Contact us

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

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

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

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  1. Nicola Byrnes says:

    My great grandfather was a master signwriter who lived in Fulham for most of his life (he died in 1942). My Dad told me he painted the costermongers’ barrows in the market and was a well known character locally. Are there any books you can recommend that might have pictures of the market in the 1900s-1930s? Apparently, he also painted the scenery for the Wild West Show when it came to Earls Court! His name was John Byrnes.
    Grateful for any suggestions for further reading!
    Nicola Byrnes

  2. Catherine Yee says:

    If anyone is aware of where Caldwell Villa used to be, somewhere by North End Road per the birth certificate from 1860, I would be very happy to know of a general area in Fulham. I can’t find Caldwell Villa listed any any old maps yet.Thanks, Catherine

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Catherine, I haven’t found mention of Caldwell Villa yet but if you can let me know the name on the birth certificate I could take a look at the Censuses.

      • Catherine Yee says:

        Hi Mark, My great uncle’s name was George Bevan. I have a copy of the 1861 census and the family is still at Caldwell Villa. The entry at the very top says North End Road, so maybe the family home was just a building along that road and won’t ever show up on an old map. By the 1871 census they had moved to Elm Stables. Thanks, Catherine

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Catherine, I took a look at the 1861 Census and George Bevan shows on the original census document as aged 0 and living at Caldwells Villa but on the transcription on the website I use it has somehow been transcribed as Auckland Cottage, North End Road.

      Scrolling on down the page of the original census shows that the next building along from Caldwells Villa was Acacia Cottage. An entry in Feret’s Fulham Old and New says of Acacia Cottage –

      “The Garden entrance to the Earls Court Exhibition covers the site of Acacia Cottage and Garden Cottage, picturesque bits of old Fulham”.

      The above piece appears in the book after a piece, including a photograph, about The Seven Stars public house (closed in 2010) which I know, (from personal experience of it) stood just past the junction of North End Road and Lillie Road, and not far from West Kensington Station.

      My 1871 map of Fulham and Hammersmith shows a number of cottages and a couple of larger buildings (one being The Hermitage and the other unnamed but possibly the Cannon Brewery)) on this stretch of North End Road so I’d say Caldwells Villa was one of the villas (North End Villa being another) along the east side of North End Road somewhere between the junction with Lillie Road and the West Kensington Estate.

      • Catherine Yee says:

        Thank you so much for this info. It certainly gives me a better idea as to where the family once lived. Catherine

  3. Jenny Dennis says:

    I amattempting to find out more about what my Grandfather did during WW1 – he was a member of the Quaker Meeting and was living in Hammersmith in 1911. Is it possible that the quarterly meeting minutes still exist for 1914-18? and where might I find them? He was known by the family to be a Conscientious Objector and possible was involved with agriculture and/or the Friends Army

    Jenny Dennis

  4. S J Walker says:

    I am interested in the life and work of the commercial artist Reginald Heade, who lived at 11 Queen’s Mansions, Brook Green, Hammersmith from the mid-1940s until his death in 1957. Any information anyone has from local sources would be gratefully received!

  5. Pam Hausler says:

    Hi, I have established that my Grandfather was born in Stanley Cottages, circa 1888, some time before the family moved to Prothero Rd in Fulham, does anybody know where Stanley Cottages would have been please?

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      Much of Fulham was still rural in the 19th century and rows of cottagesre a-planty.

      Stanley Cottages were situated in North End Road, Fulham. I’m not sure exactly where but looking at the 1881 Census they are shown as numbers 2 and 3 North End Road and seem to have been close to the Prince of Wales public house in Lillie Road. It seems likely that they were part of Sir John Lillie’s development, planned in 1826, which included the North End Brewery. Other rows of cottages (e.g. Garden Cottages) were also in the vicinity. Within 30 years much of the area was redeveloped into the roads we see today including the Peabody Estate and looks to have swallowed up the rows of cottages.

      The Stanley Cottages were probably named after Sir John Stanley who owned property in North End from the 18th century, so perhaps Stanley Cottages pre-dated the Sir John Lillie development.

      • Pam Hausler says:

        Oh Mark, that’s great, I have a friend in Hammersmith who will know exactly where that is.
        Thank you kindly for your help.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        I’m not sure if it’s possible to amend text but what I wrote in the first line should, of course, have said ‘rows of cottages were a-plenty.’ Must have been the wine….

      • Pam Hausler says:

        Thank you for your help with this, it starts to make sense, the family attended the Saint Thomas of Canterbury Church Church and the children all went to the school there as well. It would have been an easy move to Prothero Rd as it is literally just around the corner.

        This is wonderful information and thanks again.

      • There may have been 2 lots of Stanley cottages
        Stanley Cottages Fulham SW6 name changed to Rylston Road 1888
        Stanley Cottages Fulham W14 & SW6 North End Road # 1884
        The second entry looks to me as if they straddled the 2 postal districts possible on the borders of the old Met borough of Fulham, around Gibbs Green

      • Actually rethinking this it’s more likely to be nearby to Telephone place,as I believe the postal boundaries was there between SW6 and W14,following Lillie Road.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Thanks, Vernon. Rylston Road is in SW6 and is certainly in the right area to have been where Stanley Cottages once stood in North End Road and Prothero Road, where Pam’s family moved to, runs off of Rylston. It’s likely to have been these Stanley Cottages rather than the Gibbs Green ones, which would have been W14 but a long way from the W14 of the West Kensington area of North End Road.

        Rylston Road runs parallel with North End Road and does appear on the 1891 Census but Stanley Cottages do not. It’s on the opposite side of North End Road to where I thought Stanley Cottages were but as you say they became part of Rylston Road (it’s quite a long road, running from Lillie Road to Dawes Road) in 1888 you’ve got to be right.

        Incidentally, the 1891 Census shows a Stanley Cottage (singular) in Farm Lane which, as you’re probably aware, still survives at the Fulham Broadway (Walham Green) end of North End Road.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        An 1871 map of Hammersmith and Fulham seems to show Rylston Road being known as Church Road then, so prior to 1888 Stanley Cottages may well have sat on Church Road. I’ve now checked in my copy of Feret’s Fulham Old and New and it confirms that Rylston Road was once known as Church Road, due to the existence of St Thomas’ Roman Catholic Church, but more properly as Stanley Road. This makes it more likely that this was the location of Stanley Cottages although Feret only mentions Church Cottages and Temperance Cottages as being a row of ‘poor tenements’ at the northern end on the east side of the road. It says these were demolished in 1897.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Pam,
      A great uncle of mine was also born at Stanley Cottage, Fulham, per his 1857 birth certificate. There is a web site where you can access London maps at different points in time. I also have an image of the area, an 1862 map, showing Stanley Cottage labeled and it was right next to Church Road at the time & a bit west of North End Rd. and slightly north of Dawes Lane. Catherine

      • Pam Hausler says:

        That’s fantastic Catherine, thank you for your help with this. I will look at the maps and send the information to my Cousin who still lives in the area.

        Thank you again.

      • Thanks for telling us about this map website. It had escaped my attention. It will prove most useful in the future,I knew of other online sources, but not this one. Historyaschurchfulham akaVernon. Click picture to discover more.

      • Catherine says:

        Glad to be of help. Catherine

  6. John Bridges says:

    Are you aware of the D-Day Event taking place on 8th June in St.Paul’s Gardens! Please see LBHF website for details

  7. Vanessa soley says:

    Looking for photos of mr alfred frost of 33 chelmsford street w6 a market trader of north end road in the 50s also any photos of the street

    • fhhs says:

      There is an extensive selection of photographs of most of the boroughs roads held by LBHF archives at the Hammersmith Library. The archivist is there on a Monday and Tuesday and can be contacted by email . As for photographs of Mr Frost the best chance would be newspaper articles if there were any newsworthy events in his life or possibly an obituary. Local papers are held on Microfiche at the archive. Your best bet would be to attend personally.
      Good luck.

  8. says:

    Hi, does anyone remember when Lloyd’s Bank was at Fulham Broadway, originally it was known as Walham Green branch. I remember Walham Green branch on the cheque books, I was hoping someone might remember when the change was made by Lloyd’s to use Fulham Broadway name. Thank you in advance.

  9. Pam Hausler says:

    Hi, my GGrandparents lived in Prothero Rd and the children all went to the St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Rylston Rd, just around the corner. The mother and one of the girls worked at the Fulham Laundry so my question is this, would there be any digitised records that I could search online please? I live in Australia so it’s not handy to drop in.
    Thank you.

    • What sort of records, and what have you checked already. British newspaper library, National Archives, London Metropolittan Archives,Hammersmith Archives, Findmypast , Genesreunitedetc? All have on line search engines

      • Pam Hausler says:

        Thank you for your suggestions, I contacted St Thomas of Canterbury Church some years ago but nothing had been digitised at the time, I also tried to find information about the Fulham Hammersmith Laundry but apparently there were a couple and I have no idea which one my ancestors worked at. I have discovered a lot using Genesreunited and continue to use this great tool.
        I would like to know a newspaper website, I haven’t looked there but years ago I went into the Hammersmith Library and it was through the National Archives that I discovered where the family lived.
        I’m very greatful for your help and appreciate any further tips. Thank you.

  10. Vernon Tupper says:

    I would appreciate someone telling me about Goldings Cottages. My great great grandmother Harriet (?) Sedwell lived there ca 1870. Anything about the run of cottages would be of interest. My brother thought that it might have a religious cast to it. Any detail on the Sedwells would be a bonus. Her daughter Charlotte Jane married William McLean (address Savages Greengrocers, Queens Terrace (?), Kings Road, Fulham according to the 1871 census. and they emigrated to Auckland in 1874 on the ‘Miltiades’. Thanks in advance for any comment – Vernon Tupper

    • Golding’s Cottages were in Fulham SW6 and the address was part of Sands End Lane in 1902,the row of old cottages was demolished about the time. (Feret) They were near Sandford manor house close by Stanley Bridge., if one passed down the narrow passage way to the Manor house Golding’s buildings were on the right.The estate itself was purchased by the Imperial gas works in 1824.
      The West London observer has the following advert in 1887.
      3 GOLDING’S COTTAGES, Sands End Lane, Fulham. House TO Let, suit Laundress, large rooms and drying ground; I0s, per week. the ad ran for 3 weeks in June

      • Vernon Tupper says:

        Thank you for this understanding. I live in Auckland (a fair distance away in time and space) so my ‘picture’ of these equally distanced people and their lives is bare bones. The details you have provided allow me to add a little flesh.
        Best wishes Vern

  11. Just to sat that the British newspaper library now has Fulham Chronicle on line from1913 to 1949

  12. Berris Spicer says:

    Are you able to help me with Fulham schools and education 1844-1851? My great-grandfather was Samuel Knight born 1839 in Fulham, from a middle-upper working class family. He received a very good education. I have found one private school on Fulham Rd run by Thomas & Graham Hackman 1839 which he may have attended – if it was still open 1844 onwards?
    Looking forward to any further information you may be able to provide.
    Thank you, Berris Knight Spicer

    • Up to the end of the 19th century education was provided by church , charity or private sectors; the porch school was founded in Fulham Church(All Saints) in the 17th c. In 18th and 19th c. schools were mainly private, many only lasting a few years.There were 10 listed in the 1841 census, but only 4 in 1851 * and 1861.
      I list her the schools available in 1841 census
      Mulgrave Avenue School
      Richmond Road school
      Portland Place school
      Parsons Green school
      Burlington Road School *
      Kensington Hall school *
      Pitt Place School
      Cedar House School *
      Melville House School *
      London Road School
      If you can give us the road he lived in we might be able to get a more accurate name.
      The Hackmans school was in the High Street (Fulham?) in 1831, this could have be the old porch school and the site where Fulham Pre-Prep school, but formerly All Saints primary school is today

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Vernon, Alfred Hackman, born in Fulham in 1811, matriculated as a servitor student at Christ Church College, Oxford in 1832 and had a connection with the Bodleian Library for over 35 years, rising to sub-librarian. He also became chaplain and precentor of Christ Church, and vicar of Cowley (near Oxford). Fascinatingly, his 1851 Census entry shows his occupation as ‘With Cure Of Souls’!’ The address is shown as 1, High Street, Fulham.

        His father, Thomas, was the parochial vestry clerk in Fulham and I suspect the Hackman’s School was a Church school run by members of the same family. Thomas Hackman shows as the oldest family member in the 1841 Census. His wife is also shown along with four of their other children as well as 41 other children between the ages of 7 and 15, presumably pupils. In fact, the 1841 Census shows the Hackman family at presumably the same location as in the 1851 Census but Fulham High Street was then known as London Road, which was the stretch of Fulham Road, no more than a narrow lane, that ran from Fulham High Street to Fulham Broadway, and didn’t have a door number as such. That stretch had been known as London Road in records of 1442 and probably earlier.

      • Mark, Thanks for this, will now add to ASChurch info file.

  13. Cate says:

    Hi, My 2 great-uncle was born at Caldwell’s (or Caldwell) Villa by/on North End in 1860, per his birth certificate. I have a set of the 1862 Stanford maps and can’t find Caldwell’s Villa on it. Do any of you know where it might have been located in 1860?

    Thanks, Cate

  14. John Butcher says:

    My great grandfather (William Charles Butcher) died in Fulham Broadway in April 1893, trampled by a horse. I have searched through newspaper archives etc but have found no real details of the event. Were such things that common? Can anyone fill in the blanks?
    Many Thanks
    John Butcher

  15. David Pullinger says:

    Do you know the history of the Wharfs near Fulham Football ground. One is called Palace Wharf.E.G. When were they built and why. Any help gratefully received

    • For a list of wharves see my post in Contact us for 10 Jan 2018. Hammersmith and Fulham had a number of Riverside industry and businesses, including coal imports, marble imports, dust shoots , sugar manufacturers , oil and petrol importers etc. The wharves would have been constructed as the industries developed.Palace wharf was built in 1907 on land owned by James Attersoll acquired in 18th c. ,who had malthouses on was once was Crabtree fields other wharves followed after 1907 including the one for j. Mears and sons who Built the embankment wall for Bishops Park.

  16. Susan Longstaff says:

    Hi there 🙂
    I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me anything about the addresses 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 Broadway, Walham Green SW. My great great grandmother Mabel Doris Flewett is living there on the 1911 census as a draper’s assistant. Googling it hasn’t come up with anything unfortunately. Many thanks, Susie Longstaff.

    • 2,3,4,5,6, Fulham Broadway(Walham Green) was next door to the pub at 571 Fulham Road, and was the premises of Timothy Davies Ltd Drapers. I believe there were flats above the shops, so may well have been for their employees. I have not checked the census records which will certainly give a clue to the numbers present there.
      When the store closed (cant remember when) but I did go in there in late 50s it became a Council department for Social Services, and library bookstore, and then became the Blue elephant Thai restaurant. If you google Blue elephant Fulham you will find a picture and a street sign giving the numbers of the block.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Vernon, I don’t know if you are aware that Timothy Davies was Welsh and established a Methodist chapel in Effie Road in 1897.

      • reco1000 says:

        I cannot remember Timothy Davies store being open during WW2.; it must have closed about 1939. At one time it was a British Restaurant during the War. The food was not brilliant. – we only ate there once!.

  17. Cary Sumpter says:


    I have previously had some amazing responses to my comments on this site regarding the old market and my family (the Dear family). I have become conscious that, as the generations that directly worked within the market have passed, it has seemingly become a largely forgotten part of everyday Hammersmith life. I have also been surprised at how few photographs appeared to exist of the Bradmore Lane market.

    As a consequence, I established a Facebook group page in January to remember and celebrate the market.

    The group page is titled “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered” and, as the members have grown, it now includes some wonderful photographs and information about the families and people that so influenced the market, from its inception at the turn of the 20th Century, through to its closure (in Bradmore Lane) in 1972.

    I am particularly keen to find descendants of the Parker family (a key part of the Hammersmith market history).

    If interested, or able to add to the group, please feel free to visit.

    Many Thanks,

    Cary Sumpter

    • Lorraine Lebby says:

      Hi Cary, I was born in Hammersmith lived in Overstone Road, and then I lived with my Nan in Shortlands. In the sixties. My Family name was Roberts, my uncle was married to Ada Parker.. I have fond memories of Hammersmith market. I’m trying to get on Facebook.and look forward to reading other peoples uncle billy Roberts had a fruit and veg shop at the bottom of beacon hill just opposite overstone road. That was in the late fifties early sixties.. I could go on and so many memories.

  18. Melina Brook says:

    Hi – my grandparents owned a restaurant in the early 1950s in Beadon Road. I believe it was no 45 or 47 and called Beadon’s (before the office blocks!). The owners, my grandparents, were Greek-Cypriot immigrants and I’m told that famous actors rehearsing and performing at the Lyric Theatre would go in for breakfast, lunch or dinner – including Kenneth Williams, Paul Schofield, Sylvia Simms, Richard Burton, Trevor Howard and so on and so on. The list was endless but the celebrities would go nowhere else and were regulars! I have two or three photos of the inside, but cannot find any archive photos of the frontage on Beadon Road in the late 40s or 50s. If anyone remembers the restaurant, the people or knows about this era i would love to hear. My grandad’s name was “Jack” (Melis Jacovides) and he befriended anybody with a joke and his wife was “Jennie” (Yianoulla). Jack was also a barber by trade (starting out in Kings Cross with a barber shop! Jennie was the head cook and also a dressmaker. They lived in Ealing and my mum went to the Corona stage school around the corner to the restaurant (and her claim to faim was that she was in a couple of productions, including an extra in St Trinians films, in the same class as Dennis Waterman, Carol White, Richard O’Sullivan and Francesca Annis!). Thanks for any info – I’m nostalgic because my mum and grandparents all passed away in the last 20 years.

  19. Áine O'Tighearnaigh says:

    Hello, I’d appreciate any help with information on Rev John J. Crowley, pp, St Thomas of Canterbury Fulham. I believe he was there from 1899 for around 40 years.
    I look forward to your reply. Many thanks in advance.

  20. Graham Corio says:

    I wonder if anyone can help solve a puzzle for me.
    A friend’s great grandparents, Robert and Helen Martin White lived at a “normal” house at 45, Felden Street, Fulham but it was requisitioned by the government at the start of WW2 (yes, WW2) and was never given back to them.
    We can’t think why an ordinary house would be requisitioned, and why it was never given back.
    Graham Corio

  21. Ann Benson says:

    Hello we would love someone from the society to come to our office and talk to us about the history of Fulham so we can relay the information to those clients who are interested. Would anyone be able to do this? I look forward to hearing from you. Ann Benson

    • James Kelso says:

      Dear Ann,
      If you’ll forgive a shameless attempt to sell a book, I was born in 1934 at 477 Fulham Road and lived there until 1960. I wrote about it in, The Rising Son. It’s available at Amazon and all good booksellers as they say.
      Kind regards
      James Kelso

    • Dear Ann – I published a book on the local area in 2015, Wild about Fulham and my historian might be interested in helping you. If you’d like to get in touch please let me know – best regards AW

  22. Angharad Dixon says:

    I am trying to trace my paternal grandfather. As far as I know he was from Cyprus and met my father’s mother at the hammersmith theatre. I wonder if there were any records of patrons names around 1962. I have found who I believe to be him on the st marylebourne census from 1963 – 1965 but then disappears. May not even be him. The name on my fathers birth certificate is Dimitrios Dimitriou. Any help would be greatly appreciated

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      I am sure this is a long shot but I went to Holland Park School, 1959/64. We were a League of Nations at that time and someone by that name was in my class. Are you referring to the Hammersmith Palais? Very popular at the time.

      • Vic Blake says:

        I grew up in Archel Road, Fulham in the fifties and quite a lot of Greek Cypriot families came over at that time. And it was a common name. We had a family of the same name came to live opposite us.

    • Peter Trott says:

      Do you have a birth or marriage date that might help? Also any names of children?

    • helen Whichelow says:

      I guess that the theatre was the Lyric. Hammersmith Palais was a dance hall.

  23. Ian Wells says:

    Hello, I would like to find out about an incident of a scaffolding collapse in Dawes Rd SW6 in 1973 I think. Many thanks. Ian.

  24. Mike says:

    I recall that there was a dairy in Wandsworth Bridge road towards the south end, I think the name was OWEN. It was next to an antique junk store back in the 1950’s.,-0.1919862,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s9e_V2M-yfp13P_SHqZb8lQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Mike

    • Derek Sayers0 says:

      Yes there was a dairy called “Owen” in Wandsworth Bridge Road near St Matthew’s church. I am not sure if it was “Owen jones” though

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    We are beginning with the invention of Wernher Von Braun’s V2 rocket and its devastating use against London from early 1944.

    We hope to record brief audio interviews with Londoners who witnessed – or whose relatives witnessed – V2 attacks or their aftermath.

    I would be very grateful for the chance to have a chat with anyone who might be able to advise me on this or who would like to know more about the project.

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  26. Miranda Owen says:

    I am trying to find out information on the dairy my Nan owned in Battersea it was called PD Owen dairy

    • Len Fuller says:

      Miranda best if you contact the LB of Wandsworth Archive for information 👍

    • There was an Owen milkman in Fulham, so perhaps the firm spread across the river, and an Owen dairies company still exists today. If you check google books there is a publication called Growing up in Fulham, with an entry that starts…Owen the milkman, a genial balding Welshman with a wholly undeserved reputation as a ladies’ man, had a small, old-fashioned dairy on the corner of Lalor and Waldemar Avenue

      • Stephen Groves says:

        My Grandfather George Thomas Groves was a milkman in the Hammersmith area from an early age. The 1911 census shows him as a milkman age 19 but the 1901 census shows him age 9 with no further details. He had no education and family information was that he was “carrying heavy milk cans around London” from when he was a child. He lived at 4 Beavor Lane, Hammersmith and came to Australia in 1912. It would be interesting to know how milkmen operated at the time. Also anything on Beavor Lane which is now completely different from what it was then.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Vernon, you forgot to mention that the lovely book Growing Up In Fulham was written by that old Sloane boy, Harry Turner. Owen appears on page 14 and his dairy was on the corner of Waldemar Avenue and Lalor Street. The Welsh always seemed to run a dairy in Fulham. A couple of Welsh sisters named Jenkins ran our local dairy which stood in Burnthwaite Road. In 1900 it was estimated that half of all dairies in London were Welsh due to an influx of Welsh dairymen into London in the mid-19th century. Most came from the Cardiganshire area and were forced to move on as a result of hard times in Wales.

