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If you would like help with an historical enquiry concerning this area do leave a message using the contact form below (Add a Comment ).  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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1,273 Responses to Contact us

  1. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Would your Stanton family live in Cassidy Road?

  2. edith says:

    hello I am still researching the stanton/kilner family in london. Could you tell me if 103 St Dunstans Road, Fulham was a hospital or a private dwelling in 1914 Regards Edith

  3. mary hyland says:

    I am looking for the electoral roll for No 9 Eyot Gardens, Hammersmith for 1964-1966 – does anyone know where I could locate this information please?

    • fhhs says:

      Hi Mary, itwill be available in Hammersmith Library upstairs in the Archives section. They are on open display.
      Details of the archives are listed at the top of our Contact Us page.

  4. Len says:

    It might have been Christ Church in Studdridge Street.

  5. Susan Jeffrey says:

    My grandfather Dann, parents, brothers, were living at 33 Broughton Road in the 1901 Census.

    I have a photo of a wedding group taken in the backyard. Not sure of the date but before WW1.

    • Christine Allan says:

      Hi. I’m still trying to find if there was a church within sight of the Fulham Gas works (Imperial Road) around the mid-1960s. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

      • Brian says:

        Christine , re church near gas works , what is it you need to know , what is the information you are looking for. ? St. John’s at Walham Green was a popular church at Fulham Broadway You could see it from on top of gasometer but t whether you could from the street who knows.

      • Imperial Road is quite a long road and obviously the churches that could be identified from there depend in which direction one is looking.If you have a picture of a church that does not compare to a present day image, then it could be St James Moore Park Road. This church was situated halfway along the road on a corner site and was declared redundant in the 1980’s and then was destroyed by fire, so could only be demolished.
        there was also a chapel that stood on the north east corner of Wandsworth bridge road which faced Studdridge street. there was also a church in Townmead road backing onto Querrin Street.

  6. I am researching the old Dairy 66a Paddenswick Road W6 0UB.
    Now Naturalmat.
    Can anyone help with archive photos?
    Many thanks

  7. Annabelle says:

    Hello – I am trying to find out when the houses on Broughton Road, SW6 2LA were built … would you please have any information that could help? Many thanks, Annabelle

    • fhhs says:

      This is the type of information that is likely to be held in the LBHF Archive in Hammersmith Library. The ordnance survey large scale maps should give a good indication. The card indexes may say who built them and when. Failing that there will be entries in the local directories, census and electoral registers. There is also an LCC publication that has been updated several times listing all street names and when they were first authorised. There may also be some photos. See top of the Contact Us page for details of Archive.

    • Brian says:

      My Grandparents were living at no 31 around 1910-1912
      Charles Ansell and Harriet Taylor.

  8. Lorraine says:

    Hi my name is Lorraine I’m trying to buy a book for my friend for her birthday about Fulham she was born in 1955 in Basuto road and I would like it to have memories from that date until 1980 could you please help me to find the best one for those dates.
    Many thanks

    • Lorraine says:

      Not sure what you mean by awaiting moderation

      • fhhs says:

        On this type of comment page it is usual for someone to check the posts to make sure there is nothing untoward in them, as webmaster I do that as often as i can but sometimes there is a delay. I have sent your query to our publications organiser who will reply direct. You may also get responses on here from other visitors to the site.

        Hope this helps


    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Try Francis Czucha’s ‘Old Fulham’ or ‘Fulham Past’ by Barbara Denny. Both available on Amazon among other places.

    • Hi Lorraine – slightly outside your date range but I have a modern book on Fulham in my Village Books range that you might enjoy (it includes several local history walks and an excellent introduction and history on the area by Caroline MacMillan) – please let me know if you’d like to know more – all the best AW

  9. penny carter says:

    Hello, does anyone know about a dance hall that used to be part of The Kings Arms Pub in Fulham in the early 1960s please?

    Kind regards
    Penny Carter

    • There was a dance hall on the New Kings Road at Kings Hall, the name for the South FulhamConstitutional club on the corner of Chipsted street i believe it is now changed to flats. See google streetview.

  10. Lynne bustard says:

    Does anyone know anything about residents living in 23 Raleigh Rd round about 1907? They were Rebecca Bustard Muller and Jean (John) Muller, an Austrian hairdresser?
    An information would be greatly appreciated. 😀

  11. Billy Angell says:

    Staff nurse janet mews was at St stephens hospital around 1958 1959 and may have been promoted to sister

  12. Susan Jeffrey says:

    The Board of Guardians’ home is now part of Lady Margaret School and the children taken into care were sent to Ackmar Road School before being sent on elsewhere. I have relatives at age 3 being said to go to Ackmar Road but then turning up in other places at 7. Two homes in Middlesex, St. Mary’s and St. Vincent’s took Fulham children after Ackmar Road. Catholic children were kept separate.

    I have photos of the Old School House, Ackmar Road School and the Board of Guardians home in Parsons Green if you are not in the Fulham area.

    • Steve Ball says:

      Hi Susan
      Many thanks for the info, I know that both Jim and Stan went to Akmar Road School and they both said that the home was Lady Margaret’s and whilst there they used to sometimes go home at weekends. He also said that he spent part of his first school years at Sherbrooke Road School before going into care and after Akmar Road spent part of his childhood in Norwood!
      Would you happen to know where I need to look if I want to find out the reason for them going into care and be able to trace their movements within the system?
      I would very much like to see some photos please, I know Parsons Green well as we lived in Fulham Court and I was born in Parsons Green Hospital (I understand the hospital may have been built on the original site of the home!) but I have not been around there for far too many years and the place has probably changed considerably since then.

      • Simon furlong says:

        I was born in parsons green hospital 1966 and went to secondary school st marks (ackmar ) road school my aunt and uncle had the Peterborough cafe and my mum worked at printing arts heathmans rd .we lived in Winslow rd w6 (Brandenburg road) before the war .i live on the south coast but visit as my brother is in Wandsworth .

      • Christine Allan says:

        Does anyone know of a church in either SW6 or SW10 that was in sight on the Fulham Gas Works and has possibly been demolished. My uncle has a picture of my mother standing in a churchyard with the gas works in the background around 1966. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

      • fhhs says:

        Possibly Our Lady of Perpetual Hope in Stephendale Road or St Matthes on Wandsworth Bridge Road.
        Have a look at these maps
        They are from the National Library of Scotland and are accesible on-line for free.

  13. Lynn kirby says:

    My grandmother worked at 144 conningham road w12 in the year 1932

  14. Josephine Danvers says:


    I am intrigued! Do tell me more..

    I lived at No 24 in the 50s for about 5 years. Have a tale to tell about No 22.

    What year was this murder?

    Have you lived there?

    Regards Josie

  15. Steve Parlanti says:

    Hi. I wonder if anyone has any photographs of two bronze foundries, one at Albion Works, 59 Parsons Green Lane between about 1895 and 1918, the other at Beaumont Works, Beaumont Road, West Kensington. Many thanks.

  16. Steve Parlanti says:

    Hi. I wonder if anyone has any information on M.A.P.Motors, who were at 20a Waterford Road, Fulham possibly anytime between about 1930 and 1960, although most likely to have been around 1950. Thanks.

    • Steve Ball says:

      Can you help me please! My name is Stephen Ball; I am trying to trace back my father’s side of the family. His name was James William Ball borne June 1922 died March 2008, along with his brother Stanley they were taken into care around 1929-30 and attended Ackmar Road School for a while. I think that the board of guardians at Lady Margaret’s School may have been involved in some way, the family have lived in Fulham since the 1890’s and maybe longer around the Sherbrooke Road & Fulham Court area and his father (my Grandfather) was also James William Ball (An Electrician). Any information would be very much appreciated.
      Thank You
      Stephen Ball

  17. Arron stonham says:

    Hello. I’ve just seen someone’s comment regarding chimney in video footage in Fulham. Does anyone know if this would have been about in 1939. My grandfather was a laundry foreman. So I’ve often wondered where this would have been. He was living in Lintaine road fulham which I believe is now normand park.

    Thanks for any help

    • Brian Lynch says:

      It’s mendora road. Does anyone know someone living there so we can show the video to the now grown up children?

  18. Len Fuller says:

    Lots Rd power station is in Chelsea. Also there are what looks like 3 high rise flats on the left. Not sure about the chimney, could be Lyons factory..

  19. Brian Lynch says:

    Hi there,

    Can anyone identify this road in Hammersmith, it was a video taken in the 1960s :

    I also have a screenshot here:
    The small information I have been given so far:
    The chimney behind is either belonged to lots power station or cadbys, but this is not confirmed.

    Thank you,

    • Further on in the clips there is a shot of the Queens Arms,which was in Greyhound road, now if it is thought that this is a laundry chimney and assuming the picture is in this area of Hammersmith Fulham borders it could possibly the laundry chimney of Fulham hospital

  20. Ann Jones says:

    Is there any detailed information available on the graves in Margravine Cemetery? I’ve checked on the ones which are listed by English Heritage, but I think there are other interesting ones.

    • Brian says:

      There is a society for the margravine cemetery and it is very active.they were listing the graves during the last three years. I belong to it and they will have lots of information I’m sure ..
      Type in on google friends of margravine cemetery you should get the contacts. Any problems my email is

    • What a wonderful place Margravine is and besides the graves themselves it is also a fabulous spot from which to survey the pair of Peregrines that live on the hospital – please check out my book Wild about Hammersmith & Brook Green, where I catalogue all of this – regards AW

  21. edith says:

    Hello I am looking for information on my father’s family:- Ernest Stanton . DOB 9th Nov 1914
    Place of birth 103 St Dunstans Rd Fulham
    Mother: Emily Stanton (maiden name Kilner)
    Address: 103 St Dunstans Rd Fulham
    Father: John Henry Stanton
    Address: 6 Pulford Terrace, Pimlico
    Occupation: Paper Hanger (Journeyman) This was also the address of Richard Henry Mounder son of Richard Moundu
    I have found no record of Emily & John Henry being married – in fact no record of John Henry at all – or where any of them lived until my Father joined the Royal Navy in 1929 and Emily appeared at 66 Grove Vale, East Dulwich using the name Stanton but no mention of a husband . She died there on May 11th 1941 during an air-raid and was buried under the name of Emily Kilner in Camberwell. When Mum & Dad married in 1938 she was called Mrs Stanton a ‘widow’ in the wedding details, we believe she originated from York and was born in 1876, also that she had a daughter much younger than my father, details of her are also unknown. When dad registered my birth in 1942 he gave me the name Kilner as one of my christian names which does seem to point to the fact she never legally married.I hope that someone might be able to fill in the missing pieces. Thank you

  22. Ann Clayton says:

    I am trying to find info on Rose Green (maiden name Dark) who lived in Shepherds Bush. She died around 1942 at the age of 46. She was married to Stanley Green. I think they lived around the Westville Road area.

  23. Mary Davies says:

    I am researching the Hearne family who lived in Fulham in the 1880s and 1890s. My grandfather Meshak Hearne went to Munster Primary school for a short while.

  24. Mary Davies says:

    I am researching my family history. My grandfather was Meshak Hearne born in 1885 and lived in Fulham until he was about 13ish. I understand he spent a short while at Munster School. His parents were John Mark Hearne and Sinamenty Hearne (nee Smith). I understand there may have been a Romany connection?? The name Munster School has come up and Ackmar, also St. Thomas RC. Can any one help?

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      I have photos of St. thomas’ School, Rylson Road as it is now, and the stone for Ackmar Road School. Let me know if you would like me to send. Ackmar Road School was used by the Board of Guardians for children residing in what is now part of Lady Margaret School. 1890’s. I have a photo of the home too if this applies.

      • Mary Davies says:

        Thank you Susan. It would be great to get a feel for how the place looked at the time my granddad resided. I will send an email.

  25. Len Fuller says:

    Email will be just fine Arron.

  26. Ann Clayton says:

    Hi, trying to contact anyone who may have known the Osborne family who lived in Conningham Road, Shepherds Bush during the 1940s-1960s.

    • Sue Reid says:

      My grandmother Alice Rolfe was Alice Osborne before her marriage to William Rolfe. She had 2 sisters and a brother. I know they lived in Fulham but I don’t know the address.

  27. Len Fuller says:

    If 15 and 17 were the same as 24 they would have been 3 story buildings containing 3 family sized flats. It was just a bombed debris that I remember when I was a child.
    I can pass you some photos of Lintaine Grove post 1945, on Facebook if you like.
    Regards Len

    • Arron stonham says:

      Hi. Thanks for the info. Photos would be great but wondered if email would be better if it’s OK with you obviously as your kind enough to send them? I think my Facebook account is set to private so you may not be able to search me?

      I could try funsung you though if you give me a description of your profile pic so I know which person to look for.

      Thanks again


  28. Arron says:

    Oh ok thanks. Where the properties flats do you know? It’s just there seem to be alot of families living at the same number property. My family were there in the late thirties in to forties. My grandad seemed to change between no.15 and 17. And his in laws were at no 17. Along with some other family.


  29. Len Fuller says:

    I lived in Lintaine Grove until 1963 at 24 but most of the houses on the opposite side of the road were bombed in 1943.

  30. Damon Corr says:

    I’m a firefighter on the IoW and many years ago I was given an original copy of ‘Heroes with Grimy Faces’ by AFS fireman Ben Betts who served in your locality. Inside the book was a single small sheet advertising J.T.Wadley’s house decoration service of 33 Ifield Road. I’d upload it if this allowed me to do so but it doesn’t. If it would be of interest to your society contact me on and I’ll send a scanned image.

  31. Arron says:

    Hello. Can anyone tell me if lintaine grove (now norman park I believe) was servant accommodation in 1939. My grandfather and his in laws all lived at 15 and 17 lintaine grove along with lots and lots of other people at the above address.

    Thanks for you help

  32. Nick W says:


    I am researching a relative that according to family folklore committed suicide in Fulham in September 1942
    I assume there would of been an inquest. Does anybody know where I may find records of this?

    Thanks in advance


  33. Ken Gregory says:

    My father lived with a family called Turl in Fulham in the 1920s when he was a young man working in the Civil Service. Are there any people of that name still living in Fulham?

  34. Pete williams says:

    In the early 1950’s ( I was born in ’46) i was taken to a shop near hammersmith station,trading under the name of Lawson(‘s) , by my parents. Please could you tell me the nature of the trade carried out, there ? All i can remember of the visit, is my late father pointing out ‘Mr. Sun’ on a sun assurance ? Sign which was hung nearby
    Many thanks

  35. Roger Lewry says:

    I believe my great grandmother lived in Rayleigh Road, Shepherds Bush but haven’t been able to find it on a map. I did find a suggestion that Rayleigh Road has become Lakeside Road. Is any member of your society able confirm this, please? If so, do you know when and why it happened?

    • Sometime between Oct 1944 and May 1946, it appears that Rayleigh Road became Lakeside Road. I have maps that show the road to be the same. Some questions on the web seem to indicate that it was as the result of some disaster in the war. ‘The local newspapers covering that short period may have details, and the council minutes may well record events or reason for name change. The name Lakeside was a reference back to the unsightly pits of water left behind after brick earth had been dug in earlier times, and over which the houses were late built

      • Lynne Bustard says:

        I am also researching a relative who lived in Raleigh Road and I know it did become Lakeside Road. I have recently found information that states that Raleigh Road was formerly ‘Wharton Road’. My ancestor is named on her marriage certificate as resident at 23 Raleigh Road in October 1907. Apparently, Wharton Road changed to Raleigh Road on 12th February,1907. Hope this helps. Does anyone know of anyone living at that address in 1907? The names are Rebecca (Rissie) Bustard and Jean (John Muller).

      • Roger Lewry says:

        Thank you for this information. Sorry for delay in replying but I missed the email notifying me and it was only the subsequent comment that alerted me. I will try to look at local papers for the time period you have given me.

      • The name Rayleigh comes from the name Lord Rayleigh who was a former President of the Royal Society, the road being built over part of the land they owned.(Source L.C.C. Streets)

    • Roger Lewry says:

      Thank you for this information. Sorry for delay in replying but I missed the email notifying me and it was only the subsequent comment that alerted me. I will try to look at local papers for the time period you have given me.

  36. !881 census: There is a Lawrence Harnetty living at; 7, Wheatsheaf Alley, Fulham, London, England with the following people:
    ? Sullivan Head Widow Female 60 1821 Laundress Ireland Transcription
    William Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 19 1862 Plasterer Fulham, Middlesex, England Transcription
    Lawrence Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 15 1866 General Laborer Fulham, Middlesex, England Transcription
    Dennis Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 13 1868 Scholar Fulham, Middlesex, England Transcription
    John Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 11 1870 Scholar Fulham, Middlesex, England

    Piece number 70
    Folio 26
    Page 47

    Also on Find my past there is a record of a Laurence HARTLETT
    given 5 years for rape. 17 July 1882. Court: Maidstone. HO27 Piece 191. Would think this is not your Laurence because of the crime.
    Ancestry has a Laurence Hartlett, living at 27 Mellows Road, Mitcham for the years 1921, 1922 and 1923.

    There is also a family tree on here. According to this Laurence
    Enlisted with the Middlesex Regiment British Army, 11 Sep 1885 at Hounslow age 17.

    He arrived in the USA in 1890 according to the 1930 USA census.

    • Gina says:

      Hi Jenny. Thank you for your reply and your findings. The rape case is not him – I did find details of the rape in a newspaper online and the ages do not match. The Laurence Harnetty is not a match either unfortunately. None of the family members are a match. My Laurence Hartnett had three younger sisters, Bridget, Mary, and Annie. Bridget became a nun in California. Mary died aged 5 and Annie died age 17.

      The FMP tree referencing his military record is a match. In fact it is probably my tree which I’ve uploaded.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Jenny’s Lawrence Harnetty may not be quite the right spelling but we do know mistakes were made on the Census and Wheatsheaf Alley (now Wheatsheaf Terrace) is literally a minute’s walk from Marville Road.

      • Gina says:

        I will take a second look, thank you Mark.

  37. Find my past has a Laurence Hartlett age 22 birth year 1869 leaving the UK in 1891

    Departure year 1891
    Departure day 6
    Departure month 8
    Departure port Queenstown
    Destination port New York
    Destination NEW YORK
    Country United States
    Destination country United States
    Ship name Germanic
    Ship master’s last name CAMERON
    Ship destination port NEW YORK
    Ship destination country USA
    Ship square feet 9124
    Ship registered tonnage 3149
    Number of passengers 143
    Record set Passenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960

    • Gina says:

      Thank you Jenny. I will take a closer look at this.

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        Jenny’s sighting of Laurence moving to the USA looks a possibility but the name spelling puts me off a little. The only birth in England for this name appears to be for a Laurence Hartnett born in 1868 in Woolwich.This ties in with a Lawrence (with a ‘w’) Hartnett on the 1871 Census living at High St, Beals Yard, Crayford with his mother Ann Hartnett (Maiden name Crowley. Born County Cork, Ireland, 1850) The only reference I could find in US records for that spelling of a Laurence Hartnett was for a marriage in Indiana in 1900 to Laurie Rogers. I couldn’t find a death for him in the US. There is mention of a Laurance Hartnett (spelt with the ‘a’) as having enlisted in the US Army in 1901 which gives his birth year as 1870, but as we know, mistakes were made. Unfortunately, my subscription doesn’t let me go further on that possibility.

        Ann Crowley seems to have married Michael Hartnett in Greenwich in 1867 but as he doesn’t appear with her and their son on the 1871 Census, and because she isn’t shown as ‘widow’ on that Census, Michael is possibly living or working elsewhere, may even be in the forces or has simply left her and moved to an unknown destination.

      • Gina says:

        Excellent work, detective! I will fill in a few details. Laurence did become Lawrence in the US and his US military records are usually found under Lawrence Michael Hartnett. His census records (NYS) are also usually found under Lawrence (he first married Elizabeth, then Hannah). He died in 1943 as both a UK and US veteran.

        I too wonder why Michael Hartnett was not living with the family in 1871. He is no where to be found in 1871 and perhaps had gone back to Ireland. I will share with you that he was admitted to Maidstone Asylum in the late 1870’s and he died there in 1892.

        I’ve had no luck finding Laurence Hartnett, his younger sister Bridget, or their Aunt Mary Crowley and can only assume they were living together but were not included, for whatever reason, in the 1881 Census.

  38. Helen says:

    Is it possible that he was sent away to “school”? I’ve come across this before in family history, where a boy of that age was sent to an establishment quite a distance from his home.

    • Gina says:

      Hi Helen. Thank you for your reply. I do believe he was sent away somewhere. The story that has been passed down is that after his little sister died (burned in a house fire in Crayford in Dec 1879) he was sent to live with his mother’s sister, Mary Crowley. She was a maid and “the estate took him in”. I have no independent verification of this story (other than his sister’s death) and that’s what I am really looking for. I can’t find Mary Crowley, (born in 1858 in Daventry) or Laurence Hartnett (born Woolwich 1868) anywhere in 1881.

  39. Gina says:

    Hi Mark. Thanks for your reply. The address ’69 Marvel Road Fulham’ was listed as my great grandfather’s home address in his military record dated 1885. I was hopeful he lived there in 1881 as well as I’ve been unable to find him in the census that year. Perhap it was misspelled in his military record. I’ve no idea unfortunately.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Hello, Gina. That sounds likely. I’ve a feeling that Marville Road wasn’t created until the late 1880s. If you’d like to tell me your great grandfather’s name I’ll search as well.

      • Gina says:

        Thank you, Mark. That is very kind. His name is Laurence Hartnett, born June 1868 in Woolwich. He would have been 12 years old in the 1881 census.

        I have record of him living with his mom in Crayford, Kent in Jan 1880. In Sept 1885 he listed his home address as Marvel Rd, Fulham. However, there is no record of him in 1881. His mom Anne appears to be living alone in Crayford in 1881. I’ve been stumped for quite some time!

  40. Gina says:

    Can you tell me about what was located at 69 Marvel Road Fulham in 1881 and 1885. I cannot find this address on a present day map. Thank you.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Did you mean Marville Road, Gina, which is the first turning on the left as you come down Homestead Road from Bishop’s Road? The 1891 Census for Marville Road shows number 69 as being occupied byArthur, Mary, Ernest and William Cot. The 1871 and 1881 Census, however, have no mention of Marville Road but do show a Bishop’s Terrace close to where Marville now lies which doesn’t appear on the 1881 Census so there may be the possibility that the name was changed after 1881 to match the similar sounding Rosaville, Brookville and Parkville Roads.

      • Gina says:

        Hi Mark. Thanks for your reply. The address ’69 Marvel Road Fulham’ was listed as my great grandfather’s home address in his military record dated 1885. I was hopeful he lived there in 1881 as well as I’ve been unable to find him in the census that year. Perhap it was misspelled in his military record. I’ve no idea unfortunately.

  41. Lynne Bustard says:

    I’m researching my great,great aunt, Rebecca ‘Rissie’ Bustard who was married in Fulham registry office on 19th October 1907. She married an Austrian man named Jean Muller and they lived in London and Paris. He was a hairdresser. On their marriage certificate they are said to live at 23 Raleigh Road but I’ve read that this road changed names……..Wharton Road and Lakeside Road? Could anyone help me find more details regarding this?

    Thank You!

    Kind Regards,


  42. Brian says:

    I got info from metropolitan archives London for the old Fulham hospital but I know someone who wrote a book on the hospital and knows his way around all the info available.
    Text me your mobile no to mine 07881924430 and I will see if I can get hold of him or email me shown

  43. Nicola Byrnes says:

    My late Dad’s family lived in and around Fulham, Hammersmith & Chelsea from the late 19th century onwards. My great great grandfather, John Byrnes was a signwriter/ artist who allegedly used to decorate costermongers’ barrows and was a scenery artist for the Wild West Show, amongst other things! He was in Fulham Hospital at the outbreak of WW2 and is there in the 1939 Register but was evacuated to Yorkshire, presumably following the bombing of the hospital, where he died in 1942. John’s birth does not seem to have been registered so I do not know who his mother was (his father was a bit of a character…!) but the 1939 Register gives his DoB as 24 March 1869. Would there be any surviving records from Fulham Hospital that might provide more information about John? If so, where would I find them? Any ideas gratefully received!

    • Vic Blake says:

      Is this him – from the 1881 census.

      John Byrnes


      Estimated birth year:
      abt 1868

      Relationship to Head:

      Henry B. Byrnes

      Mary Byrnes


      Where born:
      Battersea, Surrey, England

      Civil Parish:



      Street address:
      10A Park Walk


      Employment status:

      View image


      Registration district:

      Sub registration district:
      Chelsea, North-West

      ED, institution, or vessel:

      View others on page



      Page Number:

      Household Members:



      Henry B. Byrnes 40
      Mary Byrnes 40
      George Byrnes 17
      John Byrnes 13
      Richd. Byrnes 11
      Chas. Byrnes 7
      Ernest Byrnes 2

      • Nicola Byrnes says:

        Thanks Vic – if only it were that easy! No, my John is with his father Richard and stepmother, Amelia, at 27 Kings Road, Chelsea in 1881 (RG11 78 f84 pg 9). The name changes from Burn, to Byrne, to Burns, to Byrnes, to Burnes at different times, hence my problems with tracing them! I have John’s baptism (in Bristol!) in 1871 but on each census it states he was born in London.

    • Sue says:

      I wanted my medical records and contacted Fulham Hospital archives about 10 years ago..alas they had already been destroyed! I was so upset because I am still very much alive!

    • Don’t forget the FHHS publication

      Medicine in the Parish of Fulham from the 14th Century: Fulham Hospital 1884-1959

      Medecine in the Parish of Fulham
      Medecine in the Parish of Fulham
      A L Wyman. The hospital was bombed in WWII but continued until 1959 when bit by bit the old buildings were replaced by the new Charing Cross Hospital, which moved from WC2.

  44. Karen Frape says:

    I’m trying to trace any newspaper article concerning my great uncle Patrick Walsh. He was born in approx 1910. He apparently fell from Hammersmith bridge at some point in his life which left him with a stiff leg. He used to sell newspapers outside the station later on but lost his life in the river about 1940 – bit of a mystery. Any help at all would be great. Many thanks. Karen
    Email : kasfrape@gmail. com

  45. Ann Clayton says:

    Can anyone help me with any information about a bomb that was dropped near Ashchurch Park Villas, Shepherds Bush, on 28th September 1940 during ww11. My grandmother, Winifred Georgina Green died that night. She was a member of the Salvation Army. Any elderly resident in the area who may remember her. She lived in Ashchurch Grove. Her maiden name was Wilton. Regards, A. Clayton (Hampshire).

  46. Pat Wadsworth says:

    Does anyone have information or a connection with Hornby & Clarke that later became United Dairies? My grandad who lived in West Ken and Richmond worked for them during WW2 and for 37 years but I’m struggling to find a company archivist or employee records. Any info would be extremely gratefully received. Patsy

    • This dairy was based in Richmond, and one should look at the Petershaam Village website..I copy here a small extract from the Petersham Village section
      “The tenancy of Petersham Farm passed through many hands until 1880 when Mr Hornby obtained the tenancy and was soon joined by Mr Clarke to found the Petersham based dairy of Hornby and Clarke. The Petersham herd supplied the milk. This business was a well-established and well-patronised feature of Richmond life until 1960 with shops selling their dairy products all over Richmond and South West London. A magnificent example of a Hornby and Clarke shop still exists in the Richmond Hill area although the shop is no longer a dairy…”
      The online catalogue for Richmond also has a few entries, inparticular some planning applications for some of their premises. This can sometimes have a historical paragraph which is of use. It is most likely that Richmond has other book materials and I would suggest that you enquire there, they may well know then location of any archives. Also try contacting the Richmond Local History society

  47. Sheila Carson says:

    I have been researching my family history and found that my great grandfather Frederick William Steggall was a School Master in Hammersmith from about 1871 to 1901. I was wondering if there are any records for Hammersmith schools during this period. I would like to know what schools he taught at and his position at the school.
    Do you have any advice as to where any records might be held.

    Many thanks
    Sheila Carson

  48. Brian, so glad you enjoyed photos. However, sorry you could not find your Mother in them. Brackenbury in 1960 when I started and then on to age 11 and left. Things might have changed now. Regards Josephine

  49. Stephen as a follow on.. the photo I have shows a cycle work shop. It was at the Glenthorne st end of Cambridge Rd. The other end went onto King St.

    Photo blurred but with my magnifying glass I could see a large penny farthing as part of the shops logo and I think the name Pascal was there to.

    Regards Josie

  50. Hello Stephen,

    In those days it was known as Cambridge Road and then changed to Cambridge Grove. I went back a few years ago to No 24 as the house went to auction and purchased by a developer at a staggering price! He very kindly let us in and all the work they had done it was turned into 4 flats. Quite emotional for me. It was right next to the railway arch and we soon got used to the sound of trains!

    I have a black and white Edwardian photo of Cambridge Rd. If you would like me to email please let me know.

    Regards Josephine

  51. Brian, should love this photo as well.
    My email address is:

    Thank you.


