East Twickenham Belgian Refugees Project

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 2017. 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  or to make a contribution, go to the project’s crowdfunding website or its Facebook page.