Talk: Ealing’s River: The Brent Through Time

Posted on: 7th April 2015

River BrentThe idyllic River Brent was once praised by poets and naturalists as a thing of beauty, but it has also been a centre of much distress and controversy; flooding, pollution and man-made death.

This lecture looks at the Brent’s impact on the borough, its use and how it has been conserved over time, highlights include:  

  • The creation and evolution of the Brent River Park.
  • The damage caused when this force of nature burst its banks.
  • How the river has been abused and polluted over time.
  • The use of the river in local crimes such as suicides, accidents and murder.

Dr Jonathan OatesPresented by Ealing Libraries Historian and author Dr Jonathan Oates – writer of many local history books such as “Southall and Hanwell” and “Ealing: A Concise History”- this lecture about the River Brent is the latest in a regular series of talk about the Borough organised by Ealing Libraries. 

Join us at Ealing Central Library on the evening of Thursday 23rd April for an interesting and insightful talk about an often overlooked and neglected part of our local natural environment.

Further information regarding how the Local History Centre can help you with your local or family tree research, listings of local history books & materials available to buy and planned future talks can be found on their information pages.