    • Brian says:

      Stephen and Josephine
      Thank you so much for the link to the 24 photos as parting gift
      Fantastic I’m trying to see if my mother is in one I have a class photo which I reckon is about 1919 my mother was born 1912.
      I had forgotten the class photos were done as all girls or all boys. I will send you copy Josephine . I also have other info I can dig out which I got after the school had 100yr celebration.
      Unfortunately about 4 years ago I spent months and months awaiting the school admin staff to look for some old files for me to no avail. I’m looking for photos that would show my mother and also they issued school leaving certificates.
      I imagine kids went to school there from 4/5 years old to 14/15
      Not sure what do you think. Strange enough while doing my research I went and looked up Carthew villas which is round the corner from the school as I suspected, incorrectly, it was part of my mothers story.

      • Stephen Lally says:

        Josephine and Brian. All interesting stuff. My grandfather’s bicycle business was at 40 Cambridge Road. I have a photo taken in the early 1900s of Cambridge Rd, I think from the King Street end. I will send it to you. I would be very interested in your Pascal cycle works photo. I also have a photo of Carthew Villas, also about 1910 which I can send. Shame I can’t find my father in the Brackenbury photos but any information you come up with would be useful as I am writing his biography at the moment – names of teachers, attendance times, anything. Many thanks

  52. Stephen thank you so much for info on HMS Stork my husband now on the case! Regards Josie

  53. Stephen and Brian,

    Getting back to Brackenbury school again! My best friend lived in Carthew Rd intact two houses on the end and it was called Carthew Villas which I thought odd! Scared me as they lived in basement and very dark.

    If you Google.. parting gift from deputy head get west London a treasure trove of old pictures of children at Brackenbury.

    • Brian says:

      Josephine and Stephen
      Josephine just looked at your note again re Carthew villas my mother at one time lived in what you would call a dark cellar.
      No windows with just her Gran who brought her up and with my brother we found it . Round the corner in the Uxbridge road below what looked like an Iranian restaurant . The cellar is still their and converted for additional eating area and still no windows . We had the address where they had lived.
      Your right it would have been scary , horrible

  54. david drew says:

    I am not quite sure whether I am leaving a message in the right place, but I am trying to find out as much as I can about a potter called Edgar Kettle, who worked in the 1870s for C.I.C. Bailey at the Fulham Pottery and then apparently started up his own operation in Putney. If there is anyone out there who knows anything about Mr. Kettle, I would be delighted to hear from them. Many thanks.
    David Drew.

    • Edgar Kettle was employed at Fulham pottery at the same time as Cazin and Wallace Martin. He worked in decorative stoneware, and a good deal of his work is known, signed with his initials and his rebus of a kettle., some of it with dates in the mid 70’s. The archives is in possession of a loving cup incoloured stoneware, with the arms of Oriel college, Oxford. It is not known how long Kettle continued to work for Bailey, but is believed to have dies not long after the Bailey period…ceased 1891. Check with Wandsworth Local history society and the local history dept./ museum

  55. Hello, not sure if all of you out there will be interested…

    I lived in Cambridge Grove until the age of 5 years at no. 24 Nine children and we did not have much but appreciated what we had! A famous woman named Ellen Craft lived at no. 26 in Victorian times and helped to abolish slavery. Her history is fascinating. Regards Josie

  56. Thank you for this reply very interesting. Still trying to track the ship moored on Thames with the children!

  57. Susan Jeffrey says:

    In 1890’s the training ship Exmouth moored off of Grays Essex. Took orphan boys from 12-14 approx. Info online together with photos. Many of boys went into Merchant Navy, served in navy during WW1. Brilliant idea if a little harsh by today’s standards. A roof over their head, food.

  58. Josie Danvers says:

    Hello, adore this website. I was born in Kensington and then moved to Hammersmith when I was 5. I went to school at Brackenbury. I’m trying to find out is it true in the Victorian times a ship was moored at the Thames and poor children came off it to go to school at Brackenbury?

    Regards Josie

    • Stephen Lally says:

      My father was born in Hammersmith in 1916 and went to Brackenbury Road School. HMS Stork was moored on the Thames at Hammersmith and was, I believe, a training ship for boys.

      • Stephen thank you for this message. Will now google HMS Stork.

      • Brian says:

        Stephen , interesting what you said re your father my mother born 1912 went to Brackenbury school and in those days they had mixed ages in a class . What is your fathers name as I have a school class photo with christian names on most of the children. My mothers name was Violet Taylor but for some unknown reason she was called Ada at school.
        Brian Jeffreys

      • Stephen Lally says:

        Brian. Thanks for this info. My father’s name was Leonard (Len) Lally. He lived in Carthew Road. Let’s hope he appears in your photo. If so, I would love a copy for my collection. My email is stephen at lally . org . uk. Thank you.

      • Stephen Lally says:

        Josephine. You need to google HMS Stork Hammersmith as there are several with the same name. Found the following but not much else. Some photos. “HMS Stork (1882) was a 4-gun composite screw gunboat, launched in 1882, used as a survey ship from 1887, lent to the Navy League in 1913 and moored at Hammersmith as a training ship for boys,[2] broken up in 1950.”

      • Brian says:

        Stephen can you send me your email address and I will check through if I have anything that might help

    • Val says:

      Ancestry has just added information online about the Training Ship Exmouth- training records 1876-1918 that are held by the London Metropolitan Archive. I will post the URL here but not sure if is accepted or will be deleted from this post.

    • Stephen Lally says:

      Josephine & Brian. Thank you for the lead to all the photos of Brackenbury Sch. Can’t see my father in any but one of the classroom scenes must have been typical of his room there. He left in 1928 and went to West Ken Central. My grandfather had a bicycle works in Cambridge Road – I presume under the railway arches – in the mid 1890s. Is that different to your Cambridge Grove?

  59. Richard Dudas says:

    How were the cottages originally named in the 19th century? Were the names chosen by their initial owners (if so, could they be renamed by later owners), or by the builders, or decided by the Borough itself?

    I am specifically looking for information on Belton Cottage (which may now sport a number instead of a name, if the cottage is still there) on Black Lion Lane.

    • Richard Dudas says:

      p.s. Belton Cottage must have been near the Black Lion Pub. which today is on S. Black Lion Lane. It seems they were both part of a group of buildings collectively known as “Denmark Cottages”.

  60. Len Fuller says:

    The School could of been St Marks.

  61. Len Fuller says:

    There was one in W B Rd I don’t remember one in Parsons Green.

  62. Len Fuller says:

    Was it Ancill St and St Marks School.

  63. beckystoll says:

    Dear all,

    As part of our Centenary celebrations, local charity Stoll is delighted to welcome you to our archive exhibition on the 30th January 2017 at Fulham Mansions, 10 am – 3 pm.

    The charity was established in 1916 by the theatre impresario Sir Oswald Stoll, who was moved by the number of wounded soldiers returning from the First World War. Stoll’s concern was that Veterans would not only need accommodation for themselves and their families, but also specialist support to deal with any trauma they were experiencing.

    The Stoll exhibition is open to the community and will display some great archive information stretching over the last 100 years on how Stoll continues to support the nation’s ex-Service men and women and began in 1916. Join us and learn more about Sir Oswald Stoll, his vision to support ex-Service personnel and how Stoll works with vulnerable Veterans today.

    Monday 30th January 2017 10:00am – 15:00pm
    The Community Hall, Sir Oswald Stoll Mansions, 446 Fulham Road, London SW6 1DT

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch, by sending an email to

    Thanks and hope to see you there.

  64. Donna Howe says:

    Hi do you know the name of the pie & mash shop near parsons green station in fulham by novello st. It was there in the 90’s. Thanks

    • Was this also the fried fish shop that was located at 34 Parsons Green Lane, and opposite the L.T. works yard. Before WW2 it was called Ennever & Sons, but in the 50’s and for many years afterwards it was Jacksons. If it is not this one I suggest checking with the libraries in Kelly’s London Post office directory, which should give the names of other businesses

  65. Val says:


    A relative was a business partner in a 2-man ltd company called Goldhawk Publicity Services, which may have started by offering sign writing but was certainly connected with scenery painting for the theatres in the area, and working with gold leaf. There is even a family story that the relative guilded the Shepherds Bush Empire but I have no idea if that is true. Nor been there to take a look.

    I have found the company listed in phone books between 1929 and 1936 – with three addresses over the period. In 1929: 288 Uxbridge Rd, W12. In 1929, 1930 and Feb 1931: 158a Blythe Rd, W14 (which I think comes under Fulham/Hammersmith?) and Aug 1931 onwards to 1935: 7 Ridgemount St, WC1

    Apart from phone books, can anyone direct me to collections of old photos, directories or places where the business might have advertised, as I am intrigued as to what exactly they did. Another puzzle is that the relatives always referred to their premises as ‘the club’ so I wonder if they ran the business from rented rooms in some sort of club? Looking at Google streetview, Blythe Rd looks like a residence, but possibly their later address was a club – there is a new building there now so cannot tell.

    Hope someone can help.


  66. Maxine kemp says:

    I was wondering if you could help I lived in street called ansell or Hansell as a small child in the late 60s till 1970 all I remember is it located between fulham football ground and St stephens hospital I went to a school on fulham palace rd called st matthews I think I’m trying to trace the exact location of the street I think I remember my mum at the time saying we had to move as the houses were being knocked down to built flats

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Maxine, it was probably Ancill Street but you’ve got your hospitals mixed up, I think. It would have been Charing Cross Hospital as St Stephens was at the Chelsea end of Fulham Road but closed in 1989.

  67. Sally Brown says:

    Any history on Woolmer Cottages in 1871 would be greatly appreciated.

  68. Lisa Bown says:

    I wonder If someone could help.. As a child I stayed with relatives in Maurice St. We have lost touch. The family as I knew it consisted of my great aunt Mary. Her daughter Peggy and husband Bill. They has a daughter Karen. Bill died in around 1995? Peggy moved out to live nearer her only child Karen. I’m hoping to trace them as it brings back such good memories

    • This is always a difficult one, but what one can do is check the voters list at the library for the surname , and then check the names for other people round about , and compare these names with the present day voting list. You have not given a Family name to check

  69. Jayinder Khaneka says:

    Dear Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society,

    I am a local resident and have recently been informed of the proposed demolition of 230-234 and 236 North End Road and 88-90 Lillie Road.

    Though not the best kept of buildings, as far as I can tell from records, these were the original constructions on the site when the area was converted from market gardens.

    Is anyone aware of the historical significance of these buildings? Though in poor condition they are presentable and I am concerned that should they be demolished we will be losing another trace of original Fulham.

    The current applications are available via the LBHF website, reference :2016/03540/FUL.


  70. John Dedman says:

    Don’t know if my message has got through.

    John Dedman

  71. John Dedman says:

    Any pictures of King Street RC school. Circa 1850…

  72. John Dedman says:

    My ancestors Agnes Kezia Herbert and her sister Theresa Herbert attended King Street Catholic school. 1851 census. Their father was John Rogers Herbert, R A, Royal Academician and their mother was Kezia Mary Herbert nee Dedman my gggaunt.

    Any info on this school, please.

    Thanking you for a reply.

    John Dedman

  73. Would be nice to know about strategic planning and housing development policy from 2016 going forward.

  74. Susan says:

    Hi, my father was a lifelong Fulham fan. I have checked a year book “Fulham a Century of Memorable Matches” and your relative’s name does not appear1960-1970 in line up. However, I see Johnny Haynes was in a temporary managerial role In 1968 so he got to meet Fulham’s best!

  75. Len Fuller says:

    Have you trileed getting in touch with the club.

  76. Simon sherlock says:

    Not sure about Brook Green but there are lots of great pics of the Palais on the internet throughout the years especially the 50’s!

  77. Jay Chorlton says:

    Hi I’m trying to find an old story of my grandad as a child . The story goes he was asking Penney for the guy and painted his face with lipstick someone took his photograph and the next day it was in the local newspaper they called him the pink boy of Fulham. From 1927 to 1940 . Please help

  78. Antonio says:

    Hi there,

    My great grandfather was called Philip Goldstein. He was a retired grocer who lived at 15 Dewhurst Road and died in 1915.

    I know he immigrated from Poland in 1899 and lived at that address for the rest of his life,

    I’d be interested to find out more about him, especially where his shop was, and what his original Jewish name might have been.

    I have found a mention of him in the London gazette but not much else.

    Any ideas gratefully received!


  79. Maria Badia says:

    Hello!! My name is Maria. I looking for any records or photos of my father-in-law Peter James White. He played for fulham around 1966 to 1970. He passed away a some time ago and was very close to his son (my husband). He has had a rough year and for hi birthday i would love to find sonething about his dad. I know is a lot to ask.

    Thank you very much for your time!

  80. Eva says:

    Where would I find images of Brook Green and Hammersmith Palais in the late 1940s and 50s?

    Thank you.

  81. Sue Hamilton says:

    Dear F&HHS
    My ancestor John Hamilton was a master Draper. He lived at 64 Hammersmith Rd in 1881 then was located at 156 Hammersmith Rd,Hammersmith from 1891 until his death in 1908. Can you tell me if he had a shop at this address or at another location in the area. I have been unable to find any reference to him or a business in his name.
    Kind regards

    • John Hamilton is classed as a linen draper. The address is to be found in the commercial section of the Middlesex Post Office directory for 1878 , however not in the private residents section there a John Hamilton is living at Stamford Brook House. Might he have been wealthy enough to have a different private residence.
      The 64 H.Rd address must have been a business premises


        Thank you for your prompt reply. On John Hamilton’s death certificate and Will his address is given as Melbourne House, 156 Hammersmith Road Hammersmith. He and his family plus domestic staff were also living there in the 1881 and 1901 UK census. It would seem from this information that this was his residence. Perhaps the property was big enough to cater for both his family and business? Is there a record of a Melbourne House at this address? I could not find anything online re this property. Any information would be much appreciated. Kind regards Sue Hamilton


  82. Penny bates says:

    I am trying to found out the history and people who have lived inmt house. 156a and b stephendale road fulham sw6 2.


    Penny Bates

    • fhhs says:

      You may be able to search for this in Ancestry which can be accessed in the borough libraries. However the best bet is to go to Hammersmith Library 1st Floor on a Monday or Tuesday where the archivist or a volunteer could direct you to the electoral registers, Census upto 1911 and some street Directories all of which may be helpful. If you live away from the borough now then please email the Archives (details above).

  83. Kenneth Bruce Cox says:


    I’m researching the history of a Triumph T15OV Trident motorcycle, bought in boxes from a motorcycle shop in Acton, in April 1997. I presume the shop has now ceased trading but wonder if you have any information regarding possible businesses and names of proprietors?

    Best Regards,

    Bruce Cox

    • Mike 'the stove' says:

      Hello, did the T150 have t160 valve gear, lightweight pushrods and an extra head gasket to lower compression? i had a T150v to this spec….

      • Kenneth Bruce Cox says:

        Thanks for replying. I like the sound of your T150V but doubt that it’s the same bike as this one was in boxes when bought from the shop in 1996/7. It was also unregistered which strongly suggests a repatriated import. The tank had been restored and the seat is in too good a condition to be original, although that too was in the box. Curiously, I have been in touch with both the seller, a Mr Nicholson, who lives on a house boat and can’t recall the bike but says it would have been a runner; and the buyer, a Mr Clarke, who says the bike was complete but in boxes, and bought from a shop in Acton! I have the original Bill of Sale, which is signed by both parties, and there is no mention of a shop in Acton. The bike was restored for Mr Clarke by a Mr Sears (now emigrated to Australia) and the quality of the rebuild suggests an extremely capable engineer, although he doesn’t seem to be known within the Trident population.

  84. Janet Dingvean says:

    Hello, I am looking for any photographs of Richmond Gardens in the 1950’s and 60’s please. I lived there until the houses were demolished for the current tower blocks.

    Yours sincerely Janet Dingvean nee Hook

  85. Hilary Caminer says:

    To the committee of the Society
    I am trying to make contact with your Society in order to invite a representative to the unveiling of a plaque in Lyons Walk to commemorate LEO – the world’s first business computer on the 65th anniversary of its first routine run.
    I am having trouble identifying contact details via the website and would very much welcome it if someone could contact me –
    Hilary Caminer
    Hon Secretary
    LEO Computers Society

    Many thanks

  86. Sue Bloomfield says:

    I will have a look on Ancestry tonight for J Lyons, I really appreciate your help with the info. I get so excited when I get closer to finding out about an ancestor & where they worked, very proud of my Fulham Family. Thank you again

  87. Brian ashby says:

    Hi I am trying to find the name of solictors that were at number 1 Goldhawk rd London W12 8QQ IN march 1981 my document only has a signature I A. Messer or similar ??esser (solicitor) law society can only help if I have the correct name please help regards brian

  88. Sue Bloomfield says:

    That’s fantastic, thank you ever so much, you’ve put a spring in my step tonight! See, it pays to ask, I can go forward now with my research. Hopefully I can put a name to the watch I have. Thank you, Sue

  89. Sue Bloomfield says:

    Ahh thank you so much for the info on J Lyons. My father told me it was at the end of North End Road, really appreciate your reply. Do you know where I could photos of J Lyons or staff records please? I have my great Uncles engraved watch from them, it was a gift for 60 years of service to the company.

    • Pat Wadsworth says:

      J Lyons was a large & well-known company there’s probably tons of info to get your teeth into. Look up J Lyons archives in and believe there is info held at London Metropolitan Architectural archives – good luck in your search

  90. Brian Green says:

    That’s right I worked there for Telfords until they moved up to Northamptonshire
    I wouldn’t leave London so I got paid off
    I remember we used to call cadby hall colditz .a grim looking building one way in with security watching you especially when you leave in case you had pies up ya jumper .but you could leave by the staff shop where you could buy j Lyons cakes and other thing very cheap . couldn’t go in that way only out .I worked on the loading dock filling lorries with cages of food .wasn’t a great job but had some good mates there ..

  91. Ray Stroud says:

    His name was Walter Henry Stroud, and he lived at 13 Linver Road – and also other addresses in the Fulham area (11 Lodge Avenue and 23 Bettridge Road being two) during the 1880s and 1890s. He was born in Rampisham in Dorset in 1864. The family moved to Newport in 1900 and, sadly, he was killed in an industrial accident in a steel works a few years later (1903). On his marriage certificate he is listed as a baker and on the 1891 census as an assistant baker; was sharing the house was his mother Johanna and Walter Henry’s younger sister, Kate, who had been born at 32 Baldwin Street Newport, Monmouthshire on 24th November 1876. Also living in the house is Frederick Weidmeier, a foreman baker, and his two daughters.

  92. Let Fuller says:

    The company was J Lyons and was based at Cadby Hall in Hammersmith Road W6.

  93. Ray Stroud says:

    My great-grandfather is listed as a baker in the 1891 census, although they moved to South Wales before the Great War. The family lived in Linver Road Fulham; I do not know where he was employed as yet.

  94. Sue Bloomfield says:

    Hi there, I’m trying to find out about the company ‘Lyons’ that use to be at the Talgarth End (Olympia End) of North End Road, can you help in any way please? My great Uncle worked there for 60 years & I’m trying to gather more info on the company & photos if possible. Thanking you in advance for your help.

    • fhhs says:

      Hi, If you can visit the LBHF Archive at Hammersmith Library there are a number of books and company magazines about Lyons including the development of LEO an early computer business program especially for the company. There will also be photos of the street and factory but you will probably need to visit on a Monday or Tuesday to gain access to these. You should be able to log into Ancestry at the archive and find addresses for relatives if before 1911 and there are also Electoral Registers, street directories and some records of births and deaths. Good luck.

  95. Karen Hamilton says:

    Hi I am trying to find out if there are any articles in Fulham newspapers regarding an elderly lady skipping on Ester Ranzens programme That’s Life in the 1970s,down North End Road,Fulham

  96. Debbie Clowes says:

    Hi. I am looking for picture or details of a Florists shop in Fulham in 1970’s. It was called “The Flower Pot”. Thank you.

  97. Debbie Clowes says:

    Hi. I am looking for a picture of a florists shop in Fulham in 1970’s. It was called The Flower Pot. Thank you.

  98. Heather McKendry says:

    Hi. My mums family lived in Angel Road Hammersmith in early 1900’s until about start of 2nd world war. Just wondered what housing conditions were like and how my gran would’ve provided for her children when my grandad died in 1909. Their surname was Monkman.

    • Adrian Preuth says:

      Hi, we might be related. My nan was born Monkman. My great, great grandad was John W Monkman and they lived around Hammersmith.

  99. Len Fuller says:

    There was a pub in Rylston Road called the Lord Clyde, now demolished.

  100. Anthony Duschell says:

    Would any one be able to help ? trying to list a building of residential flats -dated around 1890’s or a little late, we were told by one of the older residents Doris who has sense passed away that the building was used to house workers from a Brewer named Clyde Brewer, Hence the name of the residential Building ” Clyde Flats” The Brewer cover a large area one side Lily road other Rylston road, apparently bombed during the war, now a block of council flats ,
    can any one verify this information,

  101. Sue Bloomfield says:

    I think my Nan worked there with her sister in the year 1020′ onwards…I’ll double check with a distant relative on my family tree.

  102. Your members might be interested to know that at Linden House on the Upper Mall, on Wednesday evenings, there are some wonderful and very inexpensive talks on art history. At the moment it’s portraits, but other themes are coming up too.

  103. Len Fuller says:

    My wife and her family lived there in the early 50s, the name is Dutch.

  104. Sandra Keates says:

    I understand that my great grandfather ran a funeral directors in Fulham in the 1910-20s. I would be intetested to know if there are there any records of a G Lake funeral directors in any of the information the historical society holds. Thank you for your help.

  105. Natalie liddicott says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I have family that used to live on Bulow Road, Fulham. Living at different addresses on the street,throughout the generations. Anyone with knowledge of this road, would be great!
    Family names are Bushnell/ Murphy.
    Thank you

    • reco1000 says:

      Dear Natalie
      Bulow road used to exist between Broughton road and Bagley’s Lane in Sands End. the whole area was demolished some 50/60 years ago. I can send you photos of the road just prior to demolition ( and what it looks like now.

      • Mary Davies says:

        Hi. On exploring my ancestry I know for a time my granddad lived in Bulow Road as a child in 1890s – 1900. Our family name was Hearne/ Hearn

  106. Len Fuller says:

    There was also a Bakery in Humbolt Road W6
    A B Hemmings.

    • Janet Welch says:

      Thank you

    • Nia Campbell says:

      Hi there,

      We are filming a story about a gentleman whose family business was Snowflake Laundry in Shepherds Bush London between 1900s-1920s. I am on the hunt for images/video of the laundry business from the era to help tell his story and that of the laundry industry.

      Does anyone know of any images of the laundry business? I have seen a snowflake laundry van which was on ebay but it no longer seems to be on the internet sadly.

      Any help is greatly appreciated.

      Kind regards,


  107. Can anyone help with the location of Lilly Terrace, New Road, Shepherds Bush? It existed in the 1860s, but may have disappeared when New Road became Goldhawk Road. I am looking to find the location of No 9 Lilly Terrace, the home in 1861 of writer and traveller Lucy Atkinson.

    • FHHS says:

      Hi, I have looked at the large scale 1861 OS map in the LBHF archive and although several other terraces are marked Lillie or Lilly terrace is not. Neither is it in the earliest Kelly’s directory available (1896) by when it had become Goldhawk Road. You may find more if you visit yourself. (details above)

    • Voters list or census returns can also help locate a road or buildings.

      • gaited45 says:

        I’ve just found a map from 1862 which shows a ‘Lily Street’ on New Street, between Wells Road and Serle Terrace. I have a feeling that this is Lilly Terrace, which would have been built at around that time. It does not show the railway bridge, which must have been built later. You can see that there is a terrace of houses behind the shopfronts on the road.

  108. Can anyone tell me the location/present name of Lilly Terrace, in Shepherds Bush? I am researching author and traveller Lucy Atkinson who lives at No 9 in the early 1860s.

  109. Alisha Zara Butt says:

    Hello, is it possible to confirm if you have any archive photos of Thornfield Road W12 8JQ between property No. 26 and 50
    Required for research at University

    Kindest regards

    • fhhs says:

      You should contact the LBHF archive (see above) I have checked and there are a number of photographs of these addresses from the 60s and also after the bomb damage with a general view from much earlier. If you visit you could use a camera for £5 for private use. If you cannot visit email the Archivist and stae exactly what you want. She will then be able to tell you what it will cost to email scanned photos to you. You may find this site of interest:
      Good luck

  110. Nia Campbell says:

    Hi there,

    I am the archive researcher for a BBC programme called Heir Hunters which follows the search for heirs and discovers interesting social history stories along the way.

    We are filming a story about a gentleman whose family business was Snowflake Laundry on Wendell Road Shepherds Bush London between 1900s-1920s. I am on the hunt for images/video of Snowflake and the local area. Does anyone have any images or video that we could use to help tell the story?

    Any help is very much appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Nia Campbell

    (Archive researcher flame TV)

  111. Hi there, I’m researching the Hackney Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Society, a charity set up after WW1 to help house and support injured Veterans who were quite often without a home.

    I’m trying to find a little more out about the Society and wondered if you had any information?

    I work for Stoll the Veterans charity and am currently going through our archive material which has a lot of content regarding the Society.

    Many thanks in advance for your help.

    Sarah Skinner

  112. Janet Welch says:

    I’m researching bread during the First World War. Hammer smith was one of the first areas where bakers worked in cooperation to release men for the war under a pooling scheme. I would love to know what information you have on the baking trade and to hear from people whose relatives were bakers, millers or yeast dealers in the area?

    • J. Lyons.
      Any bread making in Hammersmith must include the company that was a substantial food manufacturer, with factories at Cadby Hall in Hammersmith, and from 1921 one at Greenford, producing bread, cakes, pies, tea, coffee and ice cream.
      The J. Lyons & Co. papers are now stored in the London Metropolitan Archives. The niece and nephew of the Gluckstein brothers were Hannah Gluckstein, a painter; and Louis Gluckstein, a Conservative politician. A descendant of the Salmon side of the original partnership is Nigella Lawson.

      • Janet Welch says:

        Wonderful, thank you. I have of course come across J Lyons & Co but had not appreciated where archive records are kept. As the First World War progressed bakers were put under ever increasing pressure to release men into the army. I keep coming across references to a pooling/delivery scheme used in Hammersmith but can’t find the details. The Military Tribunals and baking businesses shared a lot of information and if a scheme was effective in one area of the country they urged others to adopt this. I’ll keep going to see if I can crack it.
        Great to see Nigella’s connection, she writes extremely well I hope I can turn my narrative into something just as good.

  113. Len Fuller says:

    Fulham Football Club had a ladies team back in the 70/80s.

    • keith hailstone says:

      All paid for by mr Fayad and won everything ,until he pulled the plug.Any one know of a family named Wilson from William parnel house, then Rosaline road from 1939 to 60s, 9 children and was langford road bombed?in 1940,and what date was mulgrave rd bombed. sorry about mixed post.

  114. Len Fuller says:

    Hello. There’s a Sussex Place which is off Queen Caroline Street W6. I hope this helps.

  115. amanda says:

    Hi My great Grandma used to work at 1 Sussex Grove Fulham but I can only find Sussex Street is this the same? If not do you know what it is now called?

    Any info much appreciated

    Thank you


  116. James Shirley says:

    Hi there,

    I am writing a dissertation about women’s football and its history and was just wondering if you or your members know of any ladies football teams in Fulham and Hammersmith area post world war one right up til 1990?

    Any help would be much appreciated



  117. Lisa Houston says:

    Hi I would like to no the history of the old bank in long Eaton on Tamworth road across the road from long Eaton train station as we are living in it now so I I’m just curious about the history of it could you send me some pictures of it if you have any or can get any please thank you so much

  118. Julie Lincoln says:


    I am researching pubs that my great grandfather, Thomas John (or TJ) Lincoln worked at in Fulham in the early 1900s. Around 1899-1905. This relative managed various pubs around greater London. Possibly for the Fuller, Smith and Turner Brewery.

    At one time Great Grandfather and his young family lived at 265 Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham.

    -Would anyone know if this location was ever a pub?

    Google maps shows a terrace (I think that is the style.) house (converted to multiple flats per real estate sites) at that location now. I am not sure how old the current house is. Was it built after WWII?

    Also, were there ever any pubs in Fulham with tudor stye architecture similar to The Tudor House Hotel in Market Drayton? Please see attached link.!1s0x487a890f198c8331%3A0x7f7d24e6e8b5371e!2m5!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!3m1!7e115!!5sTudor%20House%20Hotel%2C%20Market%20Drayton%2C%20shropshire%20-%20Google%20Search&imagekey=!1e3!2s-ArR9MORY48A%2FVw0Z1lHdOJI%2FAAAAAAABpso%2FeOcSmAqOuGkqFONF4M23uQ94irOzC2LgQ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjhwrLP79DOAhVB2WMKHeY_D0oQoioInQEwCg

    Thanks for any help you can provide.


