Local History & Archives

High Street, Hounslow and Town Hall postcard pre-1905 (orange tram).Hounslow Local Studies will be closed to the public from Monday 8th May 2017 until further notice in order to prepare for and to carry out the transfer of our service to Feltham Library.
We hope to keep Chiswick Library Local Studies room open as usual on Mondays and Thursdays (Thursday evenings and Saturdays by appointment only) during the Hounslow-Feltham move, but we will only be able to deal with enquiries upon the Chiswick and Brentford Local Collection during this period.


The Local Studies Service collects documents, material and images relating to the places and parishes that make up the modern London Borough of Hounslow.

Chiswick Library houses the Local Collection for Brentford and Chiswick; enquiries for other locations should be made to Hounslow Library.
View the Chiswick Library’s hidden gems short film here:
www.chiswickbuzz.net/community/chiswick-library-s-hidden-gems-part-one Part two here: www.chiswickbuzz.net/community/chiswick-library-s-hidden-gems-part-two Part three: www.chiswickbuzz.net/community/chiswick-library-s-hidden-gems-part-three

Family history researchers and all enquirers visiting Chiswick and Hounslow from some distance away are recommended to make an appointment in advance of their visit.

The opening hours of the Local Studies services are limited in comparison with the opening hours of the Hounslow and Chiswick Public Libraries, in which they are housed.

Our opening hours are changing

From 4th January 2016, we will be open at the following times.

The Centre, High Street, Feltham, TW13 4GU.
Tel: 020 8583 5553
Opening hours:
Monday         By Appointment Only
Tuesday         9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm
Wednesday   CLOSED
Thursday       By Appointment Only
Friday            9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm
      9.30am-1pm, 2pm-5pm
Sundays        CLOSED
Access: Hounslow Library is on the first floor at the eastern end of the Treaty Shopping Centre.
Multi-storey car park. Several buses. Underground: Piccadilly Line, Hounslow Central 10 minutes walk. Hounslow railway station 15 minutes.

Duke’s Avenue, Chiswick, London W4 2AB.
Tel: 020 8583 5551

Opening hours:
Monday           9.30am-1pm , 2pm-5pm
Tuesday           CLOSED
Wednesday     CLOSED
Thursday         9.30am-1pm , 2pm-5pm
Friday              By Appointment Only
By Appointment Only
Sundays          CLOSED

If you wish to visit Chiswick after 5pm on Thursdays, please make an appointment in advance via telephone or e-mail.

Access: Chiswick Library is off Chiswick High Road, near the Roman Catholic Church.
No free parking. Several buses. Underground: District Line, Turnham Green Station 10 minutes walk.
Chiswick railway station 1 mile. Limited disabled access.

We hold maps, newspapers on microfilm, books, directories, Electoral Rolls, 19th century Censuses, Council Minutes, Rate Books and a wide collection of images.

Material on the West and Central areas of the borough is held here at Hounslow Library. Material on Brentford and Chiswick is held at Chiswick Library

Telephone:  0845 456 2800

Email:  LocalStudies@hounslow.gov.uk

Useful Websites

History of Brentford: www.brentfordhistory.com

The West Middlesex Family History Society: www.west-middlesex-fhs.org.uk

The Bedfont Gunpowder Mills: A Brief History & Guide to The Remains  to accompany The Map of the Walk

If you haven't found what you are looking for please visit the following websites: