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

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

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2,868 Responses to Contact us

  1. Jean Petty says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

  2. Giz Marriner says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

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

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

        Click to access unequal_pleasures.pdf

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

      • Giz Marriner says:

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

  3. Jackie Bolton says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  4. Ann says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

  5. Teresa says:

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

    • Pauline says:

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

      • Teresa says:

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

  6. Lesley says:

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

  7. lancewoodman says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

      • lancewoodman says:

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

  8. Mike Hester says:

    8 October 2020

    G’day from Melbourne, Australia

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

    Many thanks
    Mike Hester

    [Michael John Hester]

    • fhhs says:

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

  9. Stephen Carter says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Stephen, Crown Street became Novello Street.

      • Stephen Carter says:

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

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

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

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:


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

      • Stephen Carter says:

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

  10. Mandy Bevan says:


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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you.

    Mandy, Andrew & Dan

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

      • Rosie Greenslade says:

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

  11. Andrew dakin says:

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

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

      Their contact centre is in Birmingham

  12. John Drury says:

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

    Many thanks

  13. C howes says:

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

  14. Maria Noyen says:

    Hi there,

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

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

    Thank you!


  15. Lydia Gardner says:

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

  16. Mags Meechang says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

  17. Timothy Eugene Warner says:

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

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

  18. Ron Lalley says:

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

    Ron Lalley

    • fhhs says:

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

  19. Kath Faulkner says:

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

    • reco1000 says:

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

  20. lynne bustard says:

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

    • kathleen warren says:

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

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

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

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

  21. Mark Bartlett says:

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

    • kathleen warren says:

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

  22. Carolyn Morrow says:

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

  23. Kate Norton says:

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

  24. Anthony Carmichael says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  25. John Best says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

      • John Best says:

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

      • John Best says:

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

  26. Claire Stacey says:

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

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

  28. Pauline says:

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

    Thanks to anyone who might be able to help.

  29. Claire Aldridge says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Claire Aldridge says:

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

    • Peter Trott says:

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

      • Claire Aldridge says:

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

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

  30. Jackie Parker says:

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

  31. David Frederick Griggs says:

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

  32. Hollie Travers says:

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

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

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

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

  33. Chris says:

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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

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

  34. Tania Edwards says:

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

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

  36. Carlos Guimas says:

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

  37. Liam Dominic Flynn says:

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

  38. Graham Overton says:

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

  39. Kate Taylor says:

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

  40. Angela says:

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

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

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

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

  41. Paul Mills says:

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

    • Serffs cottages
      Fulham SW6
      Dimsdale Road 1881

      Serff’s Mews Fulham W14 Star Road 1884

      Serff’s Terrace Fulham W14 Star Road 1884

      • Basil Larkins says:

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

      • Len Fuller says:

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

  42. John Bloomfield says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  43. Christian Clarke says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  44. logicalmanus says:

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

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

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

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

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Anthony D Scott

  45. B D Vandervilt says:

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

  46. Penny Dussek says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  47. Susan Brewer says:

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

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

      • Susan Brewer says:

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

      • Susan Brewer says:

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

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

    • Rosie Greenslade says:

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

      • Virtual Valley says:

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

  48. Leonie Fitzgerald says:

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

  49. Basil Larkins says:

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

    The church archives are somewhat lacking!!

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

      • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

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

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

      • Basil Larkins says:

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

  50. Lian Knight says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

      Hopefully one of our readers will have more info.

      Good luck.

  51. Alan Smith says:

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

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

  52. Cynthia Poole says:


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

    many thanks
    Cynthia Poole

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Cynthia Poole says:

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

      • Cynthia Poole says:

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


  53. Lucille Robinson says:

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

  54. Lisa Jemphrey says:

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

  55. Marion Collyer nee Birch says:

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

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

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


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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

  57. Mrs Ann Jordan says:

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

  58. lynne bustard says:

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

  59. Sue banks says:

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

    • Linda Saunders says:

      Good morning

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

      Can you help?

      Kind regards
      Linda Saunders

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

  60. Alan Smith says:

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

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

      • Alan Smith says:

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

  61. Julie Evans says:

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

  62. Andy Scott says:

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

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

  63. Hollie travers says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

      • Hollie travers says:

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

        Thank you again

      • Hollie travers says:

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

        Thank you in advance

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

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


      • Hollie travers says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

        I’ll keep looking for those photos!


  64. Barbara Bullivant says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

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

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

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

      Effie Road perhaps?

      Hope this helps.

      Susan Jeffrey

    • Ian Depledge says:

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

      • John Meadows says:

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

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

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

  65. Sandra Williams says:

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

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

    • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

      Dear Andrew

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

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

      • fhhs says:

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

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

  67. mike says:

    hi there,

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

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

  68. Andy Markwick says:

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

  69. Rebecca Goldsmith says:

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

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

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

    Best wishes,
    Rebecca Goldsmith

    • Jane Bowden-Dan says:

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

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

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

      Jane Bowden-Dan
      FHHS Committee

      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Dear Jane,

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

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

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I hope all this is interesting if not illuminating!

      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Dear Basil,

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

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

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

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

      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Dear Basil,

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

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

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

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

      I think that exhausts my info for you!



      • Rebecca Goldsmith says:

        Hi Basil,

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

        Wishing you all the best,

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

  70. Theresa Green says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

  71. John Drury says:

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

    John Drury

  72. Leona says:

    Good afternoon

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

    Thank you Leona

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

  73. Lesley Axelrod says:

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

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

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

    Very best

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

  74. Mark Guest says:

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

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

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

  76. Lesley says:

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

    • Basil Larkins says:

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

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

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

  77. Lesley Axelrod says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • LesleyA says:

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

  78. Vanessa White says:

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

  79. Kristine Achong says:

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

  80. John Drury says:

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

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

    any help would be appreciated

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

  82. Elaine Cordingley says:

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

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

    • Ken Weber says:

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

  83. Eddie Roberts says:

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

  84. Eve Bacon says:

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

  85. Cathy Mosely says:

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

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

      • Cathy Mosely says:

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

      • fhhs says:

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

      • Giz Marriner says:

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

  86. Mandi paine says:

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

    • This is not in our borough however


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

      BRITISH history online

    • Yvonne Fearnley says:

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

  87. Nick Richards says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Peter Trott says:

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

  88. Martin Woodrow says:

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

  89. Elizabeth Belringer says:

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

  90. Basil Larkins says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

  91. Steve Bennett says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • CARY SUMPTER says:

      Good Evening Steve,

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

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

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

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

      Kind Regards,


  92. Sue McFarlane says:

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

  93. Kathryn Elaine Moffat says:

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

  94. Robert Brown says:

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

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

  96. nicki314 says:

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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

      • nicki314 says:

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

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

  97. says:


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

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

      • Jeanette Savage says:

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

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

  98. Stephen Lally says:

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

    • Barry wells says:

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

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

    • Stephen Lally says:

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

  99. Dean says:

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

  100. Barry says:

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

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

  101. Jo Newman says:

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

    Many thanks

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

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

      • Steve Parlanti says:

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

  103. Andi Barnes says:


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

    Appreciated and thank you.

    • fhhs says:

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

  104. Philip Whitaker says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Barry says:

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

  105. Alan Maskell says:

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

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

    Thank you

    • Len Fuller says:

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

    • Barry says:

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

  106. Giz Marriner says:

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

  107. Martin Woodrow says:

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

  108. Margaret Hutcherson nee Brierley says:

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

    • Vic Blake says:

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

  109. Geoff Dennis says:

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

  110. Brendan Holland says:

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

    • Peter Trott says:

      Stowe Road was built circa 1865

    • fhhs says:

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

  111. Keith Ross says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

    • Len Fuller says:

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

      • Keith Ross says:

        Thanks for that info

      • reco1000 says:

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

      • Keith Ross says:

        Thank you for that info it’s very helpful.

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

      • Keith Ross says:

        Thanks for that info it’s very helpful

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Keith Ross says:

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

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

  112. Giz Marriner says:

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

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

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

  113. Mrs J R Shears says:

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

  114. Robert Lynch says:


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


    • fhhs says:

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

  115. Ian Freeman says:

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

    • deirdra morris says:

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

    • John Bridges says:

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

  116. Mike Casselden (Dr) says:


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

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

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

  117. fhhs says:

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

    Many thanks,
    Lindsey Jauregui

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

  118. Martin Woodrow says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  119. pamela says:

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

    regards Pam

  120. Tania Edwards says:

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

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

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

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

    Hopefully someone out there may know the answer

    Thank you

    • Rosina Handley says:

      Hi Tania,

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

      Sent from Mail for Windows 10

      • Tania Edwards says:

        Hello Rosina,

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

        Many thanks for replying

  121. Katharine Tucker says:

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

  122. Martin Woodrow says:

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

  123. Rosa says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Vernon Burgess says:

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

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

      Engraving of the first Hammersmith Bridge, made in 1827

      Marlow Bridge

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

      Info from wikipedia

  124. Tony says:

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


  125. Steffanie Ward says:

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

  126. Bill says:

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

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • Len Fuller says:

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

  127. Andy Carroll says:

    Dear Sirs,

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

    Thank you,

    Andy Carroll

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Andy Carroll says:

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

        Best regards, Andy

    • Barry wells says:

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

      • Andy Carroll says:

        Hi Barry,

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

        Best regards,


      • Barry wells says:

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

      • Andy Carroll says:

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

    • steve1960h says:

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

  128. trevor pilkington says:

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

  129. irving lord says:

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

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

    • fhhs says:

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

      • irving lord says:

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

  130. Laura Kudmany says:

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

  131. Liz Belringer says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

  132. Aki says:

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

  133. Charles Wells says:

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

  134. Garry Gromowski-cook says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Sarah Bravo says:

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

      • Garry Gromowski-cook says:

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

      • Jonathon Fletcher says:

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

      • fhhs says:

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

  135. trevor pilkington says:

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

  136. Anne Scott says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Anne Scott says:

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

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

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

  137. Jules warren says:

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

  138. Ali says:

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

  139. Ali says:

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

  140. Researcher says:

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

  141. Alexa Kesselaar says:

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

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

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

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

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

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

    • Peter Trott says:

      There is some information on the Commonwealth War Graves site:

    • fhhs says:

      Have you tried the RAF Association.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

        Good luck.

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

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

      • Alexa Kesselaar says:

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

    • John Meadows says:

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

  142. David Sankson says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • David Sankson says:

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

  143. Barry wells says:

    Trying to find if you or anybody has information re my relative from the 1875, 1880 period . His name is John church. And we have traced him having a public house .inn , in Hammersmith . Fulham area , the pub was called the rising sun . But we cannot identify the address .??.possiblynorth of Hammersmith bridge

    • fhhs says:

      The pub at 477 Fulham Road was the Rising Sun first licensed in 1855, there was also a Sun in Askew road Hammersmith that was flattened in a bombing raid. You should be able to find licensing records when the archive in hammersmith library opens again.
      Good luck

  144. Gary Howard says:

    Hello, i wonder what information you would have on Fulham Pottery and maybe Lambeth Pottery, i believe my ancester William Odell Rathbone was a foreman there around 1890 to 1908. Is there any files on the workforce of fulham pottery etc, thank you gary howard

    • fhhs says:

      If you go to LBHF Archive online you will find that searching for Fulham Pottery throws up lots of records such as ledgers, day books, cash books and letter books. There are also likely to be some photos in the archive too but sadly you will have to wait until the “lockdown” is over. You must contact the to book a day (Monday or Tuesday) to see the records you are interested in as other than photos everything has to be brought up the week before from the archive store.
      They say patience is a virtue!
      Good luck with your search

  145. Rick Moody says:

    I lived in Hartopp Avenue in 1950s, I,m looking for my best friends of those times, Johny Brown and Arthur Adams, if they are still alive I would love to have contact with them.

  146. Robert Davis says:

    I’d welcome any info and/or leads about a fire at Fulham Baths in late 1942 / early 1943 in which a stoker named George Davis died.

  147. Wendy Phillips says:

    Just come across request for any info on Heathfield House School Fulham, but have no idea when it was posted. I was there from around 1947-1952!

    • Janet Gilbert (was Passman) says:

      Hi Wendy I was there from about 1949 to 1955 my name was Janet Passman and the other kids in my class were Christopher Thorpe Paul Johnston Rodney Moss etc if you married what was your maiden name? it was such a small school but what a wonderful teacher Miss James was!

      • Wendy Phillips says:

        Hi Janet. Wendy Phillips was my maiden name. I certainly remember the name Rodney Moss, and I think Christopher Thorpe. Other kids I remember were Peter Cottington, Peter Allan, Dawn Horsman. Can’t remember how many kids there were and how she fitted us all in!

  148. Julie young says:

    How many times has lakeside road been renamed and what were the previous names?

    • lynne bustard says:

      My gt,gt aunt lived there when it was Raleigh Road. She lived there at number 23 in 1907. Prior to that it was Wharton road. It changed from Wharton Road To Raleigh Road on the 12th if February 1907. I don’t know of any other changes. Hope this helps. 🌈

    • Nicole FitzGerald says:

      This may have been already answered but Lakeshores road was Rayleigh road previously. I had a lot of family on that road from about 1911 until 1940s.

      • lynne bustard says:

        It was Wharton Road until 1907. My great aunt lived at 23 Raleigh Road at that time. She was married to an Austrian man named Jean Muller. I’m looking for information regarding both of them. She was named Rebecca or ‘Rissie’. I’d be really grateful if anyone knows anything about them. 😇

      • Nicole FitzGerald says:

        Hi Lynne,
        I think we have spoken before but unfortunately I do not know your family. Various members of mine lived at 57, 72, 92, 93, 95, 100 Rayleigh Road from at least 1910 so I expect they would have known your family! My mother and aunts grew up in Blythe road just around the corner but are too young for this era.

  149. chris maryan says:

    I am trying to find the location of the Colemans buildings in Hammersmith, where some relatives lived in 1901. They were scheduled for clearance in 1936

  150. Mouse says:

    Hi I’m just wondering if anyone can remember group of young tearaways that. Run in The streets. of Hammersmith Riverside Gardens early Seventies to mid 70s

  151. Michael. Smith says:

    Hi I wonder if anyone can remember the McCarthys who lives in Fulham in the 50s and 60s I wanted if you could tell me anything about them as my mother father’s mother was aMcCarthy

  152. fhhs says:

    Stephen Rimmer is researching Television Centre. He been researching at the Local Studies & Archives in the past but would now like to get some first hand reminiscences about the building, how locals feel about it etc.
    He asks:
    Regarding my research into Television Centre, I wonder if any members of your local history group or visitors to the website would be willing to help me with my research by answering a few questions (in writing). My academic/published research is going very well but I need some unpublished resources. I am not looking for anyone with knowledge of dates of events or that kind of thing, but rather I am trying to get an idea of how people who work or live locally in Shepherd’s Bush feel about the building which sits just a few hundred metres down the road from your building. I am writing a chapter for my dissertation on the affection that people have for the building and the role it plays in the area. I know for example, that a local school was invited to paint the mural which adorned the fence which was at the back of the building in Hammersmith Park during redevelopment. I am trying to understand how TVC fits into life in Shepherd’s Bush now that the building has a mixed-use public and private function. Any help would be most appreciated.

    I was fortunate enough to visit Shepherd’s Bush/White City earlier in the year and my studies aside, it is my favourite part of London so I hope to return when everything is back to normal. I am now looking for unpublished stories and anecdotes from locals, if possible.

    So you can get back to him direct using the email address above or if you wish to share more widely can post on here.

  153. Trevor M Oliver says:

    Hi I am looking for news on my great grandfather born around 1900 last lived Ifield Rd Chelsea in 1960
    Can you help.

    • fhhs says:

      Trevor, afraid this is outside our patch.
      Suggest you go to Ancestry or FindMyPast on the internet (there is a subscription) or for free in most libraries when they open again. You will need his full name, it would help to know where he was born.
      Electoral registers may give you his details but the latest released census is 1911 so you may be able to trace him through those in either of those programs. You could use Free register of Births Marriages and Deaths – FreeBMD. If you don’t have enough details work back from relatives you know more about.
      Armed with full name and address you may be able to get more from RBKC Archives who are likely to have some photographs or maps of the street. Depending upon his employment/business or status you might get notices in the local newspapers or directories.
      Good luck with your search

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  154. tracylarocque9282 says:

    I have recently researched my DNA and found out that my father’s family came from Fulham.
    Last name Coleshill. I was wonder if you have records of an address.
    Funny thing is, I was adopted in 1960 as an infant and only in the last two years have found out my paternal history.

    Thank you, sincerely

    Tracy Larocque

    • fhhs says:

      Please see the January 2019 reply by Karen Newington. This seems to answer your question at least in part.
      If as Karen suggests you can get details from Ancestry (free in most libraries) you can then look at addresses in the electoral register to see if there are still Coleshills in the same property.
      Good luck. (when libraries eventually reopen)
      If you like I can give Karen your email address and you can communicate directly. Let me know on

      • Backtrack Fulham is another site to check on Facebook as well. Both sites have photographs of the street traders in North End Road with St John’s church in the background. I have not been down the market recently, but if the CoxsJordan or Seaby families are still trading they might be able to help

    • Len Fuller says:

      Tracy try We grew up in Fulham site on FB some Coleshills on there

    • Len Fuller says:

      Tracy try We grew up in Fulham site on FB some Coleshills on there

    • Len FullerL says:

      Sorry its I grew up in Fulham site on FB some Coleshills on there

    • John Meadows says:

      Hi Tracy, I was born and grew up in the Sands End area of South Fulham. I knew a Coleshill family who lived in Wandsworth Bridge Road. David, the son was in the 24th Fulham boy scouts when I was in the 1950’s. I know his Dad was a stallholder in the well known Fulham market in North End Road. I believe that they were part of a larger Coleshill family in Fulham.

  155. Hello, I’m working with a company local to Fulham on their history. I’m looking for a recommendation as to a good history of Fulham which covers the 20th century. I’m interested in how the area changed and groew over the period; and especially interested in the impact of the Blitz, bomb damage and the post war years.

    Any steers as to books, articles etc would be much appreciated!

  156. Graham Boddy says:

    I would like to ask if you have any pictures around the 1940-60 period of Great Church Lane, Hammersmith. Also any knowledge of a Scrapyard around that area that was owned by Joe White. I would appreciate any information as I understand the whole area has been re-developed and there a no original houses on Great Church lane?
    Kind regards

  157. Pam Hausler says:

    How lucky you were, I also met a Father who showed me those books, I was looking for information about my Grandfather and his family, the children all went to the St Thomas Church School but didn’t offer to photocopy anything!!

  158. Len Fuller says:

    C of E the church hall became the church

  159. Tim Harrison says:

    Hi, I’m trying to check if a photo exists of Maurice Childs, the man who ‘saved’ Hammersmith Bridge in 1939 by shoving an IRA bomb into the river.

    • My previous reply seems to have got temporarily delayed but you will find to reiterate the British newspaper library has newspapers online for 1939 with photographs of Boris Childs do an exec search with illustrations and you will find them I copy here information on voice for other interested readers from Hammersmith bridge by Charles Hailstone . Morris Childs the I immediate hero of the day said he felt the blast he had heard hissing from the suitcase and “I decided that the best place for it would be in the water”. he was honoured in many ways King George the six awarded him the medal of the civil division of the order of the British Empire for gallantry exchanged in 1941 for the George Cross . Hammersmith Council presented him with a clock and the LCC the sum of 50 Guineas . he received a silver medal and box from the Borough of Barnes which arrange the public dinner at the Bull East Sheen and there were numerous commendations including those from Parliament and the judiciary Morris Childs passed away aged 78 in 1975. The local individual authorities could also have more photographs of the actual events in their archives

  160. Tara Louise says:

    Hi there, I’ve been researching my great grandmother. She lived on Strode Road. She was at no 49 for a long time before the war. However, electoral rolls show her at no 50 after the war with houses 49-53 and 30-40 gone. On old satellite images we can see the gaps in the houses. The obvious assumption is that they were bombed but struggling to find any information. Do you have any information?

