Place:Old Brentford, Middlesex, England

NameOld Brentford
Coordinates51.487°N 0.295°W
Located inMiddlesex, England     (1894 - 1965)
See alsoEaling, Middlesex, Englandancient parish in which it was a chapelry until 1894
Brentford, Middlesex, Englandurban district of which it was part 1894-1927
Brentford and Chiswick, Middlesex, Englandurban district (then municipal borough) of which it was part 1927-1965
Hounslow (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough into which the municipal borough was transferred in 1965

Old Brentford was historically a chapelry of the parish of Ealing St Mary (now simply Ealing), becoming a civil parish in its own right in 1894. In 1894 Old Brentford and neighbouring New Brentford joined to form Brentford Urban District. In turn, this merged with the neighbouring Chiswick Urban District in 1927 to form the Brentford and Chiswick Urban District. This was made a Municipal Borough in 1932. Brentford and Chiswick Municipal Borough was abolished in 1965, becoming part of the London Borough of Hounslow.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Old Brentford from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Old Brentford, 2 [ecclesiastical] dists. (St George and St Paul), Ealing par., Middlesex, forming part of the town of Brentford; population- St George [parish]: 3675; St Paul [parish]: 5997."

Greater London Research Tips

  • See under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
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  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
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  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
  • Map of West Middlesex from the Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales, 1885, printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, and provided by London Ancestor.