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

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

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 at Richmond’s May Fair on 14 May, including the 2016 issue of Richmond History. Thank you to everyone who visited our stand. We look forward to seeing you at the Kew Midsummer Fete on Saturday 18 June.

Our journal, Richmond History

Journal 37 cover (2)Richmond History No. 37 has now been published. You can order it online, via PayPal, using a debit or credit card. Back copies 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.