Images from the past

Old nega­tives go­ing dig­i­tal

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Mort Smith mort.smith@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THERE was a time when Uxbridge could boast a flour­ish­ing business in the shape of Harman’s Brew­ery, but we won­der whether any­one has any rec­ol­lec­tion of it.

The business was set up by George Harman in 1763, and moved into new head­quar­ters in High Street in 1875.

After the Har­mans sold the business, the even­tual owner, Courage, closed the head­quar­ters in 1964.

It was de­mol­ished and re­placed by a su­per­mar­ket be­fore that, in turn, was knocked down and the site was given over to what even­tu­ally be­came The Chimes shop­ping cen­tre, and now intu Uxbridge.

Our pho­to­graph shows the stately, white-fronted build­ing in about 1930.

This is one of thou­sands of pic­tures taken dur­ing the early 20th cen­tury by Gazette pho­tog­ra­phers on glass plate nega­tives, which were stored at the Civic Cen­tre when the Gazette was mov­ing of­fice.

They are now grad­u­ally be­ing con­verted to dig­i­tal images by spe­cial­ists at Trin­ity Mir­ror Group’s pho­to­graphic ar­chive in Wat­ford, which con­tains more than 20 mil­lion images from all over the UK.

Dur­ing the com­ing weeks, we will be look­ing at some of th­ese unique views of our com­mu­nity, and invit­ing any of you who might have your mem­o­ries jogged by th­ese pic­tures to con­trib­ute your own com­ments or, in­deed, other images.

We look for­ward to shar­ing with you the images of how our towns and vil­lages have changed over the years.

The Gazette will be pub­lish­ing a steady stream of won­der­ful old pic­tures, thanks to the Trin­ity Mir­ror ar­chive, both in print and on­line. In the mean­time, for a larger se­lec­tion of pic­tures, go to www.getwest­lon­don.co.uk/ back­in­time/

Li­brary

■ THE 1930S: Harman’s brew­ery and its neigh­bour, How

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