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St Nicholas Church
Chiswick is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Area5.72 km2 (2.21 sq mi)
Population34,337 (Chiswick Homefields, Chiswick Riverside, Turnham Green wards 2011)[2]
• Density6,003/km2 (15,550/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ205785
• Charing Cross6 mi (9.7 km) E
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtW4
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°29′33″N 0°15′48″W / 51.4925°N 0.2633°W / 51.4925; -0.2633

Chiswick (/ˈɪzɪk/ (About this soundlisten) CHIZ-ik)[3] is a district of West London, England. It contains Hogarth's House, the former residence of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth; Chiswick House, a neo-Palladian villa regarded as one of the finest in England; and Fuller's Brewery, London's largest and oldest brewery. In a meander of the River Thames used for competitive and recreational rowing, with several rowing clubs on the river bank, the finishing post for the Boat Race is just downstream of Chiswick Bridge.

Chiswick was an ancient parish in the county of Middlesex, with an agrarian and fishing economy beside the river. Having good communications with London, Chiswick became a popular country retreat and part of the suburban growth of London in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It became the Municipal Borough of Brentford and Chiswick in 1932 and part of Greater London in 1965, when it merged into the London Borough of Hounslow. Chiswick is an affluent area which includes Bedford Park, Grove Park, the Glebe Estate, Strand-on-the-Green and Tube stations Chiswick Park, Turnham Green and Gunnersbury, as well as the Gunnersbury Triangle local nature reserve.

Chiswick Roundabout is the start of the North Circular Road (A406). At Hogarth Roundabout, the Great West Road from central London becomes the M4 motorway, providing a transport connection to Heathrow Airport and the M4 corridor. The Great Chertsey Road (A316) runs south-west from the Hogarth Roundabout, becoming the M3 motorway.

People who have lived in Chiswick include the poets Alexander Pope and W. B. Yeats, the Italian poet and revolutionary Ugo Foscolo, the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, the novelist E. M. Forster, rock musician Pete Townshend, and stage director Peter Brook.


Oldest part of Chiswick: the fifteenth-century Old Burlington, one of two former pubs on Church Street, Chiswick. The tower of the former Lamb Brewery is behind it on the left.
Oldest part of Chiswick: the fifteenth-century Old Burlington, one of two former pubs on Church Street, Chiswick. The tower of the former Lamb Brewery is behind it on the left.

Chiswick was first recorded c.1000 as the Old English Ceswican meaning "Cheese Farm"; the riverside area of Duke's Meadows is thought to have supported an annual cheese fair up until the 18th century.[4][5]

Chiswick grew up as a village around St Nicholas Church from c. 1181 on Church Street, its inhabitants practising farming, fishing and other riverside trades including a ferry, important as there were no bridges between London Bridge and Kingston throughout the Middle Ages.[6] The area included three other small settlements, the fishing village of Strand-on-the-Green, Little Sutton and Turnham Green on the west road out of London.[6]

Memorial to Richard Tayler, d. 1716, complete with Corinthian aedicule, heraldic cartouche, statues of Father Time and Angel of Death, in the bell tower of St Nicholas Church, Chiswick
Memorial to Richard Tayler, d. 1716, complete with Corinthian aedicule, heraldic cartouche, statues of Father Time and Angel of Death, in the bell tower of St Nicholas Church, Chiswick

A decisive skirmish took place on Turnham Green early in the English Civil War. In November 1642, royalist forces under Prince Rupert, marching from Oxford to retake London, were halted by a larger parliamentarian force under the Earl of Essex. The royalists retreated and never again threatened the capital.[7]

From 1758 until 1929 the Dukes of Devonshire owned Chiswick House, and their legacy can be found in street names all over Chiswick.[a][8]

In 1864, John Isaac Thornycroft, founder of the John I. Thornycroft & Company shipbuilding company, established a yard at Church Wharf at the west end of Chiswick Mall.[9][10] The shipyard built the first naval destroyer, HMS Daring of the Daring class, in 1893.[11] To cater for the increasing size of warships, Thornycroft moved its shipyard to Southampton in 1909.[12]

