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Ten years ago today I created the 279th post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.
An unloved and overgrown triangle of land between a decaying tennis court, the Piccadilly Line and the road that skirts around Grove Farm park. There is nothing left here to indicate what it once represented. a place where the dead of two world wars, the employees of a famous brand, were remembered on the company’s war memorial. It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of Lyons to Greenford, its factories, warehouses and wharves took up a large part of it, as did its sports grounds which began here, along the road beyond the grand arched entrance at Sudbury Hill.
One hundred years ago today the first part of the memorial, a granite column bearing the two hundred and twenty-seven names of those who had died in the First World War, was unveiled here in the presence of Lord Henry Horne, 1st Baron Horne and Reverend George Nelson Walsh (Vicar & Rural Dean of Hammersmith). In 1947 a curved screen wall, made up of five granite panels bearing two hundred and forty-seven names, was placed behind the column. Both were moved to the factory grounds in 1968 when the sports grounds were sold.
The Lyons name, which for some still conjures up memories of their corner houses, with their respectable and predictable menus, disappeared after various amalgamations. In the end it was part of Allied Domecq. The Greenford site was sold eventually and in 2001 the memorial was put into storage before being installed at the Margravine Cemetery in Hammersmith, close to the entrance in Margravine Road.
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