I’ve taken a few more photos for comparison, again using the Britain in Old Photographs book, and I expect to post a few more over the weeks as I improve my cropping speed.
These two photos above are of High Street, Ealing Broadway. The top one was taken in 1937 and shows the old police station on the right, which was demolished in 1970 and has now been replaced by the Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre. We now have a Subway where Easiephit used to be, which was a shoe shop which, after finding this branch, I’ve now discovered to be a chain. The building at the end of the road was Sayers, then advertising its 1837-1937 centenary sale, and it is now the Arcadia centre, housing among others McDonalds, HMV and TK Maxx. That building has recently been under threat from the Ealing Leaf redevelopment, which I think has now been postponed.
Here, the white building on the right was the site for Ealing Broadway Station. The top photo was also taken in 1937. That building is now retail as a huge new entrance to the underground station and an office block were built just to the right of it. Apart from that, not much has changed here, other than the block of flats on the left, but now this road is bumper to bumper most of the time so I can only imagine how quiet it must have been then.