In 1822, the Royal Horticultural Society leased 33 acres (13.4 ha) of land in the area south of the High Road between what are now Sutton Court Road and Duke's Avenue.[13] This site was used for its fruit tree collection and its first school of horticulture, and housed its first flower shows. The area was reduced to 10 acres (4.0 ha) in the 1870s, and the lease was terminated when the Society's garden at Wisley, Surrey, was set up in 1904. Some of the original pear trees still grow in the gardens of houses built on the site.

Postcard photo of Chiswick High Road, c. 1900
Postcard photo of Chiswick High Road, c. 1900

The population of Chiswick grew almost tenfold during the 19th century, reaching 29,809 in 1901,[14] and the area is a mixture of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian housing. Suburban building began in Gunnersbury in the 1860s and in Bedford Park, on the borders of Chiswick and Acton, in 1875.

During the Second World War, Chiswick was bombed repeatedly,[15] with both incendiary and high explosive bombs. Falling anti-aircraft shells and shrapnel also caused damage. The first V-2 rocket to hit London fell on Staveley Road, Chiswick, at 6.43pm on 8 September 1944, killing three people, injuring 22 others and causing extensive damage to surrounding trees and buildings. Six houses were demolished by the rocket and many more suffered damage.[16] There is a memorial where the rocket fell on Staveley Road, and a War Memorial at the east end of Turnham Green. By the start of the 21st century, Chiswick had become an affluent suburb.[17]


Painting Corney House in Chiswick from the River by Jacob Knyff, 1675–80. St Nicholas Church is in the centre.
Painting Corney House in Chiswick from the River by Jacob Knyff, 1675–80. St Nicholas Church is in the centre.

Chiswick St Nicholas was an ancient, and later civil, parish in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex.[18] Until 1834 its vestry governed most parish affairs. After the Poor Law Amendment Act (1834), local administration in Chiswick began to be devolved to authorities beyond the vestry. Then, Chiswick poor relief was administered by the Brentford Poor Law Union.[19] Briefly, from 1849 to 1855, responsibility for Chiswick drains and sewers passed to the Metropolitan Commission of Sewers under its 'Fulham and Hammersmith Sewer District.'[20] From 1858, under the Chiswick Improvement Act of that year,[20] responsibility for drains and sewers, paving and lighting was vested in an elected board of eighteen Improvement Commissioners.[20] This operated as Chiswick's secular local authority for a quarter of a century until its replacement with a Local Board in 1883.[20] In 1878 the parish gained a triangle of land in the east which had formed a detached part of Ealing.[21] From 1894 to 1927 the parish formed the Chiswick Urban District.[22][23] In 1927 it was abolished and its former area was merged with that of Brentford Urban District to form Brentford and Chiswick Urban District.[24] The amalgamated district became a municipal borough in 1932. The borough of Brentford and Chiswick was abolished in 1965, and its former area was transferred to Greater London to form part of the London Borough of Hounslow. With these changes, Chiswick Town Hall is no longer the local government centre but is still used for some council services. There was a Brentford and Chiswick Parliament constituency from 1918 to 1974.

Chiswick forms part of the Brentford and Isleworth Parliament constituency. The MP is Ruth Cadbury (Labour), elected at the May 2015 general election replacing Mary Macleod (Conservative). For elections to the London Assembly Chiswick is in the South West constituency, represented since 2000 by Tony Arbour, of the Conservative Party. For elections to Hounslow London Borough Council, Chiswick is represented by three electoral wards: Turnham Green, Chiswick Homefields and Chiswick Riverside. Each ward elects three councillors, who serve four-year terms. For 2010–14, all nine councillors were Conservatives.[25][26][27] It was one of 35 major centres identified in the statutory planning document of Greater London, the London Plan of 2008.[28]


