New Chiswick House book by local historian

A new book by local historian Gillian Clegg tells the story of the Chiswick House estate from the 17th- century Jacobean mansion through to the present day

A new book by local historian Gillian Clegg tells the story of the Chiswick House estate from the 17th- century Jacobean mansion through to the present day. Chiswick House and Gardens A History' records the building of the villa by the 3rd Earl of Burlington and the gardens which became the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement due to the influence of Burlington's protégé William Kent.

The book traces the estate's history and its famous occupants, including Georgiana, charismatic Duchess of Devonshire, the future King Edward VII, and the clever elephant and spitting llama from the 6th Duke's renowned menagerie.

During the 20th century the estate entered a gradual decline that included a period as a mental home before being sold by the Duke of Devonshire to the local council for public use as a park. This is the first book to bring the history of Chiswick House right up-to-date, including its recent £12-million regeneration.

Gillian Clegg is one of the volunteer archivists for the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust and has lived in Chiswick for 35 years. She is the author of several books about the area, including Chiswick Past and The Chiswick Book: Past and Present.

Chiswick House and Gardens A History is published by McHugh Publications, ISBN 978-0-9569164-0-2  Price £14.99.

Gillian Clegg's book about Chiswick House and Gardens

Author and Chiswick House historian Gillian Clegg
Author and Chiswick House volunteer Gillian Clegg

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