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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.

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3,672 Responses to Contact us

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Len Fuller says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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,

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Ian D says:

    Hi is this the deaf school in Ackmar Road?

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. cuishene says:

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. fhhs says:

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

    Can you help?

  34. 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

  35. 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…..


  36. 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?

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. Paul says:

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

  46. Len Fuller says:

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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

  50. Jacqueline McQuade says:

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

  51. 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

  52. Len Fuller says:

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

  53. 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’.

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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!

  64. 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

  65. 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.

        Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

  66. 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?

  67. 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.

  68. 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

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.


  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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

  75. 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


  76. JulieMorgan says:

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

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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


  80. 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.

  81. 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

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. 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


  85. 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.

  86. 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

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.


  90. 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

  91. 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

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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?

  95. 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!

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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.

  99. 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

  100. 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

  101. Mark Guest says:

    Just want some old photos of Eternit Wharf Recreation Centre

  102. Brian McDonald says:

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

  103. 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!

  104. 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?

  105. 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

  106. 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

  107. 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

  108. 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 -

  109. 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.

  110. 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?

  111. 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

  112. 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

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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

  118. 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!

  119. 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

  120. 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

  121. 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

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      • 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

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  122. 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?

  123. 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…

  124. 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.

  125. 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

  126. Pam Hausler says:

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

  127. 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”

  128. 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.

  129. 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!

  130. 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.


  131. 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.

  132. Len Fuller says:

    Hi Jane
    I think these locations are not in F&H area?

  133. Mr David Nugent says:

    Just looking to find any photos or news reports on the gas explosion in Mcdonald’s on King Street Hammersmith in the early 1980’s. I do remember it quite vividly even though I was about 7 but have looked for years now and can’t find nary a mention of it.
    Thank you
    Yours sincerely
    David Nugent

    • Kaj says:

      Hello David, so far have only seen a small piece reporting that neighbours were complaining about noise of rebuilding a McDonald’s in King Street, after a water heater explosion which had occurred in May 1987. The only illustration was a photo of a pile of bricks! Armed with this information (presuming this is the incident in question?) there must be more to find. I’ll let you know.

  134. Jane WHite says:

    I am looking for any information on my great, great grandfathers school 4 The Terrace (Chiswick? Turnham Green) listed in the 1881 census. He was Dr. William White and his son George Marcus Chapman White was a tutor there. Could anyone confirm the site wasThe Terrace by Barnes bridge? It was a school with quite a number of young men listed from countries all around the world.
    Thank you.
    Jane White

  135. Donna says:

    I am looking for the photographer who may have worked in The Emerald in Hammersmith back in 1965 who photographed my parent’s wedding at the Holy Trinity Church, Brooke Green. I’m trying to locate the negatives I know it’s a long shot but you never know.

  136. Kathleen Turner says:

    I am trying to locate some information regarding a Dr Knollys School in Fulham, extant late 18th c. Can you help?

  137. Jo Drewett says:

    Hi there,does anyone remember a toy shop on Fulham Broadway in the 1970s,it was stacked floor to ceiling with boxes but you could always get what you wanted,i remember going there with my grandmother,all my family lived in Fulham but no one else remembers this shop even though my brother used to go in there too,any information would be really helpful

    • april ashton says:

      Have you looked to see if there was a business directory for that time period, also look at local newspapers as advertisements usually carry address

    • Mick Fox says:

      I remember Patrick’s on Lillie Rd

      • Jo says:

        Yeah i remember Patrick’s and think it’s still there,the one I’m thinking of was on the parade of shops at Fulham Broadway just before the station,i have a feeling it was called Phelps?

    • John Meadows says:

      I remember that shop. It was opposite The Granville I believe. Might have been called Tedder Todds.

      • Jo says:

        Yes it was opposite the Granville,thank god some one else remembers it i would love to see photos of it

      • John Meadows says:

        Hi Jo, Referring to my previous response to you I am beginning to think that the shop in question may not have been Tedder Todds. I think they were a sports shop somewhere closeby to the toy shop. The toy shop is very much in my memory from my early years in Fulham.

