Gallows Bridge

Gallows Bridge

Bridge 207 Grand Union Canal Bridge built in 1820 Grade II Statutory Listed. In Grand Union Canal and Boston Manor Conservation Area. English Heritage Listing Probably by Thomas Telford. Single span iron footbridge with yellow brick abutments. Dated 1820 and cast at Horseley Iron Works near Birmingham Further Information Carries the Grand Union Canal towpath from the west to the eastern bank at the northern … Continue reading Gallows Bridge

Boatmen's Institute

Boatmen’s Institute

The Butts

Built in 1904 as a community centre for canal families, now a private residence.

Grade II statutory listed.

In Butts Conservation Area.

English Heritage Listing

Boatman’s institute, later house. Built in 1904 for The London City Mission by architect Noel Parr. Arts and Crafts style. Comprised two schoolrooms on the ground floor with living accommodation above.  Continue reading “Boatmen’s Institute”

Overhanging Warehouse

Overhanging Warehouse

Grand Union Canal, Brentford Built in 1960s as a warehouse, currently derelict and being re-developed. In Grand Union Canal & Boston Manor Conservation Area; Thames Policy Area. History This is a piece of industrial history from the 1960s, formerly known as the Brentford Depot. A freight terminal at which barges and carriers (called lighters) from the Thames and docks, which were too wide for the … Continue reading Overhanging Warehouse

Toll House

Toll House

Gauging Lock, Brentford, TW8

Built as a toll house in 1911, this is now a museum.

Grade II statutory listed

In Grand Union Canal & Boston Manor Conservation Area; Thames Policy Area


In the 18th century at the time of early canal travel, goods were carried from the Midlands to London covering 230 miles via the Oxford Canal and the Thames,  meeting hold ups of fishing weirs and often floods or droughts on the Thames.

In 1793/4 the Grand Junction Canal Company built a canal to cut down this distance  (as the crow flies it’s only 100 miles). Continue reading “Toll House”

Watermen at War


Friday May 29th 1942


Barges and Canal Boats are Vital Links in Supply Chain


Through Fires and Bombs Up River in London Blitz

On the late afternoon of September 6th 1940 a solitary pair of boats, frail river craft, moved steadily up the Thames between banks of blazing warehouses, flying masonry, and under a sky noisy with ‘planes and the crash of anti-aircraft fire. The boats’ crew of five, including two Brentford men, were maintaining the slogan ‘Keep Moving’, which river and canal workers have nailed to their masts for the duration. Continue reading “Watermen at War”

Brook Road South – The Brook

1841 Tithe Map of Brentford
1841 Tithe Map of Brentford

The Tithe Map of Brentford in 1841 shows that the area of the town west of Drum Lane (now Ealing Road) was tightly packed buildings between the High Street and Albany Road with open ground beyond. Running north to south is a blue line marking the route of the brook. Parallel with the water course is a narrow road and at a sharp bend there are four cottages later called Brook Terrace. Continue reading “Brook Road South – The Brook”