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.


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 289 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.

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


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