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.
13 October, 2019
THE LILLIE ENCLAVE: A HISTORY OF BRITISH INDUSTRY, ART, CRAFT AND FUN WITHIN A QUARTER OF A MILE.
Map of The Lillie Enclave
An illustrated talk on this interesting part of Fulham centred on
Empress Place adjoining the now demolished Earls Court Exhibition Centre. This talk is by Ann Kutek, who was involved in the fight to save Earls Court, and is still fighting to save the Victorian houses in Empress Place from demolition. Ann has spent most of her life a stones throw from either side of “Counters Creek”.
Come and hear this talk on a lesser known part of Fulham.
Venue: St Matthews church, on Wandsworth Bridge Road, corner of Rosebury Road SW6 2TX
By Bus: 295 & 28 both pass the door, stop TK Oakbury Road is the nearest.
By tube: to Fulham Broadway and catch one of the buses above on Harwood Road.
FREE (£3 for non-members that includes refreshmenst)
6 September, 2019
A reminder of next week’s event. Many members and friends attended a guided tour of the
club grounds and main building, this talk will give us more
detail. Jane Kimber the former LBHF Archivist supported
by Carrie Starren, the Club Archivist, will expand on the
history of the club and the buildings and estates it acquired
including Broom House and Mulgrave House.
Venue: St Matthews church, on Wandsworth Bridge Road,
corner of Rosebury Road SW6 2TX
By Bus: 295 & 28 both pass the door, stop TK Oakbury
Road is the nearest.
By tube to Fulham Broadway and catch one of the buses above on Harwood Road.
FREE (£3 for non-members that includes refreshments).
28 May, 2019
Annika Hall a lively, knowledgable and experienced Blue Badge guide will lead us around this world
famous cluster of Museums, a University, the RCM, Albert Hall
and more. This should be a fascinating tour and an opportunity to
learn more about the institutions we visit. We will meet at 1030
outside the Cromwell Road entrance to the V&A museum. This
is a fairly gentle walk and will take in all the key buildings and aim
to finish in time for lunch at any of the many venues nearby. There
will be a charge of £15, payment in advance to the Treasurer at 49 St Peter’s Terrace, London, SW6 7JS or on the day but you must let him know if you intend to come. firstname.lastname@example.org or 07717359913.
Buses: 14, 414, 430, 74 to South Ken or 9 to Royal Albert Hall
Tube: District and Picadilly lines to South Kensington.
15 May, 2019
Imperial Gas Works
From Sandford Manor Estate, to Imperial Gas Company, to
modern housing development in less than 200 years. Keith our
Chairman will guide us around this area giving an insight into
its busy past and the changes that have ensued. A cypher for
what has happened to our borough in this period. The gasholder
pictured is reputed to be the oldest in the world dating from the
Meet outside Tescos near the Imperial Wharf Overground
Station on Townmead Road for this FREE tour.
Buses: C3 and 391 stop nearby. By Car: There is parking nearby although not free.
Overground: is convenient for West Brompton, Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush or Clapham Junction.
2 April, 2019
Charles Dickens is in the news currently as a lost original portrait has been discovered there is an appeal by the Charles Dickens Museum for funds please check out the link.
Did you know that the great author had links to to our borough. The Guardian says: In 1847 Dickens had founded a “home for homeless women” with his friend the wealthy philanthropist Baroness Burdett-Coutts. With typical energy he found the premises – Urania Cottage in London’s Shepherd’s Bush – and then flung himself into organising every detail of it, from the food to the flower garden, and the piano around which the women would gather for wholesome evening entertainment.
On a sadder note his son also Charles was born at Furnivals Inn in Holborn, London, the first child of Charles Dickens and his then-wife Catherine Hogarth. Charles Dickens Jr. Died 20 June 1896 (aged 59 ) Fulham, London, England.
The area also features in his work – The mystery of Edwin Drood has a great illustration by Sir Luke Fildes of people in a boat passing by Fulham church and bridge.
Fulham Church and Bridge
2 April, 2019
Just a quick note to say I watched this programme on My5 (channel 5’s version of i-player). It is a rapid canter through loads of history but no less interesting for that. The joy of course is that there are very few adverts when watching this way. Worth a look there are only 4 episodes.
25 February, 2019
Japanese British Exhibition
On Tuesday 19 Feb Kath Shawcross the LBHF Archivist gave us an overview of the background to and current services provided to the public. One of the major benefits of the move to Hammersmith Library has been improved access to the local history collection much of which is now available to browse whenever the library is open and Kath is there on Mondays and Tuesdays to assist and deal with requests for items from the archive. For family historians, electoral registers, Ancestry UK, Census, photograph collection and newpapers on microfiche are a terrific resouce. A major achievement has been the addition of a public website search of the Archive Catalogue Kath also talked about the work of volunteers, recent acquisitions, museum objects, special collections – such
William Morris Pipe and Bag
as William Morris and the Art collection. An example of the latter is the loan of a nude sketch by Archibald Standish Hartrick to the Tate for the current Van Gogh exhibition. More of the collection can be accessed through searches of London Screen Archives and ArtUK. We were treated to slides of some of the most popular and more interesting items in the archive from the Japan British Exhibition through deeds and photographers’ glass plates to the records of a Hammersmith framing company heavily used to provide provenance for art works. All told an interesting insight in to the borough’s collection and how to access it.
The Creek Hammersmith