacher at Bordeston school lived. On the right Mrs Costick who was 7th Hanwell Cubs Akala lived. Running paralell with Southdown Avenue (...Read full memory)