  27. Sarah J Harris says:

    Hello from Colorado! I came across a census record from 1841 and I am trying to clarify a few items to verify a possible relative. Between the two pages of the census record, there are about 40 people listed, 22 with the surname either “Lee” “Loo” or “Leo”. All but one of the children have this surname, and all the others are women between 25 and 40. None of the men listed have this surname. Is this an indicator that it was a brothel? Orphanage? Or something else? The streets referenced are Munster Road, then the second looks something like “Byrons Green Lane” or “Barrons Green Lane”? Either way, it doesn’t appear to exist anymore. Any ideas?

    -Sarah Harris

  28. Mrs.Jill Morris says:

    I am trying to trace a relative – William Burley who attended Ackmar Rd. 1902.His next of kin was given as Fulham Guardians,9 Parson’s Green. Was this Henniker House ? Is there any further info. available?

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

  29. Tammie Farley says:

    Hello, my Mum recently showed me her biological grandmother’s Mrs Beeton’s book And in the front is written an address which doesn’t seem to now exist. I wondered if you have any information about it. The date is 1930, the name is Miss R Roberts and the address is 2 Madeline Mews, High Street, Putney SW15.

    I would be grateful for any information.
    Best wishes

  30. Jackie Loos says:

    My great grandfather, Caleb Collins (1856-1930), was London City Missionary at Eelbrook Common from 1889 to 1924 and lived at 2 Hartismere Road with his wife Alice and large family. He contributed to the Booth survey in 1899. I would be interested to know whether anything further is known about him.
    I live in Cape Town. Many thanks.

    • London City Mission has a very extensive archive. I copy here some details for others who may be interested from their website
      The Mission, which was established in May 1835, has an extensive collection of records and archives which could be of interest to social historians and family researchers.

      Where academic or professional researchers use our material, we ask that they supply us with a copy of their findings, which we may freely use for our own (not-for-profit) purposes.

      LCM Magazine (1836 onwards) including much material from missionaries’ daily journals and annual reports

      LCM Magazine Indexes 1836 – 1899
      LCM Magazine Indexes 1900 – 1963
      LCM Magazine Indexes 1964 – 1968
      LCM Annual Reports (1835 onwards)

      Minutes of the LCM Committee (weekly meetings from 1835)

      Family history related e.g. Register of Missionaries

      Unpublished annual reports of individual missionaries, autobiographical accounts, etc.

      Photos and scanned images

      Annotated bibliography

      We have gradually accumulated a number of studies on individual missionaries. Sometimes these only contain the basic details of when a person joined the Mission and when they left or died, together with a short published obituary. Others contain much more detailed information e.g. mentions in Committee minute books and long extracts from obituaries, where they exist.
      There is a form on their website to complete.
      If you’d like to make an enquiry about our archives, please complete the form below or telephone us on 020 7407 7585.

      Archive research is done by volunteers and is very time-consuming. If you request a particular document, we would appreciate a donation to our funds – thank you.

      • Jackie Loos says:

        Thank you so much for your detailed reply. It is due to an application to the LMS Archive in 2007 that I know anything at all about my great grandfather’s professional life as a Missionary in the Fulham area. Their help was invaluable.

        My current inquiry was spurred by old newspaper reports which mentioned him briefly in the formal language of the times. There was also a longer report concerning the suicide of his sister (a Baptist lady missionary) in his house in Hartismere Road in 1897 – a tragedy of which I and my family were entirely ignorant.

        He had 11 children from two marriages, none of whom settled permanently in Fulham.

      • The West London Observer 14th May 1914 records in a lengthy piece the death of the first wife, who bore him 10 children, mentioning the Imperial road Mission hall, which Christ Church Fulham was involved with, and later the a LCMmissioner was at CC in the 1980’s. There is a lengthy list of mourners. There are a number of entries for the family in the British Newspaper online library archive. The Bath Chronicle records the death of his last surviving daughter and records Caleb as being a rector of Stedham-cum-Heyshott,

      • Jackie Loos says:

        Thank you so much for further information about Caleb Collins of the LCM. The final sentence: “The Bath Chronicle records the death of his last surviving daughter and records Caleb as being a rector of Stedham-cum-Heyshott,” does not refer to him, however. The rector was an ordained Anglican clergyman of the same name who – as far as we know – was not related to Fulham’s Caleb Collins (who retired to Parham in Suffolk, the county of his birth). London City Missionaries were not ordained and were known as Mr. rather than Rev.

  31. alan wall says:

    I am trying to found out Fulham Thursday F.C. runners up in 1908/9
    Thursday metropolitan shield

  32. Linda Ralph says:

    I got married in 1970 at the registry office in Hammersmith Road. I wonder if there are any photos of it anywhere

  33. Nick Smith says:


    my paternal grandmother and all of her brothers and sisters hail from Iffley road in Hammersmith and I’m looking into a tragedy during the war where several firemen died fighting a gas fire in the area.

    Do you have any r3cord of this?

    Thank you in advance.

    Nick Smith.

    • Alison Saunders says:

      My maternal grandmother was born at 27 Iffley Road, Hammersmith. I’d be very interested to know any history of the area.
      Alison Saunders

  34. Jennifer Matthew says:

    Hi – Having ;looked at the 1911 cencus, it seems a close ancestor and family lived at 337-339 Fulham Road and it looks like it was a public house ……can anyone tell me what it was called and also whether there would be any photos anywhere

    • fhhs says:

      Seems to be Mandaloun Restaurant and Wyndhams butchers now. This is in Kensington and Chelsea so probably best starting point is their archives. They will have directories, maps and rate books.
      Good luck in your quest.

      • Jennifer Matthew says:

        Thx – I will

      • The
        Goat in boots was at 333 Fulham Road, a very old historic pub, that was called the Goat up to 1725.
        335 and 337 are listed in a pub index, but no name is given, except the proprietor at that time. He and previous owners of the site are described as beer retailers. Perhaps they sold beer to pubs and shops etc.

      • Frederick Appleby says:

        Can anyone tell me the the connection between Myles Coverdale, the bible translator, and the Primary School, in Shepherds Bush, apparently named after him? Frederick

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Vernon Burgess says:

        The Borough of Hammersmith had two public swimming pools. one was the Lime Grove swimming Pools and the other Was an open air swimming pool on Bloemfontein Road.
        The libraries have a blog with illus. about the Bloemfontein one, whilst info can be found at on lime grove baths

    • vic hill says:

      on recent search i found old maps of hammersmith say way back in 1900 sorry cannot remember the site also KELLYS DIR MAY HELP
      i think one of the university’s has done a free site to explore bit difficult but with trail and error it is very good vic hill hammersmith 1958 /62

  35. tamgini says:

    Has anyone come across a teacher by the name of Lillian Emmeline Martin. She was born in 1889 Chelsea the family lived in Fulham 1891-1911 adenc(e)y road & aspenlea road. She is on the 1939 reg as teacher living in east sheen av Barnes( where did she teach?)

  36. Mark Foulsham says:

    I went to Munster Road Primary School in the 1950s but have seen a photo that purports to be of the Munster Road Secondary School in 1947. I’ve never heard of a school by that name so wonder whether they might have got the name wrong. It was a mixed school. Any ideas?

    • p jenkins says:

      I went to Munster rd “modern secondary” school in 42 I was 10yrs old………. It sat in a triangle of land between Bishop St,Filmer Rd and Munster Rd from which it took its name.At the junction of
      Filmer and Munster rd lies Swift St on the corner of which is a bakers shop.A 2lb loaf cost 4old pence/or four bread rolls for
      1 old penny!!!! I lived in Swift St.
      P/s the bakers shop is still there—76yrs later and still in business

      • fhhs says:

        St John’s Cof E Primary School now occupies that site see the other school in this part of Munster Road is Fulham Cross Girls School. There are pictures of the buildings on both websites.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Thanks, P Jenkins.

        That’s the first time I knew that my old Primary school had also been a Secondary Modern. Given the year you were there I wonder if it was one of the many amalgamated schools that were created during wartime for those children who weren’t evacuated..My old Grammar school, Sloane, in Chelsea, was the West London Emergency Secondary School for Boys during the Second World War.

  37. Alan Cox says:

    Hi again

    Was there in 1940’s a hardware or ironmongeryshop in Hammersmith

    thank you

  38. Alan Cox says:

    can you please tell me what the Hammersmith Baths were called in about 1937

  39. lynne bustard says:

    Thanks for all your information. That’s really helpful. I hope to visit it sometime soon.
    Kind Regards,
    Lynne. 😀

  40. Ruth wildman says:

    Does anyone know anything about a lady called Victoria Maud Polson (names maybe the wrong way round). She was a book keeper for an electrical company in 1920 when she had my dad James wyse Polson. Don’t think she was married. Her address was castle Street (or road) Fulham. He was then fostered out to lady in Brighton. Dad passed away 12 years ago and we have never been able to find anything out.any info would be great

  41. Stephen Dempsey says:

    Looking for photos with st Edmunds rc comprehensive winning west London cup in 1977 or 78,would really appreciate your help

  42. Anna says:

    HI – do you know details of any factories in the Lilly Road area of Fulham that manufactured or worked with dyes, leather, rubber, textiles, or paints by any chance please?

  43. Susan Jeffrey says:

    I have found via Find A Grave where a relative is buried. I wrote to LBHF to ask if they had any contact information for this grave, wrote a letter asking for it to be forwarded with my details of the connection. I have drawn a blank with no replies from either.

    The relative in question is buried in Sheen Cemetery, born and lived in Fulham, had a wife, children, grandchildren and was my grandmother’s brother though she did not know him. If we could find this family, this would be the first contact with anyone from my grandmother’s side. She was brought up in an orphanage and a half brother killed in WW1 was the only relative she claimed to know of. Is there a way of finding out the owners of this grave? It appears to be well tended.

    There are two cemeteries in Sheen and my grandmother is buried in the other one. Unbelievable.

  44. Sheila Colley says:

    I am searching my maternal grandmothers family, she was an orphan. The only definite I have of her is a school photograph which has a chalk board at the front stating Waterloo Street School Class 1. She had a brother she lost contact with before they were adults. I have found a school record which is a possible for being her but I don’t know how I can confirm it is her? I could not find a record of her brother. Can anyone help me please?
    Searching since 1990.

    • fhhs says:

      One of our regulars on this page has researched Waterloo Street School and states that the registers are held at the London Metropolitan Archive. Without names, dates and possible addresses it is difficult to suggest how to proceed. Armed with what you know the Archivist at LBHF based in Hammersmith Library on a Monday or Tuesday may be able to help.
      Good luck

  45. David Wall says:

    Hi. Firstly thanks to all for the great work done on here – always a fascinating read. I am trying to trace where my grandmother, Elizabeth Louisa Wall nee Pope was buried/cremated. She died from septicaemia in Western Hospital, Seagrave Rd in 1921. I have contacted LBHF cemeteries’ dept and they have no trace of her in any of their 4 cemeteries. They also have no records of her husband, my grandfather Albert Ballard Wall, who sadly committed suicide a little while after. Can anyone help please?
    Also, I have heard that the Wall family may have had a pawnbrokers shop in Greyhound Rd?
    Thanks for your time.

    • Perhaps your relative may have been buried in Brompton Cemetery in RBKC if they did not actually live in Fulham. Archives has the following inquests records,
      Register of inquests held at Fulham Coroners’ Court
      Date: Sep 1899 – Jan 1916 so it is possible that a record from the 1920s could still be with the local coroners court in Bagleys Lane.

      • David Wall says:

        Thanks for your help.Have checked and they’re not in Brompton Cemetery. They were both born in and lived in Fulham, but I guess not everyone has burial records. I just wondered if anyone had knowledge of Western hospital’s procedures regarding deaths.
        Sadly my grandfather’s suicide was in Barking and Essex Coroner’s Court have been rather unhelpful.
        Thanks again.

  46. N Roberts says:

    My Father was born in 1927 & lived on Quarrendon St from about 1931 to some time before 1939. I am trying to establish where he would have gone to school as these would have been his primary school years. What would have been the closest school to this street during this period? Or is there somewhere you could direct me where there may be records I could look into? I believe it may have been a Catholic School he attended.
    Kind Regards,

    • The nearest school to Quarrendon would have been Peterborough Primary school, but this is not specifically a Roman catholic school this was in Clancarty Road with an entrance in Studdridge Street the other catholic schools are (1) along the New Kings Road, the Church of the Holy cross ,Ashington Road and (2) the other side of the Wandsworth Bridge Road the Church of our Lady of the Perpetual succour , Stephendale Road . the new Kings Road one is the most likely due to the differences in housing at that time

  47. Hi there, I’m a reporter with the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service based at My London (formerly Get West London) and I’m looking for experts on the history of the beautiful Hammersmith Bridge to talk to for a feature. I’m particularly interested in the IRA suitcase bombing and anyone who might have known or been related to Maurice Childs, the man whose quick-thinking saved the bridge. You can email me on talia dot shadwell at

  48. catty100 says:

    Do you know when Rayleigh Road, W14 ceased to exist? I have found records that it was still in existence in 1938 so it could be war damage? Would you also know what is in its place now? And where would I look to find photos of it in the 1930s? Any help greatly appreciated.

    • Nicole says:

      It’s now called Lakeside Road. I think it changed in the mid to late 40s. Before it was called Rayleigh Road it was called Wharton Road.

      Both set of my grandparents and all their families lived in the road for decades.

      • catty100 says:

        Thank you. My family came from there too. They were GREEN, GILLARD, BURGESS & PRICE. They ere on the 1927, 1930 and 1938 censuses. Various houses but Nos 65, 23, 59 and 88. Do you know if the houses in Lakeside Road are the same or have they been rebuilt.? Thanks again.

      • Nicole says:

        The houses are still the same. I went there last year. They are four or five storey town houses. Doesn’t look like there was any bomb damage in that road.
        My family lived at various houses too; 95, 96, 100 and others from 1911 through late 1940s. Names are RICHARDSON, BONNER, CLARKE, PREECE. No doubt our families knew each, I’ll bet. Were any of the males in your families paper hangers/ decorators?

      • catty100 says:

        How interesting. The males in our family were mainly labourers, corner cutters, coal porter, machine reeler. The women were laundresses. I don’t live in that area, but I’ll have to venture over to take a photo and imagine what it used to be like. Thanks again.

      • Nicole says:

        You’re very welcome. I only asked about the occupations as my great grandfather was a paper hanger and used to hire lots of local men. I had noticed that a fair few of the males in and around Rayleigh Road were paper hangers so just wondered if yours were. Yes, you should go. It’s good to see where your ancestors came from; brings it to life a bit more.

      • fhhs says:

        If you come to the area do visit the LBHF archive in Hammersmith Library on a Monday or Tuesday as there are Photo collections, census and electoral registers.
        Good luck

    • This Column has information about Rayleigh road if you scroll down to 14th Feb 2017

    • Lynne Bustard says:

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

    • Lynne Bustard says:

      Catty,I’ve just seen that you also had ancestors who lived at number 23 Raleigh Road! When did they live there? My aunt was called Rebecca Bustard and this is her address on her wedding certificate in Oct 1907. She married an Austrian man, a hairdresser, named Jean Muller. He’s also listed as living there. I know it’s a long shot but would you happen to know anything about their time there? They left for Paris not long after that. She had previously been an acrobatic dancer in Paris. It looks like quite an affluent area so I presume she was in service?
      Kind Regards,
      Lynne. 🙂

      • Lynne Bustard says:

        P.S….. Rebecca was also known as Rissie. That’s the name on her wedding certificate.

      • Nicole says:

        I don’t think it was an affluent area at the time. It seems to me that many families occupied each of those houses. I assume a floor each.
        Today the street is a mixture of slightly tatty rented houses still split into flats with others entire houses with all four of five floors (incl cellar and attic) and looking quite smart. A nice quiet road.

      • Pam Hausler says:

        I definitely agree that wasn’t an afluent area, just looking through Census records for my ancestors who also lived close by, there seem to be several families in the one house and sometimes even a lodger.

      • Kay says:

        I also don’t think it was an affluent area my, grandmother lived at 100 Rayleigh road for about15 years and had as far as I can find out so far had 7 children. She was poor, well certainly by the time I came along.

      • Nicole says:

        Kay, both my grandmother and great grandmother lived at 100 Rayleigh Road for years!

      • kay warren says:

        I have been researching my fathers family for a few years now but am having difficullty getting beyond his birth. I dont know if we are related but my Grandother lived at 100 Rayleigh road in 1920 the year my dad was born. Her name was Ellen Smith but she was called Nellie. Three more children were born at that address. My dad never talked about his childhood but before he died he told me that he had been put into care. I know the rest of the family then moved to surbiton in Surrey. Older children remained in Shepherds bush because I can remember visiting an aunt and uncle in Shepherds bush as a child.

      • Nicole says:

        Probably not related, I think. My family were at 42, 70, 72 and 95 in 1920. Have you checked out the other smith families in the street? I know it’s a common surname but families often stuck close by so maybe researching them a little might yield some clues?

      • catty100 says:

        Hello. My relatives had the surname GREEN. I’ve found records of them living at number 23 in 1927 and 1930. But I’m only at the beginning of my research. As others have said, it was not an affluent area at that time & the records show lots of individuals / families living at one address . I find it fascinating. But unfortunately I don’t know anything about your ancestors. Are you looking on That is my source of information. There is also something called the London Metropolitan Archives which has various records. Their enquiry team are very helpful. The details are: 02073323820 or
        Good luck with your search.

  49. Pam Hausler says:

    Hi, research tells me that my GGrandmother Ellen Callan and possibly her daughter Ellen Clarn worked in the Fulham Laundry circa 1880’s but I have been told there were a couple of laundries, they lived in Prothero Rd Fulham, just off Rylston Rd. Before that they were in Stanley Cottages, the current site of Charing Cross Hospital. Does anybody know which laundry it was likely to be and where can I find any records of the Laundry please.

    • Paul Sutton-King says:

      Hi, I recently acquired a photo and some postcards depicting members of the Hammersmith Salvation Army, date is probably 1910/20. Does anyone know the location of the Hammersmith Citadel as it is pictured and I would be interested to know if it is still standing. The photo depicts members along with girl guides, were the two organisations linked locally? Kind regards Paul Sutton-King

      • The nearest school to Quarrendon would have been Peterborough Primary school, but this is not specifically a Roman catholic school this was in Clancarty Road with an entrance in Studdridge Street the other catholic schools are (1) along the New Kings Road, the Church of the Holy cross ,Ashington Road and (2) the other side of the Wandsworth Bridge Road the Church of our Lady of the Perpetual succour , Stephendale Road . the new Kings Road one is the most likely due to the differences in housing at that time

      • The Salvation Army

        Contact details

        21-23 Dalling Road
        W6 0JD

        Tel: 020 8748 9332

  50. Chris C says:

    I’m looking for the address of the old Wallpaper Works on Bagleys Lane. My great grandfather was working there in 1930.
    Also, do you have any records of a football team called Hever United, in the Fulham area in the early 20th century?

  51. Louise C says:

    I am researching my family tree on but am having difficulty finding birth information on my great great grandmother known to us as Edith Ivy Benford. From looking at census I believe that she was born around 1888 in Fulham. There is rumour that there was secrets of her childhood. I don’t have any information on her parents and want to find out more to support me to continue building my family tree.

  52. 13castleview says:

    Does anybody remember Jean’s cafe in Estcourt road in the late 1950s…..?
    If so I would love to hear from you
    It was run by by mother and father

    • CARY SUMPTER says:


      I have previously had some amazing responses to my comments on this site regarding the old market and my family (the Dear family). I have become conscious that, as the generations that directly worked within the market have passed, it has seemingly become a largely forgotten part of everyday Hammersmith life. I have also been surprised at how few photographs appear to exist of the Bradmore Lane market.

      As a consequence, I have decided to establish a Facebook group page to remember and celebrate the market and a part of Hammersmith history that spanned nearly 70 years.The group page is titled “Old Hammersmith Market Remembered” and includes photographs that I have found (including my own family ones).

      If interested, or able to add to the group, please feel free to visit.

      Many Thanks,

      Cary Sumpter

  53. Re:the Rotunda, Shepherds Bush. I’m trying to find out more about the radical preacher Revd Robert Taylor and my great great grandfather’s first wife Georgiana Richards (married name Dorey). She sued Robert Taylor for breach of promise and was mentioned in a home office report in 1834 as a coffee shop proprietor at the Rotunda.
    In 1844 she was sent to Newgate Prison for her part in the infamous Wills Forgery Scandal (after she had married my g.g grandfather Josiah Dorey).
    I’ve got more ‘bits and pieces’ of info about them if anyone is interested.

    • This is another example of where searching the British online Newspaper archive will pay dividends, its quite cheap and very useful. The Law case should also be able to tracked down fairly easily. One of the snippets from the newspaper reads
      “The Rev. R. Taylor was on Thursday amerced in damage* 2501., the English Court of Exchequer, for breach of promise of marriage given Miss Georgiana Richards, the housekeeper at the Rotunda where Taylor used to lecture. It is stated that Taylor has left the country.”
      NB There was a Rotunda at Blackfriars that was known for Radicals in the 1830’s

  54. Tracy Larocque says:

    My father’s surname was Coleshill from Fulham. My Ancestry DNA traces my DNA to the same area.
    Do any Coleshill’s remaining in the area?


    Tracy Larocque

    • Coleshill is a very old name, and actually means river hill. It may have been a stream that fed Fulham moat on its way to the Thames. If you check which I believe is still based in Fulham they have one of the most comprehensive databases for finding people I searched for Coleshill and Fulham and they indicate that there are five persons With this name in Fulham possibly all one family .there are also some other 30 or so with that name also listed

    • Karen Newington says:

      Hi Tracy Iam related to the Coleshill family my Nan on my father side was one .A huge family yes still think a couple of my distant cousins still live in Fulham Know I found them on Face book and there is a huge family tree on Ancestry.Com of the Coleshill family

  55. kevin says:

    Hi all,
    Does anyone have access to any Photographs of Oldham/Manchester Road off Silchester road and knowledge of which name it was 1st as i believe it was renamed before it was demolished.


  56. Adam O’Neill says:

    I am looking for information about the Harwath Mausoleum in the churchyard at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Rylston Road, Fulham. Does anyone have any clues about who the Harwath family were? It is a grand neo classical building, probably Edwardian, they must have been quite well established locally.

  57. I am part of a group researching the names on the War Memorial in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

    One of these was William Wright who gave his birthplace as Hammersmith.

    Date of Birth: – Not known. He was reported to be 21 when he was killed, meaning that he was born about 1897.

    Address:- His last known address, which led to his being listed on the Dewsbury Cenotaph, was Ivy Cottage, Briestfield, where he is reported to have been a boarder with Henry Watson, a coal miner, and his wife.

    Parents and Siblings: – Nothing is known about his family background; he is said to have been born in Hammersmith, at that time in Middlesex, now part of London, but it has not been possible to identify him among the many boys called William Wright. The Army apparently had no knowledge of anyone to whom effects and gratuity could be paid and medals issued.

