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.

Discussion, Information, Genealogy

12 October, 2015

Have you seen the growing contributions on Contact Us about the Shepherd’s Bush Market. This has really started something with several families linking up through the discussion. There are also many enquiries about local shops and individuals and sometimes tragic searches for information on workhouses, schools and children’s homes. If you can help or remember details that complete a picture for someone then don’t be shy just click on Reply under the item and add your twopenneth


6 August, 2015

Saturday, 22 August at 2pm

Val Bott’s talk at our AGM was so well received that it was decided to visit again since our last visit in 2012.
The Grade I listed country home of the painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth. Built about 1700 the house has been extensively refurbished. Rescued and opened as a musum in 1904, it contains new displays on Hogarth’s life and work and some rooms are furnished in period style. Hogarth is buried in nearby Chiswick Churchyard. On our previous visit we were unable to gain entry to the church.
The visit will start at 1400 (2pm) at the Church, St Nicholas Chiswick which is at the junction of Church Lane and Chiswick Mall. So if arriving by car and parking at Chiswick Park do allow time to walk to the church. We will then move on to Hogarth House, Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, (Hogarth Roundabout on A4), W4 2QN
Underground: Turnham Green (District)
Bus: 190
Car: Parking available at nearby Chiswick Park (Turning off A4)
Admission: FREE

Tuesday, 22 September at 7.30pm

Anna Sparham will give a talk on Christina Broom, the pioneering photographer, who had a shop in Munster Road, Fulham. She is regarded as the UK’s first female press photographer. With creativity and a bold pioneering spirit she took the camera to the streets and captured thousands of images of people and events in London, revealing unique observations of the city at the start of the 20th century. This talk illustrates the exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands.
Place: 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).

SOLDIERS AND SUFFRAGETTES: The Photography of Christina Broom (Curated by Anna Sparham) Info online:
Monday-Sunday: 10am-6pm until 1 Nov
Museum of London Docklands
No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay
London, E14 4AL 020 7001 9844
DLR: West India Quay (2 mins) Tube: Canary Wharf
Admission: FREE

Sunday, October 4 at 2pm

Visit to the sculptures of the Albert Memorial
The tour will last about 45 minutes and costs £8/£7 concessions. 15 places.
Book by 24 September with Sue Pierson on 020 7731 6544 or email:

Friday, November 6 at 2pm

Visit to the triforium (upper floor) of St Paul’s Cathedral. To include the library, the geometrical staircase and the Trophy room which includes Wren’s great model and artefacts from the medieval cathedral. Tour to last about an hour. 15 places only. Cost £23.50/ concessions 21.50. This includes access to the rest of the cathedral.

NB There are 141 steps to climb and no lift!
Book by 24 October with Sue Pierson on 020 7731 6544 or email:

London Open House Weekend 19/20 September. This is always fascinating with many properties not normally open to the public. Details at:


6 August, 2015

On 2 July a sizeable group from the FHHS and Fulham Palace heard a fascinating illustrated talk by our medical and naval historian Jane Bowden-Dan in the splendid facility that is the Jessie Milne Education Centre at Fulham Palace. We were enlightened about the conditions on board Naval ships at the time in peace and war. This included the shocking statistics on deaths from sickness and injury and how scurvy was defeated with fruit. We learned of Nelson’s career and his relationship with Lady Hamilton and of their brief home together at Merton before leaving for his final campaign that culminated in his death at Trafalgar.

As a bonus a small group went to visit Morden Hall Park on the 18 July. It is a National Trust site that includes the location of Nelson’s long demolished home. There was little trace of the building but one could understand the attraction of such a pleasant location not too far from London. The group were conducted by a National Trust guide.


5 August, 2015

The photography of CHRISTINA BROOM
Sue Pierson visited the exhibition and enjoyed it so much she wanted to share this review with you and encourage you to come to the talk and visit the Docklands Museum.

If you have never been to the Museum of London in the Docklands, you have missed a treat. Housed in a Grade One warehouse, it chronicles the history of London through the importance of the river. But until 1 November there is an added attraction in the photography of Christina Broom who lived in Chelsea and finally in Munster Road, Fulham. She is regarded as the first female press photographer, admired by royalty and respected by soldiers and suffragettes. Her photographs are largely informal and are all outside. She was a small woman but carried her bulky equipment on public transport or walked it along roads. She was above all interested in people and wasn’t too bothered about backgrounds.
Of particular interest to us in Fulham are her pictures of the Church pageant in 1909 and the Army pageant of 1910 both held in the grounds of Fulham Palace. There is a wonderful snippet of film of her wandering among the 1914 Boat Race crew at Putney no doubt looking for a good angle for her photo!
Christina died in 1939 aged 75 a few days after she had been enjoying her hobby of fishing in Margate. Her daughter Winnie acted as her mother’s assistant. She gave over 300 negatives to the Museum of London in 1945 spurred on by Queen Mary, herself a keen photographer, who said that they were ’for posterity where people may go and look at prints when they have more leisure.’ Last year the Museum acquired the remaining photos and associated material.
Take a helpful magnifying glass from the rack on your way in. If you are looking at the rest of the Museum, allow plenty of time. You won’t be disappointed!


2 July, 2015

Croydon Airport Control Tower an Art Deco Building

Croydon Airport Control Tower

About a dozen members visited the Croydon Airport Museum in the old Terminal Building, itself a Grade II listed building in a recognisably early 20th century neo-classical style. The building is oriented to the points of the compass rather than the line of the road. Meeting in the old arrivals and departure lounge the group were able to take a coffee at the snack bar and explore the visual panels of the Museum. Our guide gave us an overview of the layout and the history of this the first international Airport with its own purpose designed buildings. Although the lager part of the building is given over to commercial offices the foyer museum and the Control Tower convey the feel for what it must have been like in the early days of air travel. There are many photographs of the developments in air-travel and of the airport. Initially WW1 RAF Beddington and the NAtional Aircraft Factory No1 were combined with an enlarged runway and the new terminal. Displays of aircraft seating showed how important weight was, and still is, in commercial travel; some of the seating resembling Lloyd loom chairs! There were a number of families also visiting and the youngsters were drawn to a PC running a flight simulation giving the feel of taking off and landing an early airliner. Without exception they all crashed on landing but one of our young at heart members managed a safe landing. Honour satisfied we all repaired to the Gypsy Moth pub across the road for lunch, itself a reminder that Sir Francis Chichester had first flown aircraft from here before transferring his adventures and the name to yachts.

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

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.


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


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