    • Julie says:

      Hi, wondering if you could tell me what happened to Rock Avenue Fulham? My Nan lived there as a child, and I cannot find it on Google maps . Many thanks. She lived at no 13! Would love to see a photo or see the area she grew up.

      • fhhs says:

        One of our regular contributors posted this answer to a sinmilar question last year.
        Mark Foulsham says:
        11 November, 2019 at 11:09 pm

        Rock Avenue, along with Heckfield Place, Walham Avenue and Lodge Avenue were part of the area known as ‘The Avenues’ that ran along the Fulham Road in what is now, primarily, the Lancaster Court Estate. The houses were considered slums so, in 1937, Fulham Borough Council decided they should be compulsorily purchased, demolished and the area redeveloped. Unfortunately, the Second World War spoiled that plan and nothing happened until after the war ended.

        Many of the near 1500 inhabitants of the Avenues were rehoused in Fulham Court.

        This link to National Library of Scotland shows a map of the period

        Photos are probably only available from the archive at Hammersmith Library on a monday or tuesday or by email to There will be asmall charge.
        Good luck

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        I have a relative at 13 Rock Avenue too, Last known date 1898.

  161. Ruth says:

    My great great aunt had a hardware shop Blythe Road selling paraffIn /oil my elderly uncle called it the oil shop. They lived opposite the shop along Blythe Rd, Her surname was Lewis . He calmed the shop Lewis”s Would be approx 1940’s maybe earlier or a bit later .Sorry I have very limited info as only have 1 relatIve alive from that era would love to know more as I’ve looked online and can find no info

    • Matthew Webb says:

      My 2nd great grandfather Jesse Lambert was an oilman and lived, 23 Kingston Terrace, Blythe Road, Hammersmith in 1887. Maybe he traded with your relatives?

  162. Derek t says:

    Looking for Graham Sunley

    Can anyone help me. I’m trying to trace Graham Sunley, I use to Know him late 70’s early 80’s, in the Fulham/Hammersmith area. He use to work for my late father-in-law, I have something my father-in-law has left him, if anyone knows his whereabouts, could you please leave a message on my email and tell me what Grahams profession is so I know we’re have the right Graham Sunley he is a yorkshiremen.

    Thanks D

  163. Keelie Stammers says:

    Hiya I am just wondering about Stanley Road in Fulham and where it was as I cannot seem to find it. I have a few relatives that seemed to switch houses in the 1890s which makes me think it may have been lodging houses. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards Ms Stammers

  164. Len Fuller says:

    Yes St Augustines Church was Bombed in WW2 it is now a block of flats

    • Tara Louise says:

      Was it a Catholic church? St Augustine’s is where my grandmother and her siblings were baptised.

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

        From my grandmother’s family research 1890 onwards I learned that there were only two Catholic Churches in Fulham area. St. Thomas’ Rylston Road area and St. Joseph’s in Brook Green.

        In St. Thomas they have, in a cupboard, huge record books. On a visit to England I was lucky enough to bump into a Father outside the church. He kindly looked for my grandmother and photocopied her baptism certificate. It meant so much to all the family as she was brought up in a convent orphanage, only one known relative killed in WW1.

      • Rick Moody says:

        It was a C of E church and was our playground as a bomb site as kids in the early 1950s lived in Hartopp Avenue.

  165. Ron Jones says:

    Hello Folks, Are there any pictures of the Coronation 1953 street party for Musard Road, Fulham. Thanks

    • fhhs says:

      As with your earlier query please visit or email LBHF Archives in Hammersmith Library on a Monday or Tuesday ( ) they have a collection of photographs and press cuttings for most streets although not every event was captured.

  166. Ron Jones says:

    Are there any photographs of the Mission church, that was at the corner of Moylan Rd, at the junction of Lillie Road, right opposite Sir John Lillie Primary School. I’m sure it was bombed during the war.

  167. Amanda Turner says:


    I am currently researching my family tree and am trying to find the father of my great grandmother, Hilda Alice Hunt who was born in 1893. Her mother’s name was Ann Elizabeth Hunt. There is no father named on her birth certificate but her place of birth does appear: 32 Vanston Place, Fulham.

    An internet search has showed me this is now a Mediterranean restaurant but I have been unable to find any historical information on the building or its residents.

    I know that Ann lived in various parts of London working as a domestic servant in the years before she had her daughter and would like to find out more about the history of the building.

    I’d be very grateful for any information or advice you could give to help me with my research.


    • fhhs says:

      In 1891 and 1895 the property was listed as a dwelling house with John Walker on the electoral register.
      Looking in the LBHF photo archive for Vanston Place I found a couple of pictures of the building showing a shop front Walker’s Fisheries with 2 floors above. Suggest you visit on a Monday or Tuesday the LBHF archive at Hammersmith Library or email Quoting reference F918.5VAN. There will also be directories and maps you can look at.
      Hope this helps.

      • Amanda Turner says:

        Thank you so much for this!
        I don’t live anywhere near Fulham so making a trip down there will be tricky but I will try emailing the library as you suggested.

  168. Ian says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I would like to know if house at 63 Chesson Street today is the same house as the one at 63 Chesson Street in 1896? As I am aware that house numbering sometimes do change over the years. Are there any resources at the H&F Library regarding 63 Chesson Road over the years going back to the 1890’s?


  169. Matt James says:

    I was wondering if anyone can help. I’m looking for any information on Alice James formerly Pinion. She was killed on 10 May 1941 during the blitz aged 36. I believe she was living at 10 Dimsdale Road at the time.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks in advance.

  170. Christine Lake says:

    My son is buying 57a Sulgrave Road. Can anyone help us with photo’s, builders plans etc that show the house.We have nothing before 1986 so anything would be useful and the older the better! Thanks!

    • fhhs says:

      If he goes to the LBHF Archives in Hammersmith Library on a Monday or Tuesday he can then see the collection of photographs which cover most streets in the 60s but there may be others too. If you are lucky there may be a drianage plan for any changes at the site. These often have building layouts and detailed drawings. They have to be ordered from storage so would be available the following week.
      Census and electoral registers will also show who lived there in the past. Local maps will give an idea of when the roads were laid out for building. The LCC Street index also gives all the information about when the road was approved and any name changes. There may also be aerial photos.
      Good luck

    • The council planning site is always a good place to start.this house and number 59 has a very long history of development as a HMO..the archives should have hard copies of planning decisions, that may predate the web records.

  171. Susan Jeffrey says:

    I am looking for information on Star LANE. Was this later Star Road? Records state Fulham Kensington so I am guessing W.14. There was a Star Lane school, Hammersmith Archives apparently have records from 1897. If there are earlier records where would I locate for this school? Thank you.

  172. Andy Scott says:

    Hi I’m trying to trace a record of my great grandmothers death. She was called Catherine Mary Knight (nee Tyler) of 10 Southerton Road Hammersmith, born in 1875. Wondered if anyone can help or direct me?? Thanks

  173. swindonlip says:

    JOHN VINCENT WHITESIDE aka Jack Stephen Whiteside. I am researching the life of a former silent movie actress. I believe that Mr Whiteside, late of Poplar Grove and Askew Crescent could help me. Does anyone recall Mr Whiteside or know how or whether he can be contacted? In 1995 he practised as a homeopath.

  174. Phil says:

    I am researching Alice Emma Worby she was a Jobbing Decorator from Wansdworth st. area just like Matilda Worby ?

  175. Julia McKernan says:

    Dear Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society,
    I am trying to do my family tree with very little information, my Grandad Edward James M Simmonds or Burns born 1889 apparently had hotels in Fulham that were bombed in the second world war.
    Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Julia McKernan

    • An Edward James Burns lived at 1 Pellant Road according to the 1939-1940 Kellys local directory. and a E.J. Burns and sons were located at 190 and 179 Lillie Road and are listed as furniture dealers..could be useful if one needed to furnish lodgers rooms.
      the area around Pellant road i redeveloped with post war high rise blocks..which would rather confirm the bomb statement.

  176. Mark Gibson says:

    I am looking to get hold of a copy of the survey of headstones done on St Paul’s Church prior to their clearance for a report I am writing. Do you know where I could get hold of one? A digital copy would be of particular interest.
    Many thanks
    Mark Gibson

    • Contact the church in the first instance. I would think that a church faculty would have to be approved as bodies would have to be reburied in East London. The Hammersmith archives should have council deliberations and planning reports as well as minutes. Check National archives and LMA online catalogues as well.

  177. Hi, I’m Charli.
    I work for a Hammersmith based company called Wishful Thinking, developing new original musicals.
    One of our shows, ‘Tumbledown’ is set in Fulham Court in the 80s and loosely based on both their local band ‘The Faith Brothers’ and the campaign to save the estate from being sold off to the council.

    In order for us to gleam the most accurate image we can, of both the residents and the estate itself at the time, would you have access to any anecdotes / news articles / pictures from then (late 70s – 80s), or know where I’d be best to search for them?
    Thanks so much!!

  178. Revd. Trevor Harris says:

    Hello- could you please tell me who the Suffragan Bishop of Fulham was in January 1954?

    Many thanks and kind regards,

    Revd. Trevor Harris

  179. Hugh Bailey says:

    Hope this is right place …. do you – Fulham History Society – know anything about Walter Brothers, piano music publishers, etc., (also published an ocarina guide)? From 1916 – 1919 (at least) they were at 897 Fulham Road, SW6. In late 19th century they were at 7&8 Railway Approach, London Bridge. Keen to find music published by them, particularly work composed by Charles Seaton.

  180. Garry Gromowski-cook says:

    I was wondering if you might be able to help. My paternal grandmother lived in the Guivers cottages in Fulham or Hammersmith according to the 1911cencus. Do you know where they are or were?
    Any help will be greatly appreciated
    Thanking you in advance
    Kindest regards

  181. Janet Crowdey says:

    I was given a ‘golden nugget’ by my late mother which apparently was given out on the night either a new ceiling or new dance floor was revelealed in the 1950s at Hammersmith Palais. I would like to try and find out more about it?

