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.


A DOUBLE NELSON – 2 July Talk and 18 July Walk

27 June, 2015

Thursday 2 July 7.00pm
DIET, DIRT & DISCIPLINE – Medical Development in Nelson’s Navy
 

Nelson's flagship HMS Victory

HMS Victory

The notorious fighting superiority of Nelson’s ships owed much to the health and discipline of the men. In the second half of the eighteenth century, the medical officers in the British Navy obtained several improvements in general diet and hygiene. These efforts are recounted in a talk by historian Jane Bowden-Dan.
Doors 6.30pm, talk 7.00pm
Free and no need to book
Jessie Mylne Education Centre, Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, SW6 6EA NB New venue
Putney Bridge Tube, Buses 430, 220, 74 or 14, 414 short walk from Fulham Road

Saturday, 18 July at 2.30pm
NATIONAL TRUST TOUR – NELSON’S PARADISE MERTON

You are invited to join the Nelson’s Paradise Merton Tour run by a Qualified National Trust Guide on Saturday 18 July. The walk will start promptly at the South Wimbledon underground station and will access the private part of Morden Lodge and there will be a pre-booked tea in a designated area of the Cafe at Morden Hall Park NT. Please book through: Morden Hall Website go to the second page of events by clicking next at the bottom.
Cost £10 including booking fee.


VISIT TO V&A CLOTHWORKERS’ CENTRE 24 APRIL

4 June, 2015
An impressive view of  gatehouses and entrance to the ornate building.

Clothworkers’ Centre Blythe Road

The visit to The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion saw a group of 12 members arrive at the former National Savings Bank HQ in Blythe road. The centre under the control of the Victoria and Albert Museum is responsible for storing the nation’s costumes, dresses, hats, shoes and other fabric materials items for museums to use in fashion exhibitions. Having proved one’s identity and all handbags and cameras put in lockers we were escorted to an upper floor where we entered a controlled atmosphere designed to keep moths and other insects that can destroy fabric material at bay.

Long rows of roller storage cabinets with curator examining materials

Storage at ClothWorkers’ Centre

The centre is basically a very long room filled on both sides with many rolling stacks which provide hanging space for costumes and dresses (Versace, Quant etc) encased in the white material used by the police for forensic suits, and if that is not possible in special deep drawers where items can be laid flat. We were shown a pearl encrusted dress worn by Queen Elizabeth and a couple of other items but usually specific items are requested for people who come to the centre by appointment. To reflect our interest the group were shown panels by William Morris and also some panels by the Silver Studio located at Brook Green in earlier years. The curator was interested to hear facts about the former National Savings Bank as one of our members had worked there as had another’s partner and Keith was able to add further information as well. They welcome further anecdotes about the site. Check out the short video on the cloth workers website and you will also see the metal dress and the wonderful sampler that we were also shown and it will give you an idea of the layout of the department, the small library and display panels.

Postscript: CROYDON AIRPORT Visit 7 June Note Bus from Waddon Station is 298


EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

23 May, 2015

As you sit down tonight to the Eurovision Song Contest you may not know that one of our rare successes at the competition came from this borough. In 1961 The Allisons came second with “Are You Sure?” and the record was so successful it sold over 1 million copies even keeping Elvis out of the charts. The Allisons were two Fulham choir boys from from St Dionis church Brian John Alford and Colin Bob Day. John wrote the song and is still keeping the memory alive but sadly Bob died in November 2013. Will this year’s entry be as successful?


VISIT TO CROYDON AIRPORT VISITORS CENTRE Sunday 7 June at 1130

19 May, 2015

White early 20th C terminal building with Heron A/C in front

Terminal Building & Heron A/C

The oldest airport buildings in the world with an exhibition space in the Control Tower charting the history of Croydon Airport through WW1 and becoming London’s International Airport until superceeded by LHR, to its closure in 1959. There is a snack bar in the Terminal Building but local advice tends towards the Gypsy Moth pub nearby.
Travel:
by train to Waddon then 298 bus to the airport.
by car to Purley Way CR0 0XZ with Free parking.


FULHAM TOWN HALL Visit Friday 15 May 1400

14 May, 2015

Picture of Victorian Fulham Town Hall with glazed porch and steps to busy Fulham Broadway.

Fulham Town Hall

A reminder of this second visit to the redundant Fulham Town Hall. A popular Grade II listed building built in 1890 with extensions in 1904 and 1934. Largely unaltered it contains many interesting features including Art Nouveau tiles and stained glass windows. Due to be sold to Dory Ventures it will host a shopping arcade, cafe/restaurant, flats and will be a venue for weddings and meetings. Chairman will also outline the plans for a local museum at the site. Meet at 2 PM outside the Town Hall in Fulham Road opposite the tube station. Buses 14, 414, 211, 28 & 295 all stop very close.
This visit is FREE.


44th AGM and HOGARTH’S HOUSE – 17 March at 1930

19 March, 2015

A strong group of 22 members gathered in St Clements Church Hall for the AGM.  Minutes were approved, the annual report, Hon Treasurer’s report and re-election of the Committee were all considered and completed. There were no new volunteers for the Committee amongst those present, anyone who could help should approach the Chairman or email fhhslist@gmail.com .  Sadly John Putnam is experiencing ill-health and can no longer carry out the role of Independent Examiner of the accounts.  An approach was made at the meeting and it is expected that a well qualified member will take on this role.  The role of Publications Manager also needs to be filled as Sonia Crutchlow wishes to step down having done this for several years.  There were no volunteers at the meeting so again the Chairman is keen to hear from anyone who can help.

