The mourning & funeral of Sir John Maynard of Gunnersbury in 1690, a talk on 15 February 2021

This online talk has been arranged by the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society and the Gunnersbury Friends and takes place at 7.30pm on Monday, 15 February.

Wealthy lawyer and politician, Sir John Maynard, built a Palladian mansion and laid out a formal garden at Gunnersbury between 1658 and 1663 and lived there until his death in 1690. Using the surviving notes of what was spent, probably made by his steward on behalf of Maynard’s widow, James Wisdom will reveal details of the elaborate arrangements made for the official mourning at the Gunnersbury mansion and the heraldic funeral. This is an extended version of the illustrated talk given at the West London Local History Conference in November 2020. The speaker is Chairman of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum and Chairman of B&CLHS.

To book a place at this Zoom talk, please email

Your details will be added to the list of participants and the Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event. We have 100 places available, so if your plans change and you won’t be attending, please let us know beforehand. Then, if we have a waiting list, we can re-allocate your place.