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If you would like help with an historical enquiry concerning this area do leave a message using the Add a Comment button at the very bottom of this page below.  We will try to respond if we have any helpful information, our members include local historians and archaeologist and of course many who have lived in the area all their lives.  For purely genealogical research The National Archive or the Ancestry website are useful starting points.  Armed with dates of births and deaths and addresses the local archives can then add more detail.  The Society may also be able to fill in any gaps.

LBHF Archives contains a wealth of local material from newspapers, school and church records and directories to electoral rolls, rate books and drainage plans.  They have recently started a blog from material in the archive.

LMA Holdings for LBHF also contain relevant records and can be searched on line. LMA Website.

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3,259 Responses to Contact us

  1. Roger Meadows says:

    Are you able to assist? I purchased a very elegant guilded decoration/hand painted pocelain ladies? walking cane in the 70s. It is engraved E Astley, 14 Musgrave Crescent, Walham Green. I am aware Walham Green was incorporated into Fulham in the 50s. My questions…. was E Astley a person of note ? Did she live in Musgrave House and is this a building of Historic Interest?

  2. C Howes says:

    Hello, I’m looking for info on the Coleman’s building starch green,

  3. Jamie says:

    Hello – I wondered if someone might kindly be able to help. I am looking for a map of the old metropolitan borough of Fulham as at 1965? Thanks!

  4. Clive Reedman says:

    Hi. I am looking for any information you may have relating to one Frederick Ernest Cooper, b:20/1/1877, Harrold, Bucks. He resided at 36 Humbolt Road, Fulham in March 1891 when he was recorded as being an Apprentice Wheelwright. It is possible to assume that he was apprenticed to one Frank Pearson who was a Wheelwright and the head of the household at the same address on the 1891 Census. Frederick married Rose Ambrose in 1895 and they continued to live in Humbolt Road until moving to 44 Gastein Road, some time before the 1901 Census was taken and on which Frederick is still shown as being a Wheelwright.

    Frederick eventually moved to Wilstone in Herts and took on the Half Moon PH there, dying in the same area in 1943.

    If you have any information regarding Wheelright shops in Fulham that Pearson, or Cooper may have worked in/owned, it would add a lot to my research.

    Many thanks
    Clive Reedman

  5. Gloria Lorandos says:

    My dad was a policeman at Hammersmith.He was on duty one night on Hammersmith Bridge…during ww2.He fought two Irish men he said were R.I.A
    One ran off.the other grappling with dad,fell over the bridge and hit his head on an iron part of the bridge,and fell in the water.He did die. Has anyone anymore information on this episode please.

  6. Hello,
    I am looking for a copy of PARADISE WALK – CHELSEA
    The History of a Chelsea Street 1796-1994 by Leslie Bairstow and wondered if anyone could help with this.
    I have recently discovered that my forebears named Edwards lived there in the first half of the 1800s and I would love to read about the place.
    Thank you.
    Sue Locke

  7. Lise Cooke says:

    Hi, does anyone have any photos of Turners flower shop on Beadon Road Hammersmith. I’m looking for photos of the old Turners when Joan and Fred ran it. It was a small wedge of a shop and then the next shop was open next door. Thank you

    • Stephen Lally says:

      I have a photo of Beadon Rd in about 1910 if its any use. My grandfather had a bicycle shop there (Rosebery Cycles) in about 1898 – 1902 and I always live in hope of finding a photo of it

  8. MIchael Everington says:

    I am curious to find out if anyone knows the origins of the name Everington Street. It is my family name and is unusual. Many thanks.

  9. Barbara says:

    Looking for any information on William George see b1876 boat builder hammer smith and William Biffen hammer smith boatbuilder

    • Geoffrey See says:

      Hi Barbara, sounds like you are looking for one of my forebears, my father Walter See had a boatyard between Hammersmith Bridge and the pier called Hope Wharf.
      His father Charley See I believe started it but I don’t know when. I have an old photograph taken from Hammersmith Bridge of o lot of skiffs for hire.
      Biffs said I think I saw them mentioned in a documentary on the Thames about boatyards, it was on you tube.

  10. ChrisSmith says:

    My grandfather Wilfred Harvey Smith, whom I never met, owned an off licence called The Cromwell Stores in the 1950s at 64 Shepherds Bush Road. My father took over the shop in the early 1960s and I wondered whether anyone has any photos of the premises from back then.
    It has most recently been a motorbike shop i believe. Any information/photos would be gratefully appreciated.

  11. Len Fuller says:

    Hi there was a Beaufort house school in Lillie Rd Fulham but there has been a lot of redevelopment in that road but there are old blocks of flats!

  12. Sam says:


    I tried to reply to my previous thread but it would not submit. Thanks for the tip on Church/Rylston Road.

    I am also looking for Shuters (how its spelt in the Will) Terrace and Beaufort Villas, any ideas on where these may have been, I’ve been searching various maps all day to no avail.

    George Mullenger owned 4 properties in Church Road, 8 on Sun Street which I have found, two on ‘Shuters’ Terrace and was living at 8 Beaufort Villas when he died in 1872. The earliest Map I’ve found in 1865 but I can’t find it on there and neither can I locate it on any later ones.


  13. John Grigg says:

    Can anybody help finding a photograph of Philip and Tacey Ltd 69 Fulham High Street they moved to Fulham in 1919 and moved in the 1960’s.

    • April Ashton says:

      …. can I suggest you look at the Electoral Rolls, some of which are on line, and also Trade Directories…… if there were any known children of the marriage the LMA has bpts of some London Churches on line.


      • K J Wood says:

        April, I think you may have replied in error to this thread, which is asking for a photo of the Fulham High Street premises of a school supplies company, named “Philip & Tacey Ltd”.

    • This firm according to companies house still seems to be in existence, if it’s the one Founded in 1902 I suggest you write to their archivist.

  14. Catherine Morse Young says:

    I am researching my family history. My grandfather (George Edward Morse) lived at 78 Langford Road in 1891. His father (Henry) was a baker and he was a “baker’s boy.” Are there any pictures of 78 Langford Road which are available on the internet. Thank you. Catherine

  15. Tina Bowen says:

    I am looking for members of the Bonner family, last known address is 32 Milton Road, London. Names I have are Mable, Dolly, Thomas, Fred.

    • Margaret Meechang says:

      Im not sure if this will help, but my Uncle Les Bristow married Freda Bonner from London. Freda was the daughter of Robert Bonner (1872 -1949 ) and Mary Turner (1878 – 1947) . Roberts father was Fred Bonner (1828 – 1887) born St Marys Islinton, Middsx died Buckingham Bucks. The Bonner family has put together a history and you can contact them through my cousins. I can give you a contact email if you contact me through my email, magsmeechang@ Hoping this helps. Mags.

  16. David Chilvers says:

    Hello, according to their marriage certificate my parents were married from St James church Fulham, my mothers address being Blakes Road Fulham. I cannot find any record of either. Are you able to help me on this please. Thank you. David Chilvers

  17. Bradshaw says:

    I’m looking for photos of old hardware shop Bradshaws

    • fhhs says:

      Do you have any information on address or which part of the Borough?
      The archives in Hammersmith Library are the obvious source when they reopen but will probably need more to go on than just a name.

  18. Carlos Oppe says:

    Hello. I am researching family history. My grandparents were married at the Fulham register in May 1913 and her address was given as 26 Dawes Road. The 1911 Census does not have her as a resident at Dawes Road. If she or the Gray family had bought or rented 26 Dawes Road, how can I find documents supporting this? Or any other information relating to Lilian Gray who lived in Fulham at that time. Thank you for any help in advance!

    • April wood ashton says:

      If Fulham was in Middx at that time you could try looking in the Middlesex Deeds register at the LMA – it may be time consuming so try speaking to an archivist first.

    • The public library will have voting registers and these will give an indication yearly when they may have lived there, they may have been elsewhere on census night.

  19. Melissa F. says:

    Hello. I’m looking for old photos (early 1900s) of Musgrave Crescent? I have Patrick Loobey’s book and it has what feels like every street but that one! It even has Favart Rd, on the other side of Eel Brook Common, but nothing for Musgrave Crescent.

    Many thanks in advance.


    • Your may find it easier to look for Eel Brook common.As the road is higher than the common it often features in shots of the common.
      Britain in old photographs …fulham by Christine Bayliss and Jane Kimber has an Edwardian shot of the common with the crescent in the background but it is a long way back. It’s morethe New Kings road end.

  20. Lisa kline says:

    Hiya have just found out that my ancestors by the name of Jennings lived at the swan laundry blythe lane, am searching and searching for any photos or any old memories from the 1920’s era

  21. Hi. I’m looking for a fred moore who lived in Cheam or tooting Surrey. He was dating a lady in Queens road new malden surrey in 1935 called Violet adkins. Anyone help find information plz. Fred also went to wormwood scrubs prison.

  22. Lisa poulter says:

    Looking for the Sunday league chairman for Hammersmith and Fulham in 1970’s was also the county counciler and a chauffer

  23. K.J. says:

    Have you ever come across Fulham being referred to as “Soap city” ? Thanks

    • Stephen Lally says:

      I thought that South Acton was called Soap Suds City in the 1880s and 1890s. In the days when mains water came from local springs and bore holes this area had very soft water and there were dozens of laundries there as the washing was much softer. I had a relation who moved there (Palmserston Road) as a laundress and in the 1891 census nearly every other house was a laundry. and

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Yes there were many laundries in Acton and also I believe in Kensal Town where my ancestor was a laundress.

      • KJ Wood says:

        Thank you Stephen and Lesley. This was a query from someone during an online talk, so I thought this would be a good place to ask on their behalf. You might well be confirming the suggestion made at the time, that Acton was the area most known for laundries; although, undoubtedly, Fulham had its fair share of laundries, given its position in London, probably not particularly remarkable. Cheers

  24. Sam says:

    Hi, I am researching some properties that an established builder built in the early 1800s. He left various properties to his children when he died in 1872 but some of them were inhabited by them in previous census records also. The builders name was George Mullenger and some of the properties he built were 1-6 church road cottages, fulham and George himself lived at 6 Beaufort villas, fulham when he died and gave the impression that he own more than one on that road also. I am waiting on a transcription of the will to be 100% certain. I am trying to locate any information on these properties in particular old pics as I cant see that they still exist now but also haven’t been able to identify them on old maps either.

  25. Louise Warren says:

    I’m trying to find out about the death of my great uncle in 1933 Leonard Webb, he was 23.
    He was knocked off his bike in Latimer road, Hammersmith by a drunk driver and died in Hammersmith hospital. He was my nans little brother and she constantly talked about it.
    I managed to find a newspaper article about the incident but it seems lots of details were left out of the report. It does tell me where the inquest was held, the name of the coroner and the name of the man accused, and the name of the doctor who treated him.

    I’d like to see if I can get hold of a report from the hospital or the coroner’s report.
    I’ve had a look online but I’m lost where to start and I keep going around in circles.
    Can you point me in the right direction please?

    • fhhs says:

      I looked at this site. Which contained these words of advice!
      “The 1921 ruling also advised that more recent records need only be kept for 15 years. All coroner inquest records are closed to the public for 75 years, although next of kin can apply for access. Look for the coroner’s name under the ‘cause of death’ column in a death certificate which indicates a coroner’s inquest took place.” Which seems to contradict itself.
      Sorry cannot be more helpful. Perhaps one of you regulars will ahve the answer.

      • Louise Warren says:

        No it is helpful thanks!

      • April Wood Ashton says:

        A good source for finding details about a coroners report is in the local newspaper where these cases are, more often than not,reported

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      the inquest exonerated the driver as it was a genuine accident
      I have the small from the newspaper report which can send

      • Louise Warren says:

        Thanks for this I’ve asked for my email address to be forwarded onto you. I think it may be the article I already have but I just want to check. It’s fantastic you’re able to find it so easily, it took me ages! 🙂

        I know the driver was exonerated but the reality of what actually happened differs massively to the article which is why I’m interested to find out more about what happened to him. Its something my nan would’ve wanted and it’s in memory of my great uncle.

        Many thanks

  26. Hi,
    Does anyone remember a College of Further Education at the bottom of Brook Green backing onto Cadby Hall (Lyons Cakes) and what its official name was?
    I attended in the early 1970’s and am wondering when the college closed and what now occupies the site?
    Would really like to get a photograph of the front of the college.
    Any information gratefully received.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi, I think it was called the West London College for Further Education. I am not entirely sure. I did some O levels there in 1974. If I can find out or remember more I will let you know.

  27. The 1982 published English Brown Stoneware by Oswald, Hildyard & Hughes mentions a number of early stoneware bottles being in the possession of the Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society. Do you still have them or have they been transferred to the Borough Archives?
    regards, Philip Mernick

    • fhhs says:

      Not sure we have any property now, have asked our Chairman. He will be in touch if he is aware of their location.

  28. april wood ashton says:

    I am a member of W Mx FHS and have just learned of the talk given by Keith Whitehouse regarding the White City Exhibition, which sadly I missed. …… my grandfather, Thomas Wood, was living in Claxton Grove, Fulham until 1905; he was a Journeyman Joiner, carpenter employer, not employee; he went on to be a Builders Foreman, working at the Irish Expo(1907) & Brussels Expo (1910); he travelled to Vienna c.1910 and also undertook work for The Southall Development it is likely that he also worked at The White City Exhibition. I have documentary evidence and also some excellent professional photos -but I am unable to identify location or the other rather smartly dressed men with my grandfather. So, I am looking for some advice………

  29. Dawn Shilcock says:

    Hello, I would like to make contact with Lesley Bairstow regarding her book Paradise Walk Chelsea. Can you help with this?

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi Dawn, I am Lesley Bairstow who wrote Paradise Walk. I would be happy to help you with anything you would like to know. The book ran out of print copies years ago but I still have a few. Please get in touch here again if you would like to. Regards, Lesley

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Hello I am wondering if you would like to contact me about Paradise Walk .

      • Excuse me butting in but I have only just seen this after I posted a similar request today. I do apologise for spelling your name wrong in my post. I am very keen to acquire a copy too if you have one left.
        Sue Locke

  30. Karen Newington says:

    Both my great grandparents and grand parents lived in the Avenues 14 Lodge and 14 Rock.If you go on to the Charles Booth’s poverty map of the late 1800s the Lodges are there where now stands Raversworth and Swan Courts . Thee great thing about the map is there is a slider that takes you from the late 1800s map to the present day map

  31. says:

    Hello, I am writing a book that includes a chapter on Carlos Finlay, a Cuban scientist who played a major role in the elucidation of the means by which Yellow Fever is transmitted (i.e. by mosquitoes). Do we know whether Finlay street is named after him?
    Kindest regards, Paul Reiter

    • Basil Larkins says:

      I don’t think it was. Finlay street is one amongst the ‘alphabet streets in Fulham which were built in the early years of the 20th century. One company erected most of the estate moving southwards on what was previously farmland. They stopped at Harbord street and later a second company erected Finlay, Ellerby, Doneraile and Cloncurry streets. The common factor in the names is that people with those names were late 19th century politicians associated with London. Well in truth Finlay, Doneraile and Cloncurry were but I can’t find a prominent Ellerby.
      These houses were sold for purchase at a time of an explosion of house building and roads were often named for local politicians.
      I am sure Carlos would have been a better source as Lord Finlay although rising to become Lord High Chancellor and sitting on the woolsack for three years was thought to be of less than perfect character.

  32. Zoe Sampson says:


    I am trying to find a picture posted in the Fulham chronicle in Sept 1961 of the wedding of Sybil Webb & Stanley Hocking. I have tried the archives but no luck so far


  33. Leslie Einhorn says:

    My Grandmother Winnifred Horgan Finbow lived at 11 Kenneth Rd in Fulham during the 1911 Census. She was born 1906/07. She was left with the family of Charles Hobbs around 1914. They lived at 13 Archel Rd, W Kensington. Her parents never returned for her, although I have found evidence that they each married someone else and had other children. I can find no record of her birth, but she says she was born on Marlybone St. There seemed to be a hospital named Queen Charlotte laying in Hospital on that street and I am wondering if that was where she was born and if there would be any archived records and where I would find them, if they exist. Thank you for any help you may be able to offer.

  34. Barbara Chivers says:

    My husband’s ancestor George James Chivers and his brother Frederick Thomas Chivers, was at the Bradmore House School in Chiswick for a few years between 1851 and 1871. Do you have any records or photos of the school for any years during this period?
    They were orphans yet spawned a long line of Chivers in the London area.

  35. Linda Saunders says:

    I am looking to chat with anyone who remembers/knows someone who knew my grandfather- Raymond Graham Hatfield- who worked at Messrs A J Carpenters catering contractors in White City in 1928. Or who knows family of Captain Hewitt the manager or Mr Stringer who was a partner in the company.

    My grandfather absconded from work just before the Police came looking for him due to non payment of maintenance for his wife and four children!

    Would love to here from anyone as I cannot trace him after this date!?

    Many thanks for reading.

  36. Jamie Hutchinson says:

    I have just discovered a relative of mine received the freedom of the city (London) on 6th April 1911. His name was Alexander Archer Barnes at it states Day Overseer. “Times” Newspaper.

    Does anyone have any ideas what this may of been for?

  37. Katie says:

    I have been told that my great grandfather, Vincenzo Dimarco, had a barber’s shop on Bramley Road, Hammersmith in around the 1940’s and I just wondered how accurate this might be? As I cannot seem to find anything on the internet about a barber shop on Bramley Road! Any info would be greatly appreciated

  38. Ellie says:

    Hi, I traced back my 3rd great grandfather (George Peter Haines) I know so far that he died in 1907 and lived at 71 Filmer Rd, Fulham but I’d like to know more and wondered what it would have been like in that area back in those times and what that particular road may have been like back then. I couldn’t find out what his job was or what type of jobs people in that area had. Any information would be much appreciated.

    • Fulham old and new by James Feret was completed about 1900 and is a volume work dealing with the history of the whole of Fulham however you can find it free to download on Google books and it is also available as a three volume paperback you might not want the whole work but you could use Google books to find the best volume fulfil my road I would also suggest perhaps a one month subscription to the British newspaper library you can select Fulham Chronicle and Weston on the server and read the weekly issues around the time that you are looking for which will give you an idea of the events that were happening in Fulham. Basically housing Estates were developing as the population of London expanded and transport systems became more successful so small farms,And stables that provided the horses for the buses were taken over along with market gardens to house the growing population

  39. Lia says:

    Hi, I am trying to find information on the existing buildings of the secondary school The Bridge AP academy at Finlay road. I found earlier pictures of the building when it was the Finlay girls school (arounf 1904), but nothiing more. do you know when the buildings were originally built and what additions were made in later years?

    • Tamara Dack says:

      Hi, I’m trying to trace a lady who’s name is Helen mckeown, she lived at 71 Fulham park gardens in 1967, I can’t seem to find her or her household for that year,any information would be a great help, many thanks. Tamara.

      • fhhs says:

        Try, you will have to pay but it can be worth it especially if you can narrow down the area. I found a lost landlord that was holding up our extension of lease this way through locating relatives with the smae name in the area and then posting a note to them.

        Good luck

      • Basil Larkins says:

        You have not given us much to work on! I lived in Fulham Park Gardens in 1967 but don’t remember the name but its a long street and my home was the other end.
        I see that three people named Helen McKeown married in London over the years following . One in 1969, another in 1973 and a third in 1982. If she was a young person in 1967 those might be worth following up.
        Do you have any idea about her age, where she came from etc?

      • Tamara Dack says:

        Thankyou for responding, I think she may have been 16, she was born in Ireland, she had a babyboy called Keith patrick mckeown born 13th feb 1967, I have found his birth certificate, but I can not find any other information on Helen.
        I would be grateful for any Adelphi.

      • Basil Larkins says:

        If she was born in Ireland she was probably Catholic. If so the baby was almost certainly baptised at Holy Cross RC church. They have a web site and might be willing to help you but I suspect you would have to say exactly why you are searching for the mother and the child.
        If you think that the baby might have been adopted then there are people who can help you provided you are family (think of the TV show Long Lost Families as a possible lead). As you probably know that 71 FPG is a three storey end of terrace house. In the 1960’s those houses were mostly in multi occupation. Young people would rent a room and travel to work on the several local bus routes to the West End or use the nearby tube station of Putney Bridge.

        If she was 16 in 1967 then the 1969 or 1973 marriages look a good bet to me.
        Sorry I can’t help further.

  40. Clive sargeant says:

    Hi I wanted to find out whether their are any old school photos of ackmar road secondary modern school

  41. Pauline Doignie says:

    HI in 1963 I was in a fire at 295 Munster road and was saved by a film producer it was in the paper just wondering if you might know more thanks

    • Unfortunately local newspapers for this state have not yet been added to the British newspaper library archive therefore you would have to check the hardcopy or get a check for you around that date in the local Hammersmith library when they reopen located in the Shepherd’s Bush Road check tCouncio website for details.

  42. Jim Goodacre says:

    I couldn’t find the Add a Comment button mentioned above, so I hope this is the right place.
    I wonder if you can help me find out more about my ancestor, Gerald Benney (or Jerrold Benny)? According to the 1861 census, he was 32 and living at 2, Hope Lane, Hammersmith (St Peter’s parish) and he was a boat builder. This appears to have been in a working class area. It’s possible he might have worked for Biffen’s, which was an old established boat building company on the Thames at that time. However, by 1871 he was living in Hope Cottages, Great Church Lane. On Booth’s Poverty map (admittedly later) this address is designated as middle class, well-to do. I am wondering now whether he worked for a boat builder, or had his own business. Is it possible to find out? Many thanks. J.Goodacre (Cape Town)

  43. Alan Smith says:

    Can anybody help please? I am trying to do my family tree. My Dad used to live down the bottom of Queen Caroline Street, I think Wellington Walk, In the 30’s, i think. Does anybody know if there was an Aukland House down there? Thanks.

  44. Janice says:

    Hello, I have been researching our family and I know that my Grandmothers family lived in Walham Avenue Fulham between 1908 and 1910 as it is written on the baptism certificates. They are then found on the 1911 census in Lodge Avenue Fulham. I can not find either of these addresses and was wondering if anyone can help? Many thanks Janice

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hi J both avenues were demolished many years ago and replaced with Lancaster and Swan Courts in Fulham Road SW6
      Hope this helps

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Hi my father was born in Lodge Avenue in 1909. They were very poor and he said it was a working class street with a reputation for being rough. It was I believe just off Fulham Road near what is now Fulham Court. If I come across any more information I will let you know.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi, My father grew up in Lodge Avenue in the 1910s. They were extremely poor and I gather the street was populated with the poor working classes. It was off Fulham Road near what is now Fulham Court. If I can find out more I will let you know.

  45. suetextiles says:

    Hello, wondered if anyone on here went to or knows anyone who went to St Augustine’s RC Primary School in Fulham from 1964-1971. We joined the baby class aged 4 or 5 when the school had just been built and were the first class to go all the way through the school. Just looking for old friends. Mr Maloney was the Headmaster and Miss Pink one of my teachers.

    • kmb1960 says:

      Hi I started st Augustine’s (think it was 1965) it was a brand new school, sadly I left in 1968 as we moved to Putney. I remember Mr Maloney, he used to give us a lift in his car to st Augustines when we first moved until I started my new school (our Lady of Victories). My friend at St Augustines was called Margarita and my teacher was Miss barrow. If you look on Facebook there is st Augustines page on there

  46. Elizabeth Walker says:

    I wonder if you have access to any records that could help me. I have been researching my family tree during lockdown and have a record of an ancestor who at the age of 14 was an inmate of a home at 5 Parsons Green in Fulham. This was originally built for the moral correction of young women and eventually became Fulham maternity hospital. Is there anything available, apart from the short items on the internet to discover its exact function in 1901 and what conditions would have been like.

    Very many thanks for any suggestions you may have

    • magsoffindonroad says:

      Message for Jacqueline MOULDING. I think I can help here. I think you mean MELINA Road and the infant school was Westville Schoo ,l(just a few 100 yards from Melina Road. In fact Westville school was bombed in ww2 but built quite soon after, In fact in 1946 it was still being rebuilt and that year at the age of 5 I had a long walk to Wormholt infants. However I too attended Victoria Junior Girls. (do you remember a lovely teacher named Miss Ellingham ?). Did you go on a school journey ?I ived in Findon Road. not far from Melina Road, There was a fish and chip shop. a pub on the corner and further along in Greenside by the school was a bomb site (church?) where we played. Margaret ,

      On Sat, 13 Feb 2021 at 10:28, The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society wrote:

      > Elizabeth Walker commented: “I wonder if you have access to any records > that could help me. I have been researching my family tree during lockdown > and have a record of an ancestor who at the age of 14 was an inmate of a > home at 5 Parsons Green in Fulham. This was originally built fo” >

      • Jacqueline Moulding says:

        Hi Mags, Thanku for replying. Yes it was Melina Rd and I lived there until 64 when the houses were pulled down. I remember Miss Ellingham well. She used to bring in sandwiches and cakes for after school. She was an inspiration to me. No, I didn, t go on any school trips. I remember Gregory the greengrocer, the sweet shop, the fish/chip shop and the Crown & Septre pub on the corner. Like u we used to play on the bomb site at the bottom of Lefern Rd?. Thanku for replying. Do u know how I can get photo, s or pictures of our area. I vaguely remember the street party for the Queens Coronation. Do you?

  47. Lisa says:

    I’m try to find we’re 23 Avenue road Hammersmith was in 1930 and if the building still exists

  48. Jacqueline Moulding says:

    Hi, I was hoping that there are photo, s and information specifically to Melinda Rd,, Shepherds Bush, London, W12..
    I was born in no 1 Melinda Rd and then 35 Melinda Rd. We moved away from Melinda Rd in 64, when the houses were condemned and demolished as not fit for human habitation. I remember the remand school at the back of the yards, the bomb sites, the little row of shops opposite 35.
    I also remember the little infant school, was it Westfield? I went to Victoria junior school in the 50,s and then Hammersmith County Council Secondary School.
    Any info, pictures, memories would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  49. I wonder if anyone might be able to shed any light on a ‘Mr Bateman’ who was living (with some degree of wealth) on Hammersmith Road in the 1760s. Does anyone know how, or if it would be possible, to refine his identity further. A first name? He collected art and is mentioned in the notebooks of the artist George Vertue.

  50. Hi,

    My mum used to live in Lintaine Grove, Fulham W6 during her childhood years, and she can remember the road being bombed during the blitz years.
    She remembers her parents house being the last one before Norman Park…..the family name was Morris.
    Do you have any history or images from the period 1940-1964?

    Mark Haggerty

  51. Wendy de Capell Brooke says:

    I wonder if you could kindly help me, I am looking for old photographs of Imperial Square SW6. Hopefully showing the square had grass in the middle. Us residents are being impacted by the huge development in the old gas works and unfortunately the historical square was not considered in the planning process so we’re trying to arrange to improve the square with an improved communal square area in the middle. Photographs would be a very big help please.

    Wendy de Capell Brooke tel 07973 317663

    • reco1000 says:

      Certainly in the 1950s the Square was still lit by gaslight as it was owned by the Gas light and Coke Company- the rest of Sands End was electric. Pity i never took any photos of it!

    • Lenny Fuller says:

      You could look up some of the Fulham face book sites like I grew up in Fulham

  52. I am currently researching a pair of painted signs on what appears to be 60 Richmond Way (previously Richmond Road). They advertise a dairy, and a bakery run by an A.E. Cresswell. So far my work in available directories has yielded nothing substantial except that there were bakers there by different names in the 1920s and 1930s:

    1925: Stanley Herbert Lockwood, baker, 60 Richmond Road

    1930-34: Hedley Bakeries, 60 Richmond Road

    By 1940 the address is home to Thomas George Weedon, Shopkeeper.

    Something odd is that prior to 1925 the 60 Richmond Road isn’t listed where expected in the directories, so my suspicion is that there was a renumbering at some point, or that the address itself previously corresponded to one of the other streets, although I’ve been unable to find evidence of that.

    If this location is beyond your usual remit then please do direct me to the relevant local historical society. The location itself can be seen via google streetview here:

    Many thanks, Sam

  53. David English says:

    I am looking for anybody who can enlighten me on the following ; I have a relative that had a photograph of one of our relatives Mr John Herbert in a team photograph holding up a large cup engraved Fulham and Hammersmith. They appear to be holdings sticks like a hockey / hurling type of stick. We believe the photograph was taken around the turn of the century . The Herbert family lived in a house that overlooked the London Athletic Club . The land is now Chelsea FC ground since 1905 .. Any help would be gratefully received.

