Boston Manor House, the nearest heritage building to me, reopened today after a year’s closure for repairs. The main building dates from 1623. Given that it has hardly any foundations to speak of and its proximity to the river Brent – less that 100 yards distant – the house is in remarkably good all round condition. The recent repairs concentrated on the back of the building where old brickwork needed replacing and the flagstones which skirt the building had to be reset to correctly channel water away from the house. But the place will need a lot more TLC in the years to come.
Boston Manor House was built for the widow Mary Reade, married into a branch line of the Thomas Gresham’s family who owned much land hereabouts, including Osterley Park and House. By the 1670s it was in the hands of the Clitherow family, who owned it until the early 20th century, when it was taken over by the local authority. Today, it is still run by Hounslow Council. It is open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, entrance is free.