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Books & Writers, Chiswick walking trail

May 8
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Image above: Nancy Mitford; Rose Cottage, Strand on the Green, where she lived Torin Douglas, Director of the Chiswick Book Festival, has made it his mission to research Chiswick’s literary history. Chiswick can lay claim to two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature (and one nominee) plus one Booker Prize winner, three Oscar winners (and two nominees), a Poet Laureate and several writers who merit blue plaques. All of which prompted the Observer to comment: ‘Chiswick may be the…

Arts & Crafts walking trail, Hammersmith

May 8
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Riverside trail taking in the homes of some of the leading lights of the Arts & Crafts movement. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement. Arts & Crafts Hammersmith launched the trail along the River Thames in June 2019 so you can follow in the footsteps of poet, novelist, designer and socialist William Morris and his great friend Emery Walker, the founder of the Doves Press. This is a walk that you can…

Art & Artists, Chiswick walking trail

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Image above: Jan Pienkowski's image of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Chiswick Chiswick has been home to several very famous artists over the centuries. When Karen Liebreich and Sarah Cruz of Abundance London created the the Chiswick Timeline mural under the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace in 2017, they included images of paintings by some of the area's best known artists. At the same time they launched a map of 19 sites of artistic interest, including Johan Zoffany’s house…

Virtual Talk – William Morris Wallpapers: “Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls!”

May 8

A man of prolific talent and prodigious energy, William Morris was an artist, poet, manufacturer, writer, businessman, conservationist and revolutionary socialist.  His creative work included designs for flat patterns, embroideries, stained glass, mural decoration, books and tapestries, and his firm, Morris & Co., was the foremost decorating company of its time. But it is as a designer of repeating patterns, and particularly wallpapers, that Morris is probably best-remembered today. A master-colourist, he was a one-man pattern-making phenomenon, blessed, according to…

Visit Syon Park

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Syon is one of the last great houses in London which is still lived in by a member of the aristocracy. It has been in the family of the present owner, the Duke of Northumberland, for more than 400 years. The park land, which is also home to the Syon Park Hilton hotel and children’s indoor play area Snakes and Ladders, never closes. Gardens The Gardens, created by ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century, are open 10.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

May 8
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Gunnersbury Park is considered by English Heritage to be one of the most important parks in the country. Originally a country estate, it is now bordered by Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Ealing. Gunnersbury is jointly owned by Hounslow and Ealing councils and run by a not-for-profit company, Gunnersbury CIC. The park has beautiful ornamental gardens with woods and lakes and a new sports hub with nine-hole golf, tennis courts, football and cricket pitches. The sports hub is currently open for…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

May 8
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A green oasis created by intersecting railway lines, saved from development in the 1980s and managed by the London Wildlife Trust for wildlife and people. This wet woodland nature reserve is a haven for birds and small mammals, which take advantage of the sheltered birch and willow.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_8SvLBhxCI Walkways and footpaths help guide visitors around the ponds and acid grassland areas through this wild oasis in Chiswick. You can just wander round and enjoy the peace and beauty of…

In Georgian footsteps, Chiswick walking trail

May 8
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Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society and William Hogarth Trust have co-created In Georgian Footsteps, a guided trail of 18th Century Chiswick. In Georgian times what we now know as Chiswick was three villages: Chiswick Town, Strand on the Green and Turnham Green, with fields, nursery gardens and orchards between them. The ancient Bath Rd, which today is Chiswick High Rd, ran east-west across common land on which Turnham Green grew up as a settlement with blacksmiths, farriers and inns…

Visit Osterley Park

May 8 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm BST
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Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. While the park is open every day from 09.00 and the café is open for takeaway, the bookshop, house and shop remain closed until further notice. The garden is…

Duck Pond Market – Gunnersbury Park

May 8 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm BST
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Duck Pond Markets run artisan markets in Gunnersbury Park on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Open air market beside the Gunnersbury Park Museum set in 200 acres of well kept park land. Stalls selling jewellery, cushions, cards, pottery and art as well as food and ‘eco homeware.’ duckpondmarket.com SEE ALSO: Our This Is Chiswick section for a feature about the Gunnersbury Park museum. See our events listings of all the events happening in Chiswick here: chiswickcalendar.co.uk/whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The…

Kitchen Garden Cart at Chiswick House

May 8 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm BST
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The Kitchen Garden Cart has returned to Chiswick House and Gardens! Choose from a wide array of lovely flowers and vegetables. It can be found behind the main house between 11am and 1pm every Thursday and Saturday. See our events listings of all the events happening in Chiswick here: chiswickcalendar.co.uk/whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. We publish a weekly newsletter and update the website with local news and information daily. We are editorially…