  182. Sally Chubb says:

    I’m trying to find out some information about my grandmother’s mother, Ellen Anne Booker who lived at 10 Linver Road, Parsons Green in 1939. I know nothing about my grandmother’s side of the family and wonder if any of the family are still living in the area! My grandmother was Marian Shipham Booker and her father was William F. Booker. My grandmother married Edwin Chapman. Her brothers and sisters were Florence, Ellen, William, George and Emily. Thanks for any help, Sally

  183. Mo Hadi says:

    can anyone tell me how to find out value of a property (51 Fulham Broadway, London SW6) in 2005 and 2015?

  184. Ralph Munro says:

    Can anyone help with a photo or information about 163 Fulham Road in the 1950/60’s. My grandfather Henry Goodwin was shop manager ( and we assume it was at this address) and it could be best described as being a hardware shop selling practically anything ( the Two Ronnies sketch ‘fork handles’ comes to mind). As children my brother and I used to visit our’ Auntie Maggie’ who also helped out in the shop.
    It is also the address my mother is registered at on her marriage certificate to our father. Any help greatly appreciated.

    • fhhs says:

      As you probably know this is now the OKA store, but it is firmly in Kensington and Chelsea so probably best to contact their Local Studies and Archives. They should have local directories for the period and probably photographs. One of our browsers may know the answer too.
      Good luck

  185. Jean Pratt says:

    I was just wondering who was living in coomer road at the time I lived there. I lived at number 80 from abou 1937 or 8. My parents lived there until it was demolished for Clem
    Atlee. They moved from there to William Banfield house Munster road. I am now 86 years old and thinking back to the people who also lived an there at that time. I can recall one or two of them but would like to find out more

  186. Ruth Wildman. Née polson says:

    Hi. My dad James Wyse Polson was born in 1920 in castletown road. Think his mum was called Victoria maud polson. She was apparently a book keeper for an electrical company. Think she was a single mum so dad ended up living with someone else in Brighton. He went to boys brigade in Fulham. Desperate to find out anything. Would anyone k ow where I can find more info. Ruth

  187. Graham Foster says:

    For info on eBay item number 293370707697 is an original JULY 1914 FULHAM PARISH MAGAZINE “ALL SAINT’S FULHAM”

    • Sorry just realised my reply went awol. Thanks for this info.
      ASFulham has a good backfire of older magazines, as does the Hammersmith archives, However if anyone has any issues from 1919 to 1923 in another location/library the church would be pleased to hear from you. Thanks

  188. Hotdesker says:

    What would have been the nearest laundry to Hatfield Street in 1911. My grandmother, and many of her neigbours worked in a laundry, so assume there was one nearby.

    • Susan says:

      Would it be the Fulham imperial laundry

      • Fred Moody says:

        Hi Susan, I’m not sure where Hatfield Street was but I know growing up in Hartop Avenue Fulham in the 1940-50s there was a Laundry there.

    • Susan says:

      If it is the correct laundry I have pictures of some of the staff I am a great great granddaughter of jessie Stephenson who owned the laundry I think it closed it the late 70

  189. Hotdesker says:

    My family lived in various properties in Hatfield Street. What school would have been the closest that my GF would have attended as a young child?

    • fhhs says:

      A quick check shows there was a Hatfield Street in Deptford and there is a Hatfield Road in Ealing, just outside our boundary. It is of course possible that names have changed do you have any more detail of where it was? If it is Ealing then the Borough Archives should be able to help with maps and local knowledge.

      Meanwhile someone reading your post may have the answer.

      Good luck

    • Hotdesker says:

      Hatfield Street was definitely in Fulham. I have a number of census material that shows my family lived in the area.

      An electoral listing shows it came under the Margravine Ward (No. 3 Margravine District. My family are shown on page 124 of the 1914 electoral list. Also mentioned on the page is Greyhound Road, where my GGP’s moved to later in life.

      • fhhs says:

        Cannot find on OS maps of the period at Nattional Library of Scotland or in the University of Leicester’s online collection of street directories, so must be small. The area you mention is behind Charing Cross Hospital(Fulham Workhouse) and near Margavine Cemetery. Will have a look when next volunteering at the archive. That will be at least a weeks time but you could write direct to the archivist and she will get a volunteer to see what there is. It would be useful to give the key names involved and the dates also what you are hoping to find.
        Good luck

  190. Jane McQuitty says:

    Hi, I was looking at Christopher Dresser. In 1862 he moved to 2 Myrtle Place on the North End road. I see in an 1860 map online that there was a school just to south and then Ebeneezer Place and chapel. I was wondering if there was any more information on the school.

  191. John Bass says:

    I am looking for information about Charcroft House, Roseford Gardens, Hammersmith, a home for “fallen” Jewish women. The information I am looking for is, residents in or around 1931.
    Thank you in advance for your help.

  192. Penny JOnes says:

    Hi I am researching my family tree through my Great Grand mothers line. She was born Jane Tyson at 14 Fane Street. Her mother was Elizabeth Stanley and her Father Thomas Tyson. He is listed as a costermonger, they then had a shop at 1 Fane Street.

    She married Frederick Flint but it appears soon left him for William Mullenger and went on to have three children including my grandmother Freda.

    I am interested in Thomas Tyson father Henry, he seems to have been a bit of lad and a prize fighter. Does anyone have knowledge of Tysons in Fulham, Fane Street. They then all seemed to live in various flats Lillie Mansions. Any info would be great.

  193. Mark mcilroy says:

    Hi I am told I am descended from Thomas hearse also known as the gypsy father of London from the potteries in Shepherd’s Bush but I really don’t know I was wondering if any of it was really true

  194. Anthony Jacks says:


    I am looking for an advert or artical on The Olde Glasse Shoppe which was at 144 Lillie Road, Fulham SW6 and it was run by my Great grandfarther Augustus Samuel Jacks,

    I don’t know the exact date but It would of been around 1905 – 1920

    Would be amazing if you found anything on this for me

    Kind Regards
    Anthony Jacks

  195. James Stuart Brennan (jim Brennan) says:

    I’m based in Inverness and not as mobile as I would like to be. I’ve been trying to build up a picture of a Jamaica-born Scot named John Hoyes (1806-1885), of Forres descent, and have found him associated with a kinship group including Edward Harwood among others (a relation of Hoyes’s wife, Julia Caroline Blair nee Blake, apparently of a Galway ascendancy family, the Blakes of Belmont, but apparently first resident in Somerset) concerned with the Bird’s estate in Fulham at the end of the 1850s. I’d be grateful for any sort of information about this, especially Edward Harwood himself. It would appear some sort of Trust was involved, and there were Chancery issues with land tenure, judging by Gazette advertisements of the time, but there appears to be very little publicly accessible information.

    • John Meadows says:

      Hi Jim, I come from the Sands End area of South Fulham and recall the Harwood Road that ran from the New Kings Road to Fulham Broadway. I do not know anything about this road name but thought it might have a connection with your Edward Harwood.

  196. Melanie Moore says:

    Hi, I have been trying to research my family that lived on Rock Avenue in 1922. I con not find Rock Avenue now and the family falls off the records for the 1939 census – was Rock Avenue changed its name? Thank you

    • Mark Foulsham says:


      Rock Avenue, along with Heckfield Place, Walham Avenue and Lodge Avenue were part of the area known as ‘The Avenues’ that ran along the Fulham Road in what is now, primarily, the Lancaster Court Estate. The houses were considered slums so, in 1937, Fulham Borough Council decided they should be compulsorily purchased, demolished and the area redeveloped. Unfortunately, the Second World War spoiled that plan and nothing happened until after the war ended.

      Many of the near 1500 inhabitants of the Avenues were rehoused in Fulham Court (built before Lancaster Court) so you might find them living there in the 1939 Census.

  197. Jon Fletcher says:

    Hello – looking for any information on a General Store possibly sited at 54 Estcourt Road, Fulham, owned and run by the Bravo family, 1920-1923

    • Sarah Bravo says:

      Hi, I think my two aunts had a tobacconist store there, they were Bravos. The whole family was in and around that area.

  198. Christine Barwick says:

    Looking for a TV interview possibly with Alan wicker about residents of church path /lillie walk fulham being rehoused after the war many of my relatives lived there

  199. Stephen Spranger says:

    Hi I have an antique floor standing woodworking band saw which has ‘lewis&lewis london’ on its frame. I have found out that they were based in Wandsworth Road, Fulham but can find no further information on this item.
    Does anyone know if the company still exists under a different name?
    Any help would be great.
    Thanks, Steve.

  200. Chris Pearson says:

    My Uncle recently passed away and I am now in possession of some of his items. One of which is a Brown salt glazed flagon with ‘George Pike wine and spirit merchant 98 Borough Fulham and wondered if you knew anything about where it came from. It’s an amazing object and would like to know more about where it would have come from if anyone could help?
    Many Thanks

    • Lesley Bairstow says:

      Hi There is a George Pike at 118 Broughton Road, Fulham on the 1939 Register available on Find My Past website. He was born 1872. Also at same address is Emma C Pike born 1864 and two others who are ‘locked’ information. I hope this is helpful especially as ‘Borough’ could be ‘Broughton’ Road.

  201. Do you have any information about Hurlingham Lodge when it was used as a hostel for tuberculous patients? It was opened by Lord Woolton in 1946, but disclaimed from the NHS in 1948. It was in use as a TB hostel until at least 1968. Do you know who was running it (? Red Cross) and when it finally closed?

    Many thanks,

    Veronika Chambers

  202. Hello, I have come across a birth record for Hammersmith in 1981 where the record has a handwritten addition in biro at the bottom of the page. I cannot find any other records that include these people/details. What does it mean when a record is added by hand? Thanks

  203. Frederic Blondel says:

    Good morning,
    I have a street plaque from the 1930s (but pre WW2 for sure) with Borough of Hammersmith – Boxmoor street W11.
    By any chance do you know where the street ? by The Boxmoor House near Holland Park borough?
    Hope you can help ? that would be fantastic.
    Best regards
    F Blondel

    • John Pinder says:

      Hi Frederic, just came across your query, and happy to help. My dad grew up on Boxmoor Street before it was demolished (in the sixties) for the new estates. The street was north west of the current Shepherds Bush roundabout. Their house at the end of the street backed onto the railway line.

