In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Brentford like this:
Brentford, market town, S. Middlesex, 10½ miles W. of London by rail, at influx of river Brent to the Thames, pop. 11,810; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-day, Tuesday; is divided by river Brent into two parts, Old and New B.; has gin-distilleries, brewery, malt-kilns, soap works, &c. Brentford is a very ancient place, and was the scene of a Danish defeat (1016) and of a Royalist victory (1642). It is the co. town of Middlesex, being the place where the elections are held.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Brentford has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Hounslow. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Brentford and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Brentford, in Hounslow and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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