A guided walk in Kew, led by Robert Smith

Date(s) - Wednesday 3 May 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Join Robert Smith, Richmond Local Society Chairman, on a walk to some of the lesser known sights of Kew.

We won’t be anywhere near Kew Gardens. For most of the walk, Robert will take us to some places of interest on the other side of the railway, starting in an area that historically was part of the Manor of Mortlake, was absorbed by Richmond in 1890 and was known as North Sheen until 1965 when it became part of Kew.

The North Sheen moniker survives in North Sheen Bowling Club and North Sheen Recreation Ground, both of which we will pass on this walk. We will also take in Darell School, dating from 1906, the only state school in the borough that still operates from its original premises.

Our Lady of Loreto and St Winifride’s Church, Kew

Robert’s walk is similar to the one he guided for The Richmond Society in 2019 but on this occasion we have been unable to gain access to the Barn Church. However, we will be able to view the church from the outside, and a bonus this time is that we will have a rare glimpse of the interior of the Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of Loreto and St Winifride’s, in Leyborne Park (on the other side of the railway line).  We will then adjourn to the Kew Gardens Hotel on Sandycombe Road.

The walk starts at 7pm from the Sandycombe Road bus stop  (routes 190, 419 and R68). Confusingly, the bus stop is actually next to North Road, not Sandycombe Road) on the Lower Richmond Road (the A316). We will then walk down North Road and our first stop on that road is a former Salvation Army hall, one of three churches on the route.

To reserve a place on the walk, please contact Liz Velluet, rich.hist@yahoo.co.uk (020 8891 3825).