    David English

  54. Jamie Green says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find out which “Martin Bell”, Martin Bell’s wood in wormwood scrubs is named after.

    There is nothing for this online! Does anyone have an idea?

  55. David Taylor says:

    Looking to trace or find out the owners of the greyhound pub crystal palace road in approximately 1958 to 1962
    Any help much appreciated

    • Steve Kirby says:

      Do you mean Fulham Palace Road?

    • Tracey Briggs says:

      Hello my grandparents owned a little shop in Battersea when I was a baby.
      Sidney and Julie Beard, they had 10 children it would have been around 1972 – 1975.
      Does anyone remember the family ?

    • Rachael Nash says:

      David Taylor, were you asking regarding information for an alleged bigamist in this area? I’m keen to also find this out. I’m researching my maternal grandfather-Ernest Taylor married to Rose who was (apparently) jailed for bigamy as he married someone else!! Possible 1940s/50s. I believe they were from this area as my mum grew up in Fulham. Her name is Patricia Ann born 1944.

    • David Taylor says:

      looking for any person who knew Bridget (Breda)Taylor Irish lady working at the greyhound pub Fulham palace road in the early 1960s
      Thank you

  56. J Law says:

    My grandfather, Leonard Woods (born 1896) was born and brought up in this area with his father running Albert Woods, Van and Cart Builders on 149 Latimer Road West. He married Ethel Cecilia Thompson (born 1897) who lived in Cambridge Road. She had 2 brothers, Harold Thompson (born 1899) and Albert Thompson (born 1901) and we know nothing about them. Any ideas or information?

  57. J Law says:

    My grandfather, Leonard Woods (born 1896,) was brought up in this area with his father running Albert Woods, Van and Cart Builders, in 149 Latimer Road West. He married Ethel Cecilia Thompson (born 1897,) who lived in Cambridge Road. She had 2 brothers, Harold (born 1899) and Albert (born 1901) Thompson who we know nothing about. Can anyone offer any information?

  58. Tony Springett says:

    Hi, I wonder if anyone can help? In 1949 (age 3) I caught Polio in both my lower limbs. In 1953 we moved to the newly constructed Sulivan Court in Peterborough Road, Fulham which also had a brand new Sulivan Primary School. In those days schools were run by the London County Council which had a ruling that any child with a disability of any kind had to attend a “special” school. So instead of being allowed to go to Sulivan School, which was on our doorstep, I had to go in a special bus to Rosemount School, next to Holman Hunt School in New Kings Road, Fulham. My disability was that I had to wear knee length braces to help with my walking and running about.

    99% of the pupils at Rosemount were very seriously physically disabled or had severe learning difficulties.

    After a long fight by my Mother and my Fulham Hospital orthopaedic surgeon I was eventually able to attend Sulivan Primary School.
    I have been trying to find out more about Rosemount School and why it eventually closed (although the building is still there, as is Holman Hunt). However, there is nothing on the internet and have so far drawn a blank

  59. Steve Kirby says:

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone has heard of St Margaret’s College for Ladies, Northend, Fulham. I can’t find anything online about it. In the 1860’s my friends 3 x Great Grandfather was the Italian Master. He had been Princess Victoria’s Italian Master immediately before she became Queen in 1837. I’d like to know if any staff records exist as we are trying to find out his exact date and place of birth. Thanks.

  60. Diane says:

    Hi! I was looking for historical info on Ideal Studios, used to be 1 Beadon Road, Hammersmith. My mother had a portrait/picture taken there around 1952/53 and I wondered how long the studio had been there before it’s demise. What is in its place now? It is my mother’s old stomping ground as a teenager and she often mentioned The Hammersmirh Palais.

  61. Janet Pierce says:

    My ancestors were Farriers in the Fulham and Hammersmith district
    the family name of Bardrick (Joseph) in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Other relatives moved slightly east to Chelsea and set up a successful plumbing business. I have found information on the plumbers but not had any success with the Farriers.Do you have any information?

  62. Michaela Jones says:

    I’m trying to find out what happened to Florence Ada Johnson (nee Parker) b 23/5/1903 in Hammersmith who married Wiiliam Johnson (b Abt 1901) on 16/6/21 in Hammersmith. They had 2 daughters who were taken into care in 1929 but Florence and Wiiliam seem to disappear after that. Can anyone help or point me in the right direction? TIA

    • Can you please contact my father John Parker was cousin to Florence Ada Parker do you know the daughters names please contact me through my e mail Please look on Facebook site called Hammersmith market remembered it has a photo of James Parker memorial with me and my brother Michael recently cleaned up if you e mail me I will give my phone number

  63. Hello, I am researching the opening of Latymer Upper School on King Street, on behalf of the school for a 400 year anniversary publication re its Foundation. Would you have access to newspaper archives from January 1895 at the time of its opening by chance? Many thanks!

  64. Hello, I am researching the opening of Latymer Upper School on King Street in 1895, on behalf of the school for a 400 year anniversary of the Latymer Foundation publication. Would you have any of the newspaper archives of the time, the school opened in January 1895? Many thanks, Christine

    • Access is the libraries to hardcopy newspapers is not available. I suggest you take out a one month subscription to the British newspaper archives and then you can search Lattimer foundation in the newspapers that have been put online and you may well find other references outside of the Fulham Chronicle and West London observer you may even find references to the foundation that goes ba further than 1895 and founding of the school

  65. Len Fuller says:

    You might need to get in touch with kensington & chelsea archive

  66. John Drury says:

    Good afternoon, my Gt Gt Parents Thomas Drury & Mary lived at
    12 Onslow Dwellings then 67 Onslow Dwellings.
    5 of their 8 children died between 1871 – 1887 between the ages of
    10 months to 12 year old.
    4 of these children are buried at Brompton Cemetery in different graves but all buried with up to five other people.
    The 5th Child Albert George Drury died 1887 aged 1 but he does not
    seemed to be buried there.
    Has anyone got any idea on where he could have been buried.

    Many thanks
    John Drury

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi John, Brompton Cemetery has a web site. I am sure they must have registered every burial. I don’t think it was closed 1887 but you can check that. Have you thought about Kensal Green?

      • John Drury says:

        Hi Lesley
        Thank you for your reply that was most helpful.
        I have been on the Brompton Cemetery site where I found the others had been buried with multiple other people but i will re look incase I have missed him.
        I never knew about Kensal Green so I will give that one a look.
        Thanks again

  67. Ben parsons says:

    I am just trying to find out some history about wheatsheaf alley, now wheatsheaf terrace in Fulham. Any info would be much appreciated.

    • fhhs says:

      Hi if you scroll down to October 2020 Mark Foulsham gives a description. The current Sainsbury’s local opposite the firestation used to be the Victorian Wheatsheaf and replaced a much earlier pub. The Alley ran from there through the Lancaster Court Council Estate to the vestige remaining now changing to Gunter Grove now a back alley between Bishops Road and Dawes Road. i cannot lay my hands on it but there is an old map showing the Alley marked.

  68. Mary MacIntyre says:

    Just wondering if there are any photos or drawings of St. Joseph’s School for Roman Catholic Girls which was located in Brook Green, W. Fulham; or a map showing its location. My grandmother and her sister were there after their father passed and appear on the 1911 Census for the school

    • fhhs says:

      This map from the wonderful online resource at the National Library of Scotland shows an RC School in Brook Green. For photos or drawings you would have to wait un til the LBHF Archives in Hammersmith Library open again. You can access the catalogue on line if you go to LBHF Library service and look for the archives.
      Good luck with your quest.

  69. Sarah Hanrahan says:

    Hi. I was wondering if anyone had heard of The Bishop of London’s Grammar School for Girls. My mum said she went there in the 1950s. She passed away already so I can’t ask her more about it. I can’t find any records of the school. I would appreciate any help trying to locate it or at least if it existed.

  70. Len Fuller says:

    Fulham Palace Road 👍

  71. David Taylor says:

    I looking for your help on two matters
    (1) who where the owners/manager of the “greyhound pub”
    175 crystal palace road Fulham during 1958 to 1962.
    (2) Any information or knowledge of a fish shop near the greyhound pub during the same period of time,
    The manager of this shop may have a first name “ALBERT”
    Any assistance would be greatfully appreciated

    • Sue C. says:

      There was a fish shop in the Greyhound Road, a short way down from the Greyhound Pub on the opposite side of the road (1960s). Our family knew the owner quite well but I can’t remember the name unfortunately. However, the owner sold his car to my brother!

      • David Taylor says:

        Hi sue
        This is important information concerning the fish shop ,I am trying to trace the manager of the shop,I understand his name was “Albert “ ,and further information you can obtain would be greafully appreciated in solving a family heritage
        Kind regards

      • Sue says:

        Sorry, I know no more than what I have already told you. He wasn’t the Manager, he was the owner. My mother bought our fish from him for a number of years before the area was redeveloped by the council and we moved to Devon. Good luck.

      • Sue says:

        The Greyhound Pub, incidentally, was on the corner of Fulham Palace Road and Greyhound Road.

      • David Taylor says:

        Hi sue
        Thank you ,very much appreciated

      • Steve says:

        Hi, my gandfather (Harry Ennever) owned and ran the fish shop – 2 Greyhound Road from 1940’s taking it on from my great grandfather.

      • Sue says:

        Many thanks Steve. I knew he had an unusual surname but couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was. I remember the car..light green Austin A30 I think (forgive me if I haven’t got the make quite right!) My brother looked after it well all the time he had it.

      • David Taylor says:

        I am also looking for information in relation to this fish shop. Can you help me if there is a man going by first name Albert who was employed in this shop in 1961
        Kind regards,

  72. Penny Jones says:

    HI Does anyone have any photos of Fane Street please, around 1900-1920? I did visit a while back but see it maybe was bombed or bulldozed and only the first two houses are still there. Many thanks. My family name was Tyson and they lived in Fane Street.

  73. Kim Edwards says:

    Hi there
    My family have lived at 3 Fulham Park Gardens SW6 4JX for over 60 years. The a name over the front door is Staughton House & was built in 1879. I recall my nan telling tales about the house i.e. that it was built for a Lady Lily of Munster (there is a figure head over the front door) & the gardens used to go all the way through to Munster Road. I’ve Googled these bits of information & got no where & wondered if you had any information in your archives etc. that would validate or dispel this information.

  74. Amber Tallon says:

    To whom it may concern,
    I am a professional London tour guide and West London local and I’m currently putting together a virtual tour of Hammersmith. As part of the tour, I talk about the Lyric Hammersmith and its wonderful story. I was wondering if you had any photos you might be able to share of the old theatre, some of their early programmes, and its demolition in the 1960s, which I would be able to share in my presentation.
    Thank you.
    All the best,

    • fhhs says:

      You may get a response from some of our regular contributors but a good deal of material is held by the LBHF local archives in Hammersmith Library. Although it is currently closed you could search the online catalogue or contact the archivist (see library website for both). There will be photos and of course there will be a charge for their copying and use. No doubt you have already contacted teh Lyric.
      Good luck with your project.

    • Cary Sumpter says:


      There are some great photos of the old Lyric on the Arthur Lloyd website…see

      Many of these images are actually owned by Vernon Burgess, who I know features in some of the messages on this site.

      You might also want to take a look at our Facebook group “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered”, since there are some great images here too.



      • Amber Tallon says:

        Hi Cary,
        Thanks for your response! Yes, I found the Arthur Lloyd website and there are some great images there. It was actually that website which led me to yours. I like Vernon Burgess’ pictures of the Lyric being demolished and would love to use a couple if he ends up seeing this!

    • This site Ia a must to check for anything theatre related .

      you will also find images on the site of the Lyric Theatre being demolished and interior views before it did become a building site , although arthur Lloyd has the images of the demolition they are actually in my possession

      • Amber Tallon says:

        Hello, thanks so much for your reply! The Arthur Lloyd website is a great resource. That’s amazing that you have those photos of the demolition! Is there any chance I could please use a couple of them for my virtual tour?
        All the best,

  75. melvyn sexton says:

    Hello I have read you web page which is of interest. My past relative lived in Fulham for many years from the 1900’s – 1990’s, firstly at an address in Turnholme Mews through finally to Fabian Rd. Other family members lived in St Thomas’s Rd, and Mirabel Rd.
    Are you able to assist in confirming that a road existed called St Thomas’s Rd as I can only find reference to a St Thomas’s Way ?
    Also I have an address at St Clemence Mansions Fulham. How would you suggest that I trace these address which no doubt have been removed from later maps ?
    Thank you for your help. Melvyn Sexton

    • fhhs says:

      St Clemence Mansions is at teh junction of Lillie Road and Fulham palace Road see this on Google.
      St Thomas Road is now St Thomas Way runs alongside St Thomas Church and Schools.

      • Melvyn Sexton says:

        Thank you for your reply and clarification regarding the change of name for St Thomas’s Road, does anyone have a clue as to why the name was changed. Am I correct in assuming that the terrace houses that made up the road were demolished to make way for ‘1960’s improvements’. My recollection is of ‘two up/two down’ housing with single storey kitchen and a WC outhouse in a yard at the back where chickens were regularly kept ? Pretty little houses that would demand high prices in the 2021’s. Thank you to the organisers of this Website chat forum. Regards Melvyn Sexton

      • melvyn says:

        Hi, Does anyone know where Clyde Buildings were in Fulham as i have a relative who lived at number 24 in November 1919 ? Thank you, Melvyn

      • Len fuller says:

        Hi M they are at the junction of rylston Road and estcourt Road sw6

      • Melvyn sexton says:

        Hi Len, thank you for your help..



      • Len Fuller says:

        Hi M there was a pub opposite called the Lord Clyde 👍

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Re Clyde Buildings I think the reply from Len Fuller relates to Clyde Flats which is a fairly new development just where he said it is but its not the Clyde Buildings from 1919.

      I remember delivering leaflets there in the 1960’s and as I recall it was a three of four storey block with wrought iron staircases. It was not on a corner plot but I think closer than the Flats are to the Fulham Road. I was a teenager at the time and was always given the delivery rounds with lots of staircases while my older friends did the houses!

      In any event I have been on Google maps and searched the area. Sadly the Buildings have clearly been redeveloped.

  76. Marilyn Berridge says:

    Hi, my grandmother Annie Pitt was born in the Good Samaritan pub in Whitechapel on 15.05.1892. At 12 she became an apprentice dressmaker and in 1911 census she is an assistant to Annie Reeves from Scot land who is a dressmaker at 235 Fulham Rd Chelsea. I have two delightful photos of her with friends in beautiful dresses. I’d love to know if she worked for a large concern where such fine dresses were made. She could not have afforded to buy so she was either modelling or in fancy dress maybe. She may have worked sewing parachutes during the war before moving out of London to settle and marry in Hampshire.
    Regards, Marilyn Berridge

    • Thank you for your enquiry.
      This Address is actually in Chelsea I have found that in the 1940s the businesses around 235 was as listed below and you will notice that there was actually a funeral directors at this number you need to check other sources possibly the Kensington and Chelsea libraries.
      Interestingly though 239 is listed as a dress agency
      197 Onslow Garage Ltd
      Royal Cancer Hospital (Free) (The) (incorporated under Royal charter)
      … here is Dovehouse street …
      Hospital for consumption & Diseases of the Chest (extension building)
      223 to 233 Mawers Ltd, house furnishers
      235 Ashton Edwin Bell & Co, funeral directors
      Ashtons Garage, motor car agents (Dudmaston mews)
      … here are Dudmaston mews …
      Royal Cancer Hospital (Free) Chester-Beatty Research Institute
      Jews Burial Ground
      239 Malcolm Miss Blanche, dress agency
      Queens Elm Parade :
      3 Searle Mrs Beatrice L, tobacconist
      4 Lewis M M, antique dealer
      5 Prior Frederica, dyer & cleaner
      6 Pole Miss Margaret, second hand bookseller
      7 Gallops Ltd, boot repairers

  77. mike chilvers says:

    I was born in Hammersmith hospital in 1938 and lived, in Coalwith rd. afore movin’ to Parfrey St. where I was brought-up until about 1959 when I moved away. I’m 82yrs old and in ‘good shape’ but i wondered if anyone is still alive that also lived in Parfrey st. Also
    went to Fulham Palace rd. school (my first school!) and also Lower Latymer in Hammersmith. Also became a musician startin’ from the ‘Skiffle’ days and even playin’ under Hammersmith Bridge with others
    back in the 5os! Would be good to make contact with others that are
    still ‘alive’ and remember those days. I now live in Farnham but miss
    those ‘good ol’ days’ in Hammersmith and Fulham. Be good to know
    a little about the Lower Latymer school, can’t seem to find anythin’!
    Thanks for anyone’s time!
    Mike Chilvers

    • Thanks for your email I used to work with a guy called Mike Dewe, who used to play skiffle with his brother and others under the subway at Putney Bridge.Sadly Mike is no longer with us but he did write a book called the Skiffle craze which is still available on Amazon for about £9 if you have not read it .the school In the 60s that I went to had a number of well-known musicians,Including Brian Auger, Brian Johnson and Steve Hackett, Keith Strachen, (co-wrote mistletoe and wine for Cliff Richards ), Michael Mullins, wonder if he is related to Charlie Mullins of Pimlico plumbers?, Bill Kimber and the couriers. Tony Allen of radio Caroline can be added to the number
      We also had our fair share of well-known actors Thanks to a famous well-known amateur dramatic productions By the school pupils and of course sportsman as well made their name.Well there’s a few names for you to think over and hopefully it will bring back some memories.

      • Len Fuller says:

        Hi you can apply to I grew up in Fulham face book site to join it there is plenty of Fulhamites there 👍

  78. Kim Edwards says:

    I am trying to find out more about Staughton House in Fulham Park Gardens SW6 4JX. My family have lived there for over 65 years. I recall some tales my Nan told me about the house but have no idea as to the validity of them.
    I am really interested to know more about it.

  79. Andy Scott says:

    Hi I just wanted to let you know that I have just published my book London’s Loveable Villain, about my great uncle Hammersmith born Wrestler Boxer and TRIPLE LIFESAVER Chick Cocky Knight’s colourful life! It’s out now and selling really well. Chick was a celebrity and local guy well known in Hammersmith. He saved 2 people from drowning in the Thames at Hammersmith in 1930, going in not once but twice. All of this is in the book available for sale on eBay.

  80. Paul Goodwin says:

    My 3 times great grandmother died 1857 Parsons Green, where is likely to be buried?

  81. Tracey thorley says:

    I’m not sure you are getting my reply??

    It happened at Putney Bridge station
    Thank you

    • fhhs says:

      Sorry there is always a bit of a delay awaiting moderation. Even more so now i am away from the borough. Will try to do better. Good luck with your quest.

  82. Tracey thorley says:

    I’m looking for a news article about my partners mother. She was tragically killed on a train track when he was very little. Her name was valerie stevens she had 2 children at the time of her death which I believe was possibly 1967 ?? But could be year before or year after.

    • Len Fuller says:

      Where did this happen please

      • Tracey says:

        It happened at Putney Bridge we were told there was an article in the Fulham chronicle
        Thank you

    • Unfortunately the Fulham Chronicle at West London observer for the period that you are searching the article for is not available online so the actual copies of the newspaper will have to be checked at Hammersmith archives either in person if you are located nearby when they reopen or you can send an email to the archivist and see if she is able to check for you I can’t recall at the moment with the physical copies of the Fulham Chronicle re located in the Borough

  83. I wonder whether you can assist with my research. My grandfather lived with his parents at The Golden Lion, 57 High Street from 1910 to about 1928. In the 1911 Census he was working in the “Motor Trade”. I understand that he was working in the construction of wooden ambulances, and I wondered whether you were aware of any locations local to Fulham that this may have occurred.
    Many thanks. Kind regards, Steve

    • Stephen Lally says:

      Sounds as if your grandfather was a coachbuilder. There were many coachbuilders in the area at this time. Many of them switched to building ambulances during WW1. All the ambulance bodies were made of wood,then most were skinned with metal. Some prominent local companies were Clement Talbot Ltd of Barlby Road, N Kensington, W & G du Cros of Warple Way Acton, Darracq Motor Engineering Co of Acton, D Napier & Son of The Vale Acton, Hooper & Co, Western Avenue, Acton. All an easy cycle ride from the Golden Lion.

  84. Chris Hare says:

    I am still trying to research my family tree – on my Maternal Grandmothers side. Her maiden name was Cecilia Agnes Driscoll, married Stanley Gurney Pickard in 1925 and then lived in Danehurst Street Fulham. I have her D.O.B as 18/12/1902 ,but Ancestry and Find my Past seem not to have a record or birth certificate for this or any date around that time nor can I trace her mothers maiden name . She had a sister – Mary who married John William Noble in 1910, and 2 brothers (Henry and George) who may have been shipped as children to Australia. There are records suggesting the other childrens mothers maiden name was Scanes , but again there is nothing to tie Cecilia back to that name .Does anyone know the “Pickards” and can anyone shed any light on my grandmother and her Mother?

  85. Hello I wonder if you could please help with my search for the Slade family of 81 MacFarlane Road Shepherds Bush. They resided there in the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. Charles Henry Slade senior and Charles Henry Slade Junior were both sign writers and I am.told also owned a hardware type shop. I cannot find any information as to where they worked etc. I am told some of the projects included signs for Wrigleys Gum at Piccadilly Circus and Black and White Whiskey. Charles senior was killed in 1931 when a hoarding fell from a grocers shop outside of the station on Uxbridge Road. Any information or pointers would be really appreciated. Thank you in advance

    • Published: Friday 18 December 1931
      Newspaper: West London Observer
      County: London, England
      Type: Article | Words: 1019 | Page: 9

      This article has details of the accident and the inquest report when the heavy shutters of a greengrocers slope fell down during a gale

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      If you are still wanting information drop me an email on information you would like to discover

      • Hi Brian
        Thank you for the reply. The area I am stuck on is where my Great grandfather and his father actually worked. Also I believe they had a hardware shop which I am trying to locate. I did wonder if perhaps this could of been in one of the railway arches in MacFarlane Road as this is so close to the house they lived in. Any help or pointers would be appreciated. Regards Claire

      • Brian jeffreys says:

        The info you require may well be in directories in the research library in Hammersmith which is closed re virus at present .
        You can email them and they may be able to help , you may be very lucky to find a photo , you never know.


  86. Janet Thomas says:

    Please can you help I’m trying to find Susan Patterson married to Michael Patterson they live in this area.age 70-72.jan

  87. John James Wilkes says:

    To the Archivist, F&HHS.
    Searching for school records or information for children of Charles & Alice WILKES who lived at 6 Bovingdon Rd Fulham (1895) and 2 Ryecroft St Fulham (1898 to 1918);
    – Edith Wilkes b: 1883 and is noted as ‘deaf’ – may have attended the Ackmar Road School for deaf children.
    – Charles Wilkes b: 1888
    – John Liberty Wilkes b: 1894.
    Edith & John L Wilkes are listed on 1901 & 1911 Census.

    My Great Grand Father, Charles Wilkes was a Master Carpenter / Builder in partnership with his brother, Henry James Wilkes, with business known as Wilkes Bros Builders around Kensington.

    My understanding is that Wilkes Bros Builders were instrumental in the construction of detached houses & the family home at 2 Ryecroft St, Fulham. Any assistance or information would be gratefully received.
    John Wilkes.
    Sydney, Australia.

    • Michael Street is on the Peterborough estate and can be viewed very much as it was built on Google maps Street view the black and white tiles at the front are replacement ones and the originals
      Would have been a lot smaller and the white painted tiles on the front would have originally been cream terracotta . the door would’ve been black and the woodwork cream there are very few detached houses on this estate. Previous comments on this website especially around the 18th of July 2020Have talked about Ackmar schools and a book on the history of the deaf schools is mentioned .www findmypast website also is said to have records of schools and this may be worth checking .otherwise you should check out National archives and the London Metropolitan archives for school records

      • John Wilkes says:

        All of the above known . . . .looking for specific information about schools and the students attending i.e. Edith Wilkes b: 1883, Malcolm Wilkes (not Charles) b: 1888 and John Liberty Wilkes b: 1894. Can you please put me in contact with whoever may hold the information as this may not be with your Society.
        Nothing located on Findmypass or at the National Archives. Does the London Metropolitan archives house the records of the London Board of Schools? Kind regards.
        John Wilkes.

  88. Gary Hellyer says:

    My mum had an uncle, Charlie Eariss, aged 8 die in the Hammersmith Creek on June 13th 1946. I have been lucky enough to find an article online but my mum always said she believed there was a memorial somewhere. As the creek isn’t there, can I assume any memorial would now not be there.

    • The creek is still there but has been culverted nd runs approximately along Nigel Playfair Avenue this site is now being developed by the council so who knows they might reveal it again. if there was a plaque near the site it could have gone into the archives department otherwise there may be something in one of the three local churches that are near the site St Paul’s Hammersmith Rivercourt Methodist Church or the decommission St John’s Glenthorne Road. As you say there only appears to be one article in the local newspaper but the person who tried to save Charles was awarded the road humane society middle and it may be that the society has further details that were current at the time

      • Geoffrey See says:

        Does it say the name of the recipient of the award from the Royal Humane Society in the article, it may be possible to garner some information from their award certificate.
        My father Walter See had the boatyard just downstream from the creek and he had several certificates from the society for saving lives, most of them were destroyed when the barge that was used as a workshop sank.

      • Hi Geoffrey,
        Thanks for getting in touch, yes the West London observer does give your father as the one who tried to rescue Charlie
        The waterman, Walter See, aged 32. of Eyot Gardens, Hammersmith,

      • Geoffrey See says:

        Wow, I didn’t know that, as I said most of the certificates were destroyed when the barge sank. There was one badly water damaged which I have and apparently copies can be obtained.
        Thank you so much for the information, can you tell me how I can access the article.

      • Gary Hellyer says:

        Yes that is right as I have a picture of the newspaper article where he is mentioned for trying to save him after he got stuck trying to get his football back.

      • Gary Hellyer says:

        Can I ask if you dad is still alive? Amazing to find that connection. What a hero your dad was. Although Charlie didn’t survive, it still takes great bravery to put your life on the line like that.

      • Geoff See says:

        Hi Gary, you did give me a bit of a laugh there, unintentionally I know.
        You must have missed it in the reply from the archivist when it was said my dad was 32 in 1946 that would make him about. 112 now, not unheard of I know, but unlikely.
        No, he has been gone a long time now, but thank you for the nice things you say about him, he saw a lot of things down the boatyard, not all pleasant.
        Best regards.

      • Hi Geoffrey
        Yes I must confess my face has a smile as well when I did the maths. I would suggest you take a one month subscription to the British newspaper archive. Do and advanced search under Walter See and select West London Observer.Being a slightly unusual name there are very few entries that could cause confusion and you will find at least nine articles mentioning your dad, including one when I think it said you’ve lost the boat yard in 1957 good luck. PS if you want to email me outside of this website click on the church image and other details will be revealed

  89. Steffanie Wadd says:

    I am trying to find out about the area my mum would have lived around late 30’s. She was born 1930 abd one address I have for her is 21 Burnaby (street?) Sands End.
    Has anyone any information about the area. All I know is she did a paper round during the war abd her mum I believe worked in a grocers shop.
    Many thanks.

    • reco1000 says:

      There is/was a Burnaby Street near Lots Road Chelsea which is just quite close to Sand end. During the 1950s when I went to school close by and my father worked in Lots Road, the area was rather “run down” and not a place you went after dark.

    • Marsha Rice says:

      Sands End is between Wandsworth Bridge and Chelsea Harbour, where the actor Michael Caine lives. Burnaby Street is a quiet street closer to the World’s End, I’ve lived in the area for 40 years and it hasn’t changed much apart from becoming more upmarket as the years go by, it’s a street of pretty terraced houses that cost a fortune these days. The Chelsea Ram is also in Burnaby Street it’s been a popular pub with locals for years.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I grew up near Burnaby Street. It ran from Lots Road towards Tadema Road. Along part of it was a wall of Ashburnham School. There were some shops in Burnaby Street including a greengrocer, a grocer, an off licence that was once a bakery I think. A pub on one corner, and a dairy. Sands End is an area on the other side of Chelsea Creek that is actually Fulham not Chelsea. I might be able to help your research if you reply.

      • Steffanie says:

        That’s very kind to offer help with my query about Burnaby St. what years were you there? My grandmother was a grocery/provisions manageress at the time. I wonder if she worked there x

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Steffanie, I lived in Lots Road from 1946-53 and continued to attend Ashburnham School in Tetcott Road. I remember several shops in Burnaby Street. there was a grocer/sweet shop and a greengrocer run by the Ainsby family I think. I will think about the grocer’s shop (Gale’s ?) not sure. I will keep thinking and researching . . . what were your mother’s and grandmother’s names at the time?