      • Jo says:

        Hi John,yes it’s very much in my memory too my nan used to take me in there on the way home from school and often buy me something,I’m just so glad others remember it and no one in my family does and this has been driving me mad for a long time

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I remember a little toy shop just along from the station. It was stacked inside with shelves you could hardly get around the aisles. Next door was a driving school with a road scene in the window with little Dinky toy cars, traffic lights etc. My children were toddlers in about 1972 and loved going in the toy shop and gazing in the driving school window. . I am trying to recall the name.

      • Jo says:

        Thank you so much for that information i actually started to doubt if the shop actually existed as none of my family or friends remembered it

      • Jo says:

        Thank you so much i started to doubt if it actually existed as none of my family remembered it

    • Trying to recall name. It had a devastating fire and lost all its stock and reopened in a new shop opposite St John’s church but didn’t last many years after that. Never went into the new shop but as I recall it had a similar appearance. The original toy shop was next door. Lemons The jewellers and the motoring school w the cute traffic signs in the window was I think the British School of motoring BSM. I think there was another toy shop in Harwood parade With the name Woodward’s.The guy used to close one hour for lunch at midday and go home for dinner. That was the next door to Gyer, Hill and GyerPainting and decorating specialists. Not to be confused with Green and London, Where the present HSBC bank is.

    • Hi Jo
      I think you are correct in suggesting the name Phelps.

      • Jo says:

        Hi,yes this is the name that is in my mind but can’t really find anything relating to it apart from other people remembering the shop

    • Tracy says:

      Hi, there’s a toy shop that matches your description that’s been going for years but it’s in lillie road just off of north end road so it’s a stones throw from Fulham Broadway. It’s called Patrick’s. I wonder if that’s the one you’re thinking of? It had everything including a working train set in the window. If so its still open today!

      • Mags Meechang says:

        Seeking information about Henry George Ming and his parents, William Henry Ming and Maria Elizabeth Stead: Can anyone tell me anything about 9 Little Brook Green Place, Boarding House in the time of my fathers birth, in 1906. Although his birth is recorded as Fulham, Hammersmith, I see that there is a record reg: 1 Jan 1907 346 in Rsg Bk 25 that the family were registered as living at 9 Little Brook Place. Boarding House . In 1915 when Arthur Henry was killed in WW1 (recorded on the Helles Memorial) they were living at 4 Somerset Place , Ship Lane and still were in 1930 and 1932 he is shown as still at 4 Somerset Place, but in the Hackney area. . Dad’s father William Henry Ming died in 1933 , occupation a journeyman blacksmith. It looks like he was still living at 4 Somerset Place although his death is recorded 63 Volume 1a Page 197 at 28 Marloes Road,(was this a hospital?) Auricular fibrillation and Heart failure25 Feb 1933 • Kensington, London, England. Did the names of the census areas change all the time? very confusing!!!!. The 1939 register shows Dad and his Mum were at 369 Lonsdale Road. in Barnes (?)

        As we now live in NZ I’d really appreciate it if anyone can enlighten me as to any interesting details to help me get the feel of where they were in the early 1900’s. Only Dad and Uncle Jack survived to the WW2 days. Most of the family died very young: William 1895 96 Bronchial pneumonia, Arthur: 1898 – 1915 killed in Turkey (Helles memorial) age 17, not 19 as recorded in records) Alfred 1901 – 1923 Bronchial pneumonia, colitis and heart failure) Richard 1902 – 1905 tubercular meningitis, Ann 1909 – 1914 measles, which left remaining sister Florence who died in 1916 who according to reports, commited suicide, which we query as she apparently was recently happily married but the coroners report originals are “lost”. Family question the verdict. No wonder the poor mother was categorized in the 1939 census as being “incapacitated”!!

        Any help would be gratefully received!

        Mags Meechang New Zealand

        On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 1:37 PM The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society wrote:

        > Tracy commented: “Hi, there’s a toy shop that matches your description > that’s been going for years but it’s in lillie road just off of north end > road so it’s a stones throw from Fulham Broadway. It’s called Patrick’s. I > wonder if that’s the one you’re thinking of? It had ” >

      • Ian says:

        Exactly what do you want to know? It would help if your question was more specific. The information given is not clear. Who was the Dad? Who was Arthur Henry Andy where did he fit in? We are not psychics! By the way, during the WW1 young men often lied about their age, adding a few years, so that they could join the Army to fight.

