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Monthly Meetings

The UCVC meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the 'Thorney Park Golf Club', Thorney Mill Lane, Iver, Bucks. SL0 9AL (sometimes on 2nd Wednesday in December) starting at 20:00.

18 April - A Talk By: Andrea Cameron - History of Hounslow.

Andrea is Hounslow's Foremost Historian she is also our historian giving us over 15 talks over the years. I hope you are not “fed up” with them.

Hounslow is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but with a different spelling.

It grew because it was the first stop for the stage coaches from London to the West Country. Hounslow Heath was high-way men's area. Up to the 1840's over 200 coaches a day past through. Then in the 1850's a rail loop of the Windsor / Staines, S/Western Railway was opened  

It was originally in the Borough of Heston & Isleworth, which was from the River Crane in the west to the River Thames at Isleworth in the

east, this is about 5 miles. It now goes from the borders of Heathrow Airport to Chiswick and is now an Outer Borough of Greater London

I went to Chatsworth School (Junior & Infants) in Heath Rd, Hounslow, in the 1940's and we were given a map of the Borough, which I still have. Just looking at it one can see the change to the town.

There are quite a few parks in the area, in the school lunch time we sometimes went to Inwood Park, there was a small boating pond there (it might still be there) I remember my friend Bob falling in it one lunch time. He had to sit in wet trousers all afternoon.

There were five cinemas in the length of the High Street with many more just outside the Borough, so you could see a different film nearly every night, plus the Saturday morning film shows. I went to the Odeon in Whitton which is in the Twickenham area.

In early 20th century the High Street evolved into a proper town centre, the Treaty Centre was built with council offices, library, swimming baths ( where I learn t to swim)

Then in the 1980's it was rebuilt, with new shops and library, the council offices were a mile away in Lampton Rd. I must admit I liked the old building best. Now it’s all being redeveloped again.

16 May - A Talk By: Sgt Richards - Police Mounted Division.