      • David Taylor says:

        Thank you for taking the time to reply to me

      • Steffanie Ward says:

        This is a positive reply. Thanks.
        My mum was Freda Elsie Jones b 1930
        Her mum Ethel Mary Jones b1909 (worked in shop)
        My godmother Mary Meader b1925 (also in shop)
        Ethels mum Mary Louisa Jones b1882 – she married Charles Seymour Jones who died from an accident at Lots Road power station where he worked for many years. Their son William lived in Humboldt Road at the time of the accident. I have a picture of the newspaper covering the accident.
        Not sure how to attach pictures but have some of my mum/ gran/g gran as well. Mum went on to study at the Norland College in 1947.
        I seem to remember she said something about having gone to a grammar school? But not certain.

      • Lesley bairstow says:

        Steffanie, The 1939 Register says that Ethel Mary Jones (1909) and Mary Louisa Jones (1882) lived at 21 Burnaby Street then. Was Freda Elsie evacuated? The Register also has William E Jones at 27 Humbolt Road, Fulham born 1904. Is this where you have your information from? (sorry if its nothing new). Was Ethel their daughter-in-law, as they have her as Jones (Lawton.)
        I will still try to help with the area and the shops, and will reply again soon.

      • Steffanie says:

        Hi. Thanks for your reply. Ethel Jones was not married as far as I know (unless to another Jones?!) at time of Freda’s birth 1930. Ethel then married Frank Lawton but not till 1958. I think mum was evacuated at some point but not sure when. Mum was also in a Barnardos home for possibly 4 years in her early days but never discussed that and I haven’t yet contacted them to see if I can find out more.
        William’s address I got from the newspaper article about Mary’s husbands death in 1936.
        I’ve had a look at the census now. But it shows 2closed records. Not sure what that means though.
        Most of my info comes originally from mum but she never gave specifics of years.
        I really appreciate your help.

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Hi Steffanie
        I asked my older sister if she can remember any shops in Burnaby Street – she said only a laundry but I asked her to think again. I can contact Chelsea sites and ask. Meanwhile I tried to find directories on line but no good. If I lived in the borough and not 80 miles away I would try and see the directories at the RBKC library. Not during lockdown of course. I have a photo I took years ago of Burnaby Street but can’t send it here. Would you like to message on our email sites? Lesley

      • Steffanie says:

        Thank you Lesley. That is very kind. The email address to use is All information gratefully received.

  90. Duncan says:

    My grandparents lived in the area in the 1930s and were active members of the Church of Christ, which I think used to meet at ‘Assembly Hall, on the corner of Wandsworth Bridge Road and Hugon Road’. Family tradition has it that they took in the minister and his family when they were bombed out in WW2. Does anyone have any information about this church (or indeed where I can obtain further information)? A quick look at GoogleMaps shows that the building is not there now and I’d be interested to know what happened to both the building and the Church of Christ.

    • John Meadows says:

      I recall The Church of Christ in Wandsworth Bridge Road with great affection. I never attended the church personally but was a regular at their youth club. St Matthews on the opposite side of the road was our church. The youth club was legendary to us teenagers with guys and gals coming from afar as West Kensington for the dancing and live group music. This would have been around the early 1960’s. It was packed and very lively with regular coach trips to Kingston Odeon to see the top groups of the day. I’m fairly certain the church building was still there when I left the area around the early 70’s.

      • Duncan says:

        Thanks for your reply John – what great memories. I guess my grandparents would have been slightly surprised – in their day, they had to pursue their courtship outside of the Church, so joined the local tennis club. My grandfather built the wooden cross that hung above the pulpit and the hymn board at the Church. Best wishes Duncan

      • John Meadows says:

        Any other memories that would be helpful from Sands End just ask Duncan.

  91. Sandra Crawford says:

    Hi I’m researching the family Bootman who stayed at 131 Greyhound Road in the 1800s to 1930… Arthur and Mary Ann Rebecca Bootman gave birth to Annie Elizabeth Bootman who was my great gran. She gave birth to her son Frederick John Bootman. Father is unknown.. I have found Annie up till 1930 then disappears. She stayed at 131 Greyhound Road till then with an absence of a year in 1911obviously after the birth of Frederick.. found a death listing for Annie Smith (her married name) in 1932 but unsure if this is her and am having difficulty obtaining more info. She got married to an Arthur Sidney Smith in 1914 but he left the above property in 1927. Desperate to see what happened to Annie and where my granda Fred got brought up before moving to Scotland as an adult.. i found him in 1911 census at above address he was only 4 months old. Born 1910 July. Mum wasn’t listed there that year… any pictures of the house as thst number 131 not on google.. sorry this is rather long winded. I have reached stalemate through ancestry sites. I wait in anticipation.

    • Sandra Crawford says:

      I’m still looking for information on the Bootman family who stayed at 131 Greyhound Road, Fulham between 1890 till 1930s.

  92. Ronald Jones says:

    Hi, Can any body help me. I’m trying to find what the shops were in the area of Greyhound rd, particularly between the Queens Arms going up to and including the Prince of Wales at the corner of Margavine Road. Also along that first part of Margavine Rd. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I used to live in Musard Road between 1950 – 1967. Thanks Ron Jones

    • The whole section from the Prince of Wales to the Queens arms was shops according to Kellys 1939 with one of everything from149-169, i..e. Tobacconist, greengrocer, chemist, butchers, grocer, snackbar, corndealer, hairdresser, cycle engineer ,fish shop and baker. Whilst 1-11 Margravine road West side, comprised of a florist, fried fish shop, Boot repairer, wardrobe dealer, and David Jones Dairy….a great selection.

      • Ron Jones says:

        I presume Kelly’s 1939 is some kind of trade directory. Can the public look at it to see specifically which shops were where? Thanks for your help so.

      • Ron Jones says:

        Can you tell me how to access a directory for that location for 1960?

      • Steffanie says:

        Do you know of any shops under the name of Cleetons? Possibly a greengrocers or similar?

      • the last local directory was published in 1939 for fulham .Kellys Post Office London continues for many years afterwards, Hammersmith library should have them when open. Ancestry also has them I believe. what shop are you looking for?

      • RonJones says:

        Thanks for that. I’d like to know what shops were where in 1960 so i will continue to search, but specifically where the fish & Chip shop was in (fried fish shop) in the start of margarine Rd, off greyhound rd. Thanks for your help.

  93. Patricia Pearcy says:

    My grandparents lived at No 48 Langford Road Fulham in 1911 and I wondered if there were any pictures of the road at that time. I believe looking at Google maps that the houses on their side of the road have been knocked down now.

    • reco1000 says:

      The houses in Langford road were demolished in the 1950s. I have a photo of those on the south side of the road but I expect 48 was on the other side. The houses were very old and I remember there were outside steps up to the first floor

      • Karen Newington says:

        My great grandparents and my grandad a baby at the time lived at no 40 in the 1901 census ,looking at the Booth poverty map he said it was a dreadful place full of hard core criminals,drunks and assult on police officers..,police would not go alone ..lowest of low Booth said

    • John Meadows says:

      I lived in that part of Fulham between 1945 and 1973 and recall Langford Road. It was in an area known as Sands End where at the time you mentioned there was significant poverty. The houses were of very poor quality in Langford Road. That road was close to the gasworks in Imperial Road and the riverside industry all along Townmead Road and Carnwath Road. Much pollution and grime. Sadly the population would be in a very low income category with no doubt many having to resort to crime to exist.

  94. andychaplin says:


    I’m trying to locate/find a street in LB Hammersmith /Fulham at 47 Perimeau Street in 1906. I have a 1938/39 London A-Z which doesn’t show it.The word Perimeau is hand written and may not be exact. Internet searches come up with zero.

    • I would suggest that the street is actually Perrymead Street. It runs from New Kings road to Studdridge Street and is the first turning on the left after Wandsworth Bridge road. Does this fir. Its on the Peterborough Estate

      • andychaplin says:

        Thank you. It could indeed be Perrymead. The handwriting is on a death certificate of my wife’s great grandfather who was a Blomfield and related via cousins to Bishop Blomfield. The Blomfield’s all seemed to live around Fulham/Lambeth area up to the 1920’s.
        I gather Perrymead is the only street with this name in the UK which makes it more intriguing


    • Basil Larkins says:

      My wife is a Blomfield though her branch of the family adopted the oo spelling in the 19th century. I have quite an extensive Blomfield family tree. If you would like more info please email me at

  95. Sue Robinson says:

    I would like to find out more about the Twynholm Orphanage, 710-712 Fulham Road. I am researching a family tree which includes someone who may have been resident there between 1889 and 1901.
    I haven’t been able to find much out, so would really appreciate any information anyone may have about the orphanage.

  96. Melissa says:

    Hi there

    I’m researching family and wondered if anyone knows of the Pichon or Bramley family in Hammersmith please?

  97. Sue Robinson says:

    I am researching my father’s family. His father was born in May 1889 in Chelsea, and was adopted by a family sometime between then and 1901. The birth certificate lists his name as Charles Clarence Hallworth, son of Charles Hallworth (“licensed victualler”) and Ethel, nee Smith, of 69 Third Avenue. I have found no other records for the parents. He may have lived for a while in Twynholm Orphanage 710-712 Fulham Road. I have not been able to find much about the orphanage, and wondered if there were any records which may help – a long shot, I suspect?

  98. Sarah Mayes says:

    My name is Sarah and was looking at info on my Nan Charlotte Lane her parents (Goats name) had a grocery store on pudding lane back in 1920s. Is there any photos of it? Or any info would be lovely please.

  99. Anita Bailey says:

    My grandfather lived in Goodson Road, Fulham. I cant find this road so I guess it was either demolished or renamed. Can anyone tell me where abouts it was. Thank you. Anita Bailey

    • Goodson Road was located in the area where Normand Park is to day running from 33 jervis road, including an entrance to North end road school It only had some 14 or so houses. It could be Mulgrave road betwen the present park and school

  100. says:

    This query involves William Tierney Clark who built the original Hammersmith Bridge, which was opened in 1827. He was the Chief Engineer of the West Middlesex Water Works. A disgruntled employee wrote a letter to the Directors (full text can be supplied, the original is in the London Metropolitan Archive) in which he mentions ‘his horse and black servant’. I would be interested to find out who this black servant was as they would have been very rare in Hammersmith in the early 19th century.
    I have written published papers about Clark (please see my website).
    This would also add to the interest in the history of black people in this country at that time. Unfortunately all of Clark’s papers after his death in 1852 were destroyed.
    Many thanks for any help.
    Sandor Vaci

    • One would think that the census would be the best place to check the household of tierney Clark, however heseems to be a difficult person to track down especially as his name comes out thus in the census record 1851 living at Grove road Hammersmith
      W. Taing Clark b 1788 Bristol,

    • Although it does not mention Clark’s black servant remember that a a new edition of Hammersmith bridge with colour photographs and some new content has just be published ..Available for £12.00 inc postage from publications link.

      • James Brennan says:

        The 1851 census entry IS for William Tierney Clark, but though it lists servants none of them can be the black servant mentioned, so if he was still alive and working for Clark he cannot have lived in. The Bristol birth is worth following up – Bristol was a slaving port and a major Atlantic trader. So, of course, was London, but not quite on that scale. There was certainly one barrister in Jamaica of the Tierney family, who died in 1785 leaving a mixed race, free mistress, Margaret Dunbar. He was brother to the Radical Whig politician George Tierney, MP, who was also involved with the West Indian trades through his brother in law, the London merchant and banker Abram Robarts, MP for Worcester. The surname Tierney might just be worth checking in Jamaica registers (Family search) or on ancestry, though it doesn’t follow that the servant necessarily bore it. But Clark did, and it may be that that would lead in interesting directions.

        Jim Brennan

    • James Brennan says:

      One additional comment – Clark’s will (very difficult to read online) mentions a Rev Bowerbank. Another Rev Bowerbank (Lewis) was a Church of England parish minister in Jamaica until the early 1840s. It’s quite a will.

  101. Alison Pitch says:

    I’m currently researching my great great grandparents & was hoping you could help answer a query?
    Their last known listed address in the 1880s was 1 Hatfield street in Fulham. I was hoping someone might be able to tell me whether this still exists as a residential area & if so what it might be called now?
    Many Thanks, Alison

    • fhhs says:

      This has come up before.
      Hotdesker wrote in August this year.
      “Hatfield Street was definitely in Fulham. I have a number of census material that shows my family lived in the area.
      An electoral listing shows it came under the Margravine Ward (No. 3 Margravine District. My family are shown on page 124 of the 1914 electoral list. Also mentioned on the page is Greyhound Road, where my GGP’s moved to later in life.” This map from Nat Liby of Scotland shows the area. Cannot see the name there but directories and other maps will be in the archive.
      Good luck in your search.

  102. Christine Connolly says:

    I am trying to trace the photographer’s camera cat that used to operate from Dawes Rd Fulham. We got married on the 28/07/1979 and camera cat done the photography. We paid part of the bill but due to unforeseen circumstances didn’t pay the remainder always intending to later. We moved to Ireland in 1982 and by the time we were able to pay fir our Album the photographer’s were gone. Despite calling to the premises we couldn’t find any trace of them

    • Ian Depledge says:

      I got married in June 1980 and we used Camera Cat as photographers for our wedding. They went out of business years ago.

  103. Robert Jeremy Lamb says:

    I have seen Avonmore Road London W14 named as William Street on an old map before the nursery gardens were built on in the third and forth decade of 19thC. Thete are also various other road name differences.
    Is there any history on this available?
    This would be text or maps.
    Thank you.

  104. Chris Hussey says:

    Hi, I believe there are bloggers on here related to Mr. Arthur Newport born 1869. He played for Fulham also becoming the club secretary. He was a master at Halfords school before. He married a Annie Stscey from Putney born 1872. They had a number of children. I also am related to the Stacey family and would very much like to get in touch as there is a mystery within the family and you never know they could help. Please e-mail :


    Hi, following on from my previous note, I also have an interest in 28 Chesson Road West Kensington, the home of a great Grandfather etc and relatives with the surname CHALK. Does anyone have knowledge of that street 1900 – 1945? Thanks Terry Matthews

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      My mother was born at 10. On a recent visit to England 10 was still there. It is a street running from North End Road, cross street Lillie Road towards West Kensington tube station,

      10 has three floors. Most of the street is in original condition but more upmarket than when my grandmother had to carry water up from ground level.

    • fhhs says:

      Although the archive is closed you could try emailing with your search for photographs. Most streets are caught on 1960s photos but many have older pics too. There are also old maps and some church magazines but cannot recall seeing St Andrews.
      good luck with your search.

    • Ian Depledge says:

      My grandfather was born in Chesson Road in 1896. That road is still there.


    Good Afternoon, Can any one assist with and inquiry re 1 May Street W14. Google maps show a @fairly recent@ street but I was wondering if any pictures/info survives of 1930s 1940’s May Street and details of any redevelopment. My family were in Dieppe Street at the time but it seems relatives used May street at the same time and were like my Nan and granddad were members of St Andrews Church. Many Thanks Terry Matthews springfield4000″

    • David Taylor says:

      Looking for help on tracing Barbara lally from Dublin she was known, as nuala moved to London in 1938 and May have lived in the area,
      She may have possibly served in the wrens or waafs during the war,
      I do not know her married name
      Any help kindly appreciated

  107. Linda Mahoney says:

    Would anyone know of an old Button Factory in Fulham please? I know of the Pottery but am looking for the button factory- age wise – we lived in Cambria Street in the late 1940’s and heard about it.

  108. Michael Kompsos says:

    Hi there, I’ve been trying to find some information on Greyhound Road, W6 for a number of years but have been unable to find something that would explain its name. Do you have any information?

  109. Leigh Brookes says:

    Hi there,

    Does anyone have a history of business on or near Pond St Hammersmith? I’m looking for a family related haulage firm or similar – surname is Brooks or Brookes. It would have been there c1920 onwards.

    Many thanks!

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      I can’t help with the origins of Greyhound Lane’s name other than to say that greyhounds were used as hunting dogs before they were raced and it may be that the lane was named after where the dogs were kept before being taken hunting.

      I do know that before it became Greyhound Lane it was called Musical Lane.

    • Muscal lane was a previous name for Greyhound Lane/road and was used in the court rolls of the 16thcentury. A very ancient highway with few houses . In the early 19th century it here was a public house of that name Dating from the 1800s.a well known pugilist lived there and trained people.

      • Michael Kompsos says:

        Thank you all, fascinating information! Any idea if/where I could access those court rolls or any other sources?

      • Check out the National archives website catalogue by putting in Fulham and court rolls .
        Hammersmith archives may have a copy of some but they seem to be in the Guildhall manuscript collection but your other copies can be found in the London Metropolitan archives will ever they are located the National archives website will tell you good luck

  110. Kim Edwards says:

    Hi there
    Do you happen to have any information about Staughton House, 3 Fulham Park Gardens, SW6? My family have lived here for over 65 years & I recall my Nan telling me a few stories about the place but wondered if there was anything documented about who lived here from 1879 when it was built?

  111. Janet Lovett says:

    i am researching my great grandfather Alfred Morris who was a police man in Hammersmith about 1880s, he retired in 1898. i wondered if you have any info regarding him or indeed pictures of the police station etc.
    My e mail address is
    I would appreciate any info that you may have.
    Many thanks

    • Reg Watson says:

      My great grandfather also served as a policeman and was stationed at Hammersmith for his entire career, so maybe they knew each other. When I was researching his background I got a lot of help from the Friends of the Metropolitan Police Society. They do have a website but I think it is being updated or revised. Good Luck

    • Nicole FitzGerald says:

      My great great grandfather George Comber was also a constable in Hammersmith from 1872-1894 so they probably knew each other too!
      I will take Reg Watson’s advice myself (thank you).

      I know that it was T division (the station) and my relative was taken on a Scotland Yard. Have you seen your relative’s retirement notes? Mine notes his height, hair and eye colour and complexion which is interesting to know. Found on ancestry.

  112. Anne is Armold says:

    I’m looking for more information regarding the death of Mary Ann Arnold on 20 December 1922. She was knocked down and run over by a motor lorry when crossing the road. Can you advise where I can find more information/news article about the incident please? x

    • Published: Friday 29 December 1922 p 5
      Newspaper: West London Observer
      County: London, England
      British library newsPaper archive as a report in the following newspaper it appears the lady was crossing the road at dusk on a windy day in the Gold Hawk Road on the corner of Brackenbury Road carrying a bag and holding her hat on when she walked into the path of a vehicle travelling towards Chiswick and 5 mph

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

        I have article I found regarding the accident in Goldhawk Road
        The lady had been to the Doctors
        Write to my email below and I will send you a copy

  113. David Radley says:

    I am interested in finding any records of the St Mary’s RC Orphanage for Girls, Brook Green Road and/or the Hammersmith Guardians.
    I am looking for records of one Violet Ford who was in St Mary’s approx 1914 – 1918 and was adopted by the Hammersmith Guardians.

    • If you check out you will find an article on the 14 best sites for checking orphanage records.

      Search for orphanage records in the Census & Electoral Rolls index. If you’re looking for orphanage records and know the child’s original name, try searching census records with the name and using keywords “orphan” or “orphanage.” This can turn up the name of the orphanage at which the child lived.

    • Nicole FitzGerald says:

      I recently used the paid document research facility of the London metropolitan archives as my great aunt was in an asylum. They hold records for the Hammersmith board of guardians.

  114. H. Davies says:

    Good Afternoon, I have an enquiry about street addresses in Fulham. My maternal grandmother was born in Fulham in 1894. Her birth certificate reads that she was born at 2 Kings Terrace, Fulham. I wondered if that correlates with the contemporary street address of 2 New Kings Road or whether Kings Terrace was a different location in Fulham in the late 19th century. Thank you.

  115. Giz Marriner says:

    A few months ago I asked if anyone could help with tracing the location of the Electric Palace Cinema which operated in Fulham around 1910-12 because my grandfather worked there as his first job. I was grateful for all the really helpful replies I received and can now say I have definitely located the place. It was indeed at 474 Fulham Road, next door to the Kings Head Pub at 476 and I have found some more recent photos of the building on-line. The Kings Head became the Slug and Lettuce, then the Slug and then the Broadway Bar and Grill and the doorway to 474 is still there and now leads to the Fulham Comedy Club, which, according to pictures on its website, still appears to have a stage and theatre. The doorway is just as it was when my grandfather (aged 14 to 16) and another lad (wearing their Electric Palace uniforms) were photographed in 1910 advertising for funds for the Xmas Pudding Club for the poor children. So thank you to everyone who replied.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi we used to go to the small cinema we called the bug hole down the side of Fulham Broadway station, formerly Walham Green station. This was early 50s. There was another cinema in Vanstone Place might have been The Regal then, not sure. There was another cinema in North End Road past the old Baths roughly where Waitrose is now. It was a funny sort of vintage clothes warehouse in the 70s before it was demolished. I hope this helps. Lesley

  116. Andrew Hubbard says:

    One of my ancestors has a place of birth in 1928 at 302 Fulham Palace Road. I understand that that might have been a maternity hospital – the SouthWestern Maternity home, which eventually became part of Charing Cross Hospital. But I have also seen that 302 is listed as the home of the composer Constant Lambert (1905-1951). Is there anybody able to shed any light on what exactly was at 302 Fulham Palace Road in 1928. Many thanks Andrew Hubbard

  117. Michael Parkin says:

    I am researching my mothers family background. From her birth cert. She was born in 1932 at Parkside maternity home and her mother lived at 26 Edith road, hammersmith. Her father was Alan Beresford Moore. Who worked at a hotel in overstone road. This is much as I know. Any other info would be gratefully received.

    • There has been a hotel, Had many names over the years located at the bottom of Overstone Road where it meets Glenthorne Road on the corner it is not very large and has expanded over the years into neighbouring properties I believe.It is now called a boutique Helton concept hotel Luma.

  118. Amanda Fernando says:

    Hello, I’m wondering if you could help me. My great grandmother Elizabeth McDermott and her daughter Elsie came over in 1920 from Australia, when Elsie married my grandfather. Her married name was Elsie Castle. They both died in Fulham, my great grandmother in 1922 and my grandmother in 1923. They were Catholics and although I know where and when they died from Ancestry and Death Certificates, I don’t know where they were buried and this is where I would like help if possible. Thank you.

    • Basil Larkins says:

      I assume your ancestors died in Fulham but if not the following will not be much help.
      By 1922 there were two Catholic Churches in Fulham. St Thomas of Canterbury and Holy Cross. My family were associated with Holy Cross but this parish never had its own cemetery. On the other hand St Thomas’ has a large churchyard and my family are there. St Thomas’ has a web site so you might try messaging them but in my experience London Catholic parishes are very poor at record keeping. I still visit Fulham although I now live away in Sussex and if you don’t get anywhere with St Thomas’ direct I would be happy to visit the Churchyard and have a look for myself. Unfortunately the churchyard is usually closed to the public as it became full some years ago (my mother was I think the last person to be buried there) but perhaps I could get permission to have a look around on your behalf.
      The other possibility is the nearby Fulham Cemetery in Fulham Palace Road which is I think administered by the London Borough of Hammersmi9th and Fulham. I suspect they have good records of burials so that is another option for you. If you would like to get in touch direct my email is

      Good luck

      • Amanda Fernando says:

        Hello Basil,
        Thank you so much for your reply. I’m not sure, if they are buried in either of these cemeteries, whether their graves are marked in any way. I will try the web sites for these cemeteries first but may well be back in touch. Thank you again for information. Amanda.

    • St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery is located at Kensal Green in London, England, and has its own Catholic Chapel. Its official website was updated in 2019.
      This cemetery was also used

      • Amanda says:

        Thank you very much for this information. Amanda

      • Amanda Fernando says:

        Hello, to all who have helped me with information regarding Catholic burials, THANK YOU. I have found the burials of my grandmother and great grandmother at St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. I am truly grateful. Amanda

  119. Robert Comber says:

    I left Fulham (Lindrop Street) in 1963 when I was 10, and left behind a number of friends. It would be nice to drop them an email saying ”here I am, after 57 years. Do you remember me?”. I honestly don’t expect anybody to remember me but I wish to try anyway. My former friends were Philip Turner, David Brooks and David Webster.
    Many thanks
    Regards, Robert Comber

  120. Kim Lofberg says:

    Hello , I am researching something called the Heston Cup of 1903 , i am in possession of a very nice gold and silver medal/fob with the above engraved on its rear, on front are the (i assume) winners initials “H.C.” , i cannot locate any info at all on this “cup” , i don not even know for what sport , i am in Australia so any help you could pass on would be greatly appreciated , thank you and regards Kim .

    • fhhs says:

      A quick search shows Heston Sports Ground in non league football and public schools fixtures. Latterly it was owned and managed by Imperial College now bought by Queens Park Rangers Football Club. So there could be a connection and you might find some leads from this website.

  121. Michael collins says:

    having trouble tracing a great aunt .have many birth certificates to no avail .emilycollins born 1897 .earlsfield .
    4 yrs old on the 1901 census.
    I have found a Emily collins b 1897 in the fulham infirmary .but nomination of parents any one know where I can go from here.withthanks .Mike collins

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      Unfortunately, Emily Collins was quite a common name around this time period. I might be able to narrow it down for you if you can tell me if she had any middle names and if she ever married.

      I think the Emily Collins you’re referring to in the 1901 Census was living in Guelph Road. This later became Kimber Road.

    • Jean Pikett says:

      Hi Michael my grandmother was Ellen Collins born 1897 known as Emily her father on her marriage cert is a Samuel collins . He was a builder who built most of Wandsworth town.
      Ellen had a brother peter living in Putney . As far as i know they came from cork ireland.
      I hope this is some help for you.

  122. Georgie Heapy says:

    Hi there,

    Do you have any pictures of when Fulham Rugby Football Club started playing back at Craven Cottage in 1979/80?

    There was a picture of two girls sitting on a rugby players shoulders, and the TV cameras were there too. (I was one of the girls).

    I hope you can help. Thank you so much.

    Kindest regards

    Georgie Heapy 🙏🏻

  123. Carol Homewood says:

    Hi, I am trying to find out if Caroline Place in Fulham became Caroline Walk and are there any photographs exisiting please?

  124. Mark Wingfield says:

    Hi, I am researching family history and wanting to find records of an Edward Pitkeathly who was named as a resident of Rowton House (a workhouse) on the Hammersmith Rd in 1946. Any records you have or may be aware of relating to the workhouse and it’s residents and how long Edward was there for (and why) would be most appreciated. Many thanks.

    • Tracey Robins says:

      Hi Mark – I am researching my great grandfather who was a resident of Rowton House just before he died in 1915. There is information about the history of the Rowton Houses online at which made me feel a lot better about my relative being in there! There are photographs etc, some of which may relate more to the time you are interested in. I hope that helps a bit – if you should discover where one can access registers / logs for Rowton House, I would be very glad to hear, please.
      Kind regards, Tracey Robins

  125. Robert Smith says:

    Just a quick update on the search for my late grandfather’s shop in Filmer Road, Fulham. The photograph we have is of a shopfront with the name W.R.Dracott above, General Stores, and my late grandmother standing in front. We have now discovered a receipt for the purchase of the business at 44 Filmer Road. It was bought for £140 with a £10 deposit. Thank you to all those who commented and spent time searching for the premises. Much appreciated.

  126. Ros says:

    I have been researching my grandfather’s family. They lived in Cristowe Road in Fulham in the early 1900s. Of particular interest to me is that 2 of his brothers attended Ackmar Road School (possibly because of problems with their hearing) I was wondering if anyone has any information about the school or knew of any other resources where I could obtain more information. Many Thanks

    • Ian Depledge says:

      Hi, yes there was a deaf school at Ackmar Road, but sadly it is now closed. My first wife (we are deaf) attended this school in the 1960s. The Principal was a Mrs Reid. Records of this school should be at the London Metropolitan Archive, if not at the H&F Archives.

      • John Meadows says:

        Hi Ian, I grew up and lived in Fulham for the first 30 years of my life. In the 1940’s and 50’s Ackmar Road school was known as an establishment for those children who had proven difficult to teach in mainstream education. From the comments you have received it looks to me as though the facility for hard of hearing came about in later times than I have mentioned. If you are looking at your family in the early 1900’s I too would be interested to learn if the facility for deaf children at this school existed in those times. Good luck with your research.