      • Mags meechang says:

        I want to know if there is anyThing you know about the addresses I mentioned. Any photos I could source. Henry George Ming was my dad. The other names were his siblings their causes of deaths indicate to me that their living conditions were not healthy. Were they poor housing areas? Are they still evident in Hammersmith? Sorry if you found my message unclear! It was clear to me!!!! Mags

      • Ian says:

        Hello again,
        I’ll try to answer your questions as much as I can.
        Barnes is on the other side of River Thames, southwards, from Hammersmith. Lonsdale Road is still there.
        Marloes Road is in Kensington which is east of Hammersmith.
        Little Brook Green is a small area between Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush (just north of Hammersmith).
        Nowadays, these areas consist of upmarket residences. Mostly Victorian properties which have been converted / done up.
        As far as BMD registration is concerned, the registration districts are large and covers a number of smaller districts. The Fulham Registration District include Hammersmith, West Kensington as well as Fulham itself.
        The LBHF Archive / Library should be able to help. I believe they have a collection of old photos of the locality.
        Regards, Ian

      • Mags Meechang says:

        I know ship lane was bombed out during the war, and the few photos I have found show that area very rundown and written stuff indicates a slum condition along the rivers and creeks. Articles on the measle pandemics show the whole area was hit very hard, so your info added to that gives me a clearer vision of their circumstances. I’ve been told many records were destroyed during the bombings of. WW2.thanks for your time. I’m now searching photographs in a collection by Frith. Fingers crossed. Nga mihi ( thankyou in Maori)

  138. Maria murphy says:

    Hello, I am looking for information on the Gillon Family 69 Dieppe Street, Fulham. Arthur and Pamelia Gillon. My cousin is looking to trace his father’s family. I was wondering if anyone would know if they had children. Thank you.

    • fhhs says:

      Hello Maria
      You might like to give a little more information such as the years involved.
      We are not a genealogy site but you may be lucky and get some helpful replies. If it is in the modern era you could search the electoral register on Ancestry or Find my Past or at the archive when it opens next month. Free BMD is also useful.

      Good luck

  139. Julian Tomlin says:

    Tailors’ Shop at 309 New King’s Road
    I am interested in the history of 309 New King’s Road. I have a photo of a man standing outside the tailoring shop – it looks like it is from the early 20th century. Many of my family were tailors in the 19th and 20th centuries, and I am researching my grandfather Edgar Harold Tomlin. He lived in Gowan Avenue, Fulham in 1911 with his father Julian and brothers Julian and Montague, all tailor’s cutters, and I believe that he worked in the shop at 309 New King’s Road between the wars. He lived next door at 307 in 1939. Please get in touch if you would like me to send you a copy of the photo.

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I looked up the shop today it is a clothes shop. I happened to be perusing EBay today, searching for Kings Road and came across two pieces of ephemera. A new photo of an old postcard/picture of Mickle, Bootmaker, outside 309 and an enquiry from a Mr Frank Linzell, Builder of 309 (about renting a property). Quite a coincidence. You might like to find these. Also see street maps where you can see the entrance to the flats above these shops, (307?) if you haven’t already.
      I lived all my life in Chelsea until 2005. I will keep your search in mind. I would love to see a copy of your photo.

  140. Elizabeth Crowell says:

    I am doing family history on the family of George Massey who lived in Fulham and Chelsea in the late 19th century. The Massey had lived at 44 Flood Street and then moved to 88 Rectory Road. George’s son, Robert, was living in Sefton Villas in 1884 and George’s daughter, Annie Elizabeth, was living there in 1890. I am trying to discover more about the family and this area. Also I am interested in Henry William Scaife who was an advertising news agent and was living in Fulham Pt. Gardens and working

  141. Roger Meadows says:

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

  142. C Howes says:

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

  143. Jamie says:

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

  144. Clive Reedman says:

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

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

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

    Many thanks
    Clive Reedman

    • hammersmithbarrowboy says:

      John wheeler had a motor repair garage in the corner next to the large bakery John also built and rented out market stalls and hand barrows I remember a wheelwright working for him but sorry I didn’t know his name this would been in the fifties I don’t know how long he worked for John

  145. Gloria Lorandos says:

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

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      I am Lesley Bairstow. Did we have contact before about getting a copy of my book? It has been out print for many years but if you could reply to me with your own email so I could contact you off this site, it would be easier to help you. Regards.

