Introducing the FHHS

19 August, 2013

Here you can find information on the Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, contact info, how to join, and a list of the books that we have published and you can buy. We will also be publishing reports on past events (for forthcoming events, you are encouraged to join and receive the Society’s regular newsletter).

The membership rate is £8 full rate and £5 concessions.

Party in the Park (Ravenscourt) 24 July

20 July, 2014

For those in the Ravenscourt Park and Askew Road areas of Hammersmith, the Party in the Park on Thursday presents an opportunity to learn more about local history from Caroline Macmillan. Sounds like fun too. See this link for details.

Merton Priory Chapter House & Morden Hall Park – Saturday, 26 July 2014

15 July, 2014

Visit to Merton Priory Chapter House & Morden Hall Park – 26 July 14 – flyer 

FHHS members and friends are invited to join a visit, during ‘Archaeology Weekend’, to Merton Priory Chapter House, Colliers Wood; followed by a short Walk along a well-maintained, level path (1.76km, 25 mins) beside the River Wandle to Morden Hall Park (NT).

Meeting Place

We meet at 11.00am at the Band Stand in Merton Abbey Mills (SW19 2RD)

Full details in the link above. The visit will be led by Jane Bowden-Dan, it would be helpful though not essential if you could let her know by completing the form below.

Celebrating Fulham Week

16 June, 2014

This link shows the whole programme but lets point out a few events of interest to FHHS members and followers.

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits  

Tuesday 1st July, 7.30pm  All Saints Church Fulham

2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Come and celebrate the highlights of his work in words and music performed by the trio ‘In Voice and Verse’.

Tickets £10. Buy on the door. Call 020 7731 6544 for more information.

The History of Peterborough House

Wednesday 2 July 7.45 pm  Christ Church Hall, Studdridge Street, SW6 3DT

The current Peterborough Estate covers the former site of Peterborough House and its grounds, which was demolished in 1902. The house, with a history dating back to medieval times, was rebuilt in 1798 and takes its name from the Earls of Peterborough who owned the land.

No need to book , free.

Fair on the Green

Saturday 5 July 12.00noon – 5.00pm  Parsons Green

Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society will have a stand at this family event. Do encourage friends and newcomers to the area to visit us.

Reminder – Dates for the Diary and Change of Date

26 May, 2014

Wednesday 28 May 1830 meet outside All Saints Church Fulham for a walk around the churchyard to discover interesting former residents.

Monday 16 June 1145 Visit to Benjamin Franklin’s House, 36 Craven St, WC2N. Followed by PM visit to National Portrait Gallery to see Zoffany portrait of Sharp family.

Wednesday 2 July 1945 Christchurch Hall in Sturridge Street Fulham for a talk on Peterborough House. (This is a change to the date published in the Newsletter)

Saturday 12 July 1200 Meet at Barbican Tube for a guided walk round Smithfield, followed at 1415 meet at Charterhouse for a tour led by one of the brothers.

William Kent Designing Georgian Britain

24 April, 2014

Just a quick note to say the exhibition on William Kent at the V&A is well worth a visit. Amongst other sites he did work at Chiswick House and Kensington Palace.

A Walk Around The Moat of Fulham Palace

26 March, 2014

Our Chairman Keith Whitehouse who directed the first archaeological excavations of the moat and Palace grounds in 1972-73 discovered a Romano-British settlement and prehistoric occupation as far back as 4000BC. A tour of the mile long circuit is an experience not to be missed.

Keith will lead the walk  beginning 1430 Sunday 30 Mar 14 at the Bishops Avenue entrance to Fulham Palace.  There will be a £5 donation to the Fulham Palace Trust towards the cost of an excavation in the Palace grounds later this year.


6 March, 2014

Museum of the Order of St John

Seven members/guests of the Society visited the Museum in Clerkenwell on Saturday, 22 February 2014. Most of us travelled to Farringdon Station, and negotiated our way around the hoardings above Crossrail’s excavations – part of Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

In the Crossrail Visitor Centre at Tottenham Court Road, for a month only to 15 March, a selection of archaeological finds from across the project are currently on display in its Portals to the Past exhibition.

But, that Saturday, we walked to another Gate, only five minutes away: St John’s Gate was the great south entrance to the Priory of Clerkenwell – founded in the early 1140s – outside the walls of the City of London. Now, it is the only gateway spanning a highway in London.

St John's Gate Clerkenwell dates to 1504

St John’s Gate taken by J B-D

At 11:30 am we met our Guide for an excellent private tour of the Grade 1 Listed buildings to discover the story of the former Priory and of the Order of St John from the 11th century to today’s role with St John Ambulance and the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. As well as the 1504 Gate and its Towers, we saw the Tudor-style Chapter Hall, and Council Chamber. Crossing the busy Clerkenwell Road, we visited the Grand Priory Church, beside the herb garden – a quiet oasis.  Above ground, the Church is a post-war restoration following destruction of the roof and most of the interior fittings by a bomb in 1941. Beneath, is a remarkable Norman crypt: all that remains visible of the original Priory. Of the effigies, that of William Weston, Prior 1527-1540 – looking completely emaciated – was the most moving. Weston, we were told, was the last Prior of the Order at the time of its dissolution in England under Henry VIII, and died of a broken heart on the very day the act went through. The public Museum Rooms contain displays exploring further the fascinating history of the Order of St John.

This FHHS visit proved really worthwhile; thank you Keith.

Museum of Order of St John Website

By Jane B-D/4 Mar 14


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