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

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

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

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3,286 Responses to Contact us

  1. Claire Lachowicz says:

    Does anyone know what was on the site of the old St Paul’s Boys school (now a college)? I have seen old maps but I can’t decipher all the text.

  2. Carolyn Peel says:

    I have a certificate for The College of Preceptors, lower forms examination dated Christmas 1924. It is for mt father in law, Robert Gerald Peel aged 13 and the index number is 1403. He passed eight subjects and the certificate is signed by the Secretary, G Chalmers. I am hoping you may be able to shed some light on this school, please. Many thanks in anticipation of a reply. Kind regards
    Carolyn Peel

  3. ERIC FRY says:

    Hello and thanks for the opportunity .
    In 1851, one of my ancestors was :-
    Christian Samuel BRANCH, living at 136 BLACK’S Road, Hammersmith.
    He was a Stage Carriage Proprietor.
    Later moving to 183, NAPIER COTTAGES, IN GEORGE STREET.
    Any information would be appreciated .
    There must have been some Horse Stables associated in the area.
    Eric Fry

  4. Jennie wilson says:

    Hi. I’m trying to find photos of an old fish and chip shop 24 north end road in Fulham in the 50/60’s possibly called Wilsons but not too sure do you have any in archive please

  5. Mandy Leveratt says:

    I’m looking for informaiton about two builders in Fulham in the mid- to late- nineteenth century. Their names are Hart and Coomer

  6. we are not a family history society. If you wish to try again by providing a little more information please do , but by it self and without given some direction, just putting in a name means nothing realy

  7. Beverley says:

    I looking about my family the chesson my step dad is a chesson but he did not take about he family my dad is a brigit

  8. Trudie (Short) says:


    I wonder if anyone has knowledge of the churches in the area?
    My Uncle Stanley Harold Short, was killed during WWII on 7/2/44. Details passed down through the family are that there is a plaque containing details relating to him over the exit door of All Saints Church, Fulham.
    Does anyone know this church, and if the plaque is still there? If anyone has any knowledge or details relating to the church or the plaque, they would be very much appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Trudie (Short)

    • The church has a website which does reference a monument to members of the parish who died in the war. The website also has a Contact Us option and I’m sure if you contacted them directly they would be able to confirm and perhaps send you a photograph? The website is:

    • Basil Larkins says:

      All Saints is a large Church next to Putney Bridge and is the flourishing Parish Church of Fulham.

      If you google ‘All saints church Fulham’ it will come up immediately. Stay on the google page and click on ‘images’. Then scroll down quite a long way and you will find a picture of a blue screen with gold lettering showing the names of those parishioners who either died or who went missing in WW2. The name short is clearly visible.

      • Trudie (Short) says:

        Hi Basil, Many thanks for coming back to me with the information. I have found the image on the Google search. It is lovely to see Stan’s name. My family had also mentioned that our Nana (Stan’s Mum) had given some sort of flag or pennant to the church, in memory of Stan, that used to be displayed. A later memory was that the flag/pennant had somehow been mislaid, during a refurbishment of the church many years ago. Once again, thank you for reading my earlier post, and for taking the time to provide the details. Kind regards, Trudie

  9. Aydan Banks says:

    Hello, I’m a TV researcher that is working on a series for UKTV and I’m looking to find people with connections to Shepherds Bush station who themselves may have taken shelter in the station tunnels during the blitz or perhaps have relatives that did so.

    Failing that, I’d love to have a look at any records from this era that might inform the story I’m working on.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Aydan Banks

  10. Angela Greaves says:

    Hello. Please can anyone tell me where I can find records for St James Diocesan Home for penitant women, 484 Fulham Palace Road, Fulham.
    My grandmother was there in 1921.
    Many thanks for any help.
    Angela Greaves

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Angela, there is an old topic here but records seem elusive. Looks like the usual places such as LMA have been tried without success

    • Hve you checked Lambeth Palce archives catalogue. One of their entries reads St. James’ Home for Female Inebriates; fl. 1876-1893; sisterhood. Dont know location of this institution.

      • Angela Greaves says:

        Hi, Many thanks for your help. I contacted Lambeth Palace Archives a year ago and they did have some records for this institution, but unfortunately not what I was looking for. Interestingly, the record you have come up with (my grandmother was sent there for theft in 1921) was not included in the info they gave me. I have also tried various other Archives in London. I must admit I find those online catalogues dificult to use, and it’s too far for me to travel to the Archives on spec. Thanks again.

  11. Liz says:

    Hi my names Liz,I got you post from a relative of mine and I can help you.

  12. Jade Jacqueline Elizabeth Winter says:

    Can someone help me please, I’m looking for my biological father. He was born around 1960 -1973. He’s from London and lived in Hammersmith around my conception. (I was born in Jan 1998).
    His name is Graham Tompkins and his mother we believe was Irish. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Donna Campbell says:

      Hi Jade, I am doing a lot of family research in London and have joined Ancestry. I’ve had a quick search on that name and there are two Graham Tompkins born in 1960. Mothers maiden name is Haynes for one of them and Alcock for the other. At a hunch Haynes sounds more Irish but without more information it would be hard to search. Were your parents married? You may be able to get mothers maiden name that way. This would be important as it would at least give you the right person to trace. You could then look at electoral registers to find etc. Your fathers date of birth would also be useful or at least year of birth and any middle names. Just giving a name is a very small needle in a very large haystack I’m afraid. I’m happy to have another search if you have more info.

  13. lee marshall says:

    Hi trying to find anything to do with a family tree on the moby family from fulham all iv got is a picture code rg11/72 folio page 11 caravan victoria yard garden row but when I type this in nothing appears on it my nan was called ivy and her mum amelia thanks for any help

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi, are you referring to the 1881 census in Fulham? I can’t find Garden Row on a Victorian map. If you look at entries either side you will be able to see the adjacent streets. That would be useful. In the 1921 census there is a Samuel Moby born 1880 Kensington. Is he related. Also noticed the spelling Mobey, that might be helpful. More info on your family could be good.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      One site says Garden Row was behind St John’s Church, Walham Green, where there was some open ground. It looks like the family lived in a caravan in a yard. Do you think it could be where John worked as a general dealer?

    • Carol A Andrews says:

      My 2GGF is on folio 30, page 7. Each year the numbers would change. He often travelled with the Hearn family. I understand they rented the land.

  14. Lou Barker says:

    Help needed please with information about the May family, who lived at 36 Bridge Street Hammersmith, for many years from around 1891. Before this, they lived at 78 Nasmyth Street. My paternal grandmother, Dora Christina May, was born in 1887, to James John May (b 1851, a coal agent) and Louisa Grant (b1850?), and had at least 9 siblings, whose descendants I am trying to trace. I have made some progress with the families of Ernest May (1892-1966), and Leslie Claude May (1885-1948), and I have everything I need on Dora, but would now like help finding information about the remaining siblings: Frederick May b 1872; Arthur John May b 1873; Louisa May b 1875; Alice May b 1879; Henry May b 1890 and Frank May b 1894.
    Thank you for your help.

  15. Yvonne Ray says:

    I am seeking the names of any domestic servant agencies/registries in the Parsons Green area in around 1903. If a young girl of, say, fifteen years of age applied for a job through the agency, could she be offered a position as far away as East Sussex? How would a Fulham agency know about vacancies in the Home Counties?

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      Would be interested too. I have someone in orphanage in Brook Green who turns up as a chambermaid in an hotel in Clacton along with another older, born in Fulham female. No relation as far as I know.

      • There were quite a few servants/domestics agencies in the Hammersmith & Fulham area and surrounds in the early 1900s. For 1903 I found Mrs Dacre’s Agency in Putney, the Registry Office on Fulham Road and Holland Park Agency in Kensington. There were also a lot of ads placed directly in the West London Observer and Fulham Chronicle from households seeking servants at the time so it was possible that they may have come across an ad there. Hope this helps!

    • Donna Campbell says:

      This was a common practice in them days especially for Orphans. Domestic service was a sought after position and there was plenty of work in big houses around the turn of the century. Job advertisements would be posted in the newspapers under Situations Vacant (a common practice before the internet). Newspapers were published in every town. Well to do families probably posted situations vacant in national newspapers or they would be charitable donors to workhouses and orphanages so have links for employment. Philanthropy was a big thing. People moved around a lot more than we realise especially with access to railways.

  16. Ellie-Marie says:

    I am an avid genealogist & are currently attempting to find a picture of Mooltan Street, Fulham.
    It was bombed during WW2, however, my ancestors lived & grew up on Mooltan Street, so would love to see a picture of possible.
    Thankyou in advance.

  17. Stephen Mabbs says:

    Can anyone help me find out a name of a gentleman who lived at 20 hayter house sundew ave W12 back in 1980 he was about 38 and drove a blackout black car, please as very urgent

  18. Mrs Gillian Denness formerly Trim says:

    I am formerly Gillian Trim now married to Brian Denness
    My mother Connie Trim formerly Roberts is daughter of Adelaide Kirk who fostered a Tommy Lee married Brenda they had 2 daughters Susan & Brenda they lived in Lewisham S London at one time then moved to Woking Surrey where they were last heard of. Tommy would now be in hes 80’s & would love to find out if he is still around.

  19. Stacey Lowen says:

    16 Barlby Gardens
    Please send any history for the house. Any records related to children, health, or ghosts?
    Thank you,

  20. Eileen Swift says:

    I am looking for anyone who went to Heathfield house prep school in Fulham in 1960 or sny information on the school.

  21. Caroline Carson says:

    I’m looking for a old photo of my great grandmother’s sewing shop. The address was 3 Ackmar Road in Fulham. Her married name was Ellen Martin. She owned this property and lived upstairs to the shop. I don’t know what the shop was called. She died in 1968 so I’m guessing the shop would have been in operation early 1900’s onwards.

    • s says:

      I have photos of the entrance to Ackmar road showing the name and of the school I am sure you can visit on google earth but happy to forward.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Local directories are helpful if you can get to see them. You might discover the name of the shop.

  22. Paul Vanston says:

    Can someone help me with my subscriptions to this blog? I have previously posted a query and was happily receiving an email whenever someone replied to it. However, now I’m receiving an email whenever anyone posts or replies to any item and I cannot work-out how to stop this – without unsubscribing completely. Any tips?

  23. Jane Cottrell says:

    Hi, can anyone give me any information about a dairy that was in Pellant Road, Fulham in the 1920s/30s

    • There was a dairy at 16, Pellant road Wm Davies. Mr Davies may not have lived there as there are other Wm Davies listed in the area. There was also a dairy man …a William Joseph living at no. 28 Pellant Road

      • Jane Cottrell says:

        Thank you so much for this information which is very helpful. My father was born at 35 Pellant Road and I’m researching the family tree to try and trace his father.
        All we know is that he was Welsh, his surname was Jones and he worked at the dairy.

    • On the 1939 census, dairyman, Joseph Williams (bn 1901) is living with a woman (probably his sister) called Maggie Williams (bn 1905) at 28 Pellant Road. It seems that she went on to marry someone with the surname Jones. Also Joseph Williams himself died in Wales. So with occupation, surname and place matches it might be helpful to do some more research into the Williams family to see if you can find your Jones connection there. Good luck!

  24. Elizabeth Crowell says:

    If someone was living at 88 Rectory Road in 1880 and was a barmaid at the Inn,what inns would have been close by?

    • Rectory Road is now called St Dionis Road. This is in the Parsons Green area. There are a few old pubs close by, including the well known White Horse (or Sloaney Pony as it is better known!) I think some of the old pubs in the area have closed and disappeared so it would be hard to say for certain which inn it was without further information to go on. Hope this helps!

      • Donna Campbell says:

        You could try the Kelly’s directory under victualler (meaning licenced to sell alcohol). One of my ancestors was in there under that category

    • Mark William Foulsham says:

      The Jolly Brewers still stands in St Dionis Road at number 2, so it was probably there that she was a barmaid.

  25. Hi there trying to find info on the Barnham family. Alfred, Catherine with2 daughters Kathleen and Doreen and 1 son also Alfred. They lived in Pier Terrace Wandsworth and kept horses in a yard underneath Wandsworth Bridge. They also lived in Jews Row for a time

  26. Jennifer Paxman says:

    I am making enquires about the fatal accident of Mercedes Mead age 34 on 6 th March 1951 in Sedlescombe Road Fulham SW6 or North End Road SW6.. presumably run over by a milk cart . Was she pronounced dead at the scene? How did the accident occur ? Was there an inquest ?

    • Hi Jennifer
      I found a newspaper article which states that she was actually hit by a horse drawn coal dray. The accident occurred at the intersection of Lillie and Ongar Rd. She was taken by ambulance to Princess Beatrice Hospital, but sadly died 20 minutes after admission and before her husband could reach her side. There was an inquest into her death opened a few days afterwards- you may be able to find those records to see what the findings were. I hope this helps.

      • Jennifer Paxman says:

        Thank you for this informati

      • The railways sidings by the side of the Lillie road, now the west kensigton estate was a coal yard, and had many coal wagons and coal merchant offices on the Norh end road. Charringtons, Busbys, Reckitt and coleman are af ew I remember in th 1950s

      • Jennifer Paxman says:

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  27. Steve Partridge says:

    My father was born in the South Western Maternity Home, 302 Fulham Palace Road on 18 November 1922.
    Can you give me any background info on the hospital inc photos please. There was a topic comment: ‘ I have found a photograph of South Western Maternity Home, 302 Fulham Palace Road taken in the 1930’s amongst my grandmother’s effects’ However, frustratingly I cannot access the post for some reason. Thanks.

  28. Pam Hausler says:

    Greetings from South Australia. I am looking for more information about my late maternal Grandfather, Peter Clarn. Born circa 1888 Stanley Cottages died c.1961 Adelaide. He grew up in Prothero Road and he and his siblings went to Church and school on the corner of Rylstone St and Prothero Road. Michael his Father was a Plaisterer and Modeler and Peter and Brother Robert were apprenticed in the same Trade. I know a lot about my Grandfather when he was in Adelaide but not so much about his time in Fulham and Hammersmith. I appreciate any information that you can find. Thank you.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello Pam, so we don’t duplicate what you might already have done, have you found them on the censuses before their move to Australia? you don’t say when they emigrated though.

      • Pam Hausler says:

        Thank you Dawn. I haven’t found them on the Census but I know he was newly wed and the Bride was Edith who apparently had family in Adelaide. Peter’s Father was Michael Callan ( son of Jeremiah Cahahalne from Ireland but buried in Hammersmith? ) Michael and his wife Ellen named all children Clarn. Some of the children were Robert, Mary Anne, Ellen, Nora maybe, Peter, Daniel and I think Winifred.

  29. Georgina Ivors says:

    Hi, I’m being trying to find information on my late grandfather, his name is,
    Thomas Morris, born in Longford, ireland in 1906, is last known address was 154 Victoria Road, Acton, London, W3.
    He lived there in 1968/1970.
    He was in the merchant navy, but have been trying for years to find out what happened to him. The navy cannot find any records on him. He has two daughters, desperate to find what happened to their father father and where he is buried.
    Also what was, 164 Victoria Road in 1967 to 1970? It would be very interesting to know.
    I’d appreciate any information and thanks in advance.

    • Glimmerglass says:

      In the 1960s there was a hair salon at 154 Victoria Road, Acton that was run by David and Dora Blasco (called David’s Salon). They had 3 salons in Acton. It does look like there was another partner involved called Thomas Scoulding. I don’t know if this is helpful at all but I wish you luck with your search.

      • deirdra morris says:

        I’m a Morris – family from Roscommon and Longford. I wonder if there is a connection?

  30. Claire Lane says:

    I would be grateful for any information you may have about my great great grandfather, William Henry Gibbs, of the Gibbs and Flew partnership who we understand built the area of Fulham

  31. Claire says:


    Trying to find out information on behalf of my elderly Aunts and Uncle , reference the Slatter family of Hammersmith. I have names of Henry Albert Slatter born in 1902, Father called same name, born in the late 1880’s, master greengrocer. Also have an address of Baium Street, The Grove. Cannot find any reference for it on line? Renamed perhaps? I found a number of Slatter’s on line a few years ago but would be most grateful if more information if available? So I can verify details, unfortunately Henry Albert Slatter passed away in 1936 in Hampshire and my elderly relatives don’t know very much of their family history.

    Thanks in advance.

    Claire T

    • Sue Bray says:

      Hello. My mother and her family were Slatters from Playfair St, Hammersmith.I believe the family had lived there from the late 1930s. I remember some names-Daisy, Lizzie, Irene, Stanley, Edith and Brenda .If some family info would be of interest, please let me know.

      • Claire Trimboy says:

        Hello Sue,

        Thanks for your reply. To be honest, I am not sure if this is the same Slatter’s, quite possibly. When I was looking at Census information I did not have the full details of Henry Albert who married my grandmother Mary in 1930, eldest son was Harold born in 1931, my Aunt will be 90 next year, she was born in 1933. Can you confirm if your grandparents had the same name Henry Slatter and Elizabeth or Florence? Two names I remember from the Census records. Henry Albert died in 1936 in Hampshire. My uncle remembers going back to London with Mary and his sisters, three girls, visiting a big bricked house.

        Would love to know a bit more about the family, since I am documenting down information for the family with a view of sharing it with my uncle and two surviving aunts.

        Thank you

        Claire Trimboy

      • Claire Trimboy says:

        Hello again Sue,

        There may be a connection since the family where living in West Ham in 1911, there is an Elizabeth mentioned on the Census return form, aged 3 in 1911. Also, a large number of siblings. Emma, Charles, William and Lillian. My second cousin named Emma, so I wonder if this is the same family. Mother was also called Emma, and Henry born in 1902 was the eldest son, a bit confusing but not uncommon.

        I look forward to hearing from you soon.

        Take care

        Claire Trimboy

  32. Hello, I’m searching for information regarding the creation of Macfarlane Road in Shepherd’s Bush. Can anybody tell me what year it was named, houses built, etc. Thank you.

  33. Christine Nottenkamper says:

    Can you tell me the history of how Musard Road got its name?

    • Peter Trott says:

      It was officially named in 1885. It may have been named after the 19th century Mussared family who were very prominent in Hammersmith.

  34. ALEX SMITH says:

    Does anyone know the history of what is now the Courtyard mews in Gowan Avenue?

  35. Mary Erlich says:

    I am researching and writing about the BAUM family who in 1914 lived in King St, and prior to that in 1911 in Bridge Avenue. Can you share some info with me about Hammersmith at that time and over the next decade or so. Can you please include answers to the following questions … Was it a poor area, comparable to Whitechapel? Were there many Jews living there? Was it bombed in WW1? Thank you for your help

  36. Paul says:

    I wonder if anyone could provide me with any information regarding Orbain Road in Fulham
    When was it built and why was the road called Orbain?
    The terrace properties doesn’t look like the surrounding area so I presume it was built earlier than the nearby road’s
    Thank you

  37. Alex says:

    Hello, I am writing to ask if anyone has any information relating to the Red Hall Picture Palace in what is now Vanston Place. In my search my identify my biological father I have learned that he was the manager of this cinema in the 1960’s. I have searched on Google and see that it subsequently became a bingo hall in the mid/late 1960s and indeed I do recall there being a Mecca Bingo Hall. Any information/stories relating to this building would be gratefully received.

    • CARY SUMPTER says:

      The Gaumont in Vanston Place, Walham Green was originally opened as the Red Hall Picture Palace on 18th December 1913 with Len Bethel in “David Copperfield”. It was designed by architect H. George Leslie and the entrance façade was dominated by a figure of Mercury perched on top of a windmill shaped tower. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.
      It was taken over by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres (PCT) in 1921 and they in turn were taken over by Gaumont British Theatres from February 1929.
      It retained the name Red Hall Picture Palace until 8th May 1950 when it was re-named Gaumont. The final film programme was screened on 8th December 1962, Jayne Mansfield in “It Happened in Athens” and Victor Mature in “Fury at Furnace Creek”.
      The building was immediately converted into a Top Rank Bingo Hall, and was given a modern look on the exterior when sheets of metal cladding were placed over the original façade and the statue figure of Mercury had been removed. It was last operated as a Mecca Bingo Club and retains the original Beaux-Arts style decoration within the auditorium and the original façade still exists hidden from view behind the cladding.
      Mecca Bingo closed in March 2007 and the building lay empty until December 2011 when demolition work began. The work was delayed several times, and was completed in April 2012. Housing was built on the site.

      Some pictures can be seen on the “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered” group on Facebook at

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I can’t add anything to Cary’s great comment on the history, but in the 1950s my sister and I went there a few times (we lived in Chelsea but often went to North End Road) I think we called it the ‘Red House’. Childish mistake maybe but that sticks in my mind. We also occasionally went to the ‘bug house’ cinema next to Fulham Broadway tube station, down a back alley. Rough but cheap.

  38. Zef says:

    My grandmother and family lives in Humbolt mansions Lillie Road Fulham from about 192o until 1960. I find no record of the mansions,? Hope you can help.

  39. Vernon Tupper says:

    Hello from Auckland New Zealand. I am researching the Sedwell Family who lived in Golding’s Cottages Fulham around 1870. I f anyone has any information or can direct me toward any detail concerning this family or even the address I would appreciate direction. A Susan McLean lived in Kings Road at the same time and their may be a marriage between the two families (Charlotte Jane Sedwell and William.

    • chris Glass says:

      Hi Vernon

      the 1871 census RG 10 piece 72 folio 69 page62

      shows charlotte j mcLean aged 23 married dress maker daughter of

      Harriet Sedwill widow aged 53 marine store dealer living at

      at 3 Golding cottages

      also gdau Eliza aged 2

      free bmd shows the marriage of a William McLean junqt1868 Kensington to

      Charlotte jane SADWELL*

      i see on ancestry their son alexander McLean b.23 feb 1889 in auckland

      enlistment ww1 war

      lists william McLean and charlotte jane sedwell as parents born london

      mother deceased father living nz 4 years

      thier marriage at st phillips kensington on 4th june is also available on ancestrty

      chris in ruislip uk

    • Chris Glass says:

      Hi Vernon i dont see my previous rthere is lots on ancestrty
      including marriagwe of charlote jane sadwell to william mclean st phillips kensington

      • Chris Glass says:

        the 1871 census RG 10 piece 72 folio 69 page62

        shows charlotte j mcLean aged 23 married dress maker daughter of

        Harriet Sedwill widow aged 53 marine store dealer living at

        at 3 Golding cottages

        also gdau Eliza aged 2

        free bmd shows the marriage of a William McLean junqt1868 Kensington to

        Charlotte jane SADWELL*

        on ancestry their son alexander McLean b.23 feb 1889 in auckland

        enlistment ww1 war

        lists william McLean and charlotte jane sedwell as parents born london

        mother deceased father living nz 4 years

        chris Glass in ruisluip uk

    • Chris Glass says:

      hi vernon my replies seem to vanish charlotte jane sadwell married william McLean kensington

    • Chris Glass says:

      Hi Vernon my replies keep vanishing contact me

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      What did you find on the 1871 census? If you look at the streets either side of their entry we can probably see where Goldings Cottages were and look on old maps for possible sites.

    • Chris Glass says:

      hi vernon golding cottages not on a modern map or my 1950 street mnap as whole area redeveloped but it was near the gas works south west of wandworth bridge
      proably near the south end lots road or imperial way

    • Chris Glass says:

      check out this old 1873 map
      you will see stanley road to north of gas works both of which are either side of golding cottages in census

    • Chris Glass says:

      hi venon looking again at adjacent places on 1871 census best guess the cottages were close to juction of stanley rd and sands end lane

  40. Anne Atton says:

    I have some photos of 392 to 5221 Fulham Road . Would you be interested in these. Early 1900s I would estimate.

    Kind regards

    Anne Atton

    • suggest you offer them to Local Archives. or perhaps sell them via ebay, but many thanks for offering them to us, but we only have personal collections of materials , and no archives yet until such time as we may set up a museum on Fulham

  41. Anne Atton says:

    Hello . I have in my possession 4 photographs of 392 to 521 Fulham road showing Arthur H Brown furniture business . The photos look Edwardian . Would you be interested in having them . 4 in total.

  42. Hi! I’m trying to find out where 4 Craven Cottages, St Paul’s, Hammersmith was in 1877 and if it’s still there now?

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      It’s tricky because on a Victorian map Craven Cottage is on New Road that ran parallel to Fulham Palace Road with the river on the other side. I am not sure if that would be in St Paul’s jurisdiction or All Saints. Also because it’s Craven cottage in the singular might not be this place. You know Craven Cottage is where Fulham Football Club has been for over a hundred years, I believe.

    • Vanessa says:

      Asked my Dad on this on, he thinks you may be looking for Craven Cottages, in Blythe Road W14 and they’re still there, he remembers the Swan Laundry being near by

  43. Len Fuller says:

    It should be Jerdan place

  44. Paul Vanston says:

    New Subject: Vanston Place

    Hi, I have previously contacted you regarding my research into Vanston Place: as my surname is Vanston and it is quite a rare name, I’ve been trying to discover if this was named after an ancestor.

    Previously you told me that several streets were incorporated under the name Vanston Place on 2 Aug 1876 so I recently went to the London Metropolitan Archives to see if I could find out more. The minutes of the MBW Committee meeting of 8 Aug 1876 mention that this renaming was originally proposed in a letter from the Rev W E Batty, Vicar of St John’s, Fulham, and was initially considered at the Committee meeting of 28 Feb 1873. Rev Batty actually proposed 3 sets of changes:

    1. South Parade, King’s Place, St John’s Terrace and Carpenter’s Row (Walham Green) all to be incorporated under the name Melmoth Place.
    2. Market Place, Frederick Place and Prospect Place (Walham Green) all to be incorporated under the name Jordan Place.
    3. Exeter Place, Farm Place, Robert’s Row and Pond Place (Walham Green) all to be incorporated under the name Vanston Place.

    Unfortunately, the file of Presented Papers for this 1873 meeting includes a cardboard tab where this letter should have been filed, with the comment “With the Architect”.

    So I’m writing again in-desperation in case you happen to know anything more about the Rev W E Batty or the proposals for Melmoth Place and Jordan Place that might further advance my Vanston Place research. Without some considerable luck, I fear the trail I’m trying to follow has now gone cold!

    Thanks in advance,
    Paul Vanston

    • pvanston says:

      With no replies to my August post below I guess non-one has heard of the Rev W E Batty, Vicar of St John’s in Fulham around 1876 or these other street renaming proposals. So my quest to understand the naming of Vanston Place goes cold!

      • Hi there
        There are quite a few articles in the British Newspaper Archives about him but nothing popped up that would explain a connection to those street name changes. There is also an old book written in 1900 (called Fulham Old and New) which references the name change to Melmoth, Jerdan and Vanston but doesn’t explain why those names were chosen, although it does give a history of some other Fulham street name changes. You could try a deeper dive into the newspaper archives to see if you can identify any interests or connections that Rev Batty had that might provide a further lead for your research. Sorry I couldn’t solve the mystery for you – brick walls are so frustrating.

