Many Brentford residents will have received copies of The Brentonian through their letter boxes over the last year or so. This attractive local history free sheet was the brain child of Peter Bailey, a local resident and book designer, who was distributing about 2,000 copies each time, with the help of his three sons, and aiming soon to turn it into a regular charged-for publication. Sadly Peter died suddenly in November 2005, and The Brentonian has come to a halt.
Peter was one of the supporters of the Thomas Layton Trust’s Heritage Lottery Funded project designed to raise awareness of Layton’s contribution to Brentford’s history and encourage use of his collection. And since he was also a member of the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society, the Society has begun to make a collection in his memory, the proceeds of which will go towards the restoration of a book or books from Layton’s collection which is now kept at Hounslow Library.
If you enjoyed Peter’s Brentonian, you may also wish to contribute to this fund in his memory. You can find details of the ‘Sponsor a Book’ scheme at www.thomaslayton.org.uk/sponsorbook.htm, or you can send a cheque made payable to the Layton Museum Trust c/o the Hon Treasurer, Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society, 25 Hartington Road, London W4 3TL.