1936-1952 George VI
1939-1945 Second World War.
1939 The ferry across the Thames closed. There had been a ferry from mediaeval times carrying horses and carriages during the eighteenth century.
Forty conscientious objectors attended Brentford Friends Meeting House asking for thought to be given to other Quakers who were accepting military service.
1940 Evacuation of British Forces from Dunkirk and the start of German bombing raids on London.
1940 The front wall of the Brentford Friends Meeting House was badly damaged by a bomb and the building was not able to be used again until 1950.
1941 The Japanese attacked the American fleet in Pearl Harbour and the Americans entered the war.
1942 After the nurses home at the West Middlesex Hospital was bombed the nurses were accommodated at Syon House. Passenger services on the Great Western Railway line closed.
1944 Major bomb damage was reported as follows:-
24th February – 1000kg Parachute bomb fell on the playing fields behind the Congregational Church, Boston Manor Road. Two houses were badly damaged, the school manual centre was destroyed, 6 other houses damaged severely. Extensive but minor blast damage to the area within 100 yards radius. St Paul’s rest centre and Clifden Road nursery damaged. As a dance was in progress in the nearby Baths Hall this incident might have been very much worse than it was.
12th July – A Flying bomb destroyed 63 Clayponds Ave. and 3 other houses nearby. 5 people were killed and 11 were taken to hospital.
17th July – A V1 fell on Ferry Lane and destroyed Lockharts wood mill. There was extensive damage at the Gas Light and Coke Coy’s premises and the Great Western Railway depot, warehouses and railway carriages.
21st July – 8 houses were partly demolished by a Vl in Apple Garth/Chestnut Ave. 9 people were taken to hospital and approximately 30 people had to sleep for several nights at the Park Baptist Rest Centre as their houses were uninhabitable.
29th Aug – A V1 bomb fell in Boston Manor Road and numbers 107 and 109 were demolished but were later rebuilt. The trolley bus wires were down and there was a crater in the road.
1945 The end of the Second World War. Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which ended the war with Japan.
The United Nations was established.
The election of a Labour Government led to the nationalisation of industries and the formation of what became known as the Welfare State.
1947 Heavy falls of snow followed by floods led to a national fuel crisis.
1947 Brentford Football Club dropped out of the First Division.
3 thoughts on “1936-1947”
My mum and grandparents lived at Inverness Lodge when it was a British Legion. My grandfather was a WW1 veteran and steward of the British Legion. They eventually had to move through bomb damage, and they then moved to Boston Manor, a house called “Aldermaston”. I grew up on stories of their times at Inverness Lodge, and i always wanted to take her back there and have the current owners show us around, but unfortunately she passed away in Nov 2015
My mother and her parents and siblings lived at no 106 Boston manor road their surname was Turner
My dad (Peter Winslow 1931-2016) was living at 57 Clayponds Lane, Brentford with his parents (John & Ethel) when the V1 flying bomb landed in front of 61 Clayponds Lane. It completely destroyed the terrace of houses: Winslow’s (57), Goater’s (59), Ashby’s (61) and Jenning’s (63). Number 55 was badly damaged. A second V1 landed to the rear of number 57’s garden. Fortunately my dad and his family who were at home made it to the Anderson shelter in time – A number of the neighbours weren’t so fortunate and lost their lives.
The terrace was completely re-built and my dad and his family moved into 61 Clayponds Lane (later Avenue) as the house was bigger than 57. The Winslows continued living at number 61 until 1975 when my grandmother (Ethel) died and my grandad (John) went to live with his eldest daughter (Phyllis) in Sussex.