      • Hello, thanks for replying. I haven’t had co tact with you before. I can be contacted at Many thanks, Sue Locke

      • rachel horne says:

        Hi, Is it possible I could buy a copy of your book too? I would very much like to read about the road.
        Thanks, Rachel

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Hi Rachel
        I am in the process of trying to get a reprint of ‘Paradise Walk’ if and when this happens I will be able to send out copies. I hope this is of help to you. Meanwhile if there is any particular family you are looking at I might be able to help if you let me know who they were.
        regards, Lesley Bairstow

      • Rachel Horne says:

        Thanks so much for getting back to me. I live near by – so just pure interest.
        Do you happen to do house/street histories in the Chelsea area? I would love to have one done.
        Best – Rachel

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

        Hi Rachel,
        I would do more research on Chelsea Streets but I don’t live there any more. When I did Paradise Walk I was suffering with ME so it was very hard for me to actually complete it. I now live in Wiltshire. Out of interest what street are you interested in? I lived in Chelsea all my life until 2005 so I do know quite a lot about it.
        regards, Lesley

      • Rachel Horne says:

        Thx for getting back – and I am sorry to hear about your ME. How difficult… About five years ago, we moved to Paultons Square which I love. During lockdown, I spent an awful lot of time walking the streets and reading about Chelsea. Most recently I read A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviel – which mentions Paradise Walk… which is why I wanted to read your book.
        my email just in case is

  147. Lise Cooke says:

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

  148. MIchael Everington says:

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

  149. Barbara says:

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

    • Geoffrey See says:

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

      • Geoff See says:

        Should read Biffens

      • Heather Christine Potts says:

        Geoffrey, I have you in my ancestry, as well as your father and Grandfather, my maiden name was See, and you are my 3rd cousin!

      • Heather Potts says:

        Geoffrey, I have got back to 1740, another Charles See who married a Hannah Bird. I too would like to connect directly with you, so we could share our ancestry better. If its allowed by the admin/moderators, my email address is If my email address is not allowed, perhaps Admin/moderator could forward it on? I am certainly curious about your Grandmother, would love to hear about her.

    • William George See, boatbuilder, was actually born 9 APR 1867, he is my 1st cousin 2x removed. I have his ancestry back to his Great Grandparents, and forward to his Great Grandchildren, so I can tell you a lot. 2 of William Georges brothers, Charles and John, entered the Doggetts Coat and Badge Race, John actually won it in 1899.

      • Geoffrey See says:

        Hey ! That’s great ! I spent most of my working life as a butcher and had a shop in Chiswick near Goldhawk Road, one time a customer announced that he was Alan See and I replied that he couldn’t be because Alan See was my brother and he didn’t look anything like him. It turned out he had researched the See family and had done a tree, which I have ( somewhere)
        He had got back to 1750 ish
        Another customer once asked me if I had a nephew called Gary I said I did, he then told me he had played golf with him I said my nephew didn’t play golf so there is another branch you may be aware of.
        I knew that John won Doggetts, a family story said my father was hot favourite to win but someone smashed his boat the night before the race, true or not I don’t know.
        It would be good to follow up, hope to hear from you.

  150. ChrisSmith says:

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

  151. Len Fuller says:

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

  152. Sam says:


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

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

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


  153. John Grigg says:

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

    • April Ashton says:

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


      • K J Wood says:

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

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

  154. Catherine Morse Young says:

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

  155. Tina Bowen says:

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

    • Margaret Meechang says:

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

  156. David Chilvers says:

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

  157. Bradshaw says:

    I’m looking for photos of old hardware shop Bradshaws

    • fhhs says:

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

  158. Carlos Oppe says:

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

    • April wood ashton says:

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

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

  159. Melissa F. says:

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

    Many thanks in advance.


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

  160. Lisa kline says:

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

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

  162. Lisa poulter says:

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

  163. K.J. says:

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

    • Stephen Lally says:

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

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

      • KJ Wood says:

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

  164. Sam says:

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

  165. Louise Warren says:

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

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Louise Warren says:

        No it is helpful thanks!

      • April Wood Ashton says:

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

      • Louise Warren says:

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

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

        Many thanks

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  168. april wood ashton says:

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

  169. Dawn Shilcock says:

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

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

    • Paula Ewington says:

      Hello Dawn – I know you have been reaching out to me through social media but can we communicate another way? Kind regards Paula Ewington

  170. Karen Newington says:

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

  171. says:

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

  172. Zoe Sampson says:


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


  173. Leslie Einhorn says:

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

  174. Barbara Chivers says:

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

  175. Linda Saunders says:

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

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

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

    Many thanks for reading.

