Local historian, Wesley Henderson-Roe, wins national award for his article Chiswick High Road

Wes Henderson-Roe

The Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society is absolutely delighted that one of its members, Wesley Henderson-Roe, has won a national award for his article, Chiswick High Road – a retail revelation, which we published in Journal 30 (2021). Wesley was surprised and delighted by the news – it is a tremendous achievement.

The article compares two surveys of Chiswick High Road – one in 1936 and one in 2020. Wesley shows how shopping has changed in the 84 years and what this means for such an essential part of Chiswick’s life.

The award was made by The British Association for Local History (BALH) and announced at their recent Local History Day. Wesley’s article was selected from more than 300 articles from all over the UK, published in the local history society journals and transactions sent to the BALH’s magazine, The Local Historian, during 2021. It is one of their Research and Publication Awards.

Wesley grew up in Chiswick and has come to local history research after a career in teaching and the theatre; he was Head of the famous local Corona Stage School for a time. The article was inspired by his father William Roe, the Society’s Vice-Chairman for many years. William went to work as office junior for Tyser Greenwood at the age of 14 in 1934; after his death, Wesley found amongst his papers the 1936 survey of shops on Chiswick High Road and used it as a base for his own survey in 2020.

James Wisdom, the B&CLHS Chairman, commented, “The Society is very proud of our Journal and of the local historians who contribute its rich content. We are very pleased indeed for Wesley and delighted to have been able to publish this award-winning article. Even more, we are thrilled to have had Awards for articles in two successive Journals.”

Copies of Journal 30 can be purchased online on the bookshop page

150th anniversary talk for St Paul’s, Grove Park, 6.30pm 17 June

James Wisdom and Val Bott from the Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society will give an illustrated talk as part of a programme of special events marking 150 years since the foundation of St Paul’s Church.

They will describe the new parish, which took in both Strand on the Green and the Grove Park Estate, and the involvement of  William, the 7th Duke of Devonshire, who owned more than half of Chiswick at that date. The talk will look at fund-raising and building the church, its clergy, and the way the parish community and the congregation have changed since 1872.

The talk will be given online; if you would like to join in, please book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/we-are-150-festival-st-pauls-church-grove-park-406219

AGM & talk on the “Hartington Park Estate”, 16 May 2022

This will be an online meeting starting at 7.30pm.

The business meeting will review the year and receive the financial report.The AGM is open to everyone, but only members of the society may vote.

It will be followed by a short talk on The Hartington Park Estate, in which Val Bott will share her recent study of a row of eleven 1890s houses in Hartington Road, Chiswick, and their past residents. We expect to be able to start the talk at about 8pm.

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