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.

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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.


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.