    • reco1000 says:

      In the 1950s there were three classes of Secondary school
      Grammar, Central and Secondary Modern. Ackmar Road was a Secondary Modern for those children not considered good enough for the other two. the teaching I gather was less academic and possibly more practical..

    • fhhs says:

      My colleague known as ‘History All Saints Fulham’ wrote the following back in July. Hope it helps.

      “A history of a London school for the deaf: Ackmar Road, 1898-1983

      Author: Geoffrey J Eagling; British Deaf History Society
      Publisher: Feltham British Deaf History Society Publications ©1998.
      This book covers the deaf schools history,Which I think was a separate smaller building on the site.
      But there was the standard school design building also that had quite a bad reputation this when it closed became

      St. Marks lower school when both schools eventualy closed completely it was changed into a council housing development this was most important at the time as Hammersmith & Fulham Council had a hung council and the old Eel brook common ward was very marginal. (No overall control from 1978-1986)There was an unusual covenant in the lease which meant that the school had to remain the school unless it was no longer required as an educational establishment but only if a direct descendent of Queen Victoria was no longer living”

      • Rosalind Sim says:

        Thank you for all your comments- I will definitely check out several of the sources mentioned.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I have just watched a film on TV Talking Pictures called The Silent Hope that features Ackmar School for deaf children. It was made 1959 with the LCC by Custom Films presented by George Chatterton. It had a lot about this school and good it was.

  127. Robert Smith says:

    Just for interest there is a free short Introduction to Genealogy course available at the moment, provided online by Futurelearn and the Open University. As a complete novice I’m finding it a helpful starting point for family research. Apologies if you are already aware of this. Here’s the link:

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Robert
      Thanks for the info.

      I have been researching both my and my husband’s family trees for prob 10 years now so have lots of experience in this, though I do not claim ‘expertise’. Am always happy to try and help others with their research so do let me know if you think I might be able to help you.

      It took me many years to finally crack the mystery as to the real identity of my gt grandmother (like your dad she was born to a single mother) and the name on her marriage cert was not the name her birth was registered under. With dogged determination and many hours of work, I did manage to piece the bits together.

      In a previous post you mentioned Anselm Rd. I know it well as I grew up in a street literally round the corner to it.

      Do let me know if I might be of any help.


      • Robert Smith says:

        Thanks Pauline. As the occupation given for my alleged father’s father (John Thomas Smith) was Upholsterer Journeyman, would that suggest he served a long apprenticeship and if so, are there likely to be records of his apprenticeship somewhere with trade guilds? Journeyman suggests a travelling tradesman – is that correct? I just wondered if any of the Fulham trade directories for somewhere between 1920 and 1925 might list him at the address given on my dad’s birth certificate – 11 Heckfield Place, Fulham, but I suppose if he didn’t have commercial premises it probably wouldn’t. I just wonder how a skilled upholsterer would advertise his craft without premises? Door to door perhaps? If only we could travel back in time.
        Any advice or help would be gratefully received. I live in Dorset now but when restrictions allow I intend to visit some of my family’s old haunts in Fulham. It has a strong pull.

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

        Beware of the word journeyman its is not always what it seems
        I came across it twice as a lie when they were hiding their own history for personal reasons. I mention this as you say your alleged fathers father.
        Also my mother was born in the st dunstans road infirmary and managed to get details of dates etc

      • Robert Smith says:

        Thank you Brian. I’m beginning to understand that nothing should be taken at face value when researching family history. Errors in transcriptions, misunderstandings, red herrings, cover ups and lies abound in one side of my family, whereas myths and embellishments colour the other. One of my great grandparents was thought of as someone high up in the medical world – it transpires that he was employed at a Fulham hospital as a chimney sweep cum window cleaner. Nothing will surprise me now. Thanks for everyone’s comments – much appreciated. This is a great forum.

      • Chris Hare says:

        Hi Pauline. Would welcome any advice you can offer….I’m trying to trace my Nan’s parents. She was Cecilia Pickard of Danehurst Street Fulham ( married Stanley Pickard in 1925) the marriage certificate has her father as John Driscoll (deceased). Her sister Mary married a John Noble and her marriage certificate says the father was Edward John Driscoll (deceased). No-one in the family knows the mothers name
        Any suggestions would be more than welcome. I know the birth certificate should give me more but there are so many Driscolls in London at that time and other than the marriage certificate I have no early record of her – apart from a loose connection to a Celia Driscoll in a Church School in the 1911 Census. Any thoughts? Kind regards

      • Pauline says:

        Hi Chris

        Have had a quick root around but you have given me little to go on so it is a guesstimate only.
        I found a marriage in St Peter’s, Hammersmith in 1880 of an Edward Driscoll and a Cecilia Scanes. Both give address as 2 Alma Terrace. Edward born c.1859 in Hammersmith, Cecilia born c.1860 in Chatham, Kent. Edward’s father is Jerome Driscoll. A Cecilia Driscoll’s death was registered in the Fulham District in 1907.

        I found the couple and their children on the 1881 and 1891 census records. There is a Celia Driscoll on the 1911 census at St Josephs School for Roman Catholic Girls, Brook Green, Hammersmith. Her birthplace is ‘unknown’. She is a boarder which may tie up with the death of Cecilia (nee Scanes) in 1907.

        Edward and Cecilia’s children as shown on the census records I’ve found are Ellen, Henry, George and Mary.

        As I say this is my best guess and some of it may be meaningful to you.

        Do let me know if this ties in with anything you already know

      • Chris Hare says:

        Hi Pauline. Really grateful for you spending time to research and reply. Nan was Cecilia Agnes Driscoll and was 22 when she married in 1925 . I have made the assumption that she is the Celia Driscoll you have found in 1911 census as I know she was a boarder at some kind of institution. Can I reach you on Ancestry UK where I can share more of what I have ? My family tree is called “Hare Family Tree” ?

      • Pauline says:

        Hi Chris

        I will look out your tree on Ancestry so we can correspond on that as need be.

        I couldn’t find any birth registration for Celia/Cecilia on the GRO index but there’s loads of errors in their indexes just as there are on Ancestry.

        All the best

      • Chris Hare says:

        Hi Pauline. Thata the problem – how things are recorded. Nans sister Mary was 19 when she married John William Noble at St John’s Church in Fulham 27.3.1910 and I am told Nan had 2 brothers who were shipped out to Australia as kids under the care of the church but have no names or DOB. Look forward to hearing from you via Ancestry . Kind regards. Chris Hare

  128. David Scott says:

    Hi. I am researching my family background. They lived in Basuto Road Fulham. Records indicate that their house was bombed sometime before 1943. Is there any record of such wartime events?

    • Basil Larkins says:

      The ‘Bombsight’ web site shows one direct hit with a high explosive bomb in Basuto Road close to the junction of Ackmar Road. Several other bombs fell close by. The target was probably the district railway line which runs very close to Basuto Road. The bomb image on the bombsight web site is opposite the current site of Holy Cross School which was of course not there in the 1940’s. I grew up in Fulham and recall a scattering of prefab houses in that part of the Borough but I can’t recall if there were any in Basuto Road. The ground opposite the current school is occupied by a small 1960’s development of flats which sort of fits with your information. If you know the number you could use google maps to find the house or the building now on the site. Most 1950/60s housing in that part of the borough were just infills so if the flats are where your family house was its likely that the site was cleared by the luftwaffe!

    • Ackmar road and Irene road had continuous numbering.
      Nos1-24 Ackmar south side were consecutive up to the right hand bend. Nos 25-30 north side were destroyed,However a prefab number 29 was erected on the corner with Campana.
      In Irene Road 31 to 35 were lost and this space was replaced by two for prefabs number is 31 and 32 when these were subsequently pull down the school keep this house for Lady Margaret School was erected but even this has now been absorbed into the new development of the school.if you require a postwar map of the area let me know…click on my logo for email address, and I will send it.

  129. Alan Totham says:

    My father was also a long suffering Fulham supporter. He lived in Lilyville Road during the 40s and always said he had a choice of turning right to go to Craven Cottage or left to Stamford Bridge. He chose right to Fulham!
    His bad choices came down the gene’s to me as I chose Charlton to follow so I feel your pain Basil.

  130. Robert Smith says:

    Hi again. A real Smith conundrum and potential bigamy in the family have got me stumped. Could someone help please?

    My father was christened John Smith, and was born on 19 October 1925. His birth certificate states place of birth as being 103, St. Dunstan’s Road, Fulham. Was this the site of a former workhouse as we have always been led to believe? It’s now the site of Charing Cross Hospital.

    My dad was always ashamed that he was born illegitimate but his mother always claimed she went through a “form of marriage” with my dad’s father somewhere in Fulham but I can find no trace of this anywhere. My Dad’s birth certificate states his “father” was a John Thomas Smith of 11 Heckfield Place, Fulham, and mother as Selina Maud Smith, formerly Patterson of the same address. Father’s occupation is given as Upholsterer Journeyman.
    Rumour within the family is that my father’s father was already married when he met my grandmother. I’m not sure where to start looking for reports of bigamy in local Fulham papers of the time, if in fact it ever occurred. Could someone point me in the right direction please? (I note that 11 Heckfiled Place would have been immediately opposite the old Fulham Police station, so he was taking quite a risk, if he was already married.)

    The plot thickens with my dad’s mother recorded as living at 18 Hugon Road, Fulham in 1933 using her maiden name, Selina Maud Patterson and sharing a house with a Harry, James and George Smith, none of whom are believed to be my father’s father. More confusing still is that in the 1939 register she appears as Selina Maud Patterson (widowed) and living at 1a Anselm Road Fulham with a different Smith (James Smith), whom she later married legally in 1943. She also turns up in later records living in Colehill Lane, Fulham.
    I have trouble getting my head around it all with so many myths and too many Smiths.

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Robert

      Yes, 103 Dt Dunstan’s Rd was Fulham workhouse.

      Do you know who all the Smiths with whom Selina was living on the 1933 electoral list were? Could some of them be your grandfather’s siblings? Annie Elizabeth Sutton married a Harry James Smith in Fulham in 1901 so Harry might well have been born around the same year as John Thomas Smith.

      Seems unlikely Selina was actually married to John Thomas Smith if she carried on using her maiden name. However, if the Smiths she is living with in 1933 ARE John’s rellies then she must have had a good relationship with the family.

      Shame your father felt stigmatised by being born to a single woman. It was rife, just covered up.

      Good luck – researching Smiths is no mean feat!


      • Robert Smith says:

        Thank you Pauline. The human desire to understand who we are and where we’ve come from is profound. My father said his early childhood in Fulham was so painfully deprived that he blotted it out. My grandmother did her best for him but it affected him deeply. Having said that he said his happiest Fulham days were those as a member of the congregation at All Saints church, where he met my mum, who helped organise the Sunday school. He also loved Fulham FC and he’s passed that on to me.
        Appreciate your help.
        Kind Regards

      • Basil Larkins says:

        Hi Robert, Just a note to say that if your dad was a Fulham supporter he must have been a great fellow. It takes a certain resolve to support The Whites as our success is usually scraps from the table of our more successful neighbours particularly Walham Green FC. Good to know you have inherited his devotion. Sadly for them so have two of my children and three Grandchildren. Last Christmas I asked my 7 year old granddaughter what she would like for a present. She paused and then replied ‘Well, I would like to see Fulham win’. I think this underlines what makes a real Fulham supporter.

      • Robert Smith says:

        Hi Basil. I was lucky enough to see George Best, Rodney Marsh and Bobby Moore play at Craven Cottage in 1976. They made watching football so entertaining. My late mum recalled watching the Whites play when she was about 5 in the early 1930s perched on my grandfather’s shoulders. She said she couldn’t ever remember seeing them win but just enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the roar and groans of the crowd. History repeats itself!

  131. Robert Smith says:

    Hi. I’ve discovered an old family photograph showing my grandparents’ shop in what we believe to be Filmer Road in Fulham. The name above the shop is W.R.Dracott (William Richard Dracott, my grandfather) and either side of his name it says, “Grocery Provisions & General Stores”. We believe the photo was taken in the mid 1930s. The number above the door is blurred but could be “42”. Would someone be able to confirm that this shop was indeed in Filmer Road and what address it was. The 1939 register doesn’t reveal a number 42 Filmer Road, however the shop appears to be a lockup with no upstairs accommodation. I believe my grandparents lived in Micklethwaite Road at the time, with my great grandparents, also named Dracott.
    The shop front has advertising signs including Nugget boot polish, Beefex, Excel luncheon sausage and Pork Brawn , Monk & Glass custard, HP sauce, Cadbury cocoa and Bovril.
    I’m interested to know what happened to the shop as my grandmother Laura Dracott, who managed it, was evacuated with my mother to Brighton at the outbreak of war and didn’t return to Fulham until 1943 when she moved with my grandfather mother and uncle to Epple Rd in Fulham.
    Many thanks for your help.

    • fhhs says:

      I live just round the corner but as you are probably aware from street view there is no such number now but it could have been in the area where there are garages or possibly the rear extension to a mansion block.
      The answer will lie in the LBHF archives but they are closed at present. Do write to there may well be photos and directories to help.
      Meanwhile no doubt one of our regulars will come up with an answer.
      Good luck.

    • Kelly’s directory of Fulham 1939-40 hasWilliam Draycott senior at number 30 Micklethwaite Road , William Draycot Junior is is at 7 Epple Road, .
      There is no number 42 listed in Fillmore Road only a 42B and a 42C. Nothing is listed in the trades directory or commercial directory that is relevant

      • Robert Smith says:

        Thank you. Yes, that matches with the address info I have for my great grandfather and grandfather in Micklethwaite Road and Epple Road. The spelling is Dracott but a “y” often crept in. The photo of the shop in Filmer Road, with the name W.R.Dracott, looks to be early to mid 1930s going by the clothing style worn by my grandmother who is standing in front of it. A pity I can’t share the photo here but I have sent it to the archivist at lbhf as suggested earlier. The number above the door is very blurred so may not be 42 but could be 42a. Appreciate your help.

      • Robert Smith says:

        Sorry, not 42a.

    • Sorry about spelling. Blame spell autocorrect. There is no number 42 either. If you click on church picture you will find a contact email from me so could send image if you would like

  132. Alexander Appleby says:

    My Nan went to Hurlingham Girls school on Hugon Road in Fulham from about 1951 to 1953. I’m trying to look into the history of the school and wondered if you had any information on it’s past or what’s happened to it since as I can’t find much information online.
    Kind regards,

    • John Meadows says:

      Hi Alexander, I lived in the Sands End area of Fulham for the first 30 years of my life. I certainly recall what the locals referred to as the ‘old’ Hurlingham School (for Girls). It is (was) on the corner of Hugon and Peterborough Road. The building was in the typical style of a three storey London school with an assembly hall on each floor. I actually attended the Boy Scouts that met there weekly. I recall the school relocated to a much larger,modern building further down Peterborough Road on the left hand side heading towards the New Kings Road. My old school Chelsea Central merged with this school in the 1960’s and I believe the new name for the enlarged school was Chelsea School. I hope this is ueful to you and I suspect others will be able to expand on what I have described.

      • Mick Fox says:

        My Mum Maureen Drake went to Hurlingham Girls. All my family are from Fulham…Foxs Pullens Drakes Lawrence’s

      • Deirdra Morris says:

        Hello Mick
        This is a long shot and not connected to your question about Hurlingham school, but did your mother once have a friend in Fulham called Mary Morris? And did your mum visit Dublin to stay with Mary after the latter moved back to Ireland? I’d be interested to hear if your mum is the Maureen I remember.
        Deirdra Morris

      • Michael Fox says:

        Hi Diedra,

        No I’m afraid that wasn’t my mum.



      • deirdra morris says:

        Thank you Michael.

    • John Meadows says:

      Alexander, this is a link to info describing the school that I described earlier. It looks as if it has in turn been converted to an Academy status. The name now looks to be Hurlingham Academy.

    • John Meadows says:

      Alexander, The school your Grandparent would have attended in Hugon Road is now called St Thomas’s. You can view it on Google Maps in street view. There used to be a St Thomas’s school in another part of Fulham but I cannot be certain if this is that school relocated to Hugon Road. South Park is situated right opposite the school so I bet your Grandparent would have spent many an hour in there. This school is not close to public transport so I suspect they would have had quite a walk unless they lived local to the school.

      • Alexander Appleby says:

        Thank you very much that’s very useful to know. Yes she was mentioning South Park.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi I went to Hurlingham School for Girls 1957. The first year was spent in the Hugon Road building that was previously the old Hurlingham School. It was a typical late Victorian building with tiled walls and stone staircases. I have tried to find out more about the original school but there seems to be little about. After the first year girls went up to the new building in Peterborough Road built 1956. if you look at the Hurlingham reunited site you might be able to contact someone who knows about the original school. I think some of the teachers we had were from the old school. I will find out what the actual name of the old girls site is and let you know ( if you don’t know already) and anything else that I can find.
      regards, Lesley

  133. John Tierney says:

    Joseph Collard a stonemason born in 1845 in Chelsea and married 10 April 1864 to Elizabeth Dorey at St Peter’s Church Hammersmith.
    Would anyone have any information to share about Joseph Collard?
    I think he might have been the captain of the Serpentine swimming club from 1893 to 1910.
    Thank you

  134. Jean Petty says:

    I lived at 14 Townmead Rd from 1950 to 1960. I’ve looked on maps and can’t find Ismaila Rd, which was just round the corner from us, is it still there please.

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      There is an Ismailia House on the corner of Townmead Road and De Morgan Road. I don’t know when the area was redeveloped or why.

      • reco1000 says:

        Ismalia Road was a small right angled road that joined Townmead Road to Wandsworh Bridge road. I have a map showing it if you are interested. It was demolished when the whole area was rebuilt ? in the 1950s

    • If one checks Hammersmith & Fulham Libraries website for Ismailia road there are two entries one for a shed in 1945 and one for transformer chamber in 1953 although it was pre postcode time they give a postcode of SW6 2PD this if one checks thisPostcode today it gives the location of Barton house Wandsworth Bridge Road

  135. Giz Marriner says:

    Please can anyone help? I am looking for any information about the Electric Palace Cinema in Fulham where my grandfather got his first job; He left school (Munster Road) aged 14 yrs in 1908; he was certainly working as a “hall porter, picture house” at the time of the 1911 census and I have a photograph of him in the Electric Palace uniform with the name around the hat. I believe the cinema was located at 474, Fulham Road? Does anyone know what the original buildings were like and how long it operated for? I would be grateful for any information, please.
    Thank you.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Giz, there was an Elexctric Cinema in Fulham, located at 303, North End Road, which is close to the corner of Bramber Road. There were a number of Electric Cinemas around the country and if you Google it you’ll find photos of some but I wasn’t able to find the one in North End Road. There was also a cinema at 344 North End Road but I’m not sure if it was called the Electric. 344 stands somewhere between Epirus and Shorrolds Road At 260 North End Road stood the Fulham Picture Palace (later known as The Ritz.

      • Hi There,
        this cinema was located at Fulham Broadway. It was accessed down a narrow passage way, which if you look on the present google street view is the grey gated one between the Pub\(various names over years) and the orange coloured brickwork of the former entrance to the Underground . in later years it was a bingo hall. The following is from the website

        Located in the Walham Green area of the west London district of Fulham. Opened as the Broadway Gardens Cinema on 19th November 1910 with a seating capacity given as 816. The cinema was hidden from view from the main Fulham Broadway and was located up a narrow alley on the approach to Walham Green underground railway station (today known as Fulham Broadway tube station). A 1912 postcard does exist in Fulham and Hammersmith A portrait in old picture postcards, by Drinkwater, Loobey and Whitehouse (yes our Chair). it is a Johns PC 1228

        In 1937 it is listed as the Broadway Cinema with seating for 850 persons and from 1943 it was taken over by the Birmingham based Clifton Cinemas Ltd.

        The Broadway closed on 26th March 1955 with Charles Chaplin in “Modern Times”. It was converted into a bingo hall, then after a few years it became an Irish social club named the Hiberian Club. By March 2000 it was in use as an all-night nightclub named the Leopard Lounge but this closed and the building has since been demolished.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Yes, Vernon, the one behind the station was the Broadway Gardens but there was also another on the Fulham Road, opposite the Granville Theatre, known as Pike’s Circuit.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Giz, that book I mentioned is very expensive but this link tells much about the various cinema chains of the time and Montagu Pyke in particular –

        Click to access unequal_pleasures.pdf

      • Johnny Field says:

        I was born in Archel Road W14 in 1954. My mother was a Scottish pianist who played boogie-woogie music in a local band. She went by the name of Marion. She had played previously with the Phil Green Ochestra — can anyone confirm or provide any further details?

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      I’ve traced Pyke’s Walham Green (now Fulham Broadway) Cinematograph Theatre to 583 Fulham Road. Pyke had 14 cinemas and the Walham Green one opened in 1909. Pyke was made bankrupt in 1915.
      Historyaschurchfulham is also correct because Broadway Gardens was also a theatre owned by Pyke. I’m just too young to remember it as a cinema but I did enjoy many a night in the Hibernian Club, built on the site.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Giz, I can now confirm that the cinema at 474 Fulham Road (where the Sports Bar now stands, next to the old entrance to Fulham Broadway Station) was called the Electric Palace, as you said. The Electric Palaces were a chain of cinemas around London. There first one was at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street.

      A book called The British Cinema Boom 1909-1914 by Jon Burrows might be able to help more.

      • Giz Marriner says:

        Wow, thanks. That was a fantastic load of responses and will give me plenty of research to be getting on with. My grandfather became assistant manager at the Palladium Picture Playhouse in Brixton in 1915 where he met my grandmother who was a cashier there. Thanks again

      • Thanks Mark, For picture houses that became or were theatres Is a must to check out..the Brixton palladium is on it including photos.the website is brilliant. PS you may wonder about all these fabulous websites that contain very interesting information as to what happens to them if they fold well it is possible to register them with the British library and they take precautions to record the information available for posterity

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        If I remember rightly, it was you who alerted me to the British Library’s UK Web Archive and I registered the Sloane website as a site of historical interest with them in 2013. Thanks for jogging my memory, Vernon. I’ve now updated the Home Page of the Sloane website to alert members to this. I did let everyone know when I did it but as it was 7 years ago it’s probably a good time to place information about what I did permanently on the website. Thanks.


  136. Jackie Bolton says:

    My family are travelling Showpeople and my great grandmother Beatrice Pettigrove was christened at St Johns Chelsea in 1892. The family’s address was 368 Stamford Bridge. Where would that have been and was there a fairground in the area at that time please?

    • fhhs says:

      I cannot find a reference to Stamford Bridge other than the Studios but Stamford Road became Holmead Road. I am sure one of our other contributors will come up with more useful inforamtion.
      Good luck with your search.

    • 368 Fulham Road is actually right next door to Stamford Bridge and the block is known as Mentone mansions it is technically in Chelsea SW10. I would suggest that as Fulham Road was a long road it was easier to use the number and locate it as it was right next door to a well-known feature. Incidentally the bridge that carries the Kings Road over the railway line is known as Stanley bridge the boundary markers been on the bridges themselves

  137. Ann says:

    I am researching family who lived in Wheatsheaf Ally, Fulham shown on census records for 1851-1871. I gather the alley is no longer there. Are you able to point me towards any sources of information about the place itself and the way of life, please?

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Ann, you probably know that Wheatsheaf Alley was a very narrow alley which ran from alongside the Wheatsheaf Public House, on the corner of Fulham Road and Darlan Road (formerly the site of Walham Avenue and Lodge Avenue), up to Dawes Road from where it continued as Goater’s Alley. It’s last seen in the Census in 1881 and between then and 1891 it became Wheatsheaf Terrace (much more upmarket!). What remains of it today is still called Wheatsheaf Twerrace but it only consists of a few houses that run between Dawes Road and Burnthwaite Road, parallel with Kelvedon Road. Lodge and the other ‘Avenues’ were the poorest areas of Fulham yet, only yards away, stood larger houses belonging to the wealthy. The Acenues remained occupied until the building of Fulham Court in 1931 and, later, Lancaster Court in the 1950s, although the Second World War bombing did some of the clearance work for the council. When the Avenues were demolished Lodge Avenue and most of Wheatsheaf Terrace were demolished to provide Darlan Road and Lancaster Court. Barbara Denny’s book Fulham Past is excellent but doesn’t say much more about the area than I’ve said here. Charles Booth’s Poverty Notebooks and Maps will probably give you a better idea of what the area was like. Try online at –

  138. Teresa says:

    Hi, I am trying to find my Great Great Grandfather George Baker. I know from his marriage certificate of 14 May 1893 which I have found through Ancestry that his birth year would be 1867 or 1868. The marriage took place at St Peters Church in the parish of St Peters Hammersmith in the County of London. There are a lot of George Baker’s births registered in those years and I am finding it very difficult to narrow down the list. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Teresa

    • Pauline says:

      Could you use George’s father’s name and occupation, assuming those details are on the marriage certificate, to locate them on census records within a family group?

      • Teresa says:

        Thanks for the suggestion Pauline. I will give that a try. George’s father is also called George and they are both laborers according to the marriage certificate.

  139. Lesley says:

    Hi, is there anyone with memories of Tilton Street (the street was in two halves) and our half was pulled down in the early 1960’s. Tilton Street was next to Lintaine Grove and backed on to Church Path.

  140. lancewoodman says:

    My relative George Smallman (b. 1856) moved with his family to Glenrosa St in Fulham in 1901. They are on the census in 1901 and George is on the electoral register until 1907. In 1911 the family is still in Glenrosa St but George is absent (he is still described as the head of house and his wife marks herself as ‘married’). In Nov. 1914 his daughter marries and he is described as ‘deceased’ on the record. There is no civil death record and I haven’t located a burial or inquest. The rest of the family stayed and thrived in Fulham. Any suggestions on how to track George’s fate down? Thank you for your attention.

    • fhhs says:

      Unusual for people to disappear in the UK so I searched freeBMD. This link shows a George T Smallman who died in 1925 at roughly the right age. You would need to send for the certificate to check if it is the same George. Could be “deceased” was the least embarrasing explanation for left home. You could check his employment to see if it involved working abroad.
      Someone else may come up with more helpful angles. At present you cannot check the archives although most records are likely to be in Ancestry or Find my Past.
      Good luck with your research.

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      Yes I agree re 1925 death if his middle name was initial T possibly Thomas. Need more info on what you have on this person as there will be and are lots of George Smallman s so every fact known and confirmed will help .
      It’s possible he could have left the family and it would be quote common for the family to fib and it was easy to say he had died
      Rather than admit to shame. They may not be the case but I have come across it several times.
      More information on George required middle name work any medical probs exact place of birth
      You can contact below if you wish

      • lancewoodman says:

        Thank you both for this. He had no middle name. He was born in Upton Bishop, Herefordshire. The family seem to have moved to Fulham because he had been in prison a couple of times. I’m still looking for links to the boro’ that would have suggested it as an option. The rest of the family (wife and children) seemed to do well in Fulham. It’s certainly possible he fled – he absconded once before and was tracked down by the police. The George Thomas S who died in 1925 was from Staffs and is a different person (but thanks again for the advice).

  141. Mike Hester says:

    8 October 2020

    G’day from Melbourne, Australia

    I was born in Hammersmith but have lived the larger part of my life here. I am trying to get some pointers where an address 60 Reonale Terrace, Hammersmith recorded or the marriage of a family member William John Jennings and Isabel Denton 25 December 1889. Could anyone suggest an index, directory or map to look up please.

    Many thanks
    Mike Hester

    [Michael John Hester]

    • fhhs says:

      The road name sounds like a miss spelling. Try this directory from Leicester Uni, the ‘R’s start at page 460.
      As for the marriage you will need more details to get further if you have already exhausted Ancestry or Find My Past you will have to send for a copy of the certificate. Free BMD shows the record as Fulham Volume 1a page 502.
      (Note Fulham encompassed Hammersmith then )
      Good luck with your search.

  142. Stephen Carter says:

    I have discovered my great grandparents were married in St Thomas’ RC Church, Fulham Fields in 1874. They lived at 3 and 17 Crown Street, Parsons Green, Fulham, respectively. I cannot find any trace of Crown Street in my A-Z of London. Does anyone have any clue what has happened to this street? I found a Crown Lane which was close to the church.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Stephen, Crown Street became Novello Street.

