Ancient Brent

11,000 years ago in Britain, the weather was warmer and the land was covered in thick forests. People mainly lived by rivers, lakes or by the sea. Stone Age people probably lived in the area now known as Brent, but left few traces.

The first evidence of people settling in Brent appears during the Bronze Age about 4000 years ago. Maybe these settlers came from the Continent, or perhaps local people adopted a new way of life: what we do know is that these groups knew how to farm and how to make tools from metal.

Ever since these first settlers, people have come to live in Brent from near and far. The name Brent comes from a Celtic goddess, Brigantia. However, the earliest written record of the name is from the year 705 when the Anglo Saxons named a crossing of the river Breguntfort.