      • Paul Vanston says:

        Thanks for the comments: I need to get a new BNA subscription to see if the articles on Rev Batty hold any clues. I wonder if he simply proposed to name these streets after some of his parishioners!

        There is one rather famous Vanston that I came across: Sir George Thomas Barrett Vanston (1853-1923) whom you can read about at but I’m not sure he would’ve achieved very much by 1876 when Rev Batty proposed the name change.

        Anyway, I’ll keep searching. Regards, Paul

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        The Rev. Batty is on the 1881 census living at St John’s Vicarage, Daws Lane. If he is William Edward he was born in 1823 in Brompton, and I think had a brother Charles, a curate. I think the brothers were quite controversial. William had seven children and five servants. Sorry if you have all this – he sounds like an interesting man for the times. Do you know lots more?

      • pvanston says:

        I know precisely nothing about Rev Batty so I’m grateful for anything you can tell me. He seems like my only remaining lead.

        Based on you comments, I can start tracing him through the censuses. Thanks, Paul.

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Paul, look up>history there is a little bit about the Batty brothers.

      • pvanston says:

        Every little bit help! Thanks.

      • pvanston says:

        Thanks for all the comments.

  45. Jeff Wells says:

    My relative Edward Hill was born at ‘Fulham Fairground’ in 1905, and his father was described as a ‘Traveller’.
    Does anyone have any information about this fairground or, even better, a photo of the venue?
    I’d be thrilled to get a response. Thanks so much.
    Jeff Wells, Drummore, Wigtownshire.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi, did you find out anything about Fulham Fairground? It is a fascinating place or event. I haven’t any info about it but I am looking. My dad was born in Fulham 1909 he might have known it if they came there every year. Let us know if you find anything.

      • Jeff Wells says:

        Hi Lesley
        No, no further forward I’m afraid. It’s one of those weird family things where uncle Will was ‘rumoured’ to have come from the fairground but no-one took it seriously until, blow me down, there he is on Ancestry with a father listed as ‘traveller’ and fairgound fixer of some sort.
        I’ll keep digging and keep you informed. Thanks so much for getting in touch.
        Jeff Wells, Drummore.

      • Basil Larkins says:

        I grew up in Fulham in the 1950s and have memories of being taken to a big fair on (I think) Eel Brook Common. I have found on google that in 2013 ‘Carters Steam Fair’ visited Eel Brook common for several days. Perhaps there is a link.

        There are a number of places with lots of information about old fairground rides and the fairground community. The National Fairground Archive is based in Sheffield and might be a good place to start.

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Eel Brook Common and also Parsons Green Common also apparently held fairs. Earl’s Court had a fairground/showground from before 1900 but I think that would be more in Kensington/Chelsea.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Did you know that Charlie Chaplin had no birth certificate. It was said he was born on a traveller’s site in Birmingham. As he was such a performer even at an early age, it’s not surprising that his birth family might have been fairground workers.

  46. Martin Warwick says:

    I am trying to trace one of my ancestors, born Sarah Harris about 1861, Little Hadham, Hertfordshire.
    In the 1890’s she was with George Hammond Conradi in London and had five children, although I never found the marriage. On the 1901 census, they were husband and wife.
    Before 1911 Mr Conradi had remarried and about that time he had Sarah Harris, now Mrs Conradi, put in an asylum.
    Sarah never found on the 1911 census, but another related researcher states that names of people in asylums were placed in newspapers, who could be released and named. At this time Sarah Conradi. Not confirmed, but we believe in could have been Hanwell asylum. Do you know what newspaper this might have been that put the name in ?
    Sarah we believe was released and taken in by one of her daughters who had been told Sarah had died by Mr Conradi. In 1930, Sarah, who was also known as Annie Sarah Harris, I believe is residing at 87 Mallinson Road, Wandsworth, as Annie Sarah Harris, with one of her daughters. I believe Sarah dies in 1933 as Annie Harris aged 72 years in the district of Hammersmith. Would there be a local paper at this time that would carry deaths? Sorry this is a bit long winded, but hopefully gives the bigger picture.
    Kind regards


    • Hi Martin
      There is a newspaper notice in the South Western Star dated April 2 1942 saying that Annie Sarah Harris 79 years old of 86 Mallinson Rd, Wandsworth was found dead in her bed on Sunday 29 March 1942 by a Mrs Foster. This same lady can be seen on the 1939 census living at 86 Mallinson Road with a family of the name of Foster. On the 1939 census her birth date is listed as 17 August 1861 which seems to fit with your address and birthdate information above. Hope this helps!

      • Martin Warwick says:

        Hi glimmerglassjen
        You are an absolute star. I have been researching for over 25 years and for about the last 5 years trying to find out what happened to Annie Sarah, but I think you have finally cracked the case. A big thank you from me. Good luck with your research. Regards

  47. Trudie Short says:

    Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me? I am trying to find the grave of my relative Irene Short. I have a copy of her death certificate, and can confirm that she died on 3/11/1968 at 46 Adeney Rd, Hammersmith. The certificate also shows that an inquest into her death was held on 14/11/1968. I have been able to obtain a copy of the newspaper report of the inquest. I am trying to find out where she was buried. It may be that she has an unmarked grave, and I am unsure how to trace this, if this is the case? I have contacted the Register Office for Hammersmith & Fulham, but they do not hold a record for Irene. Does anyone has any ideas as to how I may be able to find her burial record? I would love to be able to trace the grave, so that the family can finally visit her place of rest. Many thanks

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Trudie, in the first instance contact the cemeteries office at the council, link below. They are still very busy so send an email with all the details, name, address, date of death etc which they can read and then get back to you. At the time of sending the email, ask them to confirm whether her grave is public or private. If it’s private, ask them to confirm if a headstone has been placed. Public graves which have several unrelated people in them don’t have headstones. Some of their records are kept off-site so there may be a delay with a reply.


    • Peter Trott says:

      Try contacting Mortlake Crematorium in case she was cremated rather than buried. LBHF do not run the crematorium so would not have any records.

  48. Geoffrey says:


    On my recent trip to England I thought I’d walk past the house my great-grandmother was born in – 52 Studdridge Street. I have the number from the 1911 census, but upon walking along the street I found that it, in its current form, only has uneven numbers!
    I consulted an old map and it looks like the other side of the road always has been as it is now, so a renumbering may be most likely?

    Is there any information on a renumbering? Or has the address been jotted down incorrectly for whatever reason?
    Though out of the country again I’d love to know what number the house possesses now – for a future genealogical expedition. 🙂

    Many thanks,

    • Peter Trott says:

      Hi Geoffrey according to the Inland Revenue: Valuation Office Survey, 1910-1915 on the Layers of London website number 52 was in the row of houses opposite and between Bradbourne Street and Chiddingstone Street. It appears to be numbered 97 now.

      • Geoffrey says:

        Thank you ever so much Peter! Turns out I was unwittingly standing right in front of it at one point. Will know for the next time and am looking forward to another trip.

        Sorry for the very, very late reply. I hope you’re well and thank you again.

  49. Susan Francis says:

    I’m looking for information about Fuller’s confectionary factory in Hammersmith. I’m researching Edward Siegfried Hengel who came from America and worked as a confectioner, calling one of his sons born in 1905 after the founder William Bruce Fuller Hengel. I can see there is a history by D A Nicholls called ‘The House of Fuller’s’ but I don’t seem able to access it at the Hammersmith and Fulham Library Service. Any information gratefully received.

    • Valerie Hyde says:

      I lived next door to Fuller’s Sweet Factory which was in Great Church Lane, Hammersmith. It was demolished in the 60s to make way for a hotel, which I think is called Novotel.
      My uncle worked there & I remember their delicious walnut layer cake.
      I’m sorry but I don’t know anything about the history of the factory.

  50. Jane Khan says:

    Do you know of any jewellers operating in Parsons Green area around 1935, possibly linked to a family name of Cohen?

  51. Basil Larkins says:

    My family have recently been clearing out some old family ‘stuff’ and have found a large photograph album dated 1886. It was presented to my Great Grandfather by a group of his colleagues on the occasion of his promotion. They all worked for the Fulham and Brompton District of The Liverpool and Victoria Legal Friendly Society (LV today) The album was organised by a committee and since none of the photographs are of our family then it is likely that they are of the families of his colleagues especially the relatives of the Committee members.
    The Committee members were G.E.W. Whitfield, J Barry, T.G Stevens, J Pavitt, A Pattinger, J’O’Brien, and R. Hewitt.
    I would be pleased to hear from any of the descendants of these people.

  52. Trevor New says:

    Hello, I am looking into my mothers family tree and am asking if anyone has any information regarding the occupants of 302 Fulham Palace Road on the date of my mothers birth which was 17th February 1926. Her birth mother was Alice Mary Clarke formerly Foote and was a housemaid at 63 Tregunter Road South Kensington. My mother was adopted by family Holder in Freshford, Bath, Somerset but have no details of her adoption.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello Trevor, as a descendant of a deceased adopted person, you can now apply for access to your late mother’s adoption file. If your mother is still with us, she can apply for access to her file. In the first instance contact the General Register Office or your local adult social services for advice on how to do this.

      • Trevor New says:

        Thank you so much for this, I shall definitely look into this as I’m sure it will answer some of the questions.

  53. Patricia Henry-Pierre says:

    I am looking for inmates records for this place: Twynhham Orphanage, 710 Fulham Rd., London SW6 from 1911 onwards. So far I have found nothing on Ancestry or Google. In particular I am researching Wilhelm/ William Ude Born 1899 Germany. In the 1911 census he was recorded as being an inmate age 12.

  54. Jenny Nicholson says:

    Hi, I’m trying to trace any photos of the houses around 182 Lots Road Chelsea. My grandmother was born there, and her father, (and therefore the house) was still living there in 1917 when she got married. The house is long gone, and I can find photos of the pub (now Lots) and the power station, but nothing of the houses just up the road towards the Kings Road. Any guidance welcome.


    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi, I have an Edwardian photo of a house in Lots Road near to where my parents lived in the 1940s. We lived at 146, up towards the Kings Road end.Can you tell me the name of those you are researching. I can give you details about Lots Road over the years, and I remember the old houses, shops and pubs, school, local families. etc.

      • Jenny Nicholson says:

        Hi Leslie

        It was Thomas & Elizabeth Smith, my great grandparents. They lived at 182 Lots Road from at least 1892 until at least 1917. Elizabeth died in 1904, when my grandmother Florence was 12. There was a sister Louise, and a brother Frank. Thomas may have remarried with one or both of the latter children being from that marriage. He was a carman and then worked in the munitions factory. My grandmother (Florence) moved to Australia as a war bride after 1917 and never wrote or spoke very little about her family. There were a couple of photos my mum has that Louise sent of the family, but that’s it. Anything appreciated, I’ve just started the search using Florence’s birth and marriage certificates but not got a lot more to go on.


    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      HI jen
      I should have written we lived at 158 Lots Road not 146. with regard to the photo I don’t know how to send you a scan apart from having your email.

  55. Robert Wilson says:

    Hi, I’m wondering if anyone can help me. I’m researching my family tree and I’m looking for any newspaper articles regarding my uncle and aunt. Their names were Patrick Allum & Pauline Allum, they where killed in a road traffic accident on Wood Lane in April 1964.
    I’ve had no luck on the net, thankful for any assistance.

    • fhhs says:

      Hi You should try the British Library’s Online Newspaper Archive. You have to register but it will have some of the Fulham and Hammersmith Papers – Fulham Chronicle and west london observer.
      Good luck

      • Hi,
        Thank you for your reply, somebody on recommended that to me which I did and found loads of articles on the accident. But thank you for replying.

  56. Gilian Rowland says:

    i DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE 1890s BUT CERTAINLY PRESENT DAY THERE is a Scrub Lane, Wormwood Scrubs Prison etc etc!
    Use google maps and look for Hammersmith Hospital Du Cane Road (which isn’t in Hammersmith)

    • Mrs Linda J Newey says:

      Thank you, Gilian and Dawn for your replies, I agree and can see Scrub Lane on modern maps, thank you for getting back to me. Very much appreciated

  57. Linda Newey says:

    Hello, I wonder if anyone can confirm whether there was a road called Scrubb Road, Fulham Cross in the 1890s, or if there was a similar address at the time, please? I am trying to determine whether this was a fabricated address because so far, I have not succeeded in finding it in contemporary maps.
    Thank you in anticipation,
    West Midlands

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Linda, it might help us to identify it if you can tell us what document or census you have found it in?

    • Lenny Fuller says:

      There is a Scrubs Lane at Shepherds Bush

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        In map book of Victorian London, Scrubs Lane ran west of Kensal cemetery south to join Wood Lane. I think Fulham Cross was where Lillie Road met Dawes Road and I can’t see anything like Scrubs there.

      • Tracy says:

        Hi, there is a Strode Road right next to Fulham Cross School side of Fulham Cross / Dawes Road junction if that helps?

      • Mrs Linda J Newey says:

        Thank you everyone so much for your useful suggestions

  58. Timothy Eugene Warner says:

    In ww1secret agent’s army navy airforce were trained in balloon to fly over france and flanders to take photographs and pick up agents and escaping prisoners of war the balloon training school was run by the royal navy at the Roehampton club that moved to Hurlingham park it was taken over by the royal navy as the royal navy balloon training school run by Commander William “pink tights” Pollock also dropping agents behind enemy lines.
    The photograph’s taken were taken to the hq at 41 Rue St Roch Paris France which is still there with French and British force’s working together studying for aerial photographs a book was written about this called The Secrets of Rue St Roch by Janet Morgan. Penguin Books a very good book

    • Leslie Einhorn says:

      My Grandmother was only around 7 when Germany was bombarding London with Zeppelins. She remembers standing on the stoop watching it, and thinking it was pretty. She lived on Kenneth Street with a family named Hobbs. Kenneth Street isn’t there anymore. Her mother worked in the Woolwich munitions factory and her father went “to the continent” with the Royal Fusiliers Intelligence. They never came back to claim her. She never knew what happened to them. I have discovered that they both survived the war, but left her with the Hobbs.

  59. Neil Floodgate says:


    I am looking for information about Fane Street, West Kensington. Relatives of mine lived there from 1861 until 1939 at numbers 25 & 27 and a few others. Family name was Floodgate and Styles. The Floodgates were wheelwrights and had a carrier business.


  60. Tamara says:

    Hi I wonder if anyone could help me please. I’m trying to find any information on a lady called Helen mckeown, she had a baby on the 13/2/1967 called Keith Patrick mckeown.
    The address at this time was Fulham park gardens.

  61. Primary Teacher says:

    Hi all,

    I am a history lead at a primary school in White City/Shepherds Bush.

    I am looking to develop our curriculum to include more local history studies. I am reaching out to see if there are any important historical events you can suggest we look at.

    Thank you!

    • Hello, I am currently researching and writing a publication about the Latymer Foundation in Hammersmith (1624-2024) and have unearthed lots of wonderful 17/18/19 century local history. Happy to share further ideas. The local event with the most national effect would have been the Battle of Turnham Green during the Civil War, imagine all those soldiers clashing right in our neighbourhood…

    • Dear Teacher – Thank you for note – I don’t have any events in mind but I would be very happy to donate a couple of the books that I published a few years back with a local historian, Caroline MacMillan – it was called Wild about Shepherds Bush and was very well received – anyway, please do get in touch if you’d like to – – www.

    • Peter Trott says:

      Are you looking for events local to White City or all of Shepherd’s Bush? And what period?

      Prior to development the area north of the Uxbridge Road there were brickfields and farms. There were several estates such as Thorpebanks and Oaklands. Locally there was the 1908 Olympic Games and the annual major White City Exhibitions that took place from 1908 to 1914. The opening of Wormholy Park and the White City Lido, and much later Hammersmith Park.

      Many sporting events at the White City Stadium included football, athletics, greyhound racing and show jumping. During WW2 there was the bombing of Blaxland House and the Cleverley Estate. Post war the construction of the White City Estate and the BBC centre, and the demise of local industries such as T C Jones.

      Within Shepherd’s Bush there was the planned assassination of Cromwell. Charles Dickens link to Lime Grove and Beatrix Potter’s connection to Shepherd’s Bush. Entertainment at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and then the BBC. The film studios in Lime Grove that later also became the BBC.

      The transport systems within the area could cover a whole term alone as could the development of local schools.

      I would suggest you read some of the articles on this website and on the LBHF Libraries ‘more than a library’ website. Also apply to join the Facebook Group ‘You’re Probably from W12 if…………….’ where you can read many articles and see hundreds of photos on the area.

    • Peter Trott says:

      Are you looking for events local to White City or all of Shepherd’s Bush? And what period?

      Prior to development the area north of the Uxbridge Road there were brickfields and farms. There were several estates such as Thorpebanks and Oaklands. Locally there was the 1908 Olympic Games and the annual major White City Exhibitions that took place from 1908 to 1914. The opening of Wormholy Park and the White City Lido, and much later Hammersmith Park.

      Many sporting events at the White City Stadium included football, athletics, greyhound racing and show jumping. During WW2 there was the bombing of Blaxland House and the Cleverley Estate. Post war the construction of the White City Estate and the BBC centre, and the demise of local industries such as T C Jones.

      Within Shepherd’s Bush there was the planned assassination of Cromwell. Charles Dickens link to Lime Grove and Beatrix Potter’s connection to Shepherd’s Bush. Entertainment at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and then the BBC. The film studios in Lime Grove that later also became the BBC.

      The transport systems within the area could cover a whole term alone as could the development of local schools.

      I would suggest you read some of the articles on this website and on the LBHF Libraries ‘more than a library’ blog. Also apply to join the Facebook Group ‘You’re Probably from W12 if…………….’ where you can read many articles and see hundreds of photos on the area.

    • Peter Trott says:

      Are you looking for events local to White City or all of Shepherd’s Bush? And what period?

      I would suggest you read some of the articles on this website and on the LBHF Libraries ‘more than a library’ website. Also apply to join the Facebook Group ‘You’re Probably from W12 if…………….’ where you can read many articles and see hundreds of photos on the area.

    • michael lewis says:

      The only thing I can remember was the bombing of the railway station at White city, and how it was left like that for some years. I was told that people died there but not sure of what happened.

  62. Tristyn says:

    Hi there, I have been researching my mother’s family tree. My grandmother used to have a hair salon called Denyse salon de Coiffeur on Greyhound road. Does anyone remember this or visited? Any follow up on this much appreciated. I’m her granddaughter. Many thanks.

  63. Susan Scott says:

    Hi. Would anyone have any information about old Greyhound Cottages in Fulham of Chelsea please? My great great grandparents were living there in 1871. His occupation was a pig farmer, but others with the same address are shown as gardeners and suchlike, so I thought it might have been part of an estate or something similar. I appreciate they might be long gone and untraceable, but thought it was worth a try. Many thanks.

  64. Did you know that the artist ERIC RAVILIOUS lived on the River Thames in Hammersmith in the early 1930s shortly after his marriage to fellow artist TIRZAH GARWOOD? There is a blue plaque commemorating this at 48 Upper Mall.
    His life and work is now the subject of a new film: ERIC RAVILIOUS – DRAWN TO WAR which will be shown at the Fulham Road Picturehouse on Tuesday 5 July at 1pm and again at 6pm.

  65. AbdulMaalik Tailor says:

    I’m trying to trace Hubert and Joan Cates who lived and 252 King Street, Hammersmith. Hubert died on 16th March 1968 aged 72, former occupation deputy Superintendent (docks). Any further information would be great.

    Thank you.

  66. Angela King says:

    I remember Palmer’s Stores. I went to see Father Christmas there when I was probably five or six. I remember it seeming dark in there and the floor was wet. Maybe there was a food hall. I remember another department store in the middle area of King Street. Also a food shop called Jolly’s that had chickens on spits in the window. There was Coopers in Hammersmith Market. I think they owned it. They hade a massive fruit and veg store there. I remember Peters the shoe shop further down. My Dad had a shop at 138, King Street called The Ritz!! It was a hairdresser and barbershop and then the barbershop was turned into a sweet shop. I remember the Regal Cinema, The Broadway Cinema, The Commodore cinema. Furnival Gardens at the front of the town hall and a guy selling newspapers shouting’Star, News and Standard. There was a telephone exchange in the road opposite 138 and round the back a shop that sold ice cream with pink juice on it. I think they were Italian. The fish and chip shop near us was owned by a Jewish family, like we were. There was a cafe, which still exists owned by in Italian family called the Capitellis. So many lovely memories

    • CARY SUMPTER says:

      Hi Angela, it was H A Parker in Hammersmith Market, not Coopers. They didn’t own the market, but had the large fruit and Veg shop in the old market in Bradmore Lane. There are photos of this and other stalls in the market (and Palmers in the Broadway) in the Facebook group “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered”. Regards, Cary

      • Geoffrey See says:

        Coopers was, I think, the fishing tackle shop in King St and was the fish and chip shop called The Regal ?
        I used to go in there in probably the late 50s early 60s, I remember the tall guy behind the counter.

      • Jim says:

        Yes coopers was the fishing tackle shop on King Street. I still have my tackle box bought there in 1960.

  67. Jen says:

    Hi – I am wondering if anyone remembers the Adler family living at 196 Fulham Palace Road from the late 1940s-early 1970s? There was Panni (Anna) Adler, her husband Francis (Ferenc) Adler and also daughter Lilian Adler, aka Baroness Huszar, aka Livia Pursey; aka Livia Lemoine. I believe the Adlers ran a drapery store from this address and Panni made clothes for dolls. If anyone remembers them it would be great to hear from you!

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi, I remember a clothes shop in King’s Road, Chelsea run by people called Adler. They made clothes in the basement. My mother worked for them in the 1930s as a machinist. I know they were still there in the late 1950s, because my sister and I used to go in there now and again. It was on the corner of Flood Street about number 145 or near. Any relation?
      Let us know if you find out anything please.

      • Hi Lesley – Thanks for the message! I believe the Adler shop you are referring to was owned by a man called Woolf Adler? It was at 141 Kings Road Chelsea. I think they specialised in corsetry? He married Dora Goldenfield and she managed the factory. They are not related to the Adlers I am looking for but I hope this is of interest to you. Thanks! Jen

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi Jen, thanks for the info on the Adler shop. Yes that would be the one my mum worked for. She had an accident with a sewing machine and had to go to hospital to get her finger top sewn back on! I recall now they made corsetry. My older sister in the late 50s bought a silver swimming costume in there, it was very Hollywood and I was aghast.

  68. Jen says:

    I wonder whether anyone might remember the Adler family who lived at 196 Fulham Palace Road from the late 1940s – early 1970s. There was Panni (Anna) Adler and Francis (Ferenc) Adler and their daughter Lilian Adler, aka Baroness Huszar, who married Commander Harry Pursey in the 1950s. I believe that the Adler family ran a drapery store at this address and Panni Adler made dresses for dolls. If anyone remembers these people or the store it would be great to hear from you.

    • Jen says:

      I have now esablished that the name of the shop that the Adler’s ran at 196 Fulham Palace Road was called “The Kiddies Shop”. If this prompts memories for anyone who may have known the owners Panni (Anna) Adler, Francis (Ferenc) Adler and their daughter Lilian Adler, aka Baroness Huszar please let me know.

  69. Patricia Jackson says:

    Since I was a very small child I had a a terrible dream of being chased by a young man in bishops park he stabs me in the back after I’m fling over my school trying to call my friends I know it sounds mad so I wanted to find out if my dream was for real. Or not.

  70. Vicky Harden says:

    Hello, I am writing from Australia.I am trying to locate any information about the family of George and Mary Harden and in particular their son Albert Edward Harden. Albert was born 16 August 1886, the address on his birth certificate is Willow Vale Nursery, Shepherds Bush and his father’s occupation was a florist.
    The 1901 census the family at 6 Willow Vale, Shepherds Bush. Any information about the family or their home/business would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    Vicky Harden

    • Peter Trott says:

      Vicky I would suggest you contact the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Archives. They published a book called Images of London – Shepherd’s Bush & White City. In it is a photo of numbers 2 to 10 Willow Vale. Another of their books called Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush in Old Photographs has an old photo of the Queen Adelaide pub and the Willow Vale Nursery greenhouses can be seen in the background.

  71. Julian says:

    I’d like to find out when the buildings from 753 (Parsons Nose) to 761 (Kelpis) Fulham Road were built. They are all the same style so presumably built together. Across the road the building says 1894 on the top of it so I suspect it’s around that time, but I would like to find out as specifically as possible. An 1895 map doesn’t show these buildings, or the one opposite, but it was presumably out of date as soon as it was printed. The first map I can find that shows them is in 1906. Any ideas where I could find this information out? Thank you!

  72. Brenda Forrester says:

    I’ve been searching my family tree for some year’s now, but what I’m interested in is a place my mother and 4 of my siblings lived
    It Would have been between 1950-1955.
    My Father Was not allowed to live with us.
    Would love to know more about this place also if its possible for a photo.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      369 Fulham Road was the St Stephen’s Hospital originally St George’s Union Infirmary (1878-1914) then Fulham Road Infirmary (1915-1924) then St. Stephen’s Hospital that was closed in 1989. In 1930 the LCC took over the workhouse and renamed it the Public Assistance Institution. I wonder if the Welfare Centre 367 Fulham Road was part of, or next door to, the municipal hospital. In the 1950s there were council hostels for homeless families, I remember one in Cadogan Gardens.
      if you find photos of the old workhouse you might be able to see 367.

  73. Julia Blair says:

    I have been doing some old document transcriptions for the Foundling/Coram project and have been tracing a family via my Ancestry account. They were fairly wealthy but one of their sons died at 13, Paradise Cottages, Albion Road, Hammersmith. I am trying to discover where Paradise Cottages were and perhaps whether it was a small nursing home? (I have discovered an Old Bailey report about a murder at no. 9 some years later but still no idea where it was located.)
    Thank you
    Julia Blair

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      The A-Z of Victorian London 1888 shows Albion Hall, Albion Gardens, Albion Villas and a Paradise Row all off and around Dalling Road. Dalling Road is running north of King Street, Hammersmith. I hope this is of help. It is not a large scale map so quite hard to see the various small streets and roads here.
      Let us know what you find out please.

      • fhhs says:

        You may find this list useful.
        Also the ever reliable National library of Scotland online OS maps see this wonderful 25″ map
        You’ll find it north of Flora Gardens and has been replaced by Ravenscourt House but the John Betts school, Church of the Holy Innocents and Thatched House pub sites look like fixtures although they may have been rebuilt.
        Hope this helps

      • e-mail julia_blair says:

        Thank you very much for the information. The maps are really interesting! kind regards Julia Blair


  74. Richard Naude says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Would like to thank you for helping me to locate Clara Naude resting place. I used the links you provided me and through them I have located the her grave/resting place in Margarvine Cemetery Hammersmith. Many Thank you for your time and good help. Kind regards.

