New Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal Published

Read about Captain Cook's local shipmates and a Brentford children's home

Detail from the front cover of the new journal. Picture: BCLHS

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July 7, 2023

The new edition of the Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society's annual Journal is now on sale online.

It includes details of recent local history research and offers a significant opportunity for the Society’s members to share the outcomes of recent research with a wider audience.

This 32nd edition of the Journal marks the centenary of the publication of the important history of Chiswick by historian and campaigner Warwick Draper in 1923. Prof Ruth Levitas, who is immensely knowledgeable about the community that lived along Chiswick Mall and Hammersmith Mall has contributed a piece about Draper and his family. Val Bott describes the book itself and the subscribers who made it possible, while the frontispiece drawn by Draper’s 18-year-old son graces the back cover.

Some of the early Journals included a summary of the work of Hounslow's Local Studies & Archives team this concept has been revived by inviting Sophie Bailey to describe some inquiries she has dealt with in the last twelve months.

The articles introduce us to many people who lived and worked in Brentford or Chiswick but they also span a wider world. For example, Phil Philo has followed up his talk to the Society in March 2022 with the explorations of two Chiswick men who sailed with Captain Cook. Ursula Dommett has contributed an account of her ancestor, the Edwardian naturalist William Kirby, and his family who had strong German connections. Jim Storrar writes about the occupants of a 19th century children's home in Brentford and has identified its location and its later residents, while Norma Cox describes the very different world of the Chiswick Sports Club now the site of St Thomas' estate.

The Journal has been edited by Val Bott, laid out by Mike Paterson and printed by long-standing printer, Carfax Cards Ltd.

Illustrations have been provided by Chiswick’s Local Studies Library, Bonhams, the British Museum, the National Library of Australia and the authors, while the National Library of Scotland has provided digitised extracts from old Ordnance Survey maps.

With 28 A4 fully illustrated pages and a full colour cover it costs £7 a copy plus postage and packing and can be ordered here.

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