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INTRODUCING HOUNSLOW

DID YOU KNOW? • Hounslow comes from the AngloSaxon words Hund’s mound, Hund being a person’s name and mound the word for small hill or burial site.

• After eating bread made by wheat grown in Heston, Elizabeth I insisted on having a supply of the bread for her own personal use.

• Hounslow Heath was once a Roman camp and Oliver Cromwell stationed an army there during the English Civil War.

• The Virginian Indian princess Pocahontas lived in Brentford with her husband and son from 16161617. And the sixth US president Quincey Adams also lived there from 1815-1817.

• Edmund II, also known as Edmund Ironside, fought Canute and the Danish invaders at Brentford in 1016. He won that battle but his sudden death left Canute as king of England. • Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, was taken to Syon and held captive for several months before being beheaded in the Tower of London for treason. She was accused of committing adultery with one of the King’s courtiers. • Syon was also where the coffin of Henry VIII rested on the way to Windsor. Overnight his decaying corpse burst, as did the coffin. It’s said some parts spilled out and were eaten by stray dogs, fulfilling a Franciscan Friar’s prophesy that dogs would lick his blood.

Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife

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Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

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