13 May, 2018

We had a successful series of talks through the winter months including – The Lion Houses, London in the Civil War, Roman London, Thames Archaeology and Panaorama of the Thames. Now with lighter evenings we venture out starting with St Peter’s Church and Square in Hammersmith, probably finishing in the Black Lion. Meet:

    7:30PM Tuesday 15 May Outside St Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane W6 9BE

hope to see you there.
Next will be a visit by shared private cars to Watts Gallery near Guildford to see the Cecil French bequest of Burne-Jones and other paintings before the exhibition closes. Details of travel will be agreed with those who have shown an interest, its not too late email:

    Departing at 1030AM 29 May For Watts Gallery returning late afternoon
    In June we will visit Kensal Green Cemetery at 11:00AM 30 June

For July we have secured a talk on St Pauls Girls School by Dr Howard Bailes which will be at

    7:00pm on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 In the Jessie Mylne Education Centre at Fulham Palace

Further details will be found in our current and next newsletters



20 February, 2018

Another terrific talk to start the year.

In 1136 a book appeared that was to change history – literally. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ”History of the Kings of Britain” detailed a fundamentily ‘British History’ that was accepted as genuine for 400 and more years. There was no place in it for the Roman Conquest of Britain, or for Londinium, capital of a province of the Roman Empire. Just that London had been ‘New Troy’, older than Rome and ruled by independent British kings like Lud, who built the city’s walls. Only in the 16th century did London historians question this story. With access to classical texts rediscovered during the Renaissance and spread by printing, and with the natives of the newly discovered America’s as models for an understanding of the ‘Ancient Britons’ described by Julius Caesar, they were better placed to interpret the nature of Roman London. Rebuilding works after the Great Fire revealed relics of this earlier London, and they were collected, recorded and discussed by antiquarians. Yet the popular belief that London was an already ancient city before the arrival of the Romans was hard to ignore.

John Clark was formerly Keeper of the Medieval Department at the Museum of London. Now retired he is Professor Emeritus. Do come along and here this fascinating, illustrated talk.

St Clements Church Hall, Fulham Palace Road, SW6
FREE (Non-members £3 includes refreshments)


21 September, 2017

Summer saw us having a truly revelatory visit to Buscot Park the home of Lord Farringdon with previously unseen drawings and documents by Charlotte Sulivan, a stand at the Parson’s Green Fair and summer Garden Party.

Now for the Winter programme we have two splendid talks and a show and tell evening with a Christmas Party in December. Full details are in the latest Newsletter here are the dates:
26 Sep 7:00pm The Development of the Peterborough Estate (Lion Houses) a talk by Peter Kulpa. Jesse Milne Centre Fulham Palace.
10 Oct 7:00pm A Proud Unthankefull City? – London & the English Civil Wars A Talk by David Flintham. Jesse Milne Centre Fulham Palace.
15 November 7:30pm Show and Tell – following last year’s success, a chance to talk about your and other’s pieces of history. At St Clements Church Hall, Fulham Palace Road.
11 December 7:00pm Members’ Christmas Buffet at Pryors Bank, Bishop’s Park Fulham.
Do note the two talks are slightly earlier and in the Palace Education Centre to ensure the best facilities.

To all those interested in our local history there can be no greater event than an archaeological dig. At our own Fulham Palace a search for the documented Dovecote and possible earlier medieval buildings will begin in October but your help is needed please look at the website and persuade your friends and local businesses to contribute. The Society will be making a significant donation but lots of help is needed. We eagerly await news of whatever they uncover.


3 April, 2017

We had a lively AGM re-electing the Committee and officers and were treated to the postponed talk on “Mr Albert Smith’s Ascent of Mont Blanc” by our chairman. Amazingly this doctor cum dentist and adventurer found it better to run theatre shows of his adventures; becoming popular in the highest circles including the Queen.

Keith also did a succesful talk on the postal services in Fulham and Hammersmith at the West London Local History Conference. He and our secretary sold 80 books so a great success.

Our next event will be Jacina Bird talking about her forebears who during the 19th century built much of Hammersmith including St Peter’s Church and the stone piers of the first Hammersmith bridge. The talk will be supplemented by slides and items from family collection.

