Brent Local History project, North West London, northwest NW10

 

The word Brent probably comes from 'Brigantia', the name of a Celtic goddess. It is the only Celtic place name in the Borough of Brent in North West London, most are Ango-Saxon. The River Brent divides two major parts of the Borough, Willesden and Wembley. In 1965 these two separate districts were joined to form the London Borough of Brent.

It covers an area of 17 square miles (44 square km). 244,500 people lived here in 1994.

The Borough of Brent started as a collection of villages and farms surrounded by fields and woods. It was transformed into a London suburb by the arrival of railways and extensive housebuilding in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It enjoys a variety of architectural styles and a large mix of communities. Over the years Brent has had its share of agriculture, industry, poverty, and prosperity.

This website is devoted to the rich history of this fascinating and diverse London suburb.

Areas
Parks
Sites and Events
Personalities

Alperton
Brondesbury
Cricklewood
Church End
Dollis Hill
Harlesden
Kensal Green
Kenton
Kilburn
Kingsbury
Neasden

Preston
Stonebridge
Sudbury
Tokyngton
Twyford & Park Royal
Uxendon
Wembley
Willesden

Gladstone Park

Queen's Park

Roundwood Park

Brent Emblems
Dollis Hill House
Gaumont State Cinema
Kensal Rise Library
Kingsbury Bridge
Royal Agricultural Society Show
Twyford Abbey
Wembley Stadium

George Furness
William Gladstone
Jerry Hoey
W.G. Kingston
Charlie Kunz
Mark Twain

© Brent Heritage website 2002

Brent Heritage website was created with the help of London Northwest.com Ltd, Images of London and Willesden Local History Society

email: irina@london-northwest.com

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