Cricket on Ham Common in 1930

Our next talk is at Duke Street Church Richmond, on the local history of cricket

Monday 14 March 2016
Murray Hedgcock on BAT AND BALL IN RICHMOND: a history of local cricket

Ted Pooley (2)

Ted Pooley, who lived at No.22 Richmond Green where his father ran a small school, played for Richmond until he joined Surrey around 1860, became the finest wicketkeeper in the world – and, brought down by drink, died in the workhouse in 1907, aged 69. Until it was overtaken in 1995-96, he held a record set in 1868 of dismissing twelve batsmen in one match, playing for Surrey against Sussex at The Oval.

Richmond has a proud cricketing history which, perhaps not surprisingly, can be traced back to matches on Richmond Green. Some famous, and in one or two cases notorious, names have played, lived or been buried here, although it is curious that very few notable players were actually born in Richmond. And there has never been a first-class match played at Richmond: that honour belongs to neighbouring Barnes.

The town does have a special place in the literature of the game, as perhaps the most famous early poem about it was penned by the manager of Richmond Theatre in the 18th century. Kew and Ham also have their place in the records of Surrey cricket – before local government reorganisation in 1965 converted the borough into a Middlesex dormitory suburb, and cricket nursery. Today we regularly see Middlesex play 20/20 matches at Old Deer Park.

Journalist Murray Hedgcock left his native Australia for England in Coronation Year primarily to watch Lindsay Hassett’s tourists fight (unsuccessfully) for the Ashes. Two years in London consolidated his love of cricket, and after time back in Australia, he was posted to the London Bureau of the country’s biggest newspaper group in 1966, settling here on early retirement in 1991. An MCC member, he played with Sheen Park CC. He edited a study, Wodehouse at the Wicket, on the great English humourist’s love of cricket – and barracks always for the country of his birth.

Our talks programme for 2016 has now been finalised. Find out more and see our complete calendar of all events

Have you visited our online bookshop yet?

Our publications can now be ordered online via PayPal, using your debit or credit card. Find out more on our Bookshop page

Conference programme published

The programme for the 2016 West London Local History Conference, with the theme Children in West London History, has now been published. The conference will be held on Saturday 19 March at the University of West London. See the programme

Norman Radley 1921-2015

Norman Radley, Vice-President and former Chairman of the Society, died on 16 September, aged 94. His funeral, a celebration of his life,  was held on 9 October and his family would like to thank all of the Society’s members who came to it. Read more about Norman Radley and his contribution to our work.

The two Chairmen

This video is rather special as it includes two of our former Chairmen, David Blomfield and the late Norman Radley. As far as we know it was never broadcast. Did you take part in the “Richmond Protest” and do you recall which year it was?

Commemorating the “Belgian Village on the Thames”

The Soldiers' House on Richmond Hill was set up by workers and managers of the Pelabon Munitions Factory in Twickenham as a patriotic effort to provide for Belgian soldiers on leave

The Soldiers’ House on Richmond Hill was set up by workers and managers of the Pelabon Munitions Factory in Twickenham as a patriotic effort to provide for Belgian soldiers on leave

Twickenham and Richmond were home to one of the largest  Belgian refugee communities in the First World War. Its impact was so intense that it changed the face of our towns so much that on the continent we were known as the “Belgian Village on the Thames”.
The East Twickenham Centennial Group are hoping to commemorate this important piece of the Borough’s history in 2107. The plan is for a memorial which it is hoped will be unveiled by the Belgian Ambassador, backed up with a community pageant.

The East Twickenham Centennial Group are currently seeking funds for the memorial, which can’t be funded by public bodies.

To find out more about the project or to make a contribution, go to  their crowdfunding website or to their Facebook page.

Bringing Richmond’s experience of World War II to life

Q2 Players with Simon Fowler - web

Back row: Christopher Hodges, Simon Fowler (author) and Joan Rundle. Front row: Liz Smith, Cat Lamin, Anne Hardwick, Michael Daly, Juliet Daly

We’ve had lots of very positive comments about our event on Monday 12 October with the Kew-based amateur theatre group Q2 Players, who did a wonderful job in bringing Simon Fowler’s book Richmond at War 1939-1945 to life. We’re very pleased that Q2 Players seem to have enjoyed the experience too and we hope to find an other opportunity to work with them in the future. The evening was particularly challenging for Duke Street Church’s audio-visual expert Conrad Venn, who coped brilliantly with the additional demands we made on him. Alice Weleminsky-Smith, who also helped with the projection, took this photograph. See the cast list.

Richmond and the Second World War: a new book and an exhibition

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Bomb damage in Peldon Avenue. Photo courtesy of Richmond Local Studies Library and Archives

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, The Museum of Richmond has collaborated with the Richmond Local History Society to mount an exhibition on Richmond’s experience of the Second World War. The exhibition runs from 15 September 2015 until the end of February 2016.

It is accompanied by our new publication, Richmond at War 1939-1945, by Simon Fowler, which tells the story of life in the town during the Second World War. Find out more and buy a copy from our online bookshop

Read more from Simon about Richmond’s experience of WWII

The Richmond RoversIn The Know: The Society’s winning team

The Society’s team, Richmond Rovers, came top of the league at the borough-wide local history quiz on 2 September at Richmond’s Old Town Hall.  Find out more

 Who we are – and how we got here

All the Society’s officers and committee members are now listed on our website. We also have a new section on the website about the Society’s own history.

Our journal, Richmond History

Cover 2015The 36th issue of our annual journal, Richmond History – featuring, for the first time, a full-colour illustration on the cover – has been published.  Find out more

A free index to articles that have been published in Richmond History is now available online.  Find out more

From the Journal tab on our website menu you can also find out more about each issue of Richmond History from no 28 onwards.

Copies of Richmond History can also now be ordered online. You can pay using your debit or credit card or via PayPal. Find out more on our Bookshop page

Other resources linked to our website

Richmond Old Burial Ground

Richmond Old Burial Ground

The Museum tab on our website menu will take you to the Museum of Richmond website.

From the Resources tab you can also access Stephen Orr’s website The Vineyard, Richmond: An Online History and links to Richmond Poor Law Union application and report books held at Surrey History Centre, where over 103,000 names of people applying for poor relief in Richmond Poor Law Union between 1870 and 1912,  are now searchable, free of charge.

Richmond Old Burial Ground, close to Richmond Park, was first opened for burials in 1856. Most of the burials took place over the next 60 years. Over 1000 graves, recording the deaths of more than 2000 people, have been photographed and the inscriptions noted by a group of volunteers. A list has now been published on this website. Find out more