  176. Jamie Hutchinson says:

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

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

  177. Katie says:

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

  178. Ellie says:

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

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

  179. Lia says:

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

    • Tamara Dack says:

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

      • fhhs says:

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

        Good luck

      • Basil Larkins says:

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

      • Tamara Dack says:

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

      • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

      • Jean Pikett says:

        Hi Tamara was Helen Mc Ewen married to a charles Mc Ewen if so i have some info for you there is a marriage for Helen in 1954 Wandsworth home address putney she was deceased in 1968.Age 72 she was my grandmother
        How do you know her? From jean pikett.nee Royle

      • Jean Pikett says:

        Try 60 Wadham ROAD Putney there is a Helen mc Ewen at this address

      • Tamara Dack says:

        Hi Jean, Thankyou for replying my partner was addopted, born on the 13th February 1967. His birth name was Keith patrick mckeown, and the address given to the hospital by his birth mother Helen mckeown was 71 Fulham park gardens, we have been on many websites and organisations including NORCAP, but haven’t managed to trace Helen mckeown.
        Reasons for the search are totally honourable
        Thankyou for your time, kind regards Tamara & Keith.

  180. Clive sargeant says:

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

  181. Pauline Doignie says:

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

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

  182. Jim Goodacre says:

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

  183. Alan Smith says:

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

  184. Janice says:

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

    • Len Fuller says:

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

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

  185. suetextiles says:

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

    • kmb1960 says:

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

  186. Elizabeth Walker says:

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

    Very many thanks for any suggestions you may have

    • magsoffindonroad says:

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

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

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

      • Jacqueline Moulding says:

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

  187. Lisa says:

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

  188. Jacqueline Moulding says:

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

    • Peter Trott says:

      I believe you mean Melina Road. If so try contacting this group:

      • Jacqueline Moulding says:

        Thanku for replying Peter. Did you live near Melinda Rd? I will try the site u gave me. Thanks.

    • Peter Trott says:

      No I didn’t live in Melina Road but I’ve recently been researching the history of the Crown & Sceptre pub

      • Jacqueline moulding says:

        Hi Peter,. The Crown & Septre pub was the regular pub for my family, esp my father. I remember waiting for him outside for when he had finished his pint!
        Good luck with your research. I didn, t get anywhere with the website you gave me for info on Melina Rd or the Moulding family. Perhaps I will be lucky soon.

    • Peter Trott says:

      Hi Jacqueline contact me on

    • Janet Ashworth says:

      Hello Jaqueline,
      I was in your class at Victoria Junior Girls and remember you. Miss Ellingham was a lovely teacher. I’ve never forgotten her either. I think I visited your house in Melina Road, but it’s so long ago that it’s a bit blurry now!. I’ve recently caught up with other children from Victoria and Hammersmith County Schools, all in our early 70s now…

      Very best wishes.

      Jan Ashworth

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

  190. Hi,

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

    Mark Haggerty

  191. Wendy de Capell Brooke says:

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

    Wendy de Capell Brooke tel 07973 317663

    • reco1000 says:

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

    • Lenny Fuller says:

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

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

    1925: Stanley Herbert Lockwood, baker, 60 Richmond Road

    1930-34: Hedley Bakeries, 60 Richmond Road

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

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

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

    Many thanks, Sam

  193. David English says:

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

    David English

  194. Jamie Green says:

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

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

  195. David Taylor says:

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

    • Steve Kirby says:

      Do you mean Fulham Palace Road?

    • Tracey Briggs says:

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

    • Rachael Nash says:

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

      • David Taylor says:

        Hi Rachael
        My mother worked in this pub from 1958 to 1962,I am trying to find my father ,

      • Beverley Harrop says:

        Hi Rose Taylor Who was married to Earnest was my mother who had a lot of children most put up for adoption And yes Earnest Taylor was a Bigamist and sent to prison ..