  204. Emma Bailey says:

    I’m currently doing some research relating to my great grandmother, Evelyn Emily French 06/05/1886
    We know she was given to an orphanage in the Shepherds Bush/Hammersmith area around 1889-1891. We cannot find any records of her and would absolutely love to know more about what happened to her. Can you refer to anyone/organisation where we could search for more information.
    Thank you so much for any help you can give us.

    Kind regards, Emma

    • Stephen Lally says:

      Is she in the 1891 census, born 1886 Kilburn, living in Battersea with widowed father?

      Then is she in the 1901 census living in Camberwell with her uncle and aunt, Edward and Eunice Howard?

  205. Andrew Rhodes says:

    I’m trying to find information in regard to a Norma Coleman who worked in Hammersmith as a secretary around 1967. Very vague, I know, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

  206. Hameed says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Have you got any photograph of William Parnell
    House Bagleys Lane SW6.
    I Lived at no 89 in the 70s with my parents and wanted to have something to look back on.

    Kind Regards

    • fhhs says:

      You should email as they have an extensive collection of photos of the borough.
      There will be a small charge and they could email or send hard copy if you explain exactly what you want.

    • John Meadows says:

      Hi Hameed, Just to let you know there are several Facebook Groups for Fulham who will have photos of what you probably recall as ‘Pineapple Lodge’ in their Files and possibly former residents as members.

  207. Diaco says:


    I was wondering how old Pankhurst house on du cane road is w12 0un?

    Many thanks

  208. Clare Pitt says:

    I’m researching Fulham Brass Band’s history in preparation for our 125th anniversary next year and am looking for more details about the original band in 1895. We’re led to believe the original band were bricklayers and I’d love to know more about them – unfortunately the local press at the time has limited info on the occupations of members.

    Im also trying to track down Anita Brewer who was our first female member in 1958. She was 24 at the time and lived in West Norwood and we’d love to make contact again ignore possible.

    If anyone has any information on the history of the band in general that would be great.


  209. Lisa says:

    Dear FHHS
    The late sixties photographer, Terence Donovan, had a shop called the Merchant Chandler on the New Kings Road. I am trying to find out which door number it was.
    Yours sincerely
    Lisa Wood

    • Post Office Kellys London should have a listing for the Merchant Chandler. I think it was round about number 72 New Kings Road. Old voting lists will have the residents names if Terence lived above the shop . The present No 72 has a wire frame work in front of the windows on the upper floor, this may have bee where the MC hung its baskets from

  210. Andy Scott says:

    I wonder if anyone has any information regarding my late Fathers uncle, the Hammersmith born wrestler, Chick ‘Cocky’ Knight, born Arthur Richard George Knight of 10 Southerton Road, London, W6, on 17 February 1903.

    It has come to light in research that I am doing for a book on his life (Chick was a bit of a local celebrity) that he rescued 2 people from the Thames off Barnes on afternoon of 15th June 1930 by jumping into the water and pulling them out one at a time.

    We have a certificate verifying this incident from the Humane Society and wondered if anyone has any more information/press cutting etc. I have also been in touch with the Mayor and Town Hall.

  211. ali says:

    Does anyone know about the Lambert family or Lowe who lived in Hammersmith maybe south street in the 1900 -1950 Thank you

  212. Matthew Pease says:

    I’m researching the architect Randall Wells who lived at 52 Upper Mall between 1927 and 1942. Also his daughter known as Rosebud or Crystal (1917-1941). She had married Hamilton Johnston (b.1915) who lived on the barge Nell Gwynn moored at Hammersmith, but she was killed in a train accident at Brentwood Essex a few weeks later. He may have lived on the barge into the mid 1950s. Please does anyone have any leads or information on any of them? Many thanks.

  213. nicki314 says:

    HI, Ive recently obtained the title register for 37 Epirus Road, Fulham, where my great grandmother lived with her family for more than ten years. Ive always been puzzled as to how they were able to live there as mother was single parent throughout, no father named on any childrens births, mother gives ‘own means or no occupation’ on all documents and they also change there name at one point. Something is amiss I feel? But anyway, my query relates to a covenant that appears in the sale of the property when my family sell it in 1904. It says ‘ the purchaser will not carry on upon the premises the trade of beer seller, innkeeper or retailer of wines and spirits’. Would this be a normal covenant for that time period or does this suggest that the premises had been used for the sale of alcohol previously?
    Any ideas and thoughts welcome
    Many thanks Nicki

    • fhhs says:

      With regard to the covenant about beer wines and spirits this is quite common in Victorian deeds, we have had the same in an East London property and in other towns in England. It probably relates to the general crackdown on boozing at that time.

  214. Justyna Klak says:

    Looking for any history regarding current Abingdon Road number 3, previous Newland Road, Kensington, W8

  215. Andi Barnes says:


    Looking for any information and/or pictures of Alfred and Elizabeth Jones (also had a son called Alfred) who lived at Greyhound Road Fulham. I believe their Pawnbrokers business was at the same address.

    This would have live here between 1890 – 1920’s. Elizabeth dying in 1927 husband and son dying some 10 years earlier.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  216. MIKE DENNY says:

    I wonder if any of your members can help, on the marriage certificate for William Ernest Brockway (1913 in Fulham) he resides at Rowton House, Hammersmith and he gives his occupation as an interpreter. Whilst I know Rowton house was at this time a workhouse I presume William was working (and living) there. does anyone have any further information.

  217. Elizabeth Belringer says:

    Looking for relatives of Martin family who lived at various times(census) at 16, 23 and 31 Sandilands rd, Fulham.

    • Elizabeth Belringer says:

      Re above entry – Leonard and Ivy Turner living Gunerstone rd on 1929 register, Ivy Elizabeth (born 1909) maiden name Martin,Any idea how to find out if they had children and when married?

  218. Shereen Charleymand says:

    Does anyone remember the off licence in Overstone Road Hammermiyh London W6?

  219. Miss Adele Butler says:

    My ancestors (Boosey) are shown in the 1861 Census as living at No. 11 Back (sic) Gardens (Shepherds Bush) in the district of St Paul’s Hammersmith. I can’t trace this place and in the vicinity are Alfred Row, Wellington Place, Frog Island and a coal wharf as well as the Mail Coach (I presume not the one at 28 Uxbridge Road which was built in 1932). I wonder if these places are off the old Hammersmith Creek now under Furnival Gardens. But this was said to go north as far as King Street whereas Shepherd’s Bush is further north(?). I can’t find any detailed maps of this area. My ancestor was William Boosey, a BRICK LABOURER, and I note a few brickfields on the maps I do have. (The Booseys came up from the Medway where they worked in brick, cement, mud, etc.). I was actually born in Hammersmith Hospital and spent my childhood in Harlesden so we stayed in the same area.

  220. lvr70 says:

    Do anyone remember a shop called the Merchant Chandler, on New King’s Road, near Parsons Green? About early 1970s. It was a hardware shop. I remember it put buckets and baskets in the pavement. Any pics? Thank You.

  221. Eunice kelly previously holland says:

    Hi, my parents owned s. Holland and sons greengrocers on greyhound road and my grandparents before that, name of divine and I wondered if you had any information or photos that could help my research.

  222. Kevin Pugh says:

    Hi, I have recently been talking to my mother about her early days in Hammersmith, she has been telling me how she was evacuated during WW2 to somewhere in Hampshire. She went to Brackenbury Road school and I believe that the children were evacuated by school. I would like to find out more for her as a little walk down memory lane. Is there a national index that I could search?

    • Stephen Lally says:

      My father went to Brackenbury Road school but was older than your mother. He was born in 1916. I have written his biography. I have a photo of the school. If you’d like a copy send me your email as I don’t think I can put photos on this page.

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

        Stephen, just seen your note re Brackenbury . My mother was born in 1912 and went to that school. If you can email me a copy photo of the school that would be great. I have been trying to see if the school logbooks and attendence registers for the period 1917-1927 were known to be about somewhere and also leaving certificates.

      • fhhs says:

        Have put both parties in touch

      • National archive has records of Brackenbury school. Check website.

    • Finding records from the Second World War is complicated because no central government files were kept (no official records were created during the First World War as evacuations were arranged individually by families).

      Evacuation plans had been prepared well before the outbreak of the Second World War, and an evacuation policy was soon established by the government. Small scale evacuations of women and children took place at the height of the Munich Crisis in September 1938, but the major evacuation began in September 1939.

      The government had planned to evacuate about 3,500,000 people but in fact only 1,500,000 made use of the official scheme. Almost all had been evacuated to the reception areas by the evening of 3 September, a few hours after the official declaration of war.

      It may help you with your research if you can find out:

      the name of the evacuee’s school
      where they were evacuated from and to (see the Appendix at the foot of this guide for a list of evacuation areas)
      when they were evacuated
      Online records

      Search the 1939 Register for England and Wales at (£) for evacuees and their helpers – search for ‘evacuee’ in the Occupation field. The mass evacuation of children and other vulnerable people took place in early September 1939, before National Registration on 29 September that year. As a result, many evacuees appear in the register.

      Individual records will only be open if the person is now deceased, but if the evacuee is still alive they can request a transcript of their own record. See our research guide on the 1939 Register for more information.

      There are no lists or registers of evacuees available online.

      This is from the National archives website.

    • Jackie says:

      My mother was evacuated first to Newbury in Hampshire, before being transferred to Pntypridd in Wales. She and her sister were both evacuated to Newbury, but only my mother was evacuated to Wales, presumably leaving her sister behind at the house in Newbury. They lived in Western Avenue, not far from White City so they would not have gone to Brackenbury Road school.

  223. John Turner says:

    John Turner says:
    14 August, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    Hello there,
    Many thanks for your help in researching the lady who died at parsons Green Station I will do as you suggest regarding access to the newspaper articles.

    I’m trying to find out why she was travelling from her home in Newport, Monmouthshire, with her 12 year old daughter when this happened.

    I’ve found that her dead husband’s brother, Jabez Wallis, was a metropolitan police constable living in St Marylebone (from 1911 census age 37), I can’t be sure of his full address.

    The police records shows he left the police force age 46,.
    “Jabez Wallis, warrant number 80242. Joined on 11 Feb 1895, and left on 8 March 1920. Last posted to T Division as a PC”.

    Can you suggest any way of finding out what happened to him after leaving the police force and the tragic event of his sister in law dying at Parsons Green Station?

