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28pp 148mm x 210mm (5¾ X 8¼ inches)The long awaited history of Honeywood, telling the story of the house and the land it stands on from the seventeenth century. John's carefully researched and highly readable text is complimented by many fine illustrations and plans, most of which are in colour.
The History of The Oaks
The Oaks was described in a 2002 publication as ‘one of the worst-documented well-known houses in the country. There are hardly any surviving deeds, and the accounts of its history are completely confused and contradictory’.
Paul Williams has spent six years meticulously researching the history of The Oaks, from its very inception in the first half of the 1750s until its demise in the post world war two years of the twentieth century. His discoveries resulted in a very extensive reappraisal and correction of previous accounts.
The first part of Paul’s engrossing work covers the construction of the original Palladian villa with its stable blocks (part of which still survives), the earliest occupier and the confusion with an established nearby inn. This early phase was quickly followed by an association with the House of Stanley that lasted almost 80 years. We follow the lives of those who occupied The Oaks and the evolution of what had become one of the most famous hunting seats in the country. The first of Paul’s two volumes closes when the 12th Earl of Derby finally leaves The Oaks a few months before his death in 1834.
The foreword to Volume One is by the 19th Earl of Derby DL who has graciously described this Honeywood book as a ‘wonderful volume’ and ‘hopes that you enjoy reading it as much as I have’.
Paintings of John Stillman
John Stillman was born in Carshalton Surrey in 1968. He is completely self taught and has been drawing and painting ever since he can remember. John has worked as an illustrator for books and as a graphic artist in advertising in London. He now paints full time as a professional artist.
The many subjects John paints are landscapes and scenes of Surrey through to marine subjects concentrating on light and atmosphere.
His paintings are held in numerous private collections from the UK to America, France and Australia. As well as his solo exhibitions he has also been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Society of Marine Artists and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries in London and The Royal Academy in London.
In 2009 John was awarded "the Frank Herring Award" at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters for his painting "Brilliant Light, Richmond". For the second year running John won "the Frank Herring Award" at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters for his painting "Winter Rooftops, Carshalton".
He is a Council member of "the Chelsea Art Society" and a member of "the Croydon Art Society" where he exhibits his pictures annually.
John is a member of the prestigious "Wapping Group of Artists" for which there are only 25 members allowed.
This is John's first book, and features a foreword by Trevor Chamberlain ROI, RSMA and an introduction by Dr. Nigel T. Cooke. It was launched during August 2012, and among the many pictures are paintings from private collections that have never been exhibited.
Dip into Cheryl’s book and be transported back in time to Carshalton village in the latter half of the 19th century. Village life is described with interest grabbing style and amongst a multitude of gems, chuckle at the antics of some of our predecessor’s miscreant children.
Cheryl Baker M.A. studied Metropolitan and Regional History at the Institute of Historical Research (London) and writes about 19th century working life for genealogical magazines. She has lived in Carshalton since 1974.
Available to download on-line (£5), or in traditional, perfect bound paperback format, 234 pages 6.1" x 9.2" (£9.95) - copies available from the Museum at £9 each.
Click HERE to buy the paperback or download an on-line copy to read and view on your computer: alternatively purchase direct from Honeywood
The collected poems, stories and descriptive
writings by the young Carshalton airman James
Farrar, killed in the Second World War, were
re-published on 5th October 2008.
One of our most popular books. John gives a good introduction to old Carshalton and his book contains a wealth of fine captioned photographs, carefully chosen from the Local Studies Collection in the Central Library at Sutton
the Heart" - The poetry of Valerie Coleman
A new illustrated book by Paul Williams, 'From the Heart', the poetry of Valerie Coleman. This 48 page paperback book is illustrated throughout, and is another exclusive Honeywood production. There is a companion CD that contains all the poems in the book, read by Joan Davalle
The CD and book may be purchased together for the special price of £8.00
A collection of historic poems and paintings relating to Carshalton, Surrey
Click HERE to buy the paperback or download an on-line copy to read and view on your computer: alternatively purchase direct from Honeywood Museum's shop
The book consists of a collection of poems about Carshalton dating from the 18th century to the 1930s assembled by Carshalton historian Derek Bradford. There are 38 illustrations mostly colour reproductions of historic paintings of Carshalton many of which have not been reproduced before. The poems throw interesting light on Carshalton history – and include an 18th century account of Carshalton fair which was then significant enough to attract a posse of London prostitutes. There is also a verse description of the 19th century village and much more. The paintings include works by Joseph Powell, William Tatton Winter and Winifred Madder which give fine view of the quaint old village which existed before suburbanization.
Long and the Short of General John Burgoyne's Maid
of the Oaks
Paul Williams was born in Carshalton in 1946. His interest in local history stems from a keen interest in, and recollection of, The Oaks and its mansion, Carshalton’s trolleybuses, steam trains, Croydon airport and the abundant springs in local parks.
