The Brentham Garden Suburb in Ealing, west London, is no ordinary group of 680 houses and flats. The first garden suburb to be built on ‘Co-partnership’ principles and an inspiration for the later, larger and more famous Hampstead, it has made a mark on twentieth-century domestic architecture, town planning and social housing out of all proportion to its size.
In 1969 Brentham Garden Suburb was designated a conservation area. The Brentham Society was formed in the same year to support and maintain the character of the area.
The Labour, Co-operative, Arts and Crafts, and Garden City movements are all part of the Brentham story. The suburb was designed to a plan by the leading garden city architects Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin, with houses, mostly in the Arts and Crafts style, by George Lister Sutcliffe and Frederic Cavendish Pearson.