From the Conservation Area Bid for Brentham by Alan Henderson, Sue Elliott and Martin Mortimore:
The Brentham Garden Suburb in Ealing, West London, is no ordinary group of 680 houses and flats. The first garden suburb to be built on ‘Co-partnership’ principles and an inspiration for the later, larger and more famous Hampstead garden suburb, it has made a mark on twentieth-century domestic architecture, town planning and social housing out of all proportion to its size.
In 1969 Brentham Garden Suburb was designated a conservation area. The Brentham Society was formed in the same year to support and maintain the character of the area.
We believe Brentham is special in conserving both its distinctive character and the original community values on which it was founded.
The Brentham Society has worked hard since Conservation Area designation in 1969 to disseminate information about our architectural heritage and encourage best conservation practice: new residents get a welcome pack full of practical advice and Brentham’s Conservation Advisory Panel liaises closely with Ealing’s planners on applications.
As a result, we have an estate that meets the needs of 21st century living without compromising its essential character and integrity.
Brentham’s architectural heritage is unique. Its streets and houses are a living demonstration of the transition from the Edwardian tradition to the 20th-century garden suburb. Solid terraces in the first roads give way to informal groupings of cottage-style housing in Parker and Unwin’s curving street plan, linked by ‘twittens’ and still-productive allotments.
Two transitional streets reveal arts and crafts features creeping into otherwise Edwardian terraces. In the heart of the suburb, FC Pearson’s flamboyant arts and crafts cottages are very special: multiple roof angles, crenulations, oriel windows; some houses are built on a parallelogram-shaped plan!