Following a local primary education at Stanley Park Infants and Juniors, Paul went on to attend Wimbledon's Pelham High and Wimbledon Tech. where he excelled in English Literature and History. He went on to enjoy a very successful career in the electricity and gas supply industries. After 25 years in senior customer relations and government liaison, Paul retired to spend more time on his interests, and with his wife Shirley, and their now extended family of two sons, one daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. Having discovered Honeywood, Paul joined the Friends of Honeywood, and has become a valued and active member over recent years.
A keen amateur historian and Belgophile, Paul’s hobbies include travel and photography.
“The Long and the Short of General John Burgoyne's Maid of the Oaks is a new book about general Burgoyne's first published play, from the unique, exciting events that inspired it in 1774 and its connection with the loss of the British colony of America a few years later. Paul Williams' book not only introduces us to the main characters involved in creating the play but the artists, musicians and others in the hectic, sometimes dangerous world of Georgian theatre and society. Paul's illustrated book is sold with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of Honeywood Museum. The book contains the full text of the original play, a Victorian 'Penny-Play' version and a twenty-first century adaptation by Peter Davalle (premiered at Honeywood Museum). Apart from Paul's own colourful descriptions of events, the reader has access to contemporary biographies and a satire, unavailable in print for well over two centuries. John Phillips wrote the Prologue and Peter Davalle the Preface.”
RIVER WANDLE companion and Wandle Trail Guide
Very well illustrated with some 40 maps and nearly 200 fine photos (mostly in colour) throughout, this delightful book takes you from the Wandle’s source to its estuary. Not only is it a companion to anyone walking the Wandle Trail it gives copious details of the river’s history and wildlife along its banks. It will appeal to all interested in discovering this fascinating route to the Thames and to armchair readers alike: A perfect book to buy as a gift and to own.
Guide To Photography (1884)
Marion and Company were the largest photographic suppliers to the trade and amateur photographers in the late 19th century. They had large premises in Soho and a factory in Southgate. They produced Carte de Visite (calling cards with a portrait on the face side) by the million. The senior partner was John Pattison Kirk, a former owner of Honeywood. A splendid version of a Marion camera is on display in the museum
This high quality facsimile publication contains an insight to the development of photography and contains many interesting advertisements for equipment of the period.
Remembered Times Past – A History of Beddington and
A very well written and illustrated history of the Beddington and Bandon area. It is a comprehensive yet not heavy to read detailed look at the past and near present story of these local communities. It will appeal to all those interested in local history, not just those who live, or lived, in the locality. Both Beverley and the Carshalton & District & Archaeology Society are to be congratulated on producing such a readable book.
HIGH QUALITY A5 GREETINGS CARDS DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY THE FRIENDS OF HONEYWOOD MUSEUM
Most of these cards are new or have updated images. The remaining stock of our previous range will be available from the Friend’s stall at the various events we attend.
the Heart" - The poetry of Valerie Coleman
The CD and book may be purchased together for the special price of £8.00
Listen to an excerpt (The Lost Skylark) by clicking here - MP3 file 638Kb
Valerie Coleman is a retired nurse with a gift for appealing and evocative poetry. Over the years she has penned a small number of verses from places and events that inspired her. The Paris air crash of Concorde is one such event, as is her recollection of walks along the River Wandle. All of these poems, as she will readily tell you, are ‘From the Heart.’
Eighteen of Valerie’s poems are on this CD. Each is introduced by Peter Davalle and Read by Joan Davalle, who bring their own inimitable talents to this recording, once again for the benefit of The Friends of Honeywood Museum.
Joan and Peter were intent on taping Valerie’s poems, principally for her enjoyment. However we felt Val’s work would give much pleasure to a wider audience. Hence Paul Williams of ‘The Friends’ has produced this CD, and a companion illustrated book, available from The Friends of Honeywood Museum. We hope you enjoy Val’s poems as much as we do.
Evening Mr. Dickens"
Peter was an interviewer and scriptwriter on many television and radio programmes before being appointed Broadcasting Editor of The Times. He occasionally wrote the radio previews in that newspaper, as well as book reviews and feature articles. Joan Davalle, born In the Sirhowey Valley of South Wales, was a former art teacher and had a fine contralto voice. Sadly Joan died in July2011
Peter is a life-long Dickens devotee. He possesses one of the finest collections of Dickensiana in the country, including first editions and - his pride and joy - a letter written by Dickens himself. He was formerly chairman of the Dickens fellowship.
Before settling down to arrange the structure of Good Evening Mr. Dickens, Peter read through all the Dickens novels and many of his speeches to pick the items he needed. The inspiration for the programme came from the one-man performances of Emlyn Williams, whose readings from Dickens brought him international fame.
In 25 years, Good Evening Mr. Dickens has been performed in many places, from schools and colleges to venues such as the Royal Academy of Arts, the City of London Festival, Arts festivals at Tetbury and Litchfield, Hereford Town Hall, Wells Cathedral and the Rochester Dickens Festival. In that time the performances raised over £200,000 for charities. Peter and Joan performed shows for the Friends of the Heritage Centre for eleven years and raised many thousands of pounds for the Friends. Their Christmas Shows became the highlight of the Friend’s programme of events and were sold out long before November. Now, for the very first time, the Friends are delighted to present a unique CD recording of “Good Evening Mr Dickens”.
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