History – Chronological




Ealing Tenants Ltd founded by General Builders Ltd under the guidance of Henry Vivian. Construction began on the first nine houses, 71-87 Woodfield Road (Vivian Terrace)

Further building in Woodfield Avenue, Woodfield Crescent and Brunner Road

1906 More land purchased and a ‘garden suburb’ plan designed by Parker & Unwin (planners of Hampstead Garden Suburb, founded 1907)
1907-11 Construction of Winscombe Crescent, Ludlow Road, Neville Road, Ruskin Gardens, 2–6 Brentham Way, part of Meadvale Road. Most houses designed by F. Cavendish Pearson
1911-15 Final phase of estate designed by G. Lister Sutcliffe – Denison Road, Holyoake Walk, North View, lower Brentham Way and Fowlers Walk
1911 Brentham Club & Institute opened by Duke and Duchess of Connaught
1912 Holyoake House built: 24 small flats for single and retired people
1916 St Barnabas Church completed
1920s C.G. Butler designed 7–8, 9–19, 10–24 and 72–78 Brentham Way
1930 Henry Vivian died. By this time Ealing Tenants had been absorbed by Co-Partnership Tenants. The co-partnership idea was waning and houses were being sold to private purchasers
1930s 25-33 Brentham Way & Pitshanger, Holyoake and Winscombe Courts built
1936 Estate sold to Liverpool Trust Ltd
1940 Bradford Property Trust became owners of the remaining tenanted houses
1947 Brentham Club & Institute offered for sale and purchased by the members
1950s 21-23a Brentham Way, Rookery Nook in Brunner Road, 186 & 188 Pitshanger Lane built
1969 Brentham designated a Conservation Area by London Borough of Ealing
1970 Brentham Society formed to encourage principle of conservation
1973 Preservation Order served by Greater London Council on Brentham Club building
1975 Brentham Garden Suburb awarded Article 4 conservation area status
1987 ‘Great Storm’ destroys nearly 70 trees in Brentham
1999 Brentham Heritage Society founded as a charitable arm of the Brentham Society; St Barnabas Millennium Hall opened by the Bishop of London
2000 Publication of Brentham: a history of pioneer garden suburb 1901-2001 by Aileen Reid; Brentham Heritage Society awarded charitable status by the Charity Commission
2001 Centenary of Brentham Garden Suburb
2004 Photographic survey of the Brentham Garden Suburb Conservation Area undertaken
2006 Centenary of Brentham May Day
2022 Archive and Library established in refurbished Tower of Brentham Club

4 Responses to History – Chronological

  1. John Black says:

    My primary school, St. Gregory’s is in Woodfield Road. All fields originally. Very interesting.

  2. Simon Conley says:

    Thanks for this bllog post

  3. Peter Smith says:

    Extremely helpful history. Thank you. I have a copy of Reid’s excellent book and I live nearby BGS. I am glad the area and housing stock has conservation status. It is, nevertheless, a pity the project was eventually privatised and its co-operative ideals abandoned.

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