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.


Review of Winter Events

24 February, 2015

Fulham’s Cyclist Battalion Goes to War  30 October

We were treated to an interesting illustrated talk by our Chairman Keith Whitehouse covering the formation of this unusual unit in 1888 and their eventual mobilisation initially guarding the coast of East Sussex but ultimately serving in India. The clerks, shop keepers and civil servants who joined this military cycling “club” could have never imagined that they might end up fighting in Afghanistan until 1919!  Keith provided a wealth of slides and some uniform artefacts to view which made this small piece of local history come to life.

Tour of Bart’s Hospital 14 November

Religious mural surprisingly bright colours

Religious Mural by Hogarth on Grand Stairs

A small group of members joined a guided tour of historic St Bart’s hospital.  Our volunteer guide gave a comprehensive history of the hospital, its founders and others involved in its management. as befits such an ancient hospital it has its own museum and its buildings are substantial and quite grand.

What is not so obvious is the grand staircase beyond the museum with its depictions of St Bartholomew by Hogarth.

The stairs lead up to the Great Hall where founders and the trustees managed the hospital. Most importantly all the

Stained glass window depicting Henry VIII

Stained glass window depicting Henry VIII

benefactors are recorded on its walls and the major ones such as Henry VIII are portrayed in the stained glass windows. Hospitals really were different then! Of course the ancient buildings are no longer used for medical care and the impressive modern hospital towers above and behind the historic courtyard.

Also within the hospital grounds is the church of St Bartholomew-the-Less it has its own history having changed over the centuries.  For the FHHS one interesting observation was the memorial to Sir Thomas Bodley (of Oxford fame) for his work in support of the hospital who at a different time was a resident of Fulham.   Time and an impending service prevented us moving on to view the interior of St Bartholomew-the-Great,  perhaps another visit.

 

Christmas Dinner 8 December

The annual meal was a chance to meet others and chat about the interesting year and what is planned for the new year.  The pub was busy so we had to be patient but that did not detract from the company and conversation.

 

 

 


Reminder Visit to Barts Hospital on Friday

12 November, 2014

Friday 14 November at 1400 meet at the old arch in West Smithfield with Henry VIIIth above it

Tour to include Hogarth paintings on the main staircase, St Bartholomew the Less church and the Museum with hopefully a visit to St Bartholomew the Great.

View of St Bartholomew the Great

St Bartholomew The Great

Sue Pierson is coordinating (0207 731 6544 for more information)  All welcome, there will be a charge of £4 for the hospital.  Nearest Tube Barbican. If our last visit to this area led by Sue is anything to go by this should be fascinating.


Hospitals of London – Review by Jane Bowden-Dan

21 October, 2014

In July, on the FHHS’s guided walk around Smithfield with Sue Pierson, we saw the entrance to Barts; and plan to return this autumn for a conducted tour of the historic hospital, to include William Hogarth’s paintings on the Grand Staircase. In the opening paragraph of this fascinating book’s first chapter (entitled Healthcare in London before the NHS) we learn that St Bartholomew’s Hospital – the oldest operational hospital in England – is the only survivor of the monastic foundations which cared for London’s sick in the Middle Ages (p.6 & p.34).

Hospitals of London piqued my interest. It is a handbook which gives brief histories of the capital’s hospitals themselves, as well as describing the social and political aspects of medical history in the city.

Click to read Review


Autumn and Winter Events

20 October, 2014

FULHAM’S CYCLIST BATTALION GOES TO WAR

Thursday 30 October at 1930 in St Clements Hall, Fulham Palace Road

A talk by our Chairman Keith Whitehouse on the 25th County of London (Cyclist) Battalion, its history from 1888 through the First World War.  Keith will illustrate the talk with slides, medals and artefacts and is a good accompaniment to the  Fulham Palace Through the Great War Exhibition that opens in the same week through to April next year. FREE all welcome.  Refreshments afterwards.

TOUR OF HISTORIC BART’S HOSPITAL

Friday 14 November at 1400 meet at the old arch in West Smithfield with Henry VIIIth above it

Tour to include Hogarth paintings on the main staircase, St Bartholomew the Less church and the Museum with hopefully a visit to St Bartholomew the Great. Sue Pierson is coordinating (0207 731 6544 for more information)  All welcome, there will be a charge of £4 for the hospital.

SOCIETY CHRISTMAS DINNER

Monday 8 December at 1900 in the Plough and Harrow 120-124 King St Hammersmith

All members should have received a booking form with their Newsletter a full (optional) 3 courses and a drink costs just £13.45 please send forms with a £3 per person deposit to Keith Whitehouse, 85 Rannoch Road Hammersmith W6 9SX by 1 December. It should be a great opportunity for  members to get together.

OTHER EVENTS

FULHAM PALACE THROUGH THE GREAT WAR

26 October 2014 – 16 April 2015  FREE.  Charts the  part played by the Bishop and FuPalace in WW1

LONDON AND MIDDLESEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 49th Local History Conference

Saturday 22 November 1030-1700 at Museum of London

Entitled “COPPERS, CROOKS & COUNSEL: LAW & ORDER IN LONDON”  Tickets £15 (£12 if paid before 31 Oct) Enclose Cheque and SAE to Eleanor Stanier, 48 Coval Road, East Sheen, SW14 7RL.


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.
Free.


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