  75. Susie White says:

    I’m wondering if there is any way I can find out who was living in 41 Mall Road, Hammersmith in 1926. My grandmother, using a false name Christina Isabel White, was in St Pancreas Workhouse and and gave birth there and names a husband Joseph living at 41 Mall Road. I cannot find a marriage or any trace of this man. I’m grateful for any help.

    • fhhs says:

      You need to search the electoral registers for Hammersmith, these are available at the LBHF archives above Hammersmith Library when it reopens in June, details at the website. This is not a failsafe as Joseph may have been a temporary sub-tenant or did not want to register to vote. You could try the newly available 1921 census on FindMyPast, which should be available in libraries or you can sign up.
      Good luck with your research.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Susie, the electoral registers are online at Ancestry. I cant find the address in 1925, but in 1924, 1926 and 1927, the eligible voters were Percy Samuel Phillips and Eva May Phillips. The address is in Hammersmith South Constituency, polling district V.

  76. Vivian Steer says:

    1920’s I know little about my maternal grandmother as she died aged 24. She married in 1923 and was living at 21 Westwick Gardens. In 1926 she gave bath to twins at Parkside Maternity Home, which I have never been able to find. Her name was Vivian Price nee Bayley. Any insight you can give would be most welcome. Many thanks

  77. DT says:

    I am doing research for a book set in the Victorian Era and I’m trying to discern whether balls would be held at Fulham Palace since if is the home of the Bishop.

  78. Hello
    I am trying to find out about my Grandad Frank Sealey who is the son of Emily Wayling. In particular I am trying to find out about his life as an actor in 1920s in Fulham. We cannot find any info on this and would love to know more. Please let me know if you can help!
    Kind regards

  79. Lisa West says:

    Hi, my Dad was born in De Morgan Road 1941. Can you tell me which school he would have most likely attended please. Thank you

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      There was a school in Hugon Road and another one near Bagleys Lane in Langford Street I think it was.

  80. Christian says:

    I am interested to find out the year the mansion block I live in was built and if there is any other interesting information about the building. I think it is Victorian. Aynhoe Mansions on Aynhoe Road in Brook Green.

    • fhhs says:

      check this website para5.22. Your thoughts are correct. For more info including maps directories and possibly photographs contact the LBHF archives above Hammersmith Library when it reopens.

      • Christian says:

        @fhhs Thank you very much for the response and the link to that document. I will definitely get in contact with the archive for more information.

    • Basheer Sulaiman says:

      I had a friend called Ron Stone living off high street, near Putney Bridge
      I have not seen him for over 30 years
      Can you be kind enough to locate him
      Many thanks

  81. Martin Fontana says:

    I was born in Hammersmith 28th december1952 and lived in Parfrey st at least 20 years!
    I remember my neighbours and Mrs Barker and a few others! Used to feed the swans at Putney and Hammersmith,paid 6d Gaument cinema Saturday
    Hot dogs 1shilling and 6pence etc!

  82. Jenny Hughes says:

    I am looking for the address of a tea and/or confectionery shop in Fulham that was operated by John Henry Speedy, his wife Sarah and their daughter Kathleen during the 1890s. Thank you very much for any light you may be able to shed on this.

    Jenny Hughes

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Jenny, nothing showing up on the censuses for the Speedy family in Fulham, but when Kathleen married in Fulham in 1897 her father, John Henry, was shown as a Master Mariner. I found the family in 1881 in Thorne, Yorkshire, he was listed as a Master Mariner Barge.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      If Kathleen married in 1897 you might find something under her married name re. the tea shop or at least an address for her in Fulham. What was her husband’ name?

      • gilian rowland says:

        I don’t understand how to post a comment – this is for Jenny Hughes’ post re tea shop and Speedy in Fulham. You say Kathelen married 1897 using FreeBMD she either married John Greenfield Graham or Herbert Roger Sadd Q1 Fulham. But Anc online says Sadd marrried someone else. Can you not find address where Speedy family were living in census ie for Kathleen ie 1901 and 1911 – i don’t have access Jill

      • Dawn Shilcock says:

        Kathleen married John Greenfield Graham, according to the register they were both living at 853 Fulham Road. By the 1901 census they were up in Gateshead with her father, a Master Mariner Retired, and her mother.

  83. Sean Henry says:

    Good Afternoon

    My maternal great grandfather’s family (Coomer) lived in South Kensington (SW6) up to 1900 or so. They had two (2) roads named after them, Coomer Place and Coomer Road. The great grandfather’s name was Fredrick C Coomer (1858-1911), son of Joshua (Josiah) Coomer (1831-1906). Why would my ancestors have a road named after them? Were they a predominant family at that time? There is a large building on the corner of Coomer Place and North End Road now owned/operated by the NHS. Would this building have been owned by the Coomer family?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Sean, Have you found the family in the censuses? Apart from that a newspaper article from 1934 “Some personalities in the Making of Fulham” mentions 3 Coomer brothers, Richard, Charles & Josiah. Richard had a farm, which he turned into a building estate which included Coomer, Rylston, Haldane, Eastcourt and St Thomas’ roads. Charles developed his market garden farm into Bramber, Cheason and Archel roads. Josiah was at one time a green grocer.

    • Hi Sean,
      I will be writing to you directly in the next few days regarding your Coomer family. I am partially responsible for this website, so have your contact details

  84. Richard Naude says:

    my great great grandmother, clara naude died in the royal brompton hospital (consumption hospital) in 1895 of consumption. i have acquired a death certificate that states she died at the royal brompton in london. her husband ( my great great grandfather) died a month before in france which we believe was of consumption too while visiting his parents and trying to sort out their last affairs. my question is, if you died at the royal brompton of consumption and had no money, where would the hospital have buried you?. is there a possibility that the hospital would have had some arrangement with a local cemetery? i would love to find clara naude’s grave. i wish to thank you in advance for any help.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Have you tried the Brompton Cemetery site?

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Richard, the records for Brompton cemetery are online, she isn’t listed. The next likely cemetery is at Hanwell, managed by Kensington & Chelsea, not the Westminster one on the other side of the Road. Hanwell’s records aren’t online, you have to contact them to ask other than that, where was she living before her death? if it was elsewhere, the Board of Guardians for that parish may have been responsible for her burial.

      • Richard Naude says:

        Hi Dawn, thank you for the information. I believe Clara Naude’s last address which was listed on her death certificate was Bassein Park Road, Shepherds Bush, London. So would you know who the Board of Guardians would be for this Parish? Thanks in advance. Richard.

      • Dawn Shilcock says:

        Hi Richard, the address most probably came under Hammersmith. The current cemeteries dept is here
        Their records aren’t online. Send them an email enquiry with her name, date of death and last address and ask them if they can check their records. Also ask them to confirm if the plot is common or private if they find an entry. It could be either Fulham Palace Road or Margravine Road. Please don’t expect an immediate reply, they do reply but take ages as they are dealing with the recently bereaved in addition to family history requests which don’t take any priority.

      • Richard Naude says:

        Hi Dawn, many thanks for the information and pointing me in the right direction. Much appriciated for your help. Thank you.

  85. Karen Barlow (nee Frost) says:

    My dad was born 25 July 1940 as Anthony Ernest Mills. He was adopted November 1943 & his name was changed to Anthony Derek Robert Frost. His birth parents were Ernest Victor Mills & Phyllis Ellen Phoebe Mills. I believe Phyllis died in childbirth when having my dad. But I believe there may have been another child/ren born before my dad in 1940. My brother & I are trying to fit the pieces together. Can you help please?

    • fhhs says:

      Suggest you start with what you know and use FreeBMD. It shows Anthony E Mills born in the quarter to September in Kensington and possibly a still birth registered as Male to Mills and White at Fulham a year previously. Then send for the two birth certificates.
      A Phyllis White died in Fulham in 1943 in the quater to Jun. Another certificate to get.
      You can then use electoral registers to tie down addresses from the certificates.
      Hope this gets you started LBHF Archives will be a good source when it reopens alternatively you can use Ancestry or findMy Past for free in most libraries across the country.
      Good luck with your search.

      • Dawn Shilcock says:

        The death of Phyllis White would be incorrect as she would have been Phyllis Mills when she passed away. The male child born and died 1939 would not be a still birth, those are registered separately and that register is not publicly available, but most probably a child that sadly didn’t survive long after birth.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello Karen, if you are new to family history a good site to explore is to search for births, marriages and deaths. The site is free to use. You can also register to search births and deaths at again free to use but the date ranges available are limited. I looked for your father’s birth entry, registered at Kensington 1940 with a mothers maiden surname of White. That led to a marriage at Battersea 1938. There are 2 potential children, a daughter in 1939 at Battersea but I won’t name her as she might still be alive, and a male child in 1939 at Fulham. There is potential death of Phyllis Ellen Mills in 1948 at Willesden aged 32. Unfortunately not all information is free, so you may need to purchase some certificates to prove this from the General Register Office (GRO). If you father is still with us, has he applied to the GRO for access to his adoption file?

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello again, I just had a look at the 1939 register, the full details are available with a subscription but Ernest appears to have been married before as there is a son Ronald born in 1929 and redacted children who are under 100 years of age. That marriage might have been Ernest to Priscilla Meadows in 1923. Priscilla Mills dies in 1936. There are more children showing up on freebmd as Mills mmn Meadows, more to explore.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello Karen, if you are new to family history a good site to explore is to search for births, marriages and deaths. The site is free to use. You can also register to search births and deaths at again free to use but the date ranges available are limited. I looked for your father’s birth entry, registered at Kensington 1940 with a mothers maiden surname of White. That led to a marriage at Battersea 1938. There are 2 potential children, a daughter in 1939 at Battersea but I won’t name her as she might still be alive, and a male child in 1939 at Fulham. There is potential death of Phyllis Ellen Mills in 1948 at Willesden aged 32. Unfortunately not all information is free, so you may need to purchase some certificates to prove this from the General Register Office (GRO). If you father is still with us, has he applied to the GRO for access to his adoption file?

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello Karen, I had posted a previous reply but that does not appear on here now. It contains more hints and tips for you in addition to the reply from ffhs. Maybe the moderators have not approved it? Dawn

      • fhhs says:

        Hi Dawn
        I don’t check everyday and am in the process of handing over to Vernon having moved away. Glad you are on the case and got more out of FreeBMD than I did with my quick look. Replies like yours are the life blood of our Contact Us site do keep helping.

  86. Elizabeth Thomas. says:

    Hello, my great great grandfather ran a photographic studio at 110a King St Hammersmith I believe towards the end of the 19th century and/or around the turn of the 20th century. His name was Vincent Hamilton and my great grandmother was Louisa May Hamilton. I wonder if you have any information about him/them. Many thanks. Liz Thomas

  87. Jon Blundell says:

    My dad ran a business called Chancery Engineering in Black’s Road Hammersmith from the late 50’s until about 1973.
    The business had to relocate when the M&S store on King St was developed.
    My understanding is that their site was used as part if the delivery entrance for the new store.
    Unfortunately we don’t gave any photos so
    it would be great to see any photos or maps of Black’s Road from that era. There doesn’t seem to be anything online.
    A long shot I’m sure, but the family would love to jog some now very hazy memories of that time.
    Many thanks

    • Just adding some details to my original post. My dad was called Ric Blundell (Is actual name was Harold but always called Ric) and his partner was Bert Scott (Albert Frederick Scott).
      I also recall they were good friends with Smee family who lived in Angel Walk. Peter and Lilly Smee and son Paul (I may have Peter and Paul mixed up) They worked for the business but I believe emigrated to Gibraltar early 70’s.
      If that jogs any recollections or photos from the area would be great to hear from you.
      Many thanks.

      • CARY SUMPTER says:

        Some information on this came-up from some members of our Facebook group “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered”. Both Bill Parker and Ann Byrne both lived in Angel Walk. Apparently, Lily and Peter Smee, who are now in their 80’s, still live at No 32 Angel Walk

      • Jon Blundell says:

        Thanks Cary, That’s amazing!

  88. James Spurling says:

    I hope you can help please.
    Next to what was the original Windsor Castle pub 136 King Street there are the remains of what I imagine was an ornate entrance.
    Iam fascinated by them

  89. alan says:

    Hi, is the Fulham/Hammersmith boundary marker at the Parr’s Ditch outfall just downstream of Hammersmith Bridge still there? I know the area around Riverside Studios has been redeveloped recently. Was the boundary marker preserved anywhere? I’ve walked along that stretch of the Thames Path to find it; also looked across the river from Barnes in case it was river-side but I’ve not found it.

  90. CA Nicholson-Ross says:

    Hi, I am trying to find out when St. Clement’s Mansions, Lillie Road were built. I have found an article in the Fulham Cornicle dated 1898, which mentions a resident of the mansions; I also note that the mansions are not on the 1891 Census, but are on the 1901. However – I have found a detailed map, dated 1900 and the mansions are not on it. Land registry doesn’t give me a date of build. Anyone know when they were built, or have any information about who built them, what was there before etc. Many thanks in advance, Charlotte

  91. fhhs says:

    Mike Chilvers used to live in Parfrey St. Fulham W6 from about 1940 to 1959 and is keen to make contact with others who remember the area. Post a reply to get in touch.

  92. Mr Servey says:

    Hello, I’m trying to find information about the death of my sister, not sure if this is the kind of thing that anyone can help with here but here goes. she was just 7 years old when she was hit by a car and killed on connigham Rd, Hammersmith in April 1965, I’m trying to find any newspaper clippings of the accident, it was reported in a least one local newspaper but we can’t remember which.
    Some details in case anyone can point me in the right direction.

    Christina Servey
    Aged 7
    Hit by a car while crossing conningham road. She was taken to Ducane Rd hospital where she passed away.
    A bit of a long shot but maybe someone may know where I could begin to look for info.
    Thank you

    • Sue C. says:

      The Fulham Chronicle (local paper) should have written about this. Have a look at their website and possibly drop them a line. Good luck.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Hello, Mr Servey. The Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush Gazette of 29th April, 1965 says, on Page 2 –


      “8 Year-old Christina Servey sustained multiple injuries when she was hit by a car while crossing Conningham Road, Shepherd’s Bush on Monday evening. Christina, who lives in Conningham Road, was taken to Hammersmith Hospital where she was detained.”

      I checked birth and death records and she is shown as born in 1958 and aged 7 at the time of her passing so the paper has her age wrong and does not go on to record the exact date of her death. I was unable to find any more.

  93. michael stanley says:

    team photos of fulham football club 8th. of august 1968

    • Geoffrey See says:

      Sorry,I don’t understand your rather abrupt comment, do you wish to find a photo or perhaps you have a photo you wish to share. My nephew is a great Fulham fan it’s possible he may be able to help if given more information.

    • fhhs says:

      Hi If you were trying to post photos on here that is not possible unless you use a link to a website.

  94. Jessica Skippon says:

    The National Probate Calendar records the wills of Elise and Joseph Mayerl, who died in 1937 and 1937, living at 54 Richmond Gardens, Hammersmith. A Google search turns up a Richmond Gardens in Harrow and another in Hendon, Was there a name change? Bombs?

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      There was a Richmond Road on a map dated 1871. It ran down south east from Shepherds Bush common. There appears to be houses there, and the road passes under a railway bridge then loops west to Shepherds Bush Road I think. It got more built up later though. There is a shorter Richmond Way there today I believe.

    • fhhs says:

      Richmond Gardens lay underneath the shopping centre at Shepherds Bush Green, South Side. See this terrific map from National Library of scotland’s OS archive online. Go to the archive or Ancestry and look in electoral rolls or Find My Past for 1921 census.
      Good luck

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Yes, they appear to be on the 1921 census Find My Past , in Hammersmith. We’re they immigrants?

  95. rickyhpierre says:

    I am looking for inmates records for this place: Twynholm Orphanage, 710 Fulham Rd., London SW6 from 1911 onwards. So far I have found nothing on Ancestry or Google. In particular I am researching Wilhelm/ William Ude Born 1899 Germany. In the 1911 census he was recorded as being an inmate age 12.

  96. Andy Jacob says:

    hi, I have a glass etched with images of a man and woman and words saying ‘with compliments from Mr &Mrs W G Rout Fulham and am trying to find out who they were and anything about them.

  97. CA Nicholson-Ross says:

    Thank you to all who replied to my question. Think the rebuild at All Saints is the reason for the odd marriage location and it is Burlington Road. Thanks again to all

  98. Len Fuller says:

    Could be burlington Road sw6

  99. CA Nicholson-Ross says:

    Hi, I have found a marriage for a Stephen Priddle & Annie Brien in 1881. It is listed under All Saints, Fulham, so is a C of E marriage but on the actual entry it says the marriage took place at ‘Lecten? Hall, Burligte?? Road’. I was born in Fulham, but no matter how many different spellings I try I cannot find any reference to such a place and I have no idea where this was. Any help would be very much appreciated, many thanks in advance, Charlotte

    • Basil Larkins says:

      I suspect the Road is Burlington Road which runs from the site of the Fulham Pottery through to Fulham Road just to the east of Fulham High Street. It is walking distance to All Saints Church. I grew up close by and in the 1950s there were quite a few commercial premises some closed up. Google maps shows that many have been either converted to apartments or torn down and replaced in the last 40 years. One of these might have been a ‘hall’. Despite being registered at All Saints the marriage might have been from a religious group such as the Quakers who used a ‘hall’ for meetings. Also the name of your Hall might be ‘Lecture hall’ in which case it might have been part of a larger building one of which was (in the 19th century) an ‘academy’.
      However unless you can trace the religious leanings of your ancestors this is just speculation. As I am sure others will suggest you could try visiting the Hammersmith Archives.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      According to newspaper reports of July 1881, “The Parish Church of All Saints, Fulham, which has been rebuilt at a cost of £9,000, will be consecrated by the Bishop of London on Saturday next”, so it would appear the marriage took place in the parish but not at the church. Maybe the Hammersmith Archives has more information.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I don’t know if this is of interest but I believe there were Priddles who traded in North End Road market on the stalls. I also agree it could be Burlington Road.

      • CA Nicholson-Ross says:

        Hi Lesley, I have just seen your reply about North End Road market. My Great Grandparents were Priddles and Coleshills and did indeed have stalls in the market. Are you from a family connected to the Market? I have a couple of mysteries you may be able to help with!! Best Regards Charlotte

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Hi Charlotte, No I didn’t have family connected to the market. I went to school (Hurlingham 1957-61) with a girl called (Mary?) Priddle and someone said her family had a stall in North End road. Is the mystery about the 1881 marriage? Regards Lesley

  100. John Robins says:

    I am in the process of investigating my family tree and my mother Vera Lucas (Robins) mentioned that her cousin Thomas Henry Michael Lucas born 4 April 1916 (his father was John Thomas Lucas and his mother Elizabeth) died accidentally by falling into a Vat at the Lots Road Power Station, Chelsea in June 1962. Unfortunately my mother has now passed away and I didn’t know if someone can confirm this. I appreciate any information you can provide.


    John Robins

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello John, there is an entry in the death index (I use Deaths Jun 1962
      LUCAS Thomas H age 46 Chelsea vol 5c pg 332
      a copy of the death certificate would confirm whether this is your person of interest or not ie the date and place of death and the cause. If there was an inquest, that would also show on the certificate. Coroners records are usually closed for 75 years before being shredded or deposited for safe-keeping at an archives. Most inquests, should the cause of death be newsworthy, made their way into the local newspaper, I suppose the Hammersmith Archives or British Library might be a way forward. I checked the British Newspaper Archive and, if your person of interest came from Dalston, there are snippets of news across the country. You can sign up to the BNA and see you first 3 articles for free.

      • John Robins says:

        Hi Dawn
        Many thanks for your prompt response, as suggested I will order a copy of the Death Certificate and also look at the local newspapers, Hammersmith Archives and British Library.

        I have details from the England and Wales National Probate Calendar Index 1962 and states that he died 12 June 1962 at Chelsea Basin, Chelsea. I know this is the correct person as the probate states the the the effects of the will went to his sister Nana Joyce Gooden (Lucas) who I recognise.
        Kind regards
        John Robins

      • Dawn Shilcock says:

        Hello again, re: the entry in the probate calendar, could I just clarify for you that he didn’t leave a will, the entry is for a letter of administration and that his sister was the personal representative not necessarily a beneficiary. Had there been a will she might have been shown to be his executor. Personal representatives may or may not be beneficiaries. A letter of administration was required for something of value in his estate that had to be dealt with.

      • johnyeorobins says:

        Hello Dawn
        Many thanks for clarifying the details on probate and wills.
        As suggested I also registered with the British Newspaper Archives and found the three articles you advised me of, that confirms that it is the same Thomas Henry Lucas that died in a Vat at Lots Road Power Station.

        Many thanks for all your help and assistance.

        Kind regards


  101. Hi I had a grandmother that was born in hammersmith in 1897 but the rest of her family were born in Dorset. I cannot find a birth certificate the details I have found are through the census. I cannot see that her parents lived in London.does anyone have any idea where I can look.

    Many thanks Geri

    • fhhs says:

      Follow up the address in the census using electoral registers. Ancestry or FindMyPast are usually available in libraries.
      Search FreeBMD for the birth and her marriage. You may have to send for certificates but they are good sources of information on relatives, professions and areas.
      Also put what details you have on this site and some kind soul may have a look for you.
      Good luck with your research

    • Pat Wadsworth says:

      I might be able to search for you…can you give full name of your grandmother, DOB and where she was born (Hosp, private house etc), parents name(s), mothers maiden name, where they lived in Dorset and I’ll look

      • Geraldine Richards says:

        Elsie Rose steel/steele
        E. The family lived in Parley, her parents were Albert and Flora steel/steele and flora’s maiden name was Kent

        We do not know her birth date or place of birth

        Many thanks ladies for your help

  102. Karen Cutler says:

    I’ve come across a letter dated September 1898 which is addressed from River Nook, Cedar Gardens Putney. I typed this in Google and this society came up. Do you have any information? Was this a hospital?
    Many thanks

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi Karen
      I noticed in The A-Z of Victorian London(1888) that there is a place called The Cedars marked on the map. It is just to the east of Putney Bridge alongside the river. Nearby is Cedar Lodge, Cedars Road at the eastern edge and something called the cedar tree (pub?) there doesn’t seem to be many buildings marked. I couldn’t see anything called River Nook. By the way what was the society that came up?

  103. AbdulMaalik Tailor says:


    Just seeing if anyone from the group knows anything about WW2 connections to White City and Wormholt?

    Apparently the Peabody place suffered a V bomb and 30 people were killed?

  104. Douglas wright says:

    Was there prefabs in hestercombe avenue fulham

  105. Chris Glass says:

    I’ve been seaching the 1939 register for 91 Bayonne road Fulham but higher odd numbers are missing on find my past . The National Archives at Kew infom me the find my past has 10 more images than ancestry so if some kind soul can check with find my past
    and tell me if my butcher family are living there. I know they are there in 1942 as it the address on a marriage and 1946 in a voters list


  106. Sylvia Cotton says:

    I was told my grandad used to jump off bridges in london for fun late 1800s. How can I find out. All I know is his surname was Benstead.

    • Lesley bairstow says:

      My brother used to do this in the late 1940s and 1950s. Him and his friends dived or jumped off Battersea Bridge into the Thames. I didn’t know it was done from other bridges in the 19th century.
      Do you have other information on your grandfather ? It’s a good start.

  107. Jane says:

    Hello, I am interested to find out about Leffern Road please. Looking at both Google Maps and an 80s A-Z, the road looks like it may have been originally longer than it is now. I’m thinking maybe due to war damage, but I’d love to know for sure please if anyone can help. My great grandad was born there. Also interested to find out about Birchwood Cottages Hammersmith and where they might have been located in the 1880s, unfortunately no road name.
    Thank you in advance for any help 🙂

  108. David says:


    My grandfather has recently passed and my mother has kept his ring which was handed down to him by his father. It has a small leather pouch but unfortunately we are unable to read the marks to make out the origin of the ring. I wonder if you can help in any way?

    What we have been able to see looks like
    Diamond merchant
    King street

    I have posted a picture below of the hallmarks inside the ring, the makers marks are LS. It is also date stamped 1915. I have tried to look this up online but can’t find anything and would love to give my mother some history of the ring.


    • Hi – there was a Saqui and Lawrence jewellery store at 3a King Street Hammersmith in 1915 which could be the one? There are some lovely old advertisements with sketches of their rings/jewellery in newspaper articles from the time. You might find a sketch that matches your heirloom!

  109. Ben Palmet says:

    I am interested in any historical information you may have regarding Palmers Stores on Hammersmith Broadway that later became Littlewoods store in 1953. I understand that my 3 x great Unce was Alfred John Palmer who I belive founded the store. However by 1891 he seems to have retired and become country gentleman in Cambridgeshire. Whilst living in Fulham for the two earlier censuses he describes his occupation as Cheesemonger but I think it is around that time in the second alf of the 1800s that he started Palmers Stores. I wonder if you have any information on the subject.

    • CARY SUMPTER says:

      Ben, there are a number of pictures of the store/ comments in the Facebook group “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered”…you can search the group for a particular subject (i.e. Palmers)

  110. Edna Ribbons says:

    I wish to inform you of a change to my email.

  111. Lauren Barham says:

    I am looking for information on an ancestor of mine born Emily A Young (later Benetiere) born July 15th 1872.

    In 1891 she was a servant in Hammersmith, London. Is there a way to track down the name of household she was serving at this time?

    Many thanks,
    Lauren Barham

    • fhhs says:

      Try Ancestry or FindMyPast, may come up in the census. (Usually available in public libraries)
      Alternatively if she changed her name by marriage in the UK then search FreeBMD then apply for the full certificate that will list her address which you can then look up in the electoral roll of street directories.
      Good luck

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Lauren, I have had a quick look at the 1891 census on Ancestry but nobody called called Emily Young was registered as living in Hammersmith. Where did you find her residency details? Are you sure it was Hammersmith? If she was a live-in servant then she would be registered at her ‘work’ address but many servants in West London were ‘day servants’ going home to their family every evening. Please post any evidence you have and I will look again.

    • Den says:

      Hi Lauren
      The name should be Emily ann Obrien xx

  112. John Palmer says:

    I am trying to get information on the early life of my late father
    His name was Sidney Henry Palmer
    Born 13th march 1901 at 8 Mimosa Street
    In the 1901 census he is listed as a two week old visitor in the home of Mr & Mrs Taylor in Brentford.
    In the 1911 census he is listed as the adopted 10 year old son of Mr & Mrs Woods of Shinfield Berks
    His birth was registered in South Fulham on 26th March 1901 by his mother Jessie Louise Palmer of 9 Adam Street Manchester Square.

    My first question is, was the Mimosa Square address a maternity facility at the time of his birth?