    Julie Lincoln

    • Dear Julie
      265 I believe is on the corner of Rosebury Road. I think I recall that this was once a shop. Opposite is St Matthew’s Church that was rebuilt around about 2000. 265 might have been rebuilt about the same time. My family had pubs in Fulham in 19th Cent and before. I cannot think of one in the Tudor style I might be wrong). There is however a mock tutor school (19th Cent) in Broomhouse Lane not too far away

      • Julie Lincoln says:

        Derek, thank you for your prompt response. Perhaps my great grandfather knew your family since they had pubs?!

        Are there any pubs from the 19th century still around in Fulham? Or were they destroyed in WWII , or due to redevelopment?

        Thanks again.


      • Hi Julie
        I am sure there are many old pubs left in Fulham, I have not ben there for a couple of years. My family owned the Wheatsheaf in Fulham road a couple of hundred years ago.. I think. My grandmother owned the “Old Rose” near the Gasworks in the 19th Cent.
        Might I suggest you try and purchase books by my friend Frank Czucha
        “Old sands End, Fulham” ISBN9781840335262
        “Old Fulham” ISBN9781840336450
        Both published by Stenlake Publishing Ltd
        If I can help further my email is

      • fhhs says:

        The Wheatsheaf has become a Sainsbury’s in the last few years although this was the Victorian pub there appears to have been a Wheatsheaf long before Fulham or Walham Green was developed. The books mentioned are fascinating and this site may be useful too:
        There are still plenty of old pubs worth a visit.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        I used to do discos in The Wheatsheaf’s downstairs bar in the ’70s when it was run by Jim Winter and then a Scotsman called Harry. It became a Sainsbury’s local when it went the way of a lot of pubs a couple of years ago. Sad to see it go but that’s the way it seems to be now.

    • This book has details of local pubs. May be out of print.. This is the cost of an Amazon copy.
      Hammersmith and Fulham Pubs (Archive Photographs) by Chris Amies

      Price: £8.59

      Binding: Paperback Publisher: The History Press Date published: 01/06/2004 ISBN-13: 9780752432533 ISBN: 0752432532

  119. Sue Bloomfield says:

    Hi Chris, like most library’s do, Hammersmith & Fulham should hold this information. Before I moved out of Chelsea, I wanted to check where Luna Street use to be at the World’s End. The staff showed me old maps etc & gave me a photo copy of it, worth asking.

    • Chris Warren says:

      Hi Sue, Mark (see below) has given me pretty much what I wanted, and we live 130 miles from Hammersmith, so a library visit is a little tricky, but I will look for their website. Thanks for your help. Chris

    • Luna Street was a turning off Blantyre Street, east of the World’s End Pub. The whole area is now the World’s end Estate. I can scan a map to you if you like

  120. Chris Warren says:

    Hi, we’ve just received a copy of my wife’s father’s birth certificate, and it shows the address as 2 Wharf Road, Hammersmith (possibly North Hammersmith) in 1906. We’re unable to locate this road on Google Earth, so think it may have been demolished or had a name change. We’d be grateful for any assistance in finding this road. Kind regards Chris Warren

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      I believe it’s called Coal Wharf Road these days, Chris.

      • Chris Warren says:

        Hi Mark, thanks for your response. Unfortunately, still unable to locate Coal Wharf Road in Hammersmith on Google Earth or Streetmap. Is it me? Cheers Chris

      • I don’t think it’s just you, Chris, I couldn’t locate it on either even though a Google search seems to suggest you can find it on them. It seems to run off the Uxbridge Road according to something else I read. I checked my London A-Z and according to that it exists on page 73. Unfortunately, for me, I’ve lost pages 71-76!!

      • It seems to have changed its name around 1938 and now sits just between Shepherds Bush mainline rail station and Shepherds Bush Central Line Station, close to the roundabout where Uxbridge Road meets Holland Park Avenue and might be the first narrow turning on the right of the Uxbridge Road after the roundabout. I can find addresses for a new development on Coal Wharf Road so think it might not be a road as we know it although it bears the name of one.

      • Adverts for the new housing in Coal Wharf Road says “a massive new retail and leisure centre backs on to the site” so I imagine they’re talking about the Westfield Centre.

      • Chris Warren says:

        Hi Mark – thanks for your help. 51.504864, -0.218046 . If you use those co-ordinates in Google Earth, just confirm for me I’m now in the right place. Cheers Chris

      • Looks correct to me, Chris.

    • Hello, I do have Wharf road on a map and it did run parallel to the Latimer road with an entrance half way down Latimer. Part of it ran by the side of the West London Junction Railway and it seems to run into the Coal depot right to the west of the then Uxbridge Road Station at the Eastern tip of Shepherds Bush Green, and coming out at the end of Holland road. Map is dated 1924

  121. Helen says:

    Re the location of Bridge Road, Hammersmith Bridge Road, the post code is W6 9DB. You should be able to find it on Google Earth.

  122. Vince says:

    Bridge Road, Hammersmith – that is the road my grandparents lived on in 1941 when my dad was born. I’d love to hear from anyone who knows of this road (that can’t be found on Google as it must have been renamed), or any word of a William Ernest Green and any Green community of that time or since in Hammersmith who may be connected. Many thanks, Vince

  123. James Kelso says:

    In response to David Matthews search for pub names near the College of St Mark and St John around the 50s and 60s, these may help. The Nell Gwynn, corner of Rewell Street and New Kings Road; The Wheatsheaf, corner of New Kings Road and Holmead Road; The Rising Sun, corner of Holmead Road and Fulham Road; and The Stamford Arms, corner of Fulham Road and Wandon Road. This is definitive – ish. I was born in one and slung out of the rest.
    James Kelso

  124. Kathy Geairn says:

    My name is Kathy Geairn my great grandmother was place in St Joseph s home for Boys with her sister in 1896 our family would love if you have any information. Their names are
    Mary Madigan born in Chelsea Eng. January 1887 she was sent to Canada as an indenture servant in 1902 with thirty six boys and her sister Hellen Madigan born Kent, Eng. 1881 Nickednamed Nellie. If you can find any information that would be wonderful.

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      Have you tried the site British Home Children? They are working towards having all the names of children that went there under the scheme online. They have not got too far down the alphabet. If you have a date it is possible to search the passenger lists for ships out of Liverpool with destination. I know the Laurentian was used with Montreal as the port. My relative ended up in Ottawa. I then found him in the census.

      Not sure if it is true for every British scheme, but we were able to get annual reports from a ?social worker until he was old enough to leave, and presumably wished to go.

  125. David Matthews says:

    I was a student at the College of St Mark and St John between 1961 and 1965. We have been trying to remember the name of the pub off the Fulham Road and opposite the back entrance to the college. Can you help? Many thanks. David

    • David, I went to Sloane, next door to the college and think you must be talking about either the Black Bull on the corner of Fulham Road and Billing Road or maybe the Fox and Pheasant in Billing Road. Both are still in existence and I arrange my old school’s get-togethers which frequently start in the Fox and Pheasant.

  126. Len Fuller says:

    I would like to know when the old Library was demolished, in Lillie Rd.
    Regards Len.

  127. Good evening,

    I am currently undertaking some research into the military hospitals established by Parliament during the English Civil Wars.

    A hospital was established at Parsons Green in March 1645, but according to recent research, the actual location may have been Sir Nicholas Crisp’s house. Is this something that you are aware of?

    I’m trying to identify the location of this house. From what I have been able to find out so far, the likely location would have been a site with a river-frontage, to the west of the present day Frank Banfield Park. Are you able to suggest a more precise location?

    Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes,


    • Dear David,

      The FHHS Web-Master has this evening drawn my attention to your query of 8 August, because he thinks it ‘up my street’ (with some justification!). I am an amateur historian, living in Fulham’s Palace Riverside Ward, with an interest in the History of Medicine (especially military medicine), and a Volunteer History Tour Guide at the Palace.

      I have recently dashed off some comments on the Fulham Palace Restoration Project, and the plans for interpretation. My main concern was that we should not overlook the political significance of Fulham during the English Civil Wars: see below!

      As to the location of the Parliamentary Military Hospital, I have understood that this was, indeed, on Crisp’s Crabtree estate. There is little information in Whitting, P. D. (ed.) ‘A History of Fulham’ (London, Fulham History Society, 1970), and I have not checked Feret, C.J. ‘Fulham Old and New’ (London, Leadenhall Press, 1900).

      However, a quick web search confirms that after Sir Nicholas Crisp (1598-1666) originally built his ‘Great House’ on the Hammersmith riverside part of Fulham, Bishop William Juxon (Bishop of London and Lord of the Manor of Fulham, of course) granted a lease in 1642 so that Crisp could extend his estate. In 1647, The Great House was ransacked by Parliamentary troops. It was subsequently confiscated by Oliver Cromwell, and used by General Fairfax to house wounded soldiers. It was returned to Crisp on the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660. Later called, ‘Brandenburgh House’, it has since been demolished.

      I recall that some research I did in connection with a lecture in the Maritime History series at King’s College London, War Studies Dept., indicated that, very unusually for the mid-17th C., local women were employed as early nurses to tend the wounded troops in the Crabtree Military Hospital ….

      I shall take the liberty of sending you a separate email to which I shall attach the comments I posted on the current Fulham Palace Restoration Project and the need to explore the period of the English Civil Wars.

      Best wishes
      Jane B-D

  128. Gayle Lewis says:

    I am compiling a “This is Your Life” style book for my father who once worked for Hammonds and electrical firm on the Fulham Palace Road in 1971. I would like any photos and information about the firm and also a Portuguese restaurant called Manzi’s.

    • Gayle, I can’t help much but you’ve helped me. I used to use Manzis for a late night meal and a drink in the ’70s but had always remembered it as being Spanish. Lovely place, very popular with good food and a laid back atmolsphere.

  129. Miranda says:

    I am looking for any photos or information of the Battersea Dairy owned by the Owen family in the 50’s

  130. Victoria says:

    I believe there was a film of some sort (possibly a series) filmed at guinness trust dring the 1960’s?? I would like to find out the name? Inhave searched but had no luck.

  131. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Don’t forget Colet Court, prep. for St. Paul’s. At the time both were in Hammersmith Road, W.14?

  132. liz says:

    My parents where married in 1968 in St Augustus church fulham palace road. They never went back to collect their wedding album i think from a local photography shop. Is it possible to trace these photos ? What where the names of local photograhers at that time?

  133. Geoffrey See says:

    Taylors was the eel, pie and mash shop, still remember it, lovely grub, now what was the name of the fish and chip shop down the King St near Coopers the fishing tackle shop where most of my pocket money ended up.

  134. Ewan Lamont says:

    I have listed on eBay a floral watercolour inscribed “Jane Fryer the Cedars 1839”. Fryer ran a boarding school on Hammersmith Road. The Cedars was demolished in 1852. eBay item number:311662573325

  135. Wendy White (Pearce) says:

    I lived at no 34 St Peters Terrace Fulham from 1970 – 1980 and would like any information including photos of that time

  136. Sue Bloomfield says:

    I have just found out that my Nan & Grandad got married at St Peters, then your comments came up in my email, how funny ! So much info has came up on Fulham on, even found out where a lot of my Fulham Ancestors are buried.

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      I have a great grandmother married in St. Peter’s. When last in England I took four photos of the church. Not outstanding but if you are not close to Fulham, would be happy to send you.

  137. Ned Tidmarsh says:

    I am currently researching the history of a plot of land on 113 Munster road, and my research has revealed there used to be a house on it called Colehill Villa, though I cannot find out when it was built, when it was destroyed, or why it was destroyed. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Best Wishes,

    Ned Tidmarsh

  138. Helen Groom says:

    Hi, I am researching a relative called Harvey Adam, 1883-1917, On the 1911 census he is living in Benbow Road, Hammersmith & is a schoolmaster in a private school, He was also B.A. (Lond.). B.Sc. Fellow of the Royal Economic Society., He died in France in WW1, Is there any way I could find what private schools there was in the area & if poss which he worked at, Many thanks
    Helen Groom,

    • Anna Case says:

      Benbow Road is between Hammersmith Grove and Brackenbury Road. There are two independent schools in Hammersmith. Go dolphin and Latymer girls school in Iffley Road and St Pauls boys school on the Barnes side of Hammersmith bridge on Lonsdale Road. Both have websites. Hope this helps

  139. Susan Bloomfield says:

    Hi there, I’m trying to locate photos of 11 Chelmsford Street, Fulham in the 1890’s, any ideas of where I can find some please. Thanking you in advance for your help. Sue

  140. Samantha Ward says:

    Hi id really like some information on flora gardens hammersmith building and what was there before the flats were built and if there was any incidents happen within the block or number 123. Also any desths.

  141. claire fort says:

    Hi there,

    My name is Claire Fort I work for a TV production company called Monkey. We are making a TV show celebrating the 1950’s and are looking to speak to people who used to dances in the 50’s at local dance halls, so the Hammersmith Palais.

    Please get in contact if you think you could be of any help. My email is

    • Gwynneth Claridge (maiden) says:

      In 1955 aged 18 I danced at the Hammersmith Palais on its beautiful dance floor with tables round the edges, sadly now
      demolished/ I danced to Joe Loss and Lou Praeger and met my
      husband there. I lived in Hammersmith until Oct 1955 when I married and went to live in Glasgow. Not much of interest I know
      but I have happy memories of the Palais.

      • Elaine Gutteridge says:

        Hi there, i used to go to hammersmith palais every saturday(juniors) after saturday morning pictures at the
        now new apollo if that helps. then on to have pie, mashand liquor at the pie and mash shop opposite the apollo.

      • Mike Chilvers says:

        I can add a little to what the lady (Miss Gutteridge) said about the pie/mash shop opposite the Gaumont (Appollo). Me and 4/5 others used to meet-up in Oddies cafe on Sunday mornings, sit at the back with a coffee or two. Then later we started to bring guitars in and play skiffle etc. which we did for quite awhile until the owner had enough! We were also basically the same boys (band later) that welcomed Fess Parker (Davy Crockett) on the the steps of the Gaumont when he made a guest appearance to promote the film in 1955. I still have the picture of us playing ‘Davy Crockett’ as he came up which was published in the WLO newspaper! We were aged about 16/17 and in at the start of guitar playing plus our guitar evenings under Hammersmith Bridge! Really great days and I certainly miss them.
        Mike Chilvers

  142. Ged Pickersgill says:

    Do you have any information about Mr Harper who was the first owner of the fish stall on Shepherds bush market. He is a friends grandfather who is trying to research his family history

  143. I thought you might be interested in our next talk at The William Morris Society:

    Listing in the C21, Simon Hawkins
    Saturday 9 July, 2.15pm
    Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith W6 9TA

    Most of us are comfortable with protecting a Georgian townhouse or the remains of a Roman villa but what about our more recent volume of built heritage? How do Historic England decide what to assess today and how do they make their recommendations?
    Simon Hawkins is an Assistant Designation Adviser with Historic England and a trustee at The William Morris Society with specific responsibility for the House and Gardens.

    Tickets: £12, £10 (WMS members), £5 (students)
    Online booking:
    Tel: 020 8741 3735

    Many thanks,
    Cathy De’Freitas
    Society Administrator

  144. Geoffrey See says:

    Hi Nicola, not quite sure what you mean by the history of the ‘logo’ it’s the crossed keys of St Peter who is deemed to be the keeper of the gates of Heaven. As an old ( very ) boy of St Peters I hope this helps. Best wishes, Geoffrey See.

    • John F. Redbond says:

      Nicola, I was not sure what you meant by logo but I also assume you mean the crossed keys of St Peter. St Peter’s was a church of England infants school affiliated to St Peter’s church which is just round the corner from the school in Black Lion Lane.
      Like Geoffrey, I am also a very old boy. I started there at the age of four in 1931.
      Regards Dakota.

  145. Linda Slattery says:

    Do you have any information concerning hammersmith county school receiving an award from unicef or unesco for raising money for books. It was in the early 70’s. The award happened at Westminster Hall and was presented by Sir William Pitt. Unfortunately I have lost the article that was published in the local shepherds bush gazette. My name is linda slattery and I organised a sponsored walk which helped raise funds. Miss Jenkins was also at the awards.
    Kind regards
    Linda slattery

  146. Nicoletta says:

    Hello! Does anybody know the history of the logo of St Peter’s Primary School in Hammersmith? Thanks for letting me know, kind regards

  147. Paul Godier says:


    I am trying to find any information on my father.
    He is Donald L Jeffrey born Fulham 1951. His father was Les.
    Don married Anita Godier in 70s and had a son in 1975. (Paul David Jeffrey, 26/4/75, Born Clacton/Reg june Colchester)

    This is all I know so any small amount of info will mean a lot.

    Kind regards.


  148. ROSALINE HALL: Fulham Good Neighbours has been based in this building since 2006 but it’s history goes back at least to 1901. We are keen to find out more about the previous building’s owners and it’s history. Any advice will be appreciated.

  149. Daniel Hadden says:

    Hello I’m trying trace The family or friends of Alfred Reginald Thomson artist. He lived in Fernshaw road sw10. In the late 70s early 80s. I have an interesting painting I’m trying to identify please see the link

  150. Geoff Giles says:

    I am researching the family of William Lovely and his wife Eliza who lived at Avenue House, 2 Bridge Avenue, Hammersmith from the late 1850s. William was Clerk to the Board of Works for the Fulham District and he died in 1872. His widow, Eliza, died in 1900 at Avenue House. Does anyone know when the house was demolished as I believe that a new building is on the site? Also, does anyone know who I could approach to see if a photograph of Avenue House exists?


    Geoff Giles,
    Leicester, UK

  151. John evans says:

    Thank you!!

  152. Kevin says:

    Hi fellow researchers, after a long search I have found out the name of my grandfather Francis Cyril Howe born in Oct 1904 and lived around Hammersmith. Is there anybody out there that has any information about him or his family.
    I am awaiting a copy of his birth certificate.
    Regards Kevin

  153. William Vanderlouw says:

    Hello Peter,
    I am able to provide information on the Worsley family that you are seeking.
    Firstly I would like to know a bit more about you and what you are trying to achieve/want.
    I am available on which should make easier contact for us.
    Very kind regards,

    Bill Vanderlouw.

  154. John Evans says:

    My Grandmother, Vera Hay-Smith, was mayoress of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1971/72. Thomas Morris was Mayor. I remember newspaper articles of them with Muhammed Ali. I don’t remember the date or occasion but if you could find anything I would very much appreciate it.
    Thank you.

    • I think you should contact the Mayors secretary at the Town Hall. as I recall a cuttings book is compiled for each mayor in office. Again the archives/local history may have information and the local newspapers at that time

  155. Sarah Booth says:

    I am looking to find out some recent history of Coda Studios including the building’s past uses and where the name Coda came from.
    I’d appreciate any information
    Many thanks

    • The council website planning applications have the following as the first online details of the Coda centre.
      1987/00001/OUT | Outline application: The redevelopment of the land by the erection of residential units to contain 135 habitable rooms together with appropriate kitchens, bathrooms and ancillary facilities and the erection of business units not exceeding 75,000 square feet in floor are and their use within Class B1 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 together with associated car parking. Drg. Nos: MON2 1.22B (revised 20 March 1987), MON 1.21B, supporting drawing MON2 1.124 (for illustrative purposes only), MON2 S52 and letters dated 27 February, 15 June and 27 November 1987. | The Coda Centre Munster Road London SW6 6AW .
      Unfortunately early PA do not contain as much historical detail as later ones.

      The Planning application reports hard copy at the library could help, as could looking through the Fulham Chronicle. Kellys London will give you the name of the firms on the site.
      However if memory serves me correctly and others may like to comment on this, it was actually the site of a drinks manufacturer distribution outlet.
      I believe it was Corona soft drinks (later taken over by Britvic). I recall 4 bottles of the beverage being delivered to my house in Fulham regularly on a monthly basis and the empties collected c. 1959/60s. This was their marketing policy
      I would like to think that the name for the centre comes from
      COrona Drinks Association, but have no concrete evidence as such.

    • Dear Sarah, nice building. We featured it in my new book on Fulham (Wild about Fulham) and my historian tells me that 100 years ago it was a mineral water company called Batey and Co. They have a nice lady that runs the ‘gate house’ or reception area, called Eddie I seem to remember, so she ought to be able to fill you in with anything else you might need – all the best AW

  156. Anna Coombes says:


    I’m looking for some information on the history of Hope Pier. I believe it has been in the See family for many years. However, it does not appear on any plans.

    I am also curious to find out the location of Hammersmith Pier. Was this by the bridge?


    • Archives will have a map of the Thames showing all the piers draw docks wharves etc. The features around Hammersmith Bridge include the Hope Wharf. The may have information of the See family as well.

      Hammersmith Area.

      Albert Wharf[2]
      Atlanta Wharf[2]
      Beckett’s Wharf[2]
      Hope Wharf[2]

      (Hammersmith Bridge)
      Queen’s Wharf[2]
      Gwynne’s Wharf[2]
      Chancellor’s Wharf[2]

      The Waterworks were situated between Beavor Lane and Hope lane.
      there IS A PIER at Furnival gardens, and a landing stage near to the Bridge. Suggest viewing a google may from the air

  157. Paula Hornby says:

    I am looking for information about the man who built Chiddingstone Street SW 6 3TG. Keen to see any records about his design principles and any indication about when they were sold and to whom

    • Check out archives, but I copy here again a reply I wrote 5 years ago about the Lion house of which Chiddingstone street is one of the examples. Archives may have adverts in local papers at the time. In the late forties and fifties Quarrendon in particular have a number of police (at least five that I can recall) living in the houses which were normally divided in to 2 households although with none of the “self containment ” of these days.
      Our publication Peterborough house and its grounds is of course about the estate that became the building plot for the estate. (See link above). The estate office was the little building at the start of Perrymead Street .

      The sandstone lions on the houses of the Peterborough estate are said to be the trade mark of Jimmy Nicholls, the builder of the houses on land of the former Peterborough House.
      The first houses (and smaller than subsequent ones) were advertised about June 1899 for the sum of £300. 110 years later some are fetching with additions etc over £3million. It is said that the success of these early sales lead to the larger units(cf Coniger)
      There are some 930 in all in this part of Fulham, although other examples can be found further along the New Kings road near Fulham (All Saints) Church and also near Barnes Pond in Richmond.
      It is said that the number of lions ordered were an over order. Each house normally has one complete lion on a brick pillar to near the small upstairs front window and shares half a lion where it meets the neighbouring property on the party walls.
      The complete lion is built on a brick pillar, but with a smaller base. After some 90 or so years the ingress of rain water down the pillar caused many a front room ceiling to loose the plaster work between the large and small windows in the corner. Personally I feel these brick pillars were built specially to use up the excess lions. With 930 houses 1000 would have really been enough for them to share half a lion each on the party walls, with a finishing lion at the end of the terrace. I believe a lot of the ground rents payable were to the actress “Ellen Terry” or her estate and heirs, and in about 1965 a lot of the leaseholds were offered at about £425 ,the offer was time limited and even increased in price before the end of the period, by another £100 as I recall

  158. Christina Fitzgerald says:


    I am trying to do some research into 26 – 38 Rylston Road as to its previous uses. It is now a derelict building. I wondered if you hold any documents?

    Do you know what year it was built etc? there doesn’t appear to be much information online.

    Any information you can provide would be very helpful.

    Thank you

    • These premises were just pre-war a French Laundry. It still has the chimney stack. In the 1980s it was a processing unit I believe for Kodak. They may be able to let you have more details. Archives should also be checked out for information. check the PO London Kellys directories for other uses . The last local Kelly’s directory was 1939.

  159. sally Brown says:

    My Great Great Grandmother Charlotte Duncan lived at Woolmer Cottage, The Grove, Hammersmith, Kensington, London with my Great Grandfather Clarence Charles Turnbull Pereira around 1870. I would love to know more about the property.

  160. Veronica Duggan says:

    Hi . I am trying to fine old photos of the sunlight laundry in gayford road shepherds bush late 60s thankyoy .

  161. Gordon Pennick says:

    Good afternoon in the early to middle seventies I was staying in Loris rd and drank in the Brook Green pub. Is it still there anything like it was then.

  162. Nathan jacob says:

    Hi we have just bought a house on Ongar road. Number 43, and would love to know more about the history of the street.

    Could you help?

    • Colin Woodley says:

      Just to start you off the word Ongar means grassland or sometimes clearing derived from the German word Anger.
      Obviously being West London it is not the road to the Ongar in Essex where I originally moved to after leaving Shepherds Bush so it might be an ancient road to a cleared area.
      Good luck in your search.

  163. Laura Wilshaw says:

    Hello. I’m researching a book and I used to live on Kingwood Road.
    Please could anyone tell me what the big mansion block on Kingwood Road SW6 6SP was built for? It was built in around 1900 – was it for general use or was it anything to do with the workhouse? Do you have any idea if the build was for a certain group of people to live there?
    Many thanks, Laura Wilshaw

  164. Billy Angell says:

    Where abouts of Staff nurse Janet mews working in St Stephens hospital Fulham around 1958 / 1959 then may have been promoted to sister

  165. sarah says:

    Dear whoever it may concern. I recently moved into the area and would like to know the history of my house, in particular so that we can make renovations inline with the correct period.

    The house is 16 Saint Stephens avenue, w12 8jh

    If anybody could tell me how old the house is, and how i find out a little about it’s history that’d be great.

    thanks very much in advance

    • fhhs says:

      Hi Sarah, I would suggest a visit to the LBHF Archive, 1st floor Hammersmith Library on a Monday or Tuesday when the archivist and volunteers are present. You will be able to look at large scale Ordnance Survey Maps both before and after the street was built. You will also be able to look up the street in LCC Street Survey which details when the name was authorised and any changes. If you ask to see the drainage plans for the street you may find details of any major changes, with plans if you are lucky. The archive also has a collection of photos filed by street so that could be useful. You may also wish to explore the electoral registers and census for that address over the years to discover who lived there. shows that no bombs fell on the avenue but lucky to avoid some a couple of streets away in both directions. I hope this is enough to get you started.

  166. Ray says:

    Would any of your members be aware of, or perhaps know of a Ted and Mary Barton two young evacuees from Fulham who came to West Bromwich during WW2 staying with a lady called Florence, my gran

    The address I have if I can read it correctly is 42 Adeney Road Fulham, circa 1943
    kind regards

  167. David says:

    I came down to London in 1964 as a young teenager to work. Lived in Seagrave Rd with some other lads. Came back to have a trip down memory lane. The Atlas was a favorite and lovely free roast spuds on the bar every Sunday; good to see it going strong. The flats now at Brompton Park Crescent I understand were built in the 80s. trying to remember what had been on the site in 60s. Thought it was nurses’ home but probably completely wrong! What was there?

  168. Philip Lawson says:

    My late mother was born at 59 Bridge Avenue Hammersmith in 1922, so I visited the area a couple of days ago to try and locate the house. Am I right in thinking that the road was split into two halves by the flyover: 1-31 Bridge Avenue and 32-60ish now called ‘Bridge View’?. I found 59 Bridge View, but would appreciate guidance from locals on whether this is the original 59 Bridge Ave. With grateful thanks in appreciation of any help, Philip.

  169. Ben Maddison says:

    Hello, I am interested in creating a link between the society and the recently opened Fulham Boys School at Gibbs Green. Not only in order to forge greater community links but also to explore the opportunity of a dig at the new school site where deep foundations are begin dug. This might be an interesting opportunity for the society and for the boys of the school. Please feel free to contact me directly or via this post. I shall be taking up the position of assistant headteacher in September but am looking to make plans for the year ahead. Even if the site is of no historical interest I would like to work with other interested parties to develop enthusiasm for local history, and history in general, at the school. Many thanks. Ben Maddison

  170. Susan Jeffrey says:

    I have traced a great uncle buried in North Sheen cemetery. Judging from the Find a Grave site, someone is tending this grave. Is there any way to trace the family? The family name is Madden. They lived in Fulham, traced back to 1881 census, and on into the 1911.

  171. Iris Salamat says:

    Can anyone assist me with any information as to who is now in charge of the Gunterstone
    Estate. Frere Cholmley were their solicitor but are now out of business.

  172. Iris Salamat says:

    I am interested to know who now manages the
    Gunterstone Estate. I know Frere Cholmney were their solicitors but they are no longer in business. Any information you have would be much appreciated.

  173. jennifer whittle says:

    For Daidra, Yes this is the newsagent, but I am married to Graham – he is not my Dad – but we did have two girls who went to Munster School, and then Lady Margaret.

  174. David Radley says:

    I have been asked to research the birth and subsequent time in orphanages of one Violet Catherine FORD, born 10th Jan 1911 to Alice FORD of Ifield Road. Baptised at Our Lady of Dolours, Fulham Road on the 26th March 1914 (Godparent Constance Brayden). She was put into an orphanage, thought to be St Mary’s Home for Poor Orphan Girls on Brook Green Road, then in 1918 Lawn House Convalescent Home, Margate. Adopted by the Hammersmith Guardians in 1925 and transferred to Hammersmith Receiving Home.
    Can you help me with any of this information, specifically the birth and family.


