Syon House

Some of the incredibly beautiful detail at Syon House in Brentford. Built on the site of Syon Abbey, the interior was designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s. London residence to the Duke of Northumberland and his family.

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Brentford Musical Museum

Brentford Musical Museum is a wonderful self-funded museum dedicated to the history of self-playing musical instruments enjoyed by people over the centuries. An enthusiastic volunteer will take you on a tour of the instruments, from tiny musical box all the way up to the Mighty Wurlizter which is still used to accompany films shown in the Concert Hall. Situated opposite Waterman’s Park by the River Thames and just along the road from Brentford High Street, the museum has a cafe open to the public. Here are some snippits… Continue reading

Found objects: shop front, Brentford

Some building work took place at 69 Windmill Road in Brentford a few weeks ago, just at the end of York Road, south of the A4, revealing a modest shop sign from a time past. Shop signs in pre-computer days were something to behold, with beautiful lettering carefully handpainted by skilled craftsmen. I wondered what store this had been, and contacted Celia from the Brentford High Street Project, a great source of historic information for the area, see www.bhsproject.co.uk to discover more. Celia did some detective work, checking an old phone directory on ancestry.co.uk and found this entry in 1973:

W.J. Evans, dairy farmer, 69 Windmill Rd, Brentford 01 560 2634.

So this could have been a dairy… do let us know if you happen to remember!

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