Malcolm - Gothic Pursuits Out of print
Part of the Tim Simpson
series - the hunt for a Norman Shaw antique takes him to the Church
of St. Michael and All Angels and the Tabard Inn. This book was
first published in 1987 and is not in print any more. Second hand
hardback versions are available on the web.
Hamilton - Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky
This is a trilogy
of books in which Chiswick plays a large part, usually representing
social stability and gentility in contrast to more dissolute parts
of London, Although better know for his plays, particularly Rope
which Hitchcock filmed, many consider this to be the best part of
Readers' comments: "Patrick Hamilton is a must read author particularly if you
live in this area. The streets are the same, the places are all
familiar but what really surprises is that the vices are just the
same. If you imagined Chiswick between the wars to be an idyllic
Ealing comedy type age of innocence, think again."
Pinter's "The Caretaker"
wrote The Caretaker while living in a first floor flat at 373 Chiswick
High Road. He had moved there at the beginning of 1958 living in
two rooms with his wife Vivien and newborn son. The
house was also shared by two brothers who had taken in a tramp but
after a dispute the tramp was thrown out. These events form the
basis for what narrative there is in the play.
Chesterton - The Man who was Thursday
This tale of anarchists
determined to undermine world order begins in "Saffron Park" an aesthetic suburb of London. Chesterton used to be a regular visitor
to Bedford Park as his fiancee lived in Bath Road.
comments: "Chesterton's association with Bedford Park was
very close and it shows in this book which isn't one of his best
but very interesting from an historical point of view. Hard to think
of these leafy roads as a centre for intrigue but apparently they
Cheek - Pause Between Acts
More menopausal angst
from Mavis. "Chiswick had milkmen who whistled and came regularly
each morning - real stability. Notting Hill sold its milk in cartons
and nobody knew your name."
King - Domino
A naive young painter
comes to London in the 1770s and becomes the apprentice of a famous
artist based in Chiswick. He then becomes involved in masked intrigues
and is told the extraordinary tale of the Italian castrato Tristano.
Readers' comments: "Fascinating book and a very entertaining story which gives
a lot of insight into Chiswick at the time."
Fowles - A Maggot
More crime in Chiswick
as the strange tale of a journey west out of London in the early
19th century. The ill assorted group take a rest stop in Chiswick
as people often did then and are soon set upon. Things get really
strange as their journey is completed.
Readers' comments: "Like many of his other books Fowles presents a gripping story
which he then fails to conclude satisfactorily. This one is the
worst but it is worth reading for the first three quarters and the
interesting local period detail"
M Thackeray - Vanity Fair
Thackeray went to
school in Chiswick and this novel opens at Miss Pinkerton's academy
for young ladies on Chiswick Mall.
Dickens - a Tale of Two Cities
There is only a fleeting
reference in Dicken's classic but it is a telling one. When he talks
of the "best of times and the worst of times" one example
of the latter was the robbery of the Mayor of London at Turnham
Green. In Oliver Twist Bill Sykes and Oliver pass through Chiswick
on their way towards Shepperton to take part in the attempted robbery
at the Maylie's house.
Brayfield - Getting Home
The Chiswick becomes
Westwick in this fictionalised version of West London life by a
former resident. The perfect home life of Stephanie Sands falls
apart when her husband is kidnapped with comic consequences. Also
see the second in the Westwick series Mr.
Fabulous and Friends.
||Then & Now Chiswick has been compiled by husband and wife
team Carolyn and Peter Hammond (Carolyn looks after the archives at
Chiswick Public Library and is an absolute fount of wisdom on all
matters historical relating to the area).
This is simply a fascinating book: over 80 images, some never previously
published and drawn from a range of sources including Chiswick Library's
extensive archives, Gunnersbury Park Museum and local individuals'
collections, are reproduced alongside modern shots of the same scene,
dramatically illustrating both how much our local area has changed
in the last century or so
Park - the First Garden Suburb
Bedford Park Society has recently republished Tom Greeves's important
book "Bedford Park- the first garden suburb" (hardback). Available,
price £16.00 plus £1.50 p+p, from Peter Murray, Hon.Sec Bedford Park
Society, 31 Priory Avenue, London W4 1TZ.
