Category Archives: Richmond history

Admiral Domvile and the Nazis: New light on ‘The Link’ at local level

The current interest in the ‘Battle of Britain’ in 1940 has served once again to remind us about the time when the British Isles effectively stood alone against the threat of Nazi tyranny, and how the myths and realities of … Continue reading

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Fighting Franco: Commemorating the British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

Eighty two years ago, on 28th October, 1938, the volunteers of the ‘British Battalion’ joined the other volunteer Battalions of the International Brigades (IB) in Spain and held a poignant farewell parade, which included the transfer of their flags and … Continue reading

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The ‘Red’ Scare: middle-class fears of Bolshevism in south-west London, 1919-22

A little over one hundred years ago, in October, 1917 (depending upon which version of the calendar one uses) the Bolshevik party under Lenin achieved a dramatic seizure of power in key cities in Russia, a coup d’etat which sent a … Continue reading

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Secrets and Spies: Latchmere House in Wartime

A blog post I penned recently included some brief coverage of ‘Camp 020’, the secret MI5 interrogation centre at Latchmere House. I have received a number of enquiries about this, so here is a more detailed blog I wrote on … Continue reading

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Five facts about Kingston’s ‘hidden’ history

Spies, lies and secret lives. The secret side to history can be fascinating to explore, and is an exciting part of studying history at Kingston University, Surrey. The market town of Kingston-on-Thames itself has a ‘hidden’ side, and here we … Continue reading

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Superb new issue of ‘Richmond History’ journal

Do you want to read the remarkable story of Vincenzo Lunardi and the part that Richmond-on-Thames in south-west London played in this fascinating episode in history? This, and a good number of other very interesting articles, can be found in … Continue reading

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‘Non-political, Non-sectarian and Non-alcoholic’: Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club, 1910-1926

Special guest blog by professional researcher and local historian Simon Fowler Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club was founded in 1885 as a space for local working men to socialise away from the temptations of the public house. Its motto was … Continue reading

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‘Non-political, Non-sectarian and Non-alcoholic’: Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club, 1910-1926

Special guest blog by professional researcher and local historian Simon Fowler Kew’s Victoria Working Men’s Club was founded in 1885 as a space for local working men to socialise away from the temptations of the public house. Its motto was … Continue reading

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