    He died in 1941 in Tonbridge, Kent aged 67.

    Again thank you, your help is very much appreciated.

  224. Louise says:

    I’m trying trace my great grandparents, john henry Smith married to katie smith, children lillian and charles. Last known address 7 Dalling road in the 1911 cencus. Lillian later married into the Hand family, I cant find anything about her.

    • Julia says:

      was it No 7 Darlan Road Fulham. One side of this road was demolished between 1950’s? to build Lancaster Court. My Nan DaisyTyson neé Harnetty lived on this side and was move into a flat in Darlan Road.

      • Debbie Rayner says:

        Hi Julie. I am tracing my Family Tree for the Harnetty family maybe we could share notes.

        Debbie Rayner Western Australia

  225. I am looking for help with a place name rather than a specific person. The wife of my 2nd great-uncle is listed as enrolling in Saunders Road School in 1885. Not transcribed in the Ancestry record but found in the image of the handwritten register her and her sister’s home address was Henry Place, Hammersmith. shows that Henry Place was renamed Boxmoor Street before 1912.
    All searches for Boxmoor Street, Hammersmith fail to find any records of the place.

  226. Ronald A. Newland says:

    A single index reference (via for Agnes Newland in the 1881 England & Wales Census: Fulham, London, Middlesex, England, lists her age as 2 years, with the Residence Note: Coomer Rd. Her relationship to the head of household is daughter, but no parent is listed! Do you know what facilities were located on this road at that time that would be housing/caring for a child?
    Thank you. -Ron Newland

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ron

      1881 Census
      Agnes Kate Newland born 1878 Fulham living with parents Charles and Kate and sister Elizabeth.
      Need to use Ancestry either by subscription or use at library.
      Agnes is also found in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses.

  227. Chris R Watson says:

    Can you tell me the name of the family who lived at 5 Southcombe Street, Fulham in 1912 please?

    • Mark Foulsham says:

      Chris, I believe Southcombe Street may have been known as Devonshire Street at the time of the 1911 Census and at that time, living at number 5 were three families – Stevens, Watson and Rollings.

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Chris, I imagine you’re interested in the Watson family members and they were John, his wife Joana , 2 daughters – Winifred and Ellen and a son – David.

  228. Daniel Thornton says:

    I’m interested in speaking to an expert in the history of White City. Is anyone able to help me with this?


    Daniel Thornton

  229. Ted Kwalwasser says:

    I am intetested on information pertaining to a business which produced copper engraving plates which were manufactured by Hughes at 8 Peterborough Ct. Fleet Street London. I am in possession of an engraved currency plate with 4 individual denominations that were engraved for the Lewiston Bank of Pennsylvania USA. The reverse side of the plate is stamped with the Hughes name and address. I have backtracked the production date of the blank plate from between 1825-1838 as it appears that is when the Richard Hughes entity resided at the 8 Peterborough Ct. Fleet St. address in London. Thanks for any information you might be able to provide about this entity.

  230. Surate gill says:

    My MD order of the building number 63 67 and 65 I would like to have information About the right of way from the time the building was the building was built if there’s any information about regarding this and other issues on this rebuilding please let me know thank you very much for your information

    • fhhs says:

      I am sorry but you haven’t given enough information for anyone to understand your question. However if it concerns rights of way, even historic, you should write to LBHF or ring their planning department on 020 8753 1081

      Good luck.

  231. Elizabeth Belringer says:

    Am looking for info on Ivy Elizabeth Martin, born 1909 in Bristol to Albert Edward Martin and Ellen Abbott Martin. He was in the Royal Navy and his parents lived in Fulham.His father was Phillip Martin, a commissionaire.Albert served in both wars, service number 223669 and received a DSM.The family lived at 23 and 31 Sandilands rd at different times,Ivy was in Bristol in 1911 census then ? what happened as my grandmother went on to live in Wales and had first of another 7 children.No one knows any thing about Ivy.Did find prison entry for her in 1932 ,Holloway for 6/12 for larceny.Also mentioned in Western daily press in 1928.Her address was stated as 16 Sandilands rd, Fulham – same rd as her fathers parents.It has been suggested that on 1939 register she was living as Ivy Turner in Gunerstone rd Fulham with Leonard Turner and working as a waitress.. Any help gratefully received so we can solve this family mystery.

    • Elizabeth Belringer says:

      Still hoping for some help in pointing me in the right direction.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Elizabeth

      Is your grandmother Ivy Elizabeth Martin?

      Ivy Elizabeth Martin
      Born 1910 Jan-Feb-Mar Bristol
      Do you know Ivy’s birthday, do you have her birth certificate?
      Western Daily Press 1928 what is the story, Ivy would be 18
      Holloway Prison 1932
      Marriage? Do you have certificate?
      Death? Do you have certificate?

      Ivy Children
      Do you have full names, birth dates, birth places, father’s name(s) there may be baptisms with more information, do you have their birth certificates, what is the information on the birth certificates?
      When did Ivy’s parents and grandparents die, there are several possibilities in the Fulham and Bristol areas, you would need to order the certificates to know if they are correct certificates as ‘best guesses’, did they die when Ivy was quite young and she either went into a children’s home or they died when she was a young woman?
      Where are children in the 1939 national register?

      Ivy Parents
      Albert Edward Martin and Ellen Abbot Payne marry in 1909 Bristol
      Albert Edward Martin, found in 1911 census on boat Sapphire in Devon as seaman, looks like died Bristol 1945, can you use Albert’s maritime records to see if he was posted to Wales?
      Ellen/Nellie Martin, found in 1911 census in Bristol as Nellie with Ivy, Nellie being the Irish nickname for Ellen, when did Ellen/Nellie die?

      Ivy Paternal Grandparents
      Phillip Martin, commissionaire, looks like died 1930 Fulham
      Elizabeth Martin, looks like died 1935 Fulham
      Living in Fulham 1911

      Ivy Maternal Grandparents
      James John Payne, seaman, death date unknown but wife is a widow by 1901
      Emily Mary Payne, 1901 census Emily is a widow living in Bristol, looks like died in 1905 Bristol

      Ivy Elizabeth Turner in the 1939 national register was born 13 December 1909 so may not be her, do you know Ivy’s birthday? Could be using a false birthday or mistakes were made with birthdays.
      Where are her children? Can you find her children in the 1939 national register?

      As not limited just to Fulham, the WDYTYA forum could also help

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Hello Elizabeth

        On reflection, there are 42 days to register a birth, so Ivy Elizabeth Turner could be her.

        Do you know anymore about Leonard H Turner?

      • Elizabeth Belringer says:

        Thank you so much.
        Ivy is not my grandmother, that is Ellen Abbott Hopkins(Payne then Martin). Ivy would have been a half aunt. Ivy was born on 13/12/1909 in Bristol, I have the birth certificate.After 1911 census can find nothing connecting her to my Grandmother Nellie(Ellen).I would like to know what happened to her after that,Nellie went to live in Maesteg,S.Wales with my Grandfather Thomas Hopkins and they had the 1st of 7 children in 1916. My mother was the youngest born in 1931..Nellie eventually married my grandfather in 1946 in Bristol (they were living in Wales at the time) He died in 1948.Everyone assumed that they were married in about 1915.It wasn’t until I started researching the family tree that this secret came out Nobody knew about Ivy or the previous marriage.
        I have no marriage or death cert for Albert or Ivy and don’t know dates of either.Western Daily Press in1928 said that the arresting policeman had known Ivy since she was a child and would come to a bad end.She was in Fulham at the time. I have no knowledge of any children Her parents were Albert Edward Martin,26/1/1886 and Ellen Abbott Payne 2/6/1886. I have copy of cert..
        On 1939 register Ivy Elizabeth Turner has correct DOB -13/12/09. Can’t find any trace of marriage though..Where did you find Albert’s death?
        As you suggested I will contact website.Would really lke to know if she had any children and what happened to her after 1911 as I can’t imagine my grandmother abandoning her child


  232. John Turner says:

    Help please.
    I am trying to find if there is any surviving information in local newspapers about the inquest into the death on a train, from Newport in Wales to London, of my wife’s grandmother. We have the following on the death certificate:

    Inquest for: Ellen Mary Wallis
    Age at death: 54
    Date of inquest: 23 August 1926
    Date of death: 19 August 1926
    Place of death: Parsons Green Railway station
    Living at time of death: 39, Capel Street, Newport, Monmouthshire
    Informant: Dr. W B Purchase, Deputy Coroner for London, inquest held 23 August 1926

    Any help would be appreciated
    John Turner

    • West London Observer for the 27th of August 1926 has a brief account of the incident saying that the lady who was married to a diver was helped off the train at Parsons Green but died before help could be given

      • John Turner says:

        Brilliant! Thank you so much.
        Is there any way I can get a copy of this?
        thank you

      • This article and there may be more items,like a death notice etc In other local newspapers, I have not checked further . They will be available online to print off from the British library newspaper archives . it is worth purchasing a one month subscription to be able to print off and download the item and seeing what else you can find yourself. An unlimited one months sub only costs £12.95.It’s amazing what you can find. Try a simple search before subscribing I think you will be able to

      • John Turner says:

        Hello there,
        Many thanks for your help in researching the lady who died at parsons Green Station I will do as you suggest regarding access to the newspaper articles.

        I’m trying to find out why she was travelling from her home in Newport, Monmouthshire, with her 12 year old daughter when this happened.

        I’ve found that her dead husband’s brother, Jabez Wallis, was a metropolitan police constable living in St Marylebone (from 1911 census age 37), I can’t be sure of his full address.

        The police records shows he left the police force age 46,.
        “Jabez Wallis, warrant number 80242. Joined on 11 Feb 1895, and left on 8 March 1920. Last posted to T Division as a PC”.

        Can you suggest any way of finding out what happened to him after leaving the police force and the tragic event of his sister in law dying at Parsons Green Station?

        He died in 1941 in Tonbridge, Kent aged 67.

        Again thank you, your help is very much appreciated.