    Dave Radley (brother-in-law to Violet’s son)

  175. Hollie prentice says:

    Hi how will I be able to get hold of the Fulham chronicle from the queens coronation in 1953?

    • fhhs says:

      you should find it on microfilm at the LBHF Archive on the first floor of Hammersmith Library. If you go in on a Monday or Tuesday there will be the archivist or a volunteer to help you. See details at the top of this page. If you cannot get there then an email and a small fee should secure a printed copy from the microfilm.

  176. Vic Blake says:

    Can anyone help me with a family history query? I have drawn a complete blank with my grandmother Florence Elizabeth Jones whose father was a John Jones living somewhere in S Wales! She married my grandfather, Walter BLAKE, who then died in Southwark in 1927. She then lives around Ifield Road way, marries Albert FOSTER, and then lives in various places locally such as Finborough Road, Chesson Road and elsewhere. Eventually she leaves him and settles down around 1952, still under the name of Foster, in Parsons Green lane with a George Higley. They lived there until 1963 before moving out of London. I know no more about her than this so any information would be very welcome indeed. I have exhausted searches on Ancestry etc. Thanks in anticipation.

  177. jennifer whittle says:

    for Daidra morris – re Doris Kent. I think this system is stupid, Why when reply is clicked doesn’t it go straight to the subject matter/person concerned? Anyway, no relation to any other Whittle other than my husband, Graham. He was a newsagent in Fulham Palace Road and we both knew Mrs O’Dea. She would come in from time to time. Afraid cannot give you much detail

    • Mike Chilvers says:

      Have to agree with Jennifer/Whittle re-Daidra Morris. The site is confusing with the Reply/Comment section since you can’t seem actually reply(comment) directly to the person who you want to make contact with! I did raise this point awhile back with FHHS
      but I can’t find their explanation. Maybe they will explain again to all the reason for this!

      • fhhs says:

        Hi Mike, sorry you have trouble. We use a free’ blog’/website from . We have almost no control over how it looks and works but the idea is that if you click on ‘Reply’ underneath the question or comment then your reply will be posted in sequence after it. The original poster of the question can then see the replies on line. Other people can also benefit from this. If you have personal or sensitive information to impart then we can put you in touch directly by email. If you need to pose a new question or ‘thread’ then you scroll to the bottom and enter it in the box under ‘Enter your Comment Here’. I hope this helps.

  178. Deirdra Morris says:

    Hello Jennifer. Thank you for your posting. I think you must be one of Anthony Whittle’s daughters. I’m sure you and I met, at Anthony’s funeral. Anthony used to visit my grandmother Mrs O’Dea in Vera Road, and Doris Kent was another visitor. I am trying to flesh out a picture of life in Vera Rd at that time and find out more about my grandmother. I had the vague hope that Doris might just still be alive, or that she had family to whom she might have passed on stories about my grandmother.

    • jennifer whittle says:

      I have just left a comment on someone else’s site as that was the first thing to come up. Find this site most user-unfriendly!
      So – I am no relation to any other Whittle than my husband Graham, who is no relation to Anthony. Graham was a newsagent and your grandmother would come in from time to time. Doris did know her I remember that, and my memory is of a pint-size lively lady, who if you got on the wrong side of her would let you know! She was a great character, and I am sure lots of people will remember her. Good luck finding more detail – sorry can’t tell you more than above. Have you tried the local Catholic churches? St Thomas? Holy Cross?

      • Deirdra Morris says:

        Thank you for that bit of information, Jennifer. Sounds like my grandmother, alright. Was your Father’s newsagent the one opposite the road down to Bishop’s Park? Deirdra

    • lesley lawless says:

      Hello Deirdra, you may remember me ,I am Doreen odeas daughter who was married to your uncle bill, I have old photos of the family including your grandmother,mary your mother ,kitty ,yourself and brother sean and more .You are very welcome to have them .

      kind regards

      Lesley Lawless nee Wilson

  179. A C Hurford says:

    I was told by my aunt that her mother had worked in Fulham on the effort to evacuate children to Canada during WW2. Can anyone shed any light on this. As a single girl she had worked for the Post Office in North London.

  180. Helen says:

    Actually the Flyover was built 1960-1961.

  181. Helen says:

    I think that the Flyover was built late 1950s

  182. Gary says:

    What was the new of the cafe on Stevendale Road SW6 IN 1968?

    • Derek Sayers says:

      Do you mean Stephendale Road and is it the place on the corner of Broughton road?

      • Gary says:

        Sorry, yes on Stephendale road, not sure which end, but was run by David and Maureen Munday. She was a Northern Irish lady.

    • Derek Sayers says:

      The place on the corner of Broughton R0oad and Stephendale road was an off-licence that I believe was called “the Glen”. It was owned by an “older” couple (but then everybody I suppose looked “old” when you were a teenager in 1950s).

      • Gary says:

        216 Stephendale Rd, 1964- 1966.. A cafe, with living quartets above.. No one can seem to remember the name of it.

  183. Helen says:

    George Street can be found on the Charles Booth Online Archive It was down near the river.

  184. Ben Maddison says:

    Hi, I am joining Fulham Boys School in September and will have responsibility for getting the boys engaged in local activities and enterprise. The school’s new site is currently being excavated ( and I wondered whether there is some scope to get the boys and your society together to see if there is anything interesting to be found at the site. Hope you are interested! Ben Maddison

  185. Carole Caswell says:

    I am researching my great grandfather who was a greengrocer and living in George Street, Hammersmith at the time of the 1911 census but can find no record of this street – can anyone please help

    • londonpast says:

      There was a George Street in Hammersmith W6 that became Marryat Street in 1911, and also a George Street in Hammersmith W6 that became St Peter’s Villas in 1912. Perhaps it’s one of those… (Source: Bruce’s Lists)

    • Irene Moran says:

      George St. was later renamed MARRYATT St. This street was eventually destroyed with the building of the Hammersmith Flyover in the 1940’s.

  186. savory4 says:

    hi there

    i have discovered (a) huge SAVORY famliy/families i hammersmith in the 17th and 18th centuries , they were predominantly thames fishermen.they were found in the st pauls church registers.
    can anyone suggest any further sources to uncover more information.
    many thanks.
    chris savory.

  187. Lesley Scott says:

    Please can you tell me if you have any information regarding a confectionery shop at 692 Fulham Road between 1957 and 1959?
    Many thanks and kind regards.
    Lesley Scott

  188. pamela curtis says:

    Is there any staff or residents who use to be at ryecroft childrens in teddington middlesex as im trying to trace people.

  189. says:

    Hi Pamela, yes I remember Stephanie, also John & Paula. There was also s family of sisters living there – Carol, Susan & Diane?
    Did you go on a caravan holiday to Great Yarmouth?

    • pamela curtis says:

      I cant remember that holiday but i remember going to france. I remember john and paula. Paula was a lovely lady . Do you remember a lady called sally. I remember Diane and family .

    • pamela curtis says:

      Hi can you send me photo of you when you were there. Do you remember me or not. You can send it to my email address.

    • pamela curtis says:

      Do you remember me i was the one always in trouble.

    • pamela curtis says:

      Hi i got photos of some of the staff . I cant remember the caravan holiday but we did go to france.

      • says:

        I was also always in trouble! Can you remember the names of the other children? I would love to see some photos, do you have any of the house as well?

  190. Gill says:


    I am new to this website i am trying to find information on my grandad his name was Joe Green he lived in Hammersmith and had a shellfish stall. I cannot find a birth record anywhere for him, I think he was born in Gayford Road. Please can anyone help

    • PeterT says:

      My family lived in Gayford Road from just before the start of WW1 to just before the start of WW2. If you can give me a little more information such as his wife’s name and names of children I might be able to help you.

      • Gillian says:

        Hi Peter sorry for the late reply thank you for getting back to me all I know is that Joe had a sisters called elizabeth,sarah,harriett and daisy he also had brothers too.

    • Peter T says:

      Hi Gill

      I’ve just checked family trees and this looks like your family:

      ‘When Joseph Green was born in August 1899 in Hammersmith Shepherds Bush, London, his father, John, was 42 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 40. He married his first wife on October 8, 1936. In December 1936 he married his second wife. He died on January 31, 1977, at the age of 77’

      There are quite a few people with Joe in their family tree so I would suggest taking out a subscription and then you could contact them and exchange information

  191. Gary Crerie says:

    Does the Borough of Fulham and Hammersmith have an historical emblem or a heraldic crest?

  192. Wendy Pearce says:

    Hi Pamela, when did you live there?

    • pamela curtis says:

      I lived there for about 5 years in 1978 . I remember peter martin,. Was you there when a lady called Stephanie worked there

  193. mashford63 says:

    I worked part time in 1973 at the Wheatsheaf pub on the Fulham Rd near Parsons Green. Beau or Bo was the managers name. Does anyone remember it back then or any of the bands that played in it. I am trying to find out what became of a friend of mine called Johnny who was lead singer in one but cannot for the life of me remember the band name and we lost touch. At that time also a dog always came in with its owner and when Albatross by Fleetwood Mac was played on the jukebox the dog stood and howled along with it. So we listened to Albatross so many times during an evening!! Lovely memories of the place and I loved working there.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Hello. I used to do discos in the downstairs bar at The Wheatsheaf from about 1972-3 until the late 70s. When I started them the manager was Jim Winter and when he retired the managers changed reasonably frequently except for Harry, a Scotsman whose surname I forget, and his wife Margaret, who were there for some years. My memory’s not so good these days but I’ve a feeling the bands started playing in the mid-70s (including Faith Brothers from Fulham Court across the road. Billy Franks is still playing solo) when a manager, whose name may have been Beau (Bo), came in and decided he didn’t want discos anymore. I’d been there a number of years so was disappointed at the sudden change and the bullying way it was brought about. The disco brought in a lovely crowd and was a good earner for the pub (and me, of course!). Beau (Bo) wasn’t there very long, as I recall he may have had an accident with a pressurised beer barrel, and after Jim Winter I recall a couple (Rusty and her husband ?) who went on to manage The Cock in North End Road. I also enjoyed my time at the pub and although I carried on doing discos elsewhere I missed the downstairs bar and its friendly atmosphere for years afterwards. My friend, Franny Clilverd, ran the downstairs bar but sadly, died in Spain some years ago.

      Sorry I can’t be more helpful; but it’s all a bit vague now. I hope you find out more because I know how infuriating it can be when you only remember half of it!

      • mashford63 says:

        Hi Mark thank you for replying. There wasn’t any disco downstairs when I worked there. It was definitely 1973 and when I started there Beau/Bo was the manager who employed me. He did have an accident with the beer keg just before I left. I moved from Fulham to Holland Rd nearer to my full time Job in Kensington. I worked at the London Tara Hotel as it was known back then.i don’t remember the Faith brothers..I think that band and disco etc. all happened after 1973. Drag nights as well as bands were entertainment when I was there. We always got the Vanguard lorry drivers in on Thursdays and crew from the fire station. Great craic and great memories. Would love to track down band names but so many years have passed..This was a long shot. Good to hear you did well also at the Wheatsheaf. Thanks again for replying.

  194. Sandra DeHooghe says:

    I am researching a patient that was housed at 48 Glenthorne Road Hamersmith W from approximately 1906 to her death in 1970. I was wondering if you have any records of patients in that facility during that time. I believe she would be a great-aunt to me. I would also like more information on what kind of a facility it was. I am residing in Canada so am not familiar with the area.

  195. Emma Tucker says:

    Good afternoon
    My Grandmother’s uncle and cousin ( John and Winifred Wilson) lived in South Africa but when they visited the UK they put their address for visiting as 6 Irene Rd (1948 visit and in the 1950’s). No one in the family can think of any connection with that address as my grandmother lived in Somerset. Does anyone have access to the electoral rolls who could tell me who was living at No 6 at that time?
    Kind regards
    Emma Tucker

  196. Patrick says:

    Hi Helen

    So did I… she was my grandmother!

    Did we ever find out what information the original poster wanted to know…?

  197. Ray Feller says:

    I am inquiring about a children’s home in Farnham about 1943-1945. I was evacuated there during the war with other children in order to be outside of London. I remember a Nurse Wells, but have no other recollections.

  198. BW says:

    I am trying to identify a film location that I believe to be in Hammersmith / Fulham from 1977. Could anyone help if I post a link to a photo (which shows a distinct building that you may recognise instantly)

    Thank you.

  199. Janet Morgans says:

    My parents lived in the Hammersmith/Shepherds Bush area at the beginning of the 1930s and my mother lived in Burfield street, which at one time could be glimpsed through one of the railway arches as the train approached Hammersmith Station. The present Multi-storey car park is now there. I recently bought an old A-Z from the National Archives but it is not listed. Do you know of any maps which do show Burfield Street? Are there any in the local library ?

    • Helen says:

      I can see Burfield Street on a modern copy of an old Ordnance Survey Map of 1864. It runs off Glenthorne Road. This edition was published by Alan Godfrey of Gateshead in 1983 and I don’t know if it’s still in print. See Old Ordnance Survey Maps London sheet 73, Holland Park and Shepherds Bush.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve found a map from 1948/9 that belonged to my father, Burrow’s Pointer Guide Map of Hammersmith, which shows Burfield Street. The new plans for the Broadway and the Great West Road are marked with dotted lines.
      This is a most interesting document, giving detailed information of the borough and its amenities at the time. Swimming at Lime Grove baths cost 6d for an adult. There were also slipper baths (what were they?) and public washhouses. Licensing hours Monday to Saturday were 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to much official information there are advertisements, Palmers Stores, Clement Leroy florists, George Wimpey and Co amongst others.

    • John Davis says:

      Burfield Street is under what is now the NCP car park. My father lived in the road during the late ’20s to the start of WW2 at No. 11. His mother lived there until the late ’60s.

  200. Ruth Horne says:

    I so agree. I’ve gone up the wrong track a few times and those certificates do hold answers, worth the money for the time they save.

    Also if anyone out there does know anything about 566 Fulham Road in the late 20s/1930s do let me know. I’m trying to put together a sequence of events for my Great Grandfather, George Wilkinson, who was a missionary doctor in China until 1920 and then returned to London. I know he worked as a doctor at this address, but no idea if this was a regular hospital, surgery or a mission house of some kind.
    Any help gratefully received.
    Ruth Horne

  201. David & Emilie Frank says:


    We are purchasing 42 Masbro Road and know that it was a pub called the Lord Nelson that was open until the mid 1990s.

    Would you have, or know where we could find, photos and / or a floor plan of the building when it was a pub?

    Many thanks

    David & Emilie

    • Previous work was done on the pub in 1996, however reference to the council planning web site, although listing a number of changes/applications under building control, does not seem to have any diagrams of work to be carried out. It is possible however that the Council does have something on file so check with the Town Hall if this is the case. Studying the planning applications of the documents that are on the website may mean that you can still contact a previous party for information

  202. Dear FHHS……I looking to trace the final resting place of ADA FANNY HOOKER who was killed in April 1942 during an air raid on York. The 1939 census shows her living at No:7 Ravenscourt Road, Hammersmith. I believe she was visiting relatives in York.
    I am assuming she was brought home for burial. Interestingly, today, her home address shows a change in architecture to the rest of the street.
    Any assistance will be much appreciated.

    • Brian says:

      My advice with family research ‘Don’t make assumptions’ you need the Death certificate

    • Brian says:

      I have seen the York death details on ancestry . It might be worth contacting the York history society ,bound to one and someone will know about bombings and victims and where they may have been buried. It may not have been easy to arrange a transfer during the war and may have been expensive.

      • Thanks Brian…..I didn’t say that I live in York and I suppose “I am the History Society”…!!
        I’ve traced all but one of the victims, Ada Hooker is the final one. She definitely isn’t buried in or near York. All of the “out of town” victims appear to have been buried in their home area.
        I wonder how many likely cemeteries there are in her area?

      • Brian says:

        Malcolm , After o long search I found the burial site of my great grandfather in Margravine cemetery and great grandmother in the kew/motlake.sheen the large one on the corner by main traffic lights .after being told they weren’t buried in the borough I got the cemetery manager to open the bunker at the site and he found the huge books which had the details in .
        It was quite an eye opener.
        Good luck they are not very efficient on this subject matter

    • Karen S says:

      Brian, how did you get hold of the cemetery manager to do that? I suspect one of my relatives killed in the war in Fulham might be in that cemetery by Chalkers Corner (think it’s referred to as Fulham New?), I read the records are held on site but they took ages to respond at first then didn’t respond to my second request at all.. I could walk there if I knew someone was willing to show me the records though!

      Malcolm – I found some details on the civilians killed in the war – it had the cemetery area listed for my relative (just said Fulham though..).

  203. Brian Green says:

    Yes I remember vic yogi
    Vic worked in the paint shop yogis real name was Brian same as me and when I started there they tried to call me Boo boo . I worked upstairs with Peter the foreman yes you are right about his name .I was only 15 and the woman up there Loved to tease the young boy .
    Yogi was a great big bloke
    There was a few other young lads there .It was poor pay but it was fun at times .

  204. Ray says:

    Would any of your members be aware of or perhaps know a Ted and Mary Barton two young evacuees from Fulham to West Bromwich during WW2 staying with a lady called Florence, my gran
    kind regards

  205. Janet Suckling says:

    Please do you have any information and photos of the prefabs
    in Comeragh Vereker and Castletown Roads
    I lived in the one in Comeragh Road from 1947 to about 1965

  206. John Scott says:

    I wonder if anyone can help me? Near Townmead Road SW6 there is a small close called Gurney Road. Does anyone know the origin of this street name? It leads off William Morris Way and it seems as if this and Gurney Road are the only streets named after individuals. William Morris is obvious, though I don’t know of his association with the are, but who was the Gurney? I know of a few prominent people with that surname, but have no idea which one might have inspired this small close in Fulham.

    I have written a great deal about Sybella Gurney (details on my website) and wonder if she was the source of the name – though she had no links with Fulham.

    • Derek Sayers says:

      It might Ivor Gurney musician who lived in Fulham about 100 years ago

      • John Scott says:

        Thanks – you could be right, as I am suspecting that the names were chosen because of general Borough connections rather than connections with the specific local area. Morris lived in Hammersmith, so that could be the link for him. The architecture of William Morris Way is not exactly the Arts and Crafts style that Morris is associated with!

    • A William Gurney lived at 30, Broughton Road at the beginning of WW2..see Kelly’s.
      Thomas Gurney , most likely an apothecary, attended the sick many times at the Plague House in Hurlingham Fields in 1665, and although in Hammersmith there was a Sir Richard Gurney d.1645 who was Lord Mayor of London and who purchased Pallingswick,but died in the Tower for supporting Charles 1

  207. Caroline Sarbutt-Heather says:

    I am trying to find the street that my great grandparents lived in around 1910 to 1913.
    My great grandmother Bessie Heather passed away in 1912 and my great grandfather sadly passed away 3 months later in 1913.
    They were listed as living in College Park Terrace at the time.
    Any information you could offer would be extremely appreciated.
    Kindest regards,
    Caroline Sarbutt-Heather

  208. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Would anyone know where I could obtain a photo of St. Joseph’s schools orphanage, 50 Brook Green, W. 14. 1900 to 1907. Thank you.

  209. Ruth Horne says:

    My name is Ruth and I am trying to find out about 566 Fulham Road. My great grandfather was a doctor and was registered at this address in the late 20s – mid1930s. I am doing some family research and am trying to find out what he was doing. He did a lot of missionary work, so there may be a connection to Church? If anyone has any ideas I’d be very grateful.

    Best wishes
    Ruth Horne

  210. I am trying to locate the burial location of a casualty from York’s 1942 air raid. She was Ada Fanny Hooker (aged 55) whose 1939 census address was 7,Ravenscourt Road, Hammersmith. I believe she had family in York and was visiting when she was killed. Interestingly, her London address appears (according to Google Street View) to be a location that suffered bomb damage and has since been redeveloped. Any assistance will be gratefully received…..thank you.

  211. Stephan Wiedmer says:

    I am looking for the following book:

    Road making for the King. The story of South Street Mission, Hammersmith / by Sister Lizzie
    Lizzie, Sister
    Morgan & Scott, London. 1914.

    • Stephen Lally says:

      There are copies of both editions of this book In Hammersmith Archives. I have copied one of them and could send you a CD with it on if you wish

      • Lesley Plant says:

        Hello Stephen Lally, I have just seen your reply about the book by Sister Lizzie. I too have hunted in vain for a copy of her book about the mission, and am very keen to take up your offer of the cd copy. Please could you send me details of how to pay etc to my email address: . Thank you very much! Best regards, Lesley (currently skiing in Val Thorens!)

  212. Doreen Oldmeadow says:

    my great grandfather john mobey lived at 15 studdridge st fulham around 1926. does anyone have any information or history of this address?
    Kind Regards
    Doreen Oldmeadow

  213. Paul Over says:

    Please can tell me there is any records of a bakery being located at 97 Bishops Road Fulham SW 6 . I believe it was called PAULS BAKERY….. Basically during the 40s and 50s.

    Regards Paul Over

    • Yes the local Kellys directory for West Kensington and Fulham published in 1939-40 gives the name of the bakerery as The Modern Bakery Ltd.
      The 1934 London Post Office directory gives the proprietor as Sydney W. Hood. By checking a file of the London PO directory…check with Hammersmith local archives to see if they have retained their files of these and then you will be able to trace the proprietors during and after the war years.

  214. Larry Archer says:

    We’ve got a mantle clock with a dedication plaque, which states it was presented to Chas W Evans in recognition for his 10 years of work with the Walham Green Mission Sunday School as teacher, treasurer and supervisor. The plaque is dated May 1880. We would love to get some background history to the clock and wonder if anyone has any information or photos of the school or Chas himself.

    Many thanks,
    Larry and Mandy Archer.

  215. Wendy white (Pearce) says:

    Does anyone have any information about Rycroft children’s hostel which was run by Fulham & Hammersmith council?

    • Gene Rycroft says:

      The only Rycroft’s living in Fulham thhat I know off were members of my family. I would like to know more about the Rycroft childrens hostel.

  216. John White says:

    Good Morning. How can I purchase the book about Charlote A Sulivan. I am doing some family research related to Ireland .

  217. denise skinner says:

    I am wanting to locate a copy of the Fulham chronical dated February 1 1974 …. or if not the entire paper then an article headline the daughters of the king …. please can you advise if this is possible
    Regards and thank you

  218. Wendy pearce says:

    I would like any information on a Fulham & Hammersmith run children’s home called Ryecroft house, blandford road, teddington

  219. mrs bernie Lowry says:

    Trying to find out details about an Belfast lady, Lil GARDNER, who in the 1940s- 1950s became LORD MAYOR of HAMMERSMITH. thanks for your help.
    bernie Lowry

    • Helen says:

      There were no lady mayors as far as I can see in the 40s and 50s. However you may mean Elizabeth Finn who was Mayor in the 60s or 70s I can’t be sure. Her maiden name was Gardner or Gardiner.. I knew her personally..

    • Helen says:

      P.S. I see that Elizabeth Finn nee Gardner was Mayor from 1964 – 1965.

    • Suggest write to the Mayors secretary Hammersmith Town Hall, but also check the local newspapers at the library or write in with request. Don’t think she would have been a lord mayor though

    • Response says:

      That would be my grandmother.
      Her father was James P Gardner, MP.
      What kind of information were you after, Mrs Lowry?
      Are you a relative?

    • Patrick says:

      Hi Bernie,

      Lil Gardner (her maiden name, she was later Elizabeth Finn!) is in fact my Grandmother. Was there anything in particular you’d like to know?


      • Hello Patrick,
        Just pitching in here to say that your Grandmother, Mrs Finn, was our French teacher and I went on to study French later.(But landed up in Germany teaching English! However your grandmother took some of us over the Channel around early sixties and her daughter went with us 🙂 perhaps that was your mother? This is perhaps not the platform to reminisce on her teaching qualities.BUT she did come to school one day wearing her Mayoral chains of Office 🙂 Impressive. BEst WIshes Patricia -PS going down memory lane, I found this link looking for a picture of her.

      • Helen says:

        I wonder if Patrick ever heard back from Bernie? What was the connection there? Mrs Finn was a friend, neighbour and there’s a connection too with Hammersmith Town Hall. She was an amazing character.

      • Felicity Tidey says:

        Like Patricia Reeve-De Becker I remember Mrs Finn teaching me French to O level at Swakeleys School in Ickenham. We sat the O level French exam in the summer of 1964 and she became Mayor of Hammersmith during that year. Several school friends with whom I am still in touch remember Mrs Finn, her husband and daughter accompanying us on a school trip to Paris. I have a photo from that trip of us with Mrs Finn. She had a dachshund called Rommel that she brought to school every day while he was suffering from back problems. We were all terribly scared of her but recognised her strength of character and even to this day, when we are reminiscing, she is the first person we all remember and now in our late 60s, we do so with affection.

      • Patrick says:

        Hi Everyone,

        Sorry, I’d unsubscribed from email updates to this thread but the Webmaster kindly got in touch to let me know it was active!

        Thank you Patricia, Helen and Felicity for your various inputs – how fascinating to hear the stories and insights (I had heard about her dog Rommel who apparently was also quite a character!)

        No, I didn’t hear anything back from Bernie (yet!) – but I believe the WM may be about put us all in touch so we can all hopefully correspond…

        P 🙂

  220. I am trying to discover the origin of the name “Barons Court”. Here are my findings, so far.

    • The Wikipedia entry for Barons court does seem to have one other piece of information not in your pages
      I,e,Some wonder if there is a reason why the apostrophe is not used for Barons Court station but is used at the nearby Earl’s Court.[7] A book in the Society of Genealogists, annotated in pencil by R. Burnet Morris who knew Sir William personally, provides a history of the area. Morris declared Barons Court was named “after Sir William’s Irish Estates”. As a result, unlike Earl’s Court station, Barons Court is written without an apostrophe.

      • You make a good point. However, I cannot find any connection between Baronscourt (sic) belonging to the Duke of Abercorn and Sir William. Perhaps there was another Barons Court estate in 19th century Ireland with a connection?

  221. Ryan Stevens says:

    I am writing a biography of British figure skater, actress and dancer Belita Jepson-Turner. With her actor husband James Berwick (Kenny), she ran the Crabtree Gardens nursery in Fulham in the 70’s and 80’s. I would love to speak with anyone with memories of her! 🙂

    • gemma blackie says:

      Hi Ryan

      I’m not sure if you have had loads of replies already but I live still on Crabtree Lane and remember both well and often would visit the garden centre that they ran.

  222. Ann Kutek says:

    Bye bye Empress Place, SW6, formerly Richmond Place off Lillie Road. A perfectly habitable and delightful pre-1820 street bites the dust in the New Year. Why?

  223. Ray Hicks says:

    I am enquiring about Salem Place Hammersmith UK if in fact any old photographs exist of this street. My great grandfather and his family lived there in 1872 – 1874 before setting sail for South Australia. It was part of a massive redevelopment of the area at a later date.

  224. Hello, I am the current keeper of the garage in 8 Bramber Road, mailed LBH@F last Christmas and had some info about history of the building going back to trolley bus garage in 1896. Would happily pay for more any info relating the Garage. Thanks Geoff Pearson

    • Richard Barclay says:

      Hello Geoff. I saw your post. I can’t help you but I wondered if you happen to know why the odd numbers of Bramber Road were pulled down and when? My father was born at number 41 in 1930 I discovered earlier today. Thank you. Richard Barclay

    • I am sorry not to have any information for you, especial;y as you have looked after my 15 year old BMW for many years and, today, had a new bulb fitted.
      Christopher Bellew

  225. Claus John says:

    I’m looking for any information or photograph about the Seven Stars Pub (later: The Grand Union, today: The Oak) at the corner Paddenswick Road/Goldhawk Road in the late eighties.
    Kind regards
    Claus John

  226. Brian Green says:

    I would like to know if anyone worked or remembers Curtis engineering in paddinswick road Hammersmith I worked there In 1962/64

    • Raymond Tappin says:

      Hi I worked at Curtis engineering from when I was 15 1962 until 1968. My name is Raymond Tappin. Some of the men I worked with Melvin Goody, Yogi, Vic, Les Kingham Foreman and Harold Skinner was the chargehand and the other manager upstairs I think was named Hugeneau.

  227. Matt White says:


    I am looking for any information that may exist of the old Coroners Court, Electricity Works, Pipe Factory, Mortuary behind the Yeldham buildings, at 77 Fulham Palace Road. I have managed to get hold of some old maps from the 50/60s, but I am really hoping for some photographs or literature about any or all of the buildings.

    Any information or help would be really appreciated.

    Yours sincerely
    Matthew White

  228. Jeremy Mortimore says:

    I have a photo of the staff (including my grandmother) of a roller skating rink. The photo includes the band in their braided uniforms. The family were living in Fulham – was there a rink at Fulham in the early 1900’s or would it be more likely the Hammersmith rink? jpeg of the image available if you would like it.

  229. Deirdra Morris says:

    I am trying to find any information regarding a Doris Kent, originally from Swindon, who lived in the Fulham area during the 50s/early 60s. She was housekeeper to a family living in one of the streets leading to Bishop’s Park.