Chiswick Eyot; St Nicholas Church, red brick buildings along Chiswick Mall and Fuller's Brewery visible in the background
Chiswick Eyot; St Nicholas Church, red brick buildings along Chiswick Mall and Fuller's Brewery visible in the background

Chiswick occupies a meander of the River Thames, 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Charing Cross. The district is built up towards the north with more open space in the south, including the grounds of Chiswick House and Duke's Meadows. Chiswick has one main shopping area, the Chiswick High Road, forming a long high street in the north. The river forms the southern boundary with Kew, including North Sheen, Mortlake and Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It includes the uninhabited island of Chiswick Eyot, joined to the mainland at low tide. In the east Goldhawk Road and British Grove border Hammersmith in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. In the north are Bedford Park and South Acton in the London Borough of Ealing, with a boundary partially delineated by the District line. To the west, within Hounslow, are the districts of Gunnersbury and Brentford.[29] Chiswick is in the W4 postcode district of the London post town, which in a tribute to its ancient parish includes Bedford Park and South Acton, mostly within the London Borough of Ealing.[30]

Bedford Park, designed largely by Norman Shaw, was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as the first place "where the relaxed, informal mood of a market town or village was adopted for a complete speculatively built suburb". Some of the most beautiful period mansion blocks in Chiswick, such as Heathfield Court and Arlington Mansions, line the sides of Turnham Green – the site of the Battle of Turnham Green in 1642. Other suburbs of Chiswick include Grove Park (south of the A4, close to Chiswick railway station) and Strand on the Green, a fishing hamlet until the late 18th century.[31] In 1896, Bedford Park was advertised as being in Chiswick,[32] though at that time much of it was in Acton.[21]


Chiswick Town Hall, designed by A. Ramsden, 1901[33]
Chiswick Town Hall, designed by A. Ramsden, 1901[33]

Chiswick High Road contains a mix of retail, restaurants, food outlets and expanding office and hotel space. The wide streets encourage cafes, pubs and restaurants to provide pavement seating. Lying between the offices at the Golden Mile Great West Road and Hammersmith, office developments and warehouse conversions to offices began from the 1960s. The first in 1961 was 414 Chiswick High Road on the site of the old Chiswick Empire. Between 1964 and 1966, the 18-storey IBM headquarters was built above Gunnersbury station, designed to accommodate 1500 people. It became the home of the British Standards Institution in 1994.[34]

Chiswick is home to the Griffin Brewery, where Fuller, Smith & Turner brew their prize-winning ales. It and its predecessor companies have been brewing beer on the same site for over 350 years. The original brewery was in the gardens of Bedford House in Chiswick Mall.[35]

Points of interest

Chiswick House

Chiswick House was designed by the Third Earl of Burlington, and built for him, in 1726–29 as an extension to an earlier Jacobean house (subsequently demolished in 1788); it is considered to be among the finest surviving examples of Palladian architecture in Britain, with superb collections of paintings and furniture. Its surrounding grounds, laid out by William Kent, are among the most important historical gardens in England and Wales, forming one of the first English landscape gardens.[36] It was used as an asylum from 1892 to 1928; up to 40 private patients were housed in wings which were demolished in 1956 when the house was restored.[37]


Christ Church, Turnham Green, by George Gilbert Scott, 1843
Christ Church, Turnham Green, by George Gilbert Scott, 1843

St Nicholas Church, near the river Thames, has a 15th-century tower, although the remainder of the church was rebuilt by J.L. Pearson in 1882–84. Monuments in the churchyard mark the burial sites of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth and William Kent, the architect and landscape designer; the churchyard also houses a mausoleum (for Philip James de Loutherbourg) designed by John Soane, and the tomb of Josiah Wedgwood's business partner, Thomas Bentley, designed by Thomas Scheemakers.[38] One of Oliver Cromwell's daughters, Mary Fauconberg, lived at Sutton Court and is buried in the churchyard.[39] Enduring legend has it that the body of Oliver Cromwell was also interred with her, though as the Fauconbergs did not move to Sutton Court until 15 years after his disinterment, it is more likely he was reburied at their home at Newburgh Priory.[39] Private Frederick Hitch VC, hero of Rorke's Drift, is also buried there.[40]