Our stoicism in the face of the AGM was rewarded by a talk from Val Bott MBE of the William Hogarth Trust, a celebrated local historian and museums’ champion.

Val started her illustrated talk with John Rocqu’s Map of 1746 showing Hogarth House location and the riverside hamlet of Chiswick and the outlook across fields and market gardens.  Her researches show that the Downs family enclosed orchards in the area in the 1600’s and a will in 1683 makes mention of land including  Mulberry trees which is significant because an ancient Mulberry still survives in the gardens of Hogarth’s house.

The house was next recorded as the residence of  Georg Andreas Ruperti a Lutheran Pastor who came to England in 1709 and died in 1732. It seems that Hogarth’s success enabled him to seek a second home to add to his Leicester Square house.  He purchased it in 1749 and built an extension during 1750-51.  A long list of family and subsequent owners followed.  The house having fallen into disrepair and sold to a developer, a Lt Col Shipway responded to local clamour to preserve the house and he purchased it and a number of prints to begin a Museum at the site in 1904.

The work continues and despite a traumatic fire the house is open to visitors and contains a selection of Hogarth’s work.  Val encouraged all to visit and to purchase the newly published book about its history.

ALL MEMBERS ARE REMINDED that subscriptions are now due. Contact fhhslist@gmail.com for a standing order form.


SPRING PROGRAMME Dates for your Diary

4 March, 2015
Our apologies for the late Newsletter and publication of the programme it has proved very difficult to firm up the dates for speakers and events.
Tuesday, 17 March at 7.30pm
44TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
St Clements Church Hall Fulham Palace Road, SW6 (near corner of Crabtree Lane)
Buses: 74, 220, 424, 430 (stop outside) 190, 211, 295 (stop nearby in Lillie Road)
Refreshments will be available before and after the meeting.
AGENDA
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the 43rd AGM
3. Annual Report (see below)
4. Hon. Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet
5. Election of Officers and Committee
6. Election of the Independent Examiner
7.  Any Other Business (If notified before the meeting)
NOMINATIONS for Officers and Committee (new members especially) are invited and can be made at AGM or to any member of the Committee prior to it.
After the formal business Val Bott, MBE, MA, FMA, will give a talk on Hogarth’s House, its history, its occupants and its restoration. Members went on a visit in 2012.
Friday 24 April at 10.30am
VISIT TO THE CLOTHWORKER’S CENTRE, BLYTHE ROAD
A visit to the V&A’s Clothworker’s Centre, Blythe House (formerly the Post Office Savings Bank), 23 Blythe Road, W14     FREE    Limited to 10 people
Please email or ring  Vernon Burgess who will give you further details on quiverb@tiscali.co.uk or 020 8876-2950
Friday, May 15 at 2pm
VISIT TO FULHAM TOWN HALL
A second visit, the first in October 2012, to this popular Listed Grade II* building before it is adapted. Built in 1890 with extensions in 1904 and 1934 it was built as Fulham’s town hall until 1965 when Fulham & Hammersmith were amalgamated. Largely unaltered it contains many interesting features including Art Nouveau  tiles and stained glass windows We will see the principal rooms, Grand Hall, Council chamber, Mayor’s Parlour, Grand Staircase, etc. H&F Council are selling the building to Dory Ventures for use as a shopping arcade, café/restaurant, residential flats. The Council chamber will be available for weddings and meetings. There will also be a Fulham & Hammersmith Museum independently run. The project leader is our Chairman, Keith Whitehouse. Come and hear all about it.
Meet outside the Town Hall in Fulham Road opposite Fulham Broadway Station)  FREE
Buses: 14, 414, 211 (stop almost outside) or 28, 295 (stop nearby in Harwood Road)
Sunday, June 7 at 11.30am
VISIT TO CROYDON AIRPORT VISITORS CENTRE
The worlds oldest airport buildings, the exhibition space is located in the Air Traffic Control Tower and charts the history of Croydon Airport from WW1 airfield, London’s International Airport (before Heathrow), Battle of Britain airfield. It closed in 1959.   FREE   There is a restaurant.
By Train: Waddon is nearest station and a 10 minute walk or take 298 bus from station to Croydon Airport
Car Parking: FREE
DATES OF SUMMER EVENTS
Thursday, 2 July at 7pm
NELSON’S PARADISE MERTON
Diet, Dirt & Discipline – Medical  Development in Nelson’s Navy
A talk by Jane  Bowden-Dan
To be held in the Jessie Mylne Education Centre, Fulham Palace.
Further details in the Summer Newletter.
Saturday, 18 July, 2.30pm
National Trust tour – Nelson’s Paradise Merton
Further details in the summer Newsletter.
WEST LONDON LOCAL HISTORY CONFERENCE
The conference will be held on Saturday, 28 March at the University of West London. the Paragon, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, TW8 9GA (NOTE NEW VENUE)
The theme is:- “WOMEN IN WEST LONDON HISTORY”. Talks include, James Wisdom on the women of the Gunnersbury estate; Prof. Penelope Corfield on meritocratic
women such as Emma Hamilton, George Eliot and Charlotte Despard; Val Bott on 18th century women nursery gardeners, etc.
Tickets £15 only in advance (includes tea & coffee) available from J McNamara, 31B Brook Road South, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9GA. Cheques made out to ‘West London Local History Conference’
with a SAE.
PARSONS GREEN FAIR
Saturday, 4 July from 11.30am
After last years success we are again taking a stall to sell  Society publications and sign up new members,
Offers to help on the stall are welcome.

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