Brentford links

Boston Manor House
The 17th century house which was at the heart of the manor of New Brentford, with remarkable plasterwork and elegant grounds (despite losing some land to the M4). Visit on summer weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays

Brentford Dock
This site for the riverside estate and marina includes some useful material relating to the 150th anniversary of the Dock and Railway in 2010

Brentford Market
Here is a film of the old wholesale market (now the site of Fountains Leisure Centre) in 1959 posted by Stephen Bowles

Brentford High Street Project
This website, developed by Celia Cotton, whose paternal grandparents were born in Brentford, includes maps, plans and a considerable amount of historical content focussing on the High Street in the past. Frequent additions are made and queries submitted, so it is worth revisiting from time to time.

BrentfordTW8.com
A community-based news web-site run by and for local people. You can sign up for a weekly newsletter of the headlines, as nearly 2,000 others have done.

Brentford History: A Timeline
A growing list of local history snippets run by Kath Richardson

Ealing Local History Centre
Old Brentford was part of Ealing Parish for much of its history, so you will find relevant material in the Ealing Borough archive and local studies collection

Friends of Boston Manor
The Friends participate in projects, raise funds, lobby councillors & government agencies to help restore & maintain the historical aspects of Boston Manor Park & House.

Gunnersbury Park and Gunnersbury Park Museum
Local history museum for LBs Ealing & Hounslow, admission free. Its collections and displays cover the history of Acton, Bedfont, Brentford, Chiswick, Cranford, Ealing, Feltham, Greenford, Hanwell, Hanworth, Heston, Hounslow, Isleworth, Northolt, Perivale, Southall. See also the Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum

Hogarth’s House
The second home of the Hogarth family from 1749-1808, beautifully refurbished and re-presented to tell not only the story of artist William Hogarth and his friends and neighbours but that of other residents to set it into its local history context.

The Nursery Gardeners Archive
A blog by Val Bott revealing her research into nursery gardeners in Thames-side parishes, especially in Brentford and Chiswick, from about 1650. Much has been written about market gardening in the area but little about the nursery gardeners who grew trees, hedging plants, shrubs, bulbs and seeds for the flower garden and fruit and vegetable plants to stock the kitchen garden.

The Swan Circle
M J Holman’s blog explores the history of the West family of Brentford and Kew with occasional diversion! It is particularly interesting on their connections with the Swan Tavern on the island immediately above Kew Ferry (and Bridge).

Thames Landscape Strategy: Hampton to Kew
This is one of three partnerships on the Thames in Greater London, founded in 1994. It has had considerable success in raising funds for historic landscape restoration in Richmond and Twickenham.

Thames Landscape Strategy: Kew to Chelsea
Another of the partnerships on the Thames, but a much less active group than that immediately up-river.

Thomas Layton Trust
This website celebrates the legacy of Thomas Layton, who lived in Brentford, between 1826 and 1911 and was committed to helping to develop many new buildings and services for the growing town.