    How can I find Jessie in the 1901 census armed only with her name and address?

    John Palmer

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Mimosa is residential street with terraced properties on two stories some of which have a third storey added. On the 1901 census the house has a number of residents two of whom are described as ‘Nurses’ and the rest as patients. Three patients had babies with them (9 days, 3 days and 11 hours old) on census day. (NB Mimosa street is listed on the census in Fulham/South Fulham/District 8)
      9 (Robert) Adam Street is just off Manchester Square in Marylebone. It is a large house and would almost certainly have supported domestic staff in 1901.
      As you probably know there are many Jessie Palmers in the 1901 census and several of them are in south west London.
      I suspect the most likely candidate is Jessie Palmer of 60 Davisville Road Hammersmith. This is a larger three storey terraced house which was then home to two large families. The Palmers and the Lefontes (?) (hard to read on the census).
      Jessie was 21 and a housemaid (at 9 Adam Street?). Perhaps she came home to her parents before having her baby at 8 Mimosa Street and then giving him up for adoption.
      I think that Jessie Palmer married a Francis Ernest Ball in 1902. She was described as a spinster.
      If you have not yet joined a family history site such as Ancestry you should and you could then explore even more.

      • John Palmer says:

        Basil, many thanks for your prompt reply to my enquiry. your message answers many questions and raises others. When I was unable to locate Jessie after she had registered my father’s birth I was concerned and wondered if she had died from complications after childbirth. My father lived a long and productive life, he died in Cheltenham in 1975 and I hope Jessie had similar good fortune.
        I live in a retirement village in a suburb of Sydney Australia, recently the village started a genealogy group and two ladies who have experience with ‘Ancestry’ asked if they could assist in my search, they will be very interested in your response.
        Thank you again for your help
        Best wishes
        John Palmer

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Glad to be of help. is set up to search for people not addresses so finding who lived at a particular property on a census day is not straightforward. My mother’s family were long time residents in Fulham so as I know the streets I knew where to look for Mimosa street. Most of London’s streets are unchanged from Victorian times (except those destroyed by bombs or slum clearance) so a good way to get a feel for a person is to find the property on Google maps. or one of the other property sites. If I can be of any further help to you or your friends at the village please email me on

  113. Ursula Hardaker says:

    Hello, my relatives lived in Hammersmith and Fulham for several generations. Their name was Gould, but for reasons unknown changed it to Golding in the 1861 census, and Goulding in the 1871.

    They lived in Gales Cottages, Bradmore, Hammersmith, Orchard street, and also Lower Islington Terrace I was wondering if you have any images of any of these roads please as I have searched, and haven’t been able to find any.

    My Gt Grandfather, George Gould, born in Hammersmith in 1847 joined the Royal Marines as a drummer boy age 13 and 9 months, he remained in the RM for 26 years. I have an incredibly well preserved picture of him taken in uniform, possibly around 1870, and his original record on parchment if you are interested.

    Any help to build up a picture of where they lived would be much appreciated

    Many Thanks,


  114. Virginia akehurst says:

    I am trying to trace my great, great grandfather Charles Jackson an African American who was born in America in 1848.
    In the 1881 censor he lived in 9 St James Place, Kensington with his wife Anne and three children and was a labourer.

    My great grandfather Christopher Jackson, his son, was born in 1879 and lived in Hammersmith and married Caroline, Kate Willis in 1898, he was a sewerman.

    Any information about their lives, schools, occupations would be very very welcome.


    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Gini, this sounds like a very interesting story. I don’t think African Americans were common in London in those days. Do you know anything about Charles Jackson’s earlier life? And how he came to be in Kensington?

    • Hi Gini, I am currently working on a research project about the Latymer Foundation 1624-2024, and I have just found in the school records a mention of an Albert Jackson who was a charity pupil at the foundation, born Aug 19, 1867, could this be a relation?

      • Ian D says:

        I note you’ve mentioned Latymer records. Do they include school records for Latymer school? My great grandfather and his brother attended that school – so would I be able to find them in these records? Thank you. Ian

      • Virginia akehurst says:

        Thank you for your reply, unfortunately Albert Jackson born 1867 isn`t a relative.
        My maternal grandfather, Christopher Jackson was born 25 Dec 1879 and had a brother Arthur Jackson, born in 1872 and a sister Florence born in1878, maybe they went to The Latymer Foundation? Their father Charles Jackson was African American but their mother Caroline Kate Willis was white.
        They were all Christened together in The Church of St James, Norland on 25 December 1881.

        My fathers family also came from Hammersmith and my father, Reginald John James Doel, born 6 March 1926, always said he went to Latymer College.


  115. John says:

    Can you advise whether if Avenue Road was changed to Sycamore Gardens

    • fhhs says:

      Yes. I use this website for a quick check but for more detail you will need to get into a library or archive and look at the LCC list of road name approvals and changes.

  116. Clodagh says:

    Hi, my family lived in Cathnor road, my great grandfather was Charles Knight. His son George Victor Knight drowned in the Thames near Barnes in July 1921 aged 5. I’ve looked on FMP and not found any newspaper articles about this, and i’m also looking for the coroners inquest report using the details on his death certificate. Do you have any records on this event? Many thanks, Clodagh

    • Andrew Pugh says:

      One of my relatives Henry Morrell jumped off Hammersmith Bridge to save a young boy. I think they put a small brass plaque on the hand rail I think that was the Barnes side. I don’t know what the date was that it happened.

      • Peter Trott says:

        There is a brass plaque on the handrail on the west side of Hammersmith Bridge but it is for Charles Campbell Wood. He rescued a woman from the Thames around midnight on 27 December 1919. Sadly, during the rescue Charles received a serious head injury and as a consequence died of tetanus on 10 January 1920.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      The London Metropolitan Archives has a research leaflet, it’s quite wordy, you may be out of luck. you could ask the Surrey History Centre at Woking about the inquest and the newspapers, the British Newspaper Archive may not have digitised any papers for that year and place yet.

      • Liam Flynn says:

        has anyone on here got any info of the launch accident of hms Albion at the east end docks late my great grandmother was one of the poor souls that was tragically killed when the tempory viewing platform collapsed during the launch.

        On Thu, 24 Feb 2022 11:08 PM The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, wrote:

        > Dawn Shilcock commented: “The London Metropolitan Archives has a research > leaflet, it’s quite wordy, you may be out of luck. > you > could ask the Surrey History Centre at Woking about the inquest and the > newspapers,” >

  117. Chandie LeClair says:

    My uncle who lived in Hammersmith died in 2015, trying to contact his wife or daughter. His name was Cecil Narine Persaud. Wife is Jeannette, daughter is Jennifer. Loss contact. Would like to know where my uncle is buried.

    • fhhs says:

      The LBHF archives are closed at the moment but you could try but you would need to know the date of death. To find someone currently living you could try but they do charge a fee although you can search for free.
      Good luck

      • Dawn Shilcock says:

        Cecil & his family opted out of the electoral registers in 2002. They were last living at Elbe Street. It is possible the family are still there or may have even moved away. The current electoral registers are at the British Library, if you can’t get there, I will be there next Thursday and can check the address for you. However, I checked the death index and there is no entry for him in England 2015 +/- 2 years. Could he have died a different year or in another country?

  118. Christine Lavallee says:

    Hi hello from Australia , im looking for any relevant information on my great grandparents , George Gordon and Sarah Gordon nee Aubon . They had a child also called George who was my grandfather. My grandfather George was born in 1862 he migrated to Australia and died in 1939.His father my great grandfather was born in 1812 and died in 1883 . Sarah Aubon Gordon was born was born as far as i can assertain in 1834 and may have died in 1867. Any information or suggestions of where i might find information would be mych appreciated. I have a feeling my great grandfather might have been a bricklayer as my grandfather George was a master bricklayer .

    • fhhs says:

      We have a great free resource here called which saves having to subscribe to Ancestry or FindmyPast. It starts with Death records in Sept 1837. Try this link. There is an entry for Sarah Gordon at Newington in the March quarter of 1867.
      Surname Given Name Age District Volume Page Transcribers
      Deaths Mar 1867
      Gordon Sarah 62 Newington 1d 179 short_land
      GORDON Sarah. 62 Newington 1d 179 Airlane1979

      You do not say where your family came from so there could be loads of answers for GGF George Gordon. If you find the right death records you can apply for a copy of the death certificate which will usually record profession or work. You might have to sign up to ancestry as the easiest route. Census only got going in 1841 so not much help. If you know the area they lived in you will be able to contact the local archives to see if they have anything useful.
      Good luck with your research.

      • Elaine Cordingley says:

        The freebmd shows George married Sarah in 1857 in Peterborough. The GRO index (free) shows births of 1857 (no name), 1858 Hannah, 1859 Mary Elizabeth, 1861 George, all in Peterborough, 1863 Sarah Ellen in Clerkenwell London. A George Gordon died 1883 age 71 in Fulham. Census 1861 and 1871 via Ancestry or Findmypast may show more info. Good luck. E

  119. Pam Hausler says:

    Hello from Australia, I’m looking for information about a business that was on Lillee Rd in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

    My Grandfather was an Apprentice to Mr Joseph Bickley, a Plasterer and Contractor between 1903 and 1910.
    Does anyone know if this was a big business and was Mr Bickley in business for a long time.

    Many thanks, I appreciate your help with this as I can’t get there to explore myself.

    • fhhs says:

      Unfortunately our borough archive is closed at present while they recruit a new archivist. The best thing i can do is point you to Leicester Uni online directories. I cannot find the business you mention in 1905 but you could check some other years.
      Keep an eye on the website and make contact when they are open again .
      Good luck

  120. Janet says:

    I had family that lived on silvio Street Fulham from research I can not find it if anyone could help it would be much appreciated thanks in advance

    • fhhs says:

      This map from the National Library of Scotland will help. It is north of Lillie Road roughly where Virgin Active Gym and Pools are today. See also this from Faulkener’s Fulham Old and New, scroll to 26 or search with Ctrl f.
      There should be some records and possibly a picture in above Hammersmith Library.

      • Len Fuller says:

        It was bombed in 1944 and then demolished, it is now part of Norman Park on Lillie Road
        I have photos of the bombed area

  121. Peter Maher says:

    I lived in Ismaila Rd sw6 70 yrs ago and I was wondering in you had any history and pictures of area that i can show my grandchildren when talk to them about it.

    • fhhs says:

      Whilst you may get some helpful replies from our followers, the best collection will be in the LBHF archives above the Hammersmith Library. The archivist can be contacted at There will be a charge for any copies or scans taken, but not much, there are photos from the 60’s for most streets and often earlier ones and other material such as press cuttings. So be specific about the house number (check electoral role on Ancestry or FindMyPast) and anything you remember such as shops etc that you would like pictures of.
      Good luck.

  122. Joy Edwards says:

    Please could you tell me where the death records for 1931 for St Stephens hospital are kept. I am tracing my Grandmother who died after childbirth.
    The National Archives have records for 1934 onwards.

  123. SUSAN williams says:

    I am looking for someone who knows about actors and the Theaters in Hammersmith and Fulham from 1880 to 1940. My great great uncle was born in 1870 Frederick William Goddard in Hammersmith. Any information actors lives around this time would be gratefuuly received.

    • fhhs says:

      I certainly know that there is a wealth of information in the archives of LBHF. They have a number of publications and some programmes probably mostly for the Lyric but I should start there. and website.
      Good luck with finding info, you may also be lucky and get a direct response to your query.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I remember the Granville theatre in Walham Green in the 1950s. If you don’t already know old theatre programmes sometime come up on EBay. I have bought a few Chelsea Palace ones. Your great uncle might have appeared there.

  124. JHurrell says:


    I’m not sure if you can help me, hopefully you can. I’m looking into my family history at the moment and my great grandfather was born at 19 Fulham Palace Road in approx 1888. This building seems to no longer exist, do you know if it was demolished and what year?

    Thank you in advance for any help you are able to provide.

    Kind Regards,

    • Judging by the numbering of Fulham Palace Road today I would estimate that number 19 FPRd , which would have been on the East side of FPRd approximately under the southern end of the Hammersmith bus station mall. It would have disappeared when the original island was created and perhaps the Britannia public house no longer in existence was built, I.e.when the Hammersmith flyover it was built.

  125. hello, I am helping do a timeline for St Paul’s Church Hammersmith as our vicar is leaving. Is there any overall summary of key events from its beginnings to the C21st. we are focusing on the last 22 years but we wanted a bit about the history of the church included… i have the basics from its Chapel beginnings to the new Gothic structure of today – if you could point me in the direction of anything particularly regarding what happened in first and second world wars… thanks! Sarah Rutherford

    • fhhs says:

      The local archive above Hammersmith Library will have an extensive collection of photos and parish magazines. I believe there are also some books on the church, it will certainly be mentioned in the local histories and Pevsner.

  126. Jacqueline Woolsey says:

    Does your society cover the W10/11 area? My main areas of research are around Southam Street, Norland Road and Royal Crescent Mews.

  127. John Greenwood says:

    Two relatives of mine died at the Nazareth Hospice in Hammersmith Road in late 1943
    Lucy Ann Greenwood, born 1853, died 6 December 1943 and
    Mary Greenwood, born 1859, died 10 December 1943.
    The Nazareth Hospice has no record of their burial. They were the last of their family so there was noone to arrange for their burial elsewhere. Do you have burial records covering this period in the area?

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hello John
      In the first instance contact the cemetery office for Hammersmith and Fulham asking if they can check their records for the burials. Please give the full names, dates and place of death. The council may have provided a public health funeral if there were insufficient funds to cover the costs. Please note that the office are responding to a large number of family history enquiries on top of the recently bereaved so they may take a couple of weeks to get back to you. I put in a request on 29th December and have only just had a reply.

    • fhhs says:

      Public burial records are generally held at the Archives ( but as a Catholic organisation it is possible that your relatives were buried by the local Catholic church and they often retain records at the church. However do try the archives as they will have more knowledge.

      • Ian D says:

        There is a large Catholic cemetery at Kensal Green, where most of Catholics of West London are buried.

  128. Patsy Smith says:

    I am trying to discover more about Flora Gardens Boys’ School which my father in law attended in the 1920s. Was it on the site of the present Primary School? Many thanks

  129. Susan Shilson says:

    Cadby Hall
    My grandmother worked in the Lyon’s offices at Cadby Hall for many years. I was invited to a staff childrens party in the early 1950’s to see Roy Rogers and Trigger, it was very exciting, he mounted the stage on his horse and sang for us. Can you tell me what year that was?
    Many thanks
    Sue Shilson

    • I was a young child in early 1950’s and remember I had a signed photograph of Roy Roger’s on Trigger, and a photograph of his wife Dale Evans. I am going to check the newspapers in due course but I was suspect that he was appearing at Olympia possibly in the circus at Christmas time it was Bertram Mills circus and was asked to do a special event at Cadbury Hall next door.

  130. John Gale says:

    1969 I was 10 As a child I would go to kings st movies actually we called it Saturday morning pictures the cinema was on the corner, had a balcony , set between ravens court and Hammersmith. What was the theatre called ? The episodes of Flash Gordon and the lassie movies were my favorite. My parents lived in Chiswick all there lives .

    • Geoff See says:

      Think it was the Regal, and another on Hammersmith Broadway called the Broadway?? I remember how noisy it was until the films started!

  131. K says:

    Hello. I am trying to find the name of a Gentlemens’ outfitters on King Street, Hammersmith in the 1920s, beginning with M. Would be grateful if anyone knows of one. It looks like Meakers or Mealers or Meachers on the 1921 census. Thank you to anyone who can help. K

    • fhhs says:

      Street directories will help. If you cannot get into LBHF archive in Hammersmith Library then you could use Leicester Uni’s online directories, but be warned it is a bit clunky so you have to get used to it. If as you imply people lived there then you could also search electoral registers (men only) for the period in the archives again or on FindMyPast or Ancestry (generally free in local libraries all over the country).
      Good luck in your research.

    • Geoff See says:

      Hi, I’m pretty sure it was Meakers, other than that I can’t help I’m afraid

  132. Susan russell says:

    Hi can I see any footage of the jubilee street party in prothero rd Fulham my nan & gran dad lived there thankyou

    • fhhs says:

      Your best bet would be to visit or contact the local archive in Hammersmith Library ( They have folders for most streets and if lucky these can contain both photos and press cuttings. The other approach is to subscribe to the Britsh Libraries newspapers online (see their website), the local papers will have featured the more photogenic parties.

  133. Dawn Borland says:

    I have found a photograph of South Western Maternity Home, 302 Fulham Palace Road, taken in the 1930’s amongst my grandmothers effects. She was nursing at that time and could have worked or trained there. Can anyone give me any information on this home please.

    • This was part of the old workhouse on Fulham Palace Road. in the 1930’s it could no longer cope if there were more than 4 imminent births at a time, and was replaced by the Parsons Green Maternity hospital bythe Fulham Council in 1937. There is a brief mention in Medicine in the Parish of Fulhamfrom 14th century: Fullham hospital 1884-1959 by Arthur Wyman. See above under publications link for details and availability.

    • Steve Partridge says:

      Hello Dawn,
      My father was born in the South Western Maternity Home, 302 Fulham Palace Road on 18 November 1922.
      Is it please possible to email me a picture of the Maternity Home in the 1930’s. Many thanks. Steve

  134. Nick Corby says:

    I was looking for information about a site in Fulham (on Lillies Road, possibly) being rented to showpeople around Feb 1923. It sounds like a Country Fair may have been part of this. My grandfather was born there at that time but I’ve struggled to learn any more about it.
    Many thanks

    • This is from wikipedia. The ground may well have been the Earls Court exhibition site.
      the Earls Court Exhibition Centre was a major international exhibition and events venue just west of central London. At its peak it is said to have generated a £2 billion turnover for the economy. It replaced exhibition and entertainment grounds, originally opened in 1887, with an art moderne structure built between 1935 and 1937 by specialist American architect C. Howard Crane., which was pulled down again in 2017, and land is now again wasteland.

  135. Cathie Edwards (nee Collier) says:

    I’m looking to trace an old school friend Margaret Hayes who lived at 55 Iffley Road Hammersmith W6. We left London oratory school in 1967. Over the years I tried writing to Margaret at Iffley Road to no avail. Is there any chance your historians could help find out when she left Iffley road and where she moved to. I know she wanted to study nursing. I know it’s a long shot bro any help you can give woukd be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Cathie, the electoral register for 1965, the last year online at Ancestry, show Michael & Margaret Hayes (parents?) at 88 Iffley Road, there were other voters at 55. MA Hayes at 88 Iffley Road can then be found in the phone book again online at Ancestry upto 1977 but not 1979, 1978 is missing. It’s really difficult then connecting a possible marriage for her as we don’t know where the family went after that. There are deaths in Surrey in 1983 and 1985 for Michael Anthony or Michael Albert Hayes in Surrey but no way of knowing if this is the correct family or not. Maybe someone with more knowledge of facebook groups or social media can suggest other places to post your message bearing in mind lots of groups don’t allow searching for living people. Hope this helps.

      • Calum Hamilton says:

        Hello Cathie Edwards,

        Dawn is correct, Maggie lived with her sisters, Mary & Therese and younger brother Michael at 88 Iffley Rd, Hammersmith.
        Maggie went on to complete her nurse training and migrated to Australia in the late 80’s.

        My connection to Maggie is thru her sister Therese. Maggie is my sister-in-law and Therese and I married almost 40 years ago. We also live in Perth, Australia and see Maggie regularly.

        You can send an email to and I would be happy to pass it on.

        Best regards,

  136. Jay Wilson says:

    I am seeking information about the former partner of my grandmother. His name was Ron. He lived in Sterndale Road W14 in the mid to late 60s, and sadly committed suicide in 1968/9. He was found by a young policeman: he had hung himself somewhere by the river.
    I have recently come across a photo of him holding me when I was a baby, and a letter he wrote, and I would love to discover more. Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
    Many thanks x

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Jay, the electoral registers are only online upto 1965. There were 2 Ronalds in Sterndale Road in 1965 but their names dont match with the death index and you don’t give an estimation to his age. You can do free searches at if you search from 1965 to 1970, don’t put in a surname, put in a first name and select Hammersmith, Fulham and Chelsea district from the drop down boxes. Do the search to see if there are any names you recognise. You could also check newspapers at the Hammersmith & Fulham local studies library. An inquest may have made the news if it was considered newsworthy.

  137. Barry Regal says:

    i understand my grandfather was a car mechanic in Britannia road Fulham in 1921 i would like to know what garages were around then Please

  138. Les Fitzgerald says:

    I wonder if you can help me.
    My Grandparents were married in 1919 at The United Methodist Church Walham grove Fulham. The marriage certificate indicates their address was 19 Hilmer Street Fulham London.
    On the 1921 Census just released they were living at 69 Hilmer Street Fulham London.
    I cannot seem to locate Hilmer Street and was wondering if it as been renamed ?
    Also does anyone have any photos they can send me?

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Les, Hilmer Steet was in the W14 (West Kensington) area of Fulham that later made way for the Gibbs Green Housing Estate. Just off the right hand side of North End Road, close by the West Kensington Estate.

      • Les Fitzgerald says:

        Hello Mark, Thankyou for the information. I was not aware of that and will have a look on some maps to see what I can find.

      • Les Fitzgerald says:

        Hello Mark, Thankyou for the information. I was not aware of that. I will have a look on some local maps.

      • Les Fitzgerald says:

        Hello Mark, Thankyou for the information. I was not aware of that. I will have a look on some local maps

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Les, Ancestry have the electoral registers, the addresses upto number 14 were there in 1961 in the Barons Court ward of Fulham constituency. 16-50 were listed in 1957 but not 1958

  139. Irene Hanbury says:

    I am looking for help to find any relatives of Edwin William James Burr & Gladys Violet Burr nee Stare. I have found some documents and photographs from when the Burr family lived in the Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush area of London.
    Most of the items relate to the Page family. Harriet Emily Page nee Philips seems the most likely to have made an impact locally on history. She was married to Edwin William Page. She owned a laundry at 60 Hayden Park Rd which was obviously successful by the contents of her will.
    Also her daughter Alice Jane Rumsey (1st marriage Burr) plus family of Charles and Sarah Stare.
    More details available
    If there is no living family, is there anywhere else, do you know, that I could find a home for any of the photographs etc

    • Peter Trott says:

      Hi Irene

      I recently had a similar situation. A batch of photos and documents relating to a Shepherd’s Bush family came into my possession. Initially I posted details on the Facebook group ‘You’re Probably from W12 if…………….’.You could join the group and post details, or I could do it for you (you can contact me via the group). Unfortunately I had no success in finding any relatives, so I passed everything to LBHF Archives who were happy to add them to their collection.


      • Irene Hanbury says:

        thank you for replying. I am afraid I am not good with social media. I have an excel list of items I have got. I will have a look to see what I can manage with Facebook.. My daughter will be coming at the end of January, she lives in North Wales so its a 5/6 hour journey. I will get her to look up the group you mention and try and upload the list. What is the group you mention that took the items from you.

      • Irene Hanbury says:

        Peter I think I have managed to apply to join the Facebook group you suggested. If it works I will be impressed with myself Irene

    • Peter Trott says:

      Hi Irene Yes you are now a member of the Facebook Group. I have messaged you via the Group.

  140. I’m looking for information or pictures of the Fish and Chip shop at 3 Greyhound Road, Fulham in the 1920’s. The owner at the time was my great, great grandfather Frederick Murrell. Any help would be much appreciated.

    • fhhs says:

      One of our followers may have a photo for you but I would recommend visiting the LBHF archives in Hammersmith Library or contacting the archivist on they have a wealth of information including photos although it is down to luck whether the property you are after is included most streets were rephotoed in the sixties. There will also be street directories that may be useful, of course electoral registers and the newly released 1921 census could be useful.
      Good luck with your research.

  141. Ian D says:

    Women did not have the vote until 1920.

  142. Tina says:

    Hi I’m a friend of someone who’s husband lost both parents in around the 1930s both were hairdressers in vera road Fulham and had a salon on that street ,, they were both killed in an air raid shelter and left behind one 5 year old son , the surname is dickens , any information would be greatly appreciated , kind regards Tina

  143. Carole Williams says:

    On the 1921 census my Grandfather registered the address of his employer as Gray hound Road (i presume Greyhound Road Hammersmith ) and the employers as J Lyons Ltd. Can you tell me where on Greyhound Road this would have been? Many thanks.

  144. Sandra says:

    Are you able to give me any information on the Convent of the Good Shepherd Convent in Fulham Palace Road please? I have a relative who was there in 1921.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      There’s a history of the order here to get you started, depends on what you are looking for

      • PAUL TULEY says:

        Dear Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, I am fascinated with lost and forgotten females, in a historical sense. I  write for the enjoyment of discovery of their lives and the bigotry/racism of the times and, what they had to endure to survive.I am writing about EDMONIA “WILDFIRE” LEWIS, a once famed international sculptor, who made her name in Rome.Her maternal heritage was the 1st Nation Ojibwe-paternal was African. I have an address but not the duration of residence, I believe she passed-away here as well. The address I have is :154 Blythe Road W14 0HD.I was just wandering if you could confirm or deny her residency.I write my pieces on LinkedIn + Facebook.Thank you for your valuable time and experience.Paul Tuley. PS. You did help me with Adelaide Hall, late last year.   

      • Dawn Shilcock says:

        She was in London for the 1901 census but not Hammersmith. I’m not surprised she doesn’t appear in the electoral registers being a foreign woman. I don’t think it is really possible to determine how long she was at that address. Maybe contact Hammersmith Archives to see if they can help with maybe rent books etc. There is an entry in the probate calendar but not obviously in the death index for Sept 1907.

      • fhhs says:

        Hi Paul
        Glad we helped in the past.
        Have checked free BMD and there is no record of death in that name between 1901 and 1956.
        the newly released 1921 census could help.
        It could be worth contacting the archive on, I can’t see anything in the online catalogue but there are other resources and there was a strong women’s movement.
        You could also contact the Emery Walker Society as he was prominent amongst the arty community and his daughter Dorothey continued in the house after his death. She is known to have kept diaries so there might be some mention of her.
        Good luck
        Good luck.

  145. Jackie Saddington says:

    Hi, I am looking for information on Parkside Maternity Home in Hammersmith – circa 1920. Do you know where I can find information on this. I understand it was near Ravenscourt Park – possibly the site of Parkside?
    Jackie Saddington

  146. Jemma Buckle says:

    I have a book of my great grandmothers from 1906….she has written her address inside as Wilton Road, Shepherds Bush but I cannot locate this road on current maps and nothing found from online searches. Can you help me locate where this road was and when it ‘disappeared’? Thanks

    • fhhs says:

      Try this:
      Wilton road East Askew crescent Hammersmith pre 1912
      Wilton road West (part) Askew crescent Hammersmith pre 1912
      Wilton road West (part) St. EImo road Hammersmith 1912-17
      From this website

      • Jemma Buckle says:

        Thank you so much this was a great help. I have found the actual house on Askew Crescent (from Street view) which matches a photo I have of the facade of the house from an old family photo album from the early 1900s! Amazing!

