Day when trams ruled the road
One of 17,000 photos in our archive
WITH new buildings sprouting up all over the area, it’s sometimes difficult to remember what our towns and villages looked like a month ago, let alone a few decades back.
But the Gazette has a solution for that problem – in the shape of pictures taken by our photographers over the years and recently rescued from dusty obscurity in the basement storeroom of Hillingdon Civic Centre in Uxbridge High Street.
To be fair, it was because of the far-sightedness of Hillingdon Council that these photos still exist.
They were all taken on glass plate negatives – about 17,000 of them – and when the Gazette made one of its office moves the council stepped in to provide storage for them.
Now, they are being slowly transferred to the huge Trinity Mirror archive in Watford, which houses upwards of 20 million photographs and negatives.
We’ll be running a regular slot in future editions looking back at some of these unique views of our community, and inviting our readers who might have their memories jogged by these pictures to contribute their own comments and, indeed, other images.
Here is a good one to start with: a tram from Uxbridge to Shepherd’s Bush passing along Uxbridge High Street with what looks like a police constable walking towards it and several passers-by.
The picture was taken in 1929. How many readers remember the days when trams were a common sight in the town?
The Gazette will be publishing a steady stream of wonderful old pictures such as this, thanks to the efforts of Trinity Mirror archive, both in print an online, but in the meantime, for a larger selection of old pictures please go to www. g e t w e s t l o n d o n . c o. u k / backintime/
They were taken on glass plates and
when the Gazette made one of its office moves, they might have been thrown away, had not the council stepped in to provide storage for