      • Stephen Carter says:

        Ah, that makes more sense. The only Crown St I could find was up in Acton. Do you know if there was a Caroline Place in the Parsons Green area? The only one I can locate is off the Moscow Rd in Paddington, which is where the rest of my family are from. Maybe they moved from Parsons Green to Paddington, I’ve no idea. And why is Fulham in the Registration District of Kensington back in 1874? Any ideas

    • Novello Street has its entranceis opposite Parsons Green Underground station and changed its name in 1895 the pub on the corner at 45 parsons Green Lane was known as the Rose and Crown and it is now called Novellos but it is presently closed .it was owned by Punch properties til 2010, but is now privately owned, it’s on the 25 year lease to Cote It was rebuilt by Crown,a local brewery in 1881.

      • Caroline Place Hammersmith & Fulham W6 & SW6 Fulham Palace Road #1882
        Caroline Place Kensington, Chelsea & Fulham SW3, 10 & 6 Fulham Road # 1862
        Caroline Place Chelsea & Fulham SW3, 10 & 6 King’s Road 1881 Caroline Place

        There is a choice Queen Caroline was Associated with the area hence the popular choice of name

        Fulham came under the Chelsea voting district in those days. Bounderieis in the Fulham Hammersmith Chelsea area have always been very intertwined see our main page article a few months ago

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        I had family in Novello Street as one of my Great Granddad’s sisters married into the Kybert family who lived down there. I have a lovely photo of the Rose and Crown taken in the 1930s with my Dad’s brother Percy standing outside with two of the Kybert brothers. Shame I can’t post it here.

      • Stephen Carter says:

        Hi Mark, my great, great grandparents lived in Novello Street, which was Crown Street, back in 1874. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they supped a few pints in the Rose and Crown! Be nice to see a pic of the place, even better to go up to London and see the place for myself.

  143. Mandy Bevan says:


    Our Dad “John Bevan” passed away Friday 2nd Oct and we would like to honor him in a memorable way at his funeral on 22nd.

    Our family are so proud of the fact that we were born and bred in Shepherds Bush. We had a family business BEVAN BUILDERS MERCHANTS LTD based in Percy Road and our local was the Crown and Sceptre in the era of Jim and June Arnott.

    We desperately need any photographs of the outside of the pub to pay tribute to him. We are looking for a picture taken between 1980-1990. (We do have pictures of the interior and Dad at the Bar!).

    He was also a regular at the Acton Vale Club and many other pubs in the area.

    Following last orders he could often be found in the Kaiavaki Greek Restaurant in Adelaide Grove. So any pictures of this between 1980-1990 would also be fantastic.

    Thank you.

    Mandy, Andrew & Dan

    • Dear Mandy – you might also like to take a look at my book, Wild about Shepherds Bush & Askew Road, as it celebrates much of what you speak – just thought it might be of interest – regards AW

      • Rosie Greenslade says:

        You might also ask on the Facebook group Shepherds Bush Friends and Familys or Finding lost friends from Shepherds Bush also on Facebook

      • Jacqueline Moulding says:

        Hi Andrew, I was wondering how I could buy your book. Does it cover, Shepherds Bush from 40,s to 60,s? Thank you.

    • There is an old photograph of the pub from the 19th c. In Chris’s Amies book Hammersmith And Fulham pubs. It’s on page 17 this is important as the book does not actually have an index therefore making it difficult to track down the pubs by name very easily

    • Jacqueline Moulding says:

      Hi there, I was wondering if you are the Beven family belonging to an Iris Beven. She was a best friend of mine in the mid 50,s. We went to school together and were good friends. It was Victoria’s Girls School and we may have attended Westfield Rd Infant school. I rather thought her family were Welsh but seem to remember they had a business. Iris would, like me, be in her 70,s. Could she be part of your family?

  144. Andrew dakin says:

    Hi all, I am just enquiring to find a solicitor under the name of eric j woods, I believe he had a office in hammersmith but is no longer trading under this name, does any one know who brought this company or if it changed names. Thanks in advance
    Andrew dakin

    • You should contact Solicitors regulation authority the online public directory of solicitors does not seem to list Mr Woods all the replacement firm so you will either need to see our old hardcopy library or write or email to
      2nd Floor
      24 Martin Lane
      EC4R 0DR

      Their contact centre is in Birmingham

  145. John Drury says:

    Hi, i wonder if anyone can help. In the 1861 census my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather William Thomas Drury was down as living at what looks like Back of New Garden Collage and on his death in 1863 it states
    Died Back of Seven Stars Public House. As they both mention back of were both places close together and would his death have been just outside the public house.

    Many thanks

  146. C howes says:

    Hello, doing a bit of family history and came across the address “the cottage eagle terrace” does anyone know where or what that was? Thanks!

  147. Maria Noyen says:

    Hi there,

    My name is Maria Noyen and I’m a reporter with the South West Londoner news website. We are planning on doing a story about Gordon Cottage on Avonmore, specifically about the petition to stop the building being demolished by property developers. Those involved with the petition say it’s a building with a lot of historic value and that it survived bombing in World War II. I’m very interested in getting some background about the building if you are able to provide it or connect me directly to someone who knows more about it.

    The petition currently has over 200 signatures and can be found here:

    Thank you!


  148. Lydia Gardner says:

    My great grandfather was thought to have worked at a green grocer’s shop on Putney high street in the 1930s. In terms of specifics we know that the building was 116 Putney high street and that he was working there in 1935.
    If you have any knowledge of the name of the green grocer that was present at the address at this time I would love to know, and if you had any additional information that would be amazing.
    We are currently researching the life of my great grandfather, so to know this piece of information would be wonderful.
    Thank you so much for your help

  149. Mags Meechang says:

    My Dad, Henry George Ming was born in Hammersmith in 1906. His parents were William Henry Ming(1869 – 1933) and Maria Elizabeth Stead (1871 – 1939) They lived at 4 Somerset Place, Ship Lane. From what we know, They were bombed out during the war. William Henry had been a farrier for a brewery (Blacks?) Can anyone tell me what school my Dad would have gone to? He told us he got a scholarship to go on to another school but the family was really poor so he could not take it up, and went to work in an office. We know he worked for the National Union of Teachers at the time he was enlisted to join the war effort as a signalsman , in Burma. Is there anywhere we could find out more details of my grandparents? There seem to be few traces of their lives, especially of the Stead branch of the family. Most of Dad’s siblings died young, and during the WW1. (one in Turkey, a sister in Thrapston , who is recorded as having committed suicide, although we arent convinced that is fact, although paper reports report it as such.
    Any suggestions of how to find out more would be fabulous. We live in NZ (moved here in 1952)
    hopeful thanks !!
    Margaret (Ming) Meechang,

    • fhhs says:

      As a start have alook at this document. Especially footnote 1 it describes the area of Ship Lane now long gone. Also this map Expand the area at the top of the map behind Hammersmith Bridge and Marlborough Wharf.

      Someone else may be able to tell you which school was nearest at the time, hopefully you should get more answers. In due course when the archive reopens an email to giving as much info as possible may get you more detail.
      Good luck in your search.

  150. Timothy Eugene Warner says:

    Does the society know of Rudolph von werner a dentist lived and worked in fulham around 1901.

    • Update on Rudolph Von Werner he is on the 1901 census for 567 Fulham Road he died in fulham October 1907 I have been told he is the brother of Anton Alexander von Werner the court portrait painter of Kaiser Wilhelm ll of Germany. Tim

  151. Ron Lalley says:

    I have at last found the death certificate for my GG Grandfather John Nolan who died on the 15/02/1915 in the FULHAM INFIRMARY. I would like to know if the INFIRMARY records would show where he was buried.

    Ron Lalley

    • fhhs says:

      A search of the archive records is likely to be the quickest way to find which cemetery. Margravine and Fulham Old Cemeteries are nearby. Once you know the Cemetery then you can ask the authority which grave.
      So a visit to the Archives at Hammersmith Library or an email to when it opens will get the ball rolling.
      Good luck with your search

  152. Kath Faulkner says:

    Hi I lived in Chelsea in the 1950s as a child and remembered going to eel brook common paddling pools. Could you tell me when they went as I see they are no longer there. Thanks kath

    • reco1000 says:

      I can only remember one padding pool in Eelbrook Common near the tennis courts and the swings. It was emptied in the late 1940s because glass was found in it – possibly on more than one occasion. I remember padding in it around 1945 and told I must never go in it again ( I was not cut fortunately)

  153. lynne bustard says:

    My Gt, Gt aunt was registered as living at Raleigh Rd in Oct of 1907 on her wedding certificate. I have read that it changed from Wharton Road to Raleigh Road just prior to this? Let me know if this is incorrect so I can research further.

    • kathleen warren says:

      Hi Lynn Wharton road became Rayleigh road and today it is Lakeside road.

    • We have had enquiries for these road names before. Please scroll down contact us to read correspondence around thes dates

      22 January, 2019 at 11:18 pm
      This Column has information about Rayleigh road if you scroll down to 14th Feb 2017

      Lynne Bustard says:
      26 January, 2019 at 8:23 pm
      I’ve also been researching Raleigh Road in Hammersmith.My great, great aunt lived at number 23 in 1907. It seems to have changed names a few times. It was changed from Wharton Road and re-named Rayleigh Road on the 13th of March 1906. It later became Lakeside Road and,I believe, it still exists according to google maps.
      Hope this helps! 🙂

  154. Mark Bartlett says:

    Hi, my Father was born in Rayleigh Rd in Hammersmith in 1938, I know the road no longer exists but I was wondering where it used to be? If anyone could let me know that would be great, many thanks

    • kathleen warren says:

      Rayleigh Road is now Lakeside road. In 1896 it was named Wharton road and changed its name in 1915 to Rayleigh road not sure when it became Lakeside road Regards K Warren

  155. Carolyn Morrow says:

    I have records of Fuller family members all dying in 1909 in Fulham. Just wondering what social conditions were like at the time, was there a specific outbreak of some disease during this time period? the family lived in College St Putney.

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hi Carolyn if they lived in Putney you could try Wandsworth council archives
      good luck with your search.
      Len Fuller

  156. Kate Norton says:

    Hello, I’m wondering if you can help me at all. My name is Kate Norton, I’m an archive researcher currently working on a new programme and looking for stills or footage (preferably footage) of the Fulham area (also Chelsea, Putney), specifically during the 1980s, of ‘upwardly mobile’ young people at the time. I believe, there are a number of bars that they would frequent, such as Tootsies and Crocodile Tears on the Fulham Road that I would very much like to get some archive of, if anything I think stills of these places are probably going to be my best option. We’re trying to illustrate the lifestyle of young people who lived in the area at the time, coming from upper middle class families and starting out in their first jobs, attending social events etc. I have, of course, access to all the main archive houses but I hope you don’t mind me posting here in case anyone has some hidden gems they would like to share or can point me in the right direction. Thank you in advance for your time and feel free to ask if you have any further queries about our production.

  157. Anthony Carmichael says:

    Hi I am an NHS Link Worker in LBH&F work across GP practices. I have an older gentleman I am working with and he likes art and medievil in particular. I am struggling where to connect him with. Preferably inthe local area so he can get to eash as mobilty isnt great and replies on others to help him. Have you are anyone reading this got any suggestions? If you want please email me at He also likes cricket, rugby, polictics and literiture is nayone has an idea of local groups really appreciate it thanksTony

    • fhhs says:

      Anthony great to hear that you doing such terrific work I am sure it is appreciated. I am afraid that all our activities are meeting or visit related which of course is not possible at the moment. If your client has email I can add him to our circulation list for posts on history and other news. However it seems it might be a good idea to contact our borough they have introduced a network called CAN for just such an instance during the restrictions. See this link. Good luck with your task.

  158. John Best says:

    My grandfather, William Best, died in Fulham Infirmary on 28 April 1906 as the result of an industrial accident. I believe that he worked at the large food processing plant of J.Lyons and Co, 66 Hammersmith Road. Do you know of an accident in that factory in April (or perhaps March) of that year? I would be grateful for any details at all,

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      This website might be able to help. Scroll down there Home page when you get there as there are other links to click on –

      • John Best says:

        Hello Brian.
        Your reply regarding the circumstances of my grandfather’s death was very welcome. I would like an email of that newspaper article’s details of the inquest. My address is
        Thank you for helping to clarify the details of the accident.
        —–John Best

      • John Best says:

        Thank you Mark for the website note. I am hopeful that it will clarify some of the details about my grandfather and will follow it up.

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      There was an explosion at the factory and 3 died inc William Best
      I have small copy of newspaper report at the inquest , a few lines I can email you with.

  159. Claire Stacey says:

    I would love to know any history about Palmers Stores. It was run by my grandma’s Uncle. Any facts, information or photos would be great! Thank you

  160. Hello. I wondered if you knew anything about the architectural period of 432-436 Fulham Rd. I have downloaded the land registry title of No. 434 and it was registered in 1919, so I think this row of houses are Interwar Neo-Georgian. But it would be great to hear from anybody who knows any more about that style of terraces. Here is a link to google maps – it is the white terraced buildings.
    Best wishes, Richard Blanco,+Fulham,+London+SW6+1DU/@51.4802465,-0.1919103,3a,75y,54.05h,91.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srPExLQTdyDVyzZWFQ3HDMQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760f86f12d81ff:0xdc723052ad4ddb21!2sFulham+Rd,+Fulham,+London+SW6+1DU!3b1!8m2!3d51.4805287!4d-0.1920425!3m4!1s0x48760f86f12d81ff:0xdc723052ad4ddb21!8m2!3d51.4805287!4d-0.1920425

  161. Pauline says:

    Am wondering if there’s any way I could get hold of any records relating to the employees of Gapp’s Stores. My grandfather worked at the branch that was on the corner of Lillie Rd and North End Rd (well that’s how I remember it anyway).

    Thanks to anyone who might be able to help.

  162. Claire Aldridge says:

    Good Morning – My Dad was born in Hammersmith in 1940 and I am compiling some information for him for an upcoming Birthday. I was wondering what the population of Hammersmith was in October 1940 and would also like to buy (if possible) an aerial photograph of around this time? Any thoughts appreciated. Many thanks

    • fhhs says:

      Population about 28,000 see this link
      I know the LBHF archives at Hammersmith Library will have later aerial photos, I haven’t seen any for that period; but they are currently closed. Of course at that time such photography would all have been military and controlled. You can see old OS maps of the period at the National Library of Scotlands website and purchase copies/print.
      Good luck with your project.

      • Claire Aldridge says:

        Thank you so much for your reply. I did wonder if obtaining a photograph would be tricky for that time but will definitely look into it. Many thanks again

    • Peter Trott says:

      Register on this site and you may find what you are looking for:

      • Claire Aldridge says:

        Thank you so much for your help. My Dad would love an aerial photograph of Hammersmith so I will definitely register with the site you suggest. Many thanks

      • Dear Peter trott and Claire Aldridge there is a book has all the aerial photograph’s of london in colour.
        London the photographic atlas
        published by Harper Collins illustrated.
        Isbn 0 00 762298 8.
        Published in 2000

  163. Jackie Parker says:

    Hello, I’m looking for information about a sweet shop in West Kensington possibly Masbro road owned by Parkinson family in 1918
    Thank you very much for any help

  164. David Frederick Griggs says:

    Looking for any information or anyone with a connection to the Nunn family from Chelsea?
    Samuel and Ann Nunn lived at 15 Stepple Street Chelsea in 1851 with their 7 children.

  165. Hollie Travers says:

    Hi all,
    Am doing a project for my nan and am looking for old pictures of places between 1940s-1970s. I will list them, if anybody has any photos for me please email them to Have looked on google but haven’t found much.

    Harbledown road
    Fulham road
    Dovers corner shop
    The chimney sweep house down Darlan Road
    Lancaster court down Darlan Road
    Fulham court
    Heckfield place
    Kind Edward mansions
    The George pub
    The regal cinema
    Dawes road
    Farm lane
    Johnnys record shop
    Fulham town hall
    The swan pub
    Hazelbury road
    Bryan alley
    The star cinema
    The hole in the wall grocers
    Langford road
    The queen pub
    Pears Croft road
    The old Salvation Army down pearscroft road
    Bagleys Lane
    Eelbrooke common
    Eelbrooke common paddling pool
    Eelbrooke common playground
    The Whitehorse pub
    Parsons Green maternity unit (near the Whitehorse pub)

    Recently took her back. To Fulham for a walk down memory lane and took new photos at these places aswell as many more which I have old pictures for to go with the new pictures. Need these for a scrap book I am doing for my nan.

    Thank you in advance, need them as soon as possible!

    • Dear Hollie – just seen your enquiry and thought your Nan might like a copy of my book on Fulham, as it covers a lot of these places – Wild about Fulham. You can get it direct from me or Nomad books in the Fulham Road or Amazon or Waterstones online – anyway just thought I’d mention it and good luck with your picture hunt – regards AW

    • Francis Czucha Old Fulham and Old Sands End has a lot of theses places in photographs. (Check online bookstores for fuller details, or may be on shelves at Nomad

    • Rosie Greenslade says:

      There are tons of old photos on the Facebook group called I grew up in Fulham…

  166. Chris says:

    I am trying to research my maternal grandmothers family tree , and believe she (aged 8 or 9) may have been at St Josephs School for Roman Catholic Girls which was situated at 50 Brook Street Hammersmith as she seems to be a “resident” according to the 1911 Census. This institution does not seem to exist any more and I wonder if anyone has any knowledge of the school and where or who I can contact to access any additional information. Thanks

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      I would love to know too too as my grandmother was there in 1901. All I know is that it was an unhappy time that she never talked about other than to say she lost herself in books. I see from the census that the nuns came from. Europe as well as the UK. Her accent and manners were quite refined and we were under the impression that it was a small convent school. Not the orphanage we now know it to be. If you find out anything about this establishment I would love to know. I believe the building is now an office?

    • Basil Larkins says:

      A quick google of this school reveals that it was originally a poor law school for girls run by the Catholic Church by an order of nuns. Established by 1840 (probably following catholic emancipation) it went through various stages during its life. I suggest that you approach the Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster as I know they have extensive archives which hopefully include this school.

      In addition there are a number of references to St Joseph’s on other web sites from which you can piece together a story.

    • Roman Catholic schools and orphanages for boys and girls is quite convoluted in the Brook Green area you should include in your search’s Popes’s Corner by Denis Evinson FHHS 1980. This I believe may now be OP with us. Get it from library, or find online.

  167. Tania Edwards says:

    I am interested in finding out if there were any bookshops along Fulham Road in the year 1906. I’ve seen books about the history of Fulham but I’m not sure if they would detail which shops existed or have any photographs. If anyone here could advise me which book(s) I could buy or anywhere I could search on the internet I will very grateful. Thank you, Tania.

  168. Hello, I’m researching my Great-Great-Grandfather’s life. He was born at 4 Cambridge Place, Uxbridge Road, Hammersmith in 1857. Has anyone any idea where on the Uxbridge Road that was situated and are there any photos of that show the type of building it was. Thank you.

  169. Carlos Guimas says:

    I am a resident of Pankhurst House in Du Cane Rd, and would like to know more about the property.
    Date of construction, public intended, facilities and anything else.
    Thank you

  170. Liam Dominic Flynn says:

    My great grandmother was among the victims. Is there a list of those that perished💔😪

  171. Graham Overton says:

    I am looking for details of a court case in 1986 where a young woman was arrested for masquerading as a policewoman. She was tried at Horseferry Magistrates court in June 1986. The police station involved was Hammersmith and I am trying to find the names of the Police officers involved in the arrest and any involvement that other officers may have had. I have found a few newspaper reports but they don’t give any details. Any help in finding the information would be appreciated. Best Regards, Graham Overton

  172. Kate Taylor says:

    My great-grandparents Emily Rose and Alfred Edward Mounter are listed in the 1911 census as being proprietors of a dining room or cafe at 5 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith. I would be very interested in finding out more information or seeing photos of this establishment if available.
    Thank you very much
    Kate Taylor, New Zealand

  173. Angela says:

    Wondered if you could help
    I have a coat hanger from a laundry/cleaners in Fulham from 1960.

    The printed type on the hanger says
    ” 1960 Cleaners Ltd
    17 Barons Court Road
    Phone Fulham 1950

    My late mother was from the Fulham area and this is possibly why she had it.

    Can you tell me a little about the company – does it still exist.

  174. Paul Mills says:

    Hi searching my grandparents home. Mills 42 Dimsdale Road SW6 but recon it was war damaged. Cannot even find where Dimsdale Rd was any ideas.?
    Thanks Paul Mills

    • Serffs cottages
      Fulham SW6
      Dimsdale Road 1881

      Serff’s Mews Fulham W14 Star Road 1884

      Serff’s Terrace Fulham W14 Star Road 1884

      • Basil Larkins says:

        I have found a record of a mortgage granted on a property at 23 Dimsdale Road, West Brompton in 1867. Over the years the area of West Brompton has moved between Chelses, Fulham and Hammersmith Boroughs so I suppose this must be the road you want. The record of this transaction is with the London Metropolitan Archives held in the City of London. email Phone number 020-7833-9136.They can probably tell you where the road was and it new name if it still exists.

      • Len Fuller says:

        Hi Paul. Dimsdale Road was off Lillie Road and demolished mid 50s with other streets to make way for The Clem Attlee Estate. It was opposite Norman Park Gates. I have a map of the area I could send you via email
        Regards Len Fuller

  175. John Bloomfield says:

    Hello please can you help?
    Within my family tree I need information on my 4 x great grandfather Robert Bloomfield. He worked for a greengrocer/coal merchant in North Street Chelsea from the 1851 census.
    My belief is that he worked or managed the company however in 1852 he moves to Thames Ditton which is not within a close proximity and had my GT GT GT grandmother.
    He dies a month later.
    Do your records hold any info on a greengrocer/ coal merchant in North Street Chelsea in 1850s and if so did they file for bankruptcy?
    Kind regards John

    • fhhs says:

      North Street is now Basil Street parallel to the brompton Road see this map.
      You could have a go at searching the street directories at Leicester Uni online resource.
      Otherwise it is well outside our area, your best bet would be to contact the RBKC Library’s website and get help from their archive.
      Good luck.

  176. Christian Clarke says:

    Hello! I’ve been searching my genealogy and I have discovered that my Great Grandfather
    Henry Smith had a Grocer’s shop at 89 May Street, Fulham from around the1920s to the 1940s. We have looked the street up on Google Maps and the road has been completely regenerated. We were wondering if there may be any photos of the street as it would have been back then, or even a photo of the shop in your archives.
    Thank you in advance and kind regards.

    • fhhs says:

      There may be photos in the LBHF Archives at Hammersmith Library when they reopen.
      This map view may help the whole map can be browsed at the National Library of Scotland site. The archive will have street directories from the period.
      If you are not local you could contact the archivist by email see above but it may take some time for a reply having been closed for so long.
      Good luck

  177. logicalmanus says:

    Is there any way I can look up the owners/renters of shop space on the North End Road during the 60’s?

    I ask simply because I am updating my family tree and I recall, as a lad, my Father, Frank Scott and his brother James ‘Fred’ Scott, ran a small engraving business from a basement of one of the shops.

    Sadly both gentlemen and spouses are now passed and so there is nobody with first hand knowledge of the location.

    I now reside overseas and therefore in-person searches of records is very limited for me, I would appreciate any assistance if at all possible,

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Anthony D Scott

  178. B D Vandervilt says:

    Do you have any information on P.Ellis a cycle shop in Lille Rd from 1897 until 1959 please.

  179. Penny Dussek says:

    Does anyone know what happened to the houses on the corner of Munster Road and Aintree Street where the 1960s built (approx) block has been built. Were they bombed? Was the area just redeveloped? I would be really grateful for any information.

    • fhhs says:

      Looking at Bombsight (which is not always comnplete) it would appear not to be the case. I have to hand an OS map (50″-1 Mile) published in 1951 which shows the gaps and prefabs in the area after the clearance of damaged buildings and there appear to be 4 terraced houses 254-260 Munster Road on that junction. I expect it was part of the general social housing development of that period. When the archive reopens the minutes of the housing committee will reveal all.

  180. Susan Brewer says:

    Please can you tell me if any Fulham newspaper for 1897 has been digitalised? My great grandmother Catherine (Kate) Warne was found in a street 21 May 1897 & died later from a fractured skull. An inquest was subsequenty reported in great detail in the local paper, around the 26th May 1897. I would like to read it. Thank you.

    • The article you are seeking is available online from the British newspaper library and was published on the front page of The West London Observer on the 28th of May 1897 .the early part of the article uses the name Darne due to a typesetting error, further down the actual name of Mr Warne is there. it makes reference to the fractured skull et cetera it’s quite a long article.

      • Susan Brewer says:

        Thank you for helping me, and for teling me of the typesetting error. I shall try to seek it out, it looks to be an interesting read.

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      West London observer
      Front page 1st column of The Supplement 28/5/1897
      It’s almost the whole column ,a lot of detail , you may be shocked
      At what was discovered
      I found it on Find my past newspaper section but took a while to find the supplement

      • Susan Brewer says:

        Thank you very much for your help, it was kind of you to seek it out. I will try to find it.

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

        Susan if you can’t find it let me know on my own email and I will endeavour to find it again and take photos of the report for you

    • Rosie Greenslade says:

      Hi, I have the name Werne in my tree also a Cathrine AKA Kate Lewsley? lived in Fulham Could these be the same people??

      • Virtual Valley says:

        Hello, the maiden name of my Catherine/Kate was Griffin, so it doesn’t seem as though they could be the same person. Good luck with your research.

  181. Leonie Fitzgerald says:

    I am a lover of old wills and as a result have recently become an obsessive researcher of my Chalkhill ancestors from Fulham. I have hit a brick wall and am hoping for some help…I’m interested in Richard Chalkhill son of William Chalkhill. William died in 1583 and his will refers to his 8 children, one of them being Richard and another (my line) William, both under 21. The son William Chalkhill died in 1606 and he refers to his lately deceased brother Richard’s children. I have a theory that Richard Chalkhill’s line carried on in Denham, Buckinghamshire and that they were a family of tanners. Until recently I was under the impression that my 9th ggmother Bethia Chalkhill was the daughter of Richard Chalkhill and Bethia Booth. Bethia (the daughter) married John Andrews of Staines, a tanner and they had at least 7 children including my 8th ggfather John Andrews, a clockmaker, William Andrews, a tallowchandler, and a daughter Bethia Andrews. According to the abstract of a 1684 land transfer record “Bethia Andrews the daughter of John Andrews of Staines, tanner” was left some land by her “grandfather Richard Chalkhill” to be held in trust by a John Page of Harrow. However, after stumbling across a will by Judith Chalkhill of Fulham (1678) I have now located the correct line for my Chalkhills which is the Fulham branch not the Denham branch. Judith refers to her sister “Bethia Andrew wife of John Andrew of Staynes”. Judith’s will also explains how the Andrews children happen to be cousins of a Mary Sibley of Studham, Bedfordshire whose will was written in 1719 (another mystery I’ve solved after 12 month’s research)…Mary Sibley’s parents were John Page of Harrow and Mary Chalkhill, another sister of Judith Chalkhill. This is the same John Page in the land transfer record. I can’t access the original record until the Buckinghamshire Archives are operational again but I’m wondering if the word “grandfather” has been mistranscribed or misinterpreted from “godfather”. I’m wondering if any of your members might have an interest in the Chalkhills of Fulham or their cousins, the Chalkhills of Kingsbury. Quite a prominent family from everything I have read so far. Thanks for reading and best wishes from New Zealand.

    • I have just done a free search on the website deceasedonline and I found a Sarah who lived in Islington and who died in 1745.
      I have also checked the records of burials for all Saints Church Fuller but no one is listed with that name.

    • fhhs says:

      Have sent a list of items on Chalkhill in the LBHF archive catalogue direct.

  182. Basil Larkins says:

    The new assistant priest at Holy Cross RC Church in Fulham has been asked to research the history of the Church since its founding early last century. I have told him about the LBHF archive which will be of help when it reopens but does anybody have any information or can they signpost him somewhere. His name is William Johnston and his email is

    The church archives are somewhat lacking!!

    • Barbara Denny’s book Fulham past says that the Roman Catholic Church of the Holycross in Ashington Road began in 1848 as a mission by Saint Thomases(Rylston road built 1847) to serve a community of Irish gardeners and their families in the vicinity of Parsons Green .
      Feret Fulham old and new c.1900 Unusually has very little to say about the church.
      The present building was built in 1925 by Scott and Williamson and is of red brick with a belt turret and a plain interior

      • Basil Larkins says:

        Thanks for the information. I fear that BD has got her dates wrong or may have thought that the 1848 ‘mission’ was a new building. I know that Holy Cross parish with a temporary church was not established until early in the 20th century (hence the non mention in Fulham Old and New) because my Great-grandfather donated the land for the church to be built on. Another wealthy parishioner paid for the present church to be built in the 1920’s.
        The ‘Mission’ was I think based in St Dionis Road (then called Rectory Road) where many of the Irish Catholics lived including another branch of my family.
        I will pass on your note to Fr Johnstone. Thanks again.