  147. David Frederick Griggs says:

    Hi Looking for information about Eliza Burgess who lived at 67 Moore Park Road, Fulham in 1939.
    She was my 2nd cousin twice removed.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi David, so we don’t duplicate what you already know, what sort of information are you looking for? According to the 1939 register, she was widowed, born 1851 and was living with Alice Burgess.

  148. Donnie Burke says:

    On the morning of22nd December 2000 I was working just off the NorthEnd Road market but couldn’t drive there as the whole of North End Road was closed off to traffic by police. I had to park my van and walk to the job. The reason for the closure was a multi-vehicle accident about halfway up the market stretch of NER involving a lorry, a coach and several cars /vans. one car was crushed under the front of the coach, another jammed on its roof between the coach and the buildings.It looked like a multiple moterway pile up. I never found out what happened despite scanning the local paper and askig everyone i knew or worked for in the area for years after. Did I just dream this??? Does ANYBODY remember and have any idea what caused it?

  149. Paula Maguire says:

    Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Paula Maguire an I am doing an MA in Film Curation and Programming at Birkbeck University. I am currently doing a study on the cinema at Riverside Studios and was wondering if you have any archive or current material that may be of interest.

    If you have, I would be so grateful if you could let me know.

    Many Thanks,

    Paula Maguire

    • fhhs says:

      Have you contacted the new Riverside organisation?
      Also would recommend a visit to the LBHF archives above Hammersmith Library. They have extensive records and photos of the area. I don’t know whether they have any records of Riverside studios but it would be a good place to start.

  150. David Sankson says:

    I’m presently researching the O’CONNER family. The 1901 census has them living in Home Cottages, Distillery Lane, Fulham. The 2 brothers live next door to each other and are Greengroceers. I have the map of the time, but it only shows houses in Distillery land, but not which are Home Cottages. I have a photo of the Rifle PH on the corner (1925) but am looking for any pics of the houses in Distillery lane. They are Greengrocers, but cannot find any shop, wre they prehaps stall holders somewhere. Any guidence on where to get further info on this area around 1900’s would be appreciated, I’ve searched Ancestry etc, but cannot find the 1911 census for this address. Thank you in anticipation. Reagrds, David

    • John Meadows says:

      Since you asked David there was/is a well known street market in North End Road Fulham where there were many greengrocer stalls.

    • John Grigg says:

      Hello David, the North End Road Street market is still there, market traders (greengrocers) with a long history there, often post on a Facebook Page called: I Grew Up in Fulham (2)
      Maybe post a message on that site, this group also post a lot of old photos of the area you are interested in.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi David, was Distillery Lane in the Sands End area? I can’t find it on my old map of Fulham.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      There was also a small street market at the Shepherds Bush end of King Street, Hammersmith. I think, from memory, there were some greengrocer stalls.

    • Given the location, they are far more likely to have been atthe Hammersmith market. Some NERd stall holders did have lockups along the Greyhound roud, which connects Fulham Palace Road with North End Road though. Any way to return to Home Cottages the 1939 Local KelleysRecords the North side of Distillary lane as having Nos 1-12 as a consecutive sequence, Then 4,3, and !&2, then Distillers Co., and the Carbon Dioxide Co.
      There was a James O’Conner and sons at the start of the war listed as Haulage contractors and removals at 40 Disbrowe Road, now this is near NEnd Rd. Possibly related and a move from Greengrocers to haulage due to war? perhaps

      • David Sankson says:

        Thank you for taking the trouble to respond. I’ve always assumed that the 4 houses nearest the Rifle PH were Home cottages, because they looked different from the others, but looking again at the 1895 map, I can see that the 4 nearest the distillery are smaller.
        The O’CONNERS I am researching the 2 brothers Timothy Edward died 1904, his wife 1903 and all the daughters went into Nazareth House. James died 1910 and his wife moved to Barb Mews, Brook Green.
        Thank you again, Regards, David

      • fhhs says:

        Here is a map of the area.
        Also this blog contains a typical picture.

      • David Sankson says:

        Thank you for the trouble you have taken. The map is a little old, but it does highlight the fact that Home Cottages must have been built between 1866 and 1895. I have an old map of 1895 showing the cottages. I also have found a photo of the Rifle PH in 1925 where you can just see the houses in Distillery Lane. I see your point about Hammersmith market, I didn’t realise just how close to Hammersmith Home Cottages were.
        Thanks again

      • fhhs says:

        This is a the same area 6″ OS for 1920s. This one is 1930s

  151. Marion Anne Brace says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am tramscribing my Grandfathers memoirs. He was born in 1908 and talks of moving to an area in Hammersmith called ‘Wooden Bridge’. It was between the Hammersmith Bridge and the ‘New’ Town Hall. He says it was a rough area called (I think it reads) Water loo Square, but this may not be correct. It is definately Water but unsure of the other words. The area is no longer there, which makes me think it was alongside the old Hammersmith Creek and is now Furnivall Gardens.
    I wonder if you have any info on this place, or have heard of the name?
    Looking forward to your reply.

    • Marion Anne Brace says:

      I forgot to mention the time frame. My Grandfather was living at ‘Wooden Bridge’ between1912 and 1915, as his father joined the RFA in 1915 to go to WW1.

    • Peter Trott says:

      Probably Waterloo Street. You can see it on this map:

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi, looking at the A-Z of Victorian London (1888). North of Hammersmith Bridge is Bridge Road.To the left of Bridge Road via Bridge Street and across Mall Road is a triangle of streets – George Street, Waterloo Street and another one I can’t read. Very near the river. This could be what you are looking for.
      Regards, Lesley

    • Waterloo Street was named renamed as Macbeth St.. The Wooden Bridge, is most likely the one marked on the map as High Bridge, it crossed the Hammersmith Creek near the Thames, and had to be high so boats could pass underneath. There are a number of photes to be found of the bridge etc. in local history publications and at the library.

  152. julie morgan says:

    Looking to find anyone related to Elizabeth Mary Irene Robison, was married to Michael Pyke. Please reach out. Would love to thank them for all the pictures Michael loaded of my mom and grandparents.

  153. says:

    I wonder if you can assist me?
    I have been asked to find any information concerning an event that happened in Fulham Palace Road when the headteacher of St Peter School fell off a tram and died. This occurred in 1929. Sorry I have no other information.

    David Whitaker

  154. Michael Lewis says:

    Please can you tell me whether you hold any information on residents of 67 Edith Road W14 in April 1939?
    I believe my father may have lived at this address for a while after arriving in England as a refugee at the end if March that year.
    Thank you.

    • fhhs says:

      the answer will almost certainly be in the 1939 Register of civilian population. You’ll probably have to sign up to FindMyPast or Ancestry or go into a public library as most have one of these available for free. You might belucky and a kind soul seeing this post may look it up for you so hold off signing up for a few days.
      Good luck with your research.

    • Basil Larkins says:

      I have looked on Find My Past. The 1939 Census was taken in September that year just after war broke out. I suspect that your father had already moved on however I can tell you that there were three people living at number 67 Edith Road in 1939 Ethel Gardner-Smith aged 52 was a Fashion Artist. Reginald Bourne was an Auditor in the Civil Service. His wife Dulcie is marked UDD which stands for ‘Unpaid Domestic Duties’
      Interestingly next door at Number 69 lived William Kaye who was a Senior Immigration Officer. I wonder if this man knew that his neighbours had a spare room for your father? Sorry I can’t give you a comprehensive answer.

      • Michael Lewis says:

        Thank you so much for your replies.
        The context is that my father arrived in the UK on 31 March 1939 as a Jewish refugee from the Sudetenland in what had been Czechoslovakia from where he had fled in the immediate aftermath of the Munich Agreement. I know that he spent some time in London but I know nothing about his circumstances at the time. He moved later in 1939 to Belfast and worked in the linen industry. The stay in London is a bit of a gap. All know is his address which I found in a letter written by the National Council for Civil Liberties on h behalf in a vain attempt to rescue a friend trapped in Nazi Europe.

  155. PAUL TULEY says:

    Greetings and such a joyous Historical Society.
    I am trying to locate the residence of a certain Adelaide Hall singer/actress, I am just writing an article in about her. I have discovered she lived in Fulham from ~1980 until her passing. But am unable to discover where she lived. Could you possibly help? She would have been alone, as her husband Bertram died in 1963. Thank you for your time and patience.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Paul, you would need a copy of her death certificate for that information. She died at Charing Cross hospital though. The London electoral registers aren’t online between 1965 and 2002. In 1965 she was registered at Collingham Road, Kensington London SW5. You can order the cert from the General Register Office online at, you need to register for a free account, her death is registered under the surname Hall-Hicks.

      • Paul Tuley says:

        Dear Dawn, thank so very much for all the information, the extra info is a great bonus as well. I am not after any sort of paperwork. I just for my own interest, wandered if the info I had was correct. I just do it for an extended article I write on Facebook titled “The Lost Worlds of Forgotten Females.” Alongside the article I write on I am just doing a collection of jazz singers, which included Adelaide, her married name was Hicks, as she married a Trinidadian sailor named Bertram Errol Hicks-1924. Once again thank s for your mighty effort.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Paul, just found an entry in the probate calendar under Hicks, her address is given as 5A Fairholme Road, West Kensington, W14. You can apply for a copy from HMCTS, only costs £1.50

  156. Louis Gooding-Fair says:


    I am looking for the birth certificate and/or baptism record of Charles Fair, a shoemaker, who was born in Fulham somewhere between 1840 – 1845. His father was Henry Fair who was deceased as of 1864 when Charles got married in 1865. Any help would be appeciated!

    • fhhs says:

      Try free BMD here This birth is in East London could that be your man? It is the only entry in the period you specify. More digging I am afraid.
      Good luck with your research.

    • Lesley says:

      Kensington was the registration district for Fulham 1837-1875. Found two possibilities:
      Charles Fairs – Kensington Vol 3 Pg 201 Qtr 3 1839
      Charles Farr – Kensington Vol 3 Pg 202 Qtr 4 1839

    • Basil Larkins says:

      I have searched the records on Ancestry and FM Past. On the 1851 census Henry is living in Bromley St Mary. Charles is listed as 6 years old which puts his birth as 1844/45 however Charles and his siblings are recorded as being born in Brentwood Essex. I have not tracked down his birth/baptism but there is the one in East London mentioned by fhhs but there other candidates. His father moved around a bit!
      Henry and Charles appear on a few existing family trees (on Ancestry) one of which I assume is yours but if not you could contact the tree owners. None have evidence of Charles’ exact date of birth

  157. Alan Thatcher says:

    Hello, I am trying to find out more about the building which is now the L’Ecole des Petits school in Hazelbury Road. My interest is that my mother was part of the ceremonies when in July 1931 it was inaugurated by The Duchess of York as the Princess Beatrice Social Centre. My mother was Irene Field and lived at 1 Hazelbury Road. My elder brother says that he remembers our father working in that building – probably in the 1950s. I would like to find out the various uses and occupants of the building from it’s completion through to the preset day. Thank you.

    • fhhs says:

      I feel sure that all the information you seek will be revealed at the LBHF archives above Hammersmith Library. Do contact the archivist at, she will likely have photographs of the building, there will probably be council minutes or papers. There are also all the local papers on microfiche in which a Royal visit is bound to be covered. If you are not local then contact all the smae and ask for assistance. There will be charges for any copying or scanning of photos and perhaps you could use the British Library’s Newspaper Archive online to look at the West London Observer or the Fulham Chronicle, might even be in the times.
      Good luck with your search.

    • John Meadows says:

      Hi Alan I lived in Oakbury Road just off Hazlebury from 1945 to around 1974. I used to walk past that building frequently. I recall that it was always a dance school all the years that I remember. It was quite a prominent dance school in Fulham but the name escapes me at present. They gave performances in Fulham Town Hall and at Bishops Park theatre. I’m sure they figured in The Fulham Chronicle quite frequently.

    • V Burgess says:

      I believe Diana Princess of Wales also lived in a flat opposite this address briefly.

      • John Meadows says:

        Having been a resident of Sands End at the time I believe your understanding to be incorrect. It was known that the Duke of Wellington’s daughter Lady Jayne Wellesley lived for a while in Hazlebury Road and that Prince Charles car could be seen outside from time to time.

  158. Mrs Lindsey Snowdon says:

    Hi. I have an ancestor who was a Master Tailor in Fulham round about 1810. His name was George Charles and I am wondering if he owned a shop for his work and if there could be any information about this person on record. Many thanks.

  159. Len Fuller says:

    Hi. Try Google earth for pictures of the Gates. If that helps.

  160. Peter Dale says:

    Am trying to gather more information about the death of my great grandfather Frederick James Dale (1871-1908). I’ve been told he worked with the early gas lamps and was killed during an accident at work but have no details of his exact death date, how exactly he died and where and when he was buried. The whole Dale family lived around Fulham and Chelsea and I know in 1901 he lived in Riley Street. How could I discover any more details ?

    • fhhs says:

      If you have access to Ancestry or FindmyPast you can search for your ggf and find the exact date of death. Alternatively FreeBMD gives you the same info for free. Then you can go to the British Library site and for a small subscription join their newpaper archive where you will be able to search the local papers for details. It takes a bit of time but usually gets results.
      You could go into the LBHF Archives and search there they have the West London Observer and Fulham Chronicle on Microfiche and you could also chekout photographs of the street where they lived and get more family details from census and electoral registers.
      Good luck with your search.

      • fhhs says:

        A quick search of FreeBMD this morning shows that his death was registered at Chelsea in the first quater of 1908 ie Jan/Feb/Mar. This may be enough for a newspaper search but if you have a look it gives you the details of the register so that you can request the death certificate to get exact date, cause of death and who registered it. If you are local do get in touch with the archive and book a visit.
        Good luck.

  161. Shirley says:

    Hello, I’m looking for information on the building of North Sheen Cemetery (formerly Fulham New Cemetery) in 1909, particularly the gates. Would you have any details of this, or know where I might find any information, please? Thank you.

    • Vernon Burgess says:

      Wikipedia has a brief entry if you look up Fulham new cemetery a name which the cemetry now located in East sheen has been known by since 1909.The best place to check would be the Hammersmith archives department but if they have no further information about the gates they may be able to contact the town halls archive records concerning the construction.. The council minutes of that timemay also have some details if a report was commissioned when the gates were built.

  162. julie morgan says:

    Does anyone have any historical information about 1 friston st, Fulham SW, the woodages lived there for years. Thank you.

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Julie, so we don’t duplicate what you already know, have you found the property in the censuses? have you found the address in electoral registers? when were the Woodage’s living there? What ‘sort’ of historical information are you looking for?

      • julie morgan says:

        Hi Dawn, I’m looking for any info at all. There were there from about 1901 to 1970’s. They lived across the street from a couple named Nancy and Bill. My sister went to a school within walking distance in 1964 or so and I’d like to see pics of that school. Thank you for your quick response.

  163. samcullen87 says:

    Good morning

    I’m writing a book on the history of London pub names and the stories behind them. I know the Hampshire (formerly Hampshire Hog) was named after the Royal Hampshire Regiment, but does anyone know the reason why? I couldn’t see it mentioned in Chris Amies excellent book on pubs in the Borough.

    Many thanks!

    • chris says:

      A nickname for someone born in Hampshire is a “Hampshire Hog”,I f you visit the Hampshire Council Offices in Winchester there’s a rather beautiful carving of a large stylised hog in the foyer. I think it might be by Eric Gill.
      Best wishes,

  164. Kristie nock says:

    I am am searching for the military number for a Thomas Jones. He lived at the War seal mansions ( accomodation for injured servicemen) for a number of years in the 1930’s. I’m hoping to find records of the War seal Mansions that has information about the Servicemen that lived there in the hope it may provide his service number in the records. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind Regards from Australia

    • fhhs says:

      War Seal Mansions is now known as the Oswald Stoll Trust try this link. There is also an entry in Wikipedia. Try writing to them in the first place but i believe some records are held at the borough archives in Hammersmith library contact
      I presume that you have tried Ancestry or FindMyPast for records at the National Archive at Kew, however I can believe how difficult this might be with the surname Jones. Do you know regiment, that might help your search and there could be regimental archives too.
      Good luck in your search

      • Kristie Nock says:

        Thank you so much for your reply, I will contact the archives with details you have provided. Very much appreciated!

    • Peter Trott says:

      Ancestry are currently giving free access to their military records. If you have his date and place of birth or other identifying information you should easily be able to find his service number.

      • Kristie Nock says:

        Hi Peter,
        I have Ancestry subscription, but haven’t had any luck. Born 1893/1894 but have no idea of his place of birth or enlistment place / date.

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Hi Kristie,
      Further to the earlier posts there are several avenues that could be useful to find your man. One not yet mentioned is ‘Forces war Records’ which not only has names and numbers but in some cases associated references.
      As you probably know there are several dozen Thomas Jones’ so without some other information its pot luck. If you know his full name, his regiment, his date of birth his home town or any other family related stuff it will be easier to track him down. If you post this detail here I will be happy to spend some time digging into the facts.
      Alternatively that web site offers some limited free access
      Good luck

      • Kristie Nock says:

        Hi Basil, Thank you for your interest. I have very little to go on. I’m working off the details I have on a marriage certificate. His name is Thomas Jones married Winifred Martha Ferris at St Mary’s church Putney on the 27th of January 1918. His age is noted as 24 ( so assuming he was born 1893 or prior to January 27 1894) he is noted as soldier and father is Samuel Jones a Collier. The next information I have is that he and his wife are both living at 92 war seal mansions with their children from 1929- 1932.
        Last child born in Fulham in 1933 and then both he and his wife show up at Carshalton Surrey in the 1933 electoral role and then no record of him after that.
        I assumed there would be a military pension record for him, considering that he lived at War seal mansions, which I believe was for injured servicemen. But haven’t had any luck finding it on Anceatry. If I can find his military number and reoord I’m hoping it might lead me to his parents siblings and birthplace.. any help would be amazing!

      • Gilian rowland says:

        i note you have access to Ancestry so can you find the children in the 1939 Register – their marriage is listed as Wandworth. Do you have names of their children and particularly the last one born in 1933. I was going to say order his Marr cert as that might have details of his Military Service but I note you have it. With surname Jones and Father a Collier that would seem like from Wales.
        Good luck!

      • Basil Larkins says:

        Hi again Kristie,

        I have spent a little time looking at various web sites and records. First of all there might not be a war pension to trace. At the end of WW1 soldiers had the option of taking a small pension or a lump sum instead. My own Grandfather did this and soon married Grandma to start a new life. My research has established that the lump sum was the more popular choice unless the soldier had been badly hurt making work impossible. I used to visit the Oswald Stone Mansions in the 1960s and most residents were perfectly healthy.
        I have had no luck with his army number but I have found a family tree on Ancestry run by carolcornell100 which has lots of information about Thomas but nothing military (he came from Leigh in Lancashire and died in 1937). Perhaps this is your tree but if not you could message the tree owner. If you have trouble finding it search for Winifred Martha Ferris putting in her marriage date, husbands name and other info.
        On the military front your best bet might be using the Fold3 web site which holds a lot of information.

  165. Andrew O'Connor says:

    I am currently researching my father’s family history. Could you please tell me where Fulham Mortuary was in the early 1900s? My paternal grandfather is listed as the Mortuary Keeper on the 1911 census living at 9 Branksea Street. The present Mortuary is near the Thames at Townmead Road, which is quite a distance from Branksea Street. Was there another one then?

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Andrew, 1911 Kelly’s Directory for West Kensington Fulham and Walham Green lists Fulham Mortuary & Coroners Court between 259 and 287 Munster Road, adjacent to Fulham Cemetery

      • Andrew O'Connor says:

        Hi Dawn Thank you for your prompt reply and the information. This makes the location much closer to where my grandfather was living at the time. Regards Andrew

      • Andrew O'Connor says:

        Hi Dawn I thought I had replied to you yesterday but cannot find my reply. Thanks for the information, however I have had a reply from Keith Whitehouse who gives another address in Fulham Palace Road south of the Guiness Trust Buildings. I am not familiar with Kelly’s Directories. My grandfather Henry Goulden was the Fulham mortuary keeper for over 10 years until his death in January 1924.

      • Dawn Shilcock says:

        Hi Andrew, I saw your replies. If you don’t have an Ancestry account to see the street directories, try the original site at Leicester
        University Narrow down by London or Middlesex when you’ve got a date range sorted. You should be able to find both addresses

      • Andrew O'Connor says:

        Hi Dawn Once again thanks for the information. I obviously need to hone my Ancestry skills. I have however found the Munster Road address in a Kelly’s Directory using the link to Leicester Uni you gave me.

  166. Ian D says:

    Hi is this the deaf school in Ackmar Road?

    • Geoffrey John Eagling says:

      Hi Ian,
      No. Mr Michael Myer Read (1913-1999), a teacher at Ackmar Road Primary School for the Deaf, left to set up this PDU in 1948 where partially deaf children from Ackmar Road Primary School were transferred to this unit. Later Mr Read was appointed as H.M. Inspector for L.C.C. Deaf Schools.

  167. Geoffrey John Eagling says:

    I am seeking information about Holman Hunt (Partially Hearing Unit) School, New Kings Road, Fulham which was attached to the Board School from around 1947 when it was opened to about 1970s when the unit closed down. Any information, teachers, pupils, photos, etc would be greatly received.

  168. Lee McLagan says:

    I went to St Peter’s Primary, Hammersmith in the 70’s. As I remember it we had a panoramic photograph taken of the whole school to commerate the Silver Jubilee in 1977. I am trying to track down that photograph. The school has nothing pre mid 80’s. can anybody help? Here’s hoping. Best Lee

  169. Ken Rumsey says:

    Hi, I was born in Bracewell Rd W10. and seem to remember that the dustman who cleared our rubbish bins came from Hammersmith, yet the boundary map shows North Kensington. this I believe was also the case in Latimer rd too, was there a change in the boundaries? if so ,when….
    Thanks Ken Rumsey

  170. Paul Elkington says:

    I am looking for any information about the Lenny, Lenny or Lennie families also does anyone know the following Roads.

    Terrace Road I think near to Standish Road and

    Oak Terrace near to Margravine Road

    Many thanks


    • fhhs says:

      This is my go to site for street names as a quick check but neither appears. So I expect the best answer is a visit to the archives at Hammersmith Library where they will have the electoral registers and census so you can check for the names. There is also an LCC volume on authorised street names that includes more information such as those terraces or blocks that were incorporated into street or road addresses. There are a number of street directories that could help too. By the way there is a “Beaconsfield Terrace Road” in brook Green which might be one of them. You don’t give a period so hard to judge where to look.
      Good luck with your search.

  171. GEOFF PEARSON says:

    Morning, i occupy the Grage in Bramber Road W14 9PB, i understand from my Landlord that the garage was originally in 1896 a trolley bus depot. Can you let me have any info regarding this.Happy to pay for someones time. Thanks Geoff

  172. larry Stevens says:

    My name is Larry Stevens and there is a post on your site looking for the children of Valarie Stevens and I am one of her son’s.

  173. George says:


    I’m trying to find out the history of my property’s decorative porch wall tiles!

    Sadly one fell off and is broken on one side so needs replacing, but after hours of googling I’ve been unable to find out much about them

    Here is a link to a photo I took of them:

    My property is on Langthorne Street in Fulham – which I believe was built by the Allen and Norris partnership in 1902 – I’m assuming these tiles are original from then

    Any information would be super appreciated!

    • one would like to think that they used De Morgan tiles from the Sands End Pottery, that was producing similar works at the same prewar period, however they may be by Maws and Co. (There is also Doulton and Minton)The V&A art library may have catalogues of various tile manufacturers that could be worth a check. However National archives have an entry for the builders, Check website for reference, and these documents may contain purchase orders. Good Luck

  174. Stacey Barfoot says:

    Hi I’ve recently come across some info from ancestry that has me looking for information about the owner/manager of white hart pub on King Street in 1939.
    Do you have anything on how long he was there for or any pictures etc?
    Thank you

  175. cuishene says:

    I’m trying to find photographer camera cat who used to operate from Dawes road Fulham

  176. Helen Shipley says:

    I found a family I’m researching in the 1841 census listed at The Six Bells, Queen Street, with John HILL the head a licensed victualler, Hammersmith. Does anyone know if this is the pub that was demolished in 1959 or is a different pub altogether. The same family are in the 1851 census but the address is 45 Castle Street which is followed by Queen Street. John Hill is still a licensed Victualler so I am wondering if this is still the Six Bells or another pub/premises.

  177. David Thompson says:

    Evening all!
    I am trying to found out more about a relative (Dorothy Hunt) who (according to the birth certificate), was born in October 1901 at 9 Sterndale Road. Funnily enough, I couldn’t find any houses with lower numbers in the 1901 Census. Could it be that that end of the street was not built by then and that the registrar misheard?
    Perhaps someone knows when that end was built.
    Kind regards
    David Thompson

  178. A Gillespie says:

    Bishop’s Park Mansions – I would like to find out more about the construction and early years of these mansion flats along Bishop’s Park Road. Any early photographs, or information about the developer, or plans would be of interest. Best, Alastair

    • fhhs says:

      I strongly recommend that you book in to the LBHF Archives where you are sure to find most of the information you are after.

      • Gilian rowland says:

        A Gillepsie I merely googled Bishops Par Mansions and there is some info and it also refers one to Wiki – perhaps English Heritage can also help. Jill

  179. Terence Lomax says:

    Hello Berris. One of the other linkages I am looking at, is the relationship beteeen the Spicers and the Wilhmhursts/Mexteds. I suspect that Jane Spicer (born about 1820) might have been a daughter of one of the Mexted women. Your surname prompted me to ask!

  180. Joy Smith says:

    Hello, I am trying to find anything about Mrs Sarah Toms who was in the Fulham chronicle as nanny Toms who lived in Bramber road fo 54 years and it was her 78th birthday.

  181. Elspeth says:


    Wondered if anyone could find anything on a person my Nan used to know from the 2nd world war but lost contact, here’s any information i know on her,
    Rosina Allen, from Fulham London, aged 11 during her evacuation, would be 87 now (possibly 86/88). Had Siblings (4) unaware of their names though.