Chiswick Antiques & Vintage Market

May 9 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm BST
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Outdoor antiques and vintage market on Chiswick High Rd on the second Sunday of every month, run by the organiser of the open air Antiques and Vintage market in St Albans, Jennifer Titmuss. Traders sell all sorts of antique and vintage objects, including architectural salvage, furniture (upcycled and not), French Brocante, ‘collectables’ such as china dolls and World War II memorabilia, ‘ephemera’ – printed materials such as post cards – and ‘kitchenabilia’ (old kitchen stuff). The market stalls start in…

The Food Market Chiswick

May 9 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm BST
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The Food Market Chiswick is a collection of stalls where the stallholders are also the producers of the food, so the food is fresh and seasonal. There are stallholders offering prepared food: a selection of street food, handmade bread, cakes and pastries, and those offering the ingredients: fine rare breed meats, fish, fresh seasonal vegetables, unpasteurised milk and artisan cheeses. The market puts you, the customer, in direct contact with the farmers, fishmongers, growers and bakers, so you can talk…

Going Bats in Chiswick! with Philip Briggs, Bat Conservation Trust

May 13 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm BST

Bats live with us in our urban environments. They are mysterious and yet interesting creatures that help with plant pollination and the control of insects. Where can they be found in London/Chiswick? What species? Are they under threat? What can we do to help them? Philip Briggs has offered to provide some answers! Philip developed an interest in bats through volunteering at the WWT London Wetland Centre, where he assists with regular bat surveys and bat walks. He is a…

Free Online Talk: Court Number One, The Old Bailey

May 14 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

The Old Bailey is Britain’s most famous courthouse. At its heart is Court Number One, a courtroom where, since it opened its doors in 1907, the most notorious trials of spies, murderers, politicians, traitors and fraudsters have taken place, and where, also, terrible miscarriages of justice have been perpetrated. In this talk organised by the National Archives at Kew, Thomas Grant will trace how this courtroom, largely unchanged in 110 years, has witnessed the changing social and moral history of…

Duck Pond Market – Chiswick House

May 15 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm BST
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Duck Pond Markets run artisan markets in the garden of Chiswick House on the first, third and fifth (if there is one) Saturdays of the month. Open air market beside the Grade I listed Palladian villa, set in 65 acres of beautiful gardens. Stalls selling jewellery, cushions, cards, plants, pottery and art as well as food and ‘eco homeware.’ duckpondmarket.com SEE ALSO: Our This Is Chiswick Pages about the history of Chiswick House Gardens See our events listings of all the events happening in…

Chiswick Cheese Market

May 16 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm BST
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Outdoor cheese market on Chiswick High Rd on the third Sunday of every month, run by a group of local women who are all cooks, collectively known as Cookbook Kitchen. Traders sell cheeses and ‘provisions’. Chiswick was originally known as Cheesewick. Chiswick was first recorded c.1000 as the Old English Ceswican meaning “Cheese Farm”; the riverside area of Duke’s Meadows is thought to have supported an annual cheese fair up until the 18th century’. (Source Gillian Clegg, Chiswick Past &…

Free Online Talk – Top Level Tips: Using Foreign and Commonwealth Office Records

May 18 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm BST

Interested in diplomatic history and the conduct of foreign policy? This short expert-led webinar will give an overview of the different types of Foreign and Commonwealth Office records in The National Archives' collections and the many treasures they contain. This webinar will be delivered by Juliette Desplat, Head of Modern Collections, and includes a live Q&A. The Talk will last approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A. Tickets Ticket price: Free Book Tickets: eventbrite.co.uk See our Things to…

London Unplugged – Acoustic Music Showcase: Jesse Jordan and friends

May 19 @ 7:30 pm10:30 pm BST

London Unplugged is back! They've just announced their first date back in the Boston Room at George IV for some much need live music in our lives! They kick things back off on Wednesday 19th May for their weekly showcase event. As before, table booking required (via their website), but now with up to two households per table. This first event features the likes of Jesse Jordan, Flo & Joe, Brendan Cleary, Coco and St. James. Tickets Free, subject to…

Live Midday Modern Conversation on mulberry trees

May 21 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm BST

A virtual talk with mulberry expert Dr Peter Coles as part of Urban Tree Festival 2021. For Spring and Summer 2021 Hogarth’s House is running a monthly virtual video series called Midday Modern Conversations, inspired by Hogarth’s print ‘A Midnight Modern Conversation.’ The team speak to specialists and experts on a range of intriguing topics. In this special live edition of Midday Modern Conversations, mulberry expert Dr Peter Coles will speak to our Historic Houses Senior Manager John Collins about…

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