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
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!
Oooh, it’s been too long.
A reconstructed window shows some pretty stain work
Happened across the cloisters of Worcester Cathedral, hope to return to see the main attraction at some point, watch this space. The cloisters alone were like an illustrated potted history of Britain, quite amazing!
Founded in 1103 this historic church houses some beautiful stained glass. Worksop, Nottinghamshire.