      HI, we were friends of Doris and she was godmother to one of our children in the 70’s. We had a newsagent in Fulham Palace Road and she would call in every day. She worked for the Halfin family, who owned the taxi firm in Parsons Green, and lived in Cloncurry Street. After the last of the Halfins died, Doris was given a flat in Putney. She lived there for a long time and we kept in touch, but she sadly died in 2011 – although she got to see her goddaughters baby.
      How do you know about her?

  230. Bryan Alderson says:

    The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser carried a report on Thursday, 02 February 1905 saying, “At Fulham, London, yesterday, an inquest was held on the body of Thomas Alderson (60), a Stockport stonemason, who was found dead at his lodgings.” There is a burial record for a Thomas Alderson in Stockport on the same day (01-02-1915) but whose age is different. Do any Fulham records give details which might link the two. My family were in Stockport around that time and the gentleman might be my Great Grandfather for whom I have yet to find an appropriate death record.
    Bryan Alderson
    Leamington Spa

    • Bryan Alderson says:

      Just noticed on error. Burial should be 01-02-1905.
      Bryan Alderson

      • Bryan Alderson says:

        Further research: Death certificate and Stockport Cemetery records have same age (52) and Fulham address but no names to link him to a Stockport family.

  231. Lucy says:

    I want to know what the schools were like in Hammersmith in the early 1900’s for my history project.

  232. John Fitzpatrick says:

    I am looking into a mary d Doyle who Liveod in fulham ,she married a Walter h Plucknett in 1956 (Chelsea,) Walter also Lived in fulham , I Think they had a son geoffrey born dec 1956 ,

  233. Geoffrey See says:

    Just to start another hare running, my partner Rosemary Broughton is looking into her family tree and she has found a ‘ Rust connection ‘but these are in Norfolk.

  234. Lorraine Courtenay says:

    Dear Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society

    Arthur Henry Brooks was a wedding witness to my husband’s ancestor Albert Edward Court in 1900.

    Arthur at the time was a comic actor and both he and his wife Ada Ellen Brooks are involved in the theatre – in the 1901 census being an actor and actress respectively while living in the Fulham area.

    By the 1911 census Arthur has become a gramaphone recording engineer – and indeed as the following website remembers him as a recording pioneer.

    Please does anyone know more about Arthur as an actor.

    Please does anyone know more about Arthur as a recording engineer.

    Please does anyone know more about Arthur’s wife Ada Ellen Brooks as an actress – I have not been able to find their wedding details or Arthur’s family or Ada Ellen’s family in previous censuses.

    Thank you for your help.

    Lorraine Courtenay
    Orpington, Kent

  235. Jacqueline Finesilver says:

    Re. the RUST family. I understand that there are FHHS members who have connections with the branch of this family who lived in the Hammersmith Creek area. My interest is because a) an Albert George Rust was a witness to my grandfather’s marriage, and so might have been a friend, and b) my Dad had fond memories of a boy he knew as ‘Rusty’, who was a member of the family – whenever they met they had a fight. (This would have been in the early 1920s.) So, I’m just curious to fill in a bit of family background. Info welcome.
    My own family names from the Creek/Aspen Place patch are mainly CORIO, JAMES.

    • Susan says:

      How can I obtain a copy of an article which appeared in the Fulham Chronicle back in 1956?.

    • Irene Moran says:

      I am unsure of what time frame you are referring to, but I have three Albert George Rust’s in my family tree,

      • Jacqueline Finesilver says:

        My grandparents, Joseph Corio and Lucy James, were married in St Peter’s Church in 1901. Albert George Rust was a witness. My grandparents lived in Queen St for a while after their marriage. In the 1911 Census I found an Albert George Rust living in Queen Street. I was just wondering how long they might have known each other.
        It would be good to hear from you, Irene – my email is jacqueline at finesilver dot info.

  236. Anne Renders says:

    I live in Langthorne Street in a house that was built post war on a bomb site. I’d be keen to know anything about the bombing or to receive suggestions on where I can find out more. Also, in digging foundations for an extension we can see part of what looks like a very large pipe or tunnel at the back of the house. Would anyone have any ideas as to what this might be? It is about 2 metres below ground and extends below that.

    • Vic Blake says:

      Chances are that it is the remains of a wartime Anderson shelter where the family could shelter during a bombing raid.

      • Brian says:

        Go to the British Library ,reading section look up in index and hopefully they may have a tape you can go through to find the article. They do have assistants to show you the ropes
        Good luck

  237. Joanne Jenner says:

    Hi, My name is Joanne Jenner (nee Warnes). I was born & brought up in Hammersmith and I’m doing some family research into my Grandmother’s family – my great grandmother was a lady called Ellen Mabel Daniels, (married name Grant) she had a brother called Walter Daniels who attended the Fulham Place Road School (the school after 1951 became known as Melcombe Primary school), the admission date given was 5th May 1902, when he was only 3!, what I would like to know is; did children as young as 3 attend school? it seems very young. I believe their mother Alice died around this time (she appears on the 1901 census, but not on the 1911 census) maybe this is why he was sent to school so young.
    Can anybody tell me a bit about the school – the only information I have is that it was built in 1901, which means that Walter attended a new school.

  238. Lorraine Courtenay says:

    My husband’s ancestor Albert Edward Court was the manager of the Brook Green skating rink in the 1911 census and was still working there several years later according to his World War One soldier’s documentation.

    Please do you have any information about Brook Green skating rink at this time – or even about Albert himself working there.

    Albert had been the Chief Of Staff at the London Coliseum in 1905.

    Thank you!

  239. Brian says:

    Hi – I was born in Laundry Road, Fulham W6 – Fulham Cross – in the early 1950s – the road was so-named due to the huge Laundry with its accompanying power-station like chimney that occupied most of one side of the road. The company that ran it – Camden Steam Laundry – went broke in 1948 and the entire site was demolished sometime in the late 50s – the whole road and neighbouring roads lasted about another 10 years before they went too and a new estate now stands on the site.
    Despite a couple of visits to the LBHF Archives I can find no mention of the Laundry whatsoever and would really like to uncover some information about it but more importantly see any photographs of it that may exist – can anybody help please?

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      I’ve done an Internet search and the results are a little confusing. I found these mentions of the Camden Steam Laundry –

      1) Records show it as West London Sanitary Steam Laundry,subsequently in 1896/7 as London and Provincial Steam Laundry Co. and then in 1908 as Camden Steam Laundry and then it’s a case of whatever.

      2) According to the electoral registers Camden laundry was still there in 1959 next to it was Mona Cottage occupied by Colin Hewlett and family, again it looks like it was next to number 2 Laundry Rd


      The following land is about to be registered. Objections (if any) addressed to ” H.M. Land Registry, London, W.C.2,” before the eighth day of January, 1937. FREEHOLD. –

      Item 26. Land and buildings in Laundry Road, Fulham, S.W.6, by Camden Steam Laundry Ltd.

      It appears that the Camden Steam Laundry. Ltd., of 260, York Road, London, N. 7, and Fulham did no private work at all, only contract work for hotels and shipping.

      I’ve also got a copy of the Fulham Civic Week Programme and Handbook of 1927 but can’t find any mention of the laundry. There are four others listed in operation in Fulham in 1927 –

      Carnwath Laundry, Hurlingham (4 branches in Fulham)

      Royal Rosamond Laundry, Parsons Green

      Sunlight Laundry (Broughton Road and Peterborough Road with a number of local shops)

      Fulham Imperial Laundry, Jervis Road, Lillee Road

  240. peter scott says:

    i am trying to find the location of the grave of Melanie Ives Hassall, who was the daughter of the actress Imogen Hassall(one time resident, believe schubert st), and Kenneth Ives. the child only lasted about 4 days before passing away. believe it was december 1972 that this happened. i understand that they had a plaque for her put either on a park bench in the fulham area. does anyone know where this plaque maybe. plus if there is a grave marker for the said Melanie Ives Hassall. if anyone can aSSIST then i would be very grateful

  241. Donna J. Day says:

    I would like to know where the Hamston or Hamstone Buildings were located in Hammersmith in 1821. I think they might have been located in or near Brook Green. Thanks. Donna

  242. Linda Buckfield says:

    Can anyone help us. We would like any information about a northern Irish man who lived in Hammersmith / fulham until his death in on 3rd December 2011.
    Any little memories will help us. Also if anyone knows where he is buried so his sons can visit. Thank you in advance.

  243. Rob says:

    We are trying to locate a Pub (if still standing) in Hammersmith which was there in 1977. It is where I met my now wife. We were travelling Aussies, and at this Pub an Australian entertainer – Colin Hindmarsh performed each week. My wife could walk to the Pub from her flat in Edith Road West Kensington (walk time approx. 10 minutes).
    Would be most appreciative if anyone could assist us. Thanks.

  244. Steve Davies says:

    Dear FHHS
    I have a clipping from a local paper (from 1955) which states my parents were married at St Johns church and then had a reception at ‘Harold Laski House’, but offers no further detail. My own research has found that Laski House was near the corner of Fulham and Munster roads and had a connection with the Labour Party. It was not far from Claude Rye’s motorcycle shop at 895 Fulham Rd.
    (There is also a Laski House in Percival St to confuse matters.)
    Could you pinpoint where Laski House receptions might have been or if indeed it exists in a new form? Is there any old photographic evidence of the place?
    I hope you can assist
    Steve Davies

    • If I recall correctly I believe that the whole site was once labour party offices and as such would have had a hall for meetings etc. I still know someone who may have gone there and so will ask them

      • Steve Davies says:

        Thankyou for your reply
        If you can find out more it would be greatly appreciated

      • The site of Harold Laski house at corner of Munster Road and Fulham Road was at 861-865,(now Ray Munn)and had once been Randall’s of Fulham, South West London’s largest store for furniture and fittings. Next door were Faith Bros, hosiers, who also had a premises at the Lillie road junction of North End Road, they were agents for a number of school uniforms in the area.
        Laski house was the Labour party office for Fulham, with meeting rooms , originally the offices these were located at the front of the building, but were moved further back when break-ins kept on occurring. The was a small hall downstairs, and a larger hall upstairs, where many wedding receptions and other events were held. The kitchen was however in the basement. Christmas fairs were held there also and there was a permanent mural of London scenes, besides temporary ones done for Christmas.. The top floor had 3 flats which were let to party members. The Labour savings club was run from there, but one day quite quickly it was decided to sell off the site and the Party was gone. Archives should have some pictures, and Kellys Post Office London will indicate when it went, and the Voting lists at the library will list occupants of the flats.

  245. Trying to find any snippets of what happened to hugh Columba Bradley on the day of his death. 3/12/2o11 from Hammersmith and Fulham. He was only 55 years old. His sons are desperate for any news as to what happened to him. Thank you.

  246. Jennie says:

    I’m wondering if you have any information on Harrods Despository? I recently started a job there on the estate and it would be interesting to find out a bit about it.
    Many thanks

    • Peter Wollaston says:

      Hi Jennie, my father was employed at Harrods for over 40 years as an overseas queries clerk. He frequently had to go to the docks and sort out customs problems, particularly for items that were being returned in a damaged state. I do have a book produced in 1949 called “A Story of British Achievement 1949 – 1949” with a forward by Richard Burbridge, later to be Sir Richard, who was, I believe, Chairman of Harrods for many years. This contains a sketch of a little shop called Harrods in 1849! I also have a paper back book all about Harrods. Regards Peter Wollaston

      • Alison Draper says:

        There is a Hammersmith Depositary on syon lane, Isleworth, also near Hammersmitb Bridge, Im not sure if they are still operating.

    • Jean FELTHAM nee Broyd says:

      Hi Jennie
      We moved to Hammersmith in 1956 when I was 5 years old and my dad worked for Harrods Depository. All I remember is that every Christmas they staged a huge Xmas party for all the children of employees where you wore a colour coded badge so that Father Christmas would know which (wonderful!) present to give you!

  247. Sheila Seagrove says:

    I am wondering if anyone can tell me what happened to Trafalgar Street, South Street and Stansfield Street all in Hammersmith. Thank you.

    • Lesley Plant says:

      Reply to Sheila S about Trafalgar Street – many of my ancestors and relations lived there too in all the census returns. I found the street on old maps of the creek area of Hammersmith. This road, and many others, were entirely erased by clearance and redevelopment. The creek was filled in, and the flyover was built (not at the same time). Furnival Gardens now covers them, so you can stand on them, looking out to the Thames. But not a trace remains, not even the name. I haven’t yet found any photos, but I keep hoping one will turn up. South Street and Stansfield Street were in the same area.

      • Although the Creek was filled in, the water was culverted and comes out the same place. See “History of Hammersmith”

      • Jacqueline Finesilver says:

        Part of my family lived in Cove Cottage, Aspen Place. My grandfather worked for Sankey’s who had a business on Creek Wharf. And my father used to swim in the Creek as a boy – for which he was punished. I have photos of The Creek and the wharves, barges. Some of these came from the H&F Archives and some were found in books or online.
        The Wadham(s) family owned barges which unloaded at the Creek and I had a brief correspondence with Ivy Wadhams before she died. She lived in one of the cottages on Creek Wharf. The family have an impressive website which you might find interesting.
        My contact email is in my reply to Sheila Seagrove in case you’d like to share some of your family history.

      • I am surprised to learn the LBHF no longer have a copy of the Survey of London Vol6. It should be available in the Archives /local history dept, If you send your e-mail to though I can send you the data mentioned

    • Stephen Lally says:

      The Creek area was said to be the worst slum in west London so nobody would have been interested in photographing it. Except that I have some photos of the South Street area taken from the book ‘Road Making for The King’ which is in Hammersmith Archives. It is the story of the South Street Mission and a good insight into life in that area before WW1. I can send some photos if you would contact me and send me your email address at Stephen (at) lally. org. uk. Also a couple of maps. Any other information on The Creek and South Street Mission would be appreciated

      • kenneth rumsey says:

        Hi Stephen, In my book “Survey of London” VOL.V1 Hammersmith published 1915..There is a mention of The High Bridge & Creek page 53…& Counters Bridge & Creek page 122.there is also a photograph of the Creek on Plate 53…LBH&F does not have a copy of this survey book..

    • Jacqueline Finesilver says:

      Stephen Lally’s recommendation of the book ‘Road Making for the King’ is a good one. I would heartily agree. It was written by Sister Lizzie, Superintendent of the South Street Mission, Hammersmith Councillor and JP. Her book is lively and interesting and has some good photos. There are copies in the H&F Archives. (If you order a copy via your public library they will probably have to get it from America.)
      Some of my family lived in Aspen Place. Most attended the local Waterloo Street School. The registers for this school are at the LMA.
      I am interested in other families who lived in this patch so do get in touch – jacqueline at finesilver dot info – if you are inclined.

  248. Clive says:

    My father was born in the Fulham Road Institution Infirmary in February 1923, I am trying to identify my great grandmother , does anyone know where baptism records for this period might exist ?. I have exhausted my checks on what is held at LMA and there does not appear to be any records of St. Stephens hospital or Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as it subsequently became known. Any help with this mystery greatly appreciated , regards Clive

  249. I am trying to trace the grave of my sons father. He died in 2011.
    Hugh Bradley 27/2/56 – 3/12/2011.
    We would like to know anything about him.

  250. Clive Hobbs says:

    Coming to the UK next year 2016 and hope to find where Bannisters Cottages were. I have an inkling it may have been in the Brook Green Area. Can you please give me a location.

    • Clive Hobbs says:

      Also was there any connection between Bannisters Cottages and Holland Park Farm Tunks and Tidal.

      • Rosalind Martin Holmes says:

        I remember Cottages on Brook Green in the late 1960’s maybe 3 or 4 cottages with huge gardens with lots of vegtables growning. They were demolished when I was still young ( I was born just of Brook Green 1958) Flats or appartment were built in place.

    • PeterT says:

      The original Banisters cottages stood where Willow Vale in Shepherds Bush now stands. There are old photos of these cottages in the local archives. The last named Bannisters Cottages were war time prefabs that still stood in the 1960s.

  251. Lee Anne Kirby says:

    I have several ancestors that were admitted to Saunders Road School. What type of school was this? Was this school part of a workhouse or something else.
    Thank you,

    • mike lloyd says:

      ANNE .In 1950 i was at Saunders Road it was at that time an annex of Christopher Wren School of Building & Arts connected to the Lime Grove Building.You did not mention the period of time you were looking for. ??

      • Sandy Ridgway says:

        Mr Lloyd,
        My grandfather was admitted to Saunders at the age of 3. This was in 1885. I would love more information also.

  252. Brian Calder says:

    During the 1920/30’s, my father worked for a gentleman’s tailors shop called Lloyd Bros. The shop was at 17,Uxbridge Road, just along from the market. The shop closed in 1934, but of course the building is still there. Does anyone have a photograph of the shop or building that I could have a scan of. Any information would be gratefully received. I live in New Zealand so I cant just pop along.
    Regards Brian Calder

  253. mctlady says:

    Hi there,

    I wonder if you could help me find information and photos of 346 north end road throughout the ages? thank you

  254. Chuck Gaish says:

    I have been trying to find out where to purchase the Parish Records of St Paul, mainly in reference to Sarah Gaish born c1827 to James Gaish and Sarah Abbot, also her supposed marriage on 27th Aug 1848 to Issac (surname n/k).
    Many thanks E.C Gaish.
    oh a ps, Anyone with more information of John Frederick Symes 1883 he was awarded the D.C.M and I was told by my Uncle, know locally in Fulham as their only VC holder? he worked for Fulham Council.

    • St Paul Hammersmith

      Registers and curates’ note books:

      Baptism 1664-1960. Indexed 1664-1837

      Marriage 1664/5-1972. Indexed 1664/5-1837

      Burial 1664/5-1857. Indexed 1664/5-1857

      Banns books 1838-1981 (gaps).

      Service registers 1868-1990 (gaps
      Contact London Metropolitan Archives.

  255. Tracy Spencer says:

    Hello. Im looking to find the graves of my Great Grandparents . I know they were buried in Fulham Palace Road Cemetry.
    My Great Grandmother was Emma Layton
    She was born in 1875 and died in 1962.
    My Great Grandfather was William Herbert Layton . He was born 8 th July 1874 and died
    February 1940.
    Also Emily Lucy Layton who passed away 27th February 1925 aged 2 years and 8 months. She is buried in Fulham Cemetry.
    Best Regards

    • Cemetery Records
      Details of cemetery records held by our archives service

      Fulham Old Burial Ground, Fulham Palace Road.

      Registers of burials, 1865-1908. Indexed 1865-1899.

      Notices of interments, 1865-1960

      Check out archives on Mon or Tues

    • Peter Layton says:

      My Father’s full name was Edward Herbert George Layton. His Father was George Layton and was from Fulham and is buried in Ladywell cemetary. Not sure if this is useful.

      Peter Layton

  256. Karen Johnson says:

    My grandfather-in-law Albert Johnson received a pocket watch inscribed as the year of George V coronation in recognition of 5uears fsitjful service. The inscription revers to the RSU Shaftesbury Society. Do you have any information which may help us discover what the award was for please?
    Thanks in anticipation.
    Dr Karen Johnson

    • Ninety-not out : a record of ninety years’ child welfare work of the Shaftesbury Society and R.S.U. (Ragged Schools Union)

      David Williamson

      London : Hodder and Stoughton, [1934]
      This book may help. Borrow from library

  257. A Tailor says:


    I’m trying to see if anyone may direct me to locating any information and photos of the Arches at Goldhawk Road in 1902? I’m at the local archives now but no joy! and viewed Kelly’s too.

  258. Dave Brown says:

    I’m after a list of Orphanages in the Shepherd’s Bush area between 1882 to 1890. Could someone advise me where to find this? It is a genealogical enquiry. Sorry, accidentally replied to someone else’s post! Please ignore that one.

  259. carolyn says:

    could anyone tell me where tranquilla terrace hammersmith was situated

  260. 119bethany says:

    Hello I wonder if you can help me. I am trying to find some information on a grand aunt of mine Caroline Oakes nee Langton b 1877 Liverpool. Married William H Oakes 1912, and she died March 1952. I have just heard about this aunt death, she was knocked down and killed by a motorbike & sidecar when she stepped onto the road.In or around Hammersmith in late 1951/1952.As her death notice reads
    Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
    __Deaths Mar 1952 (>99%)
    OAKES Caroline 73 Hammersmith 5c 820

    (she was 75 years)

    I was wondering if you have any information. That could help me. I have tried most of the newspapers but no success.
    As I live in New Zealand it would be quite difficult for me to pop in to your office, or anywhere for that matter, so I rely on “ Ancestry UK” or “Find My past “ to help me in my research.
    I would be very appreciative, if you or anyone could help me in some way. either an article about what happened that day of the accident, or even an obituary notice in the local newspaper or any paper that it might have gone into. Many thanks Beth

    • Dave Brown says:

      I’m after a list of Orphanages in the Shepherd’s Bush area between 1882 to 1890. Could someone advise me where to find this? It is a genealogical enquiry.

  261. Lorraine says:

    Hello there, I am researching my 2x great grandparents who owned a Greengrocer’s shop in Stanley Road, Fulham, in the mid – late 1800″s and wondered if anybody might have information or photographs regarding the shop or the Stocker family who owned it?

    Many thanks, Kind Regards, Lorraine.

  262. joy evans says:

    Hi there – I hope you can please help me with any information you may have about
    (1) Frederick Groves (an actor)
    (2) Emily Gertrude Groves (born 1860s “in the stage’s wings”, married to a Hemensley and she worked as a seamstress. Her parents were actors).
    (3) Family legend has it that George V offered a knighthood to one of the Groves (maybe Charles Groves?) for their acting, but the rascal turned it down!
    Thanking you – Joy Evans

    • Beth Shirley says:

      Hi Joy,
      I have been researching this family for some time and have heard the same family legend. Is it possible for you to contact me directly?
      Best regards,

    • Stephen Groves says:

      I am a Groves in Australia and my grandfather George Groves came to Australia from 4 Beavor Lane Hammersmith about 1911. Most of our Groves family seem to have been in the building industry in the Hammersmith area but the earliest Groves I can find is William Groves born about 1742 and describes as “barge builder of Hammersmith” in some birth records for his children. I would love to hear from anyone who is researching the Groves family from this area.

  263. reco1000 says:

    Dear Tim
    I would be really pleased to be in contact with you. I am charlie’s son, who was Sid’s younger brother. I last contacted Yvonne about 2000 and I realise now that I believe she has died. My email is

  264. Emma says:

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if someone could help me. I am a teacher at Queens Manor Primary School and our topic for the first half term is all about how our local area has changed over the years in particular during the Victorian times and onwards. It would be great if somebody with an expertise in this area would be available to come in and speak to the children. If anyone is interested or know of someone please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,

  265. annie says:

    My Grandmother and her sister were in the West London District School ( workhouse ) in the 1911 census and I would love to find when they were admitted and discharged and any other reports but I cannot find their names on the Ancestry records. Can you suggest where else I could look.
    Interestingly during this time their mother was living in Earlsmead Rd Kensal Rise just down from Oliver Smith who murdered his wife in 1910

  266. Sarah says:

    would you be able to let us know what the average house price would have been in Fulham in 1930?

  267. Joan Harland says:

    Dear Sonia Crutchlow,

    This is in replay to your response to my query about purchasing “West London Nursery Gardens” from the USA. Yes, I’d like to purchase the book; my address is: 7051 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA USA 94611. You wrote that you could send me the details of how I could pay for the book. Thank you in advance, Joan Harland.

  268. walham says:

    Try H&F Archives at Hammersmith Library

  269. In 2020 it will be the 125th Anniversary of the Fulham Brass Band and I am pulling together information about the early days (1895-1950) of the band. I have some very early material, but if anyone could help me with information or where I might find some, I would appreciate it greatly

  270. Alexis says:

    There is yellow straw like decoration on the new Sainsbury’s building on Fulham Road. I was wondering if there was any information/history to it?

    • fhhs says:

      Well spotted. If it is the one near the Parsons Green Lane traffic lights then it was the Wheatsheaf Pub until about 18 months 2 years ago. Like so many pubs in London it is too attractive to the owners to sell the ground floor as retail (it fits in the same planning use group) and convert the upper floors to flats. There appears to have been a Wheatsheaf on this approximate site as older maps show a Wheatsheaf Lane a remnant of which can be seen behind the adjacent Lancaster Court housing. It was quite good of the owners to retain this ornamental flourish of a Wheatsheaf it could so easily have been eradicated.

  271. Rodney Pinder says:

    During excavations in my garden in Herne Hill I found an old glass bottle marked The National Filtered Mineral Water Works with the name R Dean & Co, 115 Fulham Palace Road W
    Does anyone know of this company, when it operated and how old the bottle might be? It’s very heavy, opaque glass with a round glass ball inside. Our house was built in the 19-teens so I’m guessing around that vintage.

  272. Lesley Scott says:

    I believe that William and Florence Scott had a confectionery shop at 692 Fulham Road during 1956 / 1957. Would you, by any chance, have ant information regarding this shop?
    Many thanks & kind regards
    Lesley Scott

  273. Joan Harland says:

    I am researching the life of John Kennedy, Hammersmith nurseryman (1759-1842), and am interested in locating any primary materials (letters, etc.) written by him. The Kew Library has one transcribed letter; do you know of any others? (I have a copy of E.J. Willson’s wonderful biography of his partner, James Lee of the Vineyard Nursery). Thank you for any assistance that you might be able to provide.

    Best regards,
    Joan Harland

    • You will find a little information and some list of sources in E.J. Willson book “West London Nursery Gardens. FHHS,” and indeed as you will be aware Wikipedia quotes the James Lee book thus” Biographical entries concerning the Lees and Kennedys are in Ray Desmond, Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists, 1994; the firm’s history is in Eleanor Joan Willson James Lee and the Vineyard Nursery, Hammersmith, 1961.”

      • Joan Harland says:

        Thank you for your response. I’d like to purchase “West London Nursery Gardens,” which I understand is available by check through mail order from Mrs. Sue Pierson, but I live in the USA. Would I be able to purchase it by any payment method? Thank you in advance.

      • Sonia Crutchlow says:

        Dear Joan

        The cost of the publication is £9.00 and postage will be £7.45. If you are interested in buying the book please let me know and send your address. I will then let you have details of our bank account so that you can transfer the money.


        Sonia Crutchlow

  274. Len Forester says:

    Re Joseph Forester of the Napoleonic Home Guard. The document DD/19/2b gives the list of signatures of members of the Hammersmith Armed Association and is dated 1803. I believe the document is very faded, but I have a copy of the part where Joseph signed.
    Best wishes
    Len Forester

  275. John Beszant says:

    Wonder if anyone can help. I was a pupil at St John’s COE primary school in Macbeth Street W6 in the late 60s early 70s and part of my route to school was along Cambridge Grove passing Times Furniture on the corner of King Street. I remember the window displays which changed according to the fashions of the time and walking past last week noticed one of the boarded up windows was uncovered and there was an old display behind the glass. Could someone please tell me if that is an old Times Furniture display. It looks very 1970s.

  276. Peter Wollaston says:

    Hi there, I have been referred to you by the Fulham & Hammersmith Libraries who were not sure if you could help. I am an avid Chelsea Football follower and have obtained over the years details of most of their matches. I was asking if the Libraries could help as I wanted to try to get access to the West London Newspapers, particularly from 1919 to 1953 to further pursue these enquiries. I live in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire and I am fulltime carer for my wife so cannot get over to Hammersmith to go through the newspapers myself and I was hoping that I might be able to access these online. Can you assist in any way? Whilst writing, on an historical basis, could I ask another question? I lived in Fulham for the first twenty-odd years of my life, my parents for many more years before this. My father was a Special Constable during the war and there was some query in the family concerning a bomb coming down on the Eelbrook Common and my father being involved in some way. Do you have any details, again possiblty fro newspaper articles, of any bombs (incendiary devises) falling on the Eelbrook during the war? Many thanks for allowing me to take up your time and I look forward to hearing from you in due course. Kind regards, Peter Wollaston

    • James Kelso says:

      Hi Peter,
      I was born and bred in 1934 in the pub, opposite the main gates of Chelsea Football club, the pub where CFC was formed. I wrote about my early years in a memoir, The Rising Son. The book doesn’t answer your specific questions. Sorry to reply with what must seem a blatant attempt to flog you something, but you may find it of background interest. And a Kindle edition is only £1.99.
      James Kelso

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        I run a website for the former Sloane Grammar school at I know we had a Philip Kelso (a superb Shakespearean actor) at the school but I read somewhere that you also attended. Can you confirm that ,or otherwise, for me please?

        Mark Foulsham

      • James Kelso says:

        Hi Mark,
        Yes, certainly. There were three Kelsos at Sloane at that time: Philip Kelso, his younger brother, Clifford, and myself. They were both cousins of mine. I wrote at some length about my time at Sloane in the book previously mentioned.
        Kind regards
        James Kelso

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Thank you, James.

