DRINKING FOUNTAIN and CATTLE TROUGH ASSOCIATION
The association was set up by MP, Samuel Gurney in 1859 to provide free drinking water for residents added the cattle troughs in 1867 to provide for animal welfare. During the 19th century there were 9 water companies in London and a lot of the water was contaminated producing a cholera epidemic so the association provided free drinking water that was filtered properly and guaranteed to be safe. The first fountain was built in Holborn Hill in 1859 and it became very popular with 7,000 people using it so in the next 6 years another 85 fountains were constructed. Many fountains were placed opposite bars as the cheapest thing to drink besides water was beer. Coffee and tea were too expensive for the common folk. Other fountains were placed in church yards with religious inscriptions on them to promote the church. By 1879 there were 800 fountains and troughs being used by 300,000 residents. The troughs were provided for the animals being brought to the market, but with the popularity of the car the association stopped building troughs in 1936.
There are not too many troughs remaining but this one is on the corner of Staines Rd and Wellington Rd.
this site gives details of troughs in London Area
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THE BLENHEIM CENTRE
The Blenheim Centre is just not a car park, and supermarket as there is a gym, a children's play area and a good Indian restaurant that serves all-you-can-eat-curry for around £14. Easy to park your car here to access Hounslow High Street and the Treaty Shopping Centre.
MILESTONE---188 years old
There are not so many milestones left in London these days but one can be seen along the London Road which indicates that Hounslow is 1 mile away and London is 9 miles. The distance of 9 miles would be the exact distance to the statue of Charles I which is located on the SE corner of Trafalgar Square. Obviously this milestone has been moved slightly as the wall is new but at the base of the milestone we can see that Hounslow was part of Heston Parish and it has been made in 1824 by R J and J Barrett. Milestones were used by the Romans 2,000 years ago and were normally made from granite or marble back then.
The second milestone i discovered the other day but could not make out the date, but probably older than the first one.
The park is 5 minute walk from Hounslow West Tube Station and probably the only green area in this part of Hounslow. The facilities include a children's play area, tennis courts, basketball and soccer area.
Open 8 am to dusk
houses with wooden beams
There is a rather nice looking set of houses and businesses on the junction of Lampton Rd and the A4 which still have the original oak beams in place. I was under the impression theta it was merely concrete painted black but on close inspection you could see where they had been nailed together and the wear on the wood.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
Around 1200 BC a Trinitarian Friary was established where the present day church stands today., but at the time of the disillusion of the monasteries it was the richest friary in the country which eventually evolved in to the Holy Trinity Church. In 1961 the church was rebuilt as it had been destroyed by arsonists (2 schoolboys)
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THE TREATY CENTRE
Many people are too busy shopping in the High Street to stop and admire the building above the entrance to the Treaty Centre. It seems to have been kept in its original condition and is a joy to look at along side the modern shops.
The Bell pub used to be by the old toll gates which supported the upkeep of the roads. At this famous old Junction the present day Staines Rd which follows the old Roman Rd from London to Exeter while Bath Rd led to Bristol. Read the sign in the attached photo for more information.
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Try the weekend market at Hounslow West
Every Saturday there is a weekend market in the Hounslow West Tube Station car park. saturday the stalls are there all day but on Sunday most stallholders will pack up around lunchtime. besides clothes, tools,electrical goods, meat stall, vegetable stall and a variety of other goods for sale there are second hand goods (not such a good quality in my opinion. The clothes are not the best available.
HOUNSLOW HIGH STREET
Usually you will find various stalls in the High Street and sometimes other activities. today i found a couple of guys from Peru playing traditional music, a kid's ride and to top it off there were 7 or 8 food stalls selling paella, polish meals, jerky and Indian food (i believe the food stalls are only there each year when they switch on the Xmas lights)
stroll in the park
Lampton Park is one of the largest parks in West London and used to be a trading centre in the old days. Now there are many paths, trees and opportunities to play games in the soccer fields, putting ground. The trees are particular beautiful in the autumn with the colourful leaves.
There are many benches and open grassland for folks to relax. I cane across a two and a half tonne stone which was originally 85 feet under the ground but it was brought up to the surface while quarrying for gravel. The stone is is the hardened remains of a bed of sand as the whole area was under water 50 million years ago.
WORLD RUGBY MUSEUM
The world Rugby Museum can be visited at Twickenham, the home of English rugby and covers the history of the game from the 19th century to the present day. There are many photographs and other memorabelia, up to 10,000 objects. Entry to the museum is £7, but if you want a stadium tour too then you can do both for £15. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from late morning to 5pm
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ROYAL MILITARY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
When strolling back from Twickenham rugby ground i came across this impressive building which is called Kneller Hall, and is the headquarters of the Royal Military School of Music. There is also a military music museum which displays documents and manuscripts as well as woodwind, string, brass and percussion instruments from all over the world. The building was rebuilt in 1848.
www.army.mod.uk/music for upcoming performances
Should you be interested in viewing the museum call Kneller Hall 02087448649
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Hounslow West is underneath the flight path for planes landing at Heathrow and from many areas you can see the planes just a few hundred feet above you. I never cease to gaze in awe at the giant birds slowly descending to the runway and each time look up to see if i can recognise the airline that the plane is representing. Today, as i walked along Green Lane there was a plane passing above me every two minutes or so. Very Interesting.
Hounslow Heath Local Nature Reserve is quite a popular place for joggers and nature lovers which has a total of 5 hectares of heathland. It is a highly urbanised area but the heath has many footpaths for strolling around. As well as heathland there is woodland, scrub, grassland, wetland and wildflower meadows. The Heath dates back to Norman times.
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