Local history event in Hampton Wick

HistoryHistoric photographs, maps and postcards of Hampton Wick will be displayed in a major exhibition being staged in St John’s Church, Hampton Wick on Saturday 13th November.

The event, organised by the Hampton Wick Association’s local history group, also features a line-up of short illustrated talks covering subjects such as the pubs of Hampton Wick, the Bronze Age barrow in Sandy Lane, the architect Edward Lapidge, Kingston Bridge and an almost unique record from the WWI recruiting board.

Many of the photographs come from private collections and have never been displayed in public before.

The exhibition runs from 3.30pm to 8pm on the 13th November 2010, with talks starting at 4.45pm. Entrance is £1, or 50p for concessions or HWA members.

Hampton Wick High Street circa 1895 (trenches in road indicate sewers being installed) – click for larger version

Colin Pain, honorary president of the HWA local history group, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest shown in our local history. Hampton Wick is a very clearly defined community with a history going back to Roman times at least. For centuries this was the first crossing over the Thames after London Bridge and so the area has had immense strategic and commercial significance.”

Organiser Ray Elmitt added: “This is also a chance for many people to see the interior of the newly re-opened St John’s Church in Church Grove. It is a beautiful building and worth a visit in its own right!

There is a second opportunity to see the exhibition on Sunday 14th November when St John’s Church will be open and serving coffee following the Remembrance Day service at the Memorial Gardens.

Winterbourne’s stores circa 1905 – now the site of Deep Blue Fish & Chip Restaurant

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