Welcome

Welcome to the Hounslow and District History Society website.

Meetings of the society are held on the last Tuesday of each month from September to April (except December).

A programme for the new season of talks, commencing in September 2016, is sent to members in August, and will be available from Hounslow Library Local Studies desk. The programme can also be found under CALENDAR on this website.

THE HONESLAW CHRONICLE (the twice-yearly journal of the H&DHS) is published in March (Spring) and August (Autumn) each year and is sent to all members of the society.

The Autumn 2016 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle  contains articles on:

  • Obituary: Mary Bickle (1926-2016)
  • The origins of Hounslow and the town’s links to the Bath Road
  • Henry Howe of Isleworth, actor (1812-1896)
  • Gotelee & Sons of Hounslow, printers
  • In and around Lampton in World War I
  • The Battle of the Somme – some casualties in Hounslow borough cemeteries
  • Hounslow Heath – a new memorial to a pioneering aerodrome
  • Reports of a summer visit to Whitechapel Bell Foundry and a historical walk among the gunpowder mill remains in Crane Park
  • Tales from the Tower by Chris Hern – a book review by Kevin Brown

A few surplus copies from most recent issues are still available from James Marshall at Hounslow Library Local Studies, The Treaty Centre, Hounslow, TW3 1ES (tel. 0845 456 2800) for £2.50 each plus second-class postage; or use the CONTACT e-mail form on this web site.

The Contents of previous issues of the Honeslaw Chronicle (Spring 2014 -) can be seen here. http://www.hounslowhistory.org.uk/?page_id=221

NEW LOCAL HISTORY BOOK

TALES FROM THE TOWER: A COLLECTION OF HISTORIES OF HOUNSLOW GUNPOWDER WORKS; by Chris Hern

Is available from the Hounslow & District History Society for £7.50p (including postage). Please contact Hounslow Library Local Studies Desk or the Hounslow & District History Society. Cheques should be made payable to the Hounslow and District History Society and sent to HOUNSLOW LIBRARY, LOCAL STUDIES, THE TREATY CENTRE, HIGHT STREET, HOUNSLOW TW3 1ES.

Contents: The Tower in Crane Park; Charcoal, Saltpetre and Sulphur but no subterfuge – the Earl of Northumberland knew and approved of gunpowder being made on his leased property in 1757; John Butts – his story; The explosion of 1859; Realities and Risk; A Gunpowder Plot; Sabotage, Security and Stupidity; A Lost Generation – deaths in accidents at Hounslow Gunpowder Mills; A Basin of Cocoa; A (suggestion for a) Memorial (to those who died) and a Roll of Honour (names and dates of deaths).