    Marital Status: – Single

    Occupation: – He was employed, according to the Dewsbury Reporter, by Messrs Jaggar’s Grange Ash Colliery, Grange Moor.

    Arm of Service: – Army – Rank – Private – Service Numbers 27921 and 22662. The second number is from the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, where he may have seen brief service.

    Regiment: – At the time of his death William Wright was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

    The 1901 census shows a family living at 41 Devonshire Road Chiswick with a son William whose age matches the above.

    We have a photograph of him if that would assist.

    Any help gratefully received

  58. Amy Blanchard now glover says:

    I am trying to find my father after no contact for 33 years! All I know is that his name is John Arthur Cocks. He is roughly around 55-65 years old and lived in Putney,Wandsworth and married my mum Louise Belinda Blanchard in the year 1976-1978? I was born in Putney and my date of birth is 14/12/1978 and I have a twin! I hope this helps and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • fhhs says:

      Putney and Wandsworth our outside our area but someone reading these pages may come up with something relevant. From personal experience I can tell you it will take some hard work and time to track down a person within the 100 year rule. The first step is to get hold of some documents such as you and your sister’s birth certificates and your Mum’s wedding certificate. The latter will give you more info about your father, there will also be witnesses who may still be alive and have knowledge of where your Dad is. Obviously original documents are the easiest ie that your Mum may have or have had. Free BMD here allows you to search for them online you can then request copies for a fee. The other approach is to use an online search company such as They will charge you a fee but you could end up with a number of addresses worth investigating and you may get info such as job type which again could be useful. If you search J Cocks in London entry 22 looks interesting so may be worth paying.
      Good luck

  59. Lucia Graves says:


    I thought your readers might like to know about Gresham College’s 500th anniversary of our founder’s birth celebrations in 2019: we are holding a Tudor Festival series of free lectures, including one by the historian John Guy, who is publishing a new biography of Sir Thomas Gresham this year.

    Tudor Festival: Sir Thomas Gresham and His World

    Join us for a series of special events in 2019 celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Sir Thomas Gresham. Discover the story of the College’s founder and benefactor, a merchant, financier and adventurer. In an age of violence, rivalries and persecutions, Sir Thomas Gresham was inspired by the new learning in the adventurous and magnificent Tudor Age to promote education that was free and open to all. His legacy has continued for over 400 years, as our programme of lectures continues to flourish – here in London and across the world.

    • Alan F. Jones says:

      Can anyone please aid me in researching the life of Horace Edward Edalji?
      I have picked up on the 1901 Census that he was living in Fulham. I know this is vague, but can anyone offer more details?

      Thank you.

      Best wishes,

      Alan F. Jones

      • victor hill says:

        ALAN go on to ancestry see your man in 1891 census look at all the clues on the right
        he changed his name to magee his wife name ?
        and died in 11 june 1953 in ireland all on ancestry under hints probate as well
        let me know how it goes vic hill


      • Alan F. Jones says:

        Hello Vic,

        Thank you for the info. I have all of that plus more as he led a roaming life. What I am attempting to do is to try and add more specific details to his life in the locations where he lived. My interest in this man stems from the fact he was, Google: George Ernest Thompson Edalji’s brother and was ostracized by his family. A very complex story.
        After all of that I am interested in any snippets of info about the man.

        Best wishes,


      • victor hill says:

        thanks for reply can not any more than what you found out

  60. Alison Saunders says:

    My great great grandfather William Hart was born in Essex but lived all his married life in the Hammersmith area. From the census returns
    1871 26 Waterloo Place
    1881 2, Alfred terrace, Uxbridge Road
    1891 Richmond Road
    1901 46 Pennard Road
    1911 ”

    He died at Pennard Road in 1911. He was a florist, on his death certificate it said Master Florist. I remember my mother saying he had a nursery. I would love to know where this could have been, and also to find out where he is buried.
    Thank you

  61. Christine Moses says:

    My name is Christine ELKINS who is this daughter of James ELKINS who is the son of Ruth Antone who is a daughter of Indian Antone who is the son of James Wyse

  62. Pam Hausler says:

    Hi, my Great Grandmother Ellen Callan from Prothero Road was said to have worked in the Fulham Laundry, where would that have been please?

  63. Pamela says:

    I I’m trying to find out about a murder in the 60s on benbow road. Is there anybody out there to tell me more information

  64. Hugo Farne says:

    Dear F&H historical society,
    I work at Charing Cross Hospital and am moving to the area with my wife. We were wondering if it was possible to find out when the area damaged by the WWII bomb on Colehill Lane was rebuilt? The houses on the south side of Colehill Lane look like they are post-war construction but it is unclear exactly when they were built.
    Many thanks, kind regards,
    Hugo Farne

    • fhhs says:

      Some of the small sites were rebuilt in the early 50’s but the larger ones were not completed until the late 60s after which the government reduced funding. It can take a while to find the relevant approvals in council minutes. In the local archives at Hammersmith Library there is a photo file and sometimes a press cutting file for most streets that may give more information. Also checking the online catalogue for Colehill Lane shows there are some other documents too. So it may be worth a visit to the Archives on a Monday or Tuesday to check this out.
      Hopefully someone reading this may have direct information.
      Good luck

      • High Explosive Bomb :

        Source: Aggregate Night Time Bomb Census 7th October 1940 to 6 June 1941
        Fell between Oct. 7, 1940 and June 6, 1941

        Present-day address
        Colehill Lane, Shepherd’s Bush, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, SW6 6EE, London

        Further details
        56 18 NW – comment:

      • catoluge examples as referred to above

        Chronological list of bomb damage inflicted during the Second World War on the Metropolitan…
        H901.939 HAM
        A Collection of photocopies of every bomb damage photograph within the collection

  65. Barbara PAULLADA says:

    Does anyone have any information on Fulham training college? My grandmother Mildred Olive Holmes was a student there around 1908.
    From what I’ve been told my greatgrandparents did not approve of her attending but she did it anyway. I suppose it wasn’t considered an appropriate course for a young lady.

  66. Garry Langley says:

    Please could someone offer any information regarding an unexploded bomb that fell on – Lewis trust dwellings, vanston place- during ww2. A photo would be very much appreciated, my father lived in the building at the time and my son would like to show his teacher for a class project.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Could be one of two sites. Check with Hammersmith archives,and the online catalogue.

      High Explosive Bomb :

      Source: Aggregate Night Time Bomb Census 7th October 1940 to 6 June 1941
      Fell between Oct. 7, 1940 and June 6, 1941

      Present-day address
      Vanston Place, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, SW6 5UA, London

      Further details
      56 18 NW –

      High Explosive Bomb :

      Source: Aggregate Night Time Bomb Census 7th October 1940 to 6 June 1941
      Fell between Oct. 7, 1940 and June 6, 1941

      Present-day address
      Farm Lane, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, SW6 1QP, London

      Further details
      56 18 NW – comment:

  67. Lisa Booker says:

    I see you’ve mentioned peggy fro m maurice street. She was my mums cousin.. She moved and I lost her address after the death of my mum.. If anyone can give me that it would be lovely to catch up with Karen.i can leave a number on which I can be contacted.. It’s
    My name is Lisa.. I was phyls daughter from gloucester
    Any info would be just lovely

  68. Cherry says:

    I am looking for information on 302 Fulham Palace Road. My grandmother was born there in 1929, and I am trying to find out who lived at that address during this time. Her mother worked at 91 Bishops Road around the same time so any information on this address too would be fantastic. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  69. Peter Perkin says:

    My father, James Perkin, lived in Pilmico at the time of the Second World War, his family was from Essex. Would it be possible to find out what regiment he would have enlisted in. I do have have his numbered dog tags but as yet I haven’t been able to find him in British military records.
    Regards, Peter Perkin.

    • There are about 155 records for J Perkins. In It may be worth getting a monthly subscription at £9 and checking them the names

      • There are 13 for Perkin. Were there Any other forenames. You can Get brief details of a regiment without having to pay if you can find the correct group of names on this website and it does list service nuumbers

  70. Nina says:

    Hello, I am trying to find a newspaper article from the fulham and hammersmith chronicle dated between 1954 and 1960 of a story about a missing boy who was then found and he had been hiding at his friends house in a cupboard, there is a photograph of the boy and his 2 friends (twins). I have searched online for a while but have had no luck as yet

  71. Rosina Handley says:

    I was drawn to this website by ” The changing face of Hammersmith and Fulham by Jane Kimber and Francis Serjeant. Are you able to provide me a copy of the article and any info about Jane Kimber and any other Kimbers living in those areas – names and addresses etc as I believe my great uncle William settled at Hammersmith. He was born around 1870 to Jeremiah Charles and Jane nee Pritchard. Thx

    • Jane Kimber was archivist for the libraries department, but don’t believe she lived in Hammersmith and Fulham . I did however myself have a relative who married a William M Kimber, who had property in Cadogan st and Shorrolds road Fulham, but no Hammersmith connections.

      • Rosina Handley says:

        Your William may have been the son of my William who was William Joseph Kimber born in 1874 at Roxby Lincolnshire. His older brother George settled at Islington, London. I am still looking for info but was advised he had a son who he called William too.

  72. Mark says:

    I know you lot are the font of all knowledge in most things Fulhamish!
    My father in law grew up in and around Bagleys Lane, and he’s been trying to remember the name of the plumber’s merchant or plumbing firm that he worked for, would have been around 1950-1952. He can remember that it was based in Dawes Road, but he’s really struggling to recall what they were called. Help me, o wise ones !

    • Mark says:

      There’s a firm in Dawes Road now called Fulham Heating,, however, according to their website, they were established in 1974. They do pride themselves on friendly customer service and also having very good stocks though apparently!

  73. Caner Sahan says:

    My name is Caner. Me and my team are film students from the University of the Arts London and we are tasked with a project to make a short documentary film based in the Hammersmith area. We are interested in making a film based on the Furnivall Sculling Club and we are hoping we can discuss this short film further with someone who works with the club or heavily associated.

    We would appreciate the response and look forward to hearing back.


  74. Mike Wright says:

    Trying to find information on the life of Edward William Butler. He resided in Pennard Road, originally the family where from Essex but he was born Wolverton, Bucks in 1910

    Believed to have lived in Shepherds Bush since 1950’s and worked in a local garage.

    Any info would be great.

    • Peter Trott says:

      If you check on Ancestry a gentleman with the username Phil_Scott4 has posted Edwards full life story and family tree.

  75. Andy says:

    Hi there,
    Do you have access to copies of the Fulham Chronicle from the 1950s? My grandad played for Fulham youth football team and was featured in the paper in 1954 (he thinks). There was a picture of him heading the ball. The game may have been against Chelsea youth. His name is Jimmy Jones. He is 80 next month so I’d love to be able to track that picture down if that would be possible?
    I look forward to your response and appreciate your help.

    • Hammersmith archives andLocal history dept has the Fulham Chronicle.the British Newspaper library which is online also has the back files of course. It’s a sad reflection on the local newspapers that prided themselves on news, that when a lot of them became group newspapers, With a title page relevant to the area, but a lot of generic pages , that the companies centralised, got rid of the local offices and threw out back files.

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

      Papers are stored at British library Kings Cross may be on film and may be to order over 2 days .
      If you get stuck I will be going there this month and can check it out
      But helps to be certain of year and also month if possible

  76. I was searching the Brighton newspars for an item on the Newspaper library web site ,when I discovered something I thought I would pass on. There was a list of the local hotels and guest houses together with their guests or residents names. So much for security issues .so it would appear that one might be able to see where ones relatives holidayed and their wealth by the type of accommodation they rented and for how long!!

  77. Naomi Odiwe - Naomi Design Ltd says:

    I am a retail designer involved in some upgrading work to the current Bayley & Sage store at 30-34 New Kings Road. The scheme will involve a rear extensionto knccrease trading area at ground floor level, refurbishment of the existing timber shopfronts and the removal of the existing aluminium shopfront in no32 replacing this with a timber shopfront that is more in keeping with the age of the property.

    I understand that these properties fall within the conservation area. Can you please confirm this. Before I submit anything to the council for planning permission I would very much value your views and contribution on the design direction for the frontage and rear extension.

    • fhhs says:

      I think your enquiry should be to The Fulham Society. They have a watching and lobbying brief on planning and conservation. . Our focus is very much on fostering an interest in history.
      Good luck

    • Check out the term Parsons Green conservation area on Hammersmith council web site, for complete picture. The properties are in the conservation area and it mentions, specifically on the intro page

      New Kings Road
      Nos. 26 to 38 (even) (added June 2000)

  78. Jo-Ann Macmenamin says:

    I am trying to find out the history of The Queen Caroline estate. Does anyone know exactly when it was built? I understand there was a big fire in or around the site in the 1950s and the estate was built to rehouse people whose homes were being demolished on Hammersmith Rd. Is there any further info and maybe who decided to change the name of Queen st to Queen Caroline st.
    Thank you

  79. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, London Archaeologist is holding its first ever conference on Saturday 6th October – a celebration for everyone who has been involved or interested in London’s archaeology over the past five decades.

    Held in collaboration with King’s College London Classics Department, the conference will take place at the Franklin-Wilkins building at King’s Waterloo campus, on 6th October from 10am to 6pm, with a party to follow for all attendees.

    In presentations taking us from the archaeology of the 1960s to archaeology in the future, a terrific range of speakers will look at developments in archaeology from museums to major sites, from excavations to finds, from industrial to foreshore archaeology, from volunteers to professionals.

    We’ll have papers from trailblazers such as Peter Marsden and Harvey Sheldon, through osteoarchaeologist Jelena Bekvalac and finds specialist Michael Marshall, to Jane Sidell of Historic England and Roy Stephenson of Museum of London, and many more.

    To round off the day, five directors of leading contracting units will form a panel to consider how archaeology will fare in the next 50 years, and we’ll finish with that party to celebrate all we’ve experienced over 50 years.


    To book your tickets, which include the full day conference, morning coffee and a drink at the party, go to the Eventbrite site here: .

    Note that at time of sending, we also still have a few free tickets
    available for students in full time education on Eventbrite.

    For more information on the conference and London Archaeologist’s other 50th anniversary activities, see our LA50 page on the LA website:


    Iam trying to find out if anyone one did manage to find a photo thought to be of the first ever Fulham St Andrews football team know there was one a very grainy and someone whose name I have forgot (sorry ) who wrote a blog and who put the photo up Reason I would love a copy is my great great uncle played for them.and was in the photo Frederick Keefe .Many thanks

  81. Pam Hausler says:

    Hi, I believe that my GGrandmother Ellen Clarn worked in the Fulham Laundry and possibly at least one of her daughters, Ellen, born 1881. The family lived at 20 Prothero Road in the latter years and possibly Bear Alley earlier. Ellen the mother had her first child in 1879 so I know that she worked there for many years.
    My question is how can I confirm this information please, are there any records that have survived perhaps.
    My kind regards,
    Pam Hausler

  82. Kathie Martin says:

    Good Morning from Pennsylvania! I am wondering if you have info on a place called Munster House Asylum. My 2nd Gr Grandfather, Christopher Charles Baxter died there in 1868. I would love to know more about the place and possibly find out what his story was. Thanks for your time! Kathie

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      I have a relative noted to be in an asylum but understand from the record this to be a place of shelter if you were both sick and poor rather than insane.

    • Munster house or Mustow house Was A house that was most probably built in Elizabethan times it is said to have been used for hunting exploits of the Merry Monarch Around 1664 . Charles Feret. Wrote a lengthy account in Fulham old and new and which can be found on the web free to download there are a number of pages relating to the history of the house with photographs. you mention into particular the Mental asylum and a copy of a book by Faulkner that was held in the vicarage Had a postcard inserted in it and a picture of the house,with the following inscription “ a house for gentlemen nervously and mentally afflicted proprietor Mr. Cyrus A. Elliott”; The reverse of the card was inscribed Munster house , near Fulham , London , 3 miles from Hyde Park Corner . for the care and recovery of nervous epileptic and insane Genteman proprietor Mr C a Elliott Munster house was the hunting seat of his Majesty King Charles the second , contains 29 rooms. It is situated on the road from London to Fulham in the highest part of the parish and upon a gravelly soil. the pleasure grounds are 8 acres waled in studded with nobl trees and comprise lawns, a Meadow Orchard , Bowling Green , greenhouse , bowling alley, billiard and reading rooms and detached buildings for recreation and amusements . An additional house has been built containing a hall, large And lofty dining rooms, sitting and bedrooms , 17 separate rooms , washing and bathing rooms and a padded room and arefectory ward doing away with the mechanical restraint and rendering classification complete.The 1841,51 and 61 census should list occupants.

      • Kathie Martin says:

        Thank you, Mr Burgess! Some great info. I will try to find the resource you mentioned. Since he was there only from 1867-1868, I wonder if there are other sources besides census records? Believe it or not, in Pennsylvania, I was able to apply for and get actual hospital records from 90 years ago…quite amazing!

  83. Janice says:

    I’m trying to find pictures or information about my family from wigan England. My great grandfather had a bike shop his last name is Greenalghe first name Christopher. Help please anything about the family.

    Thank you

    • fhhs says:

      Hi, Fulham and Hammersmith are a long way from Wigan in Lancashire so unless your greatgrandfather set up shop in London ist unlikely we would be able to trace anything here. This site for the Local Archives gives you a start for your Wigan search.
      Not sure if your ggf’s name came out right Greenhalgh and variations is a British name.
      Suggest you try FindMyPast or look at similar area on Ancestry.
      Hope this helps. Good Luck

  84. Barbara Horton says:

    I was placed in Nazareth House in Hammersmith in 1960 till 1964, along with two of my brothers, Barry and Jimmy. Can anyone give me any information please?

    • fhhs says:

      I think this link may be of help if you have not already visited it. From the lack of replies it seems no one using this site has more detail.
      Good luck with your search.

    • Helen Bruce then Dawson says:

      In the early sixties when I was in my last years at school, a few of us went regularly to take out children from Nazareth House. I loved going and remember it as a happy place with clean, well fed children.But in the light of all that is going on I doubt my memories. My mum always gave me money to buy sweeties for the children and we usually went to the park. I just remember it as a happy place. I hope my memories are right.

    • Jackie Spears says:

      jacqueline chute, I was there from 1962-1972.I have some photos but i may of been to young.

  85. janet fleming says:

    I am enquiring whether there are any old photos (circa 1901) of 457 Fulham Road. My great grandfather ran a business there .

  86. Josie Danvers says:


    Does anyone remember The Sisters of Charity in Hammersmith I am not referring to Nazareth House which was an orphanage. They lived in a beautiful house I think in the Mall.

    Should like to hear from anyone out there.

    Regards Josie

    • The Sisters of Charity of St Vincent and St. Paul had a foundation in the parish of The Holy Ghost and St. Stephen Shepherds Bush. It was located at 30 Ashchurch Grove.
      For a brief historical survey of the catholic institutions of Hammersmith and Fulham read Pope’s Corner by Denis Evinson

    • The sisters of Charity at 22 Upper mall who owned this convent and a few buildings to the east were in fact the Irish Sisters of Charity. They arrived in 1920, and moved in on 25th Jan 1925 , and into a house originally housing the household of Catherine of Braganza, having knocked down a few cottages , and purchasing a piece of land , in 1927 they were able to open a hostel for Irish business girls. The nuns did a great deal of visiting and social work and documents exist in manuscript recording their day to day activities, including the difficulty they had getting their furniture through the front door of no 22… A History or Hammersmith. FHHS

  87. Ruth Wildman says:


    I am trying to find out about my fathers history. He was born in Castle Street Fulham, his mums name was Victoria Maud Polson. Dads name was James Wyse Polson (28.2.1920). His mum was a book keeper for an electrical company, which I assume was unusual then. I think she must have been a single mum as no mention of a dads name on his birth certificate. Dad was fostered by Mrs Oddy who lived in Brighton but apparently kept in touch with his mum until he joined the Navy at 14. Bit of a long shot but I don’t know where to go from this

    I hope someone can help

    Kind regards


  88. David Patterson says:

    Does anyone remember W & G STORES in the Shepherds Bush area. My dad used to work at Television Centre in Wood Lane and he was always buying records, cassettes and CDs from W & G Stores. They had a massive selection and very knowledgeable staff across all genres.
    Anyone remember this store and/or have memories of it?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Peter says:

      The shop was mid way down Shepherds Bush Market under one of the arches. When you first went in through the door there were racks of records. The sales counter was at the back of the shop. Looking at the counter, to the right were listening booths. You could take a record to the counter and they would put it on a turntable. You then went into a booth and could listen on headphones.

    • Josie Danvers says:

      Hi David,

      Read your email with interest.

      I was living in Shepherds Bush from the age of 10 until 19 when I moved to Middx early 70s!

      On a Saturday my Father always took me to this record shop such joy and the smell of vinyl when entering!! We never left without buying an LP.

      We had quite a collection of records! Sadly, when my Father passed way my brother who was clearing the loft came across them. He will keep them now.

      Regards Josie

    • Paul Stacey says:

      If you go to my page and look in the shepherds bush album, you will fing photos of the market and WG Stores where many brought their records.

    • ROY POPE says:

      the mention of W G STORES and the memories come flooding back, Always put my head in there on my way home from school,Happy Days. Regards.

      • Mick says:

        During the late 60s & early 70s WG supplied QPR with records to play on match days. I had a soft spot for them for that reason.

  89. Jane Kistnasamy says:

    Please can anyone help me locate Caroline Place, Fulham, where it may have been?
    Thanks in advance

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hello Jane
      There is a Caroline Walk in Lillie Road near Fulham Cross opposite 332 but the old houses down there have all gone now .
      Good Luck .

      • Jane Kistnasamy says:

        Thank you Len!

        Lillie Road was always mentioned by Grandad so I’m certain that must be it. Researching old family addresses so that I can visit and take photos, as close as I can. Thanks again, much appreciated

  90. Steve Parlanti says:

    I’m trying to find out about a motor garage called M.A.P. Motors of 20a Waterford Road, Fulham. This could have been any time between about 1925 and 1960. Any information at all would be most welcome. Thanks.

  91. Samantha Murphy says:

    Hi, was there a Goodson Road in Fulham in 1940? Doing so family tree work and received a copy of my great grandmothers marriage certificate and has her ladders as 12 Goodson Road, Fulham, but I can’t find it on map.

    Can anyone help?