  182. Lesley Walsh says:

    My father has a DNA match that I cannot place in my family tree. From shared matches I have a good idea where the match should fit but none of the surnames match. I am thinking that my father’s great grandfather may have fathered an illegitimate child with a married woman. Certainly in the 1881 census I have found this Grt grandfather in the same registration district as the matches great grandparents. I am wondering how close the two addresses are to each other (though I guess my ancestor as a commercial traveller could have had a large “patch”). 1881 details are:

    Street Address: 4 Cambridge Cotts
    Marital Status: Married
    Occupation: Comm Traveller
    Registration district: Fulham
    Sub registration district: St Paul Hammersmith

    Street Address: 4 Church Rd
    Marital Status: Married
    Registration district: Fulham
    Sub registration district: St Paul Hammersmith

    Many thanks in advance

  183. Terence Lomax says:

    Hello – I am looking for information on a Mary Ann Chambers
    B. 16 Mar 1821 in Piccadilly St James, England.
    D. Sep 1857 in Fulham, Middlesex, , England.

    and her husband Thomas Frances Pitt
    Born 1811 in Fulham, Middlesex, Englan
    Died Sep 1887 in London, Middlesex, , England

    29 Mar 1840 in Hammersmith, London, England

    Eleanor Caroline Pitts, Louisa Fanny (Pitt) Jackson, Thomas Pitt, Margaret Pitt, Emma Elizabeth Pitts, William Henry Pitts and Sarah Pitt

    I am a descendant of Louisa Fanny Pitt who married Thomas Benjamin Jackson
    4 Nov 1861 in Hammersmith St Peter, England

    I cannot track the ancestors of Thomas Frances Pitt, and I am wondering if anyone knows more about this family.

    • Susie Richards says:

      Hi Terence,

      I had a quick look on Ancestry and found a matching family which says his parents were a Thomas and Ellen Pitts both born about 1770. It also says he had a child called Annie Pitt in 1842 with his first wife a Sarah Walker. I presume you are not on ancestry? I can give you more info if you need it.

      As an aside, I used to live in Parsons Green in a house called Belgrave House which was built around 1795. Apparently my house along with a few others used to be known as Pitts Place Terrace so of course I am wondering if there is a connection with your family.

      Best wishes,


      • Terri Lomax says:

        Hello Susie.

        That is brilliant.

        No, I am not on ancestry (would much appreciate what you can find me), but I do have dna on ftdna, and so does one of my cousins (once removed) and one of my second cousins down that same Iine.

        Louisa Fanny Pitt was known as Fanny Jackson. She married Thomas Benjamin Jackson, came to New Zealand, and then returned to England. Her daughter Fanny Jackson married Frederick Joseph Holt, (the Theatre entrepreneur known as Clarance Holt) ‘s grandson Clarence Holt Harris. Clarance Holt’s wife is variously surnamed Browne or Vaughan, but I think it is significant that her eldest daughter Ellen, who stayed in New Zealand, had Vaughan on her marriage certificate. Also, there was a Vaughan family living in Hokitika, which is somewhat close to where she was living. After her husband died (Edward Harris) , she remarried a Mr Henne and remained in that area of the country. My great grandmother was the daughter of Fanny Jackson and Clarence Holt Harris.

        Ellen’s brother was Bland Holt, and her sister May Holt married a Fairburn.

        Louisa’s husband was Thomas Benjamin Jackson, an architect who had a second family in Perth, Australia.

        Either Louisa’s father, or Thomas’s father, was a Military Taylor! Is that information useful?

        More information would be much appreciated. I am trying to work out just how these Pitts fit into the larger Pitt family.

        Thank you Dr Terence Lomax

        On Sat, 9 Oct 2021, 06:20 The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, wrote:

        > Susie Richards commented: “Hi Terence, I had a quick look on Ancestry and > found a matching family which says his parents were a Thomas and Ellen > Pitts both born about 1770. It also says he had a child called Annie Pitt > in 1842 with his first wife a Sarah Walker. I presume you ” >

      • Susie Richards says:

        Hi Terence,

        I’m glad you found the information useful. I have sent a message to the owner of the Tree on Ancestry and have asked her if she could help you but her Pitt Family only goes back to Thomas Francis’ father, Thomas Pitt born abt 1770 in Fulham. He is married to an Ellen Pitt also born abt 1770, died abt 1852.

        I found Thomas Francis Pitt’s marriage certificate from March 1840 and he is listed as a labourer as is his father so I’m not sure about the military tailor profession.

        If you have access to a public library, many offer free access to Ancestry. It would be worth you creating a family tree and seeing what pops up if you want to go back further. If you can’t get to a library I am happy to have another look.

        Kind regards,


      • Terence says:

        Thank you Susie. I would much appreciate a copy of the certificate if you are able to scan it. I will have to have a look at ancestry. I havent used it before! A lot of what I have is on wikitree.

      • fhhs says:

        I have passed a forwarding email address on to Susie

  184. Sharon Dickins says:

    Please can you tell me what the shop wax in 1920 42 Fulham palace road

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Charles Southgate appears on the electoral registers before WW1 and latest 1933 at that address. In the 1934 Post Office Directory, 42 Fulham Palace Road is listed as Charles Southgates Dining Rooms. Unfortunately not everything can be found on the internet.

  185. fhhs says:

    There is a new puzzle for you in our latest post.

    Can you help?

  186. Louise Bunting says:

    At the time of the birth of one of her children in 1900 my great grandmother was a servant at Molesford Lodge, King Street, Hammersmith, as stated on the birth certificate. I have searched for this location but cannot find any record of Molesford Lodge. Could anyone help with this please? Many thanks

  187. Martin Crossley says:

    I wonder if anyone can help. I am looking for any record of 9 year old John Morland, drowned in the pond at Parsons Green in 1831. I assume this would have been reported in the local newspaper or have been the subject of an inquest ?


    • Susie Richards says:

      Hi Martin,

      I found his burial record on Ancestry – he was buried at All Saints Fulham on 10 February 1831. Sorry couldn’t find any newspaper article yet.


      • Martin Crossley says:

        Thanks – I had the burial date but I am interested in trying to verify the circumstances of his death. Family information has it that he drowned in the pond – an event that had some repercussions for his father…..


  188. James Newton says:

    I was Senior Student Manager – foorball at
    Stanford l957, Does this role exist today? What is the history of this position?

    • fhhs says:

      Can you explain a little more please, readers may have problems understanding the context, for example do you mean Stamford Bridge?

  189. Haydn Po says:

    I lived in Fulham Court from the late 60’s all thr way through to the 1980’s. Does anyone remember the Priest Father Joseph? He lived on the ground floor. He always wore his long black gown and was an invalid. He was either American or Canadian. I remember him as a boy and in my teens. Does anyone know of what became of him? I have never forgotten Father Joseph and with all my memories of Fulham Court he stands out.

  190. Harriet Bertram says:


    I hope you can help me

    I attended Hurlingham School from 1974-1981. My understanding is that it had just acquired comprehensive status in 1974 and the outgoing Head teacher was Molly Hattersley.

    My query relates to the 11+. I am sure that I took this at my primary school, Harwood , Britannia Road, SW6. Unfortunately the school was demolished however I wonder whether either Hurlingham or Harwood would hold the ILEA details of whether I passed the 11+ and could have been eligible to attend one of the local grammar schools? My father is sadly deceased and my mother has dementia so I cannot ask them.

    My email address is.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Harriet Bertram ( nee Catling)

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hurlingham was one of the early comprehensives of the 1950s. It had been going a few years when I started in 1957. The head teacher was Miss Cocksedge. It took girls from a wide area whether or not they had passed the 11 plus. Do you remember doing the exam papers in primary school? Most parents made a big deal about it, although mine didn’t. And the other kids were very aware of sitting the papers, and getting the new bike etc., that their parents promised them!

  191. Peter Donmall says:

    I live in Brisbane Australia born in London lies in Pitney moved to aus in1973 was a bus no spotter using Ian Allen publications have a Garson garage I’d plate GR a circular plastic Lt radiator grille plate a RT bus triangular steel and enamel radiator badge and a trolley bus black gear shifter black lever is there any value of these pieces I have Peter at or mobile on 0061438891247

  192. Kay says:

    I wonder whether you may he able to help me?
    I am trying to find the location of the Fulham Model Dwellings (workers accomodation). Many model dwellings in other areas still seem to be in existence. I guess it may have been repurposed, or demolished.
    My daughters gt gt grandfather is living there in 3 rooms on the 1901 census.
    Most of the children seemed to go to Munster Road school at some time.
    Thanks alot for any help.

  193. Oz Orman and Pat Stevens says:

    Hi there. We’re researching the history of the Hurlingham Book Shop currently run by Ray Cole. It ls located at 91 Fulham High Street. We have spoken to Ray at length about the shop and would like to know if anyone can recall its use before it was a bookshop. Through research at Hammersmith and Fulham archives, was know that it was an antique store in the 1970’s and a general store in the 1930’s. Does anyone know or remember what it was used for between 1940-1970? If anyone has any photographs of the shop or surrounding area that they would be willing to share, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Oz and Pat

  194. Pam Hausler says:

    G’day from Australia, I am looking for information about the gravesite of my GGrandfather Michael Callan/Cahahalne (born 1852) and his Father, Irish born Jeremiah Cahalane/Cahalan. They lived in Fulham and Michael lived in Prothero Road with his wife Ellen and family. The children went to school at the St Thomas of Canterbury Church and School. Any help appreciated thank you

  195. Paula Ewington says:

    Hello fhhs
    I have received a message through social media from a Dawn Shilcock about being a Will recipient. I have found her via a comment on your page ( March 7th 2021 ) is there any way you can put her in touch with me? kind regards Paula
    Cut and pasted here from above-
    Dawn Shilcock says:
    7 March, 2021 at 4:56 pm
    Hello, I would like to make contact with Lesley Bairstow regarding her book Paradise Walk Chelsea. Can you help with this?

    Lesley Bairstow says:
    8 March, 2021 at 11:55 am
    Hi Dawn, I am Lesley Bairstow who wrote Paradise Walk. I would be happy to help you with anything you would like to know. The book ran out of print copies years ago but I still have a few. Please get in touch here again if you would like to. Regards, Lesley

    • Perhaps you could donate a copy yo the chelsea library from the local history collection. I did try searching for Title in their online catalogue but without success many thanks

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I now have re-prints of Paradise Walk. My email is please feel free to contact me if you would like a copy. Regards, Lesley

    • Dawn Shilcock says:

      Hi Paula, Lesley recently told me you had posted here. I don’t know how to contact you by email through this site and I don’t really want to publish my email address on an open forum. I asked Lesley to pass on my email address to you. You can send a personal message to me as Sandy Hayes, I joined the Frankston fb page, I also gave my email address to Shona to pass on to you. I suppose the moderators have my details, maybe they can pass it along. I hope we can make contact soon.

  196. Ellie Jardine says:

    I’m looking for a grave log for Fulham Cemetery (Fulham Old Cemetery) to find the location of Mary Carver’s grave, any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Ian Depledge says:

      Contact Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council; they should have the registers.

      • Susie says:

        Hi Ellie,

        Can you give me any more information? Year of death, age etc Are you sure she was buried in Fulham? Thanks,


      • Ellie Jardine says:

        Hi Susie, Mary Carver died 16th June 1885 at the age of 36, leaving behind a large family in 635 Fairlawn, Fulham, which is now 643 Fulham Road, and the house I’m researching.
        I found a newspaper article mentioning her funeral in Fulham Cemetery (in 1885 I assume that the current Fulham Old Cemetery is what it’s referring to). She was married to a surgeon – Eustace J Carver – who was quite a notable figure in the community judging from the newspaper articles I’ve found.

    • Paul Moxam says:

      Hi , my gt-grandfather who lived in Fulham died in 1913. He was buried in Margravine Cemetery, Hammersmith.
      After researching I found that Mortlake cemetery have the records for the period and they were able to.give me a grave location.
      This may be of some help.

  197. Paul says:

    I have a pewter mug with the inscription Chelsea v Fulham police , dated 1881 , any info would be appreciated

  198. Len Fuller says:

    Hi it was also the Canada Dry distribution building in the 50s /60s.

  199. chris munday says:

    My mum and dad used to run a cafe in Stephendale road in the 60s aprox 64 does anyone remember the name of this cafe?many thanks chris

    • John Meadows says:

      Must have been in the parade of shops on the North side of the road between Hazlebury Road and Broughton Road as I don’t recall a cafe at the other end of Stephendale near the catholic church. Alternatively, might have been one of the several corner shops leading down to Wandsworth Bridge Road.

  200. Fabnat38 says:

    Hi , I live in pellant rd – would you have any photo s of this street + history of people living in these home s & road maps of this area .

    Regards : Fabnat38 esq

    • fhhs says:

      You should make an appointment to visit the LBHF archives on the first floor of Hammersmith Library. They will have maps, census, electoral registers, probably some photographs and they may have information about the builder too. They also ahve microfiche copies of local papers which would allow you to look up any interesting dates.
      Good luck with your search.

  201. Lesley Bairstow says:

    I would like to know if Batey’s, who manufactured soft drinks, had a factory in Munster Road or Munster Grove during Victorian times.

    • The records for Bateys are held at the National Brewing centre archives. Check out national archives website. There was a well-known firm in Munster Road at the Coda centre see earlier discussions making soft drinks and I suppose it is possible that this was the original site for Bayteys. Trade directories need to be checked

  202. Jacqueline McQuade says:

    I am trying to get any information about Ivy Doris Bloomfield formerly Stephens lived 14 Boscombe road W.12

  203. Dr Michele Rainger says:

    Greetings from Australia.
    I am researching my ancestors John and Sarah Rainger and their children who were living at 5 Munden Place according to the 1851 census.
    I visit this area in 2019 and found Munden Street but not Munden Place. Do you know where Munden Place used to be? The area seems to have changed a lot over the years so I am wondering what it would have been like in 1851. John Rainger was a brickmaker.
    Also, two of the boys – John Jnr 18 and Charles 15 faced the County Court at Clerkenwell in Jan 1847 and were imprisoned for three months each for larceny. Do you know anything of the social circumstances of the area at that time and which prison the boys might have been sent to – it seems that some of the “new” prisons were not built until 1847/48.
    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give.
    Kind regards

  204. Len Fuller says:

    Edward Evans, we had the tally man collecting money each week.

  205. P. Williams says:

    I’m trying to find details of Lawsons, a shop that was near Hammersmith station.(NOT the estate agents) I visited, with my parents in the early 1950’s (I was only a tot) and have vague memories of the place and seem to recall that you collected your goods and paid, at home when the ‘Tallyman’ called weekly.

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      I can’t remember the name but on King Street across road from Co op which was also a department store, there was a department store where customers paid via a little notebook. I had a Christmas job there for a couple of months on the stockings and gloves counter. Identical set up to Are You Being Served. After buying tights or …..we made a deduction from this little book and gave it back to the customer. Looking back it seems very weird. I remember two floors with a wide staircase. Anyone else remember?

      • In the 1980s there was aDepartment store called Littlewoods it had a cafeteria on the top floor

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        My cousin and I both worked there. 1960 I think. She can’t remember either but river side of King Street. There was a central staircase to first floor, glass counters around a central display. I don’t remember any money being handled, just the books. £ shillings and pence. I will ask her if Littlewoods sounds familiar. I remember the catalogue a relative used to buy from so the name may be familiar because of that but thank you.

      • Cary Sumpter says:

        There was a large, old fashioned haberdashery shop, called Orton’s with cash tubes going around the store and large wooden counters and display cabinets.

    • K. J. Wood says:

      The link below might be of interest to you-Hammersmith is mentioned and the fact that the company was taken over.
      My Father, a Putney boy, had, apparently turned down the offer of a trial with Fulham F.C. as a youngster, as he preferred boxing. WW2 intervened and having asked to become a pilot (not realising there was a slight lack of planes) he found himself in the Fusiliers, “guarding” Dover Castle with a gun sans firing pin (the advice being to use bayonets to toss back any tanks attempting to advance up the beach), at one point he WAS the Regimental boxing team-it became increasingly apparent that he had stopped growing at 5 foot 6 and was rather too heavy for his height and thus at the disadvantage of punching upwards. Following demob (from the “Paratroops”) apart from a childhood friend, the Oarmaker, Roly Simms, offering him a chance (my Father was never very handy and health & safety was not very strict then) when he reckoned he nearly lost a finger or two on a band saw and a desire to become a Physiotherapist (family plus work plus a Correspondence Course failed
      To add up) he was a Tallyman (or Supervisor or Manager of Tallymen-latterly a few women) for almost the rest of his life. At different times and at various sites (Battersea, Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush, Elephant and Castle and Kingston, I seem to recall) for “Edward Evans”, “John Blundell” and “Lawsons” (the last 2 being amalgamated at some point but still using the 2 brand names for some time and I think under “United Drapers” parentage. All met their eventual demise after falling prey to asset-stripping (? by Lord Hanson, enobled by Mrs. Thatcher, I believe). Not having a work pension, latterly my Father was allowed to stay on after 65 at HQ where he was required to approve loans-I recall, at this time, although he had rarely discussed the job he had hated for most of his life, he mentioned a colleague handing over a call from a nurse who was intent on paying some exorbitant interest rate. Although he met many decent people who felt the only way they could afford shoes, clothes, or household items was to get it “on tick”. He observed that a property that lacked both door knocker and bell was likely occupied by a “D/S” i.e. “Don’t Serve and was told to “go away”, on at least one occasion by connections of one of the less salubrious families resident at that time in South London.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        As I mentioned before, my Dad worked for Edward Evans and they, I think amalgamated with or were taken over by a company called Furdell’s (not sure about the spelling). He was with both companies between the mid-1950s and the early 1960s and at one time I remember him having to spend some time in Leeds with one or the other. Time and memory being what they are, I’d love to hear from anyone who can confirm who he was working for then and why he was in Leeds.

      • K. J. Wood says:

        Mark, do you think there’s a chance it could have been “Blundell’s” (i.e. “John Blundell Credit Drapers”)? I remember my Mum mentioning that the family had visited Halifax when my Dad was considering a job thereabouts-think this was in the late 1950s (before I was born) – and think he might have been working for “Edward Evans” brand (?? in Falcon Road, Battersea or possibly Hammersmith then) evidently “Lawsons” had Scottish origins, “Blundell’s” had a big store in Newcastle but had branches all over the country at one time. The link I gave refers both to the aquisition of “Lawsons” by “John Blundell” and by “United Drapery Stores” in 1964-likely one and the same thing. I might be barking up the wrong tree or just plain barking! regards, Karen

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        I don’t think it was Blundell’s but the name certainly rings a bell and it’s not a million miles away from Furdell’s. The memory does play tricks these days. I’ve a feeling that the company in question, if it was Furdell’s/Firdell’s or similar, worked out of Finsbury Park and it may be that Dad worked for them after leaving Edward Evans.

        I’ve still got one of Dad’s Edward Evans business cards saying they were @The Family Store’. The reverse could be used as a temporary receipt for payments until, as it says, the ‘payment is in due course entered and initialled by our Representative in your payment card’.

    • Maureen O'Connor says:

      I remember the Lawsons store too from 1950’s and by chance was talking about it with my aunt today. I still have a walkie-talkie doll, my Christmas present in 1956, which was bought there. The collector called weekly for payment. Did it become Littlewoods and start selling via catalogue a little bit later. Was Lawsons ever listed in trade directories?

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        I wonder. In the early 1960’s my cousin and I had a Saturday job as additional Christmas staff in a department store on King Street. We can’t remember the name but there was a wide staircase going up and customers had a little book with a total from which we deducted the purchase. We were on the stocking and glove counter and oh the time it took to decide. The layout of the floor was very much in the style of Are You Being Served. A glass counter, glass fronted drawers around a square. Would this new Lawsons?

  206. Gilian rowland says:

    I posted a message on the site and assumed I would receive notification of a reply. So when I found a reply after loggin in I ticked notify me but that now seems to be notify me of all postings so my
    Inbox is over flowing. It says go to settings to alter – I can’t work out how to do that. Please could
    someone inform me what to do!

    • fhhs says:

      I have removed you from the list of followers, I hope this does the trick. The settings quoted is probably under the three dots at the top right of your browser.
      Sorry we have been a nuisance.

      • Gilian rowland says:

        Re stopping emails from all postings – thanks for trying – hasn’t worked but then probably something I have to do which I don’t know how to! No you haven’t been a nuisance.

  207. Kim hatton says:

    Hi. I’m trying to research my great grandmothers parents. Alice Louise Bell
    She married a jamels samuel stanton

    I’ve been been told that the bell steps were named after a relation in our family Frederick Bell. He owned a boat yard and ran a ferry across the Thames until hammersmith Bridge was built

    Do you have any advice on how I can more information

    • fhhs says:

      There are quite a few threads here. I suggest that you put together an email to giving dates and names of the relatives you know about and ask for information on Frederick Bell. I imagine as an owner of a boatyard there will be some information. Ideally you should visit when this is possible, it has to be booked, where you should have access to maps, photos or pictures of the area and any documents. Depending on the period you could garner a lot of information from FindMyPast or Ancestry or FreeBMD. Armed with dates of deaths and marriages there may be entries in local papers and possibly info in the Ratebooks. Much better to do this in person if you are reasonably local.
      Good luck in your search

  208. G Andrews says:

    All I want to do is find out where Heath Place Hammersmith Middlesex was.
    My ancestors with the surname Heath lived there. Was that a pure co-incidence?

    There is no where to ask

    • Peter Trott says:

      Hi I have researched Heath Place and it was in Shepherds Bush. It was demolished and replaced by Thorpebank Road. If you want to leave your email address I have more information I can give you Peter

  209. Jane Boyce says:

    I was hoping to do the history of a house my son has just bought in Harbledon Rd Parsons Green . When it was built and who the residents have been over the years to date. Not sure where to start. Any pointers would be most welcome .
    regards Jane Boyce

  210. Elizabeth Belringer says:

    Have asked for info before but thought there may be someone who didn’t read my last request .Trying to find out why Ivy Elizabeth Martin (13/12/1909)was living with her father, Albert Edward Martin in Fulham and not with her mother, Ellen Abbott Martin in Bristol .Albert and Ellen(my grandmother) married in Bristol in August 1909..I know Ivy got into trouble with the police and at one time in 1932 ended up in Holloway. Last info I have is on 1939 register as Ivy Turner living with Leonard Turner. No sign of any marriage certificate.
    Previous address when with father Sandilands rd,.Albert’s family also lived in this road.

  211. Sandra Crawford says:

    I’m looking to find where my Grandad Frederick John Bootman attended school. He stayed at 131 Greyhound Road when he was 8 months old according to the 1911 Census but haven’t found him till 1929 when he went into the Army. He was born on 30/7/1910 to Annie E Bootman. Father unknown.

  212. Anna Mcgreevy says:

    I was wondering if anyone had any images of Lawn Terrace @1820. Researching the Gardiner family who lived in number 9.
    Thanks Anna

    • Peter Trott says:

      Do you mean The Lawns at Shepherds Bush Green which was sometimes referred to as Lawn Terrace?

      • Anna says:

        It’s the name of a street I believe beside Shepherds Bush, the street is still there but I can only find redeveloped images. I was wondering what kind of area it was because the next address for the family looks well to do, however the daughter was arrested for begging.

    • Peter Trott says:

      What is the present name of the road as to my knowledge there is no Lawn Terrace in Shepherd’s Bush now? The Lawns were a row of houses on the west side of Shepherd’s Bush Green between the Uxbridge Road and at one time the Pavilion Cinema (now the Dorsett hotel). The houses were bomb damaged in WW2 and were later demolished.

      • Gilian rowland says:

        i can’t work out how to reply to a posting but re “Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any images of Lawn Terrace @1820. Researching the Gardiner family who lived in number 9. Thanks Anna” i just googled lawn Terrace Shepherds Bush and there are photos using this link

        Old Shepherds Bush
        ‘The Lawn’ a terrace on west side of #bushw12 Green c1910. Demolished for Pavilion , now
        12:39 PM · Feb 6, 2016·Twitter for iPhone


      • Anna says:

        Hi Gillian,
        I’ve never been to London, I’m going by Google that shows Images of Apartments. When I look at old maps from early 1800s there is a very long street called Lawn Terrace, this is the time frame I’m looking at, 9 Lawn Terrace is listed on the baptismal certificates of some ancestors.
        Thanks Anna

    • Peter Trott says:

      On the limited amount of information you’ve given it doesn’t sound as if the Lawn Terrace you are looking for was in Shepherd’s Bush. I would suggest it might be the one that was in the North End Road area of West Kensington.

      • Gilian rowland says:

        I can’t understand how these postings work – in reply to Anna re Lawn Terrace as I can’t find your previous postings you say that in 1820s baptismal records give that address but do they not give any other info ie Parish etc etc exact place of baptism etc etc Jill

  213. Mandy Leveratt says:

    I am trying to find out details about 2 builders in Fulham. One was William H Smith who, according to the 1881 Census lived at 8 Barclay Road, Fulham and emplyed 32 men and 3 boys. The other is his sone in law Frederick Charles Hart who was living at 6 Peterborough Villas at the 1891 Census

  214. Fiona Ford says:

    Hi there, I’m a novelist setting a book around the Hammersmith Palais de Danse during world war 2. I’m trying to find information on what life would have been like at the Palais during that time (decor, how it was run if possible, who might have worked there) and plenty more details about the area I haven’t thought of. Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction? I am able to find information about 1950s onwards with relative ease but it’s the war years I really need to know about. Thanks so much for reading, Fiona Ford.

    • Peter Trott says:

      I would suggest you join the Hammersmith Palias Old Skool Group on Facebook and ask for help there.

      • Fiona For says:

        Thank you so much for that tip Peter. I have actually already joined that group some time ago but looking to build my research if anyone here can help. Huge thanks for the reply. Fiona

      • fhhs says:

        I suggest you visit or contact the LBHF archives, I am sure they will have a wealth of material for you. Do look at the website under Libraries and Archives.

      • Fiona Ford says:

        Thanks so much for this suggestion. It was the first place I tried but the searches all came with reports from the opening of fifties onwards – nothing for the war years.

      • fhhs says:

        If you have only used the online search I suggest an email to the archivist as there are more resources than in the catalogue.

      • Fiona Ford says:

        I had only used the online search as I didn’t realise there were further records. Thank you, I will email them immediately.

      • John Meadows says:

        Many youngsters in the 60’s (myself included) would enjoy an evening at either the Palais or the Locarno in Streatham. Whether they did this also in the war years I really don’t know but might be worth exploring on a Locarno memories group.

      • Peter Trott says:

        You could also join the Facebook group ‘You’re Probably from W12 if…………….’ which has members from all over the borough

    • Pat Wadsworth says:

      I’ve got a photo of my mum & aunty taken with 2 New Zealand airmen at Hammersmith Palais during the war. They just met them, were not dating, but the guys wanted a happy picture to send back to their families reassuring them life was good in London.

