Hounslow Heritage Walks

Chiswick Village

When:
2.30pm, Sunday 3 June
2.30pm, Sunday 29 July
2.30pm, Sunday 26 August
2.30pm, Sunday 30 September

What:
A good way to explore the rich history of the ancient towns and villages that make up the Borough of Hounslow is to take a tour with an accredited Hounslow Heritage Guide. Regular guided walks are held in Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth from June to October. All are taken at a gentle pace and last around 90 minutes.

Old Chiswick is the oldest part of Chiswick: the village clustered around St Nicholas Church and along Chiswick Mall. There were originally two manor houses in Chiswick, one of which was Prebendal Manor in Chiswick Mall, the other Sutton Court. It belonged to the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s cathedral. St Nicholas’ Church has been on its site since at least 1181. The present tower was added between 1416 and 1435 but the church itself has been rebuilt many times.

The main occupations of Chiswick residents were fishing, transporting people and goods by water, boat building and farming. The barley grown in Chiswick was said to have been ‘exceptionally fine’. Malting and brewing were important industries. There were a lot of ale houses and home breweries, one of which eventually grew into Fullers. Osiers (willows) were grown along the riverside and used for making baskets and there was a ferry from beside St Nicholas Church across the Thames.

The guides have many stories about some of the famous and infamous people who have lived in Old Chsiwick over the centuries. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair may have been set here and (rather more far fetched) Dick Turpin may have leapt from an upper room when his breakfast was disturbed by the authorities, to make his famous ride to York on Black Bess.

Where:
St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Chiswick, W4 2PH

Tickets:
£3 (Booking not required)

Further details can be found at Hounslow Heritage Walks

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