Chiswick Auctions holds a series of auctions around the theme of travel

From the days of the Grand Tour, travel has always provided a huge source of inspiration for art, photography, design and literature. Chiswick Auctions has a series of auctions coming up this autumn, across a range of their specialist departments, around the theme of travel. Image above: Johan Zoffany, The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-77. The Royal Collection, Her Majesty Queen Elizabet

An inspiring choice of British cheeses at Chiswick Cheese Market

The Chiswick Cheese Market, held every third Sunday of the month in Old Market Place outside George IV pub in the middle of Chiswick High Rd, has recently added cheese tasings in The Crown  to their offering. Have a taste and then nip across the road to the market to buy some from the stallholder. Abigail Pitcher, one of the Market organisers, gives us a run down of what's on offer at the October

Chiswick RNLI: View from the Tideway

By Jan Harris, Education Volunteer Did you know that the crews of the Chiswick Lifeboat station, many of whom are volunteers, are on duty 24/7 to rescue people whose lives may be in danger in the River Thames? But there are other volunteers like me who support them in their work - Education Volunteers - whose job is to work with other Water Safety teams to teach children and

The New Climate War – The Fight to Take Back Our Planet

Image above: cover of The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann by Nanette van der Laan Drive less, fly less and turn off the lights. These are some of the ways we've been told that we can save the planet. But, as the pandemic has shown, our individual actions help very little when it comes to making a dent in CO2 emissions. Some climat

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 19 September 2021

Guest blog by Donna Freed Our 19 September Cheese Market is set to be the best yet! We are hosting our first Cheesewick event to coincide with the next Cheese Market on 19 September, an exploration of Irish cheese with the Queen of Irish Cheese, Marianne Kelly of Heritage Cheese (who will be selling their cheeses as usual). The mission of Heritage Cheese is to unea

Upstaged by a Muppet

Images aboave: Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange; Kermit of The Muppets

Why no blue plaque for Anthony Burgess?

By Torin Douglas It was a bit of a week for Anna Eavis, curatorial director at English Heritage. She organises the London Blue Plaques scheme and some weeks ago she accepted my invitation to brave the lions’ den and speak at th

Afghan refugees: can I make a difference?

Guest blog by James Thellusson

My daughter suggested Unicef. My son was for donating to Care4Calai

Emery Walker’s House opens its first exhibition

Image above: Emery Walker's house, in Hammersmith; photograph Peter Dazeley Guest blog by Lucinda MacPherson Emery Walker’s house has opened its first exhibition, displaying examples of some of the most beautiful private press books ever published and illustrating Walker’s revolutionary book printing techniques & legacy in his former home in Hammersmith.

Chiswick Auctions is on the look out for silver

Image above: An early 20th century Iraqi silver and niello cigarette case, Basra dated 1938, sold for £350 including premium It's amazing how something picked up as a souvenir is valued by the buyer, kicks around in the family for a few generations, loses its personal sentimental value but can be worth a small fortune in monetary value when discovered decades later in

Traffic data shows effects of traffic restrictions in south Chiswick 

Image: Fox in the street; photograph Jon Perry

Counting cars again

Guest blog by Michael Robinson In a Chiswick Calendar article back in February I analysed the impact of measures to restrict traffic in the South Chiswick area. Hounslo

Just two more weeks left for the Garden Pavilion restaurant at Chiswick House

One of the unexpected pleasures of this summer has been the Garden Pavilion restaurant in the marquee in the gardens of Chiswick House. Definitely a treat destination rather than your every day, but you certainly feel that you have been treated if you are lucky enough to eat there. Larry Pryce has this review.

Pop Up Paradise

A welcome breath of fresh air after the rigours of lockdo

Record breaking month for house sales

Image above: Five bedroom Victorian terraced house currently on the market with John D Wood & Co Guest blog by Julian Masson The property market for sales in the second quarter of the year was extremely b

Do I need to see a Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist?

