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Monthly Archives: June 2019

We were delighted to take our Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, to visit three Heritage of London Trust projects in west London. First stop was the handsome 18th century Cranford Stables, in Hillingdon, part of an exciting new project to regenerate the site of the Berkeley earls’ house in Cranford Park. Second stop was Cranford’s Village Lock Up, a rare surviving example of a village ‘lock up’ or prison cell, restored in late 2017. An article about the project can be found here. Our third and final visit was to Boston Manor House where we were met by Mayor of Hounslow, Tony Louki, and Hounslow Council. Our Patron inspected the classical wallpaper soon to be restored with a HOLT grant, and the fantastic interior of this Jacobean manor house: reopening in 2020! The morning finished with a delicious riverside lunch in Chiswick.

Work has now begun on the portico of St. Mary’s Church on Upper Street, Islington! The masonry teams have been carefully dismantling the pediment frieze which will be recorded, labelled, repaired and then reinstated.

We were delighted to be involved in the Festival of History at Royal Holloway University of London this year. HOLT’s Director, Dr Nicola Stacey, gave the 2019 Magna Carta Lecture as part of a series of talks hosted by the Citizens Project, celebrating the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform over the past 800 years. Dr Stacey spoke in the beautiful chapel at Royal Holloway on ‘Pushing Back: Engaging with the Histories of Dissent‘ and the talk was followed by an engaged Q&A in which Heritage of London Trust projects were discussed in relation to the themes celebrated in this lecture series. We had a fantastic time and look forward to seeing who will present next year!