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11:00am Friday 5th February 2010
DATES&DATA The Barnes and Mortlake History Society welcomes Mike Smith with Sir Richard Phillips’ A morning walk from London to Kew by Mike Smith. This talk will be held in the Methodist Hall, Station Road, at 2.30pm on Saturday February 7. Secretary Helen Deaton 020 8878 4071. Visitors welcome, £2.
11:20am Thursday 5th February 2009
11:17am Thursday 5th February 2009
Twickenham’s Bonnie Langford, the singer and dancer, was at the forefront of a demonstration at Twickenham junction to save St John’s cottage hospital in Amyand Park Road, threatened with closure. Hundreds of people signed a petition. From left to right, Toby Jessel MP for Twickenham, Miss Langford and Dr Alex Hall of St John’s Hospital. A meeting of St John’s health centre users group to be held at the health centre in Oak Lane was to discuss the implications of its closure. Mrs Pamela Rathbone chairman of the League of Friends braved the cold as a patient on a stretcher bed and comedian Roy Hudd did a stint later. Councillor John Waller thought there should be an alternative way of raising funds apart from closing the hospital and pointed out that the decision to close was against what the health minister Kenneth Clark had said about the need for beds. There was also a need for geriatric beds. Closure of the hospital affected the council’s finances as some people should be in hospital who were in council old people’s homes. It also increased the demand for home helps, he said.
11:13am Thursday 5th February 2009
Ten years ago February 1999 Ann Keen has been declared MP of the year by readers of a newspaper for homosexuals. The Brentford and Isleworth MP became a hero after pushing to lower the age of consent for gay men. She won admirers during her emotional reunion with the gay son she gave up for adoption as a young woman.
11:08am Thursday 5th February 2009
The splendid run of success of Richmond Lacrosse Club came to an abrupt end at the end of January 1984 when they went down to Hounslow, leaders of the London Premier League. Hounslow always seemed to have the edge and led 1-0 at half time, despite being reduced to ten men, one of their defenders being temporarily suspended. The visitors, niggled by some of the umpiring, were even sharper in the second half and took a 2-0 lead before Richmond were able to pull one back. It came when Ian Simpkins managed to scramble the ball across the line. A beautifully struck short corner by Hounslow closed the door on any Richmond revival and gave the league leaders a fine win on a sticky pitch. Richmond 1, Hounslow 3.
11:06am Thursday 5th February 2009
11:05am Thursday 5th February 2009
Top, the corner of Fauconberg Road and Sutton Court Road, circa 1900. The house half hidden by trees was Sutton Court, photographed not long before its demolition. Sutton Court was the manor house of one of the two Chiswick manors and one of the large mansions in the south part of Chiswick. It was a late 18th century house built on the site of an earlier house which had been home to Lady Mary Fauconberg, daughter of Oliver Cromwell. It was a boarding school run by Frederick Tappenden for part of the 19th century. Its last use was a temporary council offices while the town hall was being enlarged in 1900. The modern view shows the houses in Sutton Court Road and behind them the blocks of mansion flats called Sutton Court that were built in its grounds. From Then & Now Chiswick by Carolyn and Peter Hammond, published in 2003.
2:05pm Thursday 29th January 2009
This photograph of Pears Fountain and drinking fountain is taken from Andrea Cameron’s pictorial history, Hounslow - Isleworth, Heston & Cranford. The fountain was erected at the junction of London and Spring Grove Road, Isleworth in 1899 as a gift from Andrew Pears, owner of Pears Soap Works on the London Road. The photograph was taken in around 1935 and the fountain was removed in 1937 after Heston Fire Station, right in the modern picture, was built. The older view shows a telephone box in the background, right of the fountain, with two small children waiting outside, although there doesn’t seem to be anyone occupying the kiosk. A sign affixed to the lamp post pointing towards Hounslow, proclaims the electricity showroom.
2:06pm Thursday 29th January 2009
2:08pm Thursday 29th January 2009
DATES&DATA The Isleworth Society welcomes a talk by Peter and Carolyn Hammond on The changing face of Brentford at the next meeting, 7.30pm on Tuesday February 10 in Isleworth Public Hall, 7.30pm. Refreshments available. Members free, guests £2. All welcome. Chairman Mike Derham 020 8847 0459. The Isleworth Society’s DVD Isleworth Remembered is still available at £3.50.
2:10pm Thursday 29th January 2009
Ten years ago Rugby returned to Twickenham Green on Saturday after more than 100 years. An energetic round robin match between old boys Thamesians, Harlequin Gents and Scottish team Mar was cheered on by some 300 spectators.