    • David Taylor says:

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

      • Beverley harrip says:

        I take it Breda Taylor was the Woman that Earnest Taylor left he’s Wife Rose for

  196. J Law says:

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

  197. J Law says:

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

  198. Tony Springett says:

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

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

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

  199. Steve Kirby says:

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

  200. Diane says:

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

  201. Janet Pierce says:

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

  202. Michaela Jones says:

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

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

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

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

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

  205. Len Fuller says:

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

  206. John Drury says:

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

    Many thanks
    John Drury

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

      • John Drury says:

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

  207. Ben parsons says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  208. Mary MacIntyre says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  209. Sarah Hanrahan says:

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

  210. Len Fuller says:

    Fulham Palace Road 👍

  211. David Taylor says:

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

    • Sue C. says:

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

      • David Taylor says:

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

      • Sue says:

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

      • Sue says:

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

      • David Taylor says:

        Hi sue
        Thank you ,very much appreciated

      • Steve says:

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

      • Sue says:

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

      • David Taylor says:

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

  212. Penny Jones says:

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

  213. Kim Edwards says:

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

  214. Amber Tallon says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Cary Sumpter says:


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

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

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



      • Amber Tallon says:

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

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

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

      • Amber Tallon says:

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

  215. melvyn sexton says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Melvyn Sexton says:

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

      • melvyn says:

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

      • Len fuller says:

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

      • Melvyn sexton says:

        Hi Len, thank you for your help..



      • Len Fuller says:

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

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

  216. Marilyn Berridge says:

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

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

  217. mike chilvers says:

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

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

      • Len Fuller says:

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

  218. Kim Edwards says:

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

  219. Andy Scott says:

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

  220. Paul Goodwin says:

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

  221. Tracey thorley says:

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

    It happened at Putney Bridge station
    Thank you

    • fhhs says:

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

  222. Tracey thorley says:

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

    • Len Fuller says:

      Where did this happen please

      • Tracey says:

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

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

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

    • Stephen Lally says:

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

  224. Chris Hare says:

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

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

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

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

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

      • Brian jeffreys says:

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


  226. Janet Thomas says:

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

  227. John James Wilkes says:

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

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

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

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

      • John Wilkes says:

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

  228. Gary Hellyer says:

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

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

      • Geoffrey See says:

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

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

      • Geoffrey See says:

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

      • Gary Hellyer says:

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

      • Gary Hellyer says:

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

      • Geoff See says:

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

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

  229. Steffanie Wadd says:

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

    • reco1000 says:

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

    • Marsha Rice says:

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

      • Steffanie says:

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

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

      • David Taylor says:

        Thank you for taking the time to reply to me

      • Steffanie Ward says:

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

      • Lesley bairstow says:

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

      • Steffanie says:

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

      • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

      • Steffanie says:

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

  230. Duncan says:

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

    • John Meadows says:

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

      • Duncan says:

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

      • John Meadows says:

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

  231. Sandra Crawford says:

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

    • Sandra Crawford says:

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

  232. Ronald Jones says:

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

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

      • Ron Jones says:

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

      • Ron Jones says:

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

      • Steffanie says:

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

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

      • RonJones says:

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

  233. Patricia Pearcy says:

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

    • reco1000 says:

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

      • Karen Newington says:

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

    • John Meadows says:

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

  234. andychaplin says:


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

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

      • andychaplin says:

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


    • Basil Larkins says:

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

  235. Sue Robinson says:

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

  236. Melissa says:

    Hi there

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

  237. Sue Robinson says:

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

  238. Sarah Mayes says:

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

  239. Anita Bailey says:

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

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

  240. says:

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

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

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

      • James Brennan says:

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

        Jim Brennan

    • James Brennan says:

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

  241. Alison Pitch says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  242. Christine Connolly says:

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

    • Ian Depledge says:

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

  243. Robert Jeremy Lamb says:

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

  244. Chris Hussey says:

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


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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Ian Depledge says:

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


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

    • David Taylor says:

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

  247. Linda Mahoney says:

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

  248. Michael Kompsos says:

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

  249. Leigh Brookes says:

    Hi there,

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

    Many thanks!

