“Licensed to sell”; exhibition 6 July 2013 to 7 November 2013

London Apprentice watercolourThis special exhibition presents a smashing collection of 16 watercolours of local inns and taverns from the mid-19th century. They were presented by Andrew Pears, the soap manufacturer and local dignitary, to his fellow JPs in 1900.

They hung in magistrates’ court house in Brentford for many years, and when it closed they were given to Hounslow Council.

The exhibition has been put together by the Hounslow Local Studies team, co-ordinated by James Marshall. Alongside the watercolours you will also be able to see the licensing registers of 1906-1925 and a history of the Magistrates’ Court.

Admission is free

If you missed the exhibition there is an online “exhibition” of the watercolours with background information on Hounslow’s Local Studies web pages