Clandon Park and the Onslow Family is the subject of the next meeting of the Hounslow and District History Society to be held at Montague Hall, Montague Road, Hounslow on Tuesday November 25 at 8pm. The lecturer is June Davey, a historian, steward and official speaker of Clandon Park, Surrey. The illustrated talk will cover the origins of the family in the Tudor Times. The first speaker of the House of Commons was Sir Richard Onslow who bought the Clandon Estate in 1641. There have been three speakers from the family, whose links are maintained as the current 7th Earl plays an active part in the House of Lords, being one of the elected peers. He and Clandon featured in the recent programme on John Prescott MP. The 4th Earl was a governor of New Zealand and one of the only two Maori Meeting Houses outside that country is in the grounds. The house itself is Anglo-Palladian with one of the finest marble halls in Britain. Mrs Hannah Gubbay donated to Clandon the largest collection of Meissen porcelain outside Germany. Mrs Davey has a wealth of knowledge to share, enticing us to visit this National Trust property which still has very strong links with the Onslow Family. The meeting is open to everyone. Further information from Liz Mammatt 020 8831 9879.

In the 80th anniversary year since women won the vote, women make up just 20 per cent of the House of Commons says the Electoral Reform Society. What was life like within our circulation area? Are you old enough to have been affected by women’s suffrage? What are your memories? Or do you have accounts of relatives and friends who became involved in the movement.

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