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The History of Brentham Garden Estate and What it is like to live in Pitshanger’s coveted conservation area

8 Jan 2015
The History of Brentham Garden Estate and What it is like to live in Pitshanger’s coveted conservation area
The Brentham Garden Estate is a conservation area sitting amidst the village feel of Pitshanger.  The area has caché not just because of its charming homes built along Arts & Crafts principles but because the area has a strong community appeal that endures to this day. Once upon a time Ealing was mostly rural… It wasn’t until the Great Western Railway line built in 1838 first linked Paddington to Ealing that our lovely borough experienced an up-surge in building.  By the turn of the 20th century, Ealing officially earned borough status. At that point one large area of Ealing remained untouched – the farmland between Castlebar Hill and Hanger Hill.  The majority of this farmland was known as Pitshanger Farm and was destined to become what we now know as the Brentham Garden Estate.  

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

The man responsible for this oft-quoted line about housing, the designer William Morris, was one of the leading proponents of the Arts and Crafts movement.  Morris believed that beauty was necessary in everyday life and he advocated the revival of traditional building techniques as well as hand-crafted building materials. The Garden City movement also influenced this pocket of Pitshanger.  The Garden City ideal was the same that was influenced the development of Hampstead and basically meant that tenants would take a share in the company’s capital and as a shareholder were entitled to a share of the profits.  The scheme also allowed for the purchase of additional land held in common by the Society, thereby fostering a community interest in the prosperity of the whole development. The Brentham Garden Suburb was the first garden suburb founded on co-partnership principles and using the Arts & Crafts movement as a guiding light.  Both principles are still very much in evidence in this charming area of Pitshanger where characterful homes blended with a strong feeling of community survive today. Living in the Brentham Garden Estate now Click on the video above to get a feel for the type of homes found in the Brentham Garden Estate – this 3 bedroom house for sale in Denison Road is a lovely example of what you’ll find today in this area. The Brentham Society still provides support for its residents as well as a thriving social club.  You can find more information on the Brentham Garden Suburb website by clicking the link. If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this conservation area or you just want to know what your home in Ealing’s Brentham Garden Estate might be worth, call our Pitshanger experts on 020 8998 3111.  

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