Bedford Park

Chiswick Garden ‘most important in UK’

Betjeman and the Battle of Bedford Park

Guest blog by Kate Bowes

"We sat around John Betjeman, on the lawn, in an adoring circle,” recalled Eleanor Greeves, wife of Tom Affleck Greeves, (architect and future co-founder of the Bedford Park Society), after having tea in May 1952 at Betjeman’s house, The Mead in Wantage, brought together by a mutual friend Peter Clarke. Betjeman (poet, writer, broadcaster and later Sir Joh

Miss Marple to Hamilton: the centenary of ArtsEd

Based in the heart of Chiswick, ArtsEd has been setting the world alight with extraordinary talent for almost 100 years. The school kick started 2019 with two lively musicals: Cry-Baby and Disney’s Newsies, performed by their third year BA Musical Theatre students. Then later this year, their third year BA Acting students will be performing World Premieres of new plays by playwrights, Torben

W B Yeats Nobel prize winning poet

Chiswick’s Asylum

Chiswick's Asylum

Photographs above: Actors Hannah Yahya and Will Lewis dressed as 1920s residents of Chiswick Asylum / Chiswick House as it looked when it was an asylum There are large swathes of history which are missed out by historians – the lives of the poor are usually approached with a pretty broad brush. Disabled and deaf people hardly get a look in, which is

WW1 – How Chiswick fared in the Great War

WW1 - How Chiswick fared in the Great War

Local historian John H Grigg has researched the history of the First World War and how it affected Chiswick and the neighbouring areas and collated his material into a book: 'All Quiet in the Western Suburbs' published in August 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war. John spent years painstakingly going through t