Brentford

related topics
{city, large, area}
{build, building, house}
{church, century, christian}
{land, century, early}
{specie, animal, plant}
{line, north, south}
{god, call, give}
{son, year, death}
{ship, engine, design}
{government, party, election}
{woman, child, man}
{album, band, music}
{game, team, player}
{county, mile, population}

Coordinates: 51°29′10″N 0°18′36″W / 51.4861°N 0.3101°W / 51.4861; -0.3101

Brentford is a suburban town in west London, England, and part of the London Borough of Hounslow. It is located at the confluence of the River Thames and the River Brent, 8 miles (13 km) west-southwest of Charing Cross.

Contents

History

Toponymy

The name is recorded as Breguntford in 705 in an Anglo-Saxon charter and means 'ford over the River Brent'. The name of the river is Celtic and means 'holy one' and the '-ford' suffix is Old English.[1] The ford was most likely located where the main road crossed the river. New Brentford is recorded as Newe Braynford in 1521 and was previously known as Westbraynford. Old Brentford is recorded as Old Braynford in 1476 and was previously known as Estbraynford.[1]

Urban development

The settlement pre-dates the Roman occupation of Britain, and thus pre-dates the founding of London itself. Many pre-Roman artifacts have been excavated in and around the area in Brentford known as 'Old England'. Bronze Age pottery and burnt flints have been found in separate sites in Brentford. The quality and quantity of the artefacts suggests that Brentford was a meeting point for pre-Romanic tribes where part of tribal rituals included the ceremonial casting of weapons into the river[citation needed]. One well known Iron Age piece from about 100 BC - AD 50 is the Brentford horn-cap[2] - a ceremonial chariot fitting that formed part of local antiquarian Thomas Layton's collection,[3] now held by the Museum of London. The Celtic knot pattern (the 'Brentford Knot') on this item has been copied for use on modern jewellery.

Full article ▸

related documents
Amersham
Shoreditch
London King's Cross railway station
Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
Kingston upon Thames
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Ilford
Astana
Totnes
Odense
Twickenham
Blackheath, London
Hounslow
Kauniainen
Kajang (Malaysia)
Fulham
Dartmouth, Devon
Innsbruck
Houten
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Montgomery, Alabama
Nancy
Transport in France
Greetland
Holloway, London
Dewsbury
Whitechapel
Marsden, West Yorkshire
Marburg
Lusaka