    • Goodson Road had a north side and a south side, and I believe was located by the Lillie road , and parallel to it, and has been absorbed into the Clem Attlee estate, approx opp. the present School

    • Pamela Nevin says:

      My grandmother was born at 6 Goodson Road
      Fulham. My great grandmother was Eunice Cornell who married Carlton Allsop. Lots of buried secrets in this family! Before l married l lived in Lillie Road and went to school at Beaufort House Primary School in Lillie Road

  92. Len Fuller says:

    Hi Jo. You could join the I GREW UP IN FULHAM FB Site you might have some luck there with old photos 👍

    • Jo Seller says:

      Thank you

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        I remember going to Palmers with my grandmother. They used to have a Father Christmas and you paid for a photo And a gift. Five years ago, the last time I was in England, approximately on the corner of Hammersmith Broadway and King Street, a photography shop had a huge sepia photo of Palmers in their window.

      • Paul Stacey says:

        If you look at my facebook page Hammersmith Palais Old Skool and go to the Hammersmith album, you will find photos of Palmers store which later became Littlewoods.

  93. victoria mcindoe says:


    I am trying to trace my paternal line. My paternal grandfather was born Frederick Abel Cole in 1912 to Edith Cole of Hammersmith Grove according to his birth certificate. He was later adopted.
    I have found it difficult to find out anything else about Edith or her family but am very keen to know more. Any help you could give would be gratefully received.

    • fhhs says:

      Hi have you tried Ancestry or Find my Past to check the 1911 census for Hammersmith Grove. You may get clues from Edith’s status in the household and who the other occupants were; particularly the head of household. Good luck.

    • Brian says:

      1911 census states Edith was single age 18 living with parents
      Alfred Septimus Cole and wifeLucinda Ellen at 134 Hammersmith Grove with brother Thomad Alfred age 16
      And niece Anthea Beatrice May age 17
      Looks like Edith had an illegitimate baby and the parents wouldn’t allow it to be kept.
      My mother lived at no 135 opposite and these tall buildings tended to be divided for three flats
      Alfred the father was a motor coach builder it’s possible he worked at the Chiswick factory that built London General Buses

  94. Jo Seller says:

    I used to live at 53 Lillee Roadwhich I believe has been pulled down. I would be interested in seeing any photos there are of the house and / or surrounding properties.

    • Vic Blake says:

      What years did you live there? Did you go to the Sir John Lillie School too? I was there from 1954-58 as my family lived very close by. There are certainly old maps of the area available online, a well as photos.

      • Jo Seller says:

        Hi Vic, I lived there from 1948 to 1952. We moved just before I was due to start school. There was a couple in the bottom flat ( I think their name was Miles ) my Grandparents and aunts rented the middle two floors and my parents and I had the top 2 rooms. I can find maps but no photos of that era.

    • Vic Blake says:

      If you go to Images on your search engine and then Google Lillie Road 1950 (be sure to get the spelling right) there are loads of images. Also try it with different dates. The London electoral rolls are also available on Ancestry.

      • Jo Seller says:

        Thank you

      • fhhs says:

        Hi, if you don’t have any luck on line as Vic suggests you could contact the LBHf archive in Hammersmith Library – ( There is a charge for copies but they should be able to tell you what they have.

    • Paul Stacey says:

      If you look at my facebook page Hammersmoth Palais Old skool, go to the Fulham album and you will find hundreds of old Fulham photos

  95. Jan McGuire says:

    Hi. I’m trying to find out about an Orphanage my Father was put in, around 1919/1920 in Fulham. How can I find any records please.
    Many thanks

    • Sam Dixon says:

      My grandmother was sent to an orphanage in 1923 called “Twynholm” – at 710, Fulham Road.
      Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find much out about it but I know it was a house divided into 2 with girls in one half and boys in the other. I’m pretty sure her brother went there too. Good luck

      • Len Fuller says:

        Hello Sam
        There is a Twynholm Hall at Fulham Cross which is in Lillie Road at the junction with Munster Road. SW6
        Good Luck

      • Derek Sayers0 says:

        Twynholm I believe was built as a p
        Public House but was never used as such. I think it became a church,. “Fulham Old and New” published in the 1890s; there is/were copies in the Central Library in Fulham has some information I think

      • Sam Dixon says:

        Thanks for your responses.
        Yes, I think Twynholm House at Fulham Cross was later taken over by Sidney Black as a Baptist church.
        He opened Twynholm orphanage on Fulham Road and it was ran quite strictly Baptist, as Nan recalled, with frequent visits to Twynholm church!
        I’d love to hear from anyone who had relatives connected to Twynholm orphanage in the 1920’s.

      • says:

        This is a copy of an old postcard showing Twynholm Orphanage

      • Sam Dixon says:

        Hi Peter,
        I’d love to see the postcard but I can’t see it.
        Could you possibly re-post image?

      • Peter Trott says:

        I did try to post the picture but for some reason this site doesn’t appear to show images. If you email me I’ll send it.

  96. Pamela says:

    I’m trying to find out about ryecroft children’s home in teddington Middlesex and the staff who worked there

    • fhhs says:

      Hi Teddington is outside our borough, suggest you try this link. You may not find much due to the 100 year rule. Try looking for managers or contacting the council. Have you found this link to the Teddington Society History Group. Good luck.

    • Cathy Webley says:

      Hello, I worked there around 1975-76.

      • Pamela says:

        I was there . Was there a Pamela Curtis when you were there

      • Pamela says:

        I was there . Was there a Pamela Curtis when you were there. I was there for 4 years.

      • Pamela says:

        I was there but I hated being there

      • Pamela says:

        I was one of the residents

      • cathy webley says:

        hello Pamela,
        I think you were probably there after I had left. When I was there it was a children’s ‘home’ rather than a hostel, with about 20 children aged 3-17, with a couple called Mr and Mrs Knott in charge, and various staff known as aunties, including me. It was pretty dreadful, and if you were there I am not surprised you were unhappy. I was very young and inexperienced at the time, but over the years I have often wondered about the children who had to survive such places. I hope you went on to find some stability and happiness in life.

      • Pamela says:

        Hi Cathy
        I found the place very hard to cope with. Which staff do you remember and I will see if I know anybody.

      • Pamela curtis says:

        I was there when the manager Peter Martin was there. There was about 20 of us . Some of the staff was ok but I got bullied by the other kids.

  97. John Smith says:

    nice education system.

  98. Hello

    I wonder if any of your members can tell me about residents of Parsons Green around 1790, or give me an idea of the extent to which an archival search would reveal things.

    I have just come across a cello by William Forster, the maker to the Royal family at that time, with an inscription inside that indicates that his workshop was at Parson’s Green. We know that he had a string of prestigious retail shops on the Strand, and this information is entirely new to us.

    He remains well recognised as one of the greatest British makers in history, so discovering a little bit more about him would truly be interesting.

    If any of your members could point me in the right direction, or if the name William Forster is familiar to them from about the 1770s to the 1840s (there were four generations of William), that would be an amazing help. I’m hoping to publish the cello when I know more, I would be more than happy to pas the article to you as well.

    My best

    Ben Hebbert

    • fhhs says:

      Not going into the archive for a couple of weeks so it may be worth emailing direct to the archivist. . The archives based in the Hammersmith Library (1st floor) have microfiche of the rate books available and there is name based index card system that sometimes contains a gem or two. Good luck.
      We will certainly be interested to hear about such an interesting craftsman/businessman.

  99. Dale says:

    Is there still a pub where the greyhound on kings road used to be and if so what is it now called , many thanks

  100. Erin McDermott says:

    Hello! I am doing some genealogy research on my family and have hit a dead end with my great-grandfather William Albert Jackson who was married and died in Fulham.

    Facts I know to be true:
    Date of Birth – 17 May 1910
    Married September 1931 to Edith Simmons in Fulham
    Died March 1942 in Fulham from tuberculosis at the age of 32 and is buried in an unmarked grave in a cemetery in Fulham.

    I remember my grandmother having said he was involved with aircraft at one point and I did find a UK Royal Navy Registry document with his name on it from May 1928. Could anyone tell me if the UK Royal Navy was involved with aircraft in 1928 in the Fulham area?

    My goal is to try and determine William’s parents as the story ends with him at this point. Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide!


  101. Ian Chaddock says:

    The Heritage of London Trust’s summer conference is on London’s international history, and will be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly on Friday 15 June.

    His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, will address the conference.

    Please find the flyer and booking link here –

    We do hope to see you on 15 June.

  102. Mary Munford says:

    I am interested in talking to a member of the society for a new magazine being produced for Olympia London, particularly in relation to the Blythe Road area. Needless to say, we’re working to a tight deadline, so over the next day or so would be great!

    • Nicole FitzGerald says:

      I have no info but would be really interested to read your article as my family lived on Blythe road for four decades (and Rayleigh road now Lakeside ). Please let us know when it is published.

  103. Jay Logan says:


    Seeking information on May Elizabeth Parry of 12 Seymour Place, Fulham. She gave birth to my great grandfather, Douglas Herbert Parry on the 9th of May 1908 at the Queen Charlotte Hospital in Marylebone. Her occupation is listed as a Cashier (Tea Rooms of Fulham).
    My grandfather was illegitimate and no father is listed on his birth certificate. I’ve exhausted all avenues I can think of trying to find out more about May, the only information I can find is this birth extract and the baptismal certificate for my great grandad, which sheds no further light on the matter.
    Any help would be fantastic as I am at a loss.

  104. Simon Parry says:

    Hello, I am writing from Western Australia (but hope to visit London later this year) and I am trying to find information on Walter William Parry (c.1798 – 1860) the earliest paternal relative I have been able to trace. He was a market gardener on or near the Kings Road in the mid 19thC. His fifth child (also Walter William Parry) left for Australia in 1856.
    I have yet to find a birth record, but I am also keen to pinpoint his final residence which is listed as 3 Caroline Terrace, Kings Rd, Fulham. He was survived by his wife Catherine, and is buried at Brompton Cemetery.
    Any information or assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Yours sincerely
    Simon Parry

    • West London Nursery Gardens by E.J. Willson, mentions an entry in Feret Fulham old and New Vol 2 p85, that gives the information that the noted nursery of a Henry Parry (Parry and Co.)was in Sands End, part of the Kings Road …the main thoroughfare and private road of the King from Buckingham Palace Mews to the bridge at Fulham (1729—)Very little is known, except that it consisted of four acres,of freehold land, bounded on one side by Chelsea Creek, NB some of this is now filled in.)with a frontage of 162 feet on the Kings Road;it included a neat brick dwelling house, with a piece of garden ground nearly encircled by a brick wall and it was sold by a Mr Raine at the Rainbow Coffee house in Cornhill on April 22nd 1803, and the auctioneers sale bill say it is held by Mr Parry ,florist, and 12 guineas per annum.

      • Simon Parry says:

        Many thanks! Potentially another piece in the puzzle. I will attempt to follow this up.

    • Jay Logan says:

      G’day Simon,
      Have you been DNA tested? I can find no information on my great grandfather other than his mother being listed as May Elizabeth Parry or 12 Seymour Place, Fulham. He was illegitimate and no father was listed on his birth certificate. I’m grasping at straws, may be their is a connection, who knows.

  105. Sharon Elliott says:

    In 1911, Margaret Allen was at 307 North End Road in Fulham. Can you tell me if the buildings currently at that address were built before 1911?


    Sharon in California

  106. Clare McComb says:

    Dear members I’m writing on behalf of the Morgan Giles family. Frank Morgan Giles is a very famous boat builder, designer and racer who was active from 1900 to the early 1960s. According to family tradition he set up
    business as a boat builder / designer, possibly also offering a chandlery service, from 1902 “under the arches of Hammersmith bridge.” If you have any information about boatyards therabouts from that time, or could direct us where to look we would be most grateful. At the moment we are drawing a blank! with every good wish Clare McComb.

  107. Robert Couling says:

    Could I ask for your help to find any descendants of
    I have a WW1 memorial plaque I would like to see returned to his family.

    Details I have found so far –

    1911 Ernest was living at 103 Blenheim Crescent with his mother Ellen Huskinson (father Daniel Fryer died in 1880) and brother Charles. He is listed as a Builder’s clerk. Age 31

    In Dec 1916 he married Gertrude Nailer. Also Dec 1916 brother Charles married Amelia Moore, perhaps a double wartime wedding?
    After the marriage it seems Gertrude continued to live with her family at 124 Finborough Road.

    Ernest was a Gunner in Royal Garrison Artillery. He went to France in April 1917 with 303 Siege Battery R.G.A. and was killed in action 6th April 1918. He is buried in Hedauville Community Cemetery, France.

    I have not found any children of his marriage, but wonder if there are descendants of his brother Charles?

    The plaque came into my possession handed down via distant in-laws from Birmingham area, but I can find no connection with my family at all, and would like this memorial to Ernest Fryer to find its proper home.


    Robert Couling

  108. Interested in pictures of old Fulham, then checkout Face book at Backtrack Fulham

    • Jennifer McCullough says:

      Hi I am still trying to find the house where my parents lodged in 1950, the only info I have is that the house was on St Marks Road and the landlady was a Mrs Baxter.

      Kind regards
      J. McCullough

    • Paul Stacey says:

      or look in the Fulham folder on Hammersmith Palis old skool FB as there are hundreds of Fulham, Hammersmith, Shepherds bush and other areas

  109. Esme says:

    Does anyone have any information on the history of the building at 73-75 Scrubs Lane? (Currently owned by HHB Communications.) It is a Victorian Factory building – does anyone know what it has been used for over the years?


  110. Allan Wall says:

    Good Morning

    Sheppards of Fordingbridge and possibly Shepperds Bush

    I am doing some family research and would appreciate any information you may have on the Sheppard/ Shepherd family in the 1700’s

    The story goes that they may have owned large parcels of land in and around Shepherds Bush. Fact or fiction it is also said that one of the Shepherds died intestate and the property reverted to the crown

    I believe my direct relatives in and around Fordingbridge and Shepherds Bush were

    Caroline Sheppard (b) 1796 married George BANKS 1824 travelled to Australia as a Sea Captain
    Elizabeth Sheppard (b) 1798 married Richard BANKS 1823 travelled to New Zealand as a Sea Captain

    I believe their father was
    Joseph Shepherd (b) December 1773 married to Elizabeth MILE
    Their children ..possibly these, a combination of these..not sure
    Elizabeth, Caroline, William, George Anne, Charles James, Joseph Sarah, Cornelius

    His father may have been Joseph Sheppard married to Sarah HUTTON

    If you help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated

    Many Thanks

    Allan Wall
    Western Australia

    Ancestry allwall99

  111. Sam says:

    I have been researching my family & have found that a majority of my family & their descendants were from the Fulham/Hammersmith area on my grandad’s side & was wondering if you guys have a closed facebook group that we can post questions in as I am researching from Australia I know nothing of the area. I also have a handful of building pictures I would love to see if anyone can identify but not sure the best way

    • CA Nicholson-Ross says:

      Hi, I was born in Fulham & might be able to help. I have been researching for 20 years & quite a lot of my family was Fulham & Hammersmith based. I am on Facebook CA Nicholson-Ross if you would like to contact me. Regards

    • Paul Stacey says:

      Hammersmith Palais old skool has a closed group and a public page, either may be able to help as there are 25000 plus who use it.

  112. Great blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go
    for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any tips? Cheers!

    • fhhs says:

      WordPress is a great platform for outfits like us; a charity. The ‘free service’ is paid for by adverts appearing in the body of your site. If you are seeking a commercial use then there are other platforms or WordPress paid for service. There are lots of add-ons etc but if you need complete freedom then a paid for service is the answer.
      Good luck

  113. lissie says:

    Hi there, I have found a record, for my great Aunt, who was Edith Feathers, I was just curious to know if it was a poor house, or a hospital at the time? I wonder if you could help? thanks

    Gender: Female
    Age: 3
    Birth Date: 9 Nov 1889
    Admission Date: 4 Sep 1893
    School: Captain Marryats School
    Admission Place: Hammersmith and Fulham, London, England
    Father: Alfred Feathers

  114. Jaime Harty says:

    I’m trying to find out some information regarding the death of my great uncle in 1933. He was riding his bicycle and was hit and killed by a drunk driver. I’ve been told that it took place in Hammersmith in September 1933, he was 23 years old.

    My nan would always talk about it with such sadness. She said it went to court and was in the local papers.

    Is there any way I could get a copy of the newspaper article or even details of an inquest (if they done them then, I have no idea)

    • fhhs says:

      You have included the date but it would be good to have his name too. The LBHF archive at Hammersmith Library has the local papers on microfiche. If you cannot get there on a Monday or Tuesday then email the Archivist ( she will probably ask a volunteer to search for the report and court case. Do include the name please.
      Good Luck

  115. Ruth Wildman. nee polson says:

    my father was born on 28 Feb 1920 in 22 castletown road. trying to trace some family for years with no success. his mother’s name was Louise Victoria Maud polson. she was a book keeper for an electrical devices company. father u.known. my dad’s name was James Wyse polson. any info would be much appreciated

  116. CA Nicholson-Ross says:

    I am trying to find out some information about Everington Street School. Does anyone know what status the school had & what ages could attend, between about 1915 & 1930? I am trying to find out if my Grandmother would have attended; she was born in 1912. Many thanks for any info.

  117. Mark Foulsham says:

    I lived in Lancaster Court from sometime in the 1950s but can’t recall exactly when. Does anyone know when the building of Lancaster Court was completed and families started moving in?

    • John says:

      Lancaster Court was first started in 1948 and extended in 1969. Had a quick look but couldn’t see your family name in the electoral registers. Try a visit to LBHF archives at Hammersmith Library. Good luck

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Thank you, John. The 1969 extension would possibly have been when Swan Court and Ravensworth Cour became part of the Lancaster Court Estate . The large block that stands to the left as you enter from the Darlan Road entrance was also a later addition I think, from poor memory was added in the late 50s/early ’60s. My Dad lived there when he and my Mum divorced and Mum moved into Swan Court. As a family we lived at number 12, Lancaster Court from about 1955/6 until about 1979/80 so imagine we should have appeared on the Electoral Roll for that period. If I get a chance I’ll try the LBHF archives to try to get a better idea of when we moved in.

        Thanks again.

  118. Jennifer McCullough says:

    My parents lodged with a Mrs Baxter St Marks Road in 1950 I would dearly love to see the house( outside of course) before I leave London how can I find the actual address?

    I did find the Servite church where they married an absolutely beautiful church on the Fulham road

    • John says:

      If it is near the Servite Church I think you must be talking of St Marks Grove or gardens which are just beyond the Chelsea Pensioner Pub and in Kensington and Chelsea. A visit to LBKC archives would allow you to search their electoral registers for the period and identify the address. Of course none of this will be online yet. Good luck.

      • Jennifer McCullough says:

        John thank you so much for your reply, very much appreciated, it was definitely St Marks Road.
        I shall see if I am able to check the registry as you suggest
        Kind regards

  119. Marilyn McLellan says:

    I am trying to find information on a George Johnson who was living in Sinclair Road, Hammersmith in 1973. He was born in 1923 so may be deceased now and, as he is my father, I would like to know when and where he died. Any information would be appreciated. Regards
    Marilyn McLellan

    • fhhs says:

      Looking in Free BMD on the web under deaths does not show any deaths of that name and age in LBHF or in Wandsworth or Kensington/Kensington & Chelsea up to the end of 1983. Ancestry or Find my Past may help. If still alive maybe of use but you have to pay. If you can get to LBHF Archives on a Monday or Tuesday then you could search the electoral registers from 1973 onwards to see when or if he moved. Of course remember that he might not have registered to vote. It is always possible that someone in the street may remember the family especially if they stayed a while, so knocking on doors or a flyer might work. Good luck.

  120. Raymond Hicks says:

    Hi, I am enquiring about the buildings that existed at #2 Salem Place Hammersmith, London in 1874. This is the year my Great Grandfather left for South Australia with his family. His name was Mr. Henry Charles Coates Hicks. Would any of your Members know of the whereabouts of any old photos of this area at the time, or if they actually exist. The area was totally changed when the flyover was built. Any information would be most appreciated.

  121. trude says:

    Hi update to my first request (novice mistakes made)

    I am looking for information on the Martin family that was living at 18/20 Aspenlea Road Fulham. Alfred Martin was the head of the household until his death in 1896 not 1886! he was a tailor but have no info as to where he traded. Children were Catherine, Lucy, Lillian and Alfred.. Has anyone any info, one daughter on the 1911 census appears to be a teacher, but I do not know where it just looks like it says L cc.

  122. trude says:


    I am looking for information on the Martin family that was living at 18/20 Aspenlea Road Fulham. Alfred Martin was the head of the household until his death in 1886 he was a tailor but have no info as to where he traded. Children were Catherine, Lucy, Lillian and Alfred.. Has anyone any info, one daughter on the 1911 census appears to be a teacher, but I do not know where it just looks like it says L cc.

    • Helen Whichelow says:

      Probably London County Council. Meaning what we would call a State school, not a private one.

      • trude says:

        Thanks Helen,
        I had a thought it may mean that, I need to find where she was a teacher and hopefully may get some pictures as I have none of any of these people!
        I Think maybe they were educated at a school in St Dunstans Road as I have found admissions lists with parents as listed at 18 or 20 Aspenlea Road which would point to them.

  123. Alayne Jones says:

    Hello I am researching 66 Fulham Road, Kensington. My Father was born there in 1929 – at that time his grandfather Henry LYDIATT was running a very successful Grocers shop from that address.
    I would love to find photos (or newspaper items) from the period 1915 – 1935 so that I can see what it looked like in their day.
    Thanks xxx

    • fhhs says:

      66 Fulham Road would definitely be in Kensington and Chelsea, it appears to have been absorbed into either an interiors shop or an estate agent. See Street View. You should be able to find photographs and newspaper archives at LBKC Archive 12 Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX, Tel: 020 7361 3010 check their website. If you are not local it would be worth contacting them in the first place.

      Good luck

  124. Oliver Meade says:


    My name is Oliver and I am looking to speak to local historians about a documentary I am making on HMP Wormwood Scrubs. They do not have to be an expert on the prison so much as the area. Please get in touch if you can help,

    Kind regards,
    0203 580 3723 | 07960 931 025

  125. Alison Child says:

    I am researching forgotten variety star Norah Blaney (real name Cordwell). She was born in 1893 and lived at 226 Hammersmith Grove (1901 census) and 65 Lonsdale Road (1911). She was at school with Winifred (Biddy) Johnson who lived at 28, Eyot Gardens (1901) and 31 St Peter’s Square (1911). I am trying to find a likely school they would have attended. Norah was baptised at St Thomas of Canterbury and may have gone to the school next door but they don’t seem to have records going back that far.I have tried Hammersmith Archives but they weren’t all that helpful on the phone. I wonder if anyone has any ideas.

