Richmond History, our annual journal, has colour illustrations for the first time: 20 of its 98 pages are in colour. It’s priced at £7 and is available from our own online bookshop, postage free (if you live in the UK). There’s a discount of £2 for members: please see the link below.
What’s in this issue:
- early street names in Richmond
- anti-alien agitation in Richmond in 1918
- two prominent families in Ham and Petersham who were linked by marriage and had royal connections
- the architecture of St Anne’s Church, Kew
- a momentous conversation in Richmond Palace between Elizabeth I and Francis Drake; and
- Isador Caplan’s Richmond Hill Committee.
Following on from his talk to the Society in February 2020, Martin Stilwell describes Kew and North Richmond’s industrialisation in the First World War, and Robert Wood has written up his very well received talk last year about Richmond’s first balloon flight. Although Stephen Bartlett’s talk on Lawn Crescent, Kew, has been postponed, he has a piece in this issue about the street’s history and its early residents.
Ron Berryman writes in this issue about a founding member of the Richmond Society. Isador Caplan lived on Richmond Hill and chaired the Society’s Architectural subcommittee; he was also the Richmond Parish Land Charity’s first chairman.
On learning that the then owner of what is now The Petersham Hotel was proposing to replace it with an 18-storey point block tower, Isador Caplan set up the Richmond Hill Committee, which became an amenity group within the Richmond Society, with the actor John Mills as president. It opposed the hotel’s plans, which were later withdrawn. It also scrutinised, and had some success in modifying, proposals for development of other hotels on Richmond Hill.
Ron says “Isador Caplan’s … legacy relies largely on a struggle to limit, due to commercial expansion, the consequential loss of green open space on Richmond Hill. In a last committee agenda, he imparts the adage ‘the price of amenity is eternal vigilance’. There is so much to admire him for.”
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