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

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

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

      • Michael Kompsos says:

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

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

  250. Kim Edwards says:

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

  251. Janet Lovett says:

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

    • Reg Watson says:

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

      • Sally Davis says:

        Hi. A late reply but new to this site. if you have more details of Alfred Morris stint with MetPol you could also try the National Archives which has MetPol records and or Ancestry website which has pension records. I have had a quick look and just based on name I couldn’t find any record. At the moment it is possible to access NA records for free (those that are digitised) although this will change I guess when things open up a bit. The station your fore are new was replaced on or before the 1930s when the ‘new’ station was built. There might be a picture on sites like Pintrest or Francis Frith but as already suggested you might get help from the Friends of MetPol. All the above may be old hat and you’ve already found what you want but hope it helps. I worked for MetPol for many years and I’ve found both cops and robbers in my tree!

    • Nicole FitzGerald says:

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

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

  252. Anne is Armold says:

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

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

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

  253. David Radley says:

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

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

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

    • Nicole FitzGerald says:

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

  254. H. Davies says:

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

  255. Giz Marriner says:

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

  256. Andrew Hubbard says:

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

  257. Michael Parkin says:

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

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

  258. Amanda Fernando says:

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

      Good luck

      • Amanda Fernando says:

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

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

      • Amanda says:

        Thank you very much for this information. Amanda

      • Amanda Fernando says:

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

  259. Robert Comber says:

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

  260. Kim Lofberg says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  261. Michael collins says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

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

      • Jean Pikett says:

        Hi Mark, The Emily that Michael is looking for matches up with my Grandmother she did not have a middle name and Elesfield is the Wandsworth area. Many thanks for helping him regards Jean

    • Jean Pikett says:

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

    • Jean Pikett says:

      Hi Michael, i believe the
      Emily Collins you are looking for is my grandmother she was allways a bit of a mystery when i grew up she was know as Ellen
      She Married Cecil Royle in 1919 And they had 5 children and was living at 8 Geraldine Road Wandsworth. There children Terence William born 1919 Denis 1924 twins Leonard and Lionel 1925 margaret 1927 all born Wandsworth. This is y you could not find her she re married a Mr Charles Mc Ewen in 1954 in Wandsworth and was living at 60 Wadham road Putney she is Buried at Putney vale cemetery as Amelia Mc Ewen 1968. I have grown up not knowing any of the Collins side of the family only that grandmother had a brother Peter i was taken to meet him at a flat next to Putney cemetery he was married and had a very young son age about 4 in 1968
      I hope this is some help to you
      From jean pikett. Sanderstead.

      • Jean Pikett says:

        Hi Michael Emily’s mother died i was Tould when Emily was Two her father was a builder his name on her marriage cert is Samuel Collins Who came over two England from County CORK. He Built Most of the house in Wandsworth and Putney. The company was trading as Mitchell and Collins. EMILY MAY HAVE GROWN UP IN A Catholic orphanage.

  262. Georgie Heapy says:

    Hi there,

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

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

    I hope you can help. Thank you so much.

    Kindest regards

    Georgie Heapy 🙏🏻

  263. Carol Homewood says:

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

  264. Mark Wingfield says:

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

    • Tracey Robins says:

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

  265. Robert Smith says:

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

  266. Ros says:

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

    • Ian Depledge says:

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

      • John Meadows says:

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

    • reco1000 says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

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

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

      • Rosalind Sim says:

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

  267. Robert Smith says:

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

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Robert
      Thanks for the info.

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

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

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

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


      • Robert Smith says:

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

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

      • Robert Smith says:

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

      • Chris Hare says:

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

      • Pauline says:

        Hi Chris

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

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

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

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

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

      • Chris Hare says:

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

      • Pauline says:

        Hi Chris

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

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

        All the best

      • Chris Hare says:

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

  268. David Scott says:

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

  269. Alan Totham says:

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

  270. Robert Smith says:

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

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

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

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

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Robert

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

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

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

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

      Good luck – researching Smiths is no mean feat!


      • Robert Smith says:

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

      • Basil Larkins says:

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

      • Robert Smith says:

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

  271. Robert Smith says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

      • Robert Smith says:

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

      • Robert Smith says:

        Sorry, not 42a.

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

  272. Alexander Appleby says:

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

    • John Meadows says:

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

      • Mick Fox says:

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

      • Deirdra Morris says:

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

      • Michael Fox says:

        Hi Diedra,

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



      • deirdra morris says:

        Thank you Michael.

    • John Meadows says:

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

    • John Meadows says:

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

      • Alexander Appleby says:

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

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

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

  273. John Tierney says:

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

  274. Jean Petty says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

      • reco1000 says:

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

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

  275. Giz Marriner says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

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

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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