    • Don’t be put off by your experience with Hammersmith archives. The archivist is only there 2 days per week,and volunteer staff often staff the enquiry points who are still learning.
      The. British newspaper library on line has a very large number of articles in newspapers including the Stage. You could try the British Music hall society web site for contacts as well

  126. Kerry says:

    Researching family history from Melbourne, Australia.
    From “School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911 (obtained from, my great uncle Frederick John Harvey (born 31/12/1899 in St Giles, London) was admitted to Ackmar Road School in Hammersmith and Fulham on 10/10/1904. The residential address for the Harvey family is stated as 38 Apple Road. According to Google maps, this street does not exist. Assuming it no longer exists or is now known by another name, can you advise of its present location.

    Thanks in anticipation, Kerry.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Looks like a transcription error, Kerry. Should be Epple Road.

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

      Ackmar Road School was in Parsons Green, Fulham. It was the school of choice for the Board of Guardians Receiving Home just around corner. It was later a school for deaf but not sure of dates. I have a photo of a stone carving rescued from the demolition dating to when the school was expanded. Would be happy to send. Also the old school, now a private home.

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

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

      Effie Road perhaps?

      Hope this helps.

      Susan Jeffrey

    • Paul Stacey says:

      I went to school in Ackmar Rd in 1964 and it was called St Marks annex, with the main school being situated in Bishops Ave near Putney bridge, both have gone now.

  127. Peter Monk says:

    When my father died I found, with his WW2 medals, a silver like medalion connected with the borough. On one side, around the edge is the script…

    MAYOR 1913 – 1919”

    This script surrounds what I assume is the old Borough of Hammersmith coat of arms which carries the motto “PECTEMUR AGENDO”

    On the obverse is a depiction of, what I take to be, a soldier and a sailor shaking hands either side of Britania. Underneath is the inscription…


    Also, very small, is the makers information..


    Unfortunately the medalion has been damaged by drilling a hole at the top for a chain or ribbon.

    I have found out a small amount about Alderman Foreman and understand that he was a prominent figure in the Borough.
    I hope this is of interest

    Peter Monk
    Canvey Island.

    • Helen Whichelow says:

      I think that the motto was Spectemur Agendo. Some councillors apparently joked that it meant Spit on the Agenda.

    • Franck Naidoo says:

      Dear All,

      Finding Josefa

      Good day

      Can anyone please point me in the right direction?

      In 1990 -1991, In Fulham, London, lived an old woman Josefa. At that time, she must have been 86. She lived alone in a house on Munster Road, I lived down the road. She was suffering from Alzheimer’s and I used to check on her daily for a year, as in the winter she constantly turned off the heating.

      It was only between the social worker (2 x week) and myself (sometimes 3 x day) that anyone would check on her.

Obviously at the time, I was not interested in her origins as she wouldn’t be able to answer me coherently. I would say to her, Josefa, I am too busy to come all the time, so please do not turn off the electricity, as I had paid for it and that it was colder inside the house than the freezing temperatures outside.

      She would respond that she is used to it because in her country, Latvia, it was colder. And I would be frustrated … but this is not Latvia, I would say.

      She would just smile.


I would have to cycle back from Fulham Broadway, a job an advertising agency, during lunchtimes to check that the heating was on, as it was so cold. I could not leave London for weekends, as I would be delivering sandwiches and food to her. I think too that Meals on Wheels also delivered sometimes. Or some other organization but it was not regular, or I would recall someone else being present.

      Long story short. I returned from holiday with my girlfriend and when I went to her house, she was gone. She had been taken to a nursing home in Surrey and after much investigation I found out where she was. Alison drove me there to visit her.

They had cut her hair short and she just had a bath and was sitting on her bed.

      She recognized me immediately. Josefa’s hair was mattered and she hadn’t had a bath in all the time that I knew her, as the social workers don’t do that. Of course, Josefa sometimes didn’t use the toilet, maybe she didn’t remember.

I called the nursing home a month later, to check on Josefa. They told me that she had died and that they had no record of the next of kin.

Days later her house was sold and was being renovated.

      If you walked down Munster Road with Fulham Palace Road to your back, her house would be on the right hand side. Maybe someone would know.

      This is all the information that I have.

      Three weeks ago an old friend from Malibu, California, said that he would come to see me in Helsinki and said that he wanted to go to Latvia, as his grandmother had come from there. We immediately booked the flights to Riga and arrived there last Monday.

Riga was amazing, we were only there for two days. I said to Barrie, that we should not go to the holocaust museum.

      I am in-between a Law degree in Finland and UN job in Geneva, so I have bought flights to Riga where I shall spend a month. I would like to trace Josefa. I don’t even know her family name.

She would tell me that she has an Irish tenant and that he overflowed the water from his bath and that there was water stains on the wallpaper. The stains were there, but that tenant lived there fifteen years ago. From that I gathered that she had no living relatives.

I did recall some municipality bills and I am sure that I will be able to recognize a name,

      if I would see some records.

I am sure that Josefa has records. They must exist in London somewhere. I hazard a guess that Josefa was Jewish. I am sure that she came from Latvia as she always spoke of her.

      Anyone with leads, please contact me.

      With very best regards

      Franck Naidoo

  128. Susan Brown says:

    My 95 year old father, Kenneth Arthur Spindler was a pupil at West Kensington Central School for boys from 1933 until 1939. He is very interested in any material you may hold relating to the school and its pupils during this period or any information any members or readers can provide. With many thanks for your help,

  129. Sarah Vipond says:

    Parish Priest at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Stephendale Rd / Tynemouth Street showed me a small building only visible from the back garden of the church and attached House. Which is due for demolition. He has been told it is one of the oldest buildings in fulham. It’s tiny. I’ve taken pictures. Can you please advise ASAP as t might be the council aren’t aware as it’s not visible from the street. It would be a shame to lose it if it does have historical significance. I’ve taken pictures this morning.

  130. Len Fuller says:

    Hello im after some information about the Fulham Market which was erected in 1923 with 127 shops all under one roof .

    • publication of Feb 1970 states the following. This information would have been extracted from the Fulham Council Minutes, which should contain more detailed information FCM 1922-23 p 108, 1936-7,p.327,416,477. development of the site may well be in other council minutes.Local newspapers also at the library or available online from British Library may have adverts.
      Fulham Market hall was a covered market constructed on vacant land adjoining Fulham town Hall. The area was laid out with intersecting gangways.It had a double entry on Fulham and Harwood Road, a number of stalls having frontage on Harwood Road. ( I have a vague recollection of going in the old access entrances myself). The Council decided in 1937 to acquire the land from the Fulham Market Hall company, following a letter from the Ministry of Transport concerning the provision of car parks. Strong local objections followed, the market continued with the land owned by the council now. Part of the area was used for an air-raid shelter, and after the war licences wee again renewed until it finally closed in 1951. The market was never really successful.

  131. steve says:

    Hi – I am interested in the wharf/basin of water just to the east of Putney Bridge at the bottom of Fulham High Street – do you know the history of this? I can see on an old map a place just to the west of the water called Fulham Vestry Wharf, so could have been a small harbour/wharf for a local factory perhaps but any ideas would be appreciated.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      This is Swan Wharf, Steve. There was once a pub there called the Swan Inn which burnt down in 1871 and a malt house where they brewed their beer stood behind it. There was also a Swan Brewery in the Walham Green area of Fulham but I’m not sure if there was any connection between the two. In 1900 Swan Maltings belonged to the Royal Brewery, Chelsea. Swan Wharf was taken over by the Fulham Vestry along with the Toll House when the present Putney Bridge was erected in the 1880s. They used it for emptying local rubbish into barges for disposal at Rainham, Essex. The coal wharf for Cramer Roberts and Co. was also situated here and nearby were Willowbank and Carrara wharves. The Swan draw dock (narrow riverbank inlet) has a footbridge crosing it.

  132. Evelyn says:

    Hi, I have some old photographs and have been trying to find out about the photographers who took them. One is by the Hammersmith Photographic Co.. My internet searching hasn’t been much help so could you tell me where I can find out about this company. I am in Australia so the internet is my gateway to the world. Thank you

    • The Hammersmith Photographic Company 31 King St West Hammersmith. Got this from entry on web. Note no postcode or district so possible pre their allocation.
      Check with Archives department

      • David Noble says:

        31 King St West Hammersmith shows on this Insurance map from 1900 (stamped 1901 British Museum). That address (from #27 – #33) is shown as “Chas. Baker & Co. Outfitters”, which I assume occupied the ground floor. The Photographic company would have offices on the upper floor(s). See the map here

  133. Sophie Chipperfield says:


    My name is Sophie and I am looking for any information you may have on a lady named Vera McKay. She was a singer during the 1960’s and I believe, had lived in Fulham for a time.

    Any information you have would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

  134. Amanda Triccas says:

    Dear FHHS
    I am a history teacher at The Godolphin and Latymer School and we are planning for June 2018 an exhibition about the school and the Great War. We have consulted the school archive which is kept at the Hammersmith archives and found reference to the aircraft factory (i.e. Waring and Gillow) in Cambridge Grove having suffered bomb damage in the First World War and that this was ‘friendly fire’. Can’t find any reference to this in published texts – were there anti-aircraft guns in the area?
    (I have just completed paperwork to join FHHS and it may be that you can be of great help to us in researching for our exhibition so I look forward to more contact!)

    • Patricia Bryer says:

      Hello Amanda, I am an ex-pupil of Godolphin and Latymer and saw your query about anti-aircraft guns. There is reference to the anti-aircraft guns around Hammersmith Grove in a Facebook posting under the ‘Hammersmith Palais – Old Skool’ group. If you search for anti-aircraft guns it will bring up a post from the administrator dated 3rd August 2015 in which he tells the story of Geoff Cronin’s memories of WW2 and reference to the guns going off all night, amongst other interesting items. Hope this helps. All the best for the exhibition !

      • Amanda Triccas says:

        Thanks so much for this! The exhibition is 28 June 2018 (4pm) so do come along if you are interested!

  135. Vicky Olliver says:

    Or perhaps a doctor’s house?

  136. Vicky Olliver says:

    Hello there, I have discovered from the death certificate that my father’s sister died aged 5 months at 23 Broomhouse Road. This was not the family address, so I am wondering if it was a children’s hospital? Or maybe it was the house of a relative or friend and the baby died there. Can you help? Many thanks, Vicky Olliver.

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      The 1939 Wartime Census shows that 23, Broomhouse Road was the Fulham Babies Hospital. It appears to be still standing but is at 24, Broomhouse Road now, probably as a result of the flying bomb that hit it in 1945 and put it out of action for a while. There were no casualties.

      • Vicky Olliver says:

        Hello Mark, thank you so much for this information! That’s really helpful. With best wishes, Vicky Olliver.

  137. James Trigwell says:

    Good Morning,
    I am a trustee of a small car museum, The Frazer Nash Archives Trust, and I am interested in details of Michael Tenbosch who purchased a Frazer Nash sports car in 1949.

    The car was actually invoiced to JC Brodie Ltd of New Kings Road, Fulham. Google has given me just one clue:

    according to The Commercial Motor on 11th May 1940, JC Brodie and Co Ltd of 79-91 New Kings Road SW6 was a garage somehow connected with The Gas Light and Coke Co. and was also one of a “List of concerns qualified to fit low-pressure gas bags and carburettors to commercial vehicles”.

    This may be the whole story, but if anybody knows any more about Tenbosch or JC Brodie I would be interested to hear it.

    Thank you, James Trigwell

  138. M says:

    How would I go about finding which school my Father went to in Fulham in the early 1930s? I believe it was possibly a Catholic School.
    Thank you,

    • fhhs says:

      Do you have a name and address to work from, it may then be possible to suggest the likely school. There are unlikely to be attendence lists available. St Thomas’s, Estcourt Rd, Fulham, London SW6 7HB would be a good starting point though. Good luck.

      • Josie Danvers says:


        St Edmunds RC secondary school
        St Dunstans Rd (off Fulham Palace Rd)
        Note: This is now called The William Morris academy.

        Good luck with your search

  139. Alistair Watson says:

    I should be grateful if you would let me know where I might find information about the wharves which operated on the north bank of the Thames between Hammersmith and Putney bridges. I often walk in this area but have been unable to find anything on the internet which tells me about these wharves and when they ceased to be worked.

    Alistair Watson

    • Geoffrey See says:

      I know that Duckhams oils had a wharf there because my brother Gordon worked there. There was Stevenage Wharf who dealt with timber.
      Newcastle Coal and Shipping,Manbre and Garton sugar refiners a rubbish wharf and Queens Wharf by the drawdock just downstream from Hammersmith Bridge.
      Hope this puts a few pieces in the puzzle for you.

    • Hope this helps.

      Hammersmith[ ]
      Albert Wharf[2]
      Atlanta Wharf[2]
      Beckett’s Wharf[2]
      Hope Wharf[2]
      (Hammersmith Bridge)

      Queen’s Wharf[2]
      Gwynne’s Wharf[2]
      Chancellor’s Wharf[2]

      Fulham and Sands End

      Palace Wharf (left), Crabtree Wharf and Crabtree Drawdock, 2010

      Swedish Wharf, Comley’s Wharf and Fulham Wharf, Fulham, 2006
      Distillery Wharf[2] (site of Haig distillery)
      site of Manbre’s sugar works (later Manbre & Garton)
      Duckham’s Wharf[2] (formerly Duckham’s Motor Oil works)
      Thames Wharf[2]
      Dorset Wharf[2] (formerly Anglo-American Oil Company)
      Tea Rose Jetty and Wharf[2]
      Palace Wharf[2]
      Crabree Wharf[2]
      Crabtree Draw Dock[2]
      Wheatsheaf Wharf
      Rosebank Wharf[2]
      Redline Wharf[2]
      Blakes Wharves[2]
      National Benzole Wharf[2]
      Eternit Wharf[3]
      Stevenage Wharf[2]
      (Putney Bridge)

      Swan Wharf[2]
      Carrara Wharf[2]
      Willowbank Wharf[2]
      (Fulham Railway Bridge)

      Broomhouse Draw Dock
      Petrofina Wharf
      Whiffin Wharf
      Hurlingham Wharf[3] †
      Trinidad Wharf[3] (former asphalt wharf)
      (Wandsworth Bridge)

    • Emma Caplin says:

      I was born and grew up in Fulham & Chiswick. I now live in the Midlands and work at ‘Compton Verney’, an Art Gallery in Warwickshire. On display there is a wonderful painting from the 1850s of The Eagle Pub on (215) Askew Road, which caught my eye. The pub still exist, now a gastro pub. I wonder if anyone has anymore information about the pub, the area, the Landlord (a James Bott), photographs, newspaper articles from this period, or could direct me to someone or somewhere that could assist. I’m happy to send you a copy of the painting. Thank you in anticipation.

      • fhhs says:

        One of our members or the followers of this page may have more info, perhaps a regular! We do have a book on the pubs but it may not have the detail you require. (I don’t have it to hand). The local archives at Hammersmith Library ( will have some records of licensing and may well have the details you seek. Many pubs and notable characters are recorded in the card indexes. Do you know the artist?

      • James Bott landlord takesAdverts in the West London observer a number of times in 1863 to inform his friends that he has taken over the lady of the lake Starch green, also known as the Eagle Tavern . the advert lists facilities and rooms that our available.see local newspaper or online search of British newspaper library

      • Peter Trott says:

        A further reference to The Eagle Tavern and the earlier Lady of the Lake pub:

        The Wormholt Park Bowling Club celebrated its centenary in 1964. Prior to transferring to Wormholt Park the club had played in Ravenscourt Park since 1922 and before that behind The Eagle Tavern that stood on the Askew Road.

        At the time it was thought to be the oldest bowling club in London, but an article discovered in a publication named ‘Mine Host’ claimed that the club had played on that spot since 1678, and if true would have made it the oldest club in England.

  140. Any history regarding the house on 13 Askew Rd. My mother use to live there years ago and has demenyis trying to keep her memories alive. I can’t wait to hear anything.

    • Library will have voting lists for previous residents and neighbours.check out planning applications on councils website. Visit library for possible street photographs etc .

    • Peter Trott says:

      Askew Road library have a weekly coffee morning for local elderly residents. Some of the people who attend might have known your mother when she lived in Askew Road or they may be able to share memories of the area.

  141. Karen Bobbin says:

    Hello Team,
    I am trying to find out a little on streets names that may have changed. My Grandfather Joseph Owers who was an Oyster Merchant and had a shop on Praed Street in the late 1920’s to early 30’s use to live at 4 Fulham Place and 2 London Street Paddington. He died on the 17th March 1936. I have tried to see if there are any photos of his shop but have yet to come across any. I never met him as he was around 70 when he died and I was not born until the early 60’s. Any information on the streets would be lovely.
    Thank you for your time and help with this.
    Karen Bobbin

  142. Robin Bolton says:

    Hello again… it seems to be. I am trying to find photographs of the old May Street Mission Hall (Iron Church) and the John St Mission Hall. (Off Field Rd) Can anyone help please?

  143. Robin Bolton says:

    Hi, I’m trying to make contact… but cannot find the form. Is this it?

  144. Leonard Bentley says:

    Does anyone know the story behind “Nobby Swanker” who was a small horse or pony which was used to collect donations for wounded soldiers and sailors in the Fulham area during WW1. I have found a postcard published by Bijou Studios of 354 North End Road showing the animal. Any information would be welcome.
    Leonard Bentley.

  145. Jeff Humm says:

    I am trying to find any information or photos of a ‘School of Physical Culture’ owned by Ferdinand Gruhn in Cambridge Road (now Grove, I believe) in years up to 1911. TIA

    • Josie says:

      Hi Jeff,

      I lived in Cambridge Grove mid 50’s

      The Lime Grove Baths used to hold wrestling bouts and very popular. Sadly, pulled down.

  146. Hi, I’m interested in Napoleonic period Volunteer Units set up by local areas around Britain in response to the threat of invasion. I recently acquired a Fulham Volunteer button which would have been a small unit and wondered if anyone had any more info on the Fulham unit probably around from 1799-1805.

  147. Does anyone know who currently owns and/or inhabits Sandford Manor House? Also, is there a way to look inside briefly? I am fascinated to see how it has evolved through its many years. Thank you very much for the help, Sondra Thiederman

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hello Sondra
      Apparently it is offices now so you could get access Good Luck .

    • This is taken from the council planning applications.
      “The request to vary the s.106 agreement relates to a Grade II* listed house dating from the late seventeenth century which was extensively refurbished in the 1980s. It was then intended to be used as an office as part of a scheme involving redevelopment of a large area of land south of King’s Road.

      1.2 In the early 1980s the applicant acquired the premise. It is understood that at the time it was in a state of decay. The deterioration to its fabric, the collapse of the entire roof, the internal floors and the partitions left the interior fully exposed and the structural condition of the building was at risk. In October 1988 a grant was provided by English Heritage (‘London Grant’) of £27,144. At the time, English Heritage had a policy of requiring public access for buildings which had received grants, but English Heritage did not request this in this case. The public access to the premise was secured by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1986, at this time the proposed use of the property for office use. Subsequently, planning application ref: 1996/01009/FUL was approved for the use of the premise as dual office and residential. At this time it was agreed to reduce the public access to one visit a year.


      2.1 Individual notification letters sent to neighbouring properties, and relevant internal and external departments have been consulted. One neighbour objection has been received, one petition containing 11 names has been received objecting to the proposal, and one objection has been received from the Fulham Society. In summary objection is raised for the following reason:

      – Public access should be retained to a historic and locally interesting building, in particular given that English Heritage gave money towards it’s repair.

      2.2 English Heritage: do not consider it necessary to be consulted on this application.

      2.3 Urban Design and Conservation: Suggests that public access could be limited to the gardens.


      3.1 Internally there is little original fabric left to justify the retention of the requirement in the s.106 agreement for the owner to provide access once a year to visitors to the interior of the property. There is a delicate balance to be struck between the desirability of public access and the privacy and security of the applicant. It is noted that the property can not been seen from the street and therefore, the Urban Design and Conservation officer suggested that public access could be limited to the gardens to allow external views of the property. However, given that the clause in question was applied to the property when it was not in residential use, and that the property has subsequently been in residential use for many years. On balance officer’s consider it unreasonable not to allow the applicant the same right of privacy that other residential owners of listed building enjoy. As such the application is to be approved.


      4.1 Approve

      • Sondra Thiederman says:

        Thank you so much for sending me this information. It is precisely what I needed. Although disappointing that the inside of the house is essentially gutted, at least we can be grateful it wasn’t torn down as would have been the case in my part of the world (San Diego, California). Thanks again and have a great new year.

      • Thankyou for your reply. I attach a further reference for our members who may be further interested.
        Sandford Manor
        Pages 11-16

        Survey of London Monograph 8, Sandford Manor, Fulham. Originally published by Guild & School of Handicraft, London, 1907.

        This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by English Heritage. All rights reserved.

        W Arthur Webb, ‘Sandford Manor’, in Survey of London Monograph 8, Sandford Manor, Fulham (London, 1907), pp. 11-16. British History Online [accessed 2 January 2018].
        Just search google for survey of London Sandford manor

  148. M.Furniss says:

    Attempt armed robbery at Hammersmithpalais in the late sixties,,the gang got to see inside wormwood scrubs for short time, some members of gang to young to be named.M.

    • Paul Stacey says:

      I run a group 6000 plus, and a page 17500 plus on FB called hammersmith Palais old skool, I have lot of old staff and management who are members, this is the first I have ever heard of an attempted armed robbery, do you have further details, thanks

  149. victoria says:

    Hi, while looking at the 1951 and 1861 census I have note a place called rectory place, fulham but can’t find it on the internet. Would you beable to let me know any information about this location my family lived in.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      This probably refers to Rectory Place in Parson’s Green or Parsonage Green as it was originally known. The rectory itself was demolished in the 1800s and replaced by two brick built houses and then St Dionis Church. Rectory Place became St Dionis Road, I think, which is the first turning on the left of Parson’s Green as you walk down from the New King’s Road end.

      • John Thurmer says:

        In my research I have found a family member, Charles Thurmer, listed in the 1861 Census, gardener, aged 69, lodging at 21 Rectory Place, Fulham. The head of house is a George WELLS; and in the 1881 Census Charles is lodging at the same address, with a Margaret MAIN (Head), aged 46, and Bridget MAIN, aged 12. Perhaps it was a boarding house? I will check further Census records as I can, and let you know if I find anything useful.

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hello Victoria
      It could be related to All Saints Church maybe !

      • There was only Fulham C of E Church before the development of the market gardens into housing estates and the building of new churches on the estates, so yes it is connected to All Saints. I have a 1924 A-Z that still has St Dionis Road given as Rectory Road. Feret gives a short account of the area, including the fact that the Parsonage lands when farmed were done so by the Carthusian Monks of Shene

    • Peter Trott says:

      If you look at the enumerators notes on the first pages of the census book you can see the route followed. So although Rectory Place may not now exist surrounding roads will help pinpoint the location.