So do join us for what promises to be an interesting talk at 7:30pm in St Clements Hall Fulham Palace Road near the corner of Crabtree Lane details of buses etc in the Newsletter


5 March, 2017

Do look at our latest newsletter which gives the Agenda for our AGM on 21 March at 7:30pm and outlines our Spring Programme. We have talks on Albert Smith’s Ascent of Mont Blanc(at the AGM), the Bird family of Hammersmith (11 April) and walks around Parson’s Green (9 May) and Brompton Cemetery (6 June). We look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.

2017 Events Begin with “Mr Albert Smith’s Ascent of Mont Blanc” Tuesday 7 February 7.30PM

3 February, 2017

Autumn 2016 saw us welcomed by Jane Ashley to her delightful home Rose Cottage, a remnant of Carbtree Farm predating the Victoian homes surrounding it. In October a visit to the Hurlingham Club was popular and fascinating. A Show and Tell was held in November members and visitors bringing along items of history in what proved to be a most interesting evening. The festive season was welcomed in with a meal at a Hammersmith hostelry.

Just a reminder that subscriptions are now due: £8 or £5 for seniors and students – send to FHHS Membership Secretary, 49 St Peter’s Terrace, LONDON SW6 7JS. It will be worth it your committee are working on an exciting new programme.

This new year of events and visits begins with what promises to be a most interesting talk by Keith Whitehouse.

Albert Smith (1816-1860) was a celebrated novelist and showman who during his lifetime was as famous as his friend Charles Dickens. Smith was born in Chertsey in 1816 the Son of the local doctor. He himself qualified as a doctor and dentist and set up a practice in Percy Street off Tottenham Court Road. But his passion was theatricals and writing which he eventually did full time. He initially became popular with the public through his comic novels. From boyhood he had a passion for wanting to climb Mont Blanc which was believed to be a difficult climb due to the number of fatalities. He achieved this in 1852 to much public acclaim. He wrote a book and hired the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, opposite the Royal Academy, where he performed a monologue, a one man show. This became a sensation and led to the Times newspaper stating a ‘perfect Mont Blanc mania pervades the minds of our fellow countrymen’. The show was so popular that Queen Victoria and the royal children attended as did the Duke of Wellington. Smith was invited to private performances at Windsor Castle by the Queen and Prince Albert.
Smith did other monologues including ‘Mont Blanc to China’ after a visit to Hong Kong, China and the forbidden city. In 1857 he came to live in Fulham at North End Lodge, North End Road near St John’s Church, Walham Green. Smith overworked, caught a chill, got pnuemonia and died at just 44. He is buried in Brompton Cemetery where his overgrown grave may still be seen.
Come and hear this talk on this fascinating man who is almost forgotten except by collectors of entertainment memorabilia.
IIlustrated with slides and items of ephemera including letters, a Mont Blanc fan and a plate you could buy at the Egyptian Hall.
Place: St Clement’s 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).

How can you resist, see you there 1930 on 7 Feb. As with all our talks visitors are welcome and it is FREE.


25 August, 2016

TEA PARTY AT ROSE COTTAGE, CRABTREE LANE, by kind permission of Jane Ashley.
It is uncertain when Rose Cottage was built but may date back to the 18th century. In the 1970’s it became the
Crabtree Gardens Nursery established by Belita (Maria Belita Jepson-Turner,1923-2005) the
celebrated Olympic skater, ballerina, dancer and Hollywood film actress and her husband
James Berwick a film and television actor (Coronation Street, Father Ted, Minder). By the
1980’s business declined with the opening of the Fulham Palace Garden Centre and finally
closed. The cottage was purchased by Jane Ashley daughter of Laura Ashley who needs no
introduction. Jane has kindly offered to host the garden party. (more background in the newsletter)
Rose Cottage, 42 Crabtree Lane, SW6 6LW (near Rannoch Road)
Buses 74,220,424,430 (stop outside St Clement’s Church Hall 3 minutes walk away)
190,211,295 (stop nearby in Lillie Road)
Parking: street parking free on Sunday’s
Prior to the tea party there will be an EGM to elect Niel Redpath as Independent Examiner