Janet McNamara To Give Talk at Friends of Watermans Park AGM

Will discuss Samuel Leigh's 1829 'Panorama of the Thames'

Samuel Leigh's 1829 'Panorama of the Thames'
Samuel Leigh's painting was a guide for tourists on the Thames


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May 12, 2023

For those attending the next AGM of The Friends of Watermans Park there will also be a chance to hear a talk on the history of Brentford by a leading local historian.

The meeting is taking place on Wednesday 7 June at 7pm at Studio Flox, Ground Floor, Watermans Park Office Building, 44a High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS. The event is open to all and access is from the Watermans Arts Centre car park and Smith Hill.

Immediately following the formal business of the night, Janet McNamara, a local historian and Heritage Guide, will be giving a talk about Brentford inspired by Samuel Leigh’s 1829 “Panorama of the Thames”.

The full panorama shows the river from Westminster Bridge to Richmond Hill, covering a fifteen-mile stretch. It was a guide designed to be used by tourists as they steamed up the Thames, allowing them to identify the houses and occupants as they went past. Janet will be focussing on the Brentford section and giving details of the householders and businesses depicted.

If you would like to attend the talk you can reserve your place here.

The Friends will also be holding a series of music events in the park on Saturday afternoons in July. More details will be available at the Friends AGM and on their website friendsofwatermanspark.org.

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