      • thanks for this. I mentioned the book and the source as I have heard before that BD book is not entirely accurate in certain bits , so was wary.

      • Also came across this, and ofcourse the British newspaper library has records of weddings reported in the FC and other local newspapers.

        London Monitor And New Era Archives, Mar 31, 1905, p. 12 › … › 1905 › March 31
        At the service on Sunday evening at Holy Cross Church, Ashington Road, Father Herbert, O.S.M., preached on “The Miasion, of the Redeemer

      • Basil Larkins says:

        Very helpful. I have forwarded your email to Fr Johnstone. It seems he is really interested in the names of previous parish Priests as their records are sketchy or non existent. The article mentions the name of the priest and given it was 1905 I think the parish was then very new.

  183. Lian Knight says:

    Hello! I am an author, writing a book on Sergeant Issy Smith, VC, which I expect to publish next year. I am trying to find details of a relative, his sister-in-law Hilda Isbitsky, who appears on the 1901 census as living at the Jewish Institute, Charcroft House, Roseford Lerr (?) in Hammersmith. Can you tell me anything about these premises? She appears to have been a wash laundry maid, aged 20, at the time. I can be contacted via
    Kind regards
    Lian Knight

    • fhhs says:

      There are some entries on this site that may help unfortunately they do not have links to detailed info. See:
      Jewish Rescue Home Hostel 1 Roseford Terrace (Terr), Shepherds Bush W12, and further down
      Jewish Rescue Home, Charcroft House, Roseford Gardens

      With the maps I have to hand in lockdown I cannot be certain but it looks like a block of social housing
      (Roseford Court) was built on the site.

      Hopefully one of our readers will have more info.

      Good luck.

  184. Alan Smith says:

    Hi, I did ask about a week ago about the Civic, Fulham Palace Road, thanks for the answer. I was wondering what they produce during the 2and WW, 1939 to 1945, thanks.

    • Haven’t been able to find anything specific, I did check the War years in the local newspapers using the British newspaper library index but there was nothing too much to know except people pilfering the normal stock and getting caught so they may have just only been producing special things for sending out to the troops.When archives reopens they may have something further to add but at the moment it’s closed and I understand that they have well over 70 queries to deal with at this present time after lockdown and produce material for the searches in due course

  185. Cynthia Poole says:


    I am trying to find out who the architect was for Alder Lodge, 73 Stevenage Road. I believe the building dates from 1974. It’s that group of apartments in heavy dark brick with a kind of serpentine form, directly north of Craven Cottage stadium, set in gardens, and on the site of the former Eternit factory. I realise the information should be in the LBHF planning applications database, but something this old will be on Microfilm and probably not easy to access at the moment with Covid-19 restrictions. It’s also likely to be in an architectural Journal for that year – RIBA probably has it, but again, I can’t get to it right now. I’ve drawn a blank on every online source I’ve tried, and also Pevsner, etc.
    Does anyone know?

    many thanks
    Cynthia Poole

    • fhhs says:

      They have a Management Company – Riverside Gardens Amenity you can see their officers on any companies house listing: just google. They seem to have a facebook page so maybe just make contact.
      Good luck with your quest. Keep checking one of our readers may have the answer for you.

      • Cynthia Poole says:

        Many thanks for this. Will follow up. Someone has suggested Ted Hollamby, LCC architect, d.1999. Born in Hammersmith, did a number of post war housing schemes, later involved in restoring William Morris’ Red House. But haven’t found a mention of Riverside Gardens as being by him, yet!

      • Cynthia Poole says:

        River Gardens housing Architects: Ted Levy Benjamin & Partners
        Turns out there is an entry in Pevsner after all, 2002 edition. Also in architectural magazine A&U no. 3 (102), 1979 Mar, p. 41-50.


  186. Lucille Robinson says:

    My Grandfather, Cyril Charles Francis Haynes, died 12.4. 1932 in Fulham Hospital. As a member of the Hammersmith, Chelsea & Norfolk Lodge RAOB his funeral, 18.4.1932, was conducted with RAOB honours at St Albans Church, as in the funeral notice in the West London Observer 22.4. 1932. Apparently this branch of the RAOB met in the Norfolk Arms PH in North End Road. The RAOB have no information available on this Lodge. Is it possible that you might have some records ?
    Thank you for any help you may be able to offer.
    Lucille Robinson.

  187. Lisa Jemphrey says:

    I am looking for any information about Turners Stores on the Hight St Harlesden certainly in 1901. Alexander Turner owned it. He is my great great uncle. I would be very grateful for any help. Lisa

  188. Marion Collyer nee Birch says:

    Hi FHHS, Can you tell me if there was a St Dunstans Nursery on St Dunstans Road around 1945-1950. I have found a ditty my dad wrote & dedicated to the nursery & its staff. I believe my sisters went there before the family moved out to the wilds of Watford. My dad was born at 36 Sterndale Road, Hammersmith, married my Mum at Oaklands Chapel Uxbridge Road when he lived at 21 Orminston Grove Shepherds Bush. My Great Grandfather moved to Hammersmith from Bedfordshire & was living at 50 Ceylon Road in the 1871 Census & my Grandfather lived in Hammersmith all his life.

    ALSO – When I was researching my family tree in 2004 I found a newspaper article reporting the death of my Great Grandfather Andrew John Birch. He was a dustman & died while on the rounds in Hammersmith on 2 June 1881 at the age of 23. I would love to find that article again but no amount of searching online has given any results.

    I hope someone might have information about either of these subjects. Thank you.


    My ancestor was the licensee of The Three Kings Tavern North End Road Fulham in 1866. I am looking for any photos of this hotel taken in the 19th century or early 20th century?
    Yours sincerely
    Sue Hamilton

    • fhhs says:

      Hammersmith and Fulham Pubs in the Images of London series ISBN 9780752432533 has 2 old pictures of the pub. One was before the A4 was put through. Apparently it was rebuilt in 1904. Presumably you are looking for the former building.

      So I expect your best hope of a picture is the LBHF Archive at Hammersmith Library when it opens again. You could contact the archivist at if you are not local but wait until the website says that it is open.

  190. Mrs Ann Jordan says:

    Dear Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society I am researching my ancestry and my great grandparents lived at 55 Latimer Road, Hammersmith in July 1898 and then at Blechynden Street in October of the same year. I would like to find out what type of accommodation they lived in as the area was very poor. Their youngest child died at the Latimer Road address aged 6 weeks also in 1898 and I wonder where she is likely to have been buried. Any pointers would be much appreciated. Regards Ann Jordan

  191. lynne bustard says:

    Hi Nicola,
    Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I’m sure our ancestors passed each other in the street frequently! Best of luck with your family searches.😇

  192. Sue banks says:

    Hi I was wondering if there is anyway to find out what type of property 5 Langford road Fulham was in 1885 a relative died there it was not his home was it a pub ? as he worked in one a Sarah chalk registered his death this was not his wife regards sue banks

    • Linda Saunders says:

      Good morning

      I’m looking into a company that was running in 1928 called Messrs A J Carpenter- catering contractors- residing in White City W12.

      Can you help?

      Kind regards
      Linda Saunders

    • 5 Langford Road was just an ordinary terrace house .a few numbers in Langford road still remain today after Gilsted Road, the rest I believe may have been destroyed during the war as it is fairly close to the gas holders in Bagley‘s Lane in fact Langford Road connected with Bagley‘s Lane subsequently after the war when famous William Parnell house was pulled down in 1961.the area became a park the 5 Langford house was in occupation right up until 1939.
      See previous replies and comments regarding the pineapple block history just after the First World War

  193. Alan Smith says:

    My Mum and Aunt mentioned, when they were alive, but did not say much, only that they worked at the Civic in Fulham Palace Road, during the war, on war work. Was this correct? as all I can find out that, they made Briers pipes there. Thanks.

    • Pipe company was at 79 to 83 Fulham Palace Road you can find some information about them at
      To whet your appetite I copy here an extract of an interesting document that the have puY on web.
      The Civic Company Ltd of Londont was formed in 1921 out of the Imperial Tobacco Company (Fancy Goods Department) Ltd which was located in Fulham Palace Road Hammersmith. The Imperial Company itself was formed in 1901 in response to an aggressive take over raid in Britain by American Tobacco and involved the pooling of tobacco retail outlets including closely related items such as briar pipes. In 1902 Imperial purchased the Salmon & Gluckstein retail empire, which included a section that finished briar pipes, originally made in France, for sale in Britain. It is this unit that became the fancy goods department within Imperial and, ultimately in 1921, the Civic Company. In 1928 Civic formed a key element in the merger with other producers and retailers that formed Cadogan Investments which still trades today.
      Salmon And Gluckstein was mentioned in an earlier email as thowning a shop located next door to
      a restaurant and of course this company is actually J. Lyons in later years the well-known Hammersmith company and food empire

      • Alan Smith says:

        Thank you for the information about the Civic, Fulham Palace Road, very interesting, I learnt something. But have you any idea what was manufactured there between 1939 and 1945 thank you

  194. Julie Evans says:

    I worked in a bank in Hammersmith in the middle to late 80’s and we used a tracing agent to help trace people. There are several there now but does anyone remember the name of the one that used to be the only one in Hammersmith please? Thanks

  195. Andy Scott says:

    Does anyone know of or can can confirm if there was ever a Taxi Cab Shelter built in the early 1900s at Hammersmith Broadway? I found a document announcing the establishing of a fund to do just this in the London Metropolitan Archive but can find no record if it was successful and built at all?

    • Green cab shelters have a fascinating history. There are now only some dozen or so left but despite costing £25,000 each to restore in recent times there are now grade 2 listed buildings .the has a history of them including a map where they all werebut there was not what it appears in Hammersmith the only one near fulham was in Putney and this at the top of the High Street when it went was changed into a cab rank for about three taxis in the middle of the road.they are not solely the province of the cabdriver and one can order some food there as well.

  196. Hollie travers says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a marriage/engagement announcement in the Fulham chronicle for Thomas Blagrove and a lady called Mary (not sure of surname as of yet) could anybody help me with finding this? It’s for my grandmother. Thank you

    • fhhs says:

      Searching the FC on microfiche is a ‘pin in a haystack ‘ job. You may not get a volunteer!
      If you have full name and likely dates and any addresses it maybe that the archivist could allocate someone to have a quick look when they open again. See the link above for teh Archivist’s address or teh LBHF website.

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      I assumed the marriage was in Fulham/Hammersmith and the best I could find was a marriage between Thomas E Blagrove and Mary L Potter in Fulham in 1947. I couldn’t find anything in the Fulham Chronicle about it.

      • Hollie travers says:

        Hi Mark,
        Thank you ever so much. I sent it over to my nan and she Asked me to ask you if you used to live in Lancaster Court? Her aunt Mary and uncle Ed Dunning would have lived above at number 16. I think the name may have rung a bell for her.

        Thank you again

      • Hollie travers says:

        Hi, I also wondered if you or anybody else has any old pictures (1950s) of the George pub in fulham, Langford road primary school (building), Parnell house & Darlan Road? I am putting together a photo book for my nan to go with photos we have taken on a day out around fulham of all her old hangouts. Any help would be much appreciated. Any images, please send to my email

        Thank you in advance

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Hello again, Hollie. Yes, I and my family used to live at number 12 Lancaster Court, as you say, directly under the Dunning family. I’m still in contact with their daughter, Sandra, from time to time. Sadly, Sandra recently lost her husband Paul to the coronavirus disease. What was your Nan’s full name? I do remember a Blagrove family in Darlan Road.

        I’m afraid I don’t immediately have any of the photos that you’re looking for but if you use Facebook, there’s a group on there that I belong to called I Grew Up In Fulham. Search for it and If you join the group there are plenty of photos and memories that I’m sure your Nan would enjoy.

        If I can find any photos I’ll send them direct to your Email address.


      • Hollie travers says:

        Hi mark. Will pass this on to my nan. Yep, the Blagroves were her family & yes they used to live on Darlan Road. Her name was Susan Blagrove (now Susan Conn) she had an older sister called Christine Blagrove, her father was Thomas Blagrove (Tom, enjoyed drinking in the George) & her mother was Mary Blagrove however she passed away when my nan was very young but she continued living with her father along with her sister as he did not want to send them to an orphanage (as was usually the case in these such circumstances). I will have a look at that Facebook group & yes if you do find any pictures please email to me! You have been a huge help!

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Hollie, please say hello to Sue for me. I remember her well. She may not remember me but I did go into her house in Darlan Road a couple of times as I used to be in a crowd that included Reg Butler, Malcolm Dover (whose Dad, Sid, ran the corner shop at the top of Darlan Road on the corner with Fulham Road), Tony Carter, Dave Kean and Kenny King. Doug Humphreys and Michael Old are other names she might remember. I also went to Munster Road School and I think Sue did too. I went on to do a disco in the 70s, for about 10 years, in the Wheatsheaf pub next to Sid Dover’s on the Fulham Road but I think Sue had moved on by then.

        I’ll keep looking for those photos!


  197. Barbara Bullivant says:

    I am doing a Family History for a friend and have found her grandmother was a “pupil” at Ackmar Road School. The only info I can find is about a deaf School on Ackmar Road. Was there another one? Her name was Ethel Blanche Durant and was unofficially adopted by a Charles Okey (Oakey). She was signed out by his wife Mrs Okey on 14. 1. 1898. I would appreciate any help you can give. Thank you.
    Barbara Bullivant

    • fhhs says:

      These comments from march 2019 give some of the background. I suspect there will be more in the archive when it opens again.

      In reply to Mrs.Jill Morris.
      Ackmar Road School was where, temporarily, children taken into care, orphans, went and they lived around the corner at 9 Parsons Green. If you are interested I have a photo of number 9, now part of Lady Margaret’s School, the Old School House, the cornerstone of the new Ackmar Road School where your relative went. I have had success in tracing relatives in the Board of Guardians records both in the London Archives and on Ancestry. It is amazing how well they documented children even down to when they reached 14 and were found employment, how much they were paid per week. Personally I know of the places Roman Catholic children were sent, a convent in Brook Green for girls, two orphanages in Heston, Middx. For boys, St. Mary’s and St. Vincent’s.

      2019/03/08 at 3:49 am
      Select comment Susan Jeffrey
      In reply to Kerry.
      Ackmar Road School was in Parsons Green, Fulham. It was the school of choice for the Board of Guardians Receiving Home just around corner. It was later a school for deaf but not sure of dates. I have a photo of a stone carving rescued from the demolition dating to when the school was expanded. Would be happy to send. Also the old school, now a private home.

      If your relative was R.C. Then from the Receiving Home boys went to St Mary’s or St. Vincent’s in the Hendon Middlesex area. You might find your relative in the Census of 1911 for those orphanages. Not always orphans, just poor.

      An alternative for boys was the Training Ship Exeter moored out in Grays, Essex. It equipped boys for a life in the merchant navy.

      Effie Road perhaps?

      Hope this helps.

      Susan Jeffrey

    • Ian Depledge says:

      HI yes the school in Ackmar Road was a deaf school. So your relative was probably deaf. There is a lot of information about Ackmar School. Regards

      • John Meadows says:

        I remember Ackmar Road school well. I lived off of Wandsworth Bridge Road between 1945 and roughly 1973. That school may well have been used by deaf children but I’m sure there was a spell when that wasn’t the case when I lived in Fulham. It had a reputation for being used for children who had misbehaved to such an extent they were excluded from mainstream schooling.

    • A history of a London school for the deaf: Ackmar Road, 1898-1983

      Author: Geoffrey J Eagling; British Deaf History Society
      Publisher: Feltham British Deaf History Society Publications ©1998.
      This book covers the deaf schools history,Which I think was a separate smaller building on the site.
      But there was the standard school design building also that had quite a bad reputation this when it closed became

      St. Marks lower school when both schools eventualy closed completely it was changed into a council housing development this was most important at the time as Hammersmith & Fulham Council had a hung council and the old Eel brook common ward was very marginal. (No overall control from 1978-1986)There was an unusual covenant in the lease which meant that the school had to remain the school unless it was no longer required as an educational establishment but only if a direct descendent of Queen Victoria was no longer living

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Ackmar Road School has always been something of a mystery to me. I believe my Dad was a pupil there at some time. He wasn’t deaf and was born in 1919 so I imagine he was there sometime in the 1920s.

        Ackmar Road School opened 1884 and in 1951 became Parson’s Green Secondary School for Boys and Ackmar Primary School. A class for partially deaf children was established at the school in 1898.

  198. Sandra Williams says:

    My 3xgreat grandparents were teachers at st Mary’s school in the middle of the 19th century, Has anyone got any photos info about the school or them. Thomas Vennimore and Susannah Sarah Beeston Vennimore.

  199. Dear Rebecca – I published a modern take on Fulham 5 years ago (Wild about Fulham) but I’m pretty sure that my historian could help you. She was born in Fulham although she now lives in Shepherds Bush – if you’d like to get in touch I can pass on your details plus send you a copy of our book – regards AW

    • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

      Dear Andrew

      Thanks so much for your reply and the very kind offer both of help and of your book! It would be great to be able to reach out to your historian contact – I will pop my details into the website linked to your account.

      Look forward to hearing from you and thanks very much again for your help. Best wishes, Rebecca

      • fhhs says:

        You are beginning to get some useful responses. Some others may popup but thought it might be worth wheting your appetite for the archive and a few other sources.
        LBHF Archive have the Fulham Chronicle and West London Observer and some minor titles on microfiche but it is a bit of a ‘b’ to search through unless you have key dates. You could start, if you have not already, with a look at the British Newspaper Archive online which now has West London Observer though I cannot remember which dates. There are also parish and school magazines that may have snippets. You can search the archive catalogue online. In addition there will be folders for most streets in the area containing photos and press cuttings so that is worth a browse when it opens. Bombsight Map online does show much in the way of damage in Sands End but this is not always complete so you could check the LCC Atlas of Bomb Damage this may yield stories and details will be in the papers. The London Metropolitan Archive can also be searched online as I am sure you are aware.
        Good luck.

      • Dear Rebecca – it might just be easier to email me at – all the best AW

  200. mike says:

    hi there,

    My dad worked in a restaurant on fulham road in1963 called the Eyebrow. I am trying to find a photo of the front from back then… and or maybe an address? Anybody able to help please? thanks thanks. Mike

    • Stil to track down address, but if check the companies house website you will find there is the eyebrow restaurant limited given as a dormant company which still produces accounts on a yearly basis albeit very small there seems to be records back at least to 1986

  201. Andy Markwick says:

    I wondered whether you might be able to help. I am trying to locate a teacher or his family, who may already have died, called Tom Saunders. He was my mentor at St Mark’s CE school, which closed a long time ago.
    Thank you,

  202. Rebecca Goldsmith says:

    Hi everyone, I’m a history student at Cambridge University, about to start research for my master’s thesis. As you may know, Fulham (to be more specific, East Fulham) was of particular interest to the social science research organisation Mass-Observation at the 1945 British general election – I’m hoping to use this archival material (as well as the constituency papers of incumbent MP Michael Stewart) to examine political culture at 1945.

    I would really love to know if the Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society have any recommendations for further primary or secondary sources relating to the above, for instance newspaper clippings or letters from residents concerning the election – your publications page includes Leslie Hasker’s ‘Fulham in the Second World War’ which I will definitely try and get hold of. It would also be great to know if there are any oral histories/autobiographies or memoirs written by Fulham residents which include accounts of 1945? I’m hoping to look at how the election was remembered and looked back on by Fulham residents themselves.

    Thanks ever so much for your help on this! Once the local LBHF archives are open again I’ll be sure to look there as well.

    Best wishes,
    Rebecca Goldsmith

    • Jane Bowden-Dan says:

      Dear Rebecca, Thank you for making contact. Your planned research examining political culture in 1945, specifically in East Fulham, sounds interesting. I’m sorry I have not studied that period or Mass-Observation (being more comfortable looking back at the 18th century!).

      Our FHHS publication (1984, 2nd impression 2005): Leslie Hasker’s ‘Fulham in the Second World War’ should, indeed, give you helpful background inforamtion. Also, I see that an earlier book of 1970 published by The Fuham History Society ‘A History of Fulham to 1965’ has an extensive Bibliography of Sources on pp 291-297. But, when skimming the final chapter on ‘Fulham in the Twentieth Century’ I did not find a reference to the Mass-Observation. However, there are a couple of intriguing socio-economic graphs.

      Best of luck with your Master’s thesis. (I enjoyed working on mine – for London University 20 years ago!).

      Jane Bowden-Dan
      FHHS Committee

      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Dear Jane,

        Thanks very much for your speedy reply and recommendation! I will certainly get hold of ‘A History of Fulham to 1965’ as well as Leslie Hasker’s history of Fulham in the Second World War – both sound really helpful; I imagine this will prove an easier task once libraries have reopened, but I’ve jotted down the details of both books and will do my best!

        Happy to shed a bit more light on Mass-Observation and its relation to East Fulham in the hope that this proves useful or interesting. M-O was founded in 1937 and was influenced by movements like surrealism in its early years, so as well as commissioning amateur ‘observers’ to note down details about the 1945 election campaign, Mass-Observation also asked interested locals to note down wall chalkings/drawings and words written inside phone booths around Fulham in the pre-war years. As you can imagine, the M-O records are a wonderful, mixed bag overall, but I’m hopeful that the 1945 research will prove really insightful about political culture at that election.

        Thanks very much again for your help on this,
        Best wishes,

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Hi Rebecca, I can’t help you with facts about Fulham in 1945 or the mass observation project but I can add some anecdotal thoughts which you may consider relevant.

      In the late 19th century the Fulham parliamentary seat was held by the Conservatives while the Liberals held a majority on the Vestry and then from 1900 the Council. In 1906 something odd took place. First there was a general Election which saw the Liberals sweep the Conservatives from office with a landslide victory and gain Fulham with a small majority of 600. Later that same year the Council elections saw a reversal of fortunes with the Conservatives gaining a majority for the first time.In that year my Great grandfather became the first Conservative Mayor of Fulham.

      From then on through most of the next 30 years Fulham returned first one and then two Conservative MPs until the two by-elections of the 1930’s which saw two gains by Labour. West Fulham was retained by the charismatic Edith Somerskill until the two constituencies were amalgamated in 1955 while the Conservatives re-took Fulham East at the GE in 1935 holding it until 1945.

      The list of candidates for both seats in that period is most interesting with many names living on in the names of buildings. For example Banfield House at the corner of Fulham Road and Fulham park Road is named after John Banfield a prominent Labour Councillor who contested two General Elections for Labour in the 1930s.

      Clement Attlee was a frequent visitor to Fulham and friends with some of the long serving local Labour activists. Michael Stewart once told me that he recalled sometimes buying Fish and Chips from a shop in the Fulham Palace Road late at night during the 1945/1950 parliament and eating the food sitting on a garden front wall with Attlee. Why Attlee had an attachment to Fulham I do not know.

      Labour regarded Fulham as a talisman for their cause and put a great deal of effort into securing the seat for the up and coming Michael Stewart. On the other hand the loss of the seat in 1945 and the worse performances at the next six elections seriously undermined the morale of the Conservatives. My whole family were members of the Conservative Party and activists and never really came to terms with the fact that they were being regularly beaten.

      Things did not start to change until the Hammersmith and Fulham GLC election of 1967 and the Council election of 1968. I especially remember the latter as I was a trainee Election Agent responsible for running the campaign in Fulham under management of the official Agent. Previously we held only one of 19 Fulham seats and afterwards held 18 out of 19. My mother was crying for joy the next morning and eleven years later she was even happier when following the retirement of Michael Stewart who was a very good and popular MP the Conservatives captured Fulham in 1979.

      By the mid 1960’s Fulham was changing through what my Labour friends described as ‘gentrification’. The Labour run Council decided to stop Tory voters ‘leaking’ down the Kings Road from Chelsea by creating a huge Council Estate in the Moore Park area. Local people were to be decanted as ‘slum clearance’ took place. The 1968 election was fought over this issue and the Conservatives stopped the process however one block was already under development and can be seen just east of Fulham Town Hall.

      My point in all this rambling nonsense is to impress on you how important both political parties used to regard Fulham. In the early years of the century it was turning from countryside to suburbia and by the 1940s it was thoroughly urban not to say industrial with its neighbour in Wandsworth. There was little in common between Hurlingam Court near Putney Bridge and Fulham Court near Fulham Broadway and the two societies lived side by side not really knowing each other.

      As you will know the main deciding factor in the 1945 vote was probably the ‘service vote’ for while those at home voted along traditional family lines and regarded Churchill with some affection the troops around the world had very little affection for ‘Winnie’ and instead wanted a new way of running things. Opinion polls were in their infancy but most showed the Conservatives heading for a narrow victory until the postal votes from overseas changed all that. I am sure Fulham was a microcosm of this situation.

      I have been out canvassing for every election since 1964 and the biggest change I have noted is that most people in the 60’s voted the same way as their parents and wives the same way as their husbands. This has largely broken down with people drawing their political affiliation from either their economic situation or more commonly their emotive attachment to a particular leader. When a leader stands out there is a feeling of tolerance for his or her weaknesses but if leadership is hard to detect voters become more promiscuous and as a group less decisive.

      I hope all this is interesting if not illuminating!

      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Dear Basil,

        A huge thank you for your insightful comments about Fulham’s political life. As a relative outsider, trying to learn as much as I can about Fulham’s political past, this is hugely useful and I’m very grateful for your insider’s knowledge! From what I’ve found so far, Fulham absolutely seems to have been held in very high regard by both parties as a significant political site – it’s great to know this continued well after 1945. I think Mass-Observation’s research into the 1945 election at East Fulham also reflects the seat’s long-standing importance, as I’ve found quite a few references to the ‘peace’ 1933 by-election in the materials which suggests Fulham was recognised as an important indicator of popular political opinion by then.

        It’s fantastic to hear about your personal and family connections to political life in Fulham – one of the aims of my research is to incorporate reflections on the 1945 East Fulham result both at the time and later across the twentieth century: if you know of any relatives or other local political activists who
        wrote memoirs or accounts of Fulham’s twentieth-century political past, including their attitude towards or involvement with the election at 1945, please do let me know as I’d really love to incorporate them.

        In terms of the service vote, I’m definitely hoping to find out what local contemporaries expected the result to be, and whether they were aware of quite how significant this alternative factor was – as you say, I imagine voter motivations and behaviour has changed quite a bit so it should prove really fascinating!

        Thanks so much again for your insights – they are really appreciated.
        Best wishes,

      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Dear Basil,

        A huge thank you for your insightful comments about Fulham’s political life. As a relative outsider, trying to learn as much as I can about Fulham’s political past, this is hugely useful and I’m very grateful for your insider’s knowledge! From what I’ve found so far, Fulham absolutely seems to have been held in very high regard by both parties as a significant political site – it’s great to know this continued well after 1945. I think Mass-Observation’s research into the 1945 election at East Fulham also reflects the seat’s long-standing importance, as I’ve found quite a few references to the ‘peace’ 1933 by-election in the materials which suggests Fulham was recognised as an important indicator of popular political opinion by then.

        It’s fantastic to hear about your personal and family connections to political life in Fulham – one of the aims of my research is to incorporate reflections on the 1945 East Fulham result both at the time and later across the twentieth century: if you know of any relatives or other local political figures who wrote memoirs or accounts of Fulham’s political past, including their attitude towards or involvement with the election at 1945, please do let me know as I’d love to incorporate them.

        In terms of the service vote, I’m definitely hoping to find out what local contemporaries expected the result to be, and whether they were aware of quite how significant this alternative factor was – as you say, I imagine voter motivations and behaviour has changed quite a bit so it should prove really fascinating!

        Thanks so much again for your insights – they are really appreciated.
        Best wishes,

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Hi again Rebecca, Sadly I have nothing from my family beyond memories. My brother has all the contents of the family home so i will ask him to have a search…but don’t hold your breath he is not a well person and things take time.

      Although the history books make much of the 1933 by-election in east Fulham its worth noting that the seat went back to the Conservatives in 1935. My family did moan about the West Fulham by-election at which Edith Summerskill was elected and went on to hold the seat at several elections. She toured Fulham in a caravan which my family thought was a cheap trick!.
      On bombing my family home was hit by an incendiary bomb in 194041. the house (8 Fulham park gardens) was empty at the time because the family had evacuated to Oxford. The house was on fire but a couple of off duty soldiers walked past after the pub closed, saw the flames and broke into the house. With help from others they put out the fire with the eventual assistance of the fire brigade.