    • JENNY WHITTLE says:

      Victoria, there is a good photo of Rectory Road, and a short description of Parsons Green on the Sullivan Thomas website. The photo looks down towards parsons Green. The Mission Hall is on the left-hand side and St Dionis Church on the right. The reason the Mission Hall looks like a church is because it was built for the people to worship in before St D’s existed.

      • P Taylor says:

        Hi. I attended Sunday School at the Mission Hall during the 1970s as a youngster, was a pupil at Holman Hunt School. I sang in choir at St. Dionis. Underneath the Mission Hall was used for a youth club. I remember visiting the vicarage with my Grandmother, the Vicar then name was Ashton.


  150. David Noble says:

    I am interested in any information regarding the Palace Theatre, Hammersmith, located in Kings Road. My mother (now aged 90) had her first paid job as an actress there in 1942. She held a job as an Assistant Stage Manager (ASM) for a repertory company at the tender age of 15. She has just mentioned this to me and explained that every time she’s tried to look it up online she ends up finding other Palace Theatres in other places. In the last few years she has all but lost her sight and I’d like to get her anything of interest. This site came up on my first web search and it seems like the best place to start…

  151. Laura Collins says:

    I would like to learn more about the original architecture of the Hunts Paper Factory in Atalanta Street, and the history of the building. I would like to find historical photographs of the site and of the people who worked there.

  152. Mark Foulsham says:

    Does anyone know where the Fulham Warship Week Pageant was held in Aoril 1942 or was it a procession?

    • The people of Fulham in Fulham warship week raised £935,000 on a £700,000 target for HMS relentless. A mockup of part of relentless was constructed at Fulham Broadway/Waltham green to act as a focal point for bands and the events. The British newspaper library have the Fulham local papers on line,And has numerous articles on the events including the election of a beauty queen to visit fundraising events organised by other societies through out Fulham.

  153. G Chopra says:

    Dear Sir /Madam
    I would like to know details of previous occupants in last 25 years of house no 20, everington street , london W68DU
    particularly if they were any deaths of occupants while staying in this house , in last 25 years
    please note this is urgent matter

    • fhhs says:

      IF this is an urgent matter then you go to the archive at Hammersmith Library or you should write to and make your request. The only public source of such information is the electoral register. An alternative is which may use other sources for which you will have to pay.

      Good luck

  154. gazpen says:

    For more than a quarter century we have been collecting stories from people around the world about their play experiences as children. It is an ambitious effort to chronicle the play of youth over many generations and in different cultures.
    We invite the public to participate in our project. In addition to contributing to our study we believe that there are significant personal benefits to people who participate. We encourage respondents to make a copy of their completed form as part of a family history record.
    We would appreciate it very much if you would direct your members/patrons to the following website:
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    • fhhs says:

      Your study sounds interesting and no doubt will spark some reponses appearing on this blog. We have an active online readership who may be taken with the idea of reminiscence. You may also be interested in two of our older publications: Ladybirds on the wall and Memories of a London Childhood which may be useful too. Please see our publications list. The costs are trivial although postage is probably the main element. Please contact Mrs Sue Pierson, 48 Peterborough Road, London SW6 2BD if interested.

  155. Peter Trott says:

    Has anyone done any research on the names on the WW1 brass memorial plaque that is inside St Luke’s Church on the Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush. And also the names on the four WW2 stone memorial tablets that are mounted on the exterior wall?

    There are no documents held at Archives and minimal information on the Imperial war Museum records.

    • The church has been rebuilt. It’s just possible that this set of papers at LMA may mention them, in regards to resisting them
      ‘Correpondence re: demolition and rebuilding of New St Luke’s’
      Reference CodeP80/LUK/E/01/01/003
      LevelFileDate1973 – 1976
      The church of Saint Luke was built in 1871 and later rebuilt in 1976. The parish was created in 1872, with Saint Mary Stamford Brook splitting from it in 1888, followed by North Hammersmith in 1922.

  156. Tony Onslow says:

    Hi. Have you please, any information concerning the later life, and death, of Walter White who signed for Fulham, from Everton, in 1910. He lived, I believe, at Danefield Street. We would dearly like to know if he had a last resting place. Yours sincerely, Tony Onslow, Everton FC, Heritage Society.

    • Andrew Pugh says:

      Hi Probably France ww1, like a lot of sportsmen of that time.Check his name on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site.
      Andy Pugh

  157. Somy Nanjaiah says:


    I am happy I found you. I need details about a person who lives in Fulham.

    Do you give details regarding a particular person and their background. If not what is the best source to get information about individual living in UK.


  158. trude says:

    I am looking for a marriage for an Alfred Martin and Catherine f Brereton in the Fulham area in 1885/6. And any further info on them Alfred was a Tailor originally from Leicestershire.

  159. Paul Doyle says:

    I need to find out what lorry haulage companies were in Fulham in 1909-10. Aviation pioneer Geoffrey de Havilland used one after he built his first two airplanes in a rented garage in Bothwell Street, Fulham and took them to Highclere Castle (where TVs ‘Downton Abbey’ was filmed) for flight trials. Does anyone know of any newspaper articles or trade magazines from the period I could have sight of?

    • fhhs says:

      The LBHF archives have copies of directories from the time that will give you a list of haulage businesses in the area. They also have the local papers West London Observer and Fulham Chronicle on Microfiche. However searching either of these is likely to be worse than the proverbial needle in a haystack if you don’t have a precise date. It may be more productive to go to the British Library and use their national and local newspaper archive to get some dates; they will also have an impressive array of directories. You could try emailing the LBHF archive and asking for their help they may have something on a card index but they don’t have the resources to undertake a broad search of microfiche or directories.
      Good luck

      • says:


        I have a number of photos showing lorries with plane fuselages, etc. taken in and around Blake Wharves in Stevenage Road, Fulham.

        One lorry is a Blakes Wharves lorry and another is Coulson & Co lorry from Coronation Road, Park Royal.

        Hope this helps.



      • J.O’Connor was a large haulage contractor at 40-42 Disbrowe Road. Haulage could still have been by horse it the 1920;s. However from 1906/7 to 1920-1, they were listed as greengrocers and later firewood dealers. Warring and sons(later Warring and Gillow) who later made the De Haviland bodies at Cambridge Grove were on rate books in 1899..might they have helped. By 1932 De Haviland were using Blakes Wharves (Stevenage Road) to pack and ship their planes.
        Most transport companies come under Furniture removals and depositories, besides the big ones, like Harrods, or Maples,there is one really only one local in the category, a small firm by name of John Masurier, 1, Vanston Place Fulham in 1902 Kellys PO London

      • John says:

        Further to the above the archives have a card index quoting his Obituary and there are a number of books that mention his early aircraft built here all of which you have probably seen:
        British Aircraft 1809-1914 by Peter Lewis
        The First to Fly by Sherwood Harris
        Planemakers 3 – DeHavilland Philip Birtles ISBN 0710603037

        I can find nothing of use in the directories of that time. Would he have had connections with motor companies such as Iris that worked on his second aircraft tha probably had their own transport.

        Good luck

    • Peter Trott says:

      I have a number of photos of Blakes Wharves in Stevenage Road, Fulham, showing lorries with fuselages, etc., on them. One lorry is a Blakes Wharves lorry and another is Coulson & Co Ltd lorry from Coronation Road, Park royal.

    • Dick Collins says:

      Hello, Paul,

      Can’t help you on real ones, but one of the most famous fictional ones was the Bindle series, set roughly at that time. He was a cheery rogue who worked for a removals company in Dawes Road, and was always pulling a fast one on the Boss: for example, he would take his load of furniture on a detour to the Races or the sea-side, and only just get back in time before he was caught. That sort of thing. The series was very popular, and according to my grandmother everyone in Fulham knew it or knew of it; a removals man was called a Bindle, after him. They had them in the Library in Clem Atlee Court when I was nobbut a little nipper (so, fairly recently) and they’re worth a look. I forget the author, naturally.

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        The library in the Clem Attlee Estate has been closed for many years. Now an office for traffic wardens.

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        The author was Herbert Jenkins and Bindle (One of them days) was a short film released in 1966 as a pilot for a TV series which I don’t think took off. Most of the filming was done at Merton Park Studios, Merton, just off Kingston Road.

      • dick collins says:

        Thanks, Mark,

        He’s also on-line; I took a look, and found myself finishing the chapter! It’s really good stuff.


    • Brian says:

      Paul , I have been researching the Highclere area for some time and the papers I found that cover the area and time are at the british library news room on line there. The papers that seem to cover that area is the Reading Mercury and the Hampshire Chronicle but as mentioned before you need a fair idea of the month and year and week if possible . It’s then hard working looking through to find an article once you have mastered the art of the computer process.
      Good luck

  160. Nicole FitzGerald says:

    Hi, I am trying to research my great grandfather Albert Ernest Richardson. In 1904 his son, my uncle, was married at Holy Innocents Church, parish of Hammersmith. The home address of the groom is listed as Byron Villa, Sterne Street (it’s hard to read the writing but I’m pretty certain) but I cannot find any evidence of this address in the area. Can anyone shed any light on the address? Albert’s profession is noted as a hotel manager. He was born abt 1877 apparently in “Somersetshire and Hammersmith” noted on one document I’ve found but this doesn’t make sense. His father was also Albert E Richardson.

    In addition to this, I am looking for anyone who knew of the Bonner family in Rayleigh Road; Richardson family in Rayleigh Road; Comber family in Swanscombe Road. George Comber my 2 x gt grandfather was a police constable and lived in Swanscombe Road in 1895.


    • kay warren says:

      My father was born at 100 Rayleigh Road in 1920. His sister May was born there in 1929.I have been trying to track where my father went after this, he told me he was put into a home but not much else. My Grandmother ended up in Surrey where she had another son born in 1932 but with a different father to my dad’s. It would seem that she left Rayleigh road but I don’t know when. Their surname was Smith so probably not related but it’s a little bit more information.

      • Nicole FitzGerald says:

        Hi Kay, thanks for your reply. That’s really interesting; my grandmother was born at 100 Rayleigh Road in 1920! Your gt g-parents and my gt g-parents must have known each other. They – and my other set of gt g-parents – remained in Rayleigh Road until the 60s as far as I know. At nos 93 and 95. I hope you can find the details you are looking for. I guess a surname like Smith makes things a little more difficult!

    • John says:

      Hi, Sterne St is near Caxton Rd in Hammersmith. The Wormholt Ward of the Electoral Register does not show a Byron Villa and does not have a Richardson but his was before everyone voted.
      Go to the census for the addresses you have. Most public libraries will have Ancestry or Find My Past freely available or you can subscribe or use ‘free BMD’ online.

      • Nicole FitzGerald says:

        Hi John – thank you for your help. I have found a census with Byron Villa, Sterne Street now (1901) sadly my great grandfather can’t have lived there yet so I am no further back with any records of him. Perhaps being a manager of a hotel he was present there during 1901 but unfortunately I do not know where to begin with this.

  161. ANGELA Evans says:

    I I’m trying to find an archive picture of myself ANGELA Pirolli in 1987 or 1988 a picture of me in the Hammersmith newspaper I think in reference to Bob Monkhouse opportunity knocks on the article it called me a bubbly bath tub singer I was wondering if you could help me how I could try and find a copy of this picture and a copy of the actual article thank you

    • Brian says:

      British library Euston News room and search through the rolls of film on line there for the year,month,week papers of that area.

  162. Adrian says:

    Hello there all – I am looking for any available info. on the former Sunlight laundry building on Peterborough Road (near to Clancarty Road) in Parsons Green. Does anyone know when it was built or have any information about its history (it is now a recording studio)?

    Kind Regards


  163. L. says:

    Dear FHHS,

    I wonder if you please help me out with a question?

    I was looking at a 1940s map of the Sand’s End area of Fulham and next to the gas works on Imperial Road is marked a place called Stephendales Works (which is now Maltings Place).

    From the tiny amount of information I can find on Google this was the factory of a company which made wallpaper.

    Would you happen to know when their factory was demolished, and am I correct in thinking the site remained empty until the construction of the Maltings Place redevelopment?

    Thank you for your help,

    • Might have been a site for the Drayton Papers works group, which had a few sites in the area and made a lot of paper and paper printed products. Toilet rolls, paper bags etc plain or printed. Founded in 19th century, they closed their Sulivan Rd works about 1986.

  164. Martin White says:

    I understand a large number of Belgian refugees were settled in Fulham during World War 1 and that at one stage there were riots and other disturbances against their presence. Can anyone please point me to any work that’s been done on this – articles or books. Many thanks
    Martin White

    • Dick Collins says:

      Dear Martin,

      A very brief and unhelpful snippet. My grandfather, Albert Hunt, lived at 7, Racton Road from before WWII. At some time he rented the upper floors to a Belgian family, Horace and Melia King. I think they were from Bruges. They had two daughters, Michelle and Simone, and left Fulham in 1957. Horace was a friend of my grandfather from Passchendaele; I never heard of any bad feeling towards them, though I often heard them speaking French in public — which nowadays would get you lynched, in some places!

    • Steve Parlanti says:

      Dear Martin
      Although not specific to Fulham, there is an interesting pamphlet from 1917 that has been digitalsied online
      One of the refugees, a Belgian artist called Paul van de Kerckhove, lived for a while with my great grandfather at Hurlingham Road, sculpting a bust of my great great aunt which was exhibited at the Royal; Academy in 1917.

    • Rebecca Masterson says:

      Hi Martin,
      Funny enough I’m a Masters student at Royal Holloway and am currently researching the Fulham Riot of 1916. There isn’t a lot of secondary work other than brief mentions but I have found some documents/correspondence at the National Archives. Have you had much luck?
      Rebecca Masterson

    • John says:

      Can find no reference in the card index to any unrest but there are photographs of the Earls Court Exhibition Centre set up to receive refugees. The archive will hold local papers but without a date to search on it would be impossible. Try starting at the British Library or the Imperial War Museum.

    • Martin White says:

      Thank you all for your help and Happy New Year. The origin of my interest is my great-grandmother’s taking in of a mother and child (called Emily, or Emilie maybe) to her home in Jervis Road some time in the Great War. I found out that many Belgian refugees were located in the Fulham area and that there had been some popular resentment in the form of riots. I don’t know anything else and was hoping for a shortcut to finding out what it must have been like at the time for the refugees. It seems I must go to the primary sources.
      Incidentally, my great-grandmother was a widow who had been married to a German – she was therefore categorised as an enemy alien and had to report to the local police station regularly despite the fact that she had three sons in the British Army and was looking after refugees …

  165. Mary Fewtrell says:

    I am wondering if someone may be able to provide any information regarding my relative Harriet Shadrach Jones born circa 1882 in Liverpool?
    Apparently she worked at Hammersmith Hospital during WW2 as a nurse & received an Imperial honour for her service.
    I cannot find any record to validate this family story.
    I believe she died some time after 1958.
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Mary – Great Niece

  166. Wendy Napier-Walker says:

    I am looking for the marriage of William Henry Napier and Julia Harriet Farrow c 1858 in Fulham, Middlesex. Search of the marriage index from 1857 is negative. This is what I have found :
    A William Henry Napper was born 29 May 1840, Ide, Devonshire – Mother Ann Napper. Appears to be illegitimate.
    In the 1851 census there is a William Napper living with William & Harriet Clint in the Gardners Cottage, North End Villa, Fulham, Middlesex. Harriet is a sister to Ann. William Clint was the gardner to James Wild.
    James Wild founded the Ebenezer Chapel on North End Road in 1842.
    Are the William’s the same person?
    Could they have been married in the Ebenezer Chapel?
    William and Harriet Napier migrated to New Zealand in 1874.

  167. Jane Gould says:

    Does anyone know where King’s Terrace was/is? At the time of my great grandparents marriage at St James’s Church, Maxwell Road, Fulham, they were living at 19 King’s Terrace, King’s Road; it would be good to see what it looked like! Jane Gould

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      King’s Terrace shows on the 1891 Census but not on those of 1881 or 1901.Strangely enough it does show on the 1861 Census and 1871 Census. It also doesn’t appear on Booth’s London Poverty Maps of 1898. On the 1891 Census listing, King’s Terrace appears after Waterford Road and before Harwood Terrace so was probably somewhere close to the two and also close to Maxwell Road, though I haven’t been able to find proof on a map.

      The 1861 Census has no entries against numbers 19, 20 and 21 for some reason but number 22 is showing as the Hand and Flower Public House which confirms that it was the last building in the road at the King’s Road end. It is now classed as being at 617, King’s Road but part of it sits in Edith Row as it is actually on the corner of Edith Row and King’s Road. Edith Row runs parallel with Waterford Road. I think we can now assume that Edith Row was, once upon a time, Harwood Terrace.

      On both the 1861 and 1871 Census there are more houses
      in King’s Terrace than on the 1891 Census. In 1871 their were two families living at number 19 and a couple of lodgers. The Heads of the families at number 19 were both women, Rachel Pickering and Jane Dinham.

      You don’t say when your great grandparents were married but the 1891 Census doesn’t go as far up as number 19 King’s Terrace. In fact it only shows a number 4 in which there seems to be six families living – Ransom, Spurrier, Webb, Whorne, Piggott and Carden.

      • Jane Gould says:

        Hi Mark. What a lovely surprise for a Monday morning! Many thanks for all the information. The great grandparents Richard May and Ann Card were married in St James’s church on 21 October 1876, and were both living at 19 King’s Terrace at the time. He was an itinerant dockyard worker for most of his life. I shall revisit the 1871 census and see if I can find them or at least the building they were living in. Again. Many thanks! Jane

  168. Andrew Gardner says:

    Hi. I am trying to get details on crime in the area between the mid 1950s and ’60s. In particular, prosecutions around soliciting/prostitution. I am also interested in detail on businesses and families who ran them. I am also interested in anything that refers to attitudes to life, sex etc, the normal experience of working people and the elite. Any suggestions gratefully received. Andy

  169. Ann Thirsk says:

    Looking for a person living in Ongar Road London in 1966/7 her name is Carole Ann Good, this is for Family History purposes only ,any help would be appreciated thank you Ann Thirsk

  170. Peter Cole says:

    I attended Saunders Grove Primary School, Swanscombe Road, from 1947 until 1953. I sat the 11 Plus exam and obtained a Central grade , I had no idea what that meant other than to say I was one of the first pupils to attend the newly formed Christopher Wren Comprehensive School, which as its own building was still under construction in Bloemfontein Road, this initially meant little change in where I went to school, as we occupied the first floor level of the Saunders Grove building. Until I was about 13, I changed school location twice until the new building was complete. In the 2nd year went to The Fox School in Nottinghill Gate and then to a School in Fulham Palace Road, in the 3rd year. Finally, in the fourth year, we moved to the new Wren building along with 4th years from Hammersmith County School for boys, this would have been in about 1956, where I stayed until 1960, having obtained some GCE’s and completed a years “A” level work, without sitting the exam.
    I hope some if this is of use, please contact me again but at age 75, some of the details are growing dim

    • Brian Pearce says:

      Hi Peter,
      Your post was interesting to me. I too went to Christopher Wren. I did not pass the 11 plus so had to go to a Secondary Modern School, St Marks Colledge School. It was then opposite Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge but some time after moved to Bishops Park. I was there for two years and then got the opportunity to go to Christopher Wren in 1953. At that time Christopher Wren was not a Comprehensive but was a Secondary Technical School for boys which taught building crafts and art. It was then situated on two sites; one was in Shepherds Bush and the other in Notting Hill Gate. I never went to Bloemfontein Road as I left in summer1956 just a term before the move. I did, however, some years after teach for a brief period at Bloemfontein Road working alongside some of my old craft teachers.
      I am a couple of years older than you so my memory too has some gaps. We must have both known some of those old teachers.
      Brian Pearce

  171. Dr Dick Collins says:

    Dear FHHS,

    I have an odd one for you, which I hope you’ll find interesting.

    My mother took me to school for the first time on 30 September 1956, to Brook Green School. When she got there she found they had closed the place down. So she took me instead to Avonmore, where they accepted me, if reluctantly.

    I got interested in this school, and looked it up. It was there, all right, and closed on the date she said; but it turned out to be a special school for the physically disabled. Since I’m not, and wasn’t then, this struck me as odd with a capital strange.

    About seven years ago I moved to Devon, and by chance there was a retired copper in the village who had been stationed at Hammersmith most of his working life. He remembered Brook Green School; but he was convinced it was the French School in London.

    Given I wasn’t even five at the time I can’t argue with either of them, so I’m hoping you will be able to help me. We were living at the time at 21 Argyle Mansions, which is as you know barely 300 yards from the site of the school; but that’s the only fact I can attest from my own experience.

    I bet even Tiny Foulsham can’t solve this one!

    Best wishes,

    (Dr) Dick Collins,

    • Helen Whichelow says:

      I don’t think it was the French school. There was (and maybe still is?) a feeder school for the French Lycée (South Kensington) in Fulham.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Hello, (Dr) Dick.Pleased to know you’re still around. Much as I’d love to leap upon your challenge, I haven’t been in the best of health for a while now so will try to delve for answers very slowly. Nazareth House stands at 169/175, Hammersmith Road. Set up by Catholic nuns, it was once a home for crippled and/or ‘incurable’ children and continued to work with children until 1981 It is now a care home for the elderly. Perhaps there’s a connection with Brook House School. I’ll take a closer look.

      All the best,

      • Dick Collins says:

        Thanks, O finest of Foulshams, and good to hear from you. Less good to hear you’re in poor health: hope it’s something surmountable! To plough on: there was definitely a school that closed on 30 September 1956; I’m not sure there was a connection with nuns. The odd point is that it was for children of ‘normal’ intellectual development, but physical disability. That’s odd. The preparatory school (so to speak) for the French school is another possibility, though why I would go to that is another conundrum. Anyway, do whatever it is you do to feel better. Questions don’t go away, though illnesses hopefully do.

        Best wishes,


  172. Elizabeth nowosad says:

    I believe my ancestors may have owned a dairy in Fulham and wonder if your society has any knowledge of farms in Fulham? The family name is Coomer and I know there are a Coomer Rd and a Coomer Place.

    Yours sincerely
    Elizabeth Nowosad

    • Hello Elizabeth – I have some info about Coomer in Fulham, but I think too much to post here? (newspaper articles, census entries). No dairies, but market gardeners and a property owner; a scandal … How may I send it to you – will you see my e-address?

  173. Joanne says:

    Hi there,
    I was going through some of my late father’s things and came across an old home barber kit inside was a handwritten postcard from J.D Swain limited, Goldhawk Road, London W12 no date on. I can’t find any information on it any advice ???

  174. Hello,

    I am trying to establish where / if Richard Silverwood is commemorated in Fulham.

    He was living in the area at the time with his wife and family – I cant find him in his home town of Bradford.

