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 (to be sent to members in late-August) 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

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.

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

  • Moving Millions (part 2) Hounslow’s place in the history of public transport in London since Victorian times; by James Marshall [The Piccadilly Line airport extension; Chiswick Bus Works and the Routemaster; Charles Holden’s stations on the Piccadilly Line Hounslow extension and a new Hounslow East station for the 21st century]
  • The Glossop family of Isleworth and Silver Hall, Isleworth
  • Spitfires over Malta: Two Local Pilots in the Air Battles of 1942
  • The First RFC Fatality at Hounslow Heath Aerodrome

The Autumn 2015 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle  contains  articles on:

  • Moving Millions (part 1) Hounslow’s place in the history of public transport in London since Victorian times; by James Marshall [The District and Piccadilly Lines to Hounslow, 1883-1933; Trams, Tube Trains and Trolleybuses – Made in Feltham]
  • The Farnell Brothers of Isleworth; by Brian Grumbridge
  • The Royal Army Service Corps Training Camp at Osterley Park during WWI; by Andrea Cameron
  • Osterley Park M.T.A.S.C in Ted Week’s 1917 Diary; by Brian Grumbridge
  • The National Service of Commemoration to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo; by James Marshall.
  • Does Anybody Know? WWII army searchlight sites in and around Isleworth.

The Spring 2015 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • The Military Heritage and Significance of Hounslow Heath; by Howard Simmons
  • Two New Local War Memorials and an Old One Restored; by James Marshall
  • John Busch, Busch House and Busch Corner; compiled by Brian Grumbridge
  • Book Review: A Lady of Bedfont; by Patsy Langley, 2014; reviewed by Eddie Menday.
  • Note: Campaign for memorial to heroic WWII fighter pilot who crashed in Heston, in 1945.

The Autumn 2014 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle contains:

  • A Diabolical Wheel and a Mystery Solved (the history of the Shot Tower at Hounslow Gunpowder Works, Crane Park, part 2}; by Chris Hern
  • Baber Bridge (the first of a series of occasional articles about the people, places and landmarks of Hounslow); by the Editor
  • Old Isleworth Before and During the First World War; recounted by Tommy White around 1987
  • Committee Snippets (May and June 2014); Our Cruise on the Grand Union Canal; by Liz Mammatt; A Visit to British Airways Heritage Collection; by Andrea Cameron; Book Review by Kevin Brown: The Story of St. John the Baptist Church, Isleworth by Brian Grumbridge, 2014.

The Spring 2014 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle was the society’s 76th and the first under the editorship of Brian Grumbridge – the author of four recently published histories of local anglican parish churches, and a history of Hounslow’s Grove Road Primary School. Articles published within were:

  • Transported for Life: the Sad Fate of Local Historian George Aungier (the life of the author of The History and Antiquities of Syon Monastery and the Parish of Isleworth, 1840); by Mary Marshall.
  • A Diabolical Wheel and a Mystery Solved (a re-thinking of the function of the Shot Tower at Hounslow Gunpowder Works, Crane Park); by Chris Hern.
  • A Day in September 2013: Commemorating One Hundred Years of Aston Martin (a Feltham-based company between 1926 and 1964); by James Marshall
  • LBW (Law Before Wicket) Sunday Cricket? Not in 1870!; from the pages of the Middlesex Chronicle, Hounslow’s weekly newspaper.

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.