Local history documents
Areas of Brent
- The Olympic Way story - Philip 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
- The British Empire Exhibition, 1924 to 1925 - Read about the amazing event that changed Wembley's history in this illustrated article by Philip Grant.
- The Palace of Arts and Palace Arts Way, Wembley Park - A guest blog about the British Empire Exhibition’s Palace of Arts, from “Wembley Matters”.
- Sierra Leone at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 - Meet the men and women who came to Wembley from this West African country ninety years ago, in this illustrated article by Philip Grant.
- When Nigeria came to Wembley, 1924 - Using pictures from contemporary sources in the Brent Archives collections, this illustrated article by Philip Grant gives a fascinating glimpse of the people who lived in the Exhibition's Nigerian native village, and their time in England.
- Under the Southern Cross - a tour in New Zealand - a digital copy of a booklet, produced for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924, which gives a detailed introduction to New Zealand in the 1920's, for potential migrants and tourists.
- Productive Canterbury - New Zealand - a digital copy of an illustrated leaflet from 1924, which gives a detailed picture of farming in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island in the early 1920's.
- Canterbury - the Industrial Centre of New Zealand - this digital copy of an illustrated leaflet from 1924 sets out details of the manufacturing activities carried on in this New Zealand province in the early 1920's, as well as the living and working conditions of the people carrying on these trades.
- New Zealand - the Land of Opportunity for Sheep & Cattle Farmers- a digital copy of an illustrated leaflet from 1924, which encouraged British livestock farmers to emigrate, and provides a detailed picture of New Zealand agriculture in the early 1920's.
Buildings and architecture
- Ernest Trobridge - The Housing FollyA facsimile copy of Trobridge's typescript, with hand-written amendments, for a 1919 article attacking the Government's housing policy for the working classes, and setting out his ideas for cheaper comfortable, practical and spiritually uplifting wooden homes instead. The original document is in the Trobridge Collection at Brent Archives, ref., 19794/ADM/2/6.
- A Brief Architectural History of Brent (formerly Wembley) Town Hall , by M.C. Barres-Baker
- Ernest Trobridge - Kingsbury's Extraordinary Architect An illustrated article about the life and work of the man who designed some of Brent's most distinctive homes in the 1920's and 1930's, by Philip Grant
- Ernest Trobridge, Air Raid Structures Consultant A detailed look at some of this unique architect's amazing 1938 designs, by Philip Grant
- From Cottages to Castles a walk around Trobridge's Kingsbury See for yourself many of the remarkable homes which Ernest Trobridge designed, by Philip Grant.
- Kingsbury's recycled church The illustrated story of St Andrew's New Church, Kingsbury, a Grade II* listed building which started life in Central London, by Philip Grant.
- Neasden's Railway Village
- The Architectural History of Brent by Geoffrey Hewlett
- Wembley Stadium - Old and New The illustrated story of the buildings which have made Wembley a world-famous venue, by Barbara Clarke.
- Blackbird Farm, Kingsbury An illustrated history of this important location on Blackbird Hill, by Philip Grant.
- The history of 379-381 High Road Willesden. Brent Mencap, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran a project to uncover the history of this building. Visit https://brentmencap.org.uk/history to listen to oral history interviews and to find out more about the project and/or open the booklet.
Health and social care
- A history of Kingsbury Manor by Philip Grant
- The Poor of the Parish: Social Care in Kingsbury in the early Nineteenth Century , by Philip Grant
- Alperton's 1948 Olympic Village Imagine Usain Bolt sleeping in your school classroom - that's how it was at the 1948 London Olympic Games! By Philip Grant.
- The 1908 Olympic Games in Brent , by Philip Grant
- 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
- A Bombay "Bevin Boy", 1944 to 1945 , by Philip Grant
- Building the Stanmore Line, 1930 to 1932 , by Philip Grant
- Kingsbury Works: Wings and Wheels - part of Brent's industrial heritage, 1915-1979 by Philip Grant
- Diary farms in Sudbury - some brief histories Much of Brent used to be farm land, and this illustrated article by Philip Grant looks at the stories of three farms in the Sudbury area which specialised in milk production from Victorian times, until housing development saw their demise in the 20th century.
- Air Raid precautions in the borough of Wembley during World War II
- A First World War timeline, 1914-1918
- A reading list on the battle of Agincourt / Azincourt, 1415 (.pdf, 117.9kB) compiled by M.C. Barres-Baker for a St. George's Day talk in 2010
- Belgian Refugees during the First World War - an introductory bibliography compiled by M.C. Barres-Baker
- Belo Akure – a Nigerian First World War hero at Wembley
- Brent's women at war and at peace, 1914-1919 An article on women workers in the First World War by Philip Grant
- Our Belgian Guests: Refugees in Brent 1914-1919 An article on Belgian refugees in Willesden, Wembley and Kingsbury by M.C. Barres-Baker
- A history of early newspaper advertising , by M.C. Barres-Baker
- A reading list on the early history of journalism, with special reference to the development of newspaper advertising , compiled by M.C. Barres-Baker
- The history of shopping - an introductory bibliography , compiled by M.C. Barres-Baker
- Welsh Harp Women by Philip Grant
- Wembley’s Volunteer Fire Brigade, 1895-1936 by Philip Grant