      I think that exhausts my info for you!



      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Hi Basil,

        Absolutely understand about family records – these facts and memories are already terrific and will prove hugely helpful, thank you! It’s really very kind of you to take the time to share them.

        Wishing you all the best,

    • Suggest you have a look at the Fabian Society pamphlet series of very old established socialist organisation Michael Stewart published a few pamphlets with them and these can be accessed online for the LSE website time was when hammersmith libraries would have had a file of all of these and the Conservative political party leaflets As well in their special collection.They had great typography and printing style

  203. Theresa Green says:

    Hi everyone. I wonder if anyone has an old photo of Humbolt Road, Fulham please? I am researching the Streets family who lived at No 70 in 1891. The head of the family Thomas was a rail guard according to the census. Many kind thanks for your time. Theresa

    • fhhs says:

      If none of our contributors come up with a pic do try the LBHF archives in Hammersmith Library when they reopen. They have folders on each street and if lucky there will be old ones and other info in there.

    • Hi there,
      Tried my old trick with these type of requests and did a search on eBay.Sure enough there is one there for Humbolt Road its expensive at £20 but he give you an idea of the type of housing and what street looks like without any motorcars

  204. John Drury says:

    Hello,does anyone know anything about the buildings or family.
    My Gt Gt Gt Grandfather William Drury lived behind The Seven Stars Public House in 1861 and died there in 1863.
    When his son my Gt Gt Grandfather Thomas Drury got married he moved to Number 12 Onslow Dwellings in the 1871 Census, in the 1881 Census they had moved to 67 Onslow Dwellings where they were still living in the 1911 Census. Thomas’s son also called William had moved into 65 Onslow Dwelling in the 1891 Census when he married.
    Was the building behind The Seven Stars close to Onslow Dwellings
    and because they moved from number 12 to number 67 Onslow Dwellings would this be because they were bigger rooms

    John Drury

  205. Leona says:

    Good afternoon

    I have a very difficult scenario, I am trying to track down my father who owned a car mechanics garage on Fulham Road around number 555 Fulham Road SW6. But back in 1979 it was mainly open land and they just had a caravan and workshop and opposite the garage was a pub called the Wheatsheaf which is now closed down. Please can you advise me on who or where I would go to try and find out who owned or rented the land back then as then I may be able to find out the name of his company and obtain his full name as I currently only have his first name and his business partners first name.

    Thank you Leona

    • fhhs says:

      Bit of a conundrum as the Wheatsheaf on Fulham Road is now a Sainsbury’s local and flats is on the corner of Darlan Road opposite the fire Station which is 685 Fulham Road. Apart from their yard all the frontage of Fulham Road has been built up for many years. 555 Fulham Road appears to be near Fulham Broadway, again built up. Perhaps one of our regular contributors can help.
      The other approach is to try a search of the partners name using something like 192 or one of the dedicated business look ups that search Companies house for bankruptcy and other history. when the Archive opens again there may be business directories that could help.
      Good luck.

      • Len Fuller says:

        Hi 555 is in the King’s Rd opposite an Italian restaurant which was the Wheatsheaf.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Leona, I could be wrong but this doesn’t sound like Fulham Road to me. Could it possibly be Fulham Palace Road? I lived close to the Fire Station from 1951 to 1981 and it just doesn’t ring a bell with me.

      I used to do discos in the Wheatsheaf opposite the Fire Station but there was also a Wheatsheaf at the Fulham end of Kings Road, just around the bend from New Kings Road . It’s also closed now but was at number 562

  206. Lesley Axelrod says:

    To Basil Larkins
    How wonderful to pass on first hand memories of when Fulham had farmland! interesting about the smallpox outbreak too … I have just read some of the related press reports with locals fearful about air transmission from when the fever hospital was built – it has echoes of our current lockdown!!

    Ancill Road was middling according to Booth’s poverty map… the family I’m looking at lived in various houses in Ancill road over the years – and had a house to themselves but not well enough off to have a servant. A lot of their relatives also lived in the street. I don’t think my pageboy lad was living in as he is listed with the family on census night- although they might have just included him in error…

    It’s an interesting story that I am uncovering – this started off because my brother in law does a lot of work for the poppy appeal and he was given a WW1 poster awarded to a Frank Kingsbury who was ‘some sort of relative’ but no one any longer knew who he was… so I have been tracking him down. it turns out the mother of the family died and his father who was an omnibus driver / groom was left with eight children – then the dad was involved in a tragic accident when the horses pulling the horse drawn bus bolted for home as he approached their yard in Laundry Road and before he could duck he hit his head on the stone archway to the yard and was killed. The younger kids all ended up in institutions – four boys in the West London poor school and one girl sent to the orphanage for fatherless girls in Brixton. I guess the lads were all trained for service or the army and the poor school tried to place them in jobs…. One was sent to the royal naval music school in Portsmouth but returned because he failed an eyesight test… one was sent to the doorstep / houseboy brigade in Brixton…. I wonder if there was an institution where the other two were sent for army training? That’s my next bit of research. I got some wonderful help with his military career from his regimental museum – he was already joined up before the war – then his WW1 career was cut short when he became a PoW in first battle of Arras and he was sick or disabled on discharge and died soon after the war. I just want to fill in the jigsaw with how he joined the army now. I’m writing up his story as I don’t want him to get forgotten again!

    Very best

    • Basil Larkins says:

      If you are interested in the smallpox outbreak there is a very detailed report by the local Health Authority which is where I found the reference to ‘your road’. Its almost 100 pages long and easily found on google although I don’t recall exactly what I typed in to find it!

  207. Mark Guest says:

    Any news on Queens Manor Primary School in 1983-1985 Chess Team or any schools in West London LPSCA Chess League

  208. Hello, I wonder if anyone could shed any light on Charles Thomas Daniels and his family and descendants and/or information about the property they lived: 75 Olaf Street Hammersmith

    When Charles Thomas Daniels was born on 18 July 1900, his father, Charles, was 29 and his mother, Fanny, was 21. He married Ada Florence Grant on 10 July 1920. They had three children during their marriage. He died on 19 November 1940 in Harrow, Middlesex, at the age of 40.

  209. Lesley says:

    I wonder how many households in Fulham / near Ancill Road would have had page boys? Lx

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Lesley, can’t speak to the issue of page boys in particular but in the 1880’s Fulham was ‘coming up in the world’. There was a good deal of building going on which attracted the new middle class to the area. My Grandmother remembers living near to what is now Stamford Bridge and recalled that at the back of their house were wheat fields.
      By the 1890s there were a number of three storey house built in Fulham and these often accommodated ‘servants’ on the top floor. My own family rose spectacularly in the 1890’s and were typical of the aspirational middle classes so that in the Edwardian period they had two servants who were ‘farm girls’ from Sussex. In the case of my family this system persisted until 1940 (WW2).

      Most of this development was close to Putney Bridge in Hurlingham and stretched across New Kings Road up to the Fulham Road.I think its amusing that many of these house now contain servants once again although they are ‘nannies’ or similar.

      I can’t trace any photograph of Ancil Street but I note that there was a serious disease outbreak there (smallpox?) in 1881.This does not seem like the road for ‘gentry’ so it may be that your ancestor did not ‘live’ in but journeyed to his place of work perhaps in Hurlingham.

  210. Lesley Axelrod says:

    Hi – I am researching the Dixon family living in Ancill Road Fulham in 1891 census… they weren’t a particularly well off family – dad was a house painter – and they had 14 children… who went into service or trades – but in this census John aged 13 is a page boy which sounds quite posh – is it? and if so how would that have come about?
    any help in understanding this much appreciated

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Lesley, until the early 20th century, boys of humble background might gain a place working in a great house or simply the house of well-to-do people. According to the International Butler Academy, these ‘pages’ were apprentice footmen. Unlike the hall boys, who did heavy work, these pages performed light odd-jobs and stood in attendance wearing livery when guests were being received. Many masters of a household saw a page as something of a status symbol and had servants whether or not they could really afford them.

      • LesleyA says:

        Oh – thx so much
        It sounds like quite a good / cushy job for a kid from a poor family!

  211. Vanessa White says:

    Hello, I’m looking for help tracing the death of my ancestor Jesse Cook. I have traced him up to 1942 where I know he lived in and around Chelsea. According to his family he just disappeared. I have been unable to locate a death certificate.
    He was born in February 1911

  212. Kristine Achong says:

    My name is Kristine Achong. I recently became interested in my ancestry after the death of my father, Charles Achong. I have found mentions of my great x5 grandfather William Achong- a Chinese laundry man living in England. I am looking for more info on William M. Achong. Where is he from in China? The census only says China… and I’m stuck. I can’t find anything further. I never knew I was Chinese…. Thanks!!

  213. John Drury says:

    Hi, i am wondering if anyone can help at all. My Gt Gt Gt Grandfather William Drury was living behind the Seven Stars public house in 1861 and he died in 1863 back of Seven Stars Public house and would like to know what sort of properties were behind the pub.

    In 1871 Williams son Thomas my Gt Gt Grandfather had moved to No 12 Onslow Dwellings in 1881 he had moved to No 67 Onslow Dwellings where he said for at least 40 years, again i would like to know what sort of properties these were as the census says 108 dwellings. where they just rooms or like flats.

    any help would be appreciated

  214. Do there exist a list of female employees who worked IAt the Ponds Factory’s Perivale in late 1961/2? Thank You
    Maureen’s Barton-White

  215. Elaine Cordingley says:

    I am trying to find the burial/cremation place for Mrs Dorothy Crook died 26th March 1947 at West London Hospital after suicide at Ravenscourt Park Station that day. I have newspaper reports but do not know where she was buried. She lived with her husband in West Sussex but is not recorded there. Some of her family (Munday) still lived in Fulham and may have arranged funeral (?). I have tried all usual online sites such as deceasedonline. Currently tracing all known cemeteries. Any help or advice would be useful. Thanks Elaine

    • shows that there are still a number of people with the name Munday and Crook in the Yapton area As well as still in the Fulham Hammersmith area.
      MIght A visit to St. Marys, the local church in Yapton prove useful.
      The church may have produced a magazine that listed deaths in the parish and if they do not have it the local archives could.

    • Ken Weber says:

      Hi Elaine. Is this some of your family line. I was also looking for information about Dorothy Crook. Thanks , ken , B.C. Canada

  216. Eddie Roberts says:

    My dad Edwin Roland Roberts was the landlord of a pub at 215, Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, in September 1939. Do you know the name of this pub?
    When they first arrived there at night they tried all the switches to see which lights worked. A little while later Special Branch arrived to arrest my dad for signalling to the enemy. One of the switches worked the illuminated sign outside the pub.
    Best wishes, Eddie Roberts

  217. Eve Bacon says:

    Hi I wonder if you have any information/photos of a model baby farm that was situated in St John’s House North End Road in 1871 or thereabouts. The building was, apparently, situated almost opposite Beaufort House ( not the school!). It was run by a woman called Matilda Dampier or Damp and called the Sophia Nursery.
    Thank you

  218. Cathy Mosely says:

    Sorry if you’ve answered these questions before … but I can’t locate (a) Northampton Place, Fulham, and (b) Lodge Avenue. Can you help?
    Cathy Mosely

    • Northampton Place Fulham SW6 =Burlington Place 1939 Name stills exists.check google maps.

      • Cathy Mosely says:

        Thank you so much. I found relatives in my family tree who lived there for many years and the children all went to school in Munster Road.

      • fhhs says:

        The main school in Munster Road was this one which has now been taken over by a C of E Primary

      • Giz Marriner says:

        My grandfather, Richard Marriner, attended Munster Road School from 1900 – 1908, following several of his older siblings who transfered there when it opened in 1893. They lived in Burlington Road for a while, convenient for their father to work at the Fulham Pottery at the end of the road. My grandfather’s first job was at the Electric Palace Cinema which I believe was at 474, Fulham Road.

  219. Mandi paine says:

    Hello I am trying to find information about the old ponds factory in ealing london
    Especially in the early 60s mainly the people working there and the locationb

    • This is not in our borough however


      Chesebrough-Pond also moved to Victoria Road in 1923, as the Chesebrough Manufacturing Co., which had formerly been in Holborn. The company took over Pond’s Extract Co. of Perivale in 1956 and in 1964 Pond’s, with three other companies which had become part of the group, moved to Park Royal. In 1978 the factory made Vaseline and Q-tips products, employing c. 350.

      BRITISH history online

    • Yvonne Fearnley says:

      I worked for Chesebrough-Pond’s (Personnel) in the 1960s and used to visit the Pond’s factory, twice a week. What information are you looking for?

  220. Nick Richards says:

    Hello gang. I’m trying to find the location of White City Restaurant on Uxbridge Road, around 1939. I have one photo of the outside, it seems to be next to (on the opposite corner) a Salmon & Gluckstein, and there is a gasometer visible in the distance over the rooftops behind. If someone could give me a hint where I should start looking, that would be wonderful, many thanks.

    • fhhs says:

      You might have to wait for the archive to open but there appear to be some items in their see their online catalogue entry There seem to be 4 items from about this time over and above photos of Uxbridge Road and other material that may be in the manual indexes and there is always the newspaper archive on microfiche that may have adverts etc. Of course there could be mmore than one White City Restaurant. Good luck

    • Peter Trott says:

      I don’t think it would be the one referred to by fhhs as that was a restaurant inside the White City Stadium. Are you sure the restaurant was on the Uxbridge Road? I don’t think a gasometer would have been viewable from the Uxbridge Road in the 1930s.

  221. Martin Woodrow says:

    Further to my enquiry about my grandmother (Annie Maria Woodrow) who lived in Rylston Road, I have now found she was married before as Annie Maria Oliver and lived in Orbain Road. Any knowledge / contacts appreciated.

  222. Elizabeth Belringer says:

    Have asked on this site before but thought would try again.Looking to discover what happened to Ivy Elizabeth Martin, born Bristol 13/12/09.Have found info on her for 1928 and 1932. Appears on 1939 register as Ivy Turner living with husband Leonard at 37 Gunnerstone rd, Fulham.Can’t find marriage or death certificate and don’t know if she had any children.

  223. Basil Larkins says:

    My great grandfather was a Councillor then Mayor and Alderman of Fulham. He represented Hurlingham ward and was re-elected in 1900. I have traced his results from 1900 onward but cannot find the election results for earlier years especially 1897 which was I think the first elections of the Met Borough style. His name was James M Littleboy. Any help with the data or a signpost to a likely source would be appreciated. He became a freeman of the Borough in 1929 and I have the scroll and silver casket which I would be happy to loan to a museum for display if it is of any interest.

    • fhhs says:

      There should be details a plenty in the archive and you can search the catalogue online. In addition there will be minutes and much more when it eventually reopens.
      Sadly there is no museum as yet.
      It might be worth searching online newspapers for teh results you are missing if you are impatient to get at the facts.
      Good luck

    • I think you should recheck the BRITISH newspaper archive again, but search for the name Littleboy and Fulham Vestry..the council did not really exist under the 1900 term.You will find a number of references to Littleboy. Etc lists of committees and election figures.

  224. Steve Bennett says:

    Hello, FHHS. Do you have any historic photos? I am researching the Turner family who lived at 92 Fulham Palace Road (originally 11 Bradmore Grove, off 92 Fulham Palace Road) from at least 1918 until, I think the 1990s. They owned Turners Florists in Beadon Road (right opposite Hammersmith Station) until the last of the Turners bequeathed the business to the then shop manager in 1996. I would be particularly interested in any photos of the Turners’ house but especially of the florist shop from before the Second World War, the earlier the better, but photos from any era would be welcome!
    Thanks very much. Steve Bennett

    • fhhs says:

      The Society itself doesn’t have any archives although some members and users of the website have collections and you may be lucky. However the best bet is to await the reopening of the Archives in Hammersmith Library. There is an extensive photo record of most streets from the 60s and also older pictures for many. There may be card indexes of businesses and prominent families and certainly directories. If work was done on either property there may be details in the drainage plans. In the meantime you could have a look at the online archive catalogue
      Good luck with your search. It is probable that some users of this site will remember the shop.

    • CARY SUMPTER says:

      Good Evening Steve,

      Whilst I unfortunately have no photographs of the Turner’s florist shop in Beadon Road, we have a public group on Facebook called “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered”

      Since the Turner’s shop was just behind the old market, that was in Bradmore Lane, some of our group descend from the Parker family in the market and one of these, Bill Parker, immediately recognised the name and the shop, since they used the florists for some of the family funeral wreaths.(Bill and his father had stalls in the market).

      If the Turner family lived in Bradmore Grove, this was at the top of the old market and was the road that had the old Lyric Theatre in…a little way from Fulham Palace Road. We do have some photographs of Bradmore Grove on this group page.

      Please feel free to take a look at the group, if of interest.

      Kind Regards,


  225. Sue McFarlane says:

    My mother was born at 26, Ravenscourt Mansions W6, She was named Sophia Annie Hunter Tacey the Hunter being her fathers surname. not on birth certificate. My grandmother was kept by Henry Hunter until the 1930 when he lost everything, He was married with children, I have tried to trace him but I only know his name I thought that maybe he could have been on the rental agreement !! and could maybe find out something more. As I was told my grandma also had her own restaurant in Lord Byrons house, this I have tried tracing, lots of story’s I have been told so not sure about any I have been doing my family tree for about 20years but this is my brick wall.
    I hope you can help in some way
    Regards Sue Mcfarlane, Australia

  226. Kathryn Elaine Moffat says:

    In the 1950″s we lived in London and my mother worked in the radiology department of Hammersmith Hospital. Some Edwardian houses were demolished opposite the hospital during the early fifties, around 1951-3, i think. My mother and other staff were asked if they would like to rummage through the attics before demolition, when my mother found a 19 century drawing book. I am trying to trace the descendants of Bridget Margaret Babery, the artist and owner of the book, before my mother found it. Do you have any records that might help me trace the owners of these houses before demolition, approximately in 1953? Thank you for your help, kind regards,

  227. Robert Brown says:

    Dear FHHS, I am interested in the history of the short terrace of houses, now fronted by shops, at 95-103 Askew Road, W12. I notice they are pictured on a map from the 1850s, when the are seems to have been known as Starch Green. I wondered if you had any information on the small settlement at that location at that time?

  228. Hi,
    I am tracing my family tree and I know my great grandad Henry J Watson married to Ada Ellen Watson owned or ran a sweet shop in Fulham area would have been around the 1930’s as my grandad was born in 1928 and he would tell me stories of all the sweets he would eat. If there are any photos tv information I would be most grateful.

  229. nicki314 says:

    I have found my great great uncle on a school admissions entry from 1906. His address is given as Parsons Green House.
    Could anyone tell me if this was the workhouse or a childrens home?
    It would tie in with a family story that he was taken into care or the workhouse as a child but i cant find any more info at present.
    Many thanks

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      If the address is 9 Parsons Green that was the Board of Guardians receiving home. Now part of Lady Margaret School. I have a photo. Glad to share if this is the address you have too.

      • nicki314 says:

        It doesnt give a number Susan, but that would tie in with family stories of him being taken into care. If you could share a photo that would be fantastic. Many thanks for your reply

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        If you could let me know your email. I don’t think there is a way to put a photo on this link.

    • nicki314 says:

      thanks Susan, its

  230. says:


    On 5 February 1954 the Manchester Guardian reported two schoolboys, Barry Savage and Thomas Sweeney were commenced in the Marlborough Magistrates Court for their help in thwarting a robbery of a camera from a car parked in Cadogan Lane where Barry Savage lived. I do not know the date of the actual incident but it was reported locally with a heading something like “The Dick Bartons of Chelsea” referring to Barry Savage and Thomas Sweeney I am trying to ascertain what newspaper would have covered this incident. They went to Barry Savage’s address and took photos for the press release. I would very much like to get a copy of the newspaper article Can you help?
    Thanking you
    Jeanette Savage

    • Daily Mirror for the 5th of February 1954 page 3 carries the story together with a photograph of the two boys it appears they were asked to take a camera from a car the special wording you are looking for all the “sleuths of Sloane Square”
      Article in BRITISH newspaper archive.

      • Jeanette Savage says:

        Cannot thank you enough. I have found the article and would like to order a commemorative copy but am struggling to do so I need to be sure I am getting the right copy but on one website page 1 is different from the one I need. Do you have a suggestion where I could order a copy of this particular Daily Mirror.
        Many thanks and kind regards
        Jeanette Savage

    • Have no experience of ordering back copies of historic newspapers but seem to have it for about £40.00. There are other sites as well

  231. Stephen Lally says:

    MARRYAT STREET. My family lived in George Street in The Creek area until 1911 when they moved to Marryat Street which I thought was also in The Creek. I cannot find it. It is not shown on Booth’s Poverty Maps or the Ordnance Survey – not even in the OS Map Directory. I would be grateful if someone would tell me where Marryat Street was. Thank you, Stephen

    • Barry wells says:

      There is a Marriott cl in feltham , about 2k. From Fulham it is located on the northumberland river , and other creeks .

    • Marryat Cottages Hammersmith W6 Albert Place or Cottages 1914 Marryat Street Hammersmith W6 George Street.
      Trafalgar Street was also near the HIGH Bridge

    • Stephen Lally says:

      Thank you both for your replies. I’ve since found information in trade directories. My family’s neighbours in George St in 1910 were the same as in Marryat Street in 1920. So it seems George Street was renamed Marryat Street in 1911/12 and the houses were renumbered. In Booths there were George St, Little George St and Great George St – all in The Creek, plus another George St near St Peter’s Sq. so renaming avoided confusion perhaps. Many thanks

  232. Dean says:

    Hi, I’m trying to find a birth record for Moran Doyle (female) born I believe in 1902 in Shepherds Bush, mother Ann Mary Theresa Doyle, its possible the father was Clark. I have found the mother living in Staines when a child, also on the 1911 census living in Herne Bay under the name of Clark, with all 4 children all named Clark including Moran, but the 3 younger children were birth registered as Doyle, so obviously not sure on Moran’s surname when registered (she being the eldest). Also were there any music halls in the area in 1902, as Mr C Clark may have performed in them. Many Thanks.

  233. Barry says:

    I wonder if you can help me.
    I’m trying to find out what happened to the company W. Cole & Sons, which was a coach builder by royal appointment, later a motor car company. The company was at 235 Hammersmith Road, and several addresses in Kensington.
    It was established in 1800 by my maternal grandparent, and I can find little information after 1920
    I have managed to find images of the old adresses in Kensington, but nothing for Hammersmith. I note now that there is a new development where the company might have stood.
    Any light you can shed on this would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks

    • You could try checking the London Gazette for dissolved companies this can be done online .Grace’s guide to British industrial history as you say does have a number of references including images of Cole adverts but nothing after 1920 although there are a couple of index entries up to 1923

  234. Jo Newman says:

    Hi I’m researching my family ancestry , I’ve found out my great grandad was a window cleaner , who’s round was kings street etc Hammersmith around 1945 time , I would love to know , if you by chance , had and pictures or information on him .
    His name was mr Leonard j wright born 1901

    Many thanks

  235. I am hoping somebody can help me with advice please. The area of Fulham and Hammersmith was hugely important in the development of art bronze casting from about 1890 onwards. The small number of skilled artisans capable of producing top quality art bronzes were mainly concentrated in the area. My own ancestors had 2 foundries, 1 in Parsons Green and then 1 in West Kensington, others were Art Bronze (sadly recently closed), George Broad of Hammesmith who produced Eros, Fiorini, Mancini, Manenti were all important founders. I feel that, especially given the recent closure of the long established Art Bronze of Michael Road, Fulham, some sort of exhibition to celebrate the association of LBH&F with the art bronze foundries and the many bronzes they produced which are now in museums and public places worldwide would be welcome, but I don’t know where to start.I have spoken with Thomas Dodd of the Events Team at LBH&F but he needs a proposal to be put to him, not for him to instigate it. I have quite a lot of information that I can offer to anyone who may be able to take this idea further, perhaps a local historian or writer? I used to work in the area for about 15 years, but I live in Eastbourne so am not up to date with anything Fulham related. Many thanks.

    • Interested to hear your proposal we may indeed be able To find someone who could write up a proposal. pleased that you have retained local historical records and with the Internet these days I know a whole new world has been opened Up looking at past things .Only a Couple of weeks ago I heard of items once again found in a skip for a family or a house clearance had dumped in the street I am pleased you have retained family records that can be and of great historical interest. I
      met a couple of the bronze founders from Michael road a few years ago when FP had an exhibition of local artefacts.There was of course also WA Benson located in Fulham as well. Fulham Palace also have temporary exhibition space and it would be worth a conversation with them as well

      • Steve Parlanti says:

        Thanks, I do hope someone will be able to get this off of the ground. As far back as 1923 The Fulham Chronicle when writing on the casting of the RAF Memorial by Parlanti’s foundry said’ Through the activity and technical skill of the Art Bronze Foundry in Beaumont Road, West Kensington, Fulham has earned world-wide distinction as the birth-place of noted Memorials…’.

  236. Andi Barnes says:


    Hope you can help. Wondered if you had any pictures/info of pawnbrokers greyhound Road in Fulham. Owned by Jones family around 1900-1919

    Appreciated and thank you.

    • fhhs says:

      Try this site at Leicester Uni . Given the name Jones it may take some time. If the shop was small it may be more productive to search the street directory rather than the commercial one.
      Of course the archive will be a good source when it opens. You could always try their online search.
      Good luck

  237. Philip Whitaker says:

    Hello – I am trying to trace an address
    known as 33a Wards Avenue, Fulham
    where my great Uncle and Aunt were listed as living on the 1911 cencus.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • fhhs says:

      I can find no record of that name could it be Wardo Avenue between Fulham palace Road and Munster Road?

    • Barry says:

      Wardo ave does exist in the 1860 Charles booth living map . Can be downloaded free . It changes the map from 1860 to present . There. Is no ward. Ave

  238. Alan Maskell says:

    My Grandmother, Gertrude Frances HOLLAND was born at The Stables, Lillie Road, Fulham on 24th May 1888. (apparently, there was no room at the Inn !)

    Does anyone know where in Lillie Road the Stables were (or still are ?). Does anyone, by chance, have any photographic evidence ?

    Thank you

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hi Alan i think they are or were down the side of the prince ph just before Lillie Bridge hope this helps.

    • Barry says:

      Lillie yard does exist in the 1860 Charles booth living map . Can be downloaded free . It changes the map from 1860 to present . It is behind the Lillie inn and stables

      • Alan Maskell says:

        Thank you Barry.- Will investigate the Charles Booth Living Map as suggested

  239. Giz Marriner says:

    Thank you very much for the reply re Fulham Pottery. Sadly it will be a while before I can get down from Scotland to visit the archives but I will keep the note of the records on file.

  240. Martin Woodrow says:

    Nobody seems to have been able to help with a photo of the 2 up 2 down plain terraced houses on Rylston Road so, just out of curiosity does anyone have any personal connections to the surnames Abbott and/or Woodrow?

    • fhhs says:

      Sorry to be unresponsive but the best place for photographs is the local archive at Hammersmith Library which is currently closed due to the COVID19 lockdown. This came up but not sure it is our Rylston Rd You could fill in the form to see what they have.
      According to this site it used to be Church Road.
      This online book may hold some info too

      • fhhs says:

        Further to the above. Have a look at this map which shows a row of houses on the east side of Rylston Road, North of Estcourt Road. This terrace looks smaller than the others and it went with the building of Clem Atlee Court.

      • Martin Woodrow says:

        Thank you, that’s very helpful!

    • Barry says:

      Charles booth map shows rylston rd there in 1850 , the house layouts look the same . It may still be there

  241. Margaret Hutcherson nee Brierley says:

    Were you or your parents ever evacuated to a “bomb- babies War nursery” to Bath and in particular Denewood Grange .? This would be 1940 – 1946, and was for orphans of the London Bombings and “special cases” as my evacuation was. Especially looking for two Sylvias (one a sole survivor of a family of seven) and the other with a brother James,, a Michael, Irish twins Brian and Kevin, Dark haired Ronnie. No surnames but all were evacuated to ‘my sad little group’., who entered this Waifs and Strays nursey in August 1944

    • Vic Blake says:

      Are you or were you ever in any way related to Raymond Brierley, who I was friends with at the Sir John Lillie school? Just a thought.