Chiswick's Roman Catholic church, Our Lady of Grace and St Edward (the Confessor) in the Diocese of Westminster, lies on the corner of Dukes Avenue and the High Road. It is a red brick building; the parish was founded in 1848, a school began c. 1855, and a church was opened by Cardinal Wiseman on the present site in 1864. It was replaced by the present building in 1886, opened by Cardinal Manning. The heavy debts incurred were paid off and the church consecrated in 1904. The square tower was added after the First World War by Canon Egan as a war memorial.[41]

The church of St Michael, Sutton Court was designed by W. D. Caröe in 1908–1909. It is a red brick building on Elmwood road, in Tudor style.[42] St Paul's Church, Grove Park is a Gothic style stone building designed by H. Currey. It was built largely at the Duke of Devonshire's expense in 1872.[42]

Duke's Meadows way marker, 2002
Duke's Meadows way marker, 2002

St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park was initially a temporary iron building from 1876 on Chiswick High Road facing Chiswick Lane. The current building's foundation stone was laid in 1879 and consecrated in 1880. It was designed, along with much of Bedford Park, by Norman Shaw, and was called "a very lovely church" by John Betjeman. It is an Anglo-Catholic church, and was attacked on the day it was consecrated for "Popish and Pagan mummeries" by the brewer Henry Smith, churchwarden of St Nicholas, Chiswick.[43]

Christ Church, Turnham Green is an early Victorian Gothic building of flint with stone dressings. The main part of the building, by George Gilbert Scott and W. B. Moffat, is from 1843; the chancel and northeast chapel were added in 1887 by J. Brooks.[42]

The Russian Orthodox Cathedral was built on Harvard Road in 1998, with a blue and gold dome.[44]

Famous Landmarks

79 Whellock Road, a street not far from Turnham Green Station, was the childhood home of Sebastian Eyre, Canadian international rugby player.

Duke's Meadows

Duke's Meadows stands on land formerly owned by the Duke of Devonshire. In the 1920s, it was purchased by the local council, who developed it as a recreational centre. A promenade and bandstand were built, and the meadows are still used for sport with a rugby club, football pitches, hockey club, several rowing clubs and a golf club. In recent years a local conservation charity, the Dukes Meadows Trust, has undertaken extensive restoration work, which saw a long-term project of a children's water play area opened in August 2006.[45]

Gunnersbury Triangle

The Gunnersbury Triangle local nature reserve, opposite Chiswick Park Underground station, is managed by London Wildlife Trust. The area, a railway triangle, was saved from development by a public inquiry, and became a reserve in 1985. Its 2.5 hectares are covered mainly in secondary birch woodland, with willow carr (wet woodland) in the low-lying centre, and acid grassland on the former Acton Curve railway track. The reserve runs a varied programme of activities including wildlife walks, fungus forays, open days and talks.[46][47][48]

Chiswick Pier

Chiswick Pier, as seen from the middle of the Thames on a passing boat
Chiswick Pier, as seen from the middle of the Thames on a passing boat

Chiswick Pier hosts one of London's two RNLI lifeboat stations,[49] along with temporary moorings for pleasure craft and eight houseboat moorings.[50] It was established under a charity, the Chiswick Pier Trust, in 1997 although houseboats were moored in the area, then known as Church Wharf, long before this.[50] The pier is a popular location to watch the final stages of the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge.[51]

Public houses and theatres

The Mawson Arms, briefly the home of the poet Alexander Pope
The Mawson Arms, briefly the home of the poet Alexander Pope

