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The Chiswick Empire: Empire State of Mind

Remembering the magnificent Chiswick Empire, the High Road theatre that hosted the brightest stars of the entertainment world On Friday 6 September 1912 the Chiswick Times reported: ‘The Chiswick Empire was opened on Monday evening… The handsome building was gaily decorated with flags, festoons and flowers for the occasion. The opening had been looked forward […]

Chiswick House: Chiswick’s Roman villa

Once described by Lord Hervey as ‘too small to live in, and too big to hang on a watch’, Chiswick House is now regarded as a Georgian gem. Stephen Foster explores the interior… Richard Boyle, the 3rd Earl of Burlington (1694-1753) and wealthy owner of Chiswick House, was one of the 18th century’s most celebrated […]

Foster Books: A chapter in Chiswick’s rich history

Stephen Foster Stephen Foster runs Foster Books, which you’ll find in the oldest shop on Chiswick High Road. Stephen will be writing regular pieces for Chiswick Locals magazine on local history, books, prints and photographs. Here he explains what makes his shop so special. Foster Books has been a familiar sight in Chiswick since 1970. […]

History of Hammersmith Grove

If you think Hammersmith has never seen so much building development, local residents felt the same way more than 150 years ago… Hammersmith Grove is an elegant, tree-lined thoroughfare running from Goldhawk Road down to Hammersmith Broadway. It is blessed, on the west side in particular, with some extremely handsome multi-storey residences, originally built for […]

Local History Sponsor – Daniel Paul Estate Agents: Cardross Street

Cardross Street was once home to over 300 children who shared the same bath water while their mums did laundry work A policeman patrolling the streets of Brackenbury Village in the late 1900s took down some notes while wandering along Cardross Street. He noted that the residents were ‘poor labourers’, while at the upper windows […]

Daniel Paul Estate Agents: Local History – What’s in a Name?

It is generally accepted that the name Brackenbury Village was coined by some sharp suited, smooth talking estate agent. Classifying a warren of Victorian terraced streets into something between a hamlet and a town was a cunning move. It certainly chimed with residents eager to define a neighbourhood known for its sense of community and […]

Caroline MacMillan: What’s in a street name?

Discover the history of family names and royal connections in your road. Location: Brackenbury Village, Hammersmith, London, W6: How often have you walked down a street and asked yourself, ‘I wonder why it’s called that?’. Hammersmith has many fascinating street names reflecting our rich history. Some road names illustrate the patriotic fervour gripping the country after […]

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