Green Dragon Lane
Built in 1893 as a school, now a community centre.
Built 1893 for children in Old Brentford. Closed when Green Dragon School opened. Now a community centre.
18th and 19th century residential and nursery (previously school)
Locally listed as 33-37 Half Acre
In St Paul’s Conservation Area.
Group of early Victorian buildings and one 18th century. Continue reading
Warehouse or studio buildings
Catherine Wheel Road
Built as a warehouse? in 1860s-1870s and now derelict.
In Thames Policy Area. Continue reading
At the end of the thirteenth century the Manor of Boston was given to the Priory of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate by King Edward I. It’s thought that the Priory may have used the Manor as a country retreat and as a place to grow food. Later they were granted a charter to hold a weekly market and an annual six day fair around St Lawrence’s Day in August.
The stalls would originally have been along the High Street – at that time little more than a wide track – but the market flourished due to easy access by river and locally grown produce for sale. By about 1587 it expanded in to an orchard on the north side of the High Street still called Market Place and expanded in to the Butts.
Locally grown produce was sold to merchants from London. Transport links by road and river were good and the carts and boats carrying fruit and vegetables returned filled with what was politely called ‘night soil’ which was used as fertiliser. Baskets for carrying the fruit and vegetables were made locally from the osiers cut from the willow trees grown on the aits or islands in the Thames. Continue reading