“To Materially Improve His Mission . . .” 13 February 2020


To materially improve his mission’ – Revd Dale’s benefice & Chiswick’s mid-Victorian working class Glebe Estate (1866-1893)

at St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Chiswick, doors open 6.30pm, refreshments available, talk at 7pm, admission £10, £7 concessions, free to Friends of St Nicholas

This talk by 2 of our members, Tracey Logan and Richard Szwagrzak, and has been organised by the Friends. They will share their research linking the architect of Brentford’s Italianate water tower, leading Victorian water engineers, and a founder-member of Reckitt’s starch dynasty, with a cash-strapped ritualist Vicar of Chiswick, Reverend Lawford William Torriano Dale, as he sought to fund his mission to the poor. His 21-acre market garden was transformed into terraces fit for Chiswick’s aspirational artisans. Today original architectural features – coloured and patterned brickwork, ornate porches, classical figurines and decorative plaster – provide a pattern-book of styles which helps to date the terraces.

The Society’s next meeting on 17 February will be about the Mulberry Garden Project at Hogarth’s House which is nearing completion

Boston Manor House: old records, new stories, 20 January 2020

Watercolour by Charles Tomkins (1757-1823) Yale Center for British Art, B1975.2.1

7.30pm, Monday 20 January 2020
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, London W4 2EL

An illustrated talk by Steph Hagan, who has been the researcher for the restoration project, on the records that reveal previously unknown stories behind the origins, owners and evolution of Boston Manor House

The Society’s Christmas Meeting, 16 December 2019

7.30pm, Monday 16 December 2019,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4

Our annual get-together where we welcome small contributions of seasonal food to share. Members always provide a cheerful spread of nibbles and treats, and drinks will be on sale in the Club bar. There will be a sociable activity to join in, connected to the history of Brentford and Chiswick!

And our sales stall will be open for last-minute gifts

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