Wednesday 7 September 2011

Hounslow, Middlesex, Staines Road c1904

Hounslow, Middlesex, Staines Road circa 1904. This view shows the original Duke Of Wellington pub. The tram is travelling from the terminus at the end of Staines Road towards Hampton or Twickenham. Postcard published by the Collectors' Publishing Co, 42/44 Imperial Buildings, London EC. The postcard was sent in 1906 from Harry Symons to his mother at the British Consulate in Hamburg, Germany. It is possible that Harry was a soldier at the nearby barracks. Click to enlarge.

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  1. What caused the tram lines to be removed and when? More cars and buses? Removing the unsightly overhead wires? And were the wires as dangerous as the third rail?

  2. Hi Mike, the trams to the west of London were mainly replaced by trolleybuses in the 1930s. They looked a bit like conventional London buses but were powered by the trams' overhead wires. The tram lines in the road were costly to maintain and dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians and horses. The overhead wires were relatively safe. The trolleybuses were replaced by regular buses in the 1950s. I'll post some postcards showing trolleybuses on this blog soon.

  3. Any idea when the pub was rebuilt Howard


  4. Hello Ken, sorry I don't know when it was rebuilt. Judging by the style of architecture I'd guess 1920s.

  5. My grandmother was a barmaid in this pub in the early part of the last century. The landlord was her uncle, Frank Gower.



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