About six weeks ago I was given an old photograph album containing about 40 family snapshots dating around 1916-1940. Although no names were supplied some dates and locations had been added and two of the photographs (shown below) were labelled Shortstown 1922.
However three of the images shown on different pages in the book feature a shopfront named Brentnall & Cleland.
Although the spelling is slightly different a Mr Bretnall is mentioned in a RAW staff report back in 1921 (see below) - he is named as an Engineer in the Gas Plant and was one of the original Shorts workers from Rochester who moved to Shortstown. He appears to have been highly regarded. Perhaps this is the man who was connected to the shop and the photos? Can anyone help with this at all? Apart from helping with my research it would be good to be able to reunite the photo album with the family. And if there are any Cleland family members out there please get in touch as the album may belong to you. Please take a look at the photos as you may recognise someone.