The MHPRA was due to celebrate the unveiling of its third commemorative plaque in Mill Hill Park on 23 May 2020, but the event had to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. We decided, however, to go ahead with a virtual ‘unveiling’ of the plaque to the distinguished war artist and genre painter, Margaret Dovaston, who lived and worked at 51 Avenue Gardens from 1925 until her death in 1954. A Virtual Unveiling of the Plaque to Artist, Margaret Dovaston, written by MHPRA committee member, Ray Batchelor, describes the plans we had, the case for a plaque commemorating her, and gives background on her life and work.
The plaque, installed in Roman Close, just off Avenue Gardens, was jointly sponsored by the MHPRA, the Conservation Area Advisory Panel and Ealing Council.
In 2011 the MHPRA erected a plaque to Richard White (1767-1849), the founder of the Mill Hill Park Estate. White was an eminent lawyer and founder member of the Law Society.
The plaque has been placed at 11 Avenue Crescent, the east wing of his original regency mansion built between 1809 and 1811.
Watch this video of the unveiling of the plaque.
A plaque commemorating William Willett, the developer of the Mill Hill Park Estate and the inventor of Daylight Saving Time, known as British Summer Time, was erected in 2006 at 16 Avenue Crescent, his former home. The plaque was jointly sponsored by the MHPRA, Ealing Civic Society and Hamptons International, who occupied Willett’s former estate offices in Chelsea.