    • Fiona Bennett says:

      Hi, I have some brief diaries from my mum towards the end of the war and ‘going down to the Palais’ was a highlight of the week to meet up with Canadian airmen. I’d be happy to share the little I have

      • Fiona Ford says:

        Hi Fiona, thank you so much for your reply. I would love to learn more about these entries if that’s possible – thank you so much for offering to share these memories with me. My email is if you want to reach me directly. Huge thanks once again, Fiona

  215. Hi, not sure if my first post reached the site but my family and I were talking about the lane pool at Fulham Pools in the 80s – can anyone remember if it was 5 lanes or 6 lanes? I remember there was a diving pool somewhere! Thanks so much!

  216. Gilian rowland says:

    I just typed a long plea for help but the page wouldn’t accept it. My Anc tree is Watson, Hughes, Clark and I seek info on Benjamin Hughes, shop keeper of Fulham (Walham Green). Died aged just 44 years in 1830. Spouse Sarah. Believed from Wales but no info on that or his marriage. LONDON GAZETTE HAS ENTRY HE IS iNSOLVENT DEBTOR OLD BAILEY JAN 1823 “LATE OF NORTH END WALHAM GREEN Mid End” 3 children Sarah 1821 Bapt 19 4 1821 All Saints Fulham. Eleanor Elizabeth Bapt 25 8 1822 Benjamin Bapt 11 7 1819? Have his info from birth daughter Sarah 1849 Newcastle on Tyne

    • John Meadows says:

      If I remember correctly there was a furniture shop in that area by the name of Hughes. I’m going back some 50 years now but I wonder if it was connected?

      • Gilian rowland says:

        Thanks John sorry I thought emails were sent if a reply so only just seen your reply. I googled Hughes furniture Fulham and there are certainly lots of shops with that name but this is go
        ing back to the 1820s! Think it;’s a lost cause but thanks. Jill

  217. Catherine says:

    I work with a historical collection, and I’ve stumbled upon a notebook, largely filled in shorthand, but with repeated legal references (affidavits etc). There’s also an address: “7 Phillips, 58 Macfarlane Road Shepherds Bush”, with a date 1881. Anyone have any knowledge about lawyers located in the area at the time? I’m guessing this would have been owned by a clerk or secretary, but any information would be interesting. Thanks!

    • Peter Trott says:

      Hi Catherine

      In the 1881 census Jane C Foster was living at 58 Macfarlane Road. At that time she was a widow and her occupation was listed as ‘Income from land’. Presumably she employed someone to look after her affairs. She was born in 1829 in Lambeth and her husband Stephen had been a farmer.

      There were several solicitors offices in Hammersmith around that time. In 1880 Gabriel Samuel Brandon was listed as a Solicitor & Commissioner at 339 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush.

      • Sue Jeffrey says:

        I used to work at Watson Sons and Room, Hammersmith Road, then 235 King Street and several other locations in Hammersmith before. A family firm dating back to the 1800’s and still in the family in the 1970’s. The National Archives or Hammersmith Archives hold some of their records I believe.

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  218. fhhs says:

    Nina Lincoln has asked for help she is trying to find some interior photos of the Eight Feather Club/Castle Club in Broomhouse Lane Fulham can you help please?

  219. Len Fuller says:

    Apparently Archel Road is W14 which is West Kensington, but this area came under the Fulham Borough Council. I lived in W14 1948-1963 and then Fulham SW6 1963-1987. Good Luck.

  220. Michael a Georgeou says:

    Hi…..I am trying to trace history of my Primary/Prep School ‘Heathfield House’ in Fulham
    ( specifically at junction of Munster Road and Hestercombe Ave). The school was essentially a corner house so very small . The headmistress was a Miss James with her assistant Mrs Lee. I was there until approx 1961. Any info would be much appreciated and especially news of my former classmates . With thanks ….Michael

    • Dr GlennWylie says:

      hi mate yes I was there with you Glenn Wylie in the same year i dtill have our class photo!

      • Veronicka says:

        Glenn, Hi I don’t suppose you are related to Dr Angus Wylie and wife Kate who are deceased and were living at 43 Manchester St around 1913-1924

  221. Mr G Stevens says:

    I am trying to trace Valerie Norman formerly of 2 Furber street Ravenscourt park near Hammer smith i believe married in 1970 to a Mr Halstead she may be deceased is there any information you can give me.

  222. James Kirk says:

    I am researching my grandmothers employer – Pope & Sons – Removals established in the late 1800s and listed as 21 Bridge Road, Hammersmith. I know the company ended up at Acton Lane opposite Chiswick Park Underground Station where the Sainsbury’s supermarket is now located, apparently after a compulsory purchase order was actioned in the 1940s in order to build the Hammersmith flyover. I suspect however that this date range may be wrong. I would be very grateful to hear from anybody who knew this company and may have more information – an old photograph would be very helpful.
    Thank you

    Jim Kirk

    • My great grandfather George Joseph Pryor was a friend of Edward Brownfield Pope (born c1812) who ran the carrier business from 21 Bridge Street. Edward had a son Alan Edward Brownfield Pope born 19/05/1913 and in 1939 he is listed as a ‘Removals supervisor & warehouse manager’. Edward also had a grandson of the same name born 24/06/1877 in Hammersmith. My ggrandfather was the MD of Palmer’s Stores which had premises on King Street as well as on Bridge Road and Pope & Sons worked for the store a lot. I have a photo of a Pope & Son van outside Palmer’s Stores if you are interested.
      Best wishes,

      • Jim Kirk says:

        Hi there – thank you for taking the time to reply to my query. I would indeed like to see the photo that you have and in return I have one to show you. I am not quite sure how to give my email – is it allowed to post on the site or is there a private message facility or means to attach photo here.



      • fhhs says:

        I have passed your response and email on so you should get a direct email in reply.

  223. Andrew Wilson says:

    I’m interested in finding out more about Chesilton Road, Fulham in the early C20 – what sort of neighbourhood was this?

    • Andrew Wilson says:

      I have not received a response to the above question – does anyone have any clues? I’m specifically interested in early 1920’s.
      Would these have been flats or individual houses?

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        I used to go to school around the corner from Chesilton Road and had friends who lived there. They were all large terraced houses then.

        I’m 70 now and no longer live in Fulham but a quick check online shows that a 5 bedroom property there sold for £1.9 million in 2019. Many of the houses have now been converted to flats, one of which recently sold for close to £600,000.


  224. Kim Kennedy says:


    I’m interested in finding the original architectural plans for my Victorian terrace house on Greswell Street in Fulham. I’m also interested in who may have built it and who has also lived there. Do have any advice on where I could find such information?

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      You can look at the census of course. And don’t forget the 1939 Register. If and when the local studies department of Fulham & Hammersmith Library reopens its amazing what you can find about builders and look at maps etc.
      Regards, Lesley

    • Julie Simpson says:

      My late mother worked for estate agents Allen & Norris in the 1970s on Fulham Palace Road (now a different estate agent). The two men Allen & Norris built the houses and maisonettes in the Alphabet streets. There is a very good account on the internet if you google ‘ ALLEN AND NORRIS: the building firm that made Henry Norris rich’. My mother rented one of their flats and I am now sitting in it. The previous tenants had lived here during WW2 as had her by then elderly neighbours in the flat above.

  225. Gill Blake says:

    My mother was born at 302 Fulham Palace Road, in December 1936. She has no idea why she was born at that address.
    Her mother was living in Parsons Green. Was this address a materity home?
    It would be nice to have some information on this address?
    Thanks, Gill

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I seem to remember there was indeed a maternity home in Parsons Green. If I can find out more I will let you know.
      Regards, Lesley

      • Susie Richards says:

        Hi Gill,

        I had a quick google and found a chat on Genes Reunited from 2005 which says this:-

        “Just found out today that 302 Fulham Palace Road was called the ‘South Western Maternity Home and Nursing Institution” and it closed in 1939.”

        Can’t seem to find anything else about it but hoping that will help.

        Best wishes,


      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        On google look up Lost Hospitals of London. It was known as Fulham Maternity Hospital. Also there is something on
        The National Archives. There might be something on the 1939 Register too.
        Regards Lesley

      • Sue says:

        Parsons Green Maternity Hospital existed beyond the 1960s. My neice was born there approximately 1965.

      • Gill says:

        Many thanks Lesley for the advice and tips.
        Sounds like it might be worth a trip to Fulham and Hammersmith local studies, when it opens.

      • Gill says:

        Hello Susie,
        Really interesting and very helpful. Thank you.
        My mum (who is 85 this year) now knows the name of the building she was born in!

    • Susie Richards says:

      Hi Gill,

      My Mum is 84 and we had a house overlooking Parsons Green. My Grandfather and then my Dad also ran his own business from the same address. Also I was born at the Fulham Maternity Hospital in 1966. Where did you Grandmother live on the Green? It was like a village when I grew up there.

      Best wishes,


      • Gill says:

        Hello Susie, after speaking to my family, it seems to me that my mothers home was nearer to Fulham than Parsons Green. Their address was 88 Archel Road.
        It seems I have quite a few relatives who come from this area, some who own local businesses.
        However, we are at the start of our ancestry journey, so will use your vauable advice too.

  226. Amina Ali says:

    My father had a restaurant named “Mother India” in the 70s. He sold it in 1985. It was in Lillie Road, Fulham.
    I would like to find out any records/ information about the restaurant.
    We spent our childhood there. It would be great to have some information on our restaurant.

    Thank you

  227. paulinew7 says:

    My mother worked in a munitions factory in ww2 I assume in Hammersmith she lived in black lion Lane according to census c1939 she would of been 19 was there a factory nearby??

    Also I notice there is a black lion Lane n south bkack lion lane anyone know when the road was split ?? Or renamed


  228. JulieMorgan says:

    Does anyone have any historical information about 1 friston st, Fulham SW, the woodages lived there for years. Thank you.

  229. Malcolm Hellings says:

    Can you help me please. I would like details of the industry that once was part of the riverside from Hammersmith Bridge to Fulham Football ground. I am leading a Windsor U3A walk along the river and I would love to be able to talk about what was there before all the more recent apartment blocks. I came across a site with a great deal of information and photographs but try as I might I cannot find that site again.

  230. Trevor says:

    Hi, can anyone tell me where the Maxwell Arms was as my relative, George Land was, I believe, the publican there in 1902

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      The Maxwell Arms was at the Fulham end of King’s Road, number 614. No George Land is shown as a publican there between 1881 and 1904. What date was he there?

      • Trevor says:

        Hi Mark,
        According to his marriage license, his address was the Maxwell Arms and his profession was Publican.
        This was dated June 1902
        Best wishes

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        How old was George when he married? Who did George marry in 1902? It was either an Emily Parks or a Carrie Cullum. What is his bride’s address on the marriage certificate and where did they get married?

        I couldn’t find either and Emily Land or a Carried Land in the Fulham vicinity in the 1911 census. Maybe George and his wife separated or one or both of them died..

        The surname of the publican at the Maxwell Arms in 1911 was Dodd so if George ever was publican there it must have been between 1902 and 1911. He’s not at 614 King’s Road in the 1901 Census nor the 1911 census.


      • Mark Foulsham says:


        It occurred to me that the term ‘publican’ didn’t necessarily refer to the owner or proprietor of the pub/alehouse/off sales business,whom you’d expect to live on the premises. George could have been the manager of the pub but lived somewhere else altogether rather than in house.

        The 1901 Census lists many George Land names. Did he have a middle name? As the only paperwork you have shows George marrying in 1902 he could have been anywhere before that and somewhere else at the time of the next Census in 1911.

        Bit of a mystery.

  231. Pauline Wilson says:

    I am trying to find a ww2 munitions factory around Hammersmith area where my mother might of worked she was 19 in 1939
    And I have her living in black lion Lane around 1939 census


  232. Kim Kennedy says:

    Hello. I’m interested in finding the architectural drawings for the original homes on Greswell street in Fulham, SW66PP. Any idea where or if I may be able to locate these?

    With thanks.

  233. Malcolm Hellings says:

    Good afternoon to you
    I am leading a walk for Windsor U3A from Putney to Hammersmith Bridge in August. I am looking for information please about the companies that were on the riverbank between Hammersmith and Fulham football ground before the coming of all the apartments. There is a very informative site with some marvellous old photographs (Duckhams, Manbre and Garton). I guess it is a History Society site but cannot for the life of me locate it again. Help please

  234. Julie Morgan says:

    Hello, I am looking for any Woodage or Pyke members that may still be living. My grandparents William and Violet Munro lived at One Friston St Fulham SW. His sister married Pyke and the grandson had several pics of my mom and her family but unfortunately Michael Pyke who loaded those passed away a few years ago from what I was told when trying to locate him on Ancestry. My mom didn’t have any siblings (they had 2 prior that passed of pneumonia) My grandfather did have siblings, a couple brothers and Annie who passed at a young age. I would love to find out if those brothers had any children or if Annie’s children had kids. Thank you so much for any help you can give me. I was born in Oxford in 1964 and I am so interested in finding anyone who shared my roots.

    • John Meadows says:

      Friston Street is in the Sands End ward of Fulham. There a couple of Facebook Groups relevant to this area that may have members who can help you.

  235. lindar59 says:

    Good morning
    I have spent many hours trying to locate the police records that had them visit my grandfather’s place of work in 1928. He absconded from here just before they arrived and has never been found since. Would you be able to help me locate these police records as they mentioned a wife and 4 children and non payment of maintenance!
    Thanks for reading
    Linda Saunders

  236. Melissa Webster says:


    Would anyone know of Elsie Doris Bramley who married Arthur Bannister in 1953 – St Pancras. They lived at 14A Wilde Street and had three girls, Shirley, Barbara and Pamela who were all born mid 1950’s.

    Thank you


  237. Lenny Fuller says:

    I got my first football boots from Gabys and my first bike from Gabys shops in Lillie Road mid 1950s.

    • My dad got my firsts pair from Gaby’s , we lived about 400 yards away from the shop. In about1959. Remember the leather studs made up of layers of leather

      • Brian says:

        There was a famous occasion many years go, late 60s/early 70s when foreign official turned up at Wembley to referee an England game withe wrong coloured shirt and Mr Gaby had half a day to manufacture him a new one.
        He supplied most of the clubs in the Sportsman’s League with their kits as well as most of the referees of the Fulham and District Referees Society.

  238. SARAH L ATWOOD says:

    My grandfather Edward Delaney had a full time art studio in Holland Park, where he painted scenery for theatre, ballets, and opera. He rented a second location in Fulham up to about 1964. It could of been a hall or a church. Does anyone know of its location? Thank you, Sarah Atwood

  239. Kevin George says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I’m a London Taxi driver with an interest in the history of London’s roads. Who, where or what gave them their name?

    Camden’s historical society have a comprehensive list of this type of information. I was wondering whether you do as well?
    If you don’t have such information is there any chance you could point me in the direction of anybody who does for Hammersmith and Fulham.

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Kevin George

    • Peter Trott says:

      There is an out of print FHHS booklet entitled Street Names of Fulham and Hammersmith.

    • fhhs says:

      I am not aware of a listing for the LBHF although there will be some stuff in council minutes. It seems most of the Victorian era street names were in the gift of the developer/builder. Latterly it is more political with councils deciding. You are probably aware of Bruce’s lists which shows name changes – and of course there are the LCC publications listing road name changes and authorisations which might be useful – it will be in most borough archives or reference libraries. Hopefully someone will come up with a better source of info. Good luck.

  240. Bazeer Sulaiman says:

    How can I trace a person who lived in Putney in the 80/90s
    Please advise

    • fhhs says:

      The electoral registers in the local archive are probably your only source of address, although you might be able to locate old phone books (maybe worth trying the British Library). How you trace them now is more difficult. Facebook might work. in the past I have searched to find an absentee landlord – it worked but you have to pay for the searches.

  241. Andrew says:

    Unfortunately I cannot find the original posting asking if anyone remembered Mr Gaby, the cobbler on Mulgrave Road – but my Great Aunt Jess worked in that same shop repairing shoes. I would be delighted to hear from whoever made the enquiry!

      • Ellie Jardine says:

        I’m looking for a clear source to view the Fulham section of John Rocque’s map of London from 1741 if anyone could help.


    • Susie says:

      Hi Andrew, I think I put up a comment about Mr Gaby and his shop in Parsons Green. He used to mend my Dad’s rugby boots, not to mention cleaning the clods of mud off them first! I remember the shop being tiny and full of boots and shoes in every nook and cranny and the wonderful smell of leather. Weren’t there two brothers both cobblers? The one I remember lost a leg in WW1 I believe.


  242. Mary Clayton says:

    Hello, I was wondering whether anyone might be able to point me in the direction of information about St Matthew’s Church, Sinclair Road (also called St Matthew’s Masbro Road or St Matthew’s Hammersmith or St Matthew’s West Kensington). It’s celebrating its 150th anniversary of consecration in a few weeks and so am trying to write a brief piece on the early history of the parish. Many thanks!

    • Peter Trott says:

      The church already has a fairly comprehensive history on it’s own website but are you looking for something more specific? Also have the names on your WW1 memorial been researched?

    • You must check the west London observer on the British library on online newspaper archive site. Do an advanced search Ltd from 1868 to 1870 to select West London observer and search on Saint Matthews you should find plenty to be able to write an article including when the area was a swamp I thought to be plague infested, Before I knew so was built and also the church good luck. I believe you can just purchase a one month subscription still to get all articles but if you don’t have other articles that are later in your archives you may consider purchasing a one-year subscription and find as many references as you can to the church through the years

  243. Paul Holden says:

    Hi I would like to find out more infomation regarding direct ancestors of mine and in particular George Samuel Peters born in Hammersmith in 1806 who married Harriet Chipperton also born in Hammersmith in 1805.
    Family members have suggested the family were stockbrokers . Any infomation would be greatly appreciated
    Thank you
    Paul Holden

    • Basil Larkins says:

      Hi Paul, I have had a cursory look on the web. There is a lot of information about George and Harriet.
      They were married in 1828 lived in Alfred Road near Shepherds Bush and went on to have a great number of children even by Victorian standards. George died in 1866.

      On both the 1851 and 1861 census returns he is described as a ‘Broker’ but this does not mean he was a stock broker and my guess is that he was some other kind of broker as in 1861 some of his children while living at home are working as servants or dressmakers. I suspect that a stockbrokers children would have not been required to take on such jobs.

      George appears in a great many family trees so others have gone before you.
      A subscription to would be a good way to explore the family more fully

      • Paul Holden says:

        Thank you for replying to my request for information regarding my ancestor. I take your point about his employment. I have also contacted Brompton to locate his grave as he is buried there.
        Many thanks once again
        Best wishes
        Paul Holden

  244. Alan Hassell says:

    I am looking for any photos of Field Road off Greyhound Road, circa 1950/60. I lived there for several years before moving to Fulham Court. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  245. tim jones says:

    Do you know the address of the Fulham Arts Centre that reportedly saw a riot at a Generation X gig in 1976?! Many thanks!

    • John Grigg says:

      It was in part of the old swimming pool/laundry, entrance was in Dawes Road SW6. The main pool entrance was in North End Road. All gone now, went there many times to various events.

      • Basil Larkins says:

        I think you might be amused by this story. The building was known as ‘Fulham Baths’. There was a swimming pool but there were also a number of baths for individuals to use and there was a large laundry. When it was built much earlier in the 20th century not many people in Fulham had an indoor bathroom so bathing was by a tin bath or a visit to ‘The Baths’.

        In the mid 1960s they installed a number of washing machines (Laundrette style) which was considered very forward thinking. In 1968 A recently elected lady Councillor of my acquaintance was taken on a tour as her committee responsibilities included ‘The Baths’ She saw the long line of machines and then commented to the Council Officer leading the tour…’I don’t understand…..why would people come her to wash their clothes…why don’t they just use their own machine?’.

        The Officer looked stunned and had to explain that unlike the Councillor most people in Fulham did not have washing machines or even baths. Clearly a case of the class divide.

        In fairness to the lady concerned it should be noted that for the remainder of her term of office she worked hard to promote schemes to provide indoor bathrooms throughout the borough.

      • John Grigg says:

        Thanks Basil, yes my relatives used the warn baths, they had no baths in their houses, We had a prefab, with a bathroom! My Aunt worked in the laundry at the back of the swimming pools for many years. I loved the pools and used to play five a side in a yearly competition there, they covered the pool with boards.

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        Growing up in a requisitioned mansion flat near the Olympia, hot water was either light boiler, keep it running for hours, sometimes use an immersion heater to get two inches of water in the massive (and cold) bathroom with the roll top bath. So much easier to take the 28 bus to the baths. A white clad attendant would draw a deep, hot bath you could float in, a sliver of soap was provided as were the towels

        At Beaufort House school we walked there one morning a week to swim. That together with a weekly attendance at the Swim Club used to keep us all relatively clean.

        Last time I was in England a dance centre occupied the front entrance. The cubicle where we used to pay our pennies, and buy slices of bread covered in margarine after a swim, was still there, as were the doors into the baths. We were given a wrist band and when our time was up, the guard would shout ………bands all out and we had to leave pool.

        I can smell the chlorine as I think back to those times. I am sorry to learn it has all now gone.

  246. Roger Meadows says:

    In the 70s, whilst living in London, I acquired and elegant ( expensive Parisian? Porcelain and gold guilded) ladies walking stick. Unusually it is engraved….. E. ASTLEY 14, MUSGRAVE CRESCENT, WALHAM GREEN.

    I have established her name was Ellen her Husband Robert. The 1891 census records them living at 42, Limerston St, Chelsea. He was a Horse Trader. Employing 8 men.
    The 1911 Census puts them at 14, Musgrave Crescent having retired. Here his occupation is recorded as Bookmaker.
    My questions are…does anyone know if relatives of the Astleys still live in Area…. no children seem to be recorded. And were they prominent in the local area for any reason?

  247. LisaW says:

    Hi, I wonder if you can help please! I was looking for info about Fulham Swimming pool in Lillie Road and wanted to know what facilities it had back in the 80s. I know it has an 8 lane 25m pool now and looking at an old photo I saw dated the 80s think it’s very possible that there was also a large lane pool then as well – I also seem to remember a diving pool or diving boards? Please can you help! Was it a 6 lane or 8 lane pool back then? Thanks so much!

  248. Ron Lalley says:

    My GG Grandfather John NOLAN died on the 15/02/1905 at the Fulham Infirmary i would like to find the details of his burial do you think it would be reorded in there records. John Nolan’s actual surname was COSGROVE he left his first wife and family in the 1850s and married again using his Mother’s maiden name. He had moved to the Hammersmith area by the mid 1860s and i was born in Hammersmith in 1959. I only managed to find out the truth about John Nolan due to my 2nd cousin having a DNA test which matched someone in MASSACHUSETTS he had letters from John Nolan from the 1870s which were from the address shown on the 1881 census. It took me some time to locate John Nolans death certificate. Johns first wife and children immigrated to MASSACHUSETTS in 1868 and i have managed to trace ancestors there to the present day. I would be grateful if you could help me locate details of John Nolan’s burial.


    Ron Lalley

    • Have you tried billiongraves website? This will at least gives all possible cemeteries from its map in the area, but especially check fulham cemetery , margravine and Kensal Green records

  249. Malcolm Holmes says:

    As Editor of the Camden History Society Newsletter our July issue will have an article on the Dutton Street Gasworks, Grays Inn Road.. I was interested to read your article on the web page about Fulham Gas Works which records that the plant was transferred from Dutton Street to Fulham in 1829 and wonder if you have any further information about this. Malcolm Holmes

  250. Dear all I think that my great grandmother Constance Baker Mother of the wounded that has two put up of her one in Bishops park Fulham I think she should have a statue put up of her.

  251. GizMarriner says:

    Please can anyone help me find some old photos of Thames Row, Brentford before it was redeveloped? My 3 x great grandfather and all his immediate family were lightermen living there in the mid 1800s. I’ve tried google. Thanks. Giz Marriner

  252. Rebecca Clarke says:

    Hello, I am wanting to find out the names of any preparatory schools that were in Fulham around 1881 – particulary one that had Sarah Webster Rose as the Principal. I am attempting to find out details on two brothers who are listed as boarding and attending the school – it may have been at 66 Edith Road, Fulham

  253. Mark Guest says:

    Just want some old photos of Eternit Wharf Recreation Centre

  254. Brian McDonald says:

    Do you know the name of the parade that was part of Hammersmith Broadway in the 1920s.

  255. Ellie Jardine says:

    Hi, I’m looking for some help in finding out when a building was built. The building is 643 Fulham Road, SW6 (also known as ‘Fairlawn’). I thought that it was built around the 1880s after checking census records, but then found a photo of it from 1874 at the local archives. It was a YMCA building in the 1900s, but before then I think it must have just been a really big house. Any help would be great, thanks!

  256. Dave Maycock says:

    Hi FHFHS,

    I wonder if you can help me, or point me in the right direction?

    I am trying to find more information about my Aunt, Ena Maycock.

    This is all I know about her:
    Ena Maycock, born on 8th June 1919. She went to Ellerslie Road, then Wormholt Park, and then to Burlington School. She may have won a scholarship.
    She became ill at about the age of 15/16. [1934/5] She left that school and went into hospital for a period. She went to an epileptic hospital at Epsom. This all happened just before the Second World War. She came home; she had obviously got over it.

    She apparently got a job at Hammersmith Hospital in Ducane Road. I think she was a cleaner. She got a job at Barkers in Kensington after the war. She was a clerk in the pattern department.

    I believe that you hold records/archives of the Burlington school, and wonder if she appears in them?

  257. Chriss says:

    Can anyone shed any light on a fish and chip shop that was in Latimer Road, no. 276. I’m looking for details relating to my Grandfather, Alfredo Pelotto, owning the shop in the early 1900’s. Mainly trying to find , when they opened/took over the shop and how long they stayed there.. Thank you

    • Paul Sellars says:

      Hi Chriss, not sure of how long they stayed there or when they opened but he’s my grandfather too. My mother was a little girl (the youngest of two girls and two boys) there at the time. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. You must be related to either my Aunt Doris or Uncle Bert???

  258. I’m wondering whether anyone can provide details of when the building on Rylston Road between Prothero Road and Mendora Road was last in use. I believe it was probably last used by Kodak but can’t find details of when or what Kodak used it for. Was it for processing like their Harrow factory ? Any information about the building – particularly in the 1980s most welcome. Thank yo

  259. Donna Jean Day says:

    Would anyone know of a person or organization in Hammersmith (or elsewhere) circa 1780-1820 with the initials H.E.J.C.? I am trying to find my 4xgrandfather James Holbrow who was employed as a clerk by this person or oganization. I have hit the “brick wall” with this and cannot move forward without knowing what these initials stand for. Thank you. Donna

  260. Emma bennison says:

    Hi was there ever a little boy called Thomas who was murdered in the late 1800s1950s in what uae to housing esate be for it was Emlyn Gardens and do know what happened to his mum

    • fhhs says:

      This is a bit vague can you tie it down a bit? just to give our readers of Contact Us a chance to help. Your best bet will be searching the online newspapers of the British Library to get more detail – try looking at West London Observer -

      • emma bennison says:

        Thomas was 5 he live in the house i lived which was 74 Ember Court Emlyn Gardens i dont know which year it was as i got told by one person in was in the 1800s and then someones wlse told me it was in the 1950s he had blonde hair and blue eyes from what they told me it was the nanny not his grandmother who mudered him sorry its vage i have being trying to find out more but no luck

  261. Jane says:

    Hi I’m looking for a Robert Farley worked as a barman in Pimlico about 1965 /66

    • fhhs says:

      Unless you know he lived in Hammersmith and Fulham there is little likelihood of anyone on FHHS contact us having any information. Try Westminster Archives but they will need more to work on.
      Good luck with your search.

