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The Chiswick Hogarth Walk

From Ravenscourt Park to Chiswick Gardens and the Hogarth´s House. William Hogarth the creator of The Four Stages of Cruelty & Beer Street and Gin Lane.

Time~ 3 hours
StartsRavenscourt Park Tube Station
EndsChiswick Park Station
HighlightsRavenscourt Park, Chiswick House & Gardens, Hogarth´s House

1. Ravenscourt Park Tube Station

Take the tube to Ravenscourt Park tube station (opened in 1869). The station is served by the District line.

2. Ravenscourt Park

Ravenscourt Park has a long history and the origins of the park lie in the medieval manor and estate of Pallingswick. The Ravenscourt House once in the park, was demolished after a bombing during the Blitz in 1941. Only the stables remain and are now a Tea House.

3. William Hogarth Statue

In Chiswick High Street you find the statue of William Hogarth, a man with many skills, but probably best known for his paintings. He was a Chiswick resident from 1749 until his death in 1764.

4. St. Nicholas Chiswick

In the cemetery, you find the grave of William Hogarth. Some of his ideas were at his time very progressive, for example, he was an animal rights activist. He was also a spokesman for only drinking beer, not gin. At the time London had a huge “gin drinking problem” and a lot of illegal production and social problems following in its footsteps.

5. Chiswick House & Gardens

At Chiswick House and Gardens, you find both wilderness and sophisticated gardens. Take a stroll in the 18th-century garden. Among the many hidden corners, paths and peaceful places you can find your own spot in the sun.

6. The Chiswick House Café

In the garden close to Chiswick House you find the café, rectangular with a little Bauhaus feel.

7. Hogarth´s House

William Hogarth was born in the City of London (Bartholomew Close) in 1697. He moved to Chiswick in 1749. He was married but had no children, although he and his wife fostered foundling children.

8. The Old Packhorse

This is a historic Chiswick pub. The story of The Old Packhorse dates back to 1749 and since 1849 it has been a Fuller’s pub.

9. Chiswick Park Station

From Chiswick Park (opened in 1879), you can catch the District line.