wcgs_logoThe Society strongly endorses the emphasis in the Local Plan on “improving the appearance of the borough and the quality of life for our residents” and confirms the importance of the promotion of local character, including protection and enhancement of Conservation Areas. We believe that our part of the borough is a good place to bring up children, to run a business and generally in which to live. As a Society, we try to ensure that these positive attributes are maintained.

The Society participated in the Council’s consultation on the Context and Character studies and our comments in January 2013 emphasised the need to protect the character of our residential streets.

We also contributed to the preparation of the Local Plan, adopted in 2015. Chapter Six, Context and Character includes policies on Context and Character, Urban Design and Architecture, Tall Buildings, Heritage and Advertisement Panels, Hoardings and Structures. The Local Plan is available under Planning Policy on the Council’s website:

To see it please click here.

The Design and Conservation section of the Council’s website contains information on urban design, conservation areas, Listed buildings and Hounslow’s local list

To see it please click here.

wcgs_logoConservation areas

The Society’s area includes the following Conservation Areas: Thorney Hedge CA (No 25), Wellesley Road CA (No 26) and part of Turnham Green CA (No 19).

The appraisals for all of Hounslow’s conservation areas are currently (2018) being reviewed and updated. The Society is contributing to this review. The updated appraisals for Thorney Hedge CA and Wellesley Road were adopted by the Cabinet in October 2018 and are available on the Council’s website.

To see the Thorney Hedge conservation area appraisal please click here. 

To see the Wellesley Road conservation area appraisal please click here.

That for Turnham Green is now being reviewed.

 To see the Council’s page on conservation areas please click here.


wcgs_logoLocal List

A local list is a list of buildings or sites which are recognized for their contribution to the local character and distinctiveness. Hounslow is currently in the process of updating the local list and invited residents in early 2018 to nominate buildings and other structures that they considered merited addition to the list.  As part of the process of updating the list, new selection criteria have been developed to help assess additions to the list. An updated version of the existing list has also been produced as part of the process. These are available on the council’s website:

To see the Local List please click here.

Consultation on a “short list” is expected to be carried out early in 2019.

The Council is now (January 2019) consulting. We are pleased that most of our nominations have made it to the list of proposed additions. We are currently studying both the “yes” and “no” list entries in more detail and will be responding to the consultation.

In responding in March 2019 we suggested several amendments to better describe entries and requested reconsideration of the non-inclusion of some of our nominations such as Fromow’s Corner.

Our Nominations

A group of members of the Society came together as a “heritage team” and worked on nominations for buildings both within West Chiswick and Gunnersbury and within the wider Chiswick area. We submitted 20 nominations for West Chiswick and Gunnersbury and 8 for Central Chiswick and we endorsed 12 nominations submitted by others.


A West Chiswick and Gunnersbury

Gunnersbury Baptist Church and Manse, corner of Wellesley Road and Burlington Road

Gunnersbury Baptist Lecture Hall (former), Sutton Lane North

Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Harvard Road

Russian Orthodox Cathedral Church House, Harvard Road

Churchdale Court, Harvard Road

The Pilot Public House, 56 Wellesley Road

The Queen’s Head Public House, Sutton Lane North

Connolly’s Bar, 450 Chiswick High Road

Brentford and Isleworth Labour Party HQ, 367 Chiswick High Road

Nursery – former Church of Christ Scientist, Marlborough Road

Fromow’s Corner, Wellesley Road

Syon House, 1 Harvard Road

2-20 (even) Grange Road and 13 Grange Road (Wembury House)

19, 21 23 and 25, 27, 29, 31 Wellesley Road

.62 – 88 Wellesley Road

41 Burlington Road

Arlington Park House, Sutton Lane North

HSBC Bank, 281 Chiswick High Road (see photos in PDF)

Power Road Studios, 114 Power Road

Chiswick Studios, 9 Power Road


B Central Chiswick

Chiswick Public Library, Dukes Avenue

Barley Mow Centre/Devonshire Works – former Sanderson factory, Barley Mow Passage

and Dukes Avenue

Caffe Nero, 386 Chiswick High Road

273-279 Chiswick High Road

Sworn & Co, 174 Chiswick High Road

Chiswick Tram Depot (former), 74 Chiswick High Road

Killick and Co (former Parr’s Bank), 23 Chiswick High Road

The Chiswick Timeline, Turnham Green Terrace


C Nominations submitted by others, endorsed by WCGS

We did not send our own nominations for these buildings in order to avoid duplication of resources.

Arlington Park Mansions

Army and Navy Depository (former), Heathfield Terrace

George IV Public House, 185 Chiswick High Road

Statue of Hogarth, Chiswick High Road opposite junction with Turnham Green Terrace

Drinking Fountain, entrance to Chiswick Back Common, Turnham Green Terrace

Former Duke of York PH, 107 Devonshire Road, W4

Chiswick Baptist Church, Annandale Road, W4

Cattle Trough, Stamford Brook Common

Café Rouge (Former Steam Packet PH), 85 Strand on the Green

Pier House (former laundry) Strand on the Green

95, 96, 97 Strand on the Green


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