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A-Z of Whitechapel

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A-Z of Kew and Brentford


Series: A-Z

Publication Date15th May 2025

Book FormatPaperback





Explore the West London towns of Kew and Brentford in this fully illustrated A-Z guide to their history, people and places.
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Kew and Brentford are not so much separated by the River Thames as connected through it. The ford here was the first point on the tidal stretch of the great river that could easily be crossed on foot – meant many travellers have passed through down the centuries, perhaps the most famous being Julius Caesar. Kew has strong royal links and in 1759 Princess Augusta founded Kew Gardens, now known officially as the Royal Botanical Gardens. Today Kew is also famous for the National Archives. Kew and Brentford also have a rich industrial history, from pharmaceutical giants Beechams (and today GlaxoSmithKline) to aircraft manufacturers Sopwith and Handley Page and motor vehicle manufacturers Dodge and Chrysler.

In A-Z of Kew and Brentford Andy Bull reveals the history behind these towns, their streets and buildings, industries and the people connected with them. Alongside the famous historical connections, are included some unusual characters, tucked away places and unique events that are less well-known. Readers will discover tales of painters drawn to this area, the manufacture of Brompton folding bicycles in a railway arch and a notorious Victorian murderer among many other fascinating facts in this A-Z tour of Kew and Brentford’s history. It is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in these historic West London towns.

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