People, plans & plants: Capability Brown at Syon

portrait7.30pm, Monday 16 January 2017,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

An illustrated talk by Susan Darling, independent researcher and London Parks & Gardens Trust Co-ordinator for the Capability Brown 300th anniversary during 2016. The Syon estate bordered the parish of New Brentford along the River Brent and had a significant impact upon the local economy for centuries.

Christmas Meeting 2016

7.30pm, Monday 19 December 2016, at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

Our usual annual get-together for members and their guests. Drinks are on sale in the bar and modest contributions of seasonal food to share are welcome – this is now a tradition, and members ensure that the buffet table always ends up loaded with good things to eat!

Buy last-minute gifts – books and “Hogarth’s Roundabout” teatowels – from our  sales stall and join in our curious group quiz using objects as historical evidence!

Improving Chiswick 1858-1883

The Commissioners at their new sewage works, April 1879 (LB Hounslow Local Studies Collection)

7.30pm, Monday 21 November 2016,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

An illustrated talk by Tracey Logan on the Chiswick Improvement Commission, our first modern form of local government.

Her recent MRes in Historical Research has covered the story of a body born at a time of extraordinary local change then killed off by angry ratepayers.