William Hogarth Trust
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Hogarth’s Ninepins

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One of the features which has intrigued the project team at Hogarth’s House is the question of skittles or ninepins. Hogarth apparently played this game with his friends in his nut walk at Chiswick. A nut walk is being planned for the “exhibition garden” at Hogarth’s House and there will be a place to play the game, possibly using pins crafted from the timber of some diseased trees which will have to be felled.

Ninepins was a popular 18th century game – and it wasn’t the gentle children’s game or the table top pub game that we know today but a grown up, very competitive outdoor game with betting and drunken violence in pub gardens! We hope visitors to the new garden will be slightly better behaved . . .

Find out more on the Parks & Gardens UK website

Plans for the Mulberry Garden at Hogarth’s House

Displays, presentations and the chance to discuss the proposals for the new learning centre and an “exhibition garden” at Hogarth’s House are on offer on Wednesday 20 July, in the main hall at Chiswick Town Hall. Val Bott will provide a short history and summary of the proposals at both 6pm and 7pm and the project team will be available until 8pm. This includes the landscape designers and architects, and staff from Hounslow’s heritage team.

This very exciting project is planned to complete the very popular refurbishment of the House, completed in November 2011, with the aim of helping the House cope with the large numbers of visitors who have been coming, and to offer a learning training and volunteer programme.

All are welcome.