The Small Mansion at Gunnersbury Park & some of its residents

Small Mansion Gunnersbury 201416 March 2015, 7.30pm, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4

an illustrated talk by David Bush on one of the two mansions erected in 1802 when the Gunnersbury estate was sold off for building. David has an MA in Local History from Kingston University and he is  Membership Secretary of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum  with whom we have arranged this joint event.

The Garden of Hogarth’s House, past, present and future

Watercolour sketch, 1913, by Jessie MacGregor

Watercolour sketch, 1913, by Jessie MacGregor

7.30pm, Monday 16 February 2015,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4

an illustrated talk by Val Bott, Chairman of the William Hogarth Trust. As part of her work on the refurbishment of Hogarth’s House, she has researched the garden from its origin in the 1680s. She is now advising on its refurbishment and has helped to develop a scheme which is the subject of a current application for Lottery funding.

The Syon Abbey Herbal

syon abbey herbal7.30pm, Monday 19 January 2014, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4

an illustrated talk by John Adams of Syon Abbey Research Associates close to the 600th anniversary of the founding of Syon Abbey in February 1415 by Henry V. Unusually, its 60 sisters and 25 brothers were under the rule of an Abbess. The Herbal was written by Thomas Betson, the Abbey’s last-known librarian, with 700 plant entries and 400 remedies, some of them lethal!

Copies of John’s new book on the Herbal will be on sale at the special price of £30.

please note the date of the talk – the wrong date was included in error in the programme which was mailed to members.