Talk by Dr Simon Targett on Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, and his connections with Richmond

Date(s) - Monday 8 November 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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Portrait of Sir Robert Walpole by J T Heinz; Norwich Civic Portrait Collection

** This talk will be in the Fellowship Hall at Duke Street Church. The church’s main auditorium, where we usually meet, is currently undergoing renovations so we’ll be at the back of the building, on the lower ground floor (accessed through the church’s car park on Quadrant Road). Admission is free to Richmond Local History Society members (£12 per annum), or £4 on the door. We plan to record the talk and will then post it on the society’s YouTube channel.

2021 is the 300th anniversary year of Sir Robert Walpole becoming Britain’s first, and also its longest-serving, Prime Minister. Simon Targett looks at Walpole’s career and his connections with our local area, including Richmond Park.

Dr Simon Targett

Dr Simon Targett, a former Financial Times journalist, lives in St Margarets and is a committee member of the Richmond Local History Society. He gave a very well received talk to the Society in October 2019 on Richmond and Mortlake’s part in the founding of America and the launching of the British Empire. His book, New World Inc: How English Merchants Founded America and Launched The British Empire, co-authored wth American business writer John Butman, was published in 2018 by Atlantic Books. It tells the story of how England’s merchant adventurers founded America before the Pilgrims.