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 2017 issue of The Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • Hounslow’s Roman Road (the A315 Staines and London Road, forming modern High Streets in Hounslow, Brentford and Chiswick)
  • The Other Isleworth Film Studios – Roy Moore’s memories of his film set props supply and film studio business at the former Odeon Cinema, London Road, Isleworth after its closure as a cinema in the late-1950’s.
  • Lampton in World War II
  • Samuel Pepys and Hounslow, Isleworth, Syon and Brentford
  • Society visits to the Spring Grove estate, Isleworth,  including Clifton House – an original Victorian house on the estate, guided by Andrea Cameron; and to some Churches of the City of London, guided by Brian Grumbridge.
  • Walter Morris 1932-2017, a vice chairman of our society, an obituary by Andrea Cameron

A few surplus copies from most recent issues are still available from James Marshall at Feltham Library Local Studies, The Centre, Feltham, Middlesex TW13 4GU (tel. 020 8583 5497) 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

 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 Feltham 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 FELTHAM LIBRARY, LOCAL STUDIES, THE CENTRE, HIGH STREET, FELTHAM TW13 4GU.

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 a the gunpowder mills).