This building was the school house built and endowed by Edward Betham, Rector of Greenford Magna, across the road from the church of Holy Cross where he is buried. Built in 1780, it provided an education for poor children and is just one example of his generosity towards the people of Greenford. Eventually the school moved to a larger building further along the road and the building became a private residence (to find out what it says on the plaque take a look at the Greenford Magna website – click here).
Greenford was a small farming community when he knew it and I think he would have been stunned at its transformation during the 1930s. Fields became houses and streets that required a postal service so scarlet letter boxes like this one would have begun to appear on the brand new pavements. This one probably dates from 1936, when George VI became king, after the abdication of Edward VIII.
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