David Blomfield 1934-2016
A revised edition of Kew at War
Revised, and with a new title, Kew at War 1939–1945 by David Blomfield and Christopher May is now available at Kew Bookshop, at the Open Book in Richmond and from the Society’s online bookshop. Find 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?
Our 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).
Closure of Richmond upon Thames’ Local Studies search room
Jane Baxter, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Heritage Manager, has advised us that due to a temporary shortage of staff the Local Studies search room at Richmond’s OId Town Hall is closed from Tuesday 9 to Friday 26 August.
Coming up: minding your Ps in 2017
“The Tradesman’s Entrance to Richmond Palace”
The 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
Alison 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.
This 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
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
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
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.