3:58pm Tuesday 27th January 2009
This is an extract from Street Names of Chiswick, compiled by Winifred Heard and published in Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal 2, 1981. Miss Heard was for many years the reference librarian at Chiswick and was a founder member of the B&CLHS. Visit BrentfordandChiswickLHS.org.uk
3:51pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
Remember this dramatic image from ten years ago. Plans - which never got off the ground - were unveiled to build one of London’s tallest buildings in the heart of Chiswick. The futuristic office block would be called The Pinnacle and take four years and £75 million to build. The glass and steel structure would soar 141 metres above the Chiswick Roundabout, making it nearly as tall as the Telecom Tower. Developers London and Bath estates hoped to fill it with small and medium sized firms looking for their first base in the UK. Specs were: thirty storeys above ground level; accommodation for more than 1,000 workers; parking for 200 cars and a public viewing gallery and restaurant. Landscaped gardens and a large sculpture would complete the picture.
3:47pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
3:33pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
Brentford Watermans Arts Centre in January 1984 and now. Correspondent Michael Finnis then argued that giving Brentford’s Watermans Arts Centre a £600,000 facelift would be pointless if eyesores were left around the riverside facility. In his opinion, the “ever increasing number of rotting hulks and derelict barges covered in rubbish which are illegally moored along the length of the waterfront would be a much greater deterrent to any potential investor in Brentford than a pre fabricated McDonalds restaurant across the road”.
2:32pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
Facing a barrage of questions from concerned residents about the Richmond Riverside development scheme in January 1984 were left to right, Michael Honey, chief executive and town clerk, Tim Razzall, chairman of policy and resources committee, council leader David Williams and Michael Hebron, head of technical services.
2:33pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
hb week 4, 23/1/09 Ten years ago One of the borough’s largest employers is to sell its new £240 million headquarters and rent it back for £18 million a year. Pharmaceutical giant SmithKline Beecham is expected to announce the owner of the new offices on the Golden Mile in Brentford within weeks. The new owner will have to pay for the construction costs and then rent it to SB over 25 years. The proposed development on the 13 acre former Trico site is the size of seven football pitches and will house a 13 storey tower block and nearly 1,650 staff.
2:27pm Thursday 22nd January 2009
DATES&DATA Excavations at St. Martin-in-the-Fields is the subject of the first meeting of 2009 of the Hounslow and District History Society to be held at Montague Hall, Montague Road, Hounslow on Tuesday January 27 at 8pm. Secretary 020 8890 5078.
2:20pm Friday 16th January 2009
Pictured here is the view from Richmond Hill by Cropsey. Richard Thomas’ lecture on Richmond Hill: a place in art - visions of perfect harmony explores the story of paintings of the famous view and of their famous artists, such as Cropsey, Reynolds (who lived on the Hill at Wick House) and Turner. Richard Thomas is a freelance lecturer and artist, associated with the Tate for many years. He has also worked with education teams at the National Gallery, Christie's Modern Art Studies and Sotheby's Institute. This will be a rare opportunity for those who missed - and those who wish to hear again - his sell-out talk on the subject at the Petersham Festival. The evening is organised by the Richmond Local History Society at Duke Street Baptist Church, Richmond. Visitors welcome £1. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm on Monday January 12. Secretary Elizabeth Velluet 020 8891 3825. Visit hhtp:// richmondhistory.org.uk The Stag Brewery - due to close next year - has a fascinating history, and its life and times in the last century are spelled out in the book Hand in Hand – Watney’s Mortlake World. Compiled by Murray Hedgcock from the archives of the company magazine, this is published by the Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Copies are available through the society website - http://www.barnes-history.org.uk/ The next Barnes and Mortlake History Society lectures begin at 8pm on Thursday January 15 at the Sheen Lane Centre, 74 Sheen Lane, East Sheen. Secretary Helen Deaton 020 8878 4071. Visitors welcome £2. James Wisdom will relate The history of fishing in Chiswick. The West Middlesex Family History Society meets in the Montague Hall, Montague Road, Hounslow, 7.15pm open, talk at 8pm. Free. Society membership and further information Yvonne Masson, 65 St Margarets Grove, Twickenham. TW1 1JF or visit www.west-middlesex-fhs.org.uk Meetings include talks on aspects of family or local history. In addition, many of the society's resources and indexes are normally available for consultation from about 7.15 pm. Thursday January 15: Sex and Love in Shakespeare and the Jacobeans by Peter Storfer. Brentford and Chiswick History Society, 020 8994 4231, talks take place on the third Monday of the month at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Afton House, Bourne Place, Chiswick starting at 7.30pm. Remember that Afton House does not open until 7pm. If you wish to become a member, come along to one of the meetings or send a cheque for £9 made payable to Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society to membership secretary, 12 Brook Road South, Brentford TW8 0NN. Also enclose your name, address and phone number. Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society.
