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Our 2018 programme of meetings

Wednesday 21 March, Designed and built in Kingston - The aircraft industry in Canbury Park Road

An illustrated talk on the history of the Sopwith and Hawker aircraft companies’ factories in Canbury Park Road.

From 1912 into the 1960s, this was the birthplace of the most successful allied fighters in both world wars and thousands of other aircraft through to the design of the Hawker Hunter and the prototype Harrier jump-jet.

Wednesday 18 April, Kingston Hill Place

David Kennedy will tell the story of Kingston Hill Place, a grand mansion, built in 1828 by Samuel Baxter of Regent Street, that is the centrepiece of a gated housing estate on Kingston Hill.

Its first occupant was Robert Lawes Esquire and a number of interesting people lived there, including Viscount Pollington and Bonar Law MP, before it became a convalescent home for members of the women’s services during WW2.

Coming to our public meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are held in the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL. Click here to see a map of the area.

Access is from the London Road entrance where there is free parking available, subject to other events happening at the school. There are bus stops outside and opposite the school entrance, and the main bus and railway stations are within short walking distance. While there are building works on the left of the carpark, entry is behind the carpark, down the path and turn left behind the metal staircase. The Judge Lecture Theatre is at the far end of the corridor.

Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm. Doors are open at 7:00.

Free admission for members of the Society. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and are asked to pay £2 toward our costs, alternatively they can join the Society on the night for just £10.


The Society organises occasional visits to demonstrate the good and the bad of architecture and design.