Heroes of Chiswick - People and Parish

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After the main project, some further research was undertaken. This included research on women and families who were particularly active in the parish during WW1.

Amongst those were Mrs Vidal, a driving force behind the creation of the Te Deum memorial window, Mrs Shelford, the Vicar’s wife and Mrs Coombs, a Churchwarden’s wife.

Two reports have been produced: one on Mrs Shelford and the other about the Hostel for Belgian refugees in Wellesley Road which had the active support of St Michael's Church and parishioners.

Mrs Shelford

Hostel for Belgian Refugees

Key sources for our research were:

• Parish Magazines held at the London Metropolitan Archives in Islington.

• Local Newspapers, Rate books, Kelly’s Directories and Electoral Rolls held at the Local Studies Section of Chiswick Library.

• Other records available on websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past.

In 2016, Heroes of Chiswick project member, Steve Newbold gave a talk on St Michael's Church and the parish around 1916 and the reserch for this is intended to be uploaded to this section in due course.