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 2017, 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 Spring 2018 issue of The Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • Saxon Middlesex
  • The (Anglo-Saxon) Founders of England (part 1)
  • Hounslow in Old Postcards
  • Vincent Van Gogh and Holme Court House, Isleworth
  • Protecting Historic Green Open Spaces – the Park Road Allotments, Isleworth
  • The Restoration of Cranford Village Cage or Lock-up.

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).