Talk A Walk Around Chiswick Village

Plus find out about the area's ghosts before halloween

Does the ghost of Lady Boston still roam Chiswick Square?

Chiswick Events

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Comment on this story on the

Hounslow Heritage Guides have organised an additional walk to take place on Sunday 20 October.

This is a replacement for a walk which did not take place on Sunday 6 October due to an error. The meet up location is St Nicholas church steps, on the corner of Chiswick Mall and Church Street.

The walk will be around Chiswick Village. Hear about famous boat builders and discover an Elizabethan timber framed building along with London's smallest square, possibly the setting for the opening scenes of Thackeray's book, Vanity Fair.

The guides walk at a very gentle pace, and look at surviving buildings, telling their story.

The last in this autumn’s series of Hounslow Heritage walks has an appropriate theme for Halloween. On Sunday 27 October there will be a chance to find out about "Chiswick - Ghosts and Bodies."

The walk takes in sites from Chiswick’s gruesome past including a possible link with the Jack the Ripper mystery. The body of Montague Druitt was pulled out of the river by Chiswick on New Year’s Eve 1888 and he was found to have large rocks in his pockets. However, many ripperologists believe that the inquest verdict of suicide was a cover up. It is claimed that Druitt’s family were aware that he had killed and mutilated several prostitutes and that his involvement was deliberately hidden because he frequented all-male brothels with Prince Albert, the heir to the throne.

The tour will also pay a visit to the burial ground by St Nicholas’ Church and hear some of the stories behind the graves including the macabre tale of Ugo Fosclo. His tomb in Chiswick lies empty after Garibaldi took the body from there in 1871 to have him reburied in Florence as a national hero. During the rebuilding of the Church in the 1880s, Henry Smith of of Fuller Smith and Turner, found a crypt containing the bodies of two women along with a small coffin. It has been claimed that the women were Cromwell’s daughters and that they walk the graveyard to this day and that the small coffin contained the beheaded body of Oliver Cromwell himself.

Close to Regency Quays a body of a Saxon male was found who came to be known as Oswin. As no burial artefacts were found by his body it is thought possible that he died of disease and was simply abandoned at the spot.

The tour may also visit Boston House near the George and Devonshire pub the site of a notorious 18th century society killing. When Lord Boston found out about his wife’s affair with Lord Fairfax he brutally murdered her and took her body down through a sewer to dump it in the river. However, the tide brought it back and he reburied it near the house. Over two hundred years later workers for the Cherry Blossom Polish company were living in the house and reported seeing a terrified woman outside in Chiswick Square and a pale face appearing in the windows.

Percy the ghost is also said to haunt the Old Burlington, formerly the Burlington Arms pub, on Church Street. The building dates back to the fifteenth century and was an inn at the time of Elizabeth I. Percy has been seen floating along corridors in a wide brimmed hat and billowing cloak. He is thought to haunt the building along with a young girl.

Hounslow Heritage Guides hold an annual programme of walks exploring local heritage. These are held on Sundays (and occasional bank holidays) between June and October.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.

October 10, 2019