Formal Handover Of Bedford Park Society's New Information Sign
Giving important historical and architectural details about the first 'garden suburb'
The sign includes a 19th Century line drawing of the Church and a map of the first garden suburb, as well as notes on the architecture and history of the neighbourhood and how the Society continues to protect it.
Dep-Chairman of Bedford Park Society, Peter Murray addresses the crowd, watched by Ted Holloway (in cap), one of the Society's earliest members.
The Society’s president, Nigel Woolner and deputy chairman Peter Murray, who jointly masterminded the project, welcomed Cecilia Powell, daughter of one of the donors, and invited Cllr Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, to accept responsibility for the care and upkeep of the sign. Guests included Ted Holloway, one of the earliest members of the Bedford Park Society; Father Kevin Morris, vicar of St Michael & All Angels; and Cllr Gerald McGregor of Hounslow Council.
Afterwards, there was a drinks reception in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall.
The Society has paid the £12,000 cost of purchase and installation. Funding came from a bequest from its late vice-president and former chairman Leonard Darke, Cecilia Powell's father, and from the trust set up by Tom Greeves, the Society’s late co-founder.
The elegant, modern design in metal and enamel, was created by Legible London for historic sites all round the capital. It has been customised in Bedford Park green, with a map of the first garden suburb, plus notes on the architecture and history and how the Society continues to protect the neighbourhood.
(l to r) Cllr Steve Curran (leader, Hounslow Council); Peter Eversden (chairman, Bedford Park Society); Nigel Woolner (president, Bedford Park Society), Cllr Gerald McGregor.
Picture courtesy of David Budworth
The Society's web-site is www.bedfordpark.org.uk
June 24, 2014