Our coach trip on Monday 24 June is to a fascinating Tudor mansion surrounded by a water-filled moat
Michelham Priory in East Sussex is a fascinating Tudor mansion surrounded by England’s longest medieval water-filled moat. Set in seven acres of beautiful grounds (including kitchen, physic and herb gardens), its history covers some 800 years from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries, to its later life as a private country house and use as a base for Canadian troops in World War II preparing for the Dieppe raid.
As well as a guided tour of the house, we can explore outside features including the medieval watermill, hisoric forge, replica Bronze Age roundhouse, rope museum and magnificent Great Barn. There is also a cafe (well reviewed on Trip Adviser!) providing hot and cold food and drinks, with indoor and outdoor seating.
The cost per person is £21-£29 (see application form for details).
Richmond History 40 is now available from our online bookshop
- The Kew Bookshop
- The Museum of Richmond
- The National Archives’ bookshop
- The Open Book in King Street, Richmond
- Richmond Local Studies and Archive
- using a credit card or debit card, from our online bookshop.
This, our 40th issue, covers three centuries and has articles on:
- Petersham’s General Gordon Forbes
- the Roberts family of Cardigan House on Richmond Hill
- the role of Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club in the First World War
- the history of the long-demolished Sheen Lodge in Richmond Park
- historic seats in Kew Gardens
- early performances at Richmond Theatre, which this year celebrates its 120th anniversary
- the rise of the local branch of the Left Book Club during the 1930s
- the almost forgotten Grove Road Gardens
- memories of the Ivy menswear shop on Hill Rise, Richmond.
Save the (revised) dates
The dates of our talks in September and October have changed. The Richmond Theatre event is now one week earlier, on Sunday 15 September, and Dr Simon Targett’s talk on the founding of America is one week later than previously advertised, on Monday 21 October.
Our new publication, a fully revised edition of The Streets of Richmond and Kew, is available at £10 in local bookshops – The Open Book in King Street, Richmond, the Museum of Richmond, The National Archives’ bookshop, Kew Bookshop and Lloyds of Kew Bookshop It can now also be bought from our online bookshop.
We are delighted to be able to reintroduce the book 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.
Coming up, we have:
- in September, a special Sunday evening event at Richmond Theatre, celebrating its 120th anniversary. Please note that this is now a Richmond Theatre event and has been rearranged for Sunday 15 September
- in October, Dr Simon Targett on Richmond and Mortlake’s part in the founding of America and the launching of the British Empire (this will be our first ever joint event with the Barnes and Mortlake History Society) Please note that this event will now be on Monday 21 October
- in November, Dr Caroline Withall on The forgotten boys of the sea: Marine Society merchant sea apprentices, 1772-1873
- in December, Susanne Groom on The Lost Buildings of Kew
Looking further ahead, we have:
- in January 2020, Paul Velluet on The 800th anniversary of St Mary Magdalene’s: aspects of the history and development of Richmond’s historic parish church
- in February 2020 (a joint event with The Kew Society), Martin Stilwell on The industrialisation of Kew and North Richmond in the First World War
Reports of previous talks
The Victorian burial plot – from graveyard to garden
On our Resources pages, Peter Flower, archivist at the Vineyard Church in Richmond, tells us of recent discoveries in the Victorian burial plot, which is now a garden. One of the graves discovered is that of the Revd Henry Martin, the church’s remarkable first pastor, who died in 1844 aged only 36. Find out more
You can also read about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond.
Oh deer, another Richmond Park myth…
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 Robert Wood, in an article about the freebord’s history. Find out more and see a timeline on Richmond Park