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).

PLEASE NOTE THE CANCELLATION OF OUR TUESDAY MARCH 31ST MEETING AND THE AGM ON TUESDAY 28TH APRIL. THIS IS DUE TO THE PREVALENCE OF THE CORONA VIRUS. MEMBERS WILL BE ADVISED OF THE DATE OF THE RE-ARRANGED AGM.

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 EVENT 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 2020 issue of the Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • 17th Century agriculture and rural life around Hounslow as illustrated on Moses Glover’s Map.
  • Pevensey Road Nature Reserve and Little Park Farm estate (Feltham and Hanworth): local history ramble.
  • JMW Turner (1775-1851) in Brentford, Isleworth and St. Margarets.
  • The demobilisation strike at Osterley Park MT-ASC army camp, January 1919.

The Autumn 2019 issue of The Honeslaw Chronicle contains articles on:

  • Our visit to the Langdon Down Museum and Normansfield Theatre.
  • Our visit to the London Metropolitan Archives.
  • Hatton – a walk of interest – not just a stop on the Piccadilly Line.
  • Hounslow Aerodrome and the England-Australia Trans-planet Air Race: One Hundred Years Ago.
  • The Early History of Railways in Hounslow, Isleworth, Osterley and Brentford (part 3): The Metropolitan District Railway, Hounslow Branch and the Piccadilly Line.

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 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 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).