To most Londoners, Brentford doesn’t conjure up images of a hotbed of historical goings on.
Probably best known for erm…..The Westway and the er…..the Football club and the Mmm …..!
But take a stroll with Ade, and really find out about this ancient and incredibly important town on the banks of the Rivers Brent & Thames.
Brentford goes way back and was an important staging post on the main road out of London in the Roman era.
We take a seat and look out over the Thames at quaint Isleworth Village, then pass through the grounds of Sion Park and the estate. Queens were taken here before beheading, and King Henry VIII literally exploded here!
Crossing the bridge where one of the most famous and important battles of the English Civil War took place, before ducking down to Brentford Locks on the once incredibly important Grand Union Canal.
Brentford Dock is also on the list, as it was probably the second biggest dock area in London after the Docks of East London, Isle of Dogs, Wapping, Surrey Docks etc.
We pass through the peaceful Butts, an ancient area used for archery practice and now surrounded by some of London’s finest 17th century houses, before taking in Griffin Park, the home of Brentford F.C before they move next season.
Also included in this walk are some extraordinary pieces of Art Deco architecture on the ‘Golden Mile’. Some major buildings sprang up in the late 20’s/early 30’s. A few have managed to survive, and brought back to some sort of former glory. Before finishing we head to a couple of museums. The fantastic Musical Museum and the London Steam museum at Kew Bridge.
I must admit that I was sceptical if Brentford could throw up enough interesting places and facts to run a walk, but thankfully I was very surprised. I even had to leave few places out!
So come on down to sunny Brentford. Walk in Roman footsteps, step into a defining moment in English Civil war history, marvel at one of London’s least known but magnificent stately homes, and get deep down and dirty in the old docks of West London.
As a final point, rather than call myself ‘a guide’, I’d rather be known simply as a bloke who has done a bit more research into an area of London than the average Joe!
I won’t wear a costume, read from a script etc, I will however just babble on about stuff that I’m deeply passionate about, and hope that you will be also. Think of me as a mate who shares your interest in London’s rich history, and a fella you’d like to have a pint with.
I don’t want to give you a history lesson but if you want a “guide” that digs deeper, then I think I’m your man.
Take a stroll with Ade, a qualified London Borough Guide
£10 on the day but Eventbrite charge £1.37 extra
Walk takes about 2.5/3 hours.