Journal 30 (2021), £6.00

Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal 30
A4, 28 pages Price £6.00

This issue covers what may be the most varied range of subjects yet! Penny Ewles-Bergeron introduces us to a Huguenot diplomat, Marc-Antoine Crozat de la Bastide, who was a member of the circle around the Fauconbergs in Chiswick at the end of the 17th century. David Shailes and Jim Storrar share some of their detailed research into burials at St Lawrence’s in Brentford, where major restoration work takes place during 2021. Guy Arnall celebrates the extraordinary talents of the Thornycroft family, with the creation of the sculpture of Boadicea and her daughters in progress while the sculptor’s son was inventing and constructing steam wagons alongside. Few people realise today that 18th century visitors flocked to Brentford Ait, to sup on spatch-cocked eels and wine at the Three Swans – Jim Storrar reveals its story. Wesley Henderson-Roe has taken a record made by his late father, William Roe, as the teenage office boy for Tyser Greenwood and developed the information into an article about retail business in Chiswick High Road in 1936. He has added a comparable account of the High Road in 2020, analysing the changes which have come about in our patterns of shopping. And Mike Paterson’s enthusiastic account of the history of Brentford Football Club marks its promotion and the opening of its new stadium.

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