Thames Luminaries: Fishponds, great cedars and Jayne Mansfield - renovating the historic landscapes of Boston Manor Park for the 21st century

10 Feb 2021
7:00 pm

The Thames brought commerce and wealth to South West London, attracting royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners. The legacy of these luminaries is an area exceptionally rich in heritage buildings, gardens and landscapes. Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and English Heritage’s Marble Hill have organised a series of nine free virtual talks over three weeks beginning on Wednesday 27th January.  Experts will explore, explain and offer insight about a luminary and their landscape, property
and land.

Boston Manor Park is the surviving part of a larger estate which existed in Brentford from the 12th century to the 1920s. It was a priory farm in the 13th century, supporting St Helen’s Priory in the City of London. Today it is a public open space and the setting for the 17th century Boston Manor House. This talk will focus on the planned Lottery-funded renovation of the Park and the challenges of preserving and adapting its historic landscape.

This talk will be given by David Stockdale and Sion Thaysen. David Stockdale works for the London Borough of Hounslow and has been part of the team delivering the Lottery-funded restoration of Boston Manor House. He has worked on collections and historic building interpretation in Scotland, Yorkshire and London.

Sion Thaysen is a landscape architect and director at Allen Scott. He leads the design team in the regeneration of Boston Manor Park. His interest lies in parks and urban spaces, and how the process of visioning and collaboration breathes new life into places, heightens our sense of beauty and delight, and allows us to connect to each other and nature.

Admission to this talk is free but but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the nine participating organisations. More about the talk and the speaker can be found here and you can book your place at TicketSource.

The talk will start at 7 pm and last for approximately 20 minutes with time being allowed for questions and answers at the end. The event will end at or before 8 pm. It will be delivered using Zoom so you will need a computer or tablet with the Zoom program/app on it. You will be sent a link by email shortly before the lecture begins and you should follow this link at the appropriate time to join the audience. If you haven't used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the appropriate software as soon as you try to join.

This event is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

(1799 frontage of Boston Manor House from Lyson’s Environs of London) 

Presented by Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust