David Blomfield 1934-2016

David at the 2015 Richmond May Fair

The Guardian has published an excellent obituary about our President, Dr David Blomfield, who died on 12 July.  Read The Guardian obituary and find out more about David.

A revised edition of Kew at War

Kew at War 1939-1945 coverOne of the last publications that our late President, David Blomfield, worked on was the third edition of our popular book on the history of Kew during the Second World War, published in May 2016.

Revised, and with a new title, Kew at War 19391945 by David Blomfield and Christopher May is now available at Kew Bookshop, at the Open Book in Richmond and from the Society’s online bookshopFind out more about the book.


What would you say to a free afternoon tea in Richmond Park and the chance to learn about the park’s history?

Pembroke LodgeOur talks programme resumes in October. As well as our monthly evening talks we have a special afternoon event on Sunday 20 November at Pembroke Lodge. It includes afternoon tea and it’s free to members of the Richmond Local History Society and their guests. That’s yet another reason to take out membership (£6 for the remaining months of 2016).

Coming up: minding your Ps in 2017

A01 TitleWe’ve almost finalised our 2017 programme, with talks on palaces, princesses, poverty, pubs, politics, playing sport and performing Shakespeare.

Find out about our forthcoming talks and See our complete calendar of all events

“The Tradesman’s Entrance to Richmond Palace”

Museum_of_Richmond_logoThe Museum of Richmond is looking for help in researching the houses and people who lived in Old Palace Lane, which runs from the Thames past Asgill House and the White Swan, along the former Richmond Palace wall to Richmond Green.

The story of the Lane, which begins in the medieval period, mirrors Richmond’s development over the centuries. This research will inform a Museum exhibition in 2017 that will illustrate, in microcosm, the growth of the town since its early beginnings. Find out more.

John Cloake Memorial Lecture will be on Six Tudor Queens

STQKAlison Weir is giving the rescheduled John Cloake Memorial Lecture at Richmond Old Town Hall on Thursday 29 September from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Her subject will be Six Tudor Queens: The Wives of Henry VIII.

kyp_logoThis is not a Richmond Local History Society event. It is organised by Richmond Local Studies and tickets are £10.00. To book, go to www.richmond.gov.uk/localstudies, or visit any of the libraries in Richmond upon Thames.

Capability Brown Study Day on 2 October

London Parks & Gardens Trust are holding a study day at Syon Park, Brentford, on Sunday 2 October. It’s about Capability Brown’s landscapes at Richmond and also at Braunschweig (Brunswick), which has its own Richmond Park. Find out more

What’s new

Have you noticed the lettering on the house on Lower Mortlake Road where it meets Kew Road at Richmond Circus? The two intertwined initials WS, dated 1853, are the monogram of William Selwyn the younger. The house is one of the few remaining relics of the Selwyn Estate which used to cover a considerable area of Richmond. You can now read more about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond.

Fairs and fetes

Ricmond Fair inside We enjoyed showing off our new publications, including the 2016 issue of our journal  Richmond History, at Richmond’s May Fair on 14 May and the Kew Midsummer Fete on 18 June.

Thank you to everyone who visited our stands and a warm welcome to the many new members who have joined us!


Our journal, Richmond History

Journal 37 cover (2)Former Richmond Council leader Sir David Williams writes in our latest Richmond History journal about the Liberal Party’s rise locally in the 1970s. And, in the same issue, Kingston University lecturer Dr Steven Woodbridge gives a history of the Richmond branch of the Junior Imperial League, a forerunner (between the First and Second World Wars) of the Young Conservatives. You can order it online, via PayPal, using a debit or credit card. Back copies of Richmond History still in print are also available to buy online.

Our free online index to articles in Richmond History covers all issues up to and including No. 36 (2015) and now includes a new author index.

You can now listen again to David Blomfield’s talk

You missed a real treat if you didn’t hear our late President, Dr David Blomfield, speak about the history of the Star and Garter Home at our meeting on 11 April. But you can now listen to his talk on our new Soundcloud page. This also has Murray Hedgcock’s talk on the history of local cricket and Q2 Players’ dramatised reading of extracts from Simon Fowler’s book Richmond At War 1939–1945.