Brentford Dock & Railway – a hidden gem, 21 October 2019

The Thames frontage of the Dock, 1950s © Chiswick Local Studies

7.30pm, Monday 21 October 2019
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, London W4 2EL

An illustrated talk on this major trans-shipment point for goods between railway, Thames and canal by David Shailes, local historian and Dock resident. He will describe its building, operation, expansion and closure as well as its rebirth in the 20th century as a housing estate.

The Changing Face of Brentford, 16 September 2019

Gas works above Kew Bridge, 1920s, by Raven (Chiswick Local Studies)

7.30pm, Monday 16 September 2019,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, London W4 2EL

In this illustrated talk Janet McNamara, our Vice-Chairman, will use historical images to show how the town of Brentford has repeatedly been re-born over the last three centuries.

Remembering the Chiswick V2, 8 September 2019

Two wreaths of seasonal flowers were placed at the V2 memorial in Staveley Road, Chiswick, on 8 September at the actual time of the V2’s devastatingly destructive landing – 18.44. The Society has brought flowers every year since the unveiling of the memorial, a joint project of the Society with the Battlefields Trust, in 2004.

This time four members of the Society were accompanied by Liam Shaw who has been tracing V1 and V2 incidents across London; we invited him to lay the Society’s wreath. You can read Liam’s blog here.

Liam Shaw lays the B&CLHS V2 wreath

We were delighted to welcome, quite unexpectedly, the 5 grandchildren of Ada Harrison who died in the blast at no 3 Staveley Road. (Mr & Mrs Harrison ran a newsagents and sweetshop called The Bonanza on the corner of Park Road and Burlington Lane, whch now forms part of the Co-op store).

The grandchildren had come from many different parts of South East England to bring their own wreath of crimson flowers. They had not known their grandmother – only one of them was alive in 1944, as a small baby – but they felt that the 75th anniversary was a significant date on which to commemorate her, making it a very touching occasion.

L to R: James Wisdom (B&CLHS chairman), Liam Shaw (V2 researcher), the Harrison grandchildren: Rita Alexander, Barbara Wilsher, Chris Donoyou, Paul Harrison-Cox and Peter Harrison, with B&CLHS members Jane Nissen, George Nissen and Val Bott


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