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gps above and logger below of our walk around Chiswick

The weather was meant to be cool no more than 17º, but the sun shone and we stripped down to shirts.

The Swan PH

Enjoying the sunshine

Hammersmith Bridge

Egyptian goose

Freemontodendron californicum

The Rutland Arms

We thought about trying the deckchairs, but reason prevailed.

Passiflora caerulea

Royal Enfield



The creepers are taking over!

We had a good cup of coffee on the terrace at the Dove

Excellent bedding

Appealing degradation...

Hammersmith Terrace

Emery Walker’s House at 7 Hammersmith Terrace is one of 17 tall, narrow houses, built on the north bank of the River Thames between Chiswick Mall and Lower Mall in the 1750s.   Back then, Hammersmith and Chiswick were still villages, several miles west of the fringes of London. The street would still have looked quite rural and was bordered on the north by market gardens.   By the time Emery Walker moved into the Terrace in the late 1870s the character of the area, and of the Terrace, had changed a great deal. The market gardens had given way to smaller houses and industry such as waterworks, breweries, and timber wharves.   Despite the changes, the area remained popular with various artists because of the beauty of its riverside location.

 Edward Johnston’s daughter, in her father's biography, said that the houses on Hammersmith Terrace had:  'basements and no bathrooms – not so much as a tap above the ground floor – but they had great charm and a wonderful view and little gardens running down to the river wall.'

The author, AP Herbert, whose blue plaque can be seen at No. 12, described the terrace as having:  something, perhaps, of an old village and something of a Cathedral Close, something of Venice and something of the sea.' ( 'The House by the River', 1920).

 Hammersmith Terrace became a particular 'hot spot' for members of the Arts & Crafts Movement. They  visited each others' homes regularly and often congregated around the post box at the end of the terrace for a late night chat while catching the last post.

The owner of this cat had a garden full of 'gnomes'

Pretty garden

Campsis radicans

Odd house

Art in a mini garden

House in the garden

We were lurking around the brewery and told we needed hi-vis jackets to be there;  we were also trespassing...   We were given an interesting short trip around the brewery.


Opposite the Brewery

Fox and Hounds where we had lunch

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Pub showing both signs the Fox and Hounds & The Mawson Arms


Lovely old house

Olive tree

Linum rubrum

The nearest we could get to the front of Chiswick House

Cleaning up after an event



Hogarth's House



Hogarth was under 5ft tall

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London Buddhist Vihara

We went home on the District Line from Turnham Green changing to the St Albans train at Blackfriars.