Gunnersbury Past and Present

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Val BottDespite fierce competition from the England v Colombia game, about 50 people turned up to hear Val Bott give the John Delafons lecture on 3 July. Val is the co-author (with James Wisdom) of a new book entitled Gunnersbury Park: the Place and the People (Scala, 2018). She described the development of Gunnersbury from a mediaeval manor house, to Maynard’s fashionable 17th Century Palladian mansion, its subsequent demolition, the construction of the 2 Regency Mansions, the arrival of the Rothschilds in 1889, and the purchase of the park by Ealing and Acton in 1925. We saw some beautiful paintings, drawings and maps from the book, plus 2 props from the 17th Century houses: some Westmoreland slate and a local brick. Since 2015 there has been considerable investment in Gunnersbury. The park has been renovated and a number of buildings refurbished. The museum has now reopened in the large mansion and contains material illustrating the development of the Gunnersbury estate, plus historical objects from all over the Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow. A programme of events has been developed, and volunteers are needed to help with the museum. See the Visit Gunnersbury website for more information and join the Friends of Gunnersbury to support this valuable local asset. Val and James’ beautiful book is available in the Museum shop, the Gunnersbury cafe, local bookshops and online.