  242. Geoff Dennis says:

    I am researching the Bird family who did much building in Hammersmith in the 19C. My wife’s 2 x great grandfather was Edward Bird son of George Bird and 2 x Great grandmother was Rachael Bird daughter of Stephen Bird. I see that Jacina Bird gave a talk on the Bird Builders three or so years ago and wondered if anything had been published on this or whether this can be passed on to Jacina.

  243. Brendan Holland says:

    Hi, wondering if you can tell me where I can find out when our house was originally built?
    I live in Stowe Rd W12 8BE.
    Any help appreciated.

    • Peter Trott says:

      Stowe Road was built circa 1865

    • fhhs says:

      The LCC books “List of the streets and places within the administrative county of London” held by the local archive at Hammersmith Library, the LMA and TNA will list when the street name was first authorised (not strictly when the houses were built as they were often done in phases). When the archive opens you will be able to look for records authorising the development and there are records of some of the builders so you may be lucky. They also have a very good collection of maps that could give you a good idea of when the building was done. There could be old photographs too. Finally they have a record of drainage plans that often contain details of the building and sometimes detailed plans. As a house owner these are well worth exploring but you have to give notice so they can be brought out of storage. Searching the online archive catalogue shows there are also a number of items deposited at the archive that maybe of interest too.
      Having whetted your appetite for the archives at Hammersmith Library (Open Mondays and Tuesdays normally) you will now have to wait until the lockdown is over. You can start by using the Old OS maps at the National Library of Scotland which are online. The 6″ maps here may help.
      Good luck with your search.

  244. Keith Ross says:

    Hello I’m researching family history and have found a baptism record of St Augustine church Fulham for January 1912 that includes a relative, but I’m stuck in reading/finding the road name. It looks like Mooltan Road but I can’t find this street. I know the church was bombed in October 1940. Any help would be appreciated. The relative is Jessie Ross (there is also another person listed in the same month at the same road)

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Lillie Road, Keith. More recently the parish has joined with the parish of St Alban to become St Alban with St Augustine, Margravine Road, Fulham. The patronage is shared between the Bishop of London and the Corporation of London.

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hi Keith Molton Street was bombed in 1944 from a V1 flying bomb also the surrounding streets as well, Normand Park was built in their place, hope this helps Len

      • Keith Ross says:

        Thanks for that info

      • reco1000 says:

        Actually it was a V2 that bombed Normand Park and decimated the whole area. I might be wrong but I think thaty was the only one to fall in the Fulham ~Area

      • Keith Ross says:

        Thank you for that info it’s very helpful.

      • Quoting from Properts Parish it says “the first V1 to come down in Fulham fell in St. Augustine’s Parish In Lintaine Grove just before 5 am on Sunday morning June18th. 15 people were killed and 29 seriously injured .Fulham’s second flying bomb fell on St Mary’s Church Hammersmith Road later the same day injuring 14 and killing one person, the church was destroyed .Fulham’s next worst day was on Saturday, July 1. Among the 3 V.1 ‘s that dropped inFulham was one in Mooltan Street which killed two people And badly injured 3 more.”

      • Keith Ross says:

        Thanks for that info it’s very helpful

    • fhhs says:

      It could be Moylan Road off Lillie Road. See this online map from the NLS. If you are using ancestry or find my past you should be able to search for the parents in the 1911 census.
      Hope this helps. If not the LBHF archives in Hammersmith Library when they reopen should help.
      Good luck

      • Keith Ross says:

        |Thanks for the tip re Moylan Road. I’ve seen the 1891, 1901 & 1911 census info and they’d were at different addresses.

    • There is an excellent book for those who wish to learn about St Augustines church and the area , it called Propert’s parish, and is by Denis A. Clack. Published in 1994, it is a thick paperback, but prone to breaking up

  245. Giz Marriner says:

    My great grandfather, Joseph Thomas Marriner (1858-1917) was born in Fulham and, like his older brother, John, became a potter or potter’s journeyman. I believe they both worked at the Fulham Pottery. John was a potter’s boy in the 1871 census and Joseph was given as a potter on his 1881 marriage entry. Do you know whether there are any apprenticeship records, please, and if so where they are kept? I understand both John Doulton and Wallace Martin of the Martin Brothers did their apprentceships at the Fulham Pottery so I guess there are records somewhere. I have been down to Burlington Road to take photos of the house where my grandfather was born in 1894 and was delighted to see the remaining bottle kiln standing rather incongruously in the grounds of an office block at the end of the road. I have found the history of the pottery absolutely fascinating and would be very grateful for any help you can give me as I am trying to write up my family history.
    Thank you.
    Giz Marriner
    PS I now live in Scotland so it is going to be a while before I can get down to look at any records…but it is good to plan ahead!

    • You need Hammersmith archives
      1869-1969: ledgers, day, cash, letter, time, wages, sales, stock and despatch books, misc corresp, price lists, copies of plans
      Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local History Centre
      NRA 16821 Fulham Pottery
      1901-1978: corresp, ledgers, wills and catalogues
      Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local History Centre

      • See if you can get hold of The Journal of ceramic history number 11 John delights pottery 1672 to 1978 a collection of documentary sources published Stoke-on-Trent Museum 1979 edited by Dennis Hazelgrove and John Murray it’s a very useful publication but unfortunately it does not have an index.
        It’s an amazing collection of material some 284 pages long

  246. Mrs J R Shears says:

    Hello. I would be very grateful for your help. I am looking for any information on the death of my Uncle. James H. Kelly born 1st quarter 1927 and died 1st quarter 1936. I wonder if there may be any newspaper articles regarding this. He lived in Fulham with his family. Edward James and Rose Francis Kelly. Very many thanks Jan

  247. Robert Lynch says:


    I was wondering if it was possible to source original plans for our current home on (42) Parfrey St. in Hammersmith? I understand that there were a number of different layouts for the houses on the street when first built.


    • fhhs says:

      Your best bet is to request the drainage plan file for Parfrey Street. Drainage plans list all the applications to modify drains over the years. They often have detailed plans attached if you are lucky this may help. Also there may be something in the items deposited with the archive referencing that Street. Just type the street name in the Search box of the online archive catalogue
      Good luck with your quest.

  248. Ian Freeman says:

    Hello my name is Ian Freeman and I used to work for Lyon bakery at Cadby Hall for 5 years till 1977. What I see on Google street map as Lyric House on Hammersmith Road, looks to me like J.Lyons central laboratories as I remember it, is this the case. Many thanks, Ian Freeman.

    • deirdra morris says:

      This is not related to your enquiry but I wonder if your wife – or mother – was a Maureen Freeman? Maureen was a friend of my mother’s and I seem to remember a connection with Lyons. I’ve been trying to locate Maureen for a while, with no success.
      D Morris

    • John Bridges says:

      Yes. I understand that Margaret Thatcher had her first job here

  249. Mike Casselden (Dr) says:


    I’ve just discovered that about 1892 my grandmother lived at 7 Jarell Mews in Fulham and I wonder if there are any sources that might tell me more about the mews including old maps of the locality?

    I’m mostly interested from a family history angle, but as a retired council town planner who did a lot of conservation work and have an interest in the history of architecture and design which I did as part of my studies, I would be very interested to know more about the place and if any special protections are in place.

    My family were originally from Kilburn and I hail from Willesden although we no longer live in London. Cheers.

  250. fhhs says:

    We received this enquiry from Lindsey can anyone help? we have directed her to the Archive but it may be some time before they are open.
    I was curious to ask, please, about the death in Fulham of a professional cricketer by the name of Kenneth Brian Day on 19 January 1971; he was only 35 years of age at the time.
    Do any archived newspaper stories or other sources list a cause of death?
    The Wikipedia article states that he played for Middlesex –

    Many thanks,
    Lindsey Jauregui

    • Hello the death Is recorded in the Kensington post in February 1971 it appears that Kenneth was a plumber and was stripping laid off a roof shortly after it been raining with another person including his father suddenly he was no longer on the roof and had fallen five floors sustaining serious multiple injuries and died from laceration to the brain

  251. Martin Woodrow says:

    Why, when I click on ‘Contact’ in your heading do I automatically get the pdf of a Thesis downloaded? Surely this is a bug? I certainly didn’t ask for it to be downloaded. Is it dangerous?

    • fhhs says:

      Yes I have had the same problem. I assume someone has it linked to their avatar or web profile. I have tried to find it myself and can find no hidden objects on the site. I will shortly be upgrading the site and hope to get rid of it then. Many thanks for reporting this.

  252. pamela says:

    Looking for information on my great grandfather Hezekiah Atkinson, son of Mathew and Charlotte Atkinson – left Hammersmith for Australia around1880?

    regards Pam

  253. Tania Edwards says:

    I live in Robert Gentry House, Gledstanes Road. I have been trying to find out what happened to the houses that originally occupied this site.

    Initially I assumed a bomb had destroyed them, but checking the London Bombing Map shows that no bomb exploded here.

    I have looked at old newspapers, all they mention is when Robert Gentry House was built.

    Looking at a 1913 map of the area the original houses are clearly marked as having existed. I would very much like to satisfy my curiosity as to why so many of them were demolished.

    Hopefully someone out there may know the answer

    Thank you

    • Rosina Handley says:

      Hi Tania,

      I found this info out when I researched where my grandmother lived at Snells Park during and after WW2. She was moved onto Tottenham. If houses were Terrace housing, quite often the buildings would deteriorate over time and then gradually be condemned. It was an initiative of the Government at the time to replace deteriorating housing and they would condemn the lot (regardless if the people owned it or not – they would be given a nominal payout and offered other housing in another area recently built). I am not sure if it still occurs today as I don’t live in UK but when I visited in 2008 I saw some all boarded up with a notice of condemnation and a date of demolish up near Knottingley. So it did then…. Not sure if this answers your question but gives you an idea of a possibility. Cheers

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10

      • Tania Edwards says:

        Hello Rosina,

        Yes, it seems like a very plausible explanation as to why the houses were demolished.

        Many thanks for replying

  254. Katharine Tucker says:

    I’m looking for information about a pub fire in shepards bush before 1946 the pub is called the royal oak thank u

  255. Martin Woodrow says:

    Hi, as a child I can remember (this is in the mid/late 1950s) visiting my grandmother at her house in Rylston Road. I remember the house as a very plain small 2 up/2 down terraced house with a small backyard and outside toilet. I think it was demolished when they built the flats. Now I can only find photos of rather upmarket bay window houses. Am I misremembering?

  256. Rosa says:

    Good afternoon,
    I live in St James St W6. I’ve been trying to find out the name of the architect of The Hammersmith Storm Water Pumping Station which was built in 1828.
    Many thanks.
    Rosa Coles

    • fhhs says:

      I can find no direct reference to it in what I have available or on the web. However page 105 of our publication “A History of Hammersmith” it states that W. Tierney Clark was engineer to West Middlesex Water Company, so it could be him. He went on to build the 1827 Hammersmith Bridge that preceeded Bazagette’s current one. It also says that Bird firm of builders were their bricklayers. It is therefore likely there will be some records in the archive and you can search online from the Archives link on website. Just found a further reference on page 109 to his building part of the Waterworks complex so I think he is probably your man.
      Good luck with your research.

    • Vernon Burgess says:

      William Tierney Clark FRS FRAS[1] (23 August 1783 – 22 September 1852) was an English civil engineer particularly associated with the design and construction of bridges. He was among the earliest designers of suspension bridges.

      William Tierney Clark
      William Tierney Clark Barabás Miklós.jpg
      23 August 1783
      Bristol Nationality English
      22 September 1852 (aged 69)
      Hammersmith, Middlesex

      Engraving of the first Hammersmith Bridge, made in 1827

      Marlow Bridge

      Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest
      Born in Bristol, he was initially apprenticed to a local millwright and – guided by noted engineers Thomas Telford and John Rennie – he progressed to practice as a consulting civil engineer, moving to London where, from 1811, he was also engineer to the West Middlesex Waterworks Company (the engine house and other buildings involved in a scheme to pump water from reservoirs at Barnes to Hammersmith and other parts of London were designed by him

      Info from wikipedia

  257. Tony says:

    Hi, I’m trying to source some additional information on a Patrick McAuliffe. He was living in England for some years (originally from Ireland) and died in Fulham in 1971. He worked as a barman in the 30s/40s. We thought he might have had a spell in the army but I haven’t had any success in finding any information on this.


  258. Steffanie Ward says:

    MY great grandfather Charles Seymour Jones was seriously very injures in an accident at Battersea Power station one December and died of his injuries 6th Jan the following year in mid 1930’s.
    Where can I find more information please? I know the accident is documented somewhere in National Archives as some years ago I saw a record of the inquest online but never followed it up.
    Can you help.
    Steffanie Ward

  259. Bill says:

    Hi, my great grandparents lived on Silvio Street during ww2. I can’t find Silvio Street on any map. Can you confirm where this was in Fulham. Thanks Bill

    • Please check typing as there does not seem to be a street of this name in all of London

      • Sorry, The name was not recorded in Bruce’s lists, however I have now found it in Kelly’s West kensington/ Fulham local directory for 1939/40. There as a Silvio Mews and a Silvio Street, however no residents are listed only the Tonic Wine company at 1a.
        Its location today would be approximately under the Lillie Road opposite Clem Attlee Court

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Silvio Street was part of the Normand House Estate and its orchard and was roughly where Normand Park in Lillie Road now sits. Normand House and many surrounding streets were demolished by a landmine in 1941 and a VI rocket in 1944. The park was built on the bombed out areas after the war and opened in 1952.

      • Len Fuller says:

        I lived there as a child and watched the park being built after the bomb site was cleared.

  260. Andy Carroll says:

    Dear Sirs,

    Can anyone help me find photos of the Lord Clyde pub or beershop which was situated in Worlds End Passage from the mid 1800s.

    Thank you,

    Andy Carroll

    • fhhs says:

      Worlds End Passage is in Chelsea. There is a picture of a Lord Clyde pub at 124 Estcourt St in Fulham in the book Hammersmith and Fulham Pubs (see publications) and this is credited to have come from LBHF archives. If Chelsea is the one then contact Kensington and Chelsea Archives (see their library website)
      Good luck

      • Andy Carroll says:

        Thank you very much for this information, I shall follow it up.

        Best regards, Andy

    • Barry wells says:

      Go to pub .it shows the complete history of the pub. And all London pubs , including address changes , demolition etc. also all licencees since the records

      • Andy Carroll says:

        Hi Barry,

        That was the first place I looked but there is no photo of the pub. I have a small collection of Victorian pewter pub tankards which are usually engraved with the pub’s name and the initials of the publican who paid for them. I was offered a tankard from the Lord Clyde and I always try to find a period photo of the pub any tankard once belonged to. I realise the Lord Clyde was in Chelsea but a Google search led me here as it was mentioned in someone’s comment but there are so many comments it would take days to read them all! Thank you very much for the good suggestion, the members of this Society are a very kind and helpful bunch.

        Best regards,


      • Barry wells says:

        Look up the rylston murder mystery 1884 . , the London murder mysteries : Ellen visited the lord Clyde fulham Before being murdered . You might read the case in the old Bailey reports .they uselly have pictures

      • Andy Carroll says:

        Hi Barry, you are incredibly kind to keep helping me, thank you. However, it seems there were two Lord Clyde pubs fairly close together, one in World’s End Passage Chelsea and the other in Etscourt Rd. Fulham. I suspect the one you are referring to is the Fulham pub but I wanted photos of the Chelsea one. Thanks again, Andy

    • steve1960h says:

      Andy, you are quite right about there being two Lord Clyde pubs in Victorian times. One in Estcourt Road Fulham, and one at 39 Worlds End Passage in Chelsea. Try this link for info. It may have just been a private house, that sold alcoholic drinks, which did happen in those days.The two main pubs along there in those days were Worlds End Tavern and Blantyre Arms at 29 Blantyre Street. I used to live in Seaton Street in the 1960’s which was just off Blantyre Street. Cheers Steve Harding

  261. trevor pilkington says:

    Sorry to repeat but my father was born in 1911 at 86 Ormiston Road (now Ormiston Grove). Can anyone tell when the current 86 Ormiston Grove was built please ? Trevor

  262. irving lord says:

    We have an ancestor Arthur Head admitted to St Dunstans road school apparently at the age of three in 1886 and leaving in 1894 but can find no information about the school. Perhaps the word “school” is a euphemism for something else ? (London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911)

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

    • fhhs says:

      Whilst the archive is closed it is difficult to establish details but if you read this report about the building of a 6th form college on the site it gives a little history of the previous buildings. It seems there was a board school there so probably nothing untoward although the Workhouse, now Charing Cross Hospital adjoins this road. There are probably pictures of the school in the archive; when it opens.
      Good luck with your research.

      • irving lord says:

        Thank you, I’m just intrigued by his age at the time – claimed to be three but only 21/2 which would be young even today. It does though seem to be a normal school.

  263. Laura Kudmany says:

    Hello all.
    I wonder if any one knows how I could find a grave in Fulham palace cemetary. My mother thinks she’s visited it before when she was small but I have searched the area she said and can not find anything. The sir name is Rigarlsford. There should only be one there. Probably been removed.

  264. Liz Belringer says:

    Trying to find out what happened to Ivy Elizabeth Turner (born Martin) born 13/12/1909 living in Gunnerstone rd on 1939 register.

    • fhhs says:

      A quick look at Free BMD shows no results for Marriages or deaths of those names in London. The following did come up:

      Surname Given Name Spouse District Volume Page Transcriber
      Marriages Sep 1972
      TURNER IVY E. BEAUMONT NEWHAM 5E 1874 (this is page no)
      Deaths Dec 1974 (>99%)
      The death has the wrong date of birth for a match. Probably worth a bit of perseverence with FreeBMD (type into Google). You may be able to look at electoral registers in Ancestry or find my past to see when she moved away and who else was sharing the house which may give some clues.
      Good luck.

  265. Aki says:

    Do you have any 19th century pictures of Hurlingham Road or indeed Parson’s Green.

  266. Charles Wells says:

    Re slum in Fulham. Look up Charles booth mapping of London . It will show The status of your family’s housing . It will cover that period

  267. Garry Gromowski-cook says:

    I was wondering if Fulham was an immigrant Jewish community in the 1880’s to the early 1920’s?
    Just curious as my family all seem to have lived in or around this area, and they had come over from Russia.

    • fhhs says:

      In the 1600s there was a Jewish school near the Mall run by a Mr Cohen but I can find no real evidence of Jewish settlement in particular here. The period you mention covers the time of rapid growth and much building which would naturally attract those seeking work or business opportunities. It was also a period when the area became industrialised and very crowded with multiple families in the poorer houses. The main religious draw was for Catholics – not only for the work but also there is a long tradition of Catholic institutions in Hammersmith.

    • Sarah Bravo says:

      Hey Garry, my whole family lived in Fulham from 1920s to 50s. They were Russian / Lithuanian Jews who had originally been settled in Wales and then moved to London in the 20s. I don’t know if there was a Jewish community there, or whether there were enough Bravos to be considered a community in themselves!

      • Garry Gromowski-cook says:

        Hi Sarah, thanks for that. It just seems odd that there were about three generations at least of my family all around Fulham and Chelsea area around that time. Perhaps it’s the same as you and there were a lot of Gromowski’s in that area!

      • Jonathon Fletcher says:

        Hi Sarah – my grandmother was Esther Bravo, daughter of Harris. Let’s connect. Jonathon Fletcher.

      • fhhs says:

        Will send email address to Sarah so you don’t have to publish.

  268. trevor pilkington says:

    Hi, my father was born at 86 Ormiston Road (now Ormiston Grove). I suspect it was a slum in 1911 and wonder if anyone knows if/when it was demolished and replaced ? Thanks, Trevor

    • Peter Trott says:

      Ormiston Road was not demolished; it was just a name change to Ormiston Grove. It was not a slum.

  269. Anne Scott says:

    Dear History Society,
    I am particularly interested in the Fulham Fields market gardens and the lives of the market gardeners working in the fields during the early/mid 1800’s, very many of whom were Irish immigrants.
    Are there any publications that you know of which cover research into this?
    I also wondered whether there are any market garden workers employment records in existence?
    I am aware of all the genealogy online records available so I am really looking for quite specific research/knowledge of these market gardens.
    Any information will be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks
    Anne Scott

    • fhhs says:

      Understanding that Nurseries are different from Market Gardens I think you may find material to help in our publication West London Nursery Gardens (see Publications and review in our homepage blog). It particularly quotes the Elliot and Dancer families who did both types of gardens and had land at Fulham Fields. It includes an extensive bibliography and references for both published and unpublished material at LBHF Archives. The Cottage Gardener which became the Journal of Horticulture is quoted often as is The Company of Gardeners. He also uses Feret’s Fulham Old and New available online here courtesy of the Welcome Collection. You can search LBHF’s archive online now which may help but records will only be available after the lockdown. Someone more knowledgeable may come up with more ideas so keep an eye out for replies.
      Good luck with your research.

      • Anne Scott says:

        Very many thanks for your helpful reply. I will certainly take a look at the publications which you have recommended regarding Fulham Fields. Kind regards Ann Scott

        On Tue, 5 May 2020 at 13:00, The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society wrote:

        > fhhs commented: “Understanding that Nurseries are different from Market > Gardens I think you may find material to help in our publication West > London Nursery Gardens (see Publications and review in our homepage blog). > It particularly quotes the Elliot and Dancer families ” >

  270. Jules warren says:

    The 1911 census shows my grandfather Harry Edwin Smith living at 145 Dawes Rd Fulham with a family called Jones the head of this family was a William James Jones who, like my grandfather was a watch jobber can anyone tell me if this address was a jewellers and if so what it was called? Many thanks

  271. Ali says:

    Hi does anyone know about Gibbons family GEorge Gibbons 1880s to 1950s who lived in hammersmith thank you

  272. Ali says:

    Hi can anyone help please I am trying to trace Lambert family and Lowe who I think lived in Margravine road some are buried at margravine cemetery it would of been 1880s to 1950s thank you

  273. Researcher says:

    I am conducting some research about the West Kensington Congregational Church (these days Bhavan cultural center) in the period between its opening and 1914.
    Would you know of any published testimonies or biographies from members of this church or people close to it during this period or any publication mentioning the church or its Sunday School? Extensive church books and press references are available in the LBHF local archives but I would be interested in external sources such as testimonies about the church and its life.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  274. Alexa Kesselaar says:

    For years I have passed a war grave in Fulham Cemetery off Munster Road, and always been very touched by the death of such young woman in the war. I am now trying to write a play for a competition to mark the Battle of Britain and have been trying to find out more about this woman (as would like to focus the play around her). I have tried Ancestry, the Records Office and even joined the Forces Record register but cannot find out anything other than when she died. Ideally I would like to know more about her family and life in Fulham, and also the cause of her death at a young age.
    The inscription on the grave reads as follows:

    213016 ACW 2nd Class
    D.M Adams
    Women’s Auxillary Air Force
    7th Nov 1943, aged 19

    and underneath
    ‘In loving memory of our daughter Doris, killed by enemy action.’

    It would be so helpful to know where and why she died, and I have managed to find out that her parents were Walter Henry and Ellen Adams of Fulham. I tried looking up the newspaper archives but the search brought up so many results (all unrelated and not the right year) that it was impossible to find anything relevant. I was hoping there may be a local obituary in one of the papers.

    I don’t have long now to write the play, and have spent a considerable amount of time trying to locate relevant material, so would be extremely grateful for any suggestions. With many thanks, Alexa.

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      I have some basic information from FINDMYPAST
      probably same as you have will have a look and see if anything else

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      I have found an article re her funeral in the local paper
      contact me as shown before

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

        Many thanks Brian and will email you now. I have now learnt she died in a terrible bombing in Putney on Nov 7th 1943.

    • Peter Trott says:

      There is some information on the Commonwealth War Graves site:

    • fhhs says:

      Have you tried the RAF Association.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Hope this helps a little, Alexa. The 1939 War Census shows a Walter Henry and Ellen Adams living at 26, Orbain Road, Fulham. The death of Doris M Adams, aged 19, was recorded at Wandsworth.

      Aircraftwoman 2nd Class, Doris Margaret Adams,(Service Number 2130161) enlisted after August 1942 died (as you said) on 7th November, 1943. She was the daughter of Walter Henry and Ellen Adams of Fulham.

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

        Hi Mark – thank you so much for replying and giving me this further information. Actually, it gave me a bit of a start, as I live in the house opposite her parents (and presume this is also where Doris lived!). It’s funny that I have always wanted to write about her, and your information seems to confirm that I should! I have also discovered she was killed by a bomb on 7th Nov 1943 at the Milk Bar in Putney – a huge bombing which caused a horrendous loss of life. Very harrowing to read about.
        I really appreciate you help, and very best wishes, Alexa

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Thanks, Alexa. Just thought I ‘d mention that, coincidentally, my mother lost s friend in the same bombing.

        Good luck.

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

        I’m so sorry to read that Mark. I know WWII was full of tragedy and loss of life, but that particular bombing was so devastating – not least because so many young people lost their life, like Doris and your mother’s friend. So terrible.
        Just another quick question – on the info you sent me it said her parents lived at number 26 Orbain Road, but Brian Jeffries kindly sent me a newspaper article on Doris’s funeral which stated her parents lived at number 7. It’s not that important, but as I live in the street I wanted to ask an elderly neighbour just in case he remembered anything about the family. As yours came from a more official course I’m inclined to go with that one but any thoughts on how I could confirm this?
        With thanks again, Alexa

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Alexa, my source ( has the Watson family living at number 7 and the Adams family at number 26. However, the wartime census was 1939 so I suppose their is a chance that by 1943 they had moved or perhaps Doris lived at 7 and her Mum and Dad were at 26.

        The record for 26 shows five other people living there as well as Walter and Ellen. One is James Adams, aged 13 or 14, who must be a son and is shown as ‘At School’ and another is John Adams, aged 3 and also ‘At School’ (which I would have thought was unlikely). The other three are not visible as they say ‘The Record for this person is officially closed’. Records for individuals remain closed for a century after their birth (the 100-year rule) unless it can be proven they passed away before this milestone’. When this shows, the records can only be opened when someone confirms that the person is now deceased. Difficult to confirm unless you’re a family member with exact knowledge. Of course, there’s a chance that the three people in this case are completely unrelated to the Adams family.

        Because the census is only published every 10 years (the wartime one was an exception) and we’re not due the next one (for 1921) for another year or so there’s no way of confirming whether Doris Adams was living at 26 with mum and dad or at 7 with the Watson family but the record for number 7 does say there were 4 people living there and they’re all named.

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

        Thank you so much for more info Mark. It is so interesting, and as it all new to me, I am learning a lot (such as the 100 year rule). It’s only because I live in the same street, I would love to know the actual house she lived in, but as you say, it may be difficult to know for sure. My feeling is it was no 26 and perhaps the newspaper got the wrong house number?
        Anyway, I so appreciate all your help in this and so glad I found this site!
        Kind regards again, Alexa.

    • John Meadows says:

      I believe that The Coffee Bar was in Putney High Street near where the Upper Richmond Road crosses the High Street. Might have been in the same building as Zeeta House. On the right hand side of the High Street when looking towards Putney Bridge. I recall often visiting The Black and White coffee bar near that location as a teenager in the 60’s. Putney has always been regularly visited by those living in Fulham through the ages. Just the river separating them. My Mum recalled often visiting Putney to go to the cinema during WWII. She lived for a while in Putney Bridge Road and Dad came from Sands End near Wandsworth Bridge. They married in 1941. There is quite a bit of material online concerning that bombing. I was born in 1945 and spent the first 30 years of my life in Fulham.

  275. David Sankson says:

    I am researching the O’CONNELL family and I’m hoping that someone in your community could give me some guidance on where to get further information.
    In the 1901 census I have Timothy O’CONNELL living at No1 Home Cottage, Distillery Lane, Fulham and, I’m assuming his brother, James O’CONNELL living next door at No. 2. They are both listed as Greengrocers with own business.
    Would this have been a shop or market traders? James died before 1911 and his family had moved to Brook Green. Timothy or his family, I cannot find any further info.
    Any help will be appreciated.

    • fhhs says:

      Try Online Directories at Leicester Uni. Its clunky but worth a try. Otherwise the LBHF archives after the lockdown.
      Good luck

      • David Sankson says:

        Thanks for taking the time to respond. “clunky” doesn’t start to describe it. Finally found how to navigate through it. Distillary lane very hard to find, but only No 1 listed, so no help. If I was a betting man I would say the brothers were “barrow boys”. Although it hasn’t helped, I now have another resource for my research, so thank you for introducing me to this web site. Regards, David

  276. Barry wells says: