Syon Park and the Great War

Next in series of Sunday Afternoon Lectures in Syon House

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This illustrated talk on Sunday 20th July by Richard Flenley will explore the impact of the First World War on Syon and its local community, also linking to his home city of Lancaster and to monuments – great and small - in Flanders, on the Somme, back in London and close to Syon Park.

Richard Flenley is a [semi-retired] landscape consultant who has worked as an advisor in a number of historic properties in London and along the Thames including the all of the Royal Parks, The Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace as well as assisting with landscape history and preparation of Landscape Management Plans at Syon Park.

These afternoon lectures start at 3.00pm and are in the Northumberland Room in Syon House.

Admission is free with a House and Garden Ticket.

Future Lectures in the Series

A Tale of Two Grandfathers

Two grandfathers, one from Ireland, one from England, both engaged in the ‘War To End All Wars’. One, a professional soldier with much active service already seen, the other a fresh-faced young man who put his age on in order to fight for ‘King and Country’.

Patrick Russell is a retired English & Film Studies teacher. He has always had a fascination for History, and is a room guide at Syon, Ham and Osterley Houses, as well as a volunteer at Kew Gardens. Since the 1990s, he has researched his family history and has discovered that he is related (fourth cousin, once removed) to the Duchess of Cambridge. He is currently researching the army careers of his two grandfathers, and this research forms the basis for this talk which takes place on Sunday 27th July. His son-in-law is a Major in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

July 14, 2014

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