        If you’d care to join us on the website just go to, find your name in the list on the Missing Classmates page, click on it and follow instructions for registering. There’s no cost to you involved.

        Now you’ve confirmed you were at Sloane I’ll add a piece to the Famous and Infamous page of my website.

        Kind regards,

    • fhhs says:

      It sounds like a lot of work trawling through the newspapers which are indeed on microfiche at the Hammersmith Library Archive. You could try a comment on the Chelsea FC blog hosted by LBHF. Certainly a keen blues enthusiast who could point you in the right direction.,3LGTK,5I94N3,CWZUM,1
      The LBHF Archive does have an extract from Spirit of the Londoner which gives details of what was dropped and immediate casualties, which might give you a starting point for the papers. Also there is the Bombsight Website for the LMA which lists the main incidents just click on the map.
      Good luck

  277. Floyco says:

    Researching my family history, my grandfather Mr George Harold Webster worked at Lawsons of Hammersmith until his death in 1979. I would like to know more about this store, and a picture would be greatly appreciated.
    His sisters and brother were killed in the London bombings air raid, they lived at Peabody buildings. Could you give me any information and again a picture if possible. Thanks.

  278. roy davies says:

    My Great (and Great, Great) grandfather was a Mr Charles WAYT, who had a fishmongers shop on the corner at 184 Fulham Rd, on the corner of Gilston Rd. The site was redeveloped in the 1930’s. might anyone have any photographs of the shop (or site) before this date?

    • Gilston Road is in Kensington and Chelsea, so try Borough’s libraries. Also check and put a saved search on e-bay or one of the other auction sites and you may find something comes up for sale.

  279. Billy says:

    Good afternoon

    I have old photographs of Putney England dated as far back as 1886 and the family in the photos surname is Field. I also have photos of old buildings with the same date and I want to find out the value of these photo’s if you can assist me with that or point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards Billy.

  280. Flo Nelson says:

    Hello, I’m looking for as much information as possible concerning any gardening activity at Bentworth Primary School pre-1950s but particularly in the Interwar period. The school had lovely gardens. I’m interested in everything from how much gardening was taking place and how it was included in the school day, who maintained the garden, what was planted (vegs or flowers or a mixture). If you have any information or if you know someone who does I’d love to hear from you. I’ve already seen what’s available at the local archives and at the LMA. I would love to see more photographs or hear more about the gardening there. Many thanks

  281. Geoffrey See says:

    Sorry, I should have said that the address where they were killed was in Westville Road.

  282. Geoffrey See says:

    Hi, can anyone help with my enquiry into fatalities that occurred in ‘ the mini blitz’ of 1944. My friends grand parents were both killed on the 19th of February 1944, he has found his grandmothers death certificate but not his grandfathers, the family name is O’Keefe, any information would be gratefully received. My friends name is John O’Keefe and he used to live in Riverside Gardens with his parents Joseph and Florence, his parents and mine were friends, thanks for any help, Geoffrey See

    • FHHS (John Hampshire) says:

      LBHF archives have a splendid record:
      The Spirit of the Londoner A listing of Fatal Casualties in Former Metropolitan Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham.

      Sunday 20 Feb 1944
      Westville Road
      James Henry Smithers age 72 of no 63 and Arthur Frederick Cooper Age 3 of no 19 both killed in no 63.
      Louisa O’Keefe age 63 of no 67

      also a firewatcher was killed and a nurse injured in Westvillle Road School.

      • Geoffrey See says:

        Thank you John, I shall pass this information to John O’Keefe, another piece of the puzzle the past is to us.

  283. Lorraine Courtenay says:

    Hi Patricia – yes you might have to be a little creative/inventive when searching then. I found my great-grandmother in the Hackney Union workhouse – and knew some of her siblings from a previous census – and found the new siblings by searching on a family history software site with her last name only and ‘Hackney Union’ in an ‘any other information box’. The siblings I found – my great-aunt is named after them and I also found the other siblings living with my great-great grandmother in the 1911 census. Various family history forums are excellent to use for difficult research, as well as contacting local archives and regional archives for help.
    Best wishes

  284. OMG your comments are traumatic I’m reading them in tears, I’m determined to trace my ggm & siblings. I suppose there’s every chance my ggm name is inaccurate on her marriage certificate and could be why I also can’t find her birth certificate…..I’m gonna keep searching.

    • If you check the web, or look for a hard copy of the Survey of London Vol 6 Hammersmith, published 1915, you will find a brief description of the building, together with a picture of the staircase and a plan of the 1st and 2nd floors of Manor Hall, Great Church Lane, Hammersmith. The volume states clearly that the building is occupied by the Royal Female Philanthropic society

  285. Lorraine Courtenay says:

    Hello Patricia

    No problem, glad it will help to understand your family background a little better.

    Yes it is devastating – my great-grandmother and her siblings were in workhouse institutions in Hackney in the 1901 census (their parents were unable to care for them – they had 14 children and 8 had died by the 1911 census – that made me cry) – I suspect my great-grandmother was either so traumatised or ashamed of the experience that she not only altered her name but also altered her father’s name and occupation from a carpenter to an actor of plays – sadly her first husband was gassed in the First World War and she watched him painfully die with their two children for several months – when she had her children with her second husband again she altered her maiden name to a French sounding surname, telling the story that the family were French (but on finding the family on earlier censuses her family did indeed have French names) – unfortunately her son, my grandfather and his siblings fared little better begging for food from kind shopkeepers in the 1920’s/1930’s and ended up in a children’s home, my grandfather never retired, always bringing food home from the markets he had worked at all his life for the family.

    My friend’s family were in the workhouse (he remembers his grandmother who had been in a workhouse with her mother) – when his grandmother and her siblings asked his great-grandmother to have a different meal rather than keeping to the same rigid weekly menu she was hysterical and her husband calmed her by saying they would keep to the same weekly menu and the children very sternly told they could not ask again to alter the menu – very sad, such awful soul destroying places.

    Having said that I have recently discovered the master and matron of the workhouse where I live and thinking of cruel Dickens characters what I discovered was that the master of the workhouse had been orphaned himself aged 17 and his younger siblings taken into institutions (whether he was also I do not know) – but did this influence him to take on this job, working in several workhouses around the country, his children also worked in workhouses, who then became public assistance officers in The Great Depression.

    What does infuriate me about the poorer parts of London where other branches of my family came from, was them dying very early from disease living in unsanitary conditions brought on by the water companies turning off the water in the lower class areas of London and redirecting the water to the higher class areas of London in Victorian times – it is absolutely amazing that England didn’t have a full scale revolution as in France and Russia from being treated so unfairly.

  286. Stuart Hawley says:

    Was wondering if you could shed some light on the construction of bomb shelters in a few of the back gardens in lindrop street sw6 who had them put there was they communal any information on these would be greatly appreciated many thanks stuart

    • Terence M. Duley says:

      Hello Stuart, I lived in Tynemouth street before and during the WW2. As you probably know this is adjacent to Lindrop street SW6. We also had reinforced brick and concrete bomb shelters in our back yards. As the houses in both streets were all terraced the bomb shelters were built between adjacent houses being separately shared between the occupants of both houses. Each half of the bomb shelter was internally separated by a brick wall but there was a square opening about 2 x 2 ft. in this dividing wall allowing the occupants to communicate and, if necessary escape through it, if the entrance to either half were blocked by debris. The two entrance were closed by a fairly flimsy wooden door with a simple latch. I was puzzled for a while why these small houses should have been provided with these relatively expensive shelters when more salubrious housing in the vicinity had either cheaper Anderson shelters in the garden, or Morrison shelters within the ground floor home. The answer was that this area of Sands End, Fulham was a high priority German bombing target.
      Before the outbreak of war, a security assessment of the Sands End area had recommended that the area should be totally evacuated. However this was never implemented, presumably because the local population was still required to man these strategically important industries, hence the reinforced brick and concrete bomb shelters. This was probably a government financed or subsidised initiative administered through Fulham Borough Council.

      • Derek Sayers says:

        I lived at 70 Stephendale Road, some way further west of Lindrop Street and we had an Anderson shelter. the concrete shelters further east might be because of the Shell Mex storage depot close by

  287. Patricia Wadsworth says:

    Hello Lorraine thanks so much for your reply I’ll research these sites, I also think I’ve found my g grandmother in poor & settlement records with her known brother + 2 unknown siblings + her possible mother. It’s fascinating for us doing our family history but devastating when you think how these poor girls were treated Victorian England was a terrible place if you had nothing, not surprising my ggm NEVER spoke about it. Patricia

  288. Helen Whichelow says:

    The link to the Commodore cinema proved very interesting reading. I hadn’t realised it closed so long ago. We were so well blessed for cinemas in the area, with the Essoldo and Gaumont (now a hotel) in Shepherds Bush, the previously mentioned Regal also in King Street and the smaller cinema on Hammersmith Broadway.

  289. Maurice Coffey says:

    Do you have the electoral roll for St. Stephens Avenue, Shepherds Bush, for 1955?

  290. Lorraine Courtenay says:

    Hello Patricia

    Hope this helps, sorry it’s sad news – we have no idea how people were living then, just about surviving and the shame they were made to feel about being poor and needing help.
    ‘At the back of the Latymer Foundation, in Great Church Lane, is the Female Philanthropic Society. The object is for the reformation of young women convicted for a first offence or addicted to petty pilfering.’
    ‘Royal Female Philanthropic Society; 1822; Manor Hall, Gt. Church Lane, Hammersmith; For the reception of young women imprisoned for a first offence, or discharged from service for dishonesty, destitute young girls in danger of falling, and utterly untrained incapable girls.’

    Best wishes
    Lorraine, Orpington

  291. Does anyone have any history about The Female philanthropic Society which was located behind Latymer at 53 great church Lane, Hammersmith. I think I’ve found my great-grandmother living there as a girl of 15 in 1891 census. Apparently it was a correction house for young girls and I want to find out when she arrived, for what reason and her departure date. It certainly would explain why she never talked about her early life to her children.

  292. Kathleen says:

    Please could you the days the old Spitalfields market traded on&there opening hours,also if they sold meat? Hope you can help,thanks

  293. Alan McThredder says:

    Hi Folks,
    I recently found 2 documents.
    1. A qualification to practice medicine, surgery and midwifery from the Royal College of Physicians.
    2. A qualification to practice surgery from The Royal College of Surgeons
    Both of these are for Dr Sandbrook Falkner who lived at The Hermitage, 290 Fulham Palace Road, London SW6 and worked as a police surgeon for Fulham parish for some years before dying aged 45 at St George’s Hospital, Tooting in 1920.
    I would love to trace any members of his family and give them these documents. Also I would like more information on this doctor anyone may have. Thanks. Alan McT

    • Mike Chilvers says:

      As a child & living in Parfrey St. in the 40/50s my parents and myself were registered at The Hermitage and I remember a Dr. Clyne who used to treat me when I was very young for asthma.

      He was a very likable man and seemed old to me then but he eventually retired (or died) and in his place was I think, a Dr. Norris. He was a police surgeon but the complete opposite to the previous doctor. Abrupt and did not seem to like children which made me very afraid of him! I mention this because the Dr. Faulkner mentioned by Alan was also a police surgeon although from a much earlier time and I wondered if The Hermitage surgery was in anyway connected with the police.

      Sorry I can’t help with your question but I wish you well.

      Mike Chilvers

  294. Mrs Catherine Gurney says:

    I would like to know about greyhound racing at white city during the 1950’s. I have a brother who is very ill and has fond memories of being a kennel boy (and punter) at the stadium, following his national service. he particularly remembers two dogs called “mutt & jeff”. only one raced but would only do so if the other was also present. .A local pamphlets, journals or memories wiil be most wellcome

  295. Lt Col Michael O'Malley says:

    I am trying to find details of Kathleen David who was discharged from Britten St Workhouse in July 1919 to ‘Brook Green School’. Could you suggest what particular school she would have attended?

    • Britten street Workhouse was located in Chelsea near to St Luke’s church Sydney Street.
      A map of 1924 only shows one school at Brook Green , a Roman Catholic College at the Hammersmith Road end. A book entitled Pope’s Corner may have details about this.

  296. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Cinema is still there, amazing. Now other side of street to Hammersmith and Fulham Town Hall, 145 King Street. I used to go there on a Saturday morning for the children’s matinee.

    • Helen Whichelow says:

      The cinema which is next to the Town Hall on the corner of Nigel Playfair Avenue used to be called the Regal. I think the cinema that Ben refers to which was further up King Street towards Chiswick, near Goldhawk Road, was the Commodore, a very grand building which alas is no more.

  297. John White. says:

    Hello Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, I am conducting some research on Viscount Palmerston and his association with Co Sligo, Ireland. One thing I want to clarify is whether the Charlotte A, Sullivan formerly of Brrom house is the same Charlotte A. Sullivan who is mentioned a number of times as being associated with Colonel W. H. Hippesley in Cliffony, Co. Sligo. Ireland in or around 1895 to 1905. I would be grateful if anyone could assist me.

  298. Lesley Thompson says:


    We are looking for someone who could do a guided historical evening walk of Hammersmith Mall for a group, ideally on Tuesday 14th July or that week sometime.

    Do you have anyone who may be able to help?

    Many thanks.
    Lesley Thompson

  299. Jenny Franklin says:

    Looking for information about a school for girls that appears on the 1841 census at St. Peter’s Square, Hammersmith. The school does not appear to have a name. it is headed by Maria and Susan ANDREWS, schoolmistresses and Maria CAPREN, governess. There are 11 pupils aged between 8 and 15 and two servants. My 2X great aunt Mary Douglass is there on the 1841 census aged 8.Piece: 690
    Book: 6
    Folio: 12
    Page Number: 18

    • owena says:

      Hi Jenny
      i am trying to find information on my mother’s family, i have found 1961 K.DOUGLAS ESQ (KENETH DOUGLAS ) OF 8 BURBAGE ROAD SE 24, LONDON), which i beleive has a connection, could i please have your email address?,regards nena

      • Hi Nena. As far as I know I don’t have a K. Douglas in my family tree. The surname was in later years spelt with 2 ‘s’s (DOUGLASS) The only DOUGLASS connection I have to Hammersmith is that Mary DOUGLASS appears on 1841 census as above.

  300. Jason porter says:

    Hi my name is jason porter I’m trying to track down a lost family member I have little to go on regarding my search for a family member ! Wonder if u would be kind enough to help in anyway! A relative of mine run a fruit and veg shop. His name was Dan porter or Daniel porter! And his fruit and veg shop was in Fulham road.but I’m trying to get adress details ! And hitting walls Dan or Daniel porter would be 76.77.0r 78 in age now. And he married to a valarie?hope u can help me in anyway

  301. Ben Salama says:

    Can you help me, please. I have happy childhood memories of going the cinema on King Street in the ’60s . I think it was on the south side of the street on the corner of King Street and Goldhawk Road. Is this right? Can anyone verify it and which cinema it was? Any photos?

  302. Martin head says:


    I wonder if anyone can help me find information regarding Hunt Street in Hammersmith which I understand no longer exists.

    The reason Inask is that it was where my Great Grandparents used to live and a side of the family that now reside in the USA are visiting next week and want to find th location where their Grand Parents used to live…..I’ve been unable to find ant pictures or maps that would help…..

    My Great Grand (Alice an Frederic Johnson) parents, and my Grandmother were born and lived in Hunt Street in Notting Hill W11, her house / flat was above the archway to the entry to a Lyons Tea depot / factory, this would have been in the 1920’s – 1950.

    The long and short of it is that her sister, Evelyn Johnson, married a US pilot during the second world war and, together, they left blighty to start a new life in the States.

    She, Evelyn JOHNSON, has since passed away, her / my relatives are traveling back to the Mother land next week and, staying with me in Essex, they’ve asked to see where Evelyn lived during the war.

    I understand from my Mum that Hunt Street no longer exists and that flats may have been built on it? I can’t find it on Google maps, only Hunt Close?

    Can you point me in the right direction please or give me some advice on how I can locate, the long since gone, Hunt Street. images would be great.

    I did think that a quick Google search of Lyons / Hunt Street / Notting Hill would solve my problem, alas not.

    Any help great fully received…..we’ll be visiting in a week or so’s time



    • Hunt Street was immediately to the north of Stebbing street, a query to which I replied to on 23 April 2015…see below.Archives at Hammersmith may have pictures, and worth trying Kensington & Chelsea as on the borders.

  303. Mike says:

    Do you have any history of the Power station, both the early one and the 1938 built one? I am interested as I worked there in the late 1960’s


    • Try this Wikipedia link. I have pictures of the launch ceremonies and colliers(10 in all) that the Fulham Borough council have owned.
      The Sands end revisited web site is also useful when it is restored.

      • Mike says:

        Thanks for that link and the sands end site, I explored both of these. I wondered if the historical society had done a pamphlet or similar, especially as the workforce is now rapidly vanishing. The power plant was a huge investment for the borough, just before the war.

      • The society does not have a pamphlet on the site. Check out the archives they may able to help, and also it’s sometime worth taking a look at any planning applications submitted for development, as these often have a historical summary of the site.
        One of the aims of this website is to offer people other than the requester a link if they find the subject of interest to them. I am pleased you got on Sands End revisited before it went into its slumber. I always try to get compilers of such websites that have a wealth of information to try to get it registered and saved by the BRITISH library, and then all can have future access.

  304. Martin says:


    Can you help with trying to establish how long Dame Margot Fonteyn lived( if she ever did, at 149 Talgath Road

    The house is up for sale and we are looking finding a way to buy it and create a dance museum centre

    Hoe you can help

  305. 119bethany says:

    Hello I wonder if you can help me. I am trying to find some information on a grand aunt of mine Caroline Oakes nee Langton b 1877 Liverpool. Married William H Oakes 1912, and she died March 1952. I have just heard about this aunt death, she was knocked down and killed by a motorbike back in 1952. Her death notice reads

    Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
    __Deaths Mar 1952 (>99%)
    OAKES Caroline 73 Hammersmith 5c 820

    I was wondering if you have any information. That would help me. I have tried most of the newspapers but no success. As I live in New Zealand it would be quite difficult for me to pop in to your office, or anywhere for that matter, so I rely on “ Ancestry UK” or
    “Find My past “ to help me in my research. I would be very appreciative, if you could help me in some way. either a story about what happened that day of the accident, or even an obituary notice in the local newspaper or any paper that it might have gone in to. Many thanks Beth Ivison

  306. Wendy Barnard says:

    I am looking for any information about my Aunty. Her name was Dorothy Austin she was the matron at the Hammersmith hospital. I am not exactly sure what years. I think it may have been the 1960’s 70’s or 80’s. She was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  307. John McCullough says:

    I am looking for local background on 1 St Peter’s Wharf where William HOARE (1845-), domestic groom of Hammersmith, resided in 1861. Also in 1861, Mary Ann MASLEN (1844-) was recorded as a barmaid at The Black Lion, Hammersmith with her aunt, Martha JOSLIN nee MASLEN (1802-); both of All Cannings, Wilts. William’s father, Thomas (1821-), was a waterman; the same profession William recorded for himself too on his marriage to Mary Ann MASLEN on 12 April 1868.

    What type of property was 1 St Peter’s Wharf where the nine HOARE family members and visitors lived in 1861?

    As watermen, did the family own their own river transport?

    How close was The Black Lion to 1 St Peter’s Wharf?

    Did Martha’s husband (married 1 December 1828), James JOSLIN (1808-), own or manage The Black Lion?

    • Helen Whichelow says:

      I expect you know that the Black Lion still exists. Behind it, on the other side of the Great West Road which now cuts through the area, is St Peter’s Church and St Peter’s Square. I asked my sister who is more familiar with the area what she knew of St Peter’s Wharf. She replied:

      Logically it might seem that it is right next door to the Black Lion, in its car park, owing to the adjacent steps that go down to the river. However I don’t think that is the case. There are some modern properties known as St Peter’s Wharf at the other end of Hammersmith Terrace, so it seems more likely that it was here. Can’t say for sure…

    • The Port of London officially lists St. Peter’s wharf under Chiswick. This web address lists all the ports the river library has/had? A map showing all the wharfs inlets etc of The river Thames otherwise an old ordnance survey map will show location.

    • For anyone researching pubs and landlords is an excellent website the information below is copied from the Hammersmith part of this index check it out for details of past staff et cetera

      Hammersmith pub history Index

      A listing of historical London public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Hammersmith, London. The Hammersmith, London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

      • John McCullough says:

        Thank you @Helen Whichelow: your reply has been useful. I guess I will never really know what 1 St Peter’s Place looked like but your sisters recollection is helpful.

        @historyaschurchfulham: that Wikipedia article does indeed list St Peter’s Wharf as being in Chiswick but the reference (Rowing on the tideway, 2006) does not include St Peter’s Wharf. Still, useful nevertheless. Stephen Harris posted the Black Lion Inn history on pub history dot com which lists George Holt 1848 via Era Newspaper, James Joslin 1855 via Post Office Directory and Henry Dorey 1878 via Middlesex Post Office Directory. This does nicely bracket James Joslin at the Black Lion Inn between circa 1848-1878 and I know he was listed at the Black Lion Inn during the 1861 census, so thank you.


      • Check out this planning application and the map at Planning applications decided
        1998/02414/TREE. It shows layout of houses on site.

      • John McCullough says:

        (I cannot seem to reply to your 14 June 10:29 response) but thank you, historyaschurchfulham. That planning application map was useful. I now know where 1 St Peter’s Wharf was in relation to the Black Lion Inn. Brilliant.

  308. Patricia Wadsworth says:

    My great-grandmother gave her address as St Mary’s Home, Fulham when she registered my grand-father’s birth on 23rd April, 1899. She was unmarried at the time so we assume it was a place that sheltered single girls “in trouble”. Can anyone help with information, do you know of such a place and/or can you point me to an archivist? My 92 year-old father would be so grateful to know where his father started life. Thanks…

    • John at FHHS says:

      The place to look is the Hammersmith and Fulham Archives at Hammersmith Library. I have just looked through the St Mary’s Baptisms and cannot see anything obvious around that date. However armed with full names it should be possible to find more information. Do look at the details for the archive above. The archivist is there on Mondays and Tuesdays and will also answer email enquiries. Good luck

  309. Andrew Sim says:

    Thanks very much indeed to historyaschurchfulham for your helpful reply. The details of the ‘City of Benares’ disaster are harrowing indeed. I will certainly try the local newspaper angle.

  310. Len Forester says:

    My 3rd great grand uncle, Joseph Forester, was a member of the “Loyal Hammersmith Volunteers” in 1803. I do not know if he was the Captain Mainwaring of this team or the Private Pike, but would love to know more.
    Len Forester

    • walham says:

      I will check the records at Hammersmith & Fulham Archives


    • walham says:

      I have checked what records there are at H&F Archives on the volunteers also known as the ‘Hammersmith Armed Association’ but cannot find Joseph Forester. There is a minute book of 1803 that only lists the names of Officers. Presumably Joseph was one of the 300 men who joined at that time. How did you known that Joseph was a volunteer ?

      • Len Forester says:

        I am rechecking my records. I think the relevant document has been “borrowed” by an eager cousin. I hope to have more information later.

  311. Andrew Sim says:

    I’m trying to trace any details of Sybil Gilliat-Smith from SW10, a 25 year old art teacher who was tragically killed in one of the worst naval disasters of WW2 – she was escorting evacuee children from London whem her boat was torpedoed and sunk. She was a very talented artist and I’m trying to trace any details of her training, as I’ve discovered a wartime oil painting by her and would like to know more about her life.

    • I see that records her as a civilian travelling on the British Steam passenger ship “City of Benares” when the boat was torpedoed on 18 Sep 1940 She was 25 at the time. The website has a picture of the boat. She was Daughter of B.J. and V. Gilliat-Smith, of Hindhead, Surrey. Born in 1915 her full name was Sybil Antonia Josepha Gilliat-Smith.
      Local newspapers from Hindhead for 1940 may have some further information. SW10 is actually in Kensington and Chelsea, and if a teacher at a local school their local newspapers may also be useful.

      • Kate says:

        I would suggest contacting either of the Farnham and haslemere heralds as hindhead is quite small those 2 town newspapers cover that area.the haslemere museum may also hold some useful information

  312. Sheena Murkin(Mrs) says:

    where can I find information about a surgeon/doctor named Michael Hurran who worked in Hammersmith Hospital late 30s/early 40s? My son has started a family tree and his name appears on his Father’s(who was illegitimate) birth certificate….we have no other information. Thank you.

    • The Medical Directory, first published in 1845, and now in its 168th edition 2 volume format costing £400.00 ( an e version of the latest edition is also available) is one of the best sources of historic information on doctors careers. Check out a back file of work. Try Westminister Central Reference library, but file could also be available at Society of Genealogists, or the National Archives libraries.
      A full entry contains: name, unique reference number allocated by the GMC, contact details – usually the main NHS hospital or surgery address for doctors still engaged in medical or clinical practice, primary medical qualification and other qualifications, current and most recent appointments (up to three), specialty and special interests, and up to five society memberships. Brief entries for newly qualified and younger doctors will contain their name, GMC identifier and primary medical qualification.

  313. Emily Williams says:

    Heritage opportunity for 16 – 25 year olds…

    Dear all,

    Hope you don’t mind me posting here! Next week, the Octavia Foundation and QPR in the Community Trust are running a series of workshops and activities aimed at producing a digital magazine about the heritage of QPR Football Club and the Shepherd’s Bush/White City area.

    There will be support from a rang of professionals to help participants learn new skills, and it should be a really fun week.
    We have a few places remaining – if anyone knows any 16 -25 year olds who might be interested, please do let them know!

    Further details can be found at

    Places must be booked in advance, and travel and expenses can be paid.

  314. Vic Blake says:

    Many thanks. Will try.

  315. Cary Sumpter says:


    Thanks for all the information.

    I probably need to get all of this down on paper, to be able to properly make sense of this.

    Please feel free to e-mail me at



  316. Vic Blake says:

    Hi. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to obtain details of an annulled marriage which took place at Hammersmith Register Office in 1940. I presume the annulment occurred not long afterwards. If so, how do I go about this?

    • Try this in the first instance

      Principal Registry of the Family Division – PRFD

      Principal Registry of the Family Division

      First Avenue House
      42-49 High Holborn
      WC1V 6NP

  317. Cary Sumpter says:


    Every time I’m receiving a response from my original posting about Hammersmith market, it’s opening-up more interesting family issues and I’m discovering new things.

    My Great Nan (Emma Dear) was indeed a “Pitcher” before she married George Henry Dear.

    As you will have seen from the previous postings, she was very much involved with the market.

    They had 9 children, although I believe that two died at a very early age.

    I understand that her husband, George, died at a relatively early age (in his mid-50’s) of TB, leaving her to bring up her 7 children (George, Jim, Emily, May, Ann, Helen and Dolly). In addition, she also “took-in” 2 other children, Kate and Johnnie (refer to Wendy’s post).

    It’s incredible to think that on top of this, she was going to Covent Garden and Billingsgate market every morning, before running market stalls. She was also incredibly shrewd, having also bought-up a number of “bomb damaged” properties in Hammersmith, particularly in Bradmore Park Road, where I think she bought 4 or 5(?) houses after the war.

    As Wendy has also mentioned, she lived in Somerton Avenue in Mortlake, but still drove a car well into her 70’s.

    I hope this helps, although I’m also intrigued regarding your side of the family?



    • Irene Moran says:

      I think the children that Emily Dear nee Pitcher took in where her half siblings Kate & John from her fathers second marriage to Kate Quirk.
      Emily is from his first marriage to Elizabeth Parker. Emily brother John died as an infant, BUT her brother James seemed to have used the name John, and was raised by his grandparents John Pitcher & Theresa Lawson ( again this name has many different spelling variations.) In the 1911 census he is listed as James Pitcher and is living with his sister Emily Dear.
      In regards to Wendy’s post I believe her great grandmother Kate could have been the daughter of John L Pitcher & Kate Quirk, who was taken in by Emily Dear.

      My Grandmother was a Mary Ann Pitcher (known as Polly, also known as a game old girl!), her Father Thomas William Pitcher was involved with the Brentford Markets.
      I can member going to the Markets near Goldhawk Road as a child, but they are very vague as I was 6 when we moved out of London.
      I really would love to chat with you more and I am going to be bold and ask if I can Please use the email you shared with Wendy

      • wendy thomas says:

        Hello Irene,
        You are right about my great grandmother’s parents I have my grandmothers birth certificate, on which it records her mothers name and maiden name as Pitcher formerly Quirk. That is pretty much all i knew about that part of my family, until stumbling across this website and seeing your comments. I am so pleased to have found it, as already , thanks to you and Cary, i have discovered so much more than i ever anticipated!
        I always assumed that Emma Dear was my grandmothers aunt, but that was just a guess on my part and had no idea about them being half sisters.
        please feel free to email me, as i would be very grateful for any more info you may have. As i said previously i dont know much at all about this branch of the family , so all of this has filled in big gaps in the family tree.
        If there is anything i might be able to help you with, please dont hesitate to contact me. My email address is
        As Cary said, it is a lot to really take in, and think i will need to take his advice and write all this down too.