Roe - Glimpses of Chiswick's Development
||Mr Roe has lived in Chiswick
for most of his 80 years (when he wasn't here he was fighting for
his country) and has written three books. He illustrates his own books.
The books are auto-biographical but with a strong feeling for historical
accuracy. The books are priced at £10 and can be bought at the
local history society meetings or from 14 Alwyn Avenue between 10.30am
and 4pm on week days.
Clegg - Chiswick Past
and readable review of Chiswick's history. Well illustrated
it takes you through from the earliest records through to modern times.
Birth of A Parish - The creation of Saint Michael and All Angels,
Bedford Park. By Michael Broom, with original illustrations and drawings
by Nigel Woolner.
|| St Michael & All Angels was conceived as the cornerstone of Bedford
Park and was the replacement for a corrugated iron church in Chiswick
High Road. This book describes the creation of the new parish and
its church(designed by the well-known architect Norman Shaw) as well
as the conflicts and strong characters involved in its foundation.
£9.95 from local shops or from the Parish Office, 020 8994 1380. Proceeds
go to the Parish Hall project.
||This addition to the "Britain
in Old Photographs" series brings together a collection of black-and-white
pictures spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawn from
family albums, local collections and professional photographers, they
show the way things were and how they have changed. Every photograph
is captioned, providing names and dates where possible, revealing
historical and anecdotal detail and giving life to the scenes and
personalities captured through the camera lens. Bringing together
all aspects of daily life - celebrations and disasters, work and leisure,
people and buildings - the collection should inspire memories, as
well as serve as an introduction to visitors.
Bolsteri - The Early Community at Bedford Park
||An account of the social
life in Bedford Park between 1876 and 1885, featuring the early residents "who thought of themselves as founders of a utopian community." There are copies in Chiswick library.
Foster - W.B. Yeats, a Life Part 1 - The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914
||Eminent historian Roy
Foster relates the time that WB Yeats spent early in his life in Blenheim
Road Bedford Park to other aspects of his family background giving
perhaps the best biographical detail of those early years. The book
shows that what is possibly the most famous
poem in the English language was written in Chiswick.
Greeves - Guide to Bedford Park
||Guided walks point out
the buildings of particular interest for their architecture or the
personalities linked with them. Available for sale in Chiswick library
Pearce - An Edwardian childhood in Bedford Park (1900-1910)
A post-Edwardian girlhood in Bedford Park (1910-1918)
The first book starts
- "A child in Bedford Park at the turn of the century found
the Avenue a quiet friendly road with scarcely any traffic passing
through from Acton to Chiswick. The occasional horse-drawn butcher's
cart, a three wheeled milk "float" hung round with jangling
milk cans, and a few bicycles were all that could be seen." Oh dear!
Both books are in Chiswick library.
Harris - The Palladian Revival: Lord Burlington, His Villa and Garden
||In 1726, Richard Boyle,
3rd Earl of Burlington, built an addition to his modest country house
on the river Thames at Chiswick. The structure was a free standing "villa", which is the subject of this book. The author explores the
villa's architectural inspiration and the evolution of its design
H Draper - Chiswick
||This fairly definitive
guide to Chiswick history was first published in 1932.
as it was
Morris - Chiswick House
to help teachers planning a site visit to Chiswick House, this book
combines historical background with a variety of possible study approaches,
documentary sources, and photocopiable activity sheets for classroom
and on-site work. There is also practical information about the site.
Daphne Edwards - Hammersmith and Chiswick in Old Picture Postcards
Story of Voysey House
Barley Mow passage - a Grade II listed building)
Radcliffe: A Bio-bibliography
the most popular novelist of her day and the mother of the female
Gothic literary tradition, Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) who lived in
Chiswick has received varying amounts of critical attention and is
now being recognised for her important contribution to English literature.
Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of The Who 1958-1978
the early years of The Who (Pete Townsend and John Entwhistle were
Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
preached once in a now-demolished hall off Chiswick High Road. He
also sketched St Nicholas's Church.
map of the area from that date
can buy many of the books listed here through this site by clicking on the links
and images but most of them are available in the library.