    Air Mechanic 2nd Class Royal Flying Corps died 03 03 1917 at Aldershot.

    Best Regards


  175. Jacqueline Day says:

    I am researching my 3 x gt grandfather, Abraham Smith who was a baker in King Street, Hammersmith and Chiswick (?1794 onwards). He had several sons who also became Master Bakers.

    Abraham owned the Ebenezer Chapel and vestry rooms in King Street and several other properties in close vicinity. He died a wealthy man in 1846 and left a Will but is wife Eleanor died in 1850 and didn’t leave a Will, as far as I can tell.

    In the early 1850’s there was a dispute in the family leading to George Smith, one of his sons and my gt grandfather x 2, taking some/all of his siblings and members of the Self family
    (ex-business partners) to Court. The case ended up in the High Court of Chancery (I haven’t had time to look at the papers for this yet but they are lodged at TNA). George is shown in the following census, 1861, as a ‘gardener.’ I am looking for any information on this family and their business in King Street and Chiswick.

    Any help in my research would be appreciated.

    Jacqueline Day

  176. Ann Thirsk says:

    Hello, I am inquiring if anyone knows of Ongar Road, Fulham.Hoping to find Electoral registers for the dates1963 to 1968. Thankyou

    • fhhs says:

      Hi, these will all be available in the LBHF Archive on the first floor of Hammersmith Library on Shepherd’s Bush Road near the tube and bus stations. if you are a long way from London then you could email the Archivist and spell out exactly what you want to know. You could also try either by subscribing or going to your local library. This link gives details.

      Good Luck

  177. Len Fuller says:

    Sorry it should read
    The Berendsen Group

  178. Clare says:

    I’m researching the Sunlight Laundry in Sands End Fulham to see if there is any link with the Lever Brothers and Port Sunlight – the model village in Merseyside. I know that Sunlight was a brand of soap but does anyone know if there was direct ownership by the Lever (latterly Unilever) company?

    Many thanks

    Clare C

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hello Clare
      Personally i don’t think there was any connection between the two.
      The Sunlight laundry founded in 1900 merged with Loud and Western in 1928 creating Sunlight and Western
      They are now part of the Bresenden Group
      I hope this helps
      Regards Len.

  179. Dear Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, I’m currently researching my family tree and found a William Ellis Porrett on the 1901 census. He was working/Living on Bridge street as a shoemaker and boot maker and wondered if any information is available with it been his own business? Any help would be very grateful.


    A Bulman

  180. Angel says:

    Staff nurse Janet mews was nursing me at St Stephens hospital London and may have been promoted to sister

  181. starr67 says:

    Would anybody be able help me. I am researching my family tree and am keen to find out more about my 2x great-grandfather who was born in Fulham in 1858. His name was John Banham Fox and he appears to have been illegitimate. His mother’s name was Eliza Ann Fox and at the time of his birth (28th May 1858) and also his baptism (16th July 1858) they were living at 3, Ebenezer Place, North End. I am not sure of the father’s name and can find no definite record of John Banham or Eliza Ann in the 1861 and 1871 censuses. I have found a possible match in 1871 at 9, Star Place, North End with a family called Chipperton (in the 1861 census a Charles Chipperton is there instead of John Fox).. Would there be any records of a possible “adoption” – although I know this wasn’t done in an official way at this time? John Banham married a Selina Ellen Veatcher in 1889 and went on to have 11 surviving children, one of whom was Edith Phoebe Fox, my gt grandmother. I would love to find out more about this particular ancestor’s early life and would be grateful if someone could point me in the right direction.

    With thanks


  182. Jean Martin says:

    I was born in 93 Greyhound Road fulham in 1946. Lived there in 1 room with my mother Kathleen .Anton till 1955. The Butler family lived on the ground floor. Ernie was a rag a bone man. Anyone know where they went.

  183. Elaine says:

    Are coroner’s inquest records available for Fulham for the late 19th century and if so, where? Trying to source details of the death of twin infants (aged about 6 weeks – Martha & Bertie Anderton) who died February 1897; death certificates indicate that there was a coroner’s inquest and that the cause of death was “Found dead, Asphyxia, want of fresh air while in bed with mother and another child. Accidental”. What a tragedy!

  184. s greenman says:

    I lived in langford road for several years from aprox 1947, my dad had a baker shop there

  185. Daniel Abrahams says:


    I am trying to find out the dates as in year and roads that the first mosque and synagogue were built or opened in Shepherd’s Bush.
    Names of them if possible.

    Would you know of anywhere I could find out this information from please, or know the answers?


    • fhhs says:

      Hi Dan, If you are local then a visit to the Hammersmith Library, Archives on the first floor will likely have some records. There will also be directories, maps and photographs of items of interest as well as the local papers. But no doubt the faith communities themselves will have some information.

      Good luck

  186. Tracy says:

    Hello all
    What a great website! Hope you can help. I am trying to trace the property history of 17 rosaline road. I found it in the 1891 & 1901 census but not in the 1911. I was told it could have been a dress makers at some point but cant find any info on this. Any info would be gratefully received

    • Voters list will have residents. File of Kelly post office London directory,or local Kelly’s directory should help. Check if local history library still has these. Recently I have noticed a lot of sequences out of correct sequence in Hammersmith so make sure volumes are in date order before checking for details.

  187. Rosanna Duff says:

    Hello there, is this thread still active?

    I have just spoken to someone at the Archives and Local studies centre for Hammersmith and Fulham – does this group work with the same historians? I am looking to find any information possible on ‘The Hungry Horse’ restaurant that was run by Bill Staughton in 1970s and used to be located on 196 Fulham Road. Does anyone have any information, pictures, names of people that worked there? I am working on a television programme and would love to hear more if any of you are able to help.

    Many thanks in advance,


    • fhhs says:

      Hi, Hopefully someone reading this will remember the restaurant.
      However for photographs it may be better to get intouch with Kensington and Chelsea archives Their planning site shows some alterations to the buildings so there may be more details if you browse there. Likewise they would have local papers on microfiche and local directories that could narrow down the time period.
      Good luck.

    • Some of the people connected with the local history groups and societies may indeed help out as volunteers at the archives, but would only slowly develop knowledge of the materials available, If you put the mouse arrow on the picture logos by the side of the entries you may find a brief explanation about that contributor.

  188. Tracey Raw says:

    Hi there, After several conversations with my father I am trying to narrow down when my mother lived in Ongar Road Flats. Her name was Carole Ann Good. My dad met her in 1967 when he was in the Navy, at the time he was in the Feild Gun at Earls Court.
    The reason for the nature of the enquiry is that she had a son whom she had adopted at an age im an unsure of as of yet. She also lived in New Zealand before coming back to London. So dates of when she lived in Ongar Road may help with my research. Apparently she shared her flat on ongar road with 2 other female friends too.
    Tracey Raw

  189. Tina says:

    I am trying to trace my paternal mother’s family tree.
    Her name was Elsie May Kinton from Fulham.
    Her father’s name was George.
    Elsie was born around 1916 .
    She went on to marry Charles Edward Howard also from Fulham.
    They had 3 children Brian Joan (Pauline) and Richard (Colin) my father.
    They migrated to Australia in the early 70’s.
    Any info on the family will be highly greatful, as I’m the oldest living blood female in my family and have been for the last 20 yrs (I’m 45)
    Thank u

  190. Jacqueline Cobb says:

    Do you have any details of the funeral obituary or any other details of James Henry Bird Nurseryman/ Florist born Little Missenden Bucks England abt 1814/1815. Died 31/08/1884 Hammersmith Mansion House Road..

    • If you check the British Newspaper online resources you will find references to James Henry Bird in the press across the country, not all entries use full name. Most relate to his will. James Bird may be used for nurseryman entries. Might he have been related to the other Bird family in Hammersmith who were builders,but some had stables and ploughs. (See also latest newsletter) Bird is not mentioned in west London nursery gardens.

      • Jacqueline Cobb says:

        Many thanks for that information. I have already copies of Newspaper article and copy of his will. He never mentions any children in his will so am assuming they had no living heirs. It mentions Stoke Newington in a horticultural gazette about a nursery. I live in Buckinghamshire and am chief grandchild minder so don’t get chance to get out much. Many thanks.
        Jacqueline Cobb

  191. Jim St Pier says:

    A friend of mine has a small “Mcquillan cup” for services to Eel Brook Athletic Football Club and I’m trying to research both the cup and the club. Can you help please. J.St Pier.

  192. Christine Hamlin says:

    I am the great-great-great granddaughter of Emily & Sidney MacBriar Tisdall who owned a sucessful Dyer & Furriers business based in 32 Goldhawk Road in the late 1800’s. They were still thriving well into into the first decade of the 20th century and during the First World War. One of their Daughters – Madeline To stall became a music hall dancer / actress in the early 1900’s and joined a touring Theatre Company that went to Holland & Ireland during WW1. I have copies of private photographs / letters and have done extensive family history research which you may be interested in as it gives some insight into typical Victorian & Edwardian life in the area for people who were in trade. I would love to be able to find out even more about the Tisdall family & their business at 32 Goldhawk Road from any records or newspaper archives you may have access to.

    If there is any way you or anyone else can help me I would be happy to share the Information / documents / photographs I already have with local historians.

    Kind Regards
    Christine Hamlin

  193. Can you give me the origin of the name Coverdale Rd in Shepherds Bush, and the connection with Miles Coverdale after whom the primary school is named? With thanks

  194. Patricia Neill says:

    I am trying to trace my grandfather who was born in London in March 1870 or thereabouts,ie Richard Hodges. I discovered an old
    letter sent to him by his mother, Jessie Hodges who resided at 5 Argyle Place, London WC. I imagine that this would be an area of large terrace houses as she appeared to have rented a room . No date on the letter but it would have been around 1890. I cannot trace her either as there is no record on the census. Any help or small detail would be greatly appreciated. No record of my grandfather’s birth at Somerset House. I hope you can assist.
    Patricia Neill.

  195. pauly72 says:

    Was wondering as to whether anyone can help me regarding my grandad and how he died. His name was Henry C. Vine and died in 1949 due to a train accident.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

  196. gwhannel says:

    I have been doing some research on the London Olympic Games of 1908. As part of this, I have been trying to establish the origins of Bloemfontein Road. The LCC became the statutory authority for street names in 1894.

    This document (London County Council (1901) List of Streets and Places, Administrator, County of London) reveals that Bloemfontein Road was founded in 1881, as was Bloemfontein Villas.

    I had assumed it was named in relation to the Boer War, but this is clearly not the case. So my question is – why was it called Bloemfontein Road? Any suggestions as to how I can find out, would be very welcome. You can email me at

  197. Era Smith says:

    Hi, I’ve been recently told a story from my grandmother about an old friend of her, from back in the seventies, I would like to find more about this girl, since my grandmother’s memory is a bit faded. All I know is, that my granny had a friend, called Mary, who used to live in hammersmith and was involved with graphic arts and doing something (of which my gran is not sure) on movie sets. Long story short, this Mary, at the time knew quite a few famous actors, but apparently she dies young due a car accident. As my gran remembered this friend very dearly, I was hoping to get some informations about this person, and maybe find where her grave is. Any kind of information is appreciated. Thank you very much

  198. bob bamberg says:

    Hi – I’ve just bought a vintage Percy Champion bike frame, and am looking for info on the builder – Percy Ellis & Co, 360-4 Lillie Road, Fulham. The firm was established in (I think) 1895, & closed down around 1953. Any help would be much appreciated! Cheers, Bob

    • There Are a couple of references in papers held by the British library newspaper archive, one dating from 1904 refering to the 11th hairdressers Athletics and cycle club annual games held at the Putney velodrome before 10,000 spectators in which Percy Ellis of the Fulham wheelers came second,and an advent The West London observer many years later stating that the firm was the only dealer In Fulham for Goblin appliances. There may be more adverts in this paper over the time period. Archives may have some pictures.

  199. Neil Mumford says:

    My wife’s Grandfather was Syd Gibbons, who played for Fulham between 1930 and 1938, he then moved onto Worcester City

    He returned to Fulham as a scout we believe around 1950, he also bought a newsagents in 277 Putney Bridge Road, which he ran until his death in 1953. We are trying to find out any details about the shop, name or any storeys people may have about Syd and his family during the early 1950’s..

    • Geoffrey See says:

      I asked my nephew who is a great Fulham fan and he said Mumford was nicknamed Carnera after the boxer Primo Carnera because of his size, he also said he has quite a listing on Wikipedia, though you may be aware of this. Hope this helps.

      • neil mumford says:

        Geoffrey, thank you for your interest, I am aware of the Wikipedia information, I wrote it. Regards Neil

  200. Carolyn Black says:

    I am doing research on a friend’s genealogy (we live in Canada) and we are wondering if there is access to newspapers from Fulham/Hammersmith from 1900 that may explain the deaths of a married couple. It appears that my friend’s 2nd great aunt (Helen Elizabeth Trask nee Vine) and her husband (Jesse Trask) both died about April-May-June 1900. They would have been 38 and 42 years old respectively. This so young and there must be a story to this (accident perhaps?). I cannot find any details other than the civil registration of their deaths. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • fhhs says:

      Hi, Local newspapers are held on microfiche at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Archive at the Hammersmith Library. If you contact them at giving all the details and dates you know including any addresses it may be that there is an article or inquest report.
      Good luck

  201. Lucy Johnson says:

    We are residents of one of the row of listed Georgian terraced houses, opposite Parsons Green and are extremely alarmed at the proposed development of Alexander House, along Peterborough Road. The plans can be seen on the LBHF website here:


    We are specifically concerned about the fact that the 5 storey office/residential building proposed will extend down Peterborough Mews. We feel that not only will it significantly over-develop the mews, but that it will also overshadow the Grade II listed buildings we live in, as well as set an alarming precedent for the size of developments in this area. Added to that will be the disruption of heavy lorries for a considerable amount of time, including shutting parts of Peterborough Road for months on end.

    We’d like to galvanise other concerned residents of the area into opposing this, if possible.

    Yours sincerely

    Lucy Johnson

    • fhhs says:

      Not really our bag but we share your worries. Your best bet is to contact the Fulham Society if you haven’t already. You should also make your concerns known to local concillors and MP and engage fully in the planning process.
      Good luck

  202. Neil Docherty says:

    I’m writing on behalf of the 28th Hammersmith Scout Group. We are researching our history (and the history of scouting in general) in the Hammersmith area and are not entirely sure where to start. We have reached out to the Scout Association archives but wondered if any of your members may be able to help? Many thanks

    Neil Docherty
    Acting Group Scout Leader
    28th Hammersmith Scout Group

    • roy pope says:

      Dear Neil,I read your message with interest,I was a member of the 21st Fulham cub pack from 1952 to 1956,although not Hammersmith there maybe something of interest to you.Regards Roy.

    • Stephen Lally says:

      Better late than never ! My parents belonged to the scouts and guides based at the South Street Mission in the 1920s. I think I may have a programme of a gang show put on by the 2nd and 26th Hammersmith scouts and guides. My grandmother was a scout leader/helper. I have some poor quality snapshots of them. Any help?

  203. Val Brookes says:

    Do you have any images of the 1928 British Motor exhibition at Olympia? I am looking for photos of stand 78 Gordon England’s austins.

    • fhhs says:


      The Society don’t hold any archive but the LBHF archives have some records of events at Olympia, there may be a catalouge in there. Can I suggest that you email the archives at the address above.

      Also if you can get to London the British Library may hold copies of the Motoring and Motor trade magazines from the period which would have more extensive coverage.

      Good Luck

  204. Geoff Hall says:

    Do you know the name of the bakery in Moore park road sw6 circa 1965 please?

  205. Kevin Pugh says:

    Hi, after a 30 year wait i have been able to find out the name of my grandfather. His name was Cyril Francis Howe born 10th October 1904 in St Albans. He moved to Hammersmith in 1936 having spent time in prison for manslaughter of his own infant son. He married a Lilian in 1949. Does anyone know anything about during this period?

    • Arron says:

      I wish I could find out the real identity of my grandfather. I can’t find his birth records anywhere. It turns out he had a secret life before marrying my grandmother in 1933. Just don’t know where to start!

      • fhhs says:

        Obviously there are no details but can we suggest that you go to a local library (most have Ancestry or Find my Past on their computers) and search for your grandmothers wedding. That should give you a start.

    • There are a number of reports of this incident reported in the press at the time from Cornwall to Dundee.the baby died from a form of poisoning from an ear wound. checkout the British newspaper library online for more details. What period are you exactly looking for. Perhaps Cyril served time at the Scrubbs and so stayed in Hammersmith when he was released.

      • kevin pugh says:

        It would make sense that he served his time there, his case was heard in the St Albans Assizes in march 1930, i presume he got 5 years as he reappears in the Hammersmith area in 1936. I then see he marries in 1949 to a Lillian. Do you know if the prisoner records are kept locally? I am looking for a photo as my mother is 80 years young and has never seen what he looked like.

      • fhhs says:

        Kevin, Your best chance of a photo would be in the St Albans press at the time of the trial or possibly one of the nationals if it was notorious as suggested. The St Albans local archive and British Library are your best starting points. The 100 year rule means there would be no access to any offical records.
        Good luck

  206. Claire pounds says:

    My direct ancestors John Adam Pritchard and his wife Letitia ran the Thatched House public house in Webbs Lane, Hammersmith approx 1812-1820’s. Not sure Webbs Lane is still there but does anybody know of the pub or what Webbs Lane is known as now? Their son William Henry Pritchard attended a boarding/day school in Feltham. Again does anybody know what this was called in the 1820’s
    Thank you

    • Len Fuller says:

      Hi Claire
      There is a Thatched House in Paddenswick Road Hammersmith. I think the pub is still there.Good luck with your search.

    • fhhs says:

      Len is right. It seems that Webbs Lane became Albion Road and then Dalling Road.
      A pub is still there. See these 2 links:
      Webbs Lane
      and Thatched House
      If you are able to get to the LBHF Archive at Hammersmith library on a Monday or a Tuesday the archivist may have more information such as rate book entries & possibly licence. They willl also have old maps of the area and formal details of the road name changes and probably some photographs although not of that date. There are a number of books on the old pubs in the area too. Best to make contact by email or phone first see details at top of the page. (
      For Feltham try Hounslow History Society or the council
      Good luck.

    • Also look at the website (see below)for landlords from the mid 1850’s and present day photo.

  207. Peter says:

    Hello, I am trying to find some early pictures of the Nell Gwynne pub, at 541 Kings Rd Fulham.

    My Gt Gt Grandfather died there in 1879.

    See the listing for John George Weekes here:

    Although I am in New Zealand, I am hoping to come over this year and visit this site, and maybe some others too.

    I know that it is a restaurant bar now, but I was wondering if there were any early pics of the building ?

    Any other information gratefully received thanks

    Peter Weekes

  208. Michelle Pearson says:


    I am trying to locate the burial of my great great nan, but after 2 years I am still hitting a brick wall. Her name was Gentie or Gentellia Powell ner Cooper. She died on the 21.12.1915 at 49 Pearscroft Rd,Fulham. She was 46 when she died of bronchi pneumonia. I know that on both sides of the family they were Romany gipseys and this seems to complicate matters. I would appreciate any help you may be able to give me.

    • Mary Davies says:

      I was interested in your mention of Romany Gypsies. I do not know of any one called Gentie, but my great grandfather and grandmother lived in the area in the 1890s and they were connected with the Romany Gypsies. Their names were John Mark Hearne and Sinamenty Hearne(nee Smith). They had a number of children including my grandfather Meshak Hearne.

      • kim says:

        hello wondering if you know of a john and florence smith they lived in a caravan in 1926 around wormwood also old oak many thanks

      • Tommy Hearne says:

        Hi Mary,
        Just moved into west London Chiswick area and noticed there’s a road right near my house called Hearne Road. Also had a great Aunt with the same surname who lived in West London around the 1940s. Definitely a long shot but wondering if there might be some connection here? I’d love to know what else you’ve found out too.
        Many regards,
        Tommy Hearne

      • Mary Davies says:

        Hi there, my family did live in Harrow, – Wealdstone in the 40s (West London) and earlier and later. So there could well be a connection. Perhaps if you want to, you could let me know what your auntie’s name was. I have some knowledge of my grandfather Meshak who was from Fulham, however as I said before I have had difficulty going further back as my great grandfather and great grandmother were travellers.

  209. James Lister FLETCHER says:

    Greetings from the other side of the planet.
    I’m an 80 y/o researcher living in Swansea, NSW Australia.
    Can you help me with this enquiry please.
    My Grandfather, one Francis Edward AUSTEN, was born in Hammersmith in the Jan – Mar Qtr of 1886. He was baptised at the St John the Evangelist church, Hammersmith on the 31st March 1886. His baptismal details tell us that his mother’s name was Elizabeth (presumably “Austen”). She is recorded as being a “single woman ” Her address was said to have been :
    17 Albert Gardens, Dalling Rd.
    My enquiry dear people is : what manner of establishment might have existed at 17 Albert Gardens? I’m thinking perhaps along the lines of a hostel for unmarried mothers or similar. Salvation Army perhaps? and secondly, what exactly was “Albert Gardens” at this time?
    Thanks for your time and interest
    Jim Fletcher

  210. Emily Brocklehurst says:

    Looking for my grandad roy soley
    His daughter Vanessa soley – my mum
    Born and brought up in Fulham 1970s

  211. Tina.Howard says:

    My grandfather Charles Edward Stephen Howard of fulham was born.1908-1910.
    His parents were bge gypsies but he was raised with hesalvation Armyge
    He later went. On to marry Elsie Kinton from Fulham together they had 3 children Brian Joan and Richard .
    My pop Charles .also was in the merchant Navy.
    In 1968 Charles and elsie migrated to Australia .
    I can not find any more information but what i have said.
    Due to pop being orphaned ??? I know nothing else any infirnation on the kinton or howard side would be greatf
    l .
    Thank u

    Ms HowardMy gr

  212. Penny bates says:

    I would like to know who lived in my house when it was first built. 156b stephendale rd fulham sw6 2pl, and the history of it.


    Penny Bates

    • The name was approved about 1878-1882. This is one of the earlier developed housing areas of South Fulham, most likely because of the gas works. Voting lists can be checked at the library and there may also be rate books available,to find names.

  213. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Thank you to everyone who helped with the map of Fulham for 1890 onwards. I ordered three maps from Godfrey but one problem solved, now have a query. On th back of the map for 1894 there is a partial street guide, lists of merchants and inhabitants along North End, Lillie Road and a few other streets. At 81 North End Road there is St. Joseph’s Orphanage with a Sister Mary Xavier as the head. And at 83 convent schools.