        Many thanks

    • Richard White says:

      Hello Irene, I am also a great grandson of Emma Dear, my grandmother Anne worked on the families fruit market up until the mid 1980s before retiring and moving to Ewell. She lived in one of the houses in Bradmore Park Road next door to Auntie Doll and Uncle Alan who I remember fondly… So Cary and I are second cousins… I have memories of the market and recollect Nan, Doll, Uncle Jim and Auntie Gwen working on Hammersmith Market up until the early 80s. I believe Jimmy and Gwen carried on with the market for many years after. The names, Pitcher and Parker are all very much remembered by my mother. I am also sure that Nan used to mention that Jimmy Gregory (one time chairman of QPR) may have been a distant relation and Great Grandmother Dear was offered shares by Fred Pontin in his new venture… Which she declined. I hope this is of interest.

      • Cary Sumpter says:

        Hi Richard,
        Great to see your posting. I’m not sure whether you have seen another posting on this site that I received some months ago (see below), which gives a link to some great pictures of the market (one with Uncle Jim in the white coat and Ada Parker in the foreground of the picture). I’m sure your Mum will also love this.

        I do remember that the Gregory’s used to have the stall next door (salad/ veg?) in the market, so not sure whether there was a connection there?

        I also recall the story regarding Fred Pontin. Great Nan Dear did also own the bungalow at Bracklesham Bay (in the late 50’s/ early 60’s?), a short distance from one of Pontin’s original camps.



        Hi Cary,

        There are a couple of nice photos of Hammersmith Market in 1959, here:

        They are quite big once you click on them.


        Vin Miles

      • Irene Moran says:

        Hi Richard, Lovely to see your post, and thanks for the information about the families, which is constantly growing. The Gregorys and the Pitchers are connected to the Parker’s and the Rust’s. I have been working on the family tree for many years, if there is anything I can help you with just ask.
        I was wondering if you would have any recollections of any of the elderly relatives mentioning a George Griffiths, If the information I have is correct he had a fruit stall at the markets, George died back in 1957.
        Regards Irene

  318. Alex says:


    Hope your’e well.

    I’m looking got information about the Hammersmith Town Hall. I’m currently researching the history and finding it difficult to uncover much about the building’s past and history.

    Are you able to help?

    Kind regards,


    • This needs clarification. The Town hall that was built in 1896 by George Wimpey at a cost of £25,000, on Brook Green Road, subsequently renamed Shepherds Bush Road and opened by The Duke and Duchess of Fife, but pulled down in 1965, or, the one built close to Counters Creek, at 10 times as much that was built about 1938/9 between King Street and the Great West Road and has a Report and Command centre, strengthened for war use that under the Great Hall

      • However, as you may be aware the council is proposing to develop the site yet again, but plans are now on hold, but much research has been done, and you will find a lot of historical detail (including the old town hall) in the 10 Heritage statements that accompany the 500 plus documents submitted on the proposal, and to be found on the planning website www, 29 Oct 2010

  319. Karen says:

    Hello I’m hoping someone can help me , I’m looking into my family history and my great grandfather Maurice Henry Brough ran the Devonshire Arms, at I think No 4 Queen Caroline Street , I know he ran it in the 1950’s and left when the flyover was being built so the pub was demolished . If anyone has photos or memories I would love to hear them thank you , magical wishes ,

  320. Cary Sumpter says:

    Old Hammersmith Market

    As a boy, I used to work (60’s/ 70’s) at the family’s market stalls in the old market that ran from King Street up to the old Lyric Theatre. My family (the Dear’s, which included my Great Grandmother, her sons/ daughters, Jimmy, George, Dolly, Helen and Ann) had the fish and fruit stalls, as well as the yard/ store building around the back of the market. They were later joined by Jimmy’s wife, Gwen.

    I have many fond memories of “market life”, including the Parker family (Doris, Ada, Harry, David etc.), Johnny & Beattie on the Seafood stall etc, as well as the shops/ café (including Hedges the Butcher) and cafe (Lou’s).

    The market, as it was, seems to have been sadly forgotten and I would dearly love to find some photo’s of the market around that era.

    I would therefore be grateful of any help that you might be able to give me.

    Many Thanks,


    • says:

      Hello. I am looking for original photographs of Rosedale Terrace, Dalling Road. We are planning on restoring the front walls and railings to their original glory.
      Also original photographs of Lillian Villas (almost opposite) with particular reference to the roof. Thank you very much.

      • Check the local history library , but in the meantime look up on eBay or ebid websites in case someone is offering a postcard for sale of the Terrace. Many photographs were taken by photographers using “autograph” cameras at the turn of the 19/20 century.

    • “The Twentieth Century Hammersmith & Fulham” by Jane Kimber & Christine Bayliss has a photograph on page 51 of Hammersmith Market on 13th April 1972. It shows the rear of the stalls, but one stall holder on the veg stall is looking at the camera, further up there is the back of another stall holder, with as I recall may be the fish stall. I actually myself know the couple who ran the last “fish stall ” at the market before it closed.
      Photos once again should be available from the Local History services. Click LBHF archives link above for opening hours.

      • Cary Sumpter says:

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my question regarding the old market at Hammersmith, which is very much appreciated.

        I have ordered a copy of the book you have suggested, so am looking forward to seeing the picture of the market and hopefully recognise the people in the picture.

        From my family, the long-standing fish stall was run by my Uncle (George Dear) and my Grandmother, Dolly (“Doll”) Dear..

        My Grandmother worked all her life at the market, before retiring to move from Hammersmith to St Leonard’s-on-Sea in Sussex in 1984.


        Cary Sumpter

    • wendy thomas says:

      Hello, I have been looking for photos of the market dated around the same time as you, and your post jumped out at me. I think my Grandmother was related to yours in some way!
      I remember all of the people you mentioned in your post and have a letter written to my Grandfather, after the death of his wife, from Dolly. I also remember an older lady called “Aunty Em”
      who lived in Somerton Ave, near Mortlake and think she was Dolly’s mother but am not certain about this. I also have my Grandparents wedding certificate on which Emma Dear’s name appears as witness if I remember correctly. my grand parents were called Len and Catherine (Kate) King. Nans maiden name was Pitcher and she had one brother called John.
      would be great to know what the connection is as this has brought back so many fond memories for me.

      Thank you


      • Cary Sumpter says:


        Wow, I have just received your lovely message, which is truly amazing and certainly not something I was expecting at all.
        I equally was aware of the names that you have mentioned and had to quickly speak to my Mother (just before Midnight!) to try to better understand the link.

        Auntie Em was my Great Grandmother who, as you rightly say, lived at Somerton Avenue, until she died in the mid 70’s. She originally owned the family market stalls and still worked there into her 70’s…even at that age, she went to Covent Garden and Billingsgate at the crack of dawn every morning and used to sit on a box on the fruit stall sorting tomatoes!

        I don’t know the whole story, but I believe that she took in your Grandmother, Kate and brother Johnnie to stop them being placed into Care and brought them up as her own, along with her own children (including my Grandmother, Dolly).
        As such, Kate and Johnnie were half Brother and Sister to all her children.

        Much later on, Auntie Em bought a pitch at the market to set-up Johnnie and his wife, Beattie with the Seafood stall. Needless to say, I remember them both well, not least since I was sent to get jellied eels for everyone from them some afternoons.

        I last saw “Baby Beatie” (their Daughter) some years back at Helen’s funeral (she also lived at Somerton Avenue).

        My Mum, Sheila (Dolly’s eldest) tells me that Kate and Len had 3 children, Maureen, Reggie and Georgie (he also worked in the market at Hedges the butcher’s), so I assume that one of these is your Mother/ Father?

        I hope that this makes sense, although I’m hoping that I have actually got this right. I will see Mum over the next few days and I’m sure that she will remember much more, since she was also very excited by your message.

        I think that this entirely demonstrates that the market itself was a “community”, which really deserves not to be forgotten. This Historical Society is absolutely brilliant in remembering the area’s past and I am now even more grateful to them.

        You can e-mail me directly at, since I’m sure that we will have much more to share.


      • Irene Moran says:

        I was reading your posts and was wondering was your Nan an Emily Laughton ( Lorton and other variations) Pitcher, and she married a George Henry Dear.
        Emily is my second cousin

    • Vin says:

      Hi Cary,

      There are a couple of nice photos of Hammersmith Market in 1959, here:

      They are quite big once you click on them.


      Vin Miles

      • Cary says:


        These pictures are absolutely brilliant. Even from 1959, I recognise some of my family in these, as well as some of the Parker family on their stall in the foreground.

        Thankyou so much.



  321. Bill Churchley says:

    Is there a list of civilian war dead from Jun 1944. I believe that a V1 came down in or around Fulham 18 Jun 1944

    thank you

    • fhhs says:

      Both the LMA and LBHF Archive maintain records. An atlas of bombing damage was published by the LMA and is very comprehensive. I actually live in an appartment block built on the site of a V1 hit so I did the same research and visited both LMA and LBHF archive. I found a small publication “Spirit of the Londoner” A listing of the Fatal Casualties in The Former Metropolitan Borough of Fulham by John Hook published in 1997. This lists all the casualties. There is also a typed record of all the incidents but this does not record casualties. I copied extracts and the pages i have show 15 killed and 29 injured on the 18 Jun at Lintaine Grove and 1 dead and 14 injured at St Mary’s Church Edith Road. Hope this helps. You can access the LMA catalogue on line from their website. It is possible that LBHF archive will have photos of the damaged streets as they did for my block. Good luck.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      This link might be of some use to you, Bill. It gives some guidance as to where and when lists can be found. –

  322. Gilly Pollock says:

    Dear Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society

    I am looking for information about a dairy company based in Hammersmith circa 1840. My Great, Great Grandfather Henry Green either worked there or was a business partner in the company. He was born in Hampshire in around 1820 to a family of millers. He moved to London as a young man to work in service and then was a dairyman in the 1841 census.

    He later moved to Cardiff to set up The Roath Park Dairy Company in 1888, which stayed in our family for three generations.

    We would like to know more about Henry Green’s life in London and Hammersmith, in particular the name and address of the dairy company and his employment status and history, where he lived or any other useful information and photographs, news articles etc would be super.

    We are hoping to relaunch the family dairy business in 2015 so any historical information would be very helpful.

    Yours sincerely

    Gilly Pollock

    • Brian says:

      I have found that there seems to have been an association for every known trade so Dairyman would definitely belong to one even in the 1800s. Most are in London somewhere and there no font are records. Possibly start at the Metropolitan archives nr Angel. Re the hammersmith address I would go to the specialised history library of Hammersmith whose name I’ve forgotten . They are in central Hammersmith almost under the flyover opposite bus station on the Fulham side. Last time I went there they only open on Mondays by appointment only. If you have any specific details ,dates ,events you should go to the British library at Kings Cross and go to the news room and look up newspapers of that year look for adverts or articles

      • Please note that the Archives and Local history library is now located at the Hammersmith Library opposite the police station. Check website for opening hours Archivist is there Mondays and Tuesdays, but limited help can also be got on the other days of the week if one wishes to look at local history books. Just go to the top floor(lift available). When searching for Dairy men in trade directories, it is possible that two older “census” terms may be employed, i.e. Cowkeeper, and Cheesemongers, of which there were a number in the Hammersmith and Fulham(i.e. Middlesex area. For a fee a number of local British newspapers can now be accessed on-line via the British Library website.

      • susan jeffrey says:

        I have been to archives recently. The archivist is only there Monday and works to 4 pm.If you want to access records, you are asked to make an appointment so th

  323. Wendy Pearce says:

    I would like any information about Ryecroft house teddington. I lived there in 1978 it was a children’s hostel

  324. Susan Lawes says:

    I am wondering if you have any information about a death of a 31 year old lady called Amy Annie Bell living at 21 Lonsdale Road please? I can find no information on Ancestry. Thank you Susan Lawes.

  325. Lesley Plant says:

    Further info for Joanne Edwards – a collection of replies about Jubilee Chambers. Charles Taylor was my Grandfather. Hope this helps. If you ever find an image, please share it, and so will I!

    Notes about the location of Jubilee Chambers, Bradmore Lane (Charles Taylor’s 1940 address on death certificate) – info from Hammersmith & Fulham Family History Society forum

    ◦ historyaschurchfulham says: 
30 August, 2011 at 1:23 pm 
Bradmore Lane ran from 22 King Street West to Beadon Road. These roads still exist. It was near a street called “(hammersmith) The Grove. The 1902 Post Office directory does not actually list Jubilee Chambers, but does have a short list of “businesses”

    ◦ fhhs says: 
30 August, 2011 at 4:42 pm 
There are a few references to Jubilee Chambers as a ‘Lodging-house’ on Bradmore Lane but no evidence as to where it was. The street would have been where Lyric Square and Kings Mall are now I think – possibly the east side of Lyric Square (where Pret a Manger and the back entrance of Wetherspoons are now) is a remnant?

    ▪ Duncan Harrington says: 
22 December, 2012 at 4:41 pm 
In the late 1960s I worked at the Midland Bank at 20 King Street Hammersmith which was on the corner of King Street and Bradmore Lane until it was demolished around 1975. I can confirm that its location is now the site of Lyric Square. Bradmore Lane housed a fruit and vegetable market until the whole area was redeveloped.

  326. chris adams says:

    Can anyone tell me what happened to Stebbing Street i.e whether it was demolished or if it was renamed etc

  327. Geoff See says:

    Thank you so much for that information, it is something I never knew about my great grandfather though there are a few other stories. My nephew who is the present owner of the boatyard will be pleased to know. We have a photo which shows a large amount of skiffs available for hire with his name above, probably circa 1905-1910.
    My grandfather and father featured in a book called ‘ Boat on a London River ‘ printed in the early to mid thirties. If anyone else has any information or photographs of the river or the boatyard over the years I would greatly appreciate the chance to have copies made. Thanks again.

    • Jacqueline Finesilver says:

      Probably quite a lot of people would be interested in reading this book if it ever turns up. I would not have been surprised if you had said that your family were characters in The Water Gipsies by A P Herbert – a Hammersmith man. This book came out in 1930 and a film was made of it in 1932.
      Good luck with finding out more about your interesting family. .

  328. Vanessa soley says:

    I grew up in Fulham and lived on Chelmsford street (which is no longer there) and I am desperate to find pictures of my old street. If you can help that would be amazing as I have already visited local library’s and had no luck.

    • mark foulsham says:

      Vanessa, there is a photo of the rear of Chelmsford Street including some of its inhabitants, that’s dated c1931 and appears on page 131 of Barbara Denny’s book ‘Fulham Past’. I can’t find a way to upload it here for you but the book’s ISBN number is 0-948667-43-5 in case you wanted to purchase it.

    • Chris Horne says:

      I lived down Chelmsford st when I was real young, but I know Iv got a photo or two somewhere of me in chelmsford st. we moved out about 1973

  329. Soizic Le Courtois says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you had any information about the history of Wendell Park School on Cobbold Road.
    Many thanks!

    • Eileen says:

      I went to Wendell Park school from the age of 3 years, I don’t have any information but do have a photograph if you would like it I can send by a e-mail address please I now live in New Zealand

  330. Kevin Mccarthy says:


    I am trying to find out about my maternal grandmother and great grandparents who lived at 34 Coverdale Rd, Shepherds Bush W12 in 1912. My grandmother, Mary Donovan, was born there, and my great grandparents (also Donovans, father’s first initial J) were living there at the time. Any help is much appreciated.


    Kevin McCarthy

  331. When where most of the houses in Fulham built?

    • Our publication, now out of print, A History of Fulham edited by P.D. Whiting has a chapter on the growth and development of Fulham from 1851-1901, and this was when the growth of Fulham entered its most expansive phase. It rapidly grew from 1841 , reaching a peak in 1881-91, as the underground moved west and labourers sought new homes as more central lines were built. and the market gardens and some of the large estates were turned into housing estates. e.g. Peterborough”Lion” estate, New Kings Road

  332. fiona Fowler says:

    I dont know if anyone can help me but I am trying to find out more about my paternal grandmother who died in Bolingbroke Road Hammersmith in 1923. Her death was sudden so there was an inquest carried out by C Luxmore Drew.
    I don’t have any idea how to pursue this so if anyone has any tips or ideas I would be very grateful!
    She died the day after my father was born, aged 36 so he never knew her and we know so little about her.
    Any help would be wonderful-thanks!

  333. Sue Gromala says:

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows the history of St Olafs Road, I moved here 6 years ago and have been trying to find out it’s history. As far as I am aware the there is no other street like it in LBHF. I do hope someone can help?

    • Sue Bray says:

      Hi Sue, I lived in St Olaf’s Rd from 1955 until 1973.I have many childhood memories of the street.Returning, over the next 20 years, to visit my parents, I was interested to see how the area changed so much .I would be happy to share memories of street parties, bonfires etc.I could also describe the community spirit and “make do and mend” ethos which prevailed!

      • fhhs says:

        According to the card index in the LBHF Archive at Hammersmith Library the name was approved in 1871. it seems that the Road was built by a Mr Brickell and there are items in the Fulham Chronicle dated 3 Apr 1891 and 30 Jun 1893 probably Vestry minutes. The archive will also have photographs and old maps as well as electoral registers, census and street directories so there is plenty for yu to look at if you go to the Archive

  334. Vic Blake says:

    Re Kenneth Road, Fulham. Please can someone help. I have tried the usual avenues but can’t get anywhere trying to find this address. My mother’s family (Beake) lived there up until the war and it may well have been bombed out, but I can’t find any maps showing its exact whereabouts. As far as I can tell, it was in the Lillie Road/Bramber Road area but isn’t named on any of the pre-war maps I have looked out. If there are photos anywhere that would be an amazing bonus. With thanks and in hope. Vic Blake.

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      I found Kenneth Road on a 1913 Ordnmance Survey map of Hammersmith and Fulham, running off of Normand Road between Bramber Road and Lillee Road. There were less than 20 houses down there so, as you say, it may have been bombed out altogether during the war. A bomb was recorded to have hit close to Mulgrave Road during the Blitz of 1940-41. Normand Croft Community School now seems to sit on the site.

  335. Glynice Smith says:

    With regard to Coroners reports, I have had no trouble in obtaining access to records for 1956 in Brighton and 1998 in Southampton but I did have to contact the Coroner in each case. Once I explained what and why I wanted information they were very helpful. Some reports have been lost but you might also look for the “depositions” ie witness statements as they often survive and give great details of who was present/what happened.
    Good luck Glynice

  336. Wendy Pearce says:

    In 1978-1979 I lived at ryecroft children’s hostel, 28 blandford rd teddington which was run by hammersmith council, I am looking for any information at all about the houses history as well as information about the history of the house. Thank you

  337. Dave Lee says:

    Hi, I’ve got an 1808 Fulham document for sale on Ebay. I’ve also got a letter by William Tierney Clarke (the designer of Hammersmith Bridge) written shortly before he went to Budapest. The letter isn’t for sale but I can send a scan to anyone interested. Please contact me on


  338. N. Richards says:

    Can anyone help with a photographer? This guy had a shop over Hammersmith bridge circa 2006/7 and one of his photos was of Hammersmith Palais which my husband loved. It was a black and white pic of the building. We think his name was Simon but for love nor money we cannot recall or locate anything in the Internet. Thanks

  339. Emily Jennings says:


    Can you tell me where I might find records of an inquest that took place in Hammersmith on 29th November 1954, the coroner was H Neville Stafford. Would such records include details of any persons present at the time of death?



    • The London Metropolitan Archives leaflet 41 deals with coroners records, I copy an extract here.

      Before 2005 records of coroners’ inquests were closed to public consultation for a period of 75 years from the date of their creation, by order of the Lord Chancellor under the provision of the Public Records Act of 1958. Since the Freedom of
      Information Act came into force on 1 January 2005 coroners’ records held on deposit at LMA are now available for public consultation with the exception of records which are less than 30 years old which remain closed under section 32 of the Freedom of Information Act under which court records are closed to public access for 30 years.
      However, coroners’ inquests from after 1968 are held by LMA on behalf of the respective coroners who retain indexes and other finding aids to the records. Applications for access to these records must therefore be addressed in the first instance to the appropriate coroner.

      The local paper Fulham Chronicle/Weslondon Observer etc may have details. Available at Archives

  340. Glynice Smith says:

    Thank you very much for your suggestions regarding the Machin pianoforte family and the Arthur Lloyd web site which is brilliant. My article is planned for publication in the June edition of the West Middx Family History Society Journal and I hope it proves interesting for others. You have a wonderful web site. Glynice

  341. Patsy Roberts says:

    I was just wondering when Hammersmith county school first opened.


  342. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Palmers Department Store. I have a photo with Santa taken at this store, probably around 1952. There is a camera shop in Hammersmith Broadway ( between the church and King Street) with an old photo of Palmers in the window.

    • Mike Chilvers says:

      Howdy. I remember as kid being taken to Palmers Store with my mother since it was a good ‘all round’ store which seemed to sell most household essentials. I think it was sold to Littlewoods
      but there may have been another company that ran it afore the ‘takeover’. Don’t know what it is now but I’ll check out the camera shop next time I’m out that way. In passing, does anyone the Lower Latymer School in Hammersmith road and and which was almost opposite the West London Hiospital?


      Mike Chilvers

  343. Russell Hayes says:

    Hello all, I am writing a history of the Earls Court Motor Show between 1948 and 1977. I would love to have recollections of any former staff who worked on these shows in any capacity, for example stand construction, event organisation.

    Many thanks

    Russell Hayes

    • PeterT says:

      If you are still doing your research I might be able to help as I worked at Earls Court in stand design in the late 1960s.

  344. dazeley says:

    For a photographic project I would love to gain access to the Fulham Pottery, see inside it. Can anyone tell me who I could contact to do that? Many thanks, Peter Dazeley

    • The original site at the end of New Kings Road now only has a bottle kiln surviving, (Check out Google maps). Rest of site was redeveloped. The offices moved to


      SW6 2DB

      Classification: Non-trading .
      Accounts are still filed

  345. Rachel Judah says:


    I am trying to locate some archive footage of Shepherd’s Bush Market. Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction?

    Many thanks,


  346. Karen says:

    Does anyone have any information about Everington Street School in Fulham around 1882?

    One of my relatives changed to that school aged 12 according to the admissions register on Ancestry. I was wondering what type of school it was (and why he would have changed school at that age, also given he was living up the Hammersmith end of the Fulham Palace Road at that time.

    The school he changed from is also listed as William C Bd School – if anyone knows where that is or anything about it also, would be grateful.

    • Lin Charlton says:

      I went to Everington st school in the 50’s it was then a senior school upstairs St Edmunds and Primary school downstairs. I believe building turned into flats.

    • When board schools were first built they were generally named after the roads where they stood. The L.C.C. adopted a policy of renaming schools after people connected with the area . Lillie road became Sir John Lillie. The William Street Board school, opened 5th April 1875, was built on the site of St. Mary’s Girls’ and Infants school (itself opened by the Revd. .Sparks Byers in 1840) and had added to it a Higher Grade School in 1899. This became the West Kensington Central school. This type of school was a halfway house between elementary and secondary schools that existed before 1944.When comprehensive schools started in the 1950’s most of the children from this school went to Holland Park comprehensive. The population of Fulham and Hammersmith was growing rapidly in the 1890’s and in fact describing the opening of the Lillie Board school it says there are three floors, infants, girls and boys (on top floor). There were most likely 8 classrooms to a floor surround a hall, accommodating some 60 children in each class.

      The Fulham Chronicle may well have facts and accounts about the school, and in the paper of Nov 11 1893, it reports on the opening of the Lillie Board school, and mentions a display of work….drawing, woodworking, cooking and laundry by other schools around viz. Everington St (1882)., William St., Star Lane (1880), (evolving into Queen Court and then Gilliat school (2ndary) St Dunstan’s(1886) and the Lillie Board school. North End road school (at Lillie Junction) was demolished following bombing (1881-1944) .
      Some schools started life as a temporary corrugated building whilst the brick building was constructed.
      Perhaps you relative only changed schools because a new one was nearer his home and meant less travelling.

      • Karen says:

        Thank you for all the info, very interesting. He was living in Aspenlea Road at the time – so not sure if Everington Street was closer (I need to look up where William Street is now!). Thanks for tip, will see if I can find anything from the Fulham Chronicle online about either of the schools.

      • William Street is now called Earsby Street and is opposite Olympia, both Evrington St and Aspenlea are south of the Talgarth Road.
        I would think the street name was in fact William Earsby Street, but originally latter part got dropped, then when confusion arose, they opted for the surname only.

        There is a monument in All Saints Fulham
        “At the west end of the south aisle is the monument of William Earsby, Esq. of Northend, who died in 1664”

      • Karen S says:

        Thanks for the update, will be paying a visit soon to see if I can see anything from where the schools stood and the church.

  347. Mark Foulsham says:

    Is anyone able to provide me with information regarding a public house called The Trinity which used to stand at 104 New Kings Road (on the corner with Munster Road). It’s a Womens Institute building these days and has not been a pub since 1950 at least but appears to have been at one time.

    Thank you,
    Mark Foulsham

  348. Richard Mannah says:

    I am trying to find out about a primary school on Brook Green called St Pauls opposite the church the Hammersmith Rd end. I attended there in the sixties. I think the building was demolished in the eighties and now there stands luxury flats.

  349. Peter Prescott says:

    I am researching the life of an inventor who died of “brain disease” in January 1860 at “The Hermitage” in the parish of St Peter, Hammersmith. I want to find out more about the Hermitage. Who lived there and/or who owned it?

    This inventor’s family was very well-to-do, and so before his death he will have lived at “The Hermitage” as a private medical patient. It may not have been a private asylum: private asylums were required to be registered, but houses with a single patient were not. The family of this man could easily have afforded to provide him with a house and an attendant physician. I understand that Hammersmith was quite well known for its mental homes at the time. It was often the case that a doctor specialising in mental illness would own or lease a house for his patient or patients.

    I know there were two “Hermitages” in Hammersmith in the 19th century. This one is NOT the Hermitage built in 1880, since it already existed in 1860. I believe it was in Ravenscourt Park. From electoral registers and social notices I know that from about 1862 “our” Hermitage was owned by the Hon. George Wrottesley (whose wife was a keen amateur dramatist).

    Therefore: is there anyone who could kindly consult a directory for 1860 or 1859, or do anything else that could throw light on my question? Who could have been his doctor.

    This is a serious historical enquiry in connection with a book, and if anybody can help I shall be glad to acknowledge her or his contribution.

  350. Hi
    Miles Coverdale Primary School in Shepherds Bush has its centenary in 2016. We are looking to find a historian that we can commission to undertake research and obtain documentation that we can use at school from September this year. Does anybody know of anyone? Thank you.

  351. domini says:


    I am trying to find out any information (pics would be great) on Hugon Road School in the 1930’s.

    Many thanks in advance


    • A useful resource besides the libraries would have been the website sandsendrevisited. Unfortunately this has just been closed after 7 years. Hugo road is almost in the centre of the area coverd, by ” old Fulham” residents, with long memories and local families. I am trying to find out whether the data can still be accessed or has been deposited anywhere.

    • I have contacted the website and received this reply from the site.

      Thank you for your enquiry. I felt the Sands End Revisited website had run its course after seven years as very few people were visiting it on a daily basis. There was also the cost of maintaining the server which delivered the site. I did ask my son to back up all the contents and I will be presenting these to Hammersmith & Fulham Archives in due course.

  352. Kevin Pugh says:

    Does anyone know of or remember a lady Ethel May Gammond who in early 1939 was living at 11 Oldham Rd, she would have had one 2 year old daughter and one new born girl. Im not sure if she lived there alone but the father of the new born had the surname of Howe.


  353. Jon Rolfe says:

    Hoping someone may have some knowledge of Gayford Athletic FC around 1902. I have a family medal, something like “IV 11 1902 Gayford Athletic FC”. My family lived in various houses on Gayford Road Shepherds Bush from 1900 onwards and I am guessing this would be my great-grandfather’s football medal. Thanks.
    Jon Rolfe

  354. Simon Cherry says:

    Hi there

    Great site I just stumbled across.

    I am looking for some Images of the property on the West side of Hartswood Rd W12 adjacent to No 1where I believe there was a coach house circa 1900 – 1950’s

    Any assistance would be gratefully received,I am going to check the council archives of course.

    Many thanks in advance

    Simon Cherry

    • fhhs says:

      LBHF archives at Hammersmith Library is the best bet for starters. There are pictures of most roads from the 60s/70s but there may be some earlier if you are lucky. If you can pinpoint an event that happenned in the road then the local newspapers on microfiche at the archive could be another source. The directories there could also give an idea of whether there was a commerical or residential use of the property.

      Good luck

  355. Nick Russell-Pavier says:

    Does anyone have any information about the building and architecture of Shepherds Bush Police Station 253-258 Uxbridge Road London W12? ie: when was it built? who designed it? how much did it cost? what was there before? Thank you!

