Christmas Meeting 2014

15 December 2014, 7.30pm, Chiswick Memorial Club, Afton House, London W4

All members are welcome at our usual sociable get-together. Small contributions of seasonal food to share will be very welcome as always, while drinks will be on sale in the bar. Our book stall offers a chance for last-minute present buying (including new Hogarth’s House merchandise) and there will be a special local history quiz.

1642 Battlefield walk, Sunday 16 November 2014

Society members and local history enthusiasts will be pleased to know that a commemorative walk will take place this coming Sunday.

Simon Marsh of the Battlefields Trust’s London & South East Chapter will lead an exploration of the key sites of the battles of Brentford and Turnham Green which took place over two days in November 1642. It is an amazing story and Simon will explain how the citizens of London rallied to the Parliamentarian cause and halted the Royalist advance on London in the autumn of 1642.

Put on comfortable walking shoes and meet at Brentford Magistrates’ Court TW8 8EN, in the Market Place, at 10.30am for the Battle of Brentford, then after lunch, meet again at Chiswick Park Underground Station at 2pm.

For further information contact Simon on 01844 274112

The Society worked with the Battlefields Trust to create a trail and 6 information panels so that you can explore the battlefields yourself. The trail leaflet and the information panels can be found on the Trust’s website here.

A Chiswick House Inventory of 1811

the 6th Duke of Devonshire

the 6th Duke of Devonshire (National Trust)

7.30pm, Monday 17 November 2014, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4

An illustrated talk by Carolyn & Peter Hammond, authors of Life in an Eighteenth Century Country House (the Morice letters).

When the sixth Duke of Devonshire inherited Chiswick House in 1811 he commissioned an inventory of its contents. This talk uses the details in the inventory to reconstruct the house as the home of the Duke, his guests and his servants.