There are several historic public houses in Chiswick, some of them listed buildings, including the Mawson Arms,[52] the George and Devonshire,[53] the Old Packhorse[54] and The Tabard in Bath Road near Turnham Green station. The Tabard is known for its William Morris interior and its Norman Shaw exterior; it was built in 1880.[55] Three more pubs are in Strand-on-the-Green, fronting on to the Thames river path.[56]

Chiswick had two well-known theatres in the 20th century.[57] The Chiswick Empire (1912 to 1959) was at 414 Chiswick High Road. It had 2,140 seats,[58] and staged music hall entertainment, plays, reviews, opera, ballet and an annual Christmas pantomime. The Q Theatre (1924 to 1959) was a small theatre opposite Kew Bridge station. It staged the first works of Terence Rattigan and William Douglas-Home, and many of its plays went on to the West End.[59]

The 96-seat Tabard Theatre (1985) in Bath Road, upstairs from the Tabard pub but a separate business, is known for new writing and experimental work.[60]

Other buildings

Sandersons wallpaper factory design by Charles Voysey, 1902
Sandersons wallpaper factory design by Charles Voysey, 1902

The Sanderson Factory in Barley Mow Passage, now known as Voysey House, was designed by the architect Charles Voysey in 1902. It is built in white glazed brick, with Staffordshire blue bricks (now painted black) forming horizontal bands, the plinth, and surrounds for door and window openings, and dressings in Portland stone. It was originally a wallpaper printing works, now used as office space. It is a Grade II* listed building. It faces the main factory building and was once joined to it by a bridge across the road. It was Voysey's only industrial building, and is considered an "important Arts and Crafts factory building".[61]

In 1971 Erin Pizzey established the world's first domestic violence refuge at 2 Belmont Terrace, naming her organisation "Chiswick Women's Aid". The local council attempted to evict Pizzey's residents, but were unsuccessful and she soon established more such premises elsewhere, inspiring the creation of refuges worldwide.[62][63]

Chiswick is home to the Arts Educational Schools in Bath Road.[64]


Chiswick is situated at the start of the North Circular Road (A406), South Circular Road (A205) and the M4 motorway, the latter providing a direct connection to Heathrow Airport and the M25 motorway. The Great West Road (A4) runs eastwards into central London via the Hogarth Roundabout where it meets the Great Chertsey Road (A316) which runs south-west, eventually joining the M3 motorway.[65]

The southern border of Chiswick runs along the River Thames, which is crossed in this area by Barnes Railway and Foot Bridge, Chiswick Bridge, Kew Railway Bridge and Kew Bridge. River services between Westminster Pier and Hampton Court depart from Kew Gardens Pier just across Kew Bridge.[66]

Bus routes on or near Chiswick High Road are (27, 65, 94 (from Acton Green), 237, 267, 272, 391, 440, E3 and H91), as well as the night bus N9. The 27 and 94 services run 24 hours a day.[67]

The District line serves Chiswick with four London Underground stations, Stamford Brook, Turnham Green, Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury.[68] Turnham Green is an interchange with the Piccadilly line, but only before 06:50 and after 22:30, when Piccadilly line trains stop at the station. Chiswick railway station on the Hounslow Loop Line is served by a regular South Western Railway service to London Waterloo via Clapham Junction.[68] The North London line crosses Chiswick (north-south); London Overground stations are Gunnersbury and South Acton.[68]


Chiswick's local rugby union teams include Chiswick RFC, formerly Old Meadonians RFC. The team plays league games on a Saturday at Dukes Meadows.[69] Chiswick's cricket club, formerly known as Turnham Green and Polytechnic, plays at Riverside Drive.[70] On Chiswick Common is the Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre, where there are tennis, five-a-side football and netball courts available to hire to the public.[71] Private tennis coaching for individuals and groups is also available.[72]

