See our calendar of forthcoming events  and list of forthcoming talks

Our talk on Monday 9 March, with the Museum of Richmond, is on the social history of Queen’s Road

On 9 March,  in a joint event with the Museum of Richmond, Charles Pineles will speak on The social history of Queen’s Road, Richmond. Hear about the historic residents of Queen’s Road and what their lives can tell us about social change in the local area.

His talk is at Duke Street Church, Richmond, at 8pm; the doors open at 7:30pm. The talk is free to members of the Society or to Friends of the Museum: visitors will be invited to pay £4 on the door.

On Monday 20 April, Stephen Bartlett will explore the early history of Kew’s Lawn Crescent

1891 Ordnance Survey Map

In our talk on 20 April, Stephen Bartlett will explore The early history of Kew’s Lawn Crescent, an enclave of Kew that is remarkable even today for its distinctive appearance. Originally copyhold land of the Manor of Richmond, its history also sets it apart from the streets around it.

Who were its first residents and what was the lawn in the centre of the street intended for?

Society member and Kew resident Stephen Bartlett, who enthralled us in January 2019 with his talk about Royston House and the building of Victorian Kew, will tell us the street’s story.

Book now for the West London Local History Conference

The annual West London Local History Conference, co-organised by our own society and other local history societies in west London, is always a popular and well appreciated event. Speakers at this year’s conference, the 40th,  will consider the ways in which people in our area of South and West London have chosen to celebrate achievements and commemorate loss.

The conference takes place on Saturday 21 March at the University of West London’s Brentford campus, and tickets, £15 each, must be bought in advance: our secretary, Liz Velluet, will have tickets available at our talk on 9 March. Find out more

Catch up on our previous talks

Merlin’s Cave, a building that once stood in Kew Gardens

More than 100 people attended Susanne Groom’s talk to our Society in December 2019 on Kew Gardens’ lost buildings. You can now read reports of this and some of our other previous talks.

Looking ahead: our talks later in 2020 and in 2021

Klaus Fuchs

Mr Fezziwig’s Ball. Illustration by John Leech
from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, London 1843

Christmas Pudding (from Mrs Beeton’s The Book of Household Management, 1861).

  • On 13 December 2021, Simon Fowler and Sylvia Levi will tell us about Christmas food and drink in Richmond and will invite us to join them at the Society’s Christmas party for some mince pies, made to an 18th-century recipe.

Now available: books on Richmond’s vicars and on local street names

The latest addition to our online bookshop is Derek Robinson’s new book The Vicars of Richmond. The stories he has uncovered about the ministers of St Mary Magdalene, Richmond since the 16th century include two vicars ejected for their political views, another who inspired Gulliver’s Travels, and a pair of performing poodles, Mouton and Don. Published by the Museum of Richmond, copies are available from our online bookshop.

A fully revised edition of The Streets of Richmond and Kew is now available.

We are delighted to be able to reintroduce The Streets of Richmond and Kew to our publications list after a very long gap: the first edition was published in 1989 and the second in 1990. Many Society members, including the late David Blomfield, contributed to this new, third edition, which has 140 pages and includes a full colour map. Comprehensive and up to date, it describes how each of Richmond and Kew’s streets was named and their wider significance for our local area’s history

We’re right up Kew Village Market’s street!

The Kew Village Market stall at Kew Village Market is now stocking our book The Streets of Richmond and Kew. The market is held on the first Sunday of every month (except January) between 10 am and 2 pm, outside Kew Gardens Station.

You can also buy copies of our books at: The Kew Bookshop; Lloyds of Kew; The Museum of Richmond; The National Archives’ bookshop; The Open Book in King Street, Richmond; Richmond Local Studies and Archive; or, using a credit card or debit card, from our online bookshop.

Resources on Richmond’s history are at your fingertips

It is sometimes suggested that the “deer leap” or “freebord“, the strip of land immediately outside Richmond Park’s wall, was designed so that if a deer managed to escape its hunters and get beyond the deer leap, it was then free from capture. That’s unlikely, says Richmond Park historian Dr Robert Wood, in an article on this website’s Resources pages about the freebord’s history. Find out more.

Our Resources pages also include a piece by John Govett on Richmond’s Old Burial Ground and Stephen Orr’s timeline on Vineyard Passage Burial Ground.

You can also read about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond and the history of Richmond’s Congregational Church in The Vineyard.