4:41pm Thursday 15th January 2009
4:43pm Thursday 15th January 2009
Bully off...Isleworth and Syon School hockey team, left to right, Rohan Mohindra, 14, Amik Sakhey, 13, Tom Painter, 13, Ben Thomas, 13, Gavinder Gill, 13, Peter Stone, 13, Henry Huynh, 14, Navin Mann, 13, James Rhodes, 13, Mo Bhatti, 13 and James Woodcock, 13. A former professional footballer, government ministers and a television company were all backing Isleworth And Syon School’s bid to gain Sport College status. BSkB sports commentator and former Scotland International Andy Gray, Brentford and Isleworth MP Ann Keen and Tessa Jowell, Minister for Public Health all voiced their support to headteacher Richard Weeks, himself a former PE teacher.
4:45pm Thursday 15th January 2009
By 1909, The Chiswick Times was featuring the occasional photograph and line drawing illustrations were becoming common. These two portraits were submitted to accompany a report of The Wedding of the Week, subtitled: A pretty ceremony, when the account was published in the issue of January 15, 1909....
4:34pm Thursday 15th January 2009
Seal pups appeared in the Richmond reach of the Thames. Sarah Credland seen sitting on the deckhouse with a friend on her converted Dutch barge at 4a Ducks Walk on the Twickenham side, was one of the first people to report sightings around the Flower Pot Islands opposite Askew House on Sunday. Port of London Authority staff who can identify individual adult seals by their markings, report that pups have rarely if ever, been seen before. Local riverman Ron Moore who has spent 26 years on the Thames, said the seals had a very good chance of survival. “They’ve never had to much fish in all their lives”, he said. “It’s the poor anglers you ought to worry about”. Dr Brian Bertram, curator of mammals at London Zoo, welcoming their appearance told the Times: “The greater variety of wildlife we can see, the better”. He said seals include predators such as pike in their total catch and should not go hungry.
4:39pm Thursday 15th January 2009
Ten years ago Shoppers braving the January sales showed their anti-European colours with a call to keep Britain out of the European Monetary Union. More than 200 passers-by signed a petition put out by the newly formed Democracy Movement on Richmond’s George Street.
4:28pm Thursday 15th January 2009
2:20pm Friday 9th January 2009
4:32pm Thursday 8th January 2009
4:37pm Thursday 8th January 2009
4:41pm Thursday 8th January 2009
The pictures are courtesy of Isleworth Remembered - photographs on a DVD, made with the help of Lampton School, which were selected from the Isleworth Remembered exhibition staged by the Isleworth Society in September 2003. The book, Isleworth Remembered - Memories of life in a riverside London villa 1900-2003 was published in the same year. www.isleworthsociety.ik.com/ Can readers help the Isleworth Society with information on this photograph? The staff of Isleworth Brewery are pictured before an outing outside a Watney Reid pub. Note their buttonholes and almost everyone is wearing a hat. Where was the photograph taken and when?
4:31pm Thursday 8th January 2009
As guest speaker for the Borough of Twickenham Local History Society’s annual Alan Urwin Memorial Lecture, author Tracey Borman rammed home the axiom that fact is stranger than fiction on the subject of local society girl, Henrietta Howard.
10:55am Friday 2nd January 2009
Vb>Emily Evans Bell with her travel diary after return from the Grand Tour; portrait by Ludovici RA, 1867 (courtesy Irene Cockroft). In the painting, Emily wears her long, dark hair loose as she must have worn it when travelling. As she was travelling with her husband, loose hair would have been socially acceptable. Had she been travelling unaccompanied, loose hair might be taken to signify loose morals. In an early photograph of Emily, her hair is worn in a profusion of long curls impossible to achieve without the services of a skilled lady’s maid.
10:52am Friday 2nd January 2009
A bit of a cheat on our part because they are two different buildings. Pictured top is Hampton Station Infants School in 1956. Erected in 1874 in Station Road on a site now occupied by Rushbury Court flats, it lay between the Railway Hotel and Falkner’s business which sold gardening materials and plants. By 1965 the inadequacies of the Victorian property prompted the planning of a new school, hastened by publication by 1962 Ministry of Education figures showing an expected national increase of 21 per cent of children aged five and six between 1963 and 1970.