  233. Pamela Hurley says:

    In the 1911 Census my great grandfather William Masson was a Landscape Gardener living in Parsons Green Lane Fulham with his family. He was born in Anchterliss, Aberdeenshire in 1855. I hope that you may have a record of where he worked, presumably locally and any other information about him. I live in Melbourne Australia and would be very grateful for your help

    • fhhs says:

      We have no records but the following may help.
      Free BMD shows that a William Masson of the right age died in Wandsworth in 1938. This is the next borough south of the Thames. BMD gives the quarter of the year so you could look further in Ancestry to get a date.
      If you get a date of death you could search local newspapers online for an obituary.
      The next port of call would be an email to our local archives on the offchance there is a record of landscape gardners in Kellys Directory for the prewar period.
      Good luck

    • We have an early gardener in James Lee, who had the Vineyard Nursery in Hammersmith; he died in 1795, but West London Nursery Gardens says that he had a friend in Francis Masson, the first collector sent out by Kew. a portrait of Lee by George Garrard and also Masson were owned by the Lee famiily. the second James Lee was 41 when his father died, and he wrote a letter to Sir James Edward Smith recalling the death of Francis Masson in Canada sent here again by Kew to collect plants, having spent some 25 years in a hot climate for them for a pittance. Masson also gave Lee contacts in South Africa. Could this person have been an earlier relative of yours?

  234. Chris Hardy says:

    Hi, I have been researching some family history for a friend of mine. His only history of his father in WW2 was that he was in the Auxiliary Fire service.
    I have seen the 1939 England and Wales Register on Ancestry that show “Lane, Stanley W.” working as a clerk and listed with 25 other men at Townmead School. All in the AFS. Would they all be living there ? of is it just their “work” address. Also in the end column it has A.F.S.B.302. do you know what that means. Do you know what they refer to, and are there any accessible records of AFC members?
    I would be interested to know anything about the Townmear Road School AFC or concerning Mr Lane in WW2.
    Than you
    Chris Hardy

    • fhhs says:

      I believe tha local Archives may have some records but how much detail I am unsure.
      Please email . Perhaps some of our followers have relatives who were in the unit and may know more.

      Good luck

    • John Meadows says:

      Hi Chris, Your Townmead Road school was named Chelsea (Central) Secondary School when I attended it from 1957 to 1962. It had relocated from the original site in Chelsea near Lots Road power station. It may just be that it was used temporarily to house the WWII auxiliary fire service before the ‘new’ school took up residence? It was mainly a compilation of single storey buildings within a perimeter wall on the corner of Townmead Road and Bagleys Lane. It has now been demolished to make way for new residential development. Still remaining is part of the building I knew as the Dining Hall converted to Apartments. This is in Townmead Road itself.

  235. Darla Farmer says:

    Hello, searching for information about my great grandmother who I believe was at the Convent of the Good Shepherd in Hammersmith as recorded in the 1881 census.Name of Anne or Annie Moroney, b. 1864 or 1865 in Limerick. Age 17 in 1881 census. How might I find more information about this? How she was sent there, when she was able to leave, etc? Thank you. Darla Farmer

  236. Steve Berry says:

    I am researching the Irish photographer WD Hogan. I believe he moved to London and ran a photography business called London Daily Wedding Photo Service from Fulham Palace Road, London. Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated.

  237. Christine Callow says:

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone would know if there are any old pictures/photographs of Archer Buildings, which were in Havelock Road, Hammersmith. Havelock Road is now Irving Road and I believe the building known as Grosvenor Court now stands on the site of Archer Buildings. Many thank, Christine

    • fhhs says:

      I have forwarded this enquiry to LBHF archivist who will be in touch if they have anything useful.

      • james Marshall says:


        Not sure if you can help but my grandad and his brothers owned Simmons waste rubber yard on Chiswick high road, I was just wondering if you had any information on this, or could find out any about it. I know it’s not in Hammersmith but it’s not far and wasn’t sure if your team would know about it



  238. David Squire says:

    I am trying to locate Paradise Cottages, Hammersmith, almost certainly in Paradise Row, Hammersmith. Also Paradise Place. All in the 1870s. It is possible that there has been a series of name changes or redevelopment. Any help appreciated.

  239. Stephen Lally says:

    “ 20th Century Lives – Gladys and Len Lally, 1914 – 1998 ”

    After 6 years, with help from several FHHS members, I have finished the biography of my parents who were brought up in Hammersmith before the war; Carthew Road and St Peter’s Grove. I have had 30 copies printed and one is in the LBHF Archives should anybody want to have a look.
    The book describes their Hammersmith lives in some detail from their births in 1914 and 1916 until 1944 when my father was in the army and mother moved out to Eastcote. They went to school at Brackenbury Road, Wesken Central and St Peter’s. Their main churches were the South Street Mission and Albion Chapel. The book describes their home lives, leisure, holidays, careers and the war in Hammersmith.
    The book is in a large hardback format with 400 pages and over 300 illustrations. It describes the lives of two Hammersmith people for 30 years. From humble beginnings they went on to achieve great things. If you’re in Hammersmith Library or Archives, do ask to see it.

  240. Sarah says:

    Hello. I’m trying to trace records for Robert John Fryer, born July 28, 1947 to John
    Henry Fryer and Lily Rosemary Weston who lived at 26 Ifield Road, SW10. I believe he died in the Chelsea area in the 1960s but I can’t find a death record. I was told he was found dead outside Chelsea football ground. Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Sarah

      1947 birth registration comes up

      1966 marriage to Linda Kartrieber

      1966-69/up to 2005 death nothing, very odd, ask the cemetery office, ask the football ground, nothing in the papers

  241. Lynne Bustard says:

    I wonder if you could help me trace any information regarding my gt,gt aunt. Her name was Rebecca Bustard (born 1879). She also went by the name of Rissie. She married an Austrian man named Jean Muller.I believe he was a hairdresser. She moved between Paris,London and Glasgow.They were married at the registers office in Fulham on 19th Oct 1907 and their address at the time was 23 Raleigh Road. The witnesses on their wedding certificate were Llew. Prichard and A.G Tiley.
    She mentions in a Glasgow poor house document that she “worked as a sewing maid with Surollis or Surollio(?) in Good Street,London.” Do you know what this work place could be?
    I’d really appreciate any help with this.

    Thanks so much!

    Lynne Bustard.

  242. kay warren says:

    Hi Kim, Since i first posted that query I have found out quite a lot and traced a few relatives. My dad lived at 100 Rayleigh road, now Lakeside road until about 1930 when his mum an 3 siblings moved to Surrey leaving him behind in a home.I still haven’t found out why. Who was your grandfather?. There was George,James,Edward, Ernest, Arthur and 2 half brothers born in Surrey Peter and Walter.

  243. kay warre says:

    Hi Kim, Since i first posted that query I have found out quite a lot and traced a few relatives. My dad lived at 100 Rayleigh road, now Lakeside road until about 1930 when his mum an 3 siblings moved to Surrey leaving him behind in a home.I still haven’t found out why. Who was your grandfather?. There was George,James,Edward, Ernest, Arthur and 2 half brothers born in Surrey Peter and Walter.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Kay

      Are you able to find the children’s home where your father was placed to find out why he alone was left behind.

      • kay warren says:

        hello Lorraine, I have only checked with Barnardos so far and they have no records. The relatives I have found have no knowledge of this other than the fact thatpart of the family lived in Surrey and the others in Shepherds Bush.I shall look into the links sent. Thank you

  244. John Jay says:

    I am hoping someone may be able to help with some advice regarding the St James’ Diocesan Home, 484 Fulham Palace Road, Fulham SW6 ?

    I am researching a woman who was there in 1881 (from the census) but can find no other records. I note that there are no children listed on the census yet many of the women may have been pregnant as was the case with the person I am researching.
    I can find no record of a birth registration at the GRO or even a baptism. Where would any children have been born and or baptised?

    The person I am researching in later censuses has her birth place as Queen Charlottes Hospital (near Euston at the time) which seems quite a distance from the home. Is this likely to be the case?

    Many thanks
    John Jay

  245. Len Fuller says:

    Hi Dieppe Street was demolished in the 1950s
    It is a housing estate now in North End Rd W14

  246. Jennifer A Franklin says:

    I am still trying to find information about the following school shown on the 1841 census. 1841 • School, St. Peter’s Square.Hammersmith, Middlesex, England
    The school does not appear to have a name. it is headed by Maria and Susan ANDREWS, schoolmistresses and Maria CAPREN, governess. There are 11 pupils aged between 8 and 15 and two servants. My 3rd Great Aunt, Mary Ann Douglass aged 8 is there in 1841 census. What sort of school was it?

  247. Kay Arnold says:

    I believe evacuation of children during WWII was by school. I would like to know where Coverdale Road School and Godolphin & Latimer School were evacuated to. Are there any online records by name of evacuees?

  248. Amanda says:

    I am trying to find any information about my grandmother ‘Alice Rose Green’ (or Rose Alice Green), born February 1907 in Fulham.
    She married my grandfather William Butterfield, who was also from Fulham (unsure of the year).
    I would like to know who her parents (my great grandparents) were and where she was born and lived, if she had any siblings, as I cannot find any birth information and was told that she was born in Margravine Road, Fulham.. could it be the workhouse?

    Thank you so much in advance, this information will be much appreciated.

    Yours Sincerely

    • Amanda says:

      me again…Or she could have been born in February 1908?
      the information I have is very limited.
      Thanks again.

      • Brian Jeffreys says:

        My mother was born in the the workhouse infirmary but her mother was not in the workhouse just turned up heavily pregnant, the address was given as though it was a house no in the road. Apparently this is what happened rather then tell the registra your baby was born in the workhouse onfirmary..
        I have a copy of the infirmary log as to her arrival ,condition and leaving 2 weeks later.

      • Amanda says:

        Hello Brian,
        Thank you for your response and information.
        I wasn’t aware that the address of the workhouse infirmary was used in this way, very helpful.
        May I ask what the address states please?

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Amanda
      With so many possibilities for your grandmother but none of them fitting exactly to her name, you need to order her wedding certificate and death certificate to know who her parents are to then research the next generation back. Is the knowledge you know from family stories or from documentation?

