Thomas Layton Born in 1819 Died in 1911. How long did he live? 92 years
Thomas Layton What did he do? He was a successful business man. And a highly respected councillor in Brentford A very keen collector of:- Coins Archaeology Pottery Books Prints Maps Antiquities
Thomas Layton was a rich man. How did he make his money? He was a coal merchant, who had barges on the Thames. What did we use coal for? Burn in homes for heating and cooking. To use as fuel for steam trains. To make gas (for light and heat) To make coke (used in iron making)
Brentford Gas works on the High Street St George’s Church
Opening of Brentford market in 1893. Who owns the coal office? - Where Fountains Leisure Centre now is.
What was Brentford like when Thomas Layton was alive? Gas & Coal The gas works was huge and employed thousands of people The Gas works on Brentford High Street The Gas works was very smelly making lots of soot and smoke
“……the entrance to Brentford is like the gates to Hell. Already the gasworks and the coal yards are there for stoking the punishing fires”
Smelly Brentford……. When Thomas Layton was alive Brentford was one of the noisiest and smelliest places in London. Why do you think this was? Gas works Coke works Brewery Tannery – making leather Soap works Other smelly businesses?
This is the committee which built Brentford Library. Which one is Thomas Layton?
Some Hounslow Councillors Today Brentford Councillors 1900 What is different about them? What is the same?
Thomas Layton lived here A Picture of Kew Bridge in 1892 To Brentford To Chiswick
Thomas Layton's House Do you recognise this? What do you think it is? To Brentford
What did Thomas Layton do for the people of Brentford? Helped build the Brentford Infirmary (hospital)………..