    • PeterT says:

      A milk bar stood on the original site. On the opposite corner was a skin hospital. On the other side of the Uxbridge Road is St Stephens church. In WW2 a flying bomb took off the church spire and demolished the hospital and milk bar with a considerable loss of life.

  356. Bob Pitcher says:

    Does anyone have any information regarding Eastbury Grove Chiswick being bombed during World War Two.
    Thank you

    • Linda Horan says:

      My grandad lived here during the war, it wasnt bombed. His wife, who I never knew died at home on 26/10/1946. My mum was their only daughter, she married and had my brother and I and we all lived here until 1981. Hope that helps.

  357. Kevin Pugh says:

    Hi, does anyone have any links or help with locating 1939 history on 11 Oldham road kensington as my mother was a young girl living there but cant remember what it looked like.



    • kenneth rumsey says:

      There are some photos of Oldham rd which I have put on in facebook “Old notting hill & north kensington “site.or send me your email & I’ll forward a photo to you

    • Local history and archives departments normally have local voters lists. Older lists can be found on-line at The BLibrary has some hard copies, although patchy before WW2, and does not have 1939. No lists compiled during the WW2.The British Library has the national collection of electoral registers from 1832 to the present day. The collection is complete from 1947 onwards, but patchy before World War 2.

      Access to electoral registers is subject to restriction for 10 years after publication, to comply with legislation on Representation of the People and Data Protection. The registers are arranged by polling district within constituency.

  358. Lillian Cosbgrove says:

    I am interested to know more about Wormswood Scrub Prison. My Great grandfather was a wardener there when the prison opened. My Grandmother was born there. Where would I find this information.

  359. tiffany bowyer says:

    I’m searching for my grandmother’s family and history her name was Sylvia j thompson. She married an American soldier named Robert w Caldwell I think in around 1958 my mother was born in 1960 her names is Virginia lea caldwell at Hammersmith hosp….any help would be great

  360. Stephen Lally says:

    BOMBS IN HAMMERSMITH Does anybody have a list of dates that bombs dropped on Hammersmith in the Blitz? Five dropped near my family. has a map showing locations of the bombs but not the dates. I think I can get them from a visit to Kew but If somebody’s done this already it would save me a day’s journey. Thanks.

  361. Alan says:

    Hi. I’m looking for any information on my grandad George Sparkes b1900, his family or any records of courts or institutions where they may have been held.

    Born in Fulham George and his sister Ellen (b1898) and parents were found in 1905 sleeping on a West London door step at 1.40am having had no home for several months. Parents would occasionally go out with an organ and have the children with them for begging purposes. Parents were sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for neglect.

    George and sister were ordered to be detained until age 16 by Police Court and sent to Manchester by the London County Council Education Committee. Upon arrival at Manchester they were separated and sent to different schools.

    He was admitted into an industrial school in Stockport. A transcript from the school admission register reads.

    Age: 5years 3months
    Date: of Admission 22 June 1905
    Where, when and by whom ordered to be detained: West London Police Court 20 June 1905. E W Garnett Esq
    With what charged: Found wandering
    Period of detention Until 16
    Religious Persuasion: Church of England
    Detention expires: 5 March 1916
    Names of Parents: George / Ellen Sparks
    Parents Address: No fixed abode
    Occupation: Vagrant
    Circumstrances and other Particulars: Wretched. Parents sentenced to 3months imprisonment for neglect.
    LCC Education Committee.

    Any help will be gratefully received. Thanks.

  362. Robert Pitcher says:

    could you please help, trying to get information for a cousin in Australia. Her mother Edith Louise Rudge had a prize from St johns School in 1912. The headmaster at that time was A S Rouse. I wonder if you have access to records that would show when she started and finished there, and any other information. I have looked on
    Many thanks
    R Pitcher

  363. Mike Chilvers says:

    Back in the 1940s & 1950s I lived in Parfrey st. opposite the then Fulham Hospital (now charing cross!) but in the mid.50s I started to play guitar and along with a few others formed a Skiffle group and we used to play under Hammersmith bridge sometimes in the evenings, Names I remember were Don Roscoe, Les jolley, Ray Smith, Brian Ridgeon and some others. I wonder if any one remembers us when we were all starting out playing guitars.Two of the boys used to live in Peabody estate W6 but most of us used to belong to the Fellowship Hall Youth Club in Hammersmith Rd. and I’m pleased to say that the building still exists. Can anyone help please? My name is Mike Chilvers and I lived in Parfrey st.

    • Geoff See says:

      I remember Don Roscoe, a real character and Les Jolley. I also remember being there when they were playing and singing one night when the police were called and Les laying down behind a low wall in his sheepskin coat to hide, everyone swore he was trying to look like a sheep !

      • Mike Chilvers says:

        Thanks for replying re; Don Roscoe and Les Jolley. I don’t suppose you might know also Michael Donavon and the Tea-Chest Bass player who I think was Called Roy Murrell. Les and ‘Roy’ both lived in Peabody Buildings. We were also playing on the steps of the then Gaumont Cinema to welcome Fess Parker who played ‘Davy Crockett’ in the film back in 1956/7 (not sure which)! I’d love to know if any of the boys are still around and would like to meet up.

        I had a walk on Easter Sunday from under Hammersmith Bridge to ‘The Dove’ pub and I passed another place where we used to sometimes play on a Sunday morning. It was a large house that had a cafe inside and we’d play out side in I think, in the patio area.

        Anyway, thanks again for the reply and if can help with anymore info. that would be good.

        Mike Chilvers

        On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 11:45 PM, The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical

      • Geoff See says:

        Hi again, Michael Donovan was living in Ham near Richmond a few years ago, quite a few years ago now I think of it ! Near to the Water Gypsies pub, he did some work for me a few times.

      • Mike Chilvers says:

        Thank you.

        On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 11:05 PM, The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical

    • Graham Kent says:

      Don Roscoe died in Swindon, 4 or 5 years ago. Michael O’Donovan lives in Ham.
      I am Michael O’Donovan’s brother, Graham, currently living in Wales.

      • Mike Chilvers says:

        I recently had someone called Graham Kent contact me but I can’t understand how to reply to him.

        Clicking on Comments/Reply just seems to take me to the web page; can you inform me how I can make contact please?

        Thank you.

        Mike. PS. Not even sure who this email is going to!

        On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 7:31 PM, The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical

    • Mike , I was in the army doing national service and was a friend of a Brian Ridgeon who came from Fulham he lived in Parfrey street no 18 he was a butcher in and worked for Hedges local he was a great mate , and we had a lot of good times in Germany where we were station in the rifle brigade , I have been trying to get in touch with him for a long time ,I wonder if he was the Brian ridge on you name ? He liked to be called Harry , I have left my email address , for a response . Thank you Peter Bradley , ex national service man . Hope I’ve got this right !!

      • Mike Chilvers says:

        I’ve only just noticed your message (29/02/16) and yes Brian was the person I knew. I was living at number 17, opposite him, and as you say he was at number 18. We did start out playing guitars together and later with others we began to play under Hammersmith bridge on many a cold night! We also joined the Fellowship Youth Club in Hammersmith Rd. pposite the old Kings Theatre. I lost contact with him soon after I got married when I was only 19yrs.old (far too young!) and I never new what happened to him. I never realised he did National Service, As fore him being called Harry, that’s something else I did,nt know!
        I have tried over the years to contact him but had no success. I seem to remember there was another family downstairs called the Coulings and I did make contact with a person called Keith who I remembered but nothing was ever really followed up. He obviously new Brian but as I say, nothing more was forthcoming!
        Anyway Peter, I hope this info. may be of use to you and I wish you luck with your search. If you do make contact with him, remember me to him.

      • Hi Mike , thanks for you reply ,it was nice to know I had the right Brian , .he was my best mate in the army ,the Name Harry was a nick name , we all had them mine was Pedro and everyone still uses it my wife Jane always calls me Pedro. In Germany I was the way we were young fun loving etc although we had to toe the line ,so many happy time Harry and I had , we hitch hiked to Paris when we had a leave . Great memories . When we were demoted in 60 we stil contacted each other and had a holiday , camping it Scotland , .he had a sports car a triumph spitfire . ,I believe he was in volved with a girl who had. A young child .then I lost contact I wish I could meet up again I wonder if Hedges the butchers have record of him ? Any How let me know if you get any more info I would be very greatfull , we not getting any younger ,you know . Best wishes Peter Bradley .

  364. kenneth rumsey says:

    Hi, Wellington road was a turning off hammersmith bridge on the left heading towards the bridge was demolished to make way for new flats in queen caroline street..

  365. Carol Lewis says:

    Hi. I have recently discovered a beautiful photograph taken by “Palmers of Hammersmith Broadway W6”. The picture is of a baby (probably about a year old) who could be either my father, born in 1924, or my mother born in 1935. Can anyone please shed light on when the photographic studio was in existence as this might help trace the timeframe and pin point the identity for me?

    Thanking you in anticipation

    Carol Lewis

    • Palmers Hammersmith Broadway and Barbers Fulham were general department stores like say Peter Jones or John Lewis, that were local operators. as such many had a photographic studio for taking good portraits during the week and often on Saturday covered local weddings. Palmers was founded in 1886 and closed and was demolished in the 1980’s

      • Carol Lewis says:

        Thank you. Whilst I won’t be able to define the timeframe, good to know the overall circumstances in which the photograph would have been taken.

    • Mike Chilvers says:

      Howdy. I can’t really help with your main question but seeing the name of ‘Palmers of Hammersmith’ took me back to when I was very young when my dad worked there as a driver afore becoming a chauffeur. I seem to remember it was called ‘Palmers Stores’ and one side straddled ‘Blacks rd’? and the other ‘King st’ with the ‘Hop Poles’ pub (which, as a musician I used to play in with Gerry Langley on Sunday mornings back in the 70s!) behind it! Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

      Mike Chilvers

    • John Witcomb says:

      I’ve just discovered a record sleeve from Palmer’s which lists every department including box office. travel agent, bands for dances etc, but no photographer’s studio. Doesn’t mean there wasn’t one of course.
      Gives me the excuse to say, my great grandfather, Ralph Witcomb, was on the direct labour force which built Palmer’s (one of the first department stores). He carried out woodcarving in the building. sadly, I never saw it.

  366. Kevin Pugh says:

    I am trying to assist my mother in finding out some information about her unknown father, she was born in 1937 at 706 fulham road but her mother ethel may gammond resided at 88 greyhound road with her parents william randolf and kate gammond. I am not a local person and my mother left the area in the late 50’s. There is a family rumour that her father was a “mr howe” who may have been a married man!!

  367. derek o neill says:

    Hi,I live in a room over the Bedford Arms in Dawes Road in Fulham.I would like to know has there been ever a death in this pub.Last night something very strange happened.

    • steve gidalla says:

      hi ask mydad George gidalla he comes in every sunday about 3 ish been drinking in the pub for many years now at 80 he would know regards steve

  368. Christine Weltscheff says:

    FULHAM CHRONICLE SEPT 1944 (Distinguinshed Flying Cross)
    I hope someone can help, I am trying to do something for someone very important in my life. He had all his family photos, mememtos, etc, in storage, and very sadly, everything was lost due to bug infestation. It’s very sad. I am specifically looking for the issue of the Fulham Chronicle, sure it was september 1944, when MR. DONALD SYDNEY PINKS, RAF,(my friend’s father) was awarded the Distinguished flying Cross. There was a photograph of Officer Pinks in that issue. I am aware that the Chronicle eventually became the FUlham and Hammersmith Chronicle, which eventually was bought out by a different newspaper. I am really frustrated. Firt off, I don’t live in England and will only be in London for one day in March. I would love to bring back with me a print/scan/photograph, whatever works, back to my friend in Canada. I have done countless searches which led me nowhere. There seems to be so much garbage on the internet, I have spent hours, possibly looking in the wrong place. I know how to get to Fulham when I’m in London, but I was hoping to perhaps find something online?. I’ve reached walls just everywhere I have searched.

    Your help would be tremendously appreciated

    • Brian says:

      Hi thinking about it I’m going up to the library in February to look up the chronicle on other dates ,would you like me to look for you. Email me your contact email

  369. simon says:

    Would anybody having any info on the building which in sites on the corner of farm lane and Vanston place.
    It’s a restaurant at present. Stantos

  370. Ruth Nelson says:


    I am currently researching a man called Rev William Norval. He was the Chaplain of Fulham Workhouse, 1863-1871. He died there in 1871 and I am wondering if there is any information held about him. He lead a rather interesting life and I was hoping that there might be an obitury in the paper from the time hopefully with a photograph. Can anyone please point me the right direction?

    Many Thanks

    • If you check Genes reunited, in the British newspaper section?just put in Norval and Fulham you will find a few articles in which he is mentioned. You may have to buy credits if you do not have sub already.they are from the West London Observer.

      • He had a varied career and I copy here for others who may be interested his career EDUCATION: Glasgow University; Master of Arts, 1829.
        CHURCH: Licensed by Presbytery of Haddington, 1834.
        CHURCH: Elected, 1836.
        CHURCH: Minister of South Church, 1837; ordained, 1837.
        CHURCH: Presented to Brechin, but was accused of plagiarism, having preached to a congregation of sermons from the published works of Henry Melvill, 1838.
        CHURCH: Demitted, 1838.
        CHURCH: Joined the Church of England.
        CHURCH: Licentiate of theology, Durham, 1840.
        CHURCH: Curate of Trimdon, Durham, 1840-1843.
        CHURCH: Curate of St. Andrew’s, Glasgow, 1843-1844.
        CHURCH: Curate of St. James’s, Bermondsey, 1846-1851.
        CHURCH: Rector of Ickleford, Herts, 1851-1855.
        CHURCH: Curate at St. Andrew’s, Holborn, London, 1865-1870.
        CHURCH: Chaplain of Fulham Workhouse, 1863-1871.
        Following any of these leads could provide what you are looking for.

  371. Rosemary Parkinson says:

    Please could you tell me where Wellington road was in Fulham. My great great grandad lived there in 1861. There were some SOUTH COTTAGES LISTED here. I just cannot find the road now so presume it was destroyed in the blitz?

    • Chris Scales says:

      Bruce’s Lists show that Wellington Road in Fulham SW6 became two new roads in 1875, Bulow Road and Haldane Road. The latter is still there, not sure about Bulow though. (There was also a Wellingon Road in Hammersmith W6 that became Wingate Road in the same year but guess that is a different road).

  372. pvanston says:

    A quick repeat of a query I posted on 26/11/14 which didn’t get a reply. I really would appreciate any help or hints on how I might answer this question:

    Dear FHHS,

    My name is Paul Vanston and I recently came across Vanston Place in SW6. From your reply posted on this site on October 30 2013, I understand that this Place was named on 2 Aug 1876 but I really want to know the history behind the chosen name: who (which Vanston) was the location named after? Any info you can find will be greatly appreciated.

    • simon says:

      I am also very interested I own a property in vanston Pl and would like to know the history

    • David Gee says:

      I understand that there is a reference to Vanston Place in
      the book:-

      “Fulham Old and New: Being an Exhaustive History of the Ancient Parish of Fulham, Volume 2”

    • Feret Fulham Old and New does discuss the area around Walham Green possibly deriving it’s name from the name Wansdon House. I should lke to suggest that Vanston is in fact a corruption of that name, either deliberately or by virtue of the fact that as the name was used more and more it became corrupted and was said differently. By pronouncing the W as a V(interchangeable anyway in som languages) and also by proncing a D as a T one can easily get Wansdon being pronounce Vanston

    • Chris Scales says:

      Just to add some detail in case it helps, Vanston Place was created in 1876 from a combination of Robert’s Row, Pond Place, Farm Place & Exeter Place (source: Bruce’s Lists), perhaps using that you could check the various occupiers on those roads in 1871 census compared to 1881 or something. Also less relevant, but part of Vanston Place was incorporated into Fulham Broadway in 1953.

  373. Jez says:

    Hi I am trying to locate the address of a dairy in Shepherd’s Bush/ Hammersmith called W.Walters pre second war I wonder if anyone can help.

  374. Christopher says:

    I’m trying to find records of inmates at the Rowton Lodging House in Hammersmith around 1910-1911. I would appreciate if anyone could let me know where they are currently held (if at all).

  375. Glynice Smith says:

    I am researching the MACHIN family of Hammersmith as follows:
    Joseph Francis b abt 1830 Sheffield living Eagle Terrace, Starch Green, Shepherds Bush. He married Ester Maria (nee Dennison). In 1861 they lived “Elliot’s Bk Ful Tram/Thorne Cottages St Stephens. Joseph Frank was a butcher but later an Omnibus Conductor And their children:

    Timothy William Dennison Machin b 1852 Stepney baptised 08/06/1862 St. Stephens, Shepherds Bush
    Ester Maria b 1853 Bethnal Green bap 05/12/1886 St. Stephens,
    Francis Thomas b 1853 Whitechapel bap08/06/1862 St. Stephens,
    Frank b 1861 Hammersmith bap 10/03/1861 St. Stephens
    Frank b 1861 married Elizabeth Ann Crisp 1885 in Chelsea. Their children were:

    Ester b 1886 2 Brook St Bridge Rd? bap 05/12/1886 St.Stephens
    William Lishman b 1889 baptised 12/05/1889 St.Stephens,
    Frank b 17/2/1889 1911 Call boy Drury Lane. They lived:

    1871 W Thomas Machin living Brother Thomas Frank Clarence Cottages Cambridge Rd Hammersmith Thomas Frank is a Pawn Brokers Assistant
    1881 Frank Piano Forte Tuner with family and William Piano Forte Maker living Fulham Road 10 Caroline Place area St. Pauls
    1891 William, Frank +family Chiswick St Michael 94 High St
    1901 Frank is still a Piano Forte Tuner but William a wine cellar man
    1911 William is Manager of Bars at the Grenville Theatre of Varieties in Fulham and Frank is a pianoforte tuner on own account at home with his family and claims they had 5 children 3 of whom have died I think Ester died young but cannot find any other children apart from William and Frank. I think William Lishman Machin is a piano forte tuner in a shop and Frank junior a “call boy at Drury Lane Theatre”. They are living at 6 Cambridge Road (now Cambridge Grove?).

    I am particularly interested in Timothy William Dennison as a “Piano Forte Manufacturer” and his younger brother Frank who married Elizabeth as a “Piano Forte Tuner”. Also their son William Leeman being a piano forte tuner in a shop as well as background on the streets where they lived and the trade they practised. For example would they have trained and/or been employed in one of the large piano factories nearby such as Cadbys or Kirkhams? If so, might employee records exist? It appears from electoral registers that Frank rented a room in a house owned by his elder brother. Perhaps they had premises too.

    I am also fascinated by the fact that in the 1911 Census William is a manager of bars at the Grenville Theatre of Varieties and his nephew, Frank, is a call boy at the Drury Lane Theatre. I understand the Grenville had a “large refreshment bar”. It appears William died in Kensington 1i 1921 and his brother Frank in the Fulham and Hammersmith Workhouse in 1914 – cause of death TB.

    Any ideas on where I might go/who to contact would be much appreciated. I have searched electoral regs – trade directories and rate books may be the next step.


    • fhhs says:

      You have clearly done a lot of research already and as you say the directories held in LBHF Archives at Hammersmith Library are likely to give a lot of information about shops or other working premises and also in this period they would have some names of owner or main resident. It is likely that the Archive will have photographs of some of the streets you mention. There are some church records of baptism and other events and of course there may be records of burials. The local newspapers are held on microfiche. It is probable that there will also be photographs and records on the Grenville theatre if only of its closure. So do look at the link to the archives above and visit or if you are too far away then an initial email asking if anything relevant is held.
      Good luck.

    • Hi Glynice I am looking for the smith family who lived at 1 Distillery Lane namely Tony who was engaged to a lady Patricia Mason

  376. Keith Jones says:

    My mother, Dorothy Alice Shore at the time, lived in Hammersmith during the Blitz working at a munitions or aircraft factory close to the now Hammersmith Flyover. She talked of being an Air Raid Warden at night and going down the Underground as bomb shelters. Going out at night in the blacked out streets to dances etc. I would like to find out about the history of the area and what her jobs and living would have been like. Can you provide advice on the best places to research this and are there any books on the subject. Any thoughts most welcome. Keith

  377. Kay Warren says:

    My dad was born at 100 Rayleigh road he had lots of brothers but the two who lived in Shepherd’s Bush when I was young were Ted and Ernie I had a cousin called Ivy

    • Derrick Stocker says:

      Hi Kay, small world my mothers family also lived at 100 Rayleigh road in the twenties and thirties(Sutton) also one of her brothers Thomas Sutton married a Doris Warren in 1927.
      Any relation?
      Can contact me on

    • Rob Stocker says:

      Hi Kay, My family also resided at 100 Rayleigh Road, W.14 in the twenties and thirties (Sutton) my Mother was living there when she married in 1931.
      Her Brother Thomas Sutton also married a Doris Hilda Warren,
      Any Relation?
      Regards Derrick

  378. Anna says:

    I’m trying to find homes in Fulham where single mothers could go to have their babies in 1934. Is there anywhere I could go to find out who paid for the stay and also how long both mother and child stayed at this home? Regards Anna

  379. Paul A Doyle says:

    From 1909-1910 aviation pioneer Geoffrey de Havilland lived at No 32 Barons Court Road (now W14 9DT) whilst he built his first two aeroplanes in a rented workshop in Bothwell Street. He used the same (Commer??) lorry to move the airframes to Seven Barrows field at Highclere Castle (where TVs ‘Downton Abbey’ is filmed) for flight trials and, as part of the De Havilland Moth Club, I need to know who the haulage company was. Does anyone have any newspaper article or photo records from the period that would assist?

    Best regards

    Paul A Doyle

  380. Natalie Slater says:

    Hi there,

    I am currently looking into my family tree and I have a great great grandmother (Winifred Bridget Marion Robertshaw) who lived in the Peabody Buildings (K block I think) in Hammersmith (South) in 1859. I would love to know some of the history associated with the building. Am I right in thinking it was a type of housing association for needy families? I got the info from Electoral Registers via Ancestry.
    Many thanks

    Natalie Slater

    • Terry Bourne says:

      Hi Natalie
      I was born in the buildings in 1946 at 8B block and have many happy times to look back on. Mr peabody was an American who set up a number of estates in London. They were considered a good standard of housing for their day. The sunken garden in the middle of the square was the victim of a V1 and bell in tne clock tower was found in Fulham Palace Road and a number of people were killed. Peabody Trust have a good web site and you can find some photographs on Friends Reunited
      Good luck
      Terry Bourne

  381. Jilly Paver says:

    I am researching the St Peter’s Conservation Area in Hammersmith. I have been told by someone who has seen it that there is a photograph of St Peter’s Square when it had been dug up to make allotments. She unfortunately has no idea where she saw it. I have trawled LMA and the Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and looked extensively online. Does anyone know its whereabouts?

    Sincerely, Jilly Paver

    • Stephen Lally says:

      My mother’s family lived in St Peter’s Grove in the 1920s and 1930s. My mothers uncle lived in St Peter’s Sq during the war and, I think, was there when a bomb fell. I have a postcard of St Peter’s Grove and my mother’s St Peter’s School class photo from about 1923 if you’d like a copy. My mother used to play in St Peter’s Sq and if you have a photos from this time, I’d be interested in a swap.
      Sorry, can’t help with your particular request.

    • kenneth rumsey says:

      There is a postcard view 1906 of Peters Sq ,you may have already seen it though..

  382. Hello FHHS,

    I am from a local charity, and we’re in the process of putting together some educational resources for local schools and youth groups, as part of a community heritage project. We are looking for photos of people in the local area from the last 100 years or so to include in these.

    We’re specifically after photos that illustrate the changes in fashion and leisure/cultural activities in the H+F area over time. I was wondering whether you might be able to point me in the direction of a person or group who might have access to a collection of this sort please? We have been to the archives, but found that their collection was more focused on streets and locations rather than people (or perhaps we were looking in the wrong place!).

    Any advice you might be able to provide would be very much appreciated!

    Many thanks,


    • A collection like or the Picture post Radio Times Hlton Picture library may be a useful resource
      The Victoria and Albert Museum might be able to help with fashions.
      Hope this offers some leads

    • kenneth rumsey says:

      You could try london transport museum,they have some varied views of animated street scenes,along with vehicles

    • Jacqueline Finesilver says:

      Sounds like a good project. I’m sure the result will be much appreciated.
      The new archivist and the volunteers at the Hammersmith Archives will surely be able to help.
      One suggestion – take a look at archive photos of the dancers at the Hammersmith Palais. Another – there are some interesting photos of local people in a book called ‘Road Making For The King’ which is the story of the South Street Mission, Hammersmith (1914 copy in the Archives). And you may find archive photos of parks and recreation grounds, street markets etc contain images.

    • Emily Williams says:

      Many thanks to all who have replied below – they are great suggestions, and I will be following them up this week. Your advice and knowledge is really appreciated.
      Kindest regards,

  383. Christine Vanstone says:

    Hello, my mother passed away about a year ago and since then I have been trying to trace my family history. Everything going well on my father’s side but as my mother was illegitimate and fostered I have not been able to progress her line at all. All I know is that she was born at 47 Shepherds Bush Rd on 16th Sept 1924. She was registered as Joan Aileen Clements and her mother was Laura Clements, a shorthand typist, living at 22 Sterne St, Hammersmith.
    She was fostered at seven days old. My mother refused to discuss her childhood which I believe was spent around the Holland Park area but she did see her mother very occasionally and when she got married at 17 reluctantly gave her permission. That is really all I know of my grandmother. I would be interested to know anything about the two properties mentioned above. Also, I have been advised my my local authority that records sometimes exist of fostered children in the area concerned.If anyone is aware of any such organisation in Hammersmith I should be very pleased to be put in touch. Thank you for any help you can give.
    Christine Vanstone (nee Morrison)

    • Chris Scales says:

      On the electoral roll for 1923, 47 Shepherd’s Bush Road was registered to Edwin & Alice Pearce and Alice Lloyd. Then in 1924 two couples were registered living there, Harry & Ada Phillips, and Edwin & Alice Pearce. It was an Autumn electoral roll published 15th October 1924.

      • Christine Vanstone says:

        Hello Chris, thanks for your interest and info. I actually do have that information but your comments have prompted me to look again at electoral rolls and I think I have a lead.
        So thanks once again.

    • Chris Scales says:

      Unable to find 1924, but in 1925 and previously 22 Sterne Street was occupied by Henry John Penn & Flora Penn. In 1925 there was also an Alfred Chaplin living there. Do those names mean anything?

  384. Neil Hulme says:

    I am working in an old building in Melbray Mews at 158 Hurlingham Road in Fulham and have been told the building used to be an old ice cream factory.
    I was wondering if anyone had any information on this as I would like to do some research on it and maybe include the details in the design of the new showroom.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Many Thanks,

    • John Hampshire says:

      in 1907 158 was listed in Kelly’s as Mrs Dennis (Builder) and London General Omnibus Stables.
      In 1957 it was Acton Bakeries ltd
      In 1973 it was Brooke Bond Oxo frozen Foods Ltd frozen Food Mnftrs.

      Hope this helps

    • I have been trying to recall the name of the company that made Ice creams at Melbray Mews, it was one of the smaller companies, like Losely, I think Will try to research further, however before that it was a bakers in the 1930’s, also at 158-162 was Jacks jn. Caterers. Hammersmith Library should be consulted as well.

  385. Alison Baxter says:

    I’m trying to find information about my great-grandfather George Baxter, who owned 2 houses in Thornfield Road and 2 in Warbeck Road at the end of the nineteenth century. I’m thinking maybe he bought them as an investment when they were newly built. Can you direct me to any sources of information about the development of Shepherds Bush around the 1880s and 1890s? Also, anything about transport links to the West End, where he had his business? Again I’m assuming he would have moved out to the suburbs when commuting became possible.
    Many thanks.

  386. Paul Vanston says:

    Dear FHHS,

    My name is Paul Vanston and I recently came across Vanston Place in SW6. From your reply posted on this site on October 30 2013, I understand that this Place was named on 2 Aug 1876 but I really want to know the history behind the chosen name: who (which Vanston) was the location named after? Any info you can find will be greatly appreciated.

  387. Tom Stanier says:

    There is a series called ‘Britain in old photographs’, and I have a copy in this series relating to barnes, Mortlake and Sheen. Is there a copy that relates to old photos of Hammersmith?

    • Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush in Old Photographs (Britain in Old Photographs)Sep 1995
      by Jerome Farrell and etc.

      Hammersmith and Fulham: The Twentieth Century21 Oct 1999
      by Christine Bayliss and Jane Kimber

      • kenneth rumsey says:

        Hammersmith Past & Present by Pat Loobey is a good illustrated book,he was a postcard dealer,& his interest was collecting RP cards and publishing them into book form…

  388. I am a journalist at City University and am doing some research into the history of North End Road ahead of the festival planned 6 Dec. I am looking for stories, people, events, anything that made the road buzz back in it’s hay day. If anyone has anything interesting, I would love to hear about it. Alternatively if anyone has any comments about the councils efforts to revive the road I would be very interested to hear.

    Thank you!

    Emily Keen