Local history documents

Areas of Brent 

  • The Olympic Way storyPhilip Grant's illustrated article covers the history of this iconic Wembley Park route, from its origins in the 1890's to its construction for the 1948 Olympic Games and changes through until 2017.
  • A brief history of Brent by Geoffrey Hewlett
  • Chalkhill - 1,000 years of history  An illustrated article which shows that there is far more to the area's history than a 1960's housing estate, by Philip Grant
  • Kensal Rise Library, 1900 - 2000 , by Robert Barker
  • Places in Brent - Brief histories of the districts of Brent by M.C. Barres-Baker
  • The Hay Meadows of Kingsbury  An illustrated history of the fields in Fryent Country Park since medieval times, by Philip Grant
  • Video of a talk on the history of Cricklewood Given by M.C. Barres-Baker at Cricklewood Library on 9 October 2008 and recorded by Lynette Webb (vimeo.com)
  • Welsh Harp  The Brent, or Welsh Harp, Reservoir has been a feature of the local landscape for more than 175 years, and this illustrated article by Philip Grant will introduce you to its fascinating history.
  • Wembley Park - its story up to 1922  Discover what was here before the British Empire Exhibition and Wembley Stadium in this illustrated article by Philip Grant.
  • Sudbury - Then and Now A collection of old photographs and postcards of the Sudbury area, with matching colour views in 2015 and information on their history, put together during a community local history project, and edited by Philip Grant of Wembley History Society. 

British Empire Exhibition 

Buildings and architecture 

Health and social care 



  • Amy Johnson - Flying from Kingsbury The story of one of aviation's heroines, and the time that she lived in Brent, is told in Philip Grant's illustrated article.
  • Arthur Lucan - the man who was "Old Mother Riley"  Brent has very few blue plaques, commemorating famous people who lived in the borough, but one of them can be found on a large house in Forty Lane, Wembley.
  • Arthur Wint – Jamaica’s first great Olympian He was an athlete, airman, doctor and diplomat - Philip Grant's illustrated article tells the story of the man who won Jamaica's first Olympic gold medal, at Wembley in 1948.
  • Jose Diaz, the Spanish Chairman   Today many people born overseas serve as local councillors, but in this illustrated article Philip Grant tells the story of a man who did so more than 100 years ago.
  • Henry Cooper of Wembley by Philip Grant.
  • Wembley's Rolling Stone   Find out where musician Charlie Watts grew up and went to school in this illustrated article by Philip Grant. 

Transport, industry and farming