“Keep to the left” the grand 10 feet gates call. This instruction was directed at Chiswick’s working families out for a riverside stroll. By the 1920s Chiswick was home to a growing population of factory workers. The Cherry Blossom Boot Polish Factory, Sanderson’s Wallpaper Factory and Fullers’ Brewery were all based here. The workers’ living conditions were often overcrowded and open space and fresh air much in need. In 1925, part of the Duke of Devonshire’s private park was opened to the public as Duke’s Meadows. To give the park a sense of grandeur, a set of beautiful iron gates were designed as an entrance for a 2000-ft long river walk. As part of their Proud Places visits, local school children met the blacksmiths on site & at their workshop.
“I didn’t know blacksmithing still existed, so it’s opened it up, there is woman blacksmiths as well”
Maave, age 15, Chiswick school
“ It’s good that it’s in my community and it’s very interesting. I think other people should experience it too”
Julia, age 12, Chiswick school
“I find it interesting from how it changed from really rusty and old, to like almost looking brand new and seeing the process of that “
Dylan, age 12 Chiswick school