Slices of Twickenham history

It’s probably a fair bet that a large number of Twickenham residents in the 30-50 age bracket did not grow up in the town. They probably moved here after doing a stint in Fulham or Putney or perhaps “fashionable” Islington. Perhaps some stayed after doing a degree at St Mary’s University. Nowt wrong with that and Twickenham’s a great place but what about the Twickenham of a different era, the time before people were “time poor” and when social networks didn’t exisit but neighbourhoods did. Now here at twickerati towers, there’s no misty eyed nostalgia for a bygone golden era but getting an insight into Twickenham’s past can be interesting. Here are two links which, we hope, illustrate the point.

The first is the BBC history site which has some fascinating accounts of Twickenham during World War II from those who experienced it first hand. Air raids, visits from military police from the US base in Bushy Park and flying bombs show that the war’s impact reached out to the suburbs too.

The second is a short You Tube clip showing the trolley bus route from Twickenham to Teddington in 1931. It’s essentially the route of what is now the 281 bus and is a nice little slice of history caught on film. Does it goes past your road or even your house? And would a video clip of today’s 281 be just as interesting in 80 years time?

Hope you like them and it you have any other links to snippets from the past, add them as a comment below.

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  1. Have you seen the Between the Locks exhibition at Twickenham library? (Upstairs in the function room, on the right at the top.) It’s a collection of reminiscences by people who’ve lived and worked on the Twickenham stretch of Thames, many of them for all their lives. The material and interviews were gathered by the Environment Trust’s Fiona Cossons, working with a group of students from Christ’s school.

    Some of the interviews are very touching, like Freda Hammerton’s account of her father’s death from a V1. Some are funny, and all are down-to-earth.

    They’ve produced a DVD that’s available through the Trust – http://www.enviornmenttrust.co.uk. The exhibition is on in the library till 19 January.