    I have my grandmother handed over to th Board of Guardians in 1894 and who appears in the census of 1901 at St. Joseph’s. I believed St. Joseph’s was in Brook Green, at the rear of the Catholic Church there.. According to a Father at St. Thomas’s Catholic Church, there were only two Catholic Churches in the area in 1890’s.

    Does anyone have any information on the two St. Joseph’s. Thank you.

    • Find a copy of Pope’ Corner by Denis Evinson FHHS 1980, and this will have a few paragraphs about the 2 orphanages.I dont think we have a copy in print now, but library will have copy. It deals with Catholic institutions in Hammersmith, and has a good bibliography which may also help. Local history dept. at Hammersmith will have some of the material consulted in the pamphlet as it was written by a local headmaster.

  214. John Murphy says:

    Hello, I have a birth certificate for an ancestor born 1883 that gives the mother’s address as Bath House, Fulham Palace Road. Does anyone know what this building was and if it still exists in some form

    • I would think this refers to one of the buildings on the Fulham Union/Fulham hospital…Charing Cross hospital site. I would imagine that all new arrivals would be required to have a bath on arrival to prevent infection. I remember when I went to Seagrave Road hospital in the early 60’s(THe West London Fever and isolation hospital) there was a small building near the entrance and on the floor in the middle of the room was a tin bath, that had been used for this purpose.
      Medicine in the Parish of Fulham from the 14th Century: Fulham Hospital 1884-1959 gives a history of the site, although the index does not mention a bath house. Feret Fulham Old and New is also a useful source of the history of the site…. available on line or CDrom

      • John Murphy says:

        Hello, thank you for your answer. The mother was a servant, sometimes described as a governess on the birth certificates so I suppose she would have relied on the Union for help when ill or pregnant as she had no family. to fall back on.

        Your sincerely


  215. M Green says:

    I have been trying to found out on the web. My nan lived in William Parnell house in fulham sands end and she used to call it pineapple lodge and it has now been demolished it still is called pineapple park, does anyone now why.

  216. Peter Ball says:

    I’m guessing that no-one on the forum has any information about the address I enquired about previously (3 Lucas House, Argyle Place – Argyle Place being a still-existing cul-de-sac off of King Street in Hammersmith). Assuming this is the case, I’d be interested to know if there are any reference sources that you can recommend which might allow me to find out more about this building. Many thanks.

  217. Tom says:

    Good evening,

    I wonder if there is anyone on this forum that could help me please?

    I’m trying to find information relating to my great grandmother Alice Poole who was born in 1858, Banwell, Somerset.
    She changed her surname from Poole to Freeman on the 1901 census for unknown reasons.

    She was a domestic servant in 1881, but somehow by 1901 she owned 2 properties in Fulham (Numbers 35 and 37 Epirus Road) living on her own means.

    The rate books confirm that she purchased the properties under the name of Alice Maude Freeman
    They also show that both properties were sold circa 1903.

    Unfortunately they do not list who had the houses previously or who purchased them after Alice had owned them.
    As a consequence, I cant trace how she came to acquire her Estate or who it went to afterwards.

    I would like to unravel the mystery of this lady and wondered whether you may have access to any further information on her.

    I remember checking the 1911 census a few years back and it showed that Alice was in an institution by then, now registered as Alice Poole again.

    A story passed down through the family suggested she may have had a drink problem, which may or may not be linked with her demise?. Her family had all been split up around 1901, my grandmother was placed into service and moved towns.

    I cant find any reference to a father on any of her children’s birth certificates, so again he is a mystery too. My grandmother never spoke to my mother or her sisters about her, so I have very little to go on I’m afraid

    Would there be any newspaper articles in Fulham circa 1901 – 1903 that may shed any light under the name of Alice Freeman / Alice Poole?
    Any help would be much appreciated.



  218. Peter Ball says:

    I am trying to find information about Lucas House, Argyle Place (the latter a cul-de-sac off King Street which still exists, though probably with few pre WW 2 buildings). My father was born there in 1914. I found a reference to a Lucas House in this location in a late 1800’s report on London housing. I speculate it may have been a tenement block ? It is not shown on the oldest map I found (1950) and speculate it was demolished before then. Any information would be gratefully received.

  219. marion wright says:

    I am trying to find out who would have resided at 64, Dawes Road, Fulham SW6 in 1943. My mother was living there although it was not her home. I would like to know if the resident was a relative. I was born in the nearby hospital at 7, Parsons Green. It’s mystery why my mother would have gone to Fulham possibly with my sister who was 18 months old at the time. Is there anyone who could unravel this mystery for me. I know that Dawes Road still exists. Any information would be most gratefully received Marion Wright

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      The wartime census for 1939 shows that at number 64 Dawes Road were living –

      William (aged 78 and a Jobbing Decorator) and Rosetta Bradshaw (aged 66) and John Garrett, a 74 year-old Tailor.

      Whether they were still there in 1943 I wouldn’t know.

      If you let me know your mother’s first and last names in 1939 I should be able to trace her too. If she wasn’t in Fulham, please tell me where.

      • Marion Wright says:

        Hi Mark thank you so much. At the time my mothers name would have been Ivy Phillis Thompson, my fathers name was George, but her maiden name was Bradshaw. She would have been in her mid/late twenty’s while in Dawes Road. I have no idea how long she would have been there, but did eventually return to Hertford in Hertfordshire. I have vague memories of her telling me my dad had been offered a job in the building trade by a relative. This could be the link to William.

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        If your mother’s maiden name was Bradshaw wouldn’t it be likely that William and Rosetta were related?

        The only Ivy Thompson I can find in Fulham in 1939 is an Ivy F Thompson, born in 1909 but there was an Ivy P Thompson, born in 1914, living at 24, Port Hill, Hertford, Hertfordshire in 1939. She’s shown as being a kitchen maid at the county hospital and married. There’s no husband shown at the same address but is it possible he was serving in the forces?

      • Marion Wright says:

        Hi mark your research is correct. Ivy lived at 24, Port Hill with her mother Hilda Elizabeth Bradshaw. She most likely was not in Fulham long enough to appear on the electoral roll. My father George was in the army at the time, that is why I cannot understand why my mother would have gone to live with William and Rossetta. I can only assume that William was Hilda’s brother. At the time my mother (Ivy) would have had my sister who at the time of my birth in April 1943, would have been only 18ths old. I wonder if she may have left her with Hilda. But the question remains why she left Hertford without the support of her husband. Would the census or electoral roll tell if my sister was in Hertford during Ivy’s absence in the care of Hilda.

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        Census details are only released every 10 years so that 100 years lies between the latest census release and the present year. Hence we’re now only up to 1911. The 1939 census was released as something of a one-off to show where the population were at the outbreak of war but it has been very useful for family historians like myself.

        It is unusual that your mother moved into the danger of London but 1939 was early days and the Blitz didn’t begin until a year later. I suspect that by late 1941 they would have quickly realised that evacuation was better for the majority, if not Hertfordshire then elsewhere.We may never know the reasons but it is possible she was just visiting as all census information records where the person was on the day it was taken not where they normally lived. The names of young children living with adults at the time of the 1939 census were blanked out on the release because there was the possibility that they were still living and would be covered by, I think, data protection laws. However, there is no evidence of any blanking out at 64, Dawes Road or 24, Port Hill, not that your sister would have been there in 1939 anyway.

  220. Cowell says:

    Hi, I’m trying to track down a documentary made featuring Cardross Street – interviews with residents etc – dating from or shown on TV in the late 1980s or early/mid 1990s. I wondered whether anyone had any information about this programme and where I might be able to source it? Many thanks.

    • Teresa says:

      I have a copy on VHS video as it featured my grandparents. It was one of the 40 Minutes series of documentaries and was made in the 1980s. Titled ‘Two Sides of the Street’.

  221. Pieter says:

    I am researching a WW2 airman who was from Fulham. He was killed when his bomber crashed in The Netherlands on the night of 12/13 May 1943. I was wondering if anybody at the FHHS could help me with the following questions:

    – Is there a war memorial in Fulham which has the names of Fulham men killed in WW2 engraved?

    – There is a publication from your historical society on WW2 (written by Leslie Hasker). Are Fulham men killed in WW2 mentioned in this book?

    – Was there a local newspaper which reported the death of men from Fulham during WW2?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance.



    • Fulham does have war memorials, and there will also be memorial boards and smaller memorials in firms and organisations. Perhaps you could give their full name and their employment. The Hasker book does not list names , but records though nine chapters changes in Fulham during the course of the war, There are also local newspapers available at the archives department , see above.

      • Pieter says:

        Thank you for your reply. His full name is Kenneth George Roots, He worked at Queen Anne’s Bounty. Searching the archives for local newspapers is difficult, as I live in The Netherlands.

      • Strange to relate , but I actually lived 3 doors away from Mrs Roots, as I recall she lived on the ground floor of a 8 roomed house, with an outside toilet on the Peterborough Estate in Fulham, with another family upstairs, but would have to check voting list to confirm this…see our book about Peterborough House/estate. as I was only born after the war, and can remember nothing about her, except she had white hair. I was not aware of her loss. I don’t remember her husband at all.
        With regards to Queen Annes Bounty, the following may help, and I will continue to see if I an find further references for the name
        On 2 April 1947, by the Church Commissioners Measure 1947, the functions and assets of Queen Anne’s Bounty were merged with the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to form the Church Commissioners.[3] The archives of Queen Anne’s Bounty are now held by the Church of England Resource Centre, and not directly accessible by the public; specific documents may be consulted at Lambeth Palace Library if adequate notice is given [4]

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      I’m not sure if you have these details but these are Kenneth’s death details as they appear on the Findmypast website –

      First name(s) Kenneth G
      Last name Roots
      Death year 1943
      Year range 1943
      Service number 1322042
      Rank Sergeant
      Regiment or unit 149 Sqdn.
      Record source GRO War Death R.A.F. All Ranks (1939 to 1948)
      Volume 12
      Page 277
      Record set British Nationals Armed Forces Deaths 1796-2005
      Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
      Subcategory Deaths & burials
      Collections from Great Britain

      And this, from the Commonwealth War Graves site is his burial/memorial location –


      He was the son of George King Roots and Lottie Emma Roots, of 13, Quarrendon Street, Fulham, London.

      The Fulham Chronicle is the only local paper that I’m aware of from that time but I’m not sure names of war dead were released during the war in the interests of the war effort.

      Hope this helps a little.

  222. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Where would I find a map of Fulham 1880-1910. I want to mark addresses for family history purposes. Some of the streets I have from various sources no longer exist, one I believe was near Waitrose in Fulham Broadway, another near Fulham Cross, now a council estate.

    My area of interest runs from Fulham Broadway, Fulham Road, Fulham Palace Road, Lillie Road, North End Road back to Fulham Broadway.

  223. O Williams says:

    Hello there
    Do hope you can help.
    I am wondering what would be the current address for the location ’12 West Kensington Gardens Hammersmith’ as per a birth certificate from 1905 – ? I can’t find this location as a current address so am wondering whether the road/gardens have changed in the past century – do you know?
    Many thanks and regards
    Dr O Williams

    • This is one of the names abolished by the creation of Hammersmith Rpad. Name abolished 20 June 1873. It should be on an old OS map sheet V!-97. The odd numbers were in the East Fulham Constit. The evens in the S,Hammersmith Constit

  224. Craig Rich says:

    I’m hoping to write a book on Filming Locations from Steptoe and Son Series.The Location that baffles me is from the episode “A Star is Born”
    Harold comes out of a Theatre/Hall ,throws a bottle through the window and hides beind a Bush near what appears to be a newsagents.
    Any ideas Please?

    • Fulham does have war memorials, and there will also be memorial boards and smaller memorials in firms and organisations. Perhaps you could give their full name and their employment. The Hasker book does not list names , but records though nine chapters changes in Fulham during the course of the war, There are also local newspapers available at the archives department , see above.

    • Film locations only give one listing for this episode, i,e, Lime Grove studios, and having looked at the episode in question therefore I don’t think the outside shot would have been far away and is most likely a shot down Lime Grove. One of the best clues for locating ares can be Lampposts. These only change every 20-30 years and if one had a good file of styles in London boroughs over say the last 50 years identification of area can be made easier

  225. Robin Hull says:

    Hi all.
    I am trying to find a burial at the Fulham Cemetery or Margravine Cemetery as possible locations. Can anybody help with this at all or point me in the correct direction to obtain this?. Thanks.

    • Brian says:

      Robin if you google friends of Margravine cemetery they logged the burials in the last couple of years, you will be able to email them with your request . They are very active and organised.

  226. Bruce Newport says:

    I had NEWPORT ancestors living at 21 Mayland Road Shepherds Bush in 1878.

    I have found Mayland Road referred to in an 1876 report of the Medical Officer for Fulham and another reference to someone else living at 29 Mayland Road in 1878 and reference to a Mayland Road pillar post box collection times in an 1881 Post Office publication, so I know it existed at that time.

    However, I have scoured every street in 1880’s maps of Shepherds Bush and cannot find it. Perhaps the street name was changed.

    Can anyone help me find where it was?

    Bruce Newport. Melbourne, Australia.

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      Mayland Road became Conningham Road sometime between 1857 and 1929.

    • Bruce Newport says:

      Thank you both very much. I should have got the clue from an 1876 report of the Medical Officer for Fulham which included a record of payment for paving of Mayland road Coningham road. I thought it might have been for 2 jobs in 2 nearby streets or maybe even for paving of a corner of the two but I now see that both the old and the new names for the same street were being used. My great-grandfather used only the Mayland road address on his letterhead when writing in 1878. Would the number 21 in 1878 have any relationship to the current numbering in the street?

      • FHHS says:

        As both Roads coexisted in the 1880 electoral register it is likely that Mayland Road was added onto the existing numbers which finished at 59 and 60 respectively. No sign of a Newport in Electoral Register or in later street directory on these roads.

      • Bruce Newport says:

        So does that mean that Mayland Road was at the northern (Uxbridge road) end of what is now Coningham Road or at the southern (Goldhawk Road) end of Coningham Road?
        Re Newport family, they lived at 64 Stowe Road, Shepherds Bush in 1871 census, 21 Mayland Road in Feb 1878 and at 16 Grange Park Gardens, Ealing in 1881 census.

  227. Susan Jeffrey says:

    Would your Stanton family live in Cassidy Road?

    • edith says:

      No I don’t believe so. My Grandmother Emily Stanton(Kilner) lived in Grove Vale East Dulwich 1923-1941 where she died in an air-raid

  228. edith says:

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

    • FHHS says:

      It appears to be a side entrance to what was the Fulham Workhouse and became Charing Cross Hospital.

      For info there are Stantons in the Kelly’s directories as follows:
      Alfred George at 31 Hugon Road
      Alfred George at 352 Wandsworth Bridge Road
      Frederick J at 63b Fulham Park Gardens
      William at 45 Lambrook Terrace

      Good Luck

      • edith says:

        Thank you for your reply – I will take a look at these. If my father was brought up in the st Dunstans rd area do you know where would he have likely gone to school?

    • B Vincent says:

      I would think he would have gone tyo St Dunstans Road school
      From Fulham Palace Road down to Beryl Road the school is
      just past this road. During the second world war it was damaged
      by a basket of incendiaries. Repaired and opened again after the war.

  229. mary hyland says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  230. Len says:

    It might have been Christ Church in Studdridge Street.

  231. Susan Jeffrey says:

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

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

    • Christine Allan says:

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

      • Brian says:

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

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

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

  233. Annabelle says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Brian says:

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

  234. Lorraine says:

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

    • Lorraine says:

      Not sure what you mean by awaiting moderation

      • fhhs says:

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

        Hope this helps


    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

  235. penny carter says:

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

    Kind regards
    Penny Carter

  236. Lynne bustard says:

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

  237. Billy Angell says:

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

  238. Susan Jeffrey says:

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

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

    • Steve Ball says:

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

      • Simon furlong says:

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

      • Christine Allan says:

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

      • fhhs says:

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

  239. Lynn kirby says:

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

  240. Josephine Danvers says:


    I am intrigued! Do tell me more..

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

    What year was this murder?

    Have you lived there?

    Regards Josie

  241. Steve Parlanti says:

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

  242. Steve Parlanti says:

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

    • Steve Ball says:

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

  243. Arron stonham says:

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

    Thanks for any help

  244. Len Fuller says:

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

  245. Brian Lynch says:

    Hi there,

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

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

    Thank you,

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

  246. Ann Jones says:

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

    • Brian says:

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

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

  247. edith says:

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

  248. Ann Clayton says:

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

  249. Mary Davies says:

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

  250. Mary Davies says:

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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

      • Mary Davies says:

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

  251. Len Fuller says:

    Email will be just fine Arron.

  252. Ann Clayton says:

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

    • Sue Reid says:

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

      • deirdra morris says:

        Hello Sue

        I’ve only just read your reply to Ann Clayton so this is a very belated follow up. I am interested in the Rolfe family as I grew up in Fulham in the 1950s and my best friend was a Barbara Rolfe who lived with her parents in Kimbell Gds off Colehill Lane. The family moved to Australia late 50s and I lost touch. I would love to make contact with Barbara and wonder if you know anything about the Rolfes of Fulham.

  253. Len Fuller says:

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

    • Arron stonham says:

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

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

      Thanks again


    • June Lee says:

      Hi Len. My Aunt was killed on the 18th June 1944 in Lintaine Grove. I have been looking for photos but to no avail. I would be very grateful if you could post what you have on Facebook. Regards June

  254. Arron says:

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


  255. Len Fuller says:

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

  256. Damon Corr says:

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

  257. Arron says:

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

    Thanks for you help

  258. Nick W says:


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

    Thanks in advance


  259. Ken Gregory says:

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

  260. Pete williams says:

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

  261. Roger Lewry says:

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

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

      • Lynne Bustard says:

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

      • Roger Lewry says:

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

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

    • Roger Lewry says:

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

  262. !881 census: There is a Lawrence Harnetty living at; 7, Wheatsheaf Alley, Fulham, London, England with the following people:
    ? Sullivan Head Widow Female 60 1821 Laundress Ireland Transcription
    William Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 19 1862 Plasterer Fulham, Middlesex, England Transcription
    Lawrence Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 15 1866 General Laborer Fulham, Middlesex, England Transcription
    Dennis Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 13 1868 Scholar Fulham, Middlesex, England Transcription
    John Harnetty Grand Son Single Male 11 1870 Scholar Fulham, Middlesex, England

    Piece number 70
    Folio 26
    Page 47

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

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

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

    • Gina says:

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • Gina says:

        I will take a second look, thank you Mark.

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

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

    • Gina says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:


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

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

      • Gina says:

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

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

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

  264. Helen says:

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

    • Gina says:

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

  265. Gina says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • Gina says:

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

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

  266. Gina says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • Gina says:

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

  267. Lynne Bustard says:

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

    Thank You!

    Kind Regards,


  268. Brian says:

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

  269. Nicola Byrnes says:

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

    • Vic Blake says:

      Is this him – from the 1881 census.

      John Byrnes


      Estimated birth year:
      abt 1868

      Relationship to Head:

      Henry B. Byrnes

      Mary Byrnes


      Where born:
      Battersea, Surrey, England

      Civil Parish:



      Street address:
      10A Park Walk


      Employment status:

      View image


      Registration district:

      Sub registration district:
      Chelsea, North-West

      ED, institution, or vessel:

      View others on page



      Page Number:

      Household Members:



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

      • Nicola Byrnes says:

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

    • Sue says:

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

    • Don’t forget the FHHS publication

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

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

  270. Karen Frape says:

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

  271. Ann Clayton says:

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

  272. Pat Wadsworth says:

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

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

  273. Sheila Carson says:

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

    Many thanks
    Sheila Carson

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

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

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

    Regards Josie

    • henry summer says:

      Hello , my great grandfather Solomon Goldstein had a bicycle shop in whitechapel road , apparently its a hospital now. my mum who is 97 worked at the shop with her sisters and cousins and they also sold gramophone records, i would appreciate any information about bicycle shops in that location and 1940’s.
      I have a bicycle shop in ipswich , maybe in the blood?
      thankyou for reading this henry michael summer

  276. Hello Stephen,

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

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

    Regards Josephine

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

    Thank you.


    • Brian says:

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

      • Stephen Lally says:

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

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

  279. Stephen and Brian,

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

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

    • Brian says:

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

  280. david drew says:

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

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

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

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

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

  283. Susan Jeffrey says:

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

  284. Josie Danvers says:

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

    Regards Josie

    • Stephen Lally says:

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

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

      • Brian says:

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

      • Stephen Lally says:

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

      • Stephen Lally says:

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

      • Brian says:

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

    • Val says:

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

    • Stephen Lally says:

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

  285. Richard Dudas says:

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

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

    • Richard Dudas says:

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

  286. Len Fuller says:

    The School could of been St Marks.

  287. Len Fuller says:

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

  288. Len Fuller says:

    Was it Ancill St and St Marks School.

  289. beckystoll says:

    Dear all,

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks and hope to see you there.

  290. Donna Howe says:

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

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

  291. Val says:


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

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

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

    Hope someone can help.


  292. Maxine kemp says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

  293. Sally Brown says:

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

  294. Lisa Bown says:

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

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

  295. Jayinder Khaneka says:

    Dear Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society,

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

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

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

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


  296. John Dedman says:

    Don’t know if my message has got through.

    John Dedman

  297. John Dedman says:

    Any pictures of King Street RC school. Circa 1850…

  298. John Dedman says:

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

    Any info on this school, please.

    Thanking you for a reply.

    John Dedman

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

  300. Susan says:

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

  301. Len Fuller says:

    Have you trileed getting in touch with the club.

  302. Simon sherlock says:

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

  303. Jay Chorlton says:

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

  304. Antonio says:

    Hi there,

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

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

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

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

    Any ideas gratefully received!


  305. Maria Badia says:

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

    Thank you very much for your time!

  306. Eva says:

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

    Thank you.

  307. Sue Hamilton says:

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

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


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


  308. Penny bates says:

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


    Penny Bates

    • fhhs says:

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

  309. Kenneth Bruce Cox says:


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

    Best Regards,

    Bruce Cox

    • Mike 'the stove' says:

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

      • Kenneth Bruce Cox says:

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

  310. Janet Dingvean says:

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

    Yours sincerely Janet Dingvean nee Hook

  311. Hilary Caminer says:

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

    Many thanks

  312. Sue Bloomfield says:

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

  313. Brian ashby says:

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

  314. Sue Bloomfield says:

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

  315. Sue Bloomfield says:

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

    • Pat Wadsworth says:

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

  316. Brian Green says:

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

  317. Ray Stroud says:

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

  318. Let Fuller says:

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

  319. Ray Stroud says:

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

  320. Sue Bloomfield says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  321. Karen Hamilton says:

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

  322. Debbie Clowes says:

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

  323. Debbie Clowes says:

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