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).

At a committee meeting on Wednesday 5th August it was agreed to postpone the society’s AGM until April 2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The committee members and the officers of the society have agreed to remain in place until then.

THE SOCIETY’S  MEETINGS AT HOUNSLOW UNITED REFORM CHURCH HALL HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL AT LEAST SEPTEMBER 2021. Please see the Coronavirus information page on this web site. BUT MEMBERS WILL BE INVITED TO LOG-IN TO ZOOM WEB-CAST PRESENTATIONS OF A LOCAL HISTORY TALKS. Please see the Events Calendar page of this web site.

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 Spring 2021 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • Feltham and the British Railway Marshalling Yard: From freight exchange to passenger train depot
  • William Winterborne of Isleworth
  • The Isleworth Society and Hounslow and District History Society Silver Jubilee Exhibition of 1977 and the H&DHS 21st Anniversary Dinner of 1981
  • From Bulford to Basra: Ted Weeks World War I Diary (part 2)

The Autumn 2020 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • Feltham’s fight for the footpath: Saturday April 17th 1920
  • Andrew Pears: his life and times at Spring Grove
  • The origins of Feltham as an Anglo-Saxon village
  • Ted Weeks’ WW1 War Diary: From Bulford To Basra (Part 1)

A few surplus copies from most recent issues are still available from James Marshall for £2.50 each plus second-class postage; please 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

 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 the Hounslow & District History Society. Cheques should be made payable to the Hounslow and District History Society and sent to H&DHS, c/o 13 Lincoln Avenue, Twickenham, TW2 6NH.

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 making gunpowder) and a Roll of Honour (names and dates of deaths at the gunpowder mills).