Two talks in September – and a month-long heritage festival
Although our own Talks programme doesn’t resume until October, there are two talks in September that we would like to draw to your attention.
On Sunday 15 September, Richmond Theatre is organising an evening event that celebrates its 120th anniversary. The event is open to the public, and is free except that online bookings will incur a booking fee. We have managed to secure 400 tickets, shared with The Richmond Society, which can be booked online without incurring a booking fee. Find out more.
On Monday 23 September one of our members, Derek Robinson, will be talking about his new book and the stories he has uncovered about the vicars and ministers of St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, since the 16th century. Copies of his book, The Vicars of Richmond, to be published by the Museum of Richmond, will be available at Derek’s talk, which is at St Mary Magdalene Church. Find out more.
Throughout September there will be a programme of talks, walks, workshops and films organised as part of the annual Richmond upon Thames Know Your Place heritage festival. Find out more.
You can now buy copies 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.
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.
Our 40th issue of Richmond History 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.
Coming up, we have:
- 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
- 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