Our next talk is on Monday 10 February
On 10 February, in a joint event with The Kew Society, Martin Stilwell will tell us about The industrialisation of Kew and North Richmond in the First World War. His talk is at Duke Street Church, Richmond, at 8pm; the doors open at 7:30pm
We are very sorry to announce that Len Chave passed away on 17 January at Lynde House Nursing Home. Len made a very significant contribution to the Richmond Local History Society and was actively involved with its publications work. He retired after 45 years in book publishing and printing and in 1994 became the production advisor to David Blomfield, the new editor of Richmond History. Len continued to be involved with the Society’s journal and its publications sub-committee and regularly produced detailed sales analyses.
Len was also a regular contributor to Richmond History up to 2014, and wrote Ham & Petersham in Wartime with Michael Lee, conceived and edited Ham & Petersham at 2000 and completed and edited Evelyn Pritchard’s Guide to the Street Names of Ham & Petersham.
Len was a lovely man who gave so much to our Society. We are very grateful for his contribution to our work.
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 talks. Find out more
Catch up on our previous talks
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 in 2020 and 2021
Coming up we have:
- On 9 March 2020 (a joint event with the Museum of Richmond), Charles Pineles will speak about The social history of Queen’s Road, Richmond
- On 20 April 2020, Stephen Bartlett will explore The early history of Kew’s Lawn Crescent
- There is no talk in May but on 1 June 2020, after our Annual General Meeting, Johanna Coombes will give an illustrated talk on Artists and paintings in Richmond, Twickenham and Kew
- On 14 September 2020, Simon Fowler will tell us about Richmond and town twinning
- On 12 October 2020, Mark Dunton will be On the trail of Klaus Fuchs, atomic spy and will reveal a fascinating local connection with Kew
- The speaker and topic for our talk on 9 November 2020 have yet to be announced
- On 14 December 2020, George Goodwin will explore Christmas traditions, with reference to Richmond and Kew
- On 11 January 2021, Dr Simon Targett will talk about Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, and his connections with Richmond
- On 8 February 2021, Dr Caroline Withall will give another talk to the Society (topic to be announced)
- On 13 September 2021, Melanie Backe-Hansen will talk about Tracing the history of your house
- 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.
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.
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.
Find out more about our 40th issue of Richmond 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.
You can also read about the Selwyn family and the development of Richmond and the history of Richmond’s Congregational Church in The Vineyard.