DATES FOR YOUR AUTUMN DIARY

6 August, 2015

Saturday, 22 August at 2pm
VISIT TO HOGARTH HOUSE & CHISWICK CHURCH

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
CHRISTINA BROOM – PIONEER PHOTOGRAPHER (1862-1939)

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:
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/christina-broom/
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
ALBERT MEMORIAL

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: sue@lancepierson.org

Friday, November 6 at 2pm
ST PAULS CATHEDRAL

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: sue@lancepierson.org

OTHER EVENTS
London Open House Weekend 19/20 September. This is always fascinating with many properties not normally open to the public. Details at: http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/

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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


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.


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.