EPW023233 ENGLAND (1928). Firestone Rubber Tyre Manufactory, Hounslow, 1928

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Details

Title [EPW023233] Firestone Rubber Tyre Manufactory, Hounslow, 1928
Reference EPW023233
Date September-1928
Link
Place name HOUNSLOW
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 516540, 177682
Longitude / Latitude -0.32137226704282, 51.485580850201
National Grid Reference TQ165777

Pins

Bridge Over Canal

Mozzy
Sunday 28th of December 2014 10:36:42 PM

MB
Saturday 3rd of November 2012 09:01:42 AM
Rail link to factory

MB
Saturday 3rd of November 2012 09:01:19 AM
GWR railway line Southall-Brentford

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Friday 13th of July 2012 03:04:02 PM
Narrow boats on Brentford branch Grand Union Canal

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Friday 13th of July 2012 02:57:05 PM

User Comment Contributions

In the late 1970s I was assistant to a photographer who had to photograph the interior of the Firestone factory - it was hot and smelled, not surprisingly of rubber. Apparently the building only took 18 weeks to build. It was a bit of a crime against Art Deco architecture that the building was demolished in 1980 before a protection order was signed.

MattFilm
Monday 31st of October 2016 06:00:08 PM
I was driving to work in the Isleworth area that weekend on overtime. I saw the wrecking ball going into the building. Some blokes I told had been made redundant from Firestones. They though I had imagined it, and told it was a protected building.

Mozzy
Monday 31st of October 2016 06:00:08 PM
Looking north, the road is the then-new A4 Great West Road. The GWR's Brentford branch and Grand Union Canal are to the east.

After closure and sale, the Art Deco frontage of Firestone's was criminally and deliberately vandalised by developers over the August 1980 Bank Holiday, just before listing could be put in place to preserve it. Only the fencing and steps originally leading to the entrance fronting the Great West Road remain.

To get an idea of what it looked like completed, have a look here:

http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/spw033596?search=inchinnan&ref=26

India of Inchinnan's frontage wasn't quite as grand, but it was the same architect as designed Firestone's, (the owner wanted one like Firestone's) but at least it's survived.

Isleworth1961
Tuesday 10th of July 2012 10:04:16 PM