10:51am Friday 2nd January 2009
Junction of Brentford High Street with Ealing Road, looking west in 1961 and showing the old Red Lion pub on the corner. There has been a Red Lion in Old Brentford since at least the 1660s, presumably on this site. The pub was rebuilt in 1907 and demolished in 1970. The old name for Ealing Road was Drum Lane as there had been a pub on the east side of the junction called the Drum Inn since at least 1722. It had been demolished in 1921 for an earlier road widening exercise. Up to the 1960s shops and houses lined the High Street right up to the junction with Ealing Road but the council was pursing its policy of opening up the area, and when this photograph was taken there were already plans for widening the road and improving the road junction. The modern view shows Osier Court, built in the late 1980s on the west side of the junction and the McDonald’s fast food outlet on the east side which replaced the modern Red Lion pub. From Carolyn and Peter Hammond’s 2006 book Then & Now Brentford.
1:52pm Thursday 18th December 2008
This summer, the parish magazine for All Saints’ Church, Isleworth reached its 500th issue. For many years Sundial was produced by Ken and Helen Cooper, and a bench in their memory was donated by their children and placed near the church sundial, overlooking the riverside scene.
1:50pm Thursday 18th December 2008
The coming months will be eventful at Osterley Park and House, as a two year project to revitalise the house comes to fruition. To that end, a volunteer team is being recruited to help ensure all visitors enjoy their day.
1:47pm Thursday 18th December 2008
1:42pm Thursday 18th December 2008
Garth Groombridge photographed scenes about 30 years ago, concentrating on buildings due for demolition. His book Teddington, Twickenham & the Hamptons Past & Present provides a contrast with today’s view. Above, part of the old Red Lion Hotel pub and restaurant in High Street, Hampton. The adjacent number 3 was originally a motor and cycle works and later tyre storage premises from 1897 until 1962. Here it stands mid demolition in around 1981. Station Road is on the right. When this photograph was taken below the Red Lion had been converted and was occupied by a marketing company. No 3 is Heron Court built in 1982.
3:50pm Thursday 4th December 2008
3:46pm Thursday 4th December 2008
From The Illustrated London News, February 3, 1849, courtesy of Bryan Woodriff: ‘This holiday railway is now completed and was opened for traffic on Thursday. It is but a mile and a half in length and branches from off the South-Western line, thirteen miles from the metropolis or a mile beyond the Kingston station. It consists nearly of one continuous line of embankment, eighteen feet in height, graduating from the main line until it crosses the river Mole and reaches level ground close to the foot of Hampton Bridge. Our view shows the Hampton station a not unpicturesque structure in the old English style of deep red brick with stone dressings. Thence across the bridge to the palace is less than five minutes’ walk; so that notwithstanding several stoppages you may reach Hampton Court from the Waterloo station in less than three quarters of an hour. This new branch is expected to be a lucrative addition to the main line, since it appears from the government returns, that 178,000 persons annually visit Hampton Court Palace. There are to be five trains a day from the Waterloo Station and an equal number back, including one parliamentary or penny a mile train. Apart from this convenience, the scenery of this short branch has some fine bits of landscape with occasional glimpses of the river and the massive palace. Hence we have speed and the enjoyment of pleasing country combined in this new accommodation.’
3:43pm Thursday 4th December 2008
Tea drinking has a 5,000 year history and one myth places the discovery to an incredibly precise date - 2737BC, with its inventor named as the Emperor Shen Nung. But the true history of tea is even more amazing. Keith Hathaway, member and volunteer guide of the Marble Hill Society, took members through the stages of development in China until tea drinking was encountered by Europeans and adopted in the 17th century. During his afternoon talk in the Great Room of Marble Hill, entitled The Exquisite Taste for Tea, Keith said, however, the British were slow to embrace their national drink. The Dutch had been tea addicts for 50 years before it came to England in 1657. But then Charles II's court enthused over it. Tea drinking spread through coffee houses, which were male preserves. Subsequently it spread to pleasure gardens such as Vauxhall and Ranelagh where all classes and sexes mingled quite freely and who adopted the elegant enthusiasms of the wealthy elite. One of those 18th century enthusiasms was drinking tea after a hard night's entertainment. It was the 18th century equivalent of clubbing.
3:42pm Thursday 4th December 2008
Garth Groombridge, author of Teddington, Twickenham and the Hamptons - Past and Present, writes: “My cousins and nieces and I are attempting to research our family tree, and we have started collating old family photos. “And the picture above is from the collection I inherited from my mother.