The Chiswick reach of the Thames is heavily used for competitive and recreational rowing. Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney runs past Chiswick Eyot and Duke's Meadows. The Boat Race is contested on the Championship Course on a flood tide (in other words from Putney to Mortlake) with Duke's Meadows a popular view-point for the closing stages of the race. The finishing post is just downstream of Chiswick Bridge.[73] Other important races such as the Head of the River Race race the reverse course, on an ebb tide.[74] Chiswick is home to several clubs. The University of London Boat Club is based in its boathouse off Hartington Road, which also houses the clubs of many London colleges and teaching hospitals; recent members include Tim Foster, Gold medallist at the Sydney Olympics and Frances Houghton, World Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007.[75] Quintin Boat Club lies between Chiswick Quay Marina and Chiswick Bridge.[76] Tideway Scullers School is just downriver of Chiswick Bridge; its members include single sculling World Champion Mahé Drysdale and Great Britain single sculler Alan Campbell.[77]

Chiswick High Road was once home to the Chequered Flag garage and its associated motor racing team.[78][79]

Notable people

Hogarth's House, later the home of the poet Henry Francis Cary
Hogarth's House, later the home of the poet Henry Francis Cary
Impressionist painting of Bath Road, London by Camille Pissarro, 1897. Oil on canvas.
Impressionist painting of Bath Road, London by Camille Pissarro, 1897. Oil on canvas.

18th century

In the 18th century, the poet Alexander Pope, author of The Rape of the Lock, lived in Chiswick between 1716 and 1719, in the building which is now the Mawson Arms at the corner of Mawson Lane.[80][81] The actor Charles Holland was born in Chiswick in 1733.[82] The artist William Hogarth bought the house now known as Hogarth's House in 1749,[83][84] lived there until his death in 1764, and is buried in St Nicholas's churchyard.[85] The house later belonged to the poet and translator of Dante, Henry Francis Cary, who lived there from 1814 to 1833.[86] In February 1766 Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived a few weeks with a local grocer, before moving to Wootton.[87]

19th century

Portrait of the poet Ugo Foscolo by François-Xavier-Pascal Fabre, 1813. Foscolo died in exile at Turnham Green.
Portrait of the poet Ugo Foscolo by François-Xavier-Pascal Fabre, 1813. Foscolo died in exile at Turnham Green.

In the 19th century, the Italian writer, revolutionary and poet Ugo Foscolo died in exile at Turnham Green in 1827,[88] and was buried at St Nicholas Churchyard, Chiswick, where his monument incorrectly states he was 50, not 49. In 1871 his remains were taken to Italy and given a national hero's burial in Santa Croce, Florence alongside Michelangelo and Galileo, while his monument in Chiswick was lavishly refurbished.[89][90]

The inventor of the electric telegraph, Francis Ronalds, lived on Chiswick Lane from 1833 to 1852.[91] Another engineer, John Edward Thornycroft was born in Chiswick in 1872;[92] his father, John Isaac Thornycroft, had founded the Chiswick-based John I. Thornycroft & Company shipbuilding company in 1864, which Thornycroft later joined and developed.[93] The artist Montague Dawson, regarded as one of the best 20th-century painters of the sea, was born in Chiswick in 1895.[94]

The poet W. B. Yeats lived in Woodstock Road as a boy from 1879, and came back in 1887 to live in Blenheim Road, where, inspired by Chiswick Eyot, he wrote The Lake Isle of Innisfree.[95][96]

The Pissarro family of painters, the impressionist Camille Pissarro, his eldest son Lucien, as well as Felix and Ludovic-Rodo lived in 62 Bath Road, Chiswick around 1897; with Camille Pissarro painting a series of notable landscapes of the area.[97][98] The landscape artist Lewis Pinhorn Wood lived at Homefield Road[99] from 1897 to 1908.