Guest blog by David Harvey, DC, MChiro This is something all manual therapists will have to answer at some point or another; I have certainly been asked this question a fair few times. I was faced with this question initially when I was in secondary school — during my GCSE years I made the decision to study chiropractic at university. When I told my teacher, she asked

Islamic & Indian Paintings: The Dexter Collection Part II at Chiswick Auctions

Guest Blog by Ghislaine Howard What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the real.” - Rabindranath Tagore Chiswick Auctions Head of Islamic & Indian Art, Beatrice Campi and Department Coordinator, Ghislaine Howard are thrilled to offer the private collection of Islamic & Indian Paintings from Anthony Dexter.  Dexter is

It’s coming home… the Yeats/Bedford-Project is almost there

Image above: Enwrought Light by Conrad Shawcross RA, inspired by WB Yeats, will honour the poet, just yards from his childhood home and beside the path on which he walked daily to school, here at the entrance to Chiswick’s unique Bedford Park gar

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 18 July 2021

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market, June 2021; photograph David Insull Guest blog by Donna Freed As of this writing, the forecast for next Sunday, 18 July does not include rain! Third time lucky for the Cheese Market! However, a little rain hasn’t dampened our spirits or our passion for cheese. We were pleased that the tremendous effort we have made to

Tideway Tales: from newsroom to search and rescue

Guest blog

by James Anthony When I was seven years of age I wanted to be a paratrooper or a member of a lifeboat crew. So it was no surprise that by the time I was 45 I was a production journa

Brentford’s first season in the Premier League

Image above: Bill Hagerty

An old score to settle

It was a long time coming for Brentford and a return after 74 years to England’s top football flight. But here they are – well, nearly – at the dawn of a new challenge, one that comes gift-wrapped in a significant chapter of the club’s colourful history. When the Premier League fixtures were published this week, th

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 20 June 2021

Image above: Chsiwick Cheese Market, May 2021; photograph David Insull

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin

‘Say cheese!’ I know you’re smiling as you say it and so are we… we have recharged our inner batteries, sourced even more Artisan cheeses for your delectation and delight, and stand ready to open the gate for the second Chiswick Cheese Market this Sunday, 20 June – th

Thomas Becket: Troublesome priest or people’s martyr?

Images above (1): An early 15th century alabaster panel showing Becket’s consecration as archbishop. Private Collection. © Nicholas and Jane Ferguson. Images above (2): Silver statue with sword in head. Saints were often portrayed with the manner of their martyrdom, which made it easier for the largely illiterate populace to recognise them. For St Thomas Becket,

From Hogarth to Peter Blake

By Adrian Biddell Local resident and Head of Paintings & Fine Art at Chiswick Auctions, Adrian Biddell, talks paintings in this month’s guest blog. From William Hogarth to Sir Peter Blake, Chiswick has long been a favoured haunt of artists. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the Fine Arts are flourishing at Chiswick Auctions. We have had an incredibly busy start to

Tideway Tales

by David Clarke, Chiswick Lifeboat Crew 2002-2004

The Lifeboat’s vhf radio squarks “Chiswick immediate - persons cut off on Lot’s Eyot!

What makes a winning photograph?

I will be judging this year's Photographic competition and The Chiswick Calendar asked me what I will be looking for as a judge. I have judged many professional competitions - from the Sony World Photography Awards to the Taylor Wessing (National Portrait Gallery) Award and ask the question myself, “ What images stand out for me that could win a photographic competition?” I will loo

Pollution on Chiswick High Road: what does the data say?

Guest blog by Professor Tom Pike

While London is by no means the most polluted city in the world, we still suffer from the health consequences of the air we all breathe. The London Air Quality Network (LAQN) of Imperial College estimates that up to 4,000 early deaths in 2019 can be attributed to our city’s pollution

Debate on women’s safety

Image above: Sarah Everard What happened to Sarah Everard strikes a chord with every woman. Not because kidnap, abduction and murder are commonplace. They are not. But violence against women is. What happened to her is the realisation of the fear, hard wired in all of us, of what could happen. Usually we brush it off as paranoia. The product of an over-active imagination, as you

Spring housing market looks buoyant

Image above: Terraced housing in Chiswick; photograph Anna Kunst

Guest blog by Julian Masson

The March 2021 Budget announcement provided further positivity for the property market, with the Chancellor confirming not only an extension to the Stamp Duty Holiday, but also to roll out a mortgage guarantee scheme for buyers with a smaller deposit.

Why the Yeats sculpture will be a great addition to Chiswick

Image above: Artist's impression of how the proposed Yeats sculpture will look

Guest blog by Torin Douglas MBE, Director of Chiswick Book Festival

It’s more than five years since Cahal Dalla

Diary of a vaccinator

Property sales and residential lettings very busy at the start of 2021

Image above: Terraced housing in Chiswick

Guest blog by Julian Masson

The end of 2020 and the start of the New Year brought fresh impetuous to the sales market and despite the Prime Minister’s announcement to enter a third national lockdown on 4 January, buyers were still keen to make the most of the stamp duty holiday. For us, this was demonstrated by the fact that we

Fiona Crumley obituary: “a warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and intelligent friend”