  262. Caroline Moloney Hunt says:

    My grandmothers brother was married on 24th December 1937 and his address was 30 portnall road, paddington london. on his death certificate his occupation is listed as a chef. His name was simon mullins and he died 5 years later. Is there any way of finding out did he work in a local restaurant or something similar? Thank you

    • fhhs says:

      This is rather out of our area. You could look up local papers to find the notice of the death which may mention place of work or colleagues, Westminster Archive is very good, but also the British Library has an archive of newspapers which you can look up on line. Good luck in your search.

    • Heather Christine Potts says:

      Hi Caroline, I have found a Simon Mullins on the 1939 register. DOB is 27th July 1909. He is in Paddington Hospital listed as a patient, he is down as a Delicattesen shop assistant. Is this the right one for you?

  263. Nora says:

    Dear Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society,

    I am writing in from Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery in Ealing to see if your Members can help us discover more about a Victorian builder! When restoring the Manor (designed and built by architect Sir John Soane), a dramatic discovery was made when the plasterboards blocking the internal windows in the entrance were removed. This revealed original marbling paintwork commissioned by Soane alongside contemporary graffiti by the builder who had encased the windows. He had signed his name, date, trade and employer: D. L. Flack, 1832, Plasterer, in the employ of Mr [Boal] of Hammersmith.

    We were wondering if you could help us shed any light on our plasterer D.L. Flack or the employer Mr Boal of Hammersmith? Might anyone know about either of these names/ families or indeed if it is Mr Boal (the handwriting is not easy to decipher). We would be fascinated to hear of any provenance or records that might link to our mystery builder, whose farsighted graffiti scrawl indicated that he knew Soane’s masterwork would one day be unveiled again!

    For those interested, our new exhibition Soane Restored reveals the fascinating story of how Pitzhanger – special as an almost intact example of British architect Sir John Soane’s work – was returned to its original vision. The exhibition celebrates the careful and dedicated work required to reveal Soane’s Pitzhanger, hidden under layers of paint, new brickwork, and alterations. The graffiti can also be seen in situ.

    Look forward to hearing from you,
    The team at Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery

  264. Keith Darrell says:

    I am looking for information regarding Butchers Asylum,Walham Green.
    This is clearly marked on the 1868 Stanford map but as of now I cannot find any reference to it’s existence.

    • Len Fuller says:

      High Keith
      It’s Butchers Almhouses i think you will find, in Vanston Place
      now Samuel Lewis Trust Buildings.

      • Geoffrey See says:

        Ah, you spoiled it Len, as an ex butcher I rather liked ( and partly saw the need for ) an asylum for us knife wielding lunatics !

      • Len Fuller says:

        Ha Ha
        I bet your favourite film is Physco 😵👍

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Have you looked at the censuses? I have seen asylums ,workhouses and hospitals listed with patients and workers

    • Berris Spicer says:

      My 4th great-uncle John Knight, butcher of Walham Green, was a driving force to build the Butchers’ Almhouses, started 1840, demolished about 1900. He bankrupted himself and other family members in the process. John saw his last days out as one of its residents. ‘John Knight Lodge’, built 1990, is part of the Samuel Lewis Trust Estate @ Vanston Place.
      Berris Knight Spicer

  265. Julie Morgan says:

    I am looking to find Woodages it Pykes. My mother grew up on Friston St with my grandparents. I would love to find a living member of either family. Thanks so much.

  266. fhhs says:

    If you have followed the posts by Barbara, Geoffrey See and Heather Christine Potts in April then do have a look at the latest article on our home page there is a photographic challenge for the detectives amongst you. Good luck in the search.

  267. John Wilkes says:

    My G.G/F, Charles Wilkes b 13/3/1839 East Stonehouse, Devon & his wife, Alice Turner b 11/7/1855 Mayfair, London lived at 2 Ryecroft St, Fulham being a free-standing cottage built by Charles Wilkes from abt 1898 until 1919 when the house was sold. My search of London School Admissions located son, Sidney Herbert Wilkes b 3/12/1881 attending the Ackmar Road School (1890) and the Sherbrooke Road School (1891-92) however, there are no records of sons, Malcolm Wilkes b 16/5/1888 and John Liberty Wilkes b 27/7/1894 both born at Fulham attending schools in or around this township. Can you assist or put me in contact with a body who may have the required information. Regards.
    John Wilkes.
    Sydney. Australia.

    • Might the brothers have been educated privately, I see John is a student in 1911 census

      • John Wilkes says:

        Hello there,
        My G,G/F attended a ‘private’ school at Southborough, Kent run by Mr Edward Fletcher – see1901 Census at the age 12. My info is that he attended a local public school in Fulham until he was around 11 or 12 before going to a boarding school. Malcolm did an apprenticeship – started as a fitter & turner moved into the electrical trades prior to leaving for Australia in 1910. Any assistance appreciated.

        John Wilkes.

  268. Irene says:

    Could you please tell me the name of the church that was in Fulham Road just along from Sir Oswald Stoll Mansions in the 50’s please?

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      You could mean the Fulham Broadway Methodist Church which was on Fulham Road itself or St James that stood in Maxwell Road, off the Fulham Road.

  269. Hi, I am looking for some information about Edward Bird and the very industrious Bird family which did so much for the borough in the 19th century, in connection with a research project I am conducting re the Latymer Foundation. I see that Jacinda Bird, a relation, recently did a presentation to the FHHS about her family history and wondered if anyone might have a copy of the presentation or could put me in touch with her. Many thanks.

    • fhhs says:

      It was an excellent presentation, very rich in illustrations and well worth hearing again. i will forward your enquiry.

    • Jhonti Bird says:

      Dear Christine

      My apologies for the slightly out of the blue message.

      I’m beginning to look into my family history and I saw here that you had a presentation from
      Jacinda Bird about the Bird family in Kensington.

      If possible I’d be really interested in getting in touch with her or you about the content.

      (I’d also be very interesting in tracing the history of what happened to Eynham Lodge which stood on the site of what is now the old BBC television centre opposite Wood Lane Tube station and which must have been part of the 1908 Franco-British expo site.)

      Huge thanks in advance

  270. Can anyone help please? I am searching the history of an address given to me as 139 King Street Fulham with a link to the year 1908. On the 1891 census the property appears as residential and belonging to the Montague family however by 1901 it doesn’t appear to be residential. The census shows people living in 138 & 141 but not 139 or 140. Can anyone fill in the gaps and tell me a little about its history please?

    • I would ask Hammersmith local history department to check the voting list around that time to see if anyone has been registered to vote. If you are sure the numbers existed,they they might not have been present on census night, and are recorded elsewhere.

    • Gemma Mott says:

      How strange I’m looking for the history of the shop ‘O’dunn radio and television repair’ shop 257 king street as my dad lived above it and I believe it was my nan and Grandads shop but sadly I didn’t get to meet them 😢

    • Kaj says:

      Ms. F-C., I have an image of a page from the 1901 Census showing 139 King Street,Hammersmith (is that the address you’re interested in?) which shows a family of a different surname (Tompkins) living there . Don’t think I can attach it here.

      • sannah102 says:

        I am looking into family history and believe that the address 139 Kings Rd was used as in 1908 as it was no longer residential. A false or untraceable address if you like. I have checked census 1901 but it appears to jump from 138 to 141 and my feeling is that by 1908 the property might have become a business and wondered if anyone could back this up. This would not have been done without very good reason and I would treat this info with respect.

      • Kaj says:

        No, not in what I have. Don’t suppose there’s a possibility that you’re looking at the schedule numbers by mistake, are you? I couldn’t find it on one of the genealogy sites (some have gaps where someone turned over 2 pages, or similar, on original photographing and sites bought them as is) but found it on another.

    • King Street East
      Fulham & Hammersmith W14 & 6 Hammersmith Road @ 1885
      King Street West Hammersmith W6 King Street @ 1900 King Street West

      • sannah102 says:

        OK many thanks, King Street West runs from 73 – 93 with gaps which I assume became shops or businesses as did 139 – 140 King Street.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I think 139 Kings Road was the former snooker hall. It was, and is a big building with a wonderful frontage on King’s road. There was an entrance in Flood Street. It was various businesses over the years, but I don’t know much about it when it was originally built. It might be useful to check that this was 139 Kings Road originally. Not easy at the moment I know!

  271. Allan warren says:

    Cost of a bedsit in 1972?

    • Again with this Question it would very much depend on where the area was located and the facilities available. A one-bedroom bedsit in Chiswick could be about 18 shillings , £1 in Fulham and £1.26 in Notting hill. The size of the room and whether two people could share and perhaps a small kitchenette would also increase the price. A number of adverts for this time did not give prices and inspected people to enquire but occasionally there are a few amounts given for the cost per week

  272. Allan Warren says:

    Hello, I would like to know how much a Bessie would have cost to rent weekly in 1972. Also the average wage for a computer operator .
    Thank you.

    Best Allan

    • This is a tricky it would very much depend on age experience computer used and obviously whether male or female in those days a check of the British newspaper archive for 72 indicates that the positions in the computer industry seems to indicate a good salary might be around £1600 per annum.for a computer operator

      • Allan warren says:

        Cost of a bedsit in 1972?

        Thank you. Much appreciated
        Again many thanks

  273. Allison Brown says:

    I’m trying to find information about the place I was born.
    Parsons Green
    Nursing home ??

    • Mrs S J Richards says:


      I was born there too, 1966! It was a Maternity home. Their records are on the National Archives.

      It says it closed in 1970. What are you trying to find out?


    • Basil Larkins says:

      I was born there in 1948 and my brother in 1951. It was a maternity hospital (like the one in Call the Midwife but without any Nuns). After the War there was an explosion of births (Known as The Boom) and this hospital was very busy for many years. So busy in fact that when I was taken to see my new baby brother, visitors other than fathers, were not allowed up in the wards. I can remember my mother coming out on the the balcony and holding him up so that my Grandparents and I could see him from down in the street.
      After its closure it became a Family Planning Clinic which always amused me.
      The building still stands and it looks as if it is now an apartment block. Its at at the ‘pointy’ end of Parsons Green very close to the Station and looks out over the Green.

      • In normal times the building operates a walk in Minor injuries clinic, it has a large doctors surgery practice and the rear of the building operates the podiatry service and children’s services is right next door to the White horse pub. Check it out on street view.
        Nb the society is hoping to help publish a book about the Parsons Green area shortly written by Sue Pierson

    • John Meadows says:

      Situated on the east side of Parsons Green and part of it is now within the campus of Lady Margaret Church of England girsl school. I was treated there as a baby in 1945 when it was a maternity clinic.

      • says:

        If you are not in the area and Google maps does not give a clear view, I have photos of Parsons Green, parts of Lady Margaret School and the building that was once the Receiving Home for the Board of Guardians (temporary home for children taken into care). Happy to send them to you. Susan Jeffrey

        Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

      • Stephen Lally says:

        Susan Jeffrey. Your photo of the Board of Guardians’ Receiving Home. I had a great aunt who died in Hammersmith in 1898. Her husband died in 1899. Their nine children were taken into care, Would they, first of all, have been taken to this Receiving Home? If so, may I have a copy of the photo please? Thanks. Stephen Lally

      • says:

        I am not sure if Hammersmith would be the same.  It would depend upon how close I suppose.  Researching ancestors on my grandmother’s side, many children ended up in the Parsons Green Receiving Home. If the part of Hammersmith is close, then perhaps.  I imagine  borders then were much more fluid.  The area where I grew up changes from SW6 to W6 and I never knew. My period for the various children was twelve years beginning in 1893. On trip(s) to England I looked through the Board of Guardians’ records.  Page after page of children, and they kept tabs on all of them.  Where they went after taken into care, how much per week was paid for their upkeep, where they were placed at 14.  I think they might now available on Ancestry.   My email is  I will send the photo if you would like.  Unfortunately the day I was there large equipment was parked in front of the building for road works but even so quite imposing to a child. Regards, Susan Jeffrey

        Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

  274. Gemma Mott says:

    Can anyone recall in the 1950’s an electrical type tv repair shop in kings street/beavor lane Hammersmith ? There were flats above it?
    Anyone know the family name Mott? Or Mingard?

  275. Gemma Mott says:

    I’m desperately looking for info on Hammersmith king street in around 1950. My dad is from there and born in king street/beavor lane I think palingswick house and wanting to see if any pictures of the area or info of the area around this time. My grandad was from this area and I never knew him…

  276. Michael Fox says:

    Hi All, I come from a big family originating out of Fulham consisting of Foxs, Drakes, Pullens, Lawrence’s to name a few.

    Just wondered if anyone lived in Fulham Court in the 60s and 70s and knew my mum Maureen Drake. Her dad was Charles ‘Bala, Drake and my Nan was Lil Drake?

    My Dad Billy Fox was from Lewis Trust.

  277. Kevin says:

    About 1963 I worked for a company called Moydens at Fulham cross they made windows for boats and busses, is there any photos or info on it

  278. Pam Hausler says:

    Further to my comment about my Grandfather from Prothero Rd, his name was Peter Clarn.

  279. Pam Hausler says:

    My Grandfather and family lived at 20 Prothero Road and went to St Thomas of Canterbury Church and school, circa mid to late 1800’s.

    I live in Australia so I can’t go and visit infact, in the 1980’s I did visit but the information had not been digitised. I’m hoping to find out more about his school years. He and brother went on to do an apprenticeship as a “Plaisterer and Modeler”

  280. Mrs S J Richards says:

    Hi, I grew up in Parsons Green on the New Kings Road and am trying to find any photos of the parade of shops where Bayley & Sage currently are. Ideally from the 60’s or 70’s but would be interested in any. I found the Express Dairy page on FB but they haven’t come up with anything yet. There used to be a bakery, fruit & veg shop, butchers, Express Dairy and a hardware store but can’t remember the actual name of any of them except for the Express Dairy. Also does anybody remember Mr Gaby, the cobbler who was an old soldier from WW1? He was such an amazing character and I think his shop was on the opposite side of the road along from the chemist C E Harrod, which I see is still there! Thanks in advance, Susie

    • fhhs says:

      Most roads in the borough were photographed in the 60s for the Archive. They also have street directories. When it re-opens do go along its above Hammersmith library or email the archivist.

    • Mick says:

      What school did you go to? I’ll ask my mum and dad

      • Mrs S J Richards says:

        Hi Mick,

        I went to the Marist Convent on the Fulham Road. Thanks for replying.


    • The Express dairy as i recall was originally Hickman s at no 32, the domestic stores i.e. oil merchants etc was Simpsons at 34, and i remember the last two shops only as a bomb site, where winkworths is now (nos.38 & 40. The Bakers was Shells, an anglicized version of the german surname Schiell I was told..
      i remember Mr Gaby, always wore a brown overall, walked with a gammy leg, and had glasses. He was close by Yardeys in a sort of half shop I think opposite. I also remember the original Mr. C.E. Harrod, and his dispenser Mr. Bond. I was always amused that the Chemists stocked fertiliser and of course one could purchase chemicals from them, which of course is all that they are really, and they were in competition with the oil shop, with window displays in the early growing season.

      • Mrs S J Richards says:

        Thank you so much for the information on the shops. My Mum said the name Shells rings a bell and Mr Gaby was just the best! I think he only had one leg but he was the best cobbler we’ve ever known! He must have bee opposite the bakery near the Post Office and the Launderette and I do remember his shop being very small with a lovely smell of leather. A real character.

  281. Charlie Drew says:

    Dear All,

    I am a history teacher at Fulham Cross Girl’s School on Munster Road. Our Headteacher, Denise Fox, is retiring in July and has been at the school for over 35 years. She is Fulham born and bread and has a season ticket at Fulham F.C. The staff at the school would desperately like to make a book about the history of the school but do not know where to start. Is it possible to have any advice on how I/we get started on this?

    Many thanks

    Charlie Drew

    • Kaj says:

      Hello, I had the, erm…character-building (!?!), experience of attending the school in one of its earlier incarnations. If Ms Fox was born and bred locally, where was she, a pupil?. I daresay you’ll have gleaned what you can from your “Academy’s” website? Then, I’d suggest “Google” (other search engines are available 😉), using all the previous names for the school allowing for mistakes, spelling and otherwise, changing words around e.g. “County Secondary School, Fulham” as well as “Fulham County” etc. You’ll find the odd blog, facebook mention, “old girls” etc. Then, similarly, search LMA (London Metropolitan Archives) and TNA (The National Archives).
      Hammersmith and Fulham Local archives here:
      The following is a link to the papers of Mary Stewart, Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch (Governor of F.G. 1974 – 1980 etc) and Michael Stewart, Baron Stewart of Fulham (local M.P. >30 years) where mention of the school is made.

      “F.C.” website doesn’t make it quite clear but “Fulham County” and “Gilliatt” schools were amalgamated to become “Fulham Gilliatt Comprehensive School” for Girls in 1973, in preparation for this, each school had halved its lower school intake for a couple of years. The “Comprehensive” ideal was somewhat, forestalled by the fact that all senior posts were taken by F.C. teachers, ĺikely, Tories to a woman but perhaps with superior C.V.s? So instead of the, “streaming” according to subject, used at “Gilliatt”, a 2 school system was adopted, whereby the Gilliatt classes were automatically entered for CSEs and the F.C. giirls for “O levels”! I joined “Gilliatt” in 1971, its Lower School was in Finlay Street then. Later the Fulham Cross and Hawksmoor buildings were used and I can remember us, literally, taking 2 steps forward and 1 back, at times, in order to delay getting back to those lessons which we hated, at Fulham Cross, citing the journey and hoping the teacher of that class thought we’d been “let out” late, in reality, it was only round the corner.
      Sadly, I can only recall one mention of Alice Gilliatt, during an assembly at Finlay Street, I think, a Suffragette sash (possibly Alice’s own) was produced, perhaps by a relative, I often felt quite ashamed that the ambition and zeal she demonstrated during, her, lifetime, was not much in evidence at the school which bore her name. I was given to understand that there was some regulation which didn’t allow a full name to be used within a certain period after a person’s death. There’s a short piece about A.G. and there are 1 or 2 other images of her online as there are of the school, staff, etc. I’ll send some more links later as I’m currently using my phone-bad habit!

  282. Mark says:

    Does anyone know why Dancer Road in SW6 is called “Dancer”. Thank you

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      It was probably named after the Dancer family, one of the parish’s oldest families. Dancer’s Nursery used to cover about 47 acres from Munster Road to the grounds of Park House, Parsons Green, extending back towards Rectory Lane and Parsons Green Lane.


  283. Patrick says:

    Hi, trying to locate a place of birth on a birth certificate from 1856: “Fitch’s Market Ground (Wilcox’s)” – it is prefixed by a word I can’t read, perhaps Jon or Jim.

    Does this mean anything to anyone? The address of the mother was 22 Parsons Green Lane, Fulham. So I assume it would be close to there.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Kaj says:

      Yes, Patrick, quite possibly. There were a lot of market gardens leading down to the river up until about (?)25-30 years after this date (someone correct me if I’m wrong, please) and Parsons Green Lane would have led to them. Hope I’m not “leading you up the garden path” with the following information:
      It was mentioned in a gardening book published in 1824 that “Southfield Farm” (“which produced the first Auricula” and “first Pine Strawberry”) had been a Market Garden/Nursery for >2 centuries and up until the start of that century was in the family of a Mr. Rench who was said to have had either 33 children and died aged 99 y.o. or had had 35 children (and 2 wives) and had died aged 101 y.o., (in 1783, in the same room in which he had been born), somebody disputes both and says he was only 83 y.o.! It was said that Elm Trees planted on Birdcage Walk and in St.James’ were grown by him in his garden. One of his daughters married a Mr. Fitch and this man continued the business.
      On the 21 August 1831 “Bell’s Weekly Messenger” reported that amongst the entertainments advertised to celebrate the Queen’s birthday (this would be William the Fourth’s Queen, Adelaide’s, birthday, the 13th of August) at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens was a hot air balloon display. It seems they landed, after about an hour and a half (about 23:30 hrs.) in a field “near Parson’s Green” belonging to a Mrs. Fitch who seems to have been quite affable and attended to all their needs-the “Aeronauts” arrived back at V.P.G. at about 2:30 a.m.
      Are any of your family gardeners? Was the helpful Mrs. Fitch or a decendant involved? Did this lady go into labour whilst working in the fields?
      The current 22 Parsons Green Lane, appears to have been built a little later than the time of the birth, I think most of the house building in Fulham took place between about 1880 and 1905 (again others know better than me) and this would have included the site of most of the Market Garden(s). I note, however, that, next door – Swan House, 24 Parsons Green seems somewhat older in origin and possibly formerly a Public House. There seems some confusion and possibly conflation of the “lost pubs” named “Swan” or “White Swan” in the area.

      • Basil Larkins says:

        In the 1840s and 50s large parts of south Fulham were market gardens, Fulham was especially known for carrots! but I have seen an old engraving of watercress ponds as well. I can’t find a specific mention of one named after Fitch or Wilcox.
        Most of the labourers who have come to Fulham in this period were either direct from Ireland or of Irish descent (both sides of my mothers family came to Fulham during this time) and the census records of 1841 and 1851 are full of agricultural workers. Most were Catholic and this led to the building of St Thomas of Canterbury’s church and later to Holy Cross.
        The Parish church (CofE) remained All Saints by Putney Bridge. It is possible that All Saints might have records of the baptism as in those days Catholics were sometimes ‘double dipped’ so to speak! As we did not have our own church at that time I think its likely that the child would have been christened at All Saints. Some of my family were. Also the Fitch family would almost certainly have connections to All Saints unless they were of a ‘chapel’ background.
        Good luck with your search

      • Patrick says:

        Kaj and Basil

        Thank you both for your fascinating responses. As you may have gathered, I am trying to track down my GGG grandmother and have 2 possible candidates, who may be the same person. Abel Gorman living at 283 Parsons Green Road in 1851 and known as Abigail in 1856 when she gave birth in the Market Grounds, and had possibly become Mary in 1871 when she is in Peterborough Road.

        She/they were from Cork, and were indeed “Garden Women.”

        Thank you again for your insights.

    • Kaj says:

      Whoops! I think you’re implying your ancestor changed a lot more, than just her name, prior to giving birth! I was a bit surprised by a female being called “Abel” but I’ve been surprised before. I had a quick squint at the 1851 Census on my phone, a few things awry: “283” is the schedule number not a house number (there’s not a house number given on that page), its not Parsons Green “Road” but “Lane”, Abel’s age is given in the MALE column. I know none of this is full-proof, which is shown by “Find My Past” having transcribed Abel’s relationship to the head of the household as “Daughter” when the image shows “Lodger”- (I’ve reported this to them) presume this is what led you astray ;-).

      p.s. thanks from me too, Basil, seems we were on the right track. I came across an fhss self-guided walk, written by Maya Donelan for “Open House”, which says:
      “Further down Peterborough Road on the left is South Park which opened in 1904 when local benefactress Miss Charlotte Sulivan sold the land to the Fulham Borough Council for use as a public recreation ground. The land, formerly known as Broom House Farm and Southfields Farm, had been part of the Sulivan private lands though it had been leased to Messrs Veitch & Sons of Chelsea as a nursery for fruit trees.”

      I’ll look at some more when my eyes have recovered a bit. Cheers Kaj

      • Patrick says:

        Hi Kaj,

        Yes, I made the assumption that Abel is in fact a shortened version of Abigail (as per the name of the mother on the birth certificate in my original post), and that maybe the gender was recorded incorrectly partly thrown by daughter in the transcript, which is actually lodger as you spotted

        But I think you are right, and I will discount that now. 1871 census puts my GG grandfather at 2 Peterborough Lane (this time the number not the schedule 🙂 )so will take it from there.

        Very many thanks for your insight.

      • fhhs says:

        See our posts of 14 Apr and 25 Aug 2020 and our book on West London Nurseries

    • Southfield Farm was in the area of the present South Park, Clancarty Road , Daniel Fitch ddied in 1858. it was acquired by the Veitch’s in 1865, when the last Finch disposed of it an then in 1903 by Fulham council for £35, 000 ( Feret) and (Wilson West London Nursery Gardens.)

    • Baptism records are at the LMA, but could be available on

      Here are the tombstone inscriptions
      E141. Headstone
      Sacred / to the memory of / Mr. THOMAS RENCH / who departed this life / March 31st 1728 / aged 98 years / Also Mr. HENRY FITCH / late of this Parish / who departed this life / May 23rd 1847 aged 50 years / Also Mr. THOMAS CLARKE / brother in law of the above / who departed this life / July 24th 1852 in his 61st year / Also Mr. WILLIAM FITCH / late of this Parish / who departed this life / February 1st 1856 in his 56th year / Also Mrs. ELIZABETH CLARKE / relict of the above THOMAS CLARKE / who died 7th Jan. 1862 / in the 74th year of her age.
      E142. Headstone
      Under this stone / are deposited the remains of / NATHANIEL RENCH / late of this Parish gardener / who departed this transitory life / January 18th 1783 aged 101 / Added to this remarkable instance of / longevity he enjoyed unimpaired / the full powers of his FACULTIES / until a short period of time previous / to his dissolution possessing in an / eminent degree SOCIAL VIRTUES / It may justly be applied to him that / an honest man is the noblest work of God / Also ELIZABETH his wife who died / April the 21st 1800 aged 72 years.
      Note: In 2017 the footstone matching this headstone was found at location B59.
      E143. Headstone
      Sacred / to the memory of / Mr. DANIEL FITCH / late of this Parish / who departed this life / August 4th 1818 in the 71st year of his age / He was a kind husband a good / father & a sincere friend / patient in sickness & in his death resigned / Also Mr. NATHANIEL RENCH FITCH / son of the above / who died the 6th day of September 1825 / aged 44 years / Also Mrs. JEANNETTE FITCH / wife of Mr. WILLIAM FITCH / who died 5th July 1833 / aged 28 years / Also Mrs. ELIZABETH FITCH / daughter of NATHANIEL RENCH / and wife of the above DANl. FITCH / who died March 20 1834 aged 77 years / Also MARY, daughter of the above / who died Jan. 10th 1842 aged 62 years / Also Mr. DANIEL JOHN FITCH / late of this Parish / who departed this life / February 8th 1858 in his 74th year.
      Note: In 2017 the footstone matching this headstone was found at location B24.