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 2019, will be sent to members in August, and will be available from Feltham Library Local Studies desk. The programme will 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 2019 issue of The Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • The Founders of England – Who Were The Anglo-Saxons (Part 2): The evidence of the historical geneticists.
  • George Berthold Samuelson and Isleworth Film Studios.
  • Abandoned and Disused Railway Stations and the Early History of Railways in Hounslow, Osterley, Isleworth and Brentford (Part 2): The Great Western Railway’s Brentford Dock Branch Line.
  • Isleworth Park Road Allotments – a David and Goliath battle won.

The Autumn 2018 issue of The Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on;

  • Abandoned and disused railway stations and the early history of the railways in Hounslow and district.
  • Isleworth’s Civilian War Memorial, 1939-45: a review of the book by Sue Sampson and Ann Greene, by Kevin Brown.
  • Reg Debnam’s memories of his family’s market garden in Isleworth between the wars.
  • Vincent Van Gogh’s bust, by Anthony Padgett, presented to Isleworth Library.
  • Visits by members of the society to All Hallows Church, Twickenham and to Kneller Hall Museum of Army Music.
  • West Middlesex Hospital’s 180-year journey from Union Workhouse to University Hospital.
  • World War I – the Hundred Days Campaign of 1918 and the Artists Rifles part in that campaign, including the life and death of Pvt. Percy Camplin, Chief Librarian at Hounslow 1912-1918, who was mortally wounded on 10th November 1918.

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



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 at the gunpowder mills).