20th century

Arlington Park Mansions, with E. M. Forster blue plaque
Arlington Park Mansions, with E. M. Forster blue plaque

In the twentieth century, the novelist E. M. Forster (1879–1970) lived at 9 Arlington Park Mansions in Chiswick[100] from 1939 until at least 1961.[101]

The theatre and film director Peter Brook
The theatre and film director Peter Brook

Notable people born before the Second World War include the cricketers Patsy Hendren (1899-1962)[102] and Jack Robertson (1917-1996),[103] the theatre and film director Peter Brook (1925- ),[104][105] zoologist and broadcaster Aubrey Manning (1930- ),[106] and marine geologist Frederick Vine (1939- ).[107] The Who rock musicians John Entwistle (1944–2002) and Pete Townshend (1945- ) were both born in Chiswick during the Second World War.[108]

Those born in Chiswick during the post-war period include the cricketer Mike Selvey (1948- ),[109] the musician Phil Collins (1951- ),[110] the singer Kim Wilde (1960- ),[111] the illustrator Clifford Harper (1949- ), the photographer Derek Ridgers (1952- ),[112] the actress Kate Beckinsale (1973- ),[113] comedian Mel Smith (1952–2013),[114] and the cricketer Dimitri Mascarenhas (1977- ).[115]

Among those who have lived in Chiswick are the novelist Anthony Burgess (1917-1993), who lived at 24 Glebe Street in the mid-1960s;[116] the pop artist Peter Blake (1932–), who has lived in Chiswick since 1967,[117] with a "vast" studio in a former ironmonger's warehouse;[118] the actor Hugh Grant (1960- ), who grew up in Chiswick, living next to Arlington Park Mansions on Sutton Lane; the singer Bruce Dickinson (1958- ) of the band Iron Maiden;[119] the TV presenter Kate Humble (1968- );[120] the actress Elizabeth McGovern (1961- ) and her husband the film director Simon Curtis (1960- );[121] American lawyer John Lowenthal (1925–2003),[122][123] and the model Cara Delevingne (1992- ).[124]

21st century

The playwright Michael Frayn (1933- ) and his daughter the film maker and novelist Rebecca Frayn live in Chiswick.[125] Chiswick residents in 2016 included the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor,[126] the TV journalists Jeremy Vine,[126] Rageh Omaar[126] and Fergal Keane,[126] the actors Phyllis Logan[126] and Colin Firth,[126] the TV presenters Clare Balding,[124] Sarah Greene,[126] Gavin Campbell,[126] and Mary Nightingale,[126] the journalist Alice Arnold,[126] and the celebrity duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.[127]

Demography and housing

2011 Census Homes
Ward Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans etc. Shared[2]
Chiswick Homefields 149 916 1218 2493 12 69
Chiswick Riverside 243 947 1136 2753 3 25
Turnham Green 179 675 1247 2423 2
2011 Census Households
Ward Population Households % Owned outright % Owned w. loan hectares[2]
Chiswick Homefields 11346 4857 25.8 28.1 203
Chiswick Riverside 11543 5107 24.8 31 192
Turnham Green 11448 5443 25.9 23.5 -

In the arts

The novel Vanity Fair (1847/8) by William Makepeace Thackeray opens at Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies in Chiswick Mall. Louis N. Parker's play Pomander Walk (1915) has the imagined setting of "a retired crescent of five very small, old-fashioned houses near Chiswick, on the river-bank. ... They are exactly alike: miniature copies of Queen Anne mansions".[128]

Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End tetralogy (1924/28) contains many scenes set in Chiswick, where the Wannop family resides. The BBC adaptation of the literary work featured filming on Bedford Park's Woodstock Road.[129]

Basil Dearden's 1961 suspense film Victim, starring Dirk Bogarde as the barrister Melville Farr, was set in Chiswick, and many of its scenes were filmed on Chiswick Mall, where Farr lived.[130]

Nearest places

See also


  1. ^ There are streets named after their title (Duke Road, Dukes Avenue, Devonshire Road, Devonshire Gardens); their surname (Cavendish Road); their courtesy titles (Hartington Road, Burlington Lane); their estates (Chatsworth Road, Bolton Road); and the village on their main estate (Edensor Road).[8]


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