4:10pm Thursday 27th November 2008
THE MARBLE HILL SOCIETY “The Exquisite Taste for Tea” On Sunday 2nd November, Keith Hathaway a member and volunteer guide of the Marble Hill Society gave an afternoon talk in the Great Room of Marble Hill entitled "The Exquisite Taste for Tea" to the society. Keith explained that tea drinking has a 5000 year history and that one myth placed the discovery to an incredibly precise date - 2737BC, with a named individual as its inventor - the Emperor Shen Nung. But the true history of tea is even more amazing than the myths. Keith took the society through the stages of development in China until tea drinking was encountered by Europeans and adopted in the 17th century. However the British were slow to embrace their national drink. The Dutch had been tea addicts for 50 years before it came to England in 1657. But then Charles II's court enthused over it. Tea drinking spread through coffee houses, which were male preserves. Subsequently it spread to the pleasure gardens such as Vauxhall and Ranelagh where all classes and sexes mingled quite freely and who adopted the elegant enthusiasms of the wealthy elite. One of those 18th century enthusiasms was drinking tea after a hard night's entertainment. It was the 18th century equivalent to “clubbing.” Yet it was not without its dangers, as high prices and even higher taxation encouraged smuggling and adulteration. Having explained the history, Keith went on to explore the British "tea ceremony". Building on a series of images taken from 18th Century paintings he was able to illustrate many of the aspects of tea etiquette and customs in the eighteenth century. He explored images showing how the exquisite taste for tea was enjoyed not only by the very rich but also by the very poorest members of society. After the talk the members were able to enjoy an excellent tea including cakes made from Georgian recipes made by members of the society and also an opportunity to taste green and black teas popular in the Georgian era.
4:04pm Thursday 27th November 2008
A conversation about the old gunpowder mills, now Crane Park, with 87 year old Mrs Margery Pfeffer produced the photocopy, right, of a painting made in 1929 by Margery’s childhood friend, 12 year old Doris Brannan, showing the gate keeper’s house.
3:46pm Thursday 27th November 2008
2:31pm Thursday 27th November 2008
A brass plaque on the back of a seat which has been installed in Edensor Gardens, Chiswick, reads "From the local residents to the local residents". The seat, which cost £160, was ceremoniously ‘unveiled’ by Conservative councillor Jo Langton when she cut a white ribbon. The money was raised by people living on the estate from raffle ticket sales. Said Mrs Dee Page one of the organisers: "We are hoping to raise enough money for another seat, as well as a Christmas party. Many old people live around here and appreciate somewhere to rest for a few minutes". She added: "Hounslow council were very helpful and arranged to instal the seat". One of the residents' dogs Sam is seen on the right adding his voice of appreciation.
2:30pm Thursday 27th November 2008
2:48pm Friday 21st November 2008
2:46pm Friday 21st November 2008
National Tree Week will be launched in Chiswick by actress Susan Hampshire, this paper announced in November 1983. The tree council selected Eastbury Grove, a small street on the Glebe Estate as one of London's two national launch pads for the week. Residents of Eastbury Grove sponsored the planting of 13 hawthorn trees through a special scheme introduced by Houslow council. From there the scheme took off. David Bellamy the Conservation Foundation and the Tree Council all offered active encouragement and support. Chiswick Wildlife Group also contributed about 100 trees on the Gunnersbury roundabout.
2:43pm Friday 21st November 2008
Many women are "technologically illiterate" according to Sister Christina, the headmistress of St Catherine's, Twickenham 25 years ago. "They are so often cut off from courses and jobs requiring technical or scientific qualifications, she pointed out. But in her report at the annual speech day at the end of October 1983 Sister Christina said that the girls at St Catherine's were certainly not at a disadvantage. Not only did the school offer the usual sciences of physics, chemistry and biology but had introduced a micro electronics course and opened a computer room, thanks to the generosity of the parents and school Friends. At prizegiving time, four girls were awarded burseries, Sarah Cooper, Clare Jenkins, Margaret-Mary Kane and Romy Summerskill. Among other prizewinners, pictured above, were Michelle Bladon, Nicole Everett, Mary Duffy, Rebecca Wheatley, Kate Rawley, Clare Lees, Julia Pearson, Fiona Gibson, Teresa Pyke, Finola Donovan, Katherine Cook, Mary James, Victoria Saunders, Wanda Walker, Leslie Garland, Laura Pavely and Marinella Soldi.
2:38pm Friday 21st November 2008
Lt Col J W Molyneux-Child, lord of the Surrey manors of Dedswell and Papworth in the hundred of Woking and the parish of Send, gave the Barnes and Mortlake History Society an account of the origins of manors, and how he has revived the old customs to raise money for charity.