Brentham Garden Suburb

Neighbourhood in/near North Ealing, existing between 1901 and now

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Brentham Garden Suburb became a conservation area in 1969.

Mostly built between 1901 and 1915, it was the first garden suburb in London to be built in cooperative principles, predating the better-known Hampstead Garden Suburb by some years.

Brentham’s origins can be traced back to the Arts and Crafts and Garden City movements.

The Arts and Crafts movement was led by William Morris. It was a movement of social reform who advocated the need for beauty in people’s daily surroundings. Morris promoted the revival of traditional methods of building, using locally produced and hand-crafted building materials.

The Garden City movement was founded by Ebenezer Howard. He published a detailed account of his ideas about the planning and economic foundation of towns and cities.

In 1891 Howard established his own building firm, General Builders Ltd. This was a co-operative production venture which by 1897 comprised 17 branches.

One of these was in Ealing, where six members of the firm decided to club together and buy plots. The group met with Henry Vivian (1868-1930), a carpenter, trade unionist and Liberal Member of Parliament.

Vivian was concerned with the improvement of housing conditions, especially for working people encouraged the group of builders not only to build houses, but to form a tenants’ association, which became known as Ealing Tenants. Brentham, as the area was later called, was the pioneer garden suburb of the co-partnership housing movement. It 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.

Hampstead Garden Suburb followed six years later in 1907.

Brentham is noted for its annual May Day festival and for the Brentham Cricket Club.

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Barnfield Road, W5 Barnfield Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Birkdale Road, W5 Birkdale Road is a street in Ealing.
Brentham Way, W5 Brentham Way was one of the fist major roads built in Brentham Garden Suburb.
Brookfield Avenue, W5 Brookfield Avenue is situated south west of the Hanger Lane interchange.
Brunner Road, W5 Brunner Road dates from the first years of the twentieth century.
Brunswick Road, W5 Brunswick Road is a street in Ealing.
Castlebar Mews, W5 Castlebar Mews appears on maps during the 1890s.
Denison Road, W5 Denison Road is part of the final phase of Brentham Garden Suburb.
Fairlea Place, W5 Fairlea Place is a street in Ealing.
Fowlers Walk, W5 Fowlers Walk designed by the architect G. Lister Sutcliffe.
Glencairn Drive, W5 Glencairn Drive is a street in Ealing.
Holyoake Court, W5 Holyoake Court dates from the 1930s.
Holyoake House, W5 Holyoake House was opened in 1912.
Holyoake Walk, W5 Holyoake Walk designed by G. Lister Sutcliffe in 1911.
Kingfield Road, W5 Kingfield Road is a street in Ealing.
Lindfield Road, W5 Lindfield Road is a street in Ealing.
Ludlow Road, W5 Ludlow Road runs north-south in Brentham Garden Suburb.
Lynwood Road, W5 Lynwood Road is a street in Ealing.
Meadvale Road, W5 Meadvale Road was one of the first Brentham Garden Suburb roads.
Moorfield Avenue, W5 Moorfield Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Mount Pleasant Road, W5 Mount Pleasant Road is a street in Ealing.
Mulgrave Road, W5 Mulgrave Road is a street in Ealing.
Neville Road, W5 Neville Road leads to Brentham Cricket Club.
North View, W5 North View dates from 1911.
Pendlewood Close, W5 Pendlewood Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Pitshanger Court, W5 Pitshanger Court dates from the 1930s.
Pitshanger Lane, W5 Pitshanger Lane is one of the oldest roads in the area.
Princes Gardens, W5 Princes Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Queens Gardens, W5 Queens Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Ruskin Gardens, W5 Ruskin Gardens runs between Ludlow Road and Brunner Road.
Winscombe Court, W5 Winscombe Court was built as part of the Brentham Garden Suburb.
Winscombe Crescent, W5 Winscombe Crescent dates from the period between 1907 and 1911.
Woodfield Avenue, W5 The roads named ’Woodfield’ were the first streets of Brentham Garden Suburb.
Woodfield Crescent, W5 Woodfield Crescent was in the first group of houses built by Ealing Tenants Ltd.
Woodfield Road, W5 Woodfield Road was the first street built in Brentham Garden Suburb.

Brentham Club The Brentham Club & Institute was opened in 1911 by the Duke and Duchess of Connaught.
The Village Inn The Village Inn stands on Pitshanger Lane.

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