Creation & Re-creation, Dr David Jacques 9 March 2021

Creation and Re-creation: 300 years at Chiswick, 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
Book a place on the Chiswick House & Gardens Trust website here

This is not a B&CLHS event but one which we feel sure our members would enjoy! The Chiswick House & Gardens Trust presents this online talk by a real expert on the gardens of Chiswick House.

Dr David Jacques has been involved with Chiswick House Gardens since 1982 when he undertook a survey and researched their history. Since then he has been the responsible Inspector at English Heritage, a consultant once more, and more recently a Trustee. David will explain in detail the innovative changes by Lord Burlington and William Kent, those by the 5th Duke of Devonshire and Duchess Georgiana from the 1780s, the restoration by the Ministry of Works in the 1950s, and the renewal of the gardens in the 2000s. He hopes to publish his definitive history of the Gardens later this year and, supported by Chiswick House Friends, is offering pre-publication subscriptions for the book at £30 a copy online.

The Walled Gardens at Chiswick House, Dr Sally Jeffery, 16 February 2021

This is not a B&CLHS event, but one that we think members will enjoy, promoted by the Chiswick House & Gardens Trust.

Dr Sally Jeffery’s interest in Chiswick House arose from research on Sir Stephen Fox’s 1680s garden, on which she published an article in Garden History in 2004 and another for our Journal 15 in 2006.

Sally was historian at the City of London and then helped to set up the Birkbeck (University of London) MA in Garden History. She now lectures on the MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research and is a Trustee of The Gardens Trust.

The 6th Duke of Devonshire, who then owned Chiswick House next door, bought the estate in 1812. He had Fox’s house demolished and built the conservatory (which now houses the camellia collection). Fox’s walled gardens survive today as the earliest part of Chiswick House grounds.

This event will take place over Zoom from 6.30pm, lasting about 30 mins, followed by time for questions. Joining details will be sent out to those who have booked an hour before the start. Book a place on Eventbrite here

The Mourning & Funeral of Sir John Maynard of Gunnersbury, James Wisdom, 15 February 2021

Sir John Maynard (1602-1690); University of Oxford;

The Mourning & Funeral of Sir John Maynard of Gunnersbury in 1690

This online talk takes place at 7.30pm on Monday, 15 February.

Using the steward’s notes of his expenditure on this major event, James Wisdom will reveal details of the elaborate arrangements made after Sir John Maynard’s death for official mourning at his Gunnersbury mansion and a heraldic funeral. This is an extended version of the illustrated talk given at the West London Local History Conference in November 2020. The speaker is Chairman of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum and Chairman of B&CLHS

To book a place at this Zoom talk, please email

Your details will be added to the list of participants and the Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event. We have 100 places available, so if your plans change and you won’t be attending, please let us know beforehand. Then, if we have a waiting list, we can re-allocate your place.

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