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Posted by: Jim Storrar
Date/Time: 31/10/17 17:53:00

This is a slight departure from the thread which is discussing the deplorable habit of those who make the scurrilous claim that parts of Brentford are actually in Kew. Please bear with me, I'll eventually get to the punch line.

The real Chiswick Village is a discrete area of flats on a site which is sandwiched between Oxford Road South and the railway line between Kew Bridge and Chiswick. Between about 1935 and 1937 Chiswick Village was built as a single development of about 280 flats in blocks of 4-6 storeys. These flats were described at the time as "luxurious" with "central heating and constant hot water", lifts, and a shared swimming pool, bowling green and tennis courts. Some or all of the flats even had a refrigerator in the kitchen.

The village was built on land which was originally a short length of railway line which was called the Chiswick Curve (not to be confused with the tallish twin towers that have been proposed at Chiswick Roundabout). The Chiswick Curve connected the line between Kew Bridge and Chiswick to what is now known as Gunnersbury Station which was then a stop for trains running all the way from Hounslow, via Brentford, to Turnham Green and beyond. The Chiswick Curve was closed in 1932 and the tracks were taken up.

Gunnersbury railway station was opened by the London and South Western Railway in 1869 when it was called Brentford Road. Perhaps for parochial and now familiar reasons that name didn't last long and the station was renamed Gunnersbury in 1871.

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Chiswick Village31/10/17 17:53:00 Jim Storrar
   Re:Chiswick Village01/11/17 14:28:00 Pat Kingham
      Chiswick Village01/11/17 17:26:00 Jim Storrar
   Re:Chiswick Village01/11/17 17:58:00 Guy Lambert
      Chiswick Village01/11/17 19:44:00 Jim Storrar
   Re:Chiswick Village01/11/17 20:34:00 Steve Taylor

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