Four special tours right on your doorstep
Open House London comes aliveon the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd September with 5 special events happening in Chiswick.
There will be tours in Bedford Park, Hogarth House, Chiswick House and Turnham Green which allow you to learn more about our hometown.
The five events are as follows:
Turnham Green Walk
Meet: Sun 2.30pm outside Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN
Beginning at the Victorian/Edwardian Town Hall (also open 1pm-5pm), this walk takes in the former Sanderson home (famous for their wallpapers), including the CFA Voysey industrial building, a statue of William Hogarth, a police station and the first fire station to be built with a hose tower.
Opening Days/Times: Sunday 2.30pm-3.30pm
Tour Times Duration: approx 1 hour.
Meet: Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, W4 2QN
Early 18C timber framed, red brick home of artist William Hogarth extended significantly c1749-1764. Delightful walled garden containing famous ancient mulberry tree. A unique oasis in modern West London.
Opening Days/Times: Saturday 1pm-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
Tour Times: Hourly tours, first come basis.
Last Entry Time: Last tour 4pm, last entry 4.45pm.
Meet: Burlington Lane, W4 2RP
Glorious example of 18C English architecture, designed to emulate the style and elegance of the houses and gardens in the suburbs of ancient Rome. Recent £12million restoration of gardens includes RIBA London Award Winner 2011 cafe by Caruso St John, a single-storey pavilion, encircled by an arcade of Portland stone piers, resembling an abstract temple.
Opening Days/Times: Sunday 10am-5pm
Tour Times: Regular tours, first come basis. Last entry 4.30pm. Disabled access only by stair-climber booked in advance on 020 8995 0508.
Meet: Sun 2.30pm at Victorian Society, 1 Priory Gardens, W4 1TT
Bedford Park was the first garden suburb. Some 400 homes, mostly in red brick with red tiled roofs, Dutch-style gables, balconies and artists' studios.
Opening Days/Times: Sunday 2.30pm-4.30pm
Tour Times Duration: approx 2hrs.
A Ruskinian walk through shared heritage
Meet: Sat 12noon, Sun 2.30pm at Chiswick Business Park, Building 3, 566 Chiswick High Road, W4 5YA
The walk starts at the RIBA Award-winning and wildlife-themed Chiswick Park (Richard Rogers Partnership 2000). Other focal points are the homes of William Willett, builder and originator of Daylight Saving Time, and Richard White, Co-founder of the Law Society; South Acton Estate, birthplace of painter Patrick Caulfield, with its Children's Centre (Llowarch Llowarch 2006), and underground river, the 'Stamford Brook'.
Duration: approx 2 hours.
September 14, 2012