A hundred years ago John Alexander (Jack) Whitehead's factory produced First World War aircraft. He was a flamboyant self-publicist, said to "possess all the racy and imaginative ability of the American storyteller". One of his planes starred on a West End stage set. He changed the course of a West London river. He had grand visions for the peace-time future of flying but his own success in aviation ended with the war. Anne Logie writes about this colourful character.
The delightful word Aviatrices meaning 'female aviators' was in vogue in the early days of aviation. Historic environment volunteer Laura Polglase highlights the role of women in the glory days of Hanworth Air Park. She writes:
Once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards for there you have been and there you will always long to return. Leonardo da Vinci
Flying is the best possible thing for women. Elise Deroche, first lady to solo an airplane, 8 March 1910
Richard Burton - famed as an explorer, author, soldier and so much more - was born today on March 19 1821 in Torquay (although some accounts say it was Hertfordshire). Burton spent some of his early years in Richmond, with the family living in Maids of Honour Row. Sent to the Richmond Academy, Burton's time was chiefly spent getting into fights with the other boys!
Twickenham's most famous local Egyptian Revival building is the Kilmorey Mausoleum. However, sometimes overlooked as Egyptian Revival is a nearby Grade II* listed structure - Twickenham Bridge. Opened by the future Edward VIII on July 3 1933 - along with Chiswick Bridge and Hampton Court Bridge - it was designed by Alfred Dryland and Maxwell Ayrton. The actual building works were undertaken by Aubrey Watson Limited.
Although we have no licensed image of Hanworth Park House from the nineteenth century, the 'Elegant Villa' described in this blog is shown above. National Flying Services advertisement - FLIGHT magazine 20 December 1929. Image courtesy FlightGlobal: part of RBI, reedbusiness.com. Anne Logie, Historic Environment Volunteer, writes:
Anne Logie, Historic Environment Volunteer, writes:
I have just been sent a link to the excellent website run by the National Library of Scotland in which an historic map can be shown alongside a satellite image, and if the cursor is moved over features in the map a corresponding marker moves across the satellite image.
Thanks to generous funding from Historic England’s Capacity Building Programme, the Environment Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Reider Payne to the newly created post of Heritage at Risk (HAR) Project Manager. With a background grounded in the heritage sector, the new HAR Project Manager will be responsible for both documented and potential Heritage at Risk in the London boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Hounslow and Kingston.