Richmond Local History Society: Exploring the history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham

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Temporary closure of the Local Studies Room at Richmond Old Town Hall

Jane Baxter, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ Heritage Manager, has advised us that unfortunately the Local Studies search room will be closed on some dates in June and in the first week of July due to a temporary shortage of staff. 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 now covers all issues up to and including No. 36 (2015).

You can now listen again to David Blomfield’s talk

You missed a real treat if you didn’t hear our 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.