James Clements, by William Ramsden Brearley 1932

Councillor James Clements

Between 1874 and 1894 Brentford was an independent town run by a Local Board responsible for public health matters by supplying clean drinking water and sewers, clearing slums and cleaning the streets. Provision of a Fire Brigade was later added and by 1894 it was an Urban District Council (UDC) whose responsibilities included town planning, parks and cemeteries. This operated until 1927 when it amalgamated with Chiswick to become the Brentford & Chiswick UDC that met in the Town Hall in Chiswick.

One man who was involved from 1894 was James Clements. Continue reading “Councillor James Clements”

Syon House

Syon House

Syon Park

House originally c15th century, remodelled 18th century by Robert Adam

Grade I and II statutory listed.

In Syon Park Conservation Area.

English Heritage Listing

Syon House (Grade I)

Built on remains of a Brigittine Abbey nunnery (1430-70). Part of C15 undercroft remains. Protector Somerset reconstructed the house in 1547-52, substantially in its present shape. The house, 3-storeys with crenellated top and gable turrets, is built on a hollow square. East front ground floor loggia mid C17. Remodelled inside and out by Robert Adam 1767-5. In 1874 the Percy Lion, transferred from Old Northumberland House at Charing Cross was erected on the river front. Slight war damage, 2nd floor of North West tower rebuilt; 2 statues on columns in anteroom destroyed. Vide RCHM; p86; Country Life V, p112, XLVI, pp728, 802, 838, 874. Continue reading “Syon House”

Gunnersbury House

Gunnersbury House

Gunnersbury Ave

Residence built in 18th century, now local museum.

Grade I and II Statutory Listed.

On English Heritage “At Risk” Register.

In Gunnersbury Park Conservation Area.

English Heritage Listing

Gunnersbury Park House – Large Mansion (Grade II*)

Country house, now museum. 1801-28 by and for Alexander Copland; remodelled 1836 by Sydney Smirke for Nathan Rothschild. Stucco over brick; slate roofs; stuccoed brick stacks. Plan has service area to right of main body of house, centred around entrance hall and rear ante-room. Italianate style. Continue reading “Gunnersbury House”



formerly Northumberland Arms 11 London Road Pub built in 1853. Locally listed as “11 London Rd”. History A pub since at least 1853.  On right hand side of building you can see evidence of where the building was attached to the old railway bridge which crossed the London Rd. Numbers 1-11 London Road were locally listed with it, but these have been demolished and redeveloped. … Continue reading O’Briens

Syon Lodge, 201 London Road

Syon Lodge

… and gates to Syon Lodge
201 London Road

Residence built in 18th century.

Grade II* statutory listed.

In Syon Park Conservation Area.

English Heritage Listing

Late C18 house in grounds. Brown brick. 2 storeys and basement, 5 double-hung sashes. Door, window surrounds and plaques said by the owner to be from Foley House in Langtham Place.

11 stone steps and wrought iron railing up to semi-circular arched doorway with fine wood surround: Roman Doric pilasters and entablature with acanthus leaf frieze, modillion cornice and central carving in high relief of an eagle with spread wings; panels either side of door with consoles supporting archivolt and varved keystones; fanlight, 6 fielded panel door. Continue reading “Syon Lodge”

Park Cottages, 191-199 London Road

Park Cottages

191-199 London Road Isleworth Residences built in 18th century. Grade II Statutory Listed. In Syon Park Conservation Area. English Heritage Listing C18 row of cottages. Brown brick with red dressings. 2 storeys and attics. Each cottage has 2 double-hung sashes in plain surrounds with cambered relieving arches. 1 dummy window to Nos 191 and 195. Parapet. 1 dormer each, old tile roof. Modern doors. [mapsmarker … Continue reading Park Cottages

Coach and Horses

Coach and Horses

183 London Road

Public House built in 17th century.

Grade II Statutory Listed.

In Syon Park Conservation Area.

English Heritage Listing

C18 with later alterations. Stock brick. 2 parallel pitched roofs. Parapet.3 storeys. Front elevation has bay window at 1st floor level. 3 windows,have brick arcading at 1st and 2nd floor level. 2 windows on the righthand ground floor elevation have timber mullions and transom – probably C19. Continue reading “Coach and Horses”