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.

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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.


Autumn and Winter Events

20 October, 2014

FULHAM’S CYCLIST BATTALION GOES TO WAR

Thursday 30 October at 1930 in St Clements Hall, Fulham Palace Road

A talk by our Chairman Keith Whitehouse on the 25th County of London (Cyclist) Battalion, its history from 1888 through the First World War.  Keith will illustrate the talk with slides, medals and artefacts and is a good accompaniment to the  Fulham Palace Through the Great War Exhibition that opens in the same week through to April next year. FREE all welcome.  Refreshments afterwards.

TOUR OF HISTORIC BART’S HOSPITAL

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. Sue Pierson is coordinating (0207 731 6544 for more information)  All welcome, there will be a charge of £4 for the hospital.

SOCIETY CHRISTMAS DINNER

Monday 8 December at 1900 in the Plough and Harrow 120-124 King St Hammersmith

All members should have received a booking form with their Newsletter a full (optional) 3 courses and a drink costs just £13.45 please send forms with a £3 per person deposit to Keith Whitehouse, 85 Rannoch Road Hammersmith W6 9SX by 1 December. It should be a great opportunity for  members to get together.

OTHER EVENTS

FULHAM PALACE THROUGH THE GREAT WAR

26 October 2014 – 16 April 2015  FREE.  Charts the  part played by the Bishop and FuPalace in WW1

LONDON AND MIDDLESEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 49th Local History Conference

Saturday 22 November 1030-1700 at Museum of London

Entitled “COPPERS, CROOKS & COUNSEL: LAW & ORDER IN LONDON”  Tickets £15 (£12 if paid before 31 Oct) Enclose Cheque and SAE to Eleanor Stanier, 48 Coval Road, East Sheen, SW14 7RL.


Merton Priory Chapter House & Morden Hall Park – Saturday, 26 July 2014

15 July, 2014

Visit to Merton Priory Chapter House & Morden Hall Park – 26 July 14 – flyer 

FHHS members and friends are invited to join a visit, during ‘Archaeology Weekend’, to Merton Priory Chapter House, Colliers Wood; followed by a short Walk along a well-maintained, level path (1.76km, 25 mins) beside the River Wandle to Morden Hall Park (NT).

Meeting Place

We meet at 11.00am at the Band Stand in Merton Abbey Mills (SW19 2RD)

Full details in the link above. The visit will be led by Jane Bowden-Dan, it would be helpful though not essential if you could let her know by completing the form below.


William Kent Designing Georgian Britain

24 April, 2014

Just a quick note to say the exhibition on William Kent at the V&A is well worth a visit. Amongst other sites he did work at Chiswick House and Kensington Palace.