Visit Gunnersbury Park Museum

Find out about Brentford's business past

An Occasional History of Brentford

Brentford Dock

Boston Manor Park Opens

Depredations of Youths in Boston Manor Park

The Royal Courts of Brentford

Brentford Baths

Visit Boston Manor House

Local Names for Local Buildings

Brentford Elections In The Past

Can You Help Solve A Mystery?

Brentford Pubs and Middlesex Coats of Arms

Brentford High Street As It Used To Be

Rejoicings on Arrival of the Queen in Brentford

Johann Zoffany (1733-1810)

Brentford Electric Theatre, as was

Brentford's War Memorial

A Brief History Of The Q Theatre

Meet Edward Turner, One Of Brentford's Many Heroes

A new acquisition at Boston Manor House

Historical Brentford in photos 

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Brentford town and family history
and Friends of Boston Manor

Diana Willment, A Life in Brentford

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If you’re looking for an outing during the holidays Gunnersbury Park has lots to offer in the way of open spaces, play grounds a café and the local museum.

The building is in a sad state nowadays but there are glimpses of the glories of the house when this was the home of a branch of the Rothschild banking family.

The Drawing Room houses a collection of vehicles including the coach the family used to travel in to London and a larger more substantial one for travelling to Europe.

The Beehive Brewery

If you enjoyed the BBC programme where shops in Shepton Mallet were run as in different eras the Ballroom has fascinating examples of the stock from a wide variety of different shops.

The Dining Room houses changing exhibitions.
At the moment it’s about the life of Polish people living in West London and another temporary exhibition in the Billiard Room to the left of the Hall is a display that really should be visited by anyone interested in the history of this area.

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It’s called Hive of Industry and has articles and information about some of the industries that made our area. There are bottles and packages of medicines and cosmetics, beer bottles, crisp packets etc etc and my favourite, a Jantzen swim suit made on the Great West Road.

Children’s activities are also available. My grandson likes playing life size Snakes and Ladders where you borrow the large dice from the shop.

Smiths CrispsFor more information about the made in West London exhibition take a look at the Friends of Gunnersbury Park website.

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Janet McNamara


December 18, 2010

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