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”



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

Gillette Factory

The Gillette Factory

Great West Road

Factory built in 1937, currently vacant.

Grade II statutory listed.

English Heritage Listing

Premises Of Gillette Uk Ltd

1937. Bannister Fletcher, Architect.

Two storeys and basement with very lofty central tower. Brick. Three-seven-three-seven-three bays. Ends project slightly and have both storeys of iron-framed windows in a recessed panel. Main windows also in two storeys with decorative metal aprons without brickwork. Continue reading “The Gillette Factory”

NatWest Bank

National Westminster Bank

Syon Lane Corner
Great West Road

Bank built in 1935.

Grade II Statutory Listed.

English Heritage Listing

Bank. 1935 by WFC Holden as the Osterley branch of the National Provincial Bank.

Brown brick with Portland stone dressings. Flat roof. Single storey. Double-height banking office, bow-fronted to Great West Road, flanked by lower wings, that to left with bow-fronted public entrance on the return. Expressionist style. Continue reading “National Westminster Bank”

BMI Syon Clinic, former Coty factory

BMI Syon Clinic

Former Coty Factory
Great West Road

Factory built in 1933, now private clinic

Grade II statutory listed.

English Heritage Listing

1933 by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. Modernistic. Symmetrical. Rendered on a steel frame.

2 storeys on raised bank. Entrance and vertical window above it are recessed below the continuous shaped parapet, with triple horizontal clasping motifs in the angles beneath the parapet. Continue reading “BMI Syon Clinic”

Westlink House, Carillion

Westlink House

or Pyrene Building 981 Great West Road TW8 9DN Factory built in 1928, now offices for Carillion Grade II Statutory listed. English Heritage Listing By Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. 1928, but altered. Modernistic. Symmetrical and rectilinear. Rendered. Sited on raised bank. Mainly two storeys. Chief feature is central Tower with stepped haunches and abstract moulded features at top. It has recessed panel in face enclosing … Continue reading Westlink House