      1903 BIRTH
      Name: William Butterfield
      Registration Year: 1903
      Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
      Registration district: Fulham
      Inferred County: London

      1908 BIRTH
      Name: Alice Rose Green
      Registration Year: 1908
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Brentford
      Inferred County: Middlesex

      1908 BIRTH
      Name: Lily Alice R Green
      Registration Year: 1908
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Lambeth
      Inferred County: London

      1908 BAPTISM
      Name: Lila Ruth May Alice Green
      Record Type: Baptism
      Birth Date: 7 Jun/Not her wrong birthday
      Baptism Date: 7 Jul 1908
      Baptism Place: St John, Worlds End, Kensington and Chelsea, England
      Father: Frederick William Green
      Mother: Hellen Green

      1908 BAPTISM
      Name: Kathleen Alice Green
      Baptism Age: 0
      Record Type: Baptism
      Birth Date: 14 Feb 1908/not her wrong birthday
      Baptism Date: 29 Mar 1908
      Baptism Place: St Matthew, West Kensington
      Father: Charles Francis Green
      Mother: Alice Green

      1908 BIRTH
      Name: Ella Alice Green
      Registration Year: 1908
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Fulham
      Inferred County: London

      1909 BAPTISM
      Name: Rose Violet Green
      Baptism Age: 0
      Record Type: Baptism
      Birth Date: 15 Jul 1909/not her wrong birthday
      Baptism Date: 28 Jul 1909
      Baptism Place: St Peter, Fulham
      Father: Alfred Edward Green
      Mother: Annie Green

      1911 CENSUS
      Father John is a green grocer
      Name: William Butterfield
      Age in 1911: 8
      Estimated birth year: abt 1903
      Relation to Head: Son
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: Hammersmith
      Civil Parish: Hammersmith
      County/Island: London
      Country: England
      Street address: 7 Orris Mews Beaton Road, Hammersmith
      Occupation: SCHOLAR
      Registration district: Fulham
      Sub-registration district: South Hammersmith
      Household Members:
      John A Butterfield 29
      Caroline Butterfield 27
      John Butterfield 10
      William Butterfield 8
      Caroline Butterfield 6

      1911 CENSUS
      Name: Alice Green
      Age in 1911: 4
      Estimated birth year: abt 1907
      Relation to Head: Child
      Birth Place: Hammersmith
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      County/Island: London
      Country: England
      Street address: 11 Hilmer Street, West Kensington
      Registration district: Fulham
      Household Members:
      William Green 65
      Hannah Green 22 daughter
      Alice Green 4 child / why?
      Catherine Green 0 granddaughter

      1928 MARRIAGE
      Order marriage certificate for her family
      Name: William Butterfield
      Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
      Registration district: Hammersmith
      Inferred County: London
      Spouse: Alice Rose Green

      Name: William Butterfield Senior
      Gender: Male
      Marital status: Married
      Birth Date: 22 Mar 1902
      Residence Year: 1939
      Residence Place: Hammersmith, London, England
      Occupation: Horse Driver (Coal )
      Inferred Spouse: Rose Butterfield 22 February 1908
      Inferred Children: John Butterfield

      1974 DEATH
      Name: William Butterfield
      Death Age: 71
      Birth Date: 5 Apr 1903
      Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
      Registration district: Hammersmith
      Inferred County: Greater London

      1975 DEATH
      Order death certificate for her family
      Name: Alice Rose Butterfield
      Death Age: 67
      Birth Date: 23 Feb 1908
      Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
      Registration district: Hammersmith
      Inferred County: Greater London

      • Amanda says:

        Hello Lorraine,
        Thank you so much for your response and information.
        The information I have is from distant family (so not confirmed) and some information from ancestry, but again, I cannot be sure until I order the certificates you stated.
        If you do find any further info, please do let me know.

  249. Carolyn Wragg says:

    I am trying to find out what sort of building existed at 180, Westway, Hammersmith in January 1967.
    I believe my grandfather, Richard Andrew Wragg died at this address and that it might have been a nursing home.
    Would you know what would be the best way to find out?
    I live in Australia so have to search online.
    Many thanks,
    Carolyn Wragg.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Carolyn

      The burial register might say more about the address

      I think you might have to ask Local Archives

      The 1965 London Electoral Register doesn’t have an 180 Westway but if a care home perhaps the residents weren’t able to vote, so weren’t registered, no other houses have lots of residents in case the houses had been re-numbered

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        It’s unrelated to this subject because I couldn’t find it anywhere on here but I had a notification that you’d replied to someone about not being able to find Grove Terrace. It was at the Northern End of the Grove House Estate at the West Ken. end of North End Road and would have been near where Edith Road is now.

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Thank you Caroline. So was Grove Terrace bombed out during the war or demolished in more modern times.

        Found Grove Terrace in the end on Charles Booth survey next to Lawn Terrace.

        Having problems too, sometimes can see replies, sometimes can’t.

    • John Hampshire says:

      Just looked up Kellys PO directory for 1967. 180 is a Hammersmith council carehome.
      John for FHHS

  250. Charlotte Scribens says:

    Hiya Im wondering can anyone help me? Im looking for a Theresa Adams (maiden name). From Fulham lived in Kenyon street.

  251. Pam Hausler says:

    Thank you for your help with this Laundry issue, I really appreciated it and will follow follow this up with the links that you have provided.
    My kind regards.

  252. lissiebeee says:

    I have found an article about my Grandfather, who was held on remand in 1916, at 16 years old, I can’t find record of this on national archive or ancestry, any chance anyone can point me in the right direction, his name was Herbert victor feathers, from Hammersmith

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:


      On Ancestry:

      1897 Baptism
      Grace Theodora Feathers
      Sister of Herbert

      1900 Birth
      Herbert Victor Feathers:

      1900 Baptism
      Herbert Victor Feathers
      Father Alfred Feathers
      Mother Sarah Ann Feathers

      1901 Census
      Bertie FETHERS living in Hammersmtih, Fulham with both parents and six siblings
      Father is a stone mason
      Daughter Ada works for a tobaccanist

      1904 Death
      Mother died

      1911 Census
      Living with sisters Lilian and Grace Feathers in 89 Uxbridge Road, Fulham, Hammersmith, father is working away in Staffordshire

      Herbert Victor Feathers
      Military Year: 1914-1920
      Rank: Private
      Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
      Regiment or Corps: Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment
      Regimental Number: L/19214
      Previous Units: 205316. 2/2nd Lond. R. Pte
      No medals, in a state of desertion
      You could ask the National Army Musuem what this means

      1916 West London Observer
      Youthful warehouse breakers

      1938 Death
      Father dies in Brentford

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      1918 PRISONER OF WAR
      First name(s) Herbert
      Last name Feathers
      Event date 25 Mar 1918
      Service number 247716
      Regiment Middlesex Regiment 2nd
      Country Great Britain
      Document details Prisoners of the First World War, the International Committee of the Red Cross
      Reference numbers PA 25186

      Prisoners Of The First World War Herbert Feathers PA 25186
      Think cousin of your Herbert as born in 1884
      Herbert Feathers, Everington Street, Hammersmith
      1901 census father Robert a grocer (has a brother Alfred, the father of your Herbert?), in 1871 census Robert and Alfred together

      • lissiebeee says:

        I know of Robert the grocer, but haven’t come across a Herbert 1884, so will keep looking. The article I came across and that’s referenced above says he was held on remand so was hoping there’d be a trace of him. He deserted in ww1, a short a teenager and changed his name illegally so it’s hard to pin down after the desertion. Thanks for you’re help.

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:


        My pleasure!

        Robert Feathers the grocer, son Herbert 1884
        Alfred Feathers, son Herbert Victor 1900

        I think Robert and Alfred are brothers, found a Robert and Alfred together in 1871, making both Herberts cousins – if Robert and Alfred are brothers, all living in the same area

        Herbert Victor’s WWI cards show ‘desertion’.

        Do you know what he called himself later on, where he lived, what his job was, marriage, children?

      • lissiebeee says:

        I just can’t find a Herbert 1884, did you find him
        On ancestry? The rest fits perfectly, he changed his name to (a super common name, thanks grandad) William Albert archer (still Everyone called him bert) he actually legged it up to Scotland and married, had 3/4 children I believe, then he left his wife for my grandmother, who was 30 years his junior! Margaret McDonald (maiden name wood) she was about 18, and from the Glasgow area, which is why it’s super hard to track him because as you’ll know Scotland lock up there documents for a long time

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:


        The Herbert Feathers in the prisoner of war camp is born 1894 and lives at Everington Street, where Robert Feathers lives – I can’t find Herbert Feathers born 1884 anywhere else either – unless this is your Herbert and has given an older birth date and Robert is family he has chosen to give, Herbert prisoner of war has a January birthday, your Herbert has a January birthday.

      • lissiebeee says:

        Between us we’ve cracked it, Albert feathers must have gone by the name Herbert feathers, it’s what my grandad also changed his middle name to from his first name Herbert, (so I guess it’s was the equivalent of James/Jim, William/billy) Albert birthday matches that of Herbert in the army record, and Alberts father was a grocer. I have a pretty sketchy family, using different names on legal docs lol. My grandad Herberts sisters were apparently on stage in the youth, dancing girls, but couldn’t find any info on that, was there a theatre that was in Hammersmith in the 1900’s?

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        That’s it well spotted, Albert is born in 1884 on 1911 census and ‘Herbert’ is born January 1884 in prisoner of war records, Albert’s birth is registered,Jan-Feb-Mar Quarter 1884. Our ancestors also changed their names on a regular basis only being able to prove by lots of cross-referencing!

        Our ancestors were theatrical also, Edward Leslie Court was living in Lillie Road Fulham in 1901 as a private secretary we think to the Empress Theatre as we later find him working as Chief Of Staff at the London Coliseum.

        Theatres In Hammersmith

        Theatrical Ancestor Research

        Theatres In Fulham

        Victoria & Albert Museum/Theatre Collection
        Contact them and ask if they have information on your theatrical relatives, they had information on our relatives

        British Newspaper Archive
        We found our theatrical relatives in various newspapers

        Grace Theodora Feathers born 1896, no dancing 1911
        Lilian May Feathers born 1893, no dancing 1911
        Elsie Alfreda Feathers born 1891 (named after father Alfred), no dancing 1911
        Frances Edith Feathers born 1889, no dancing 1911
        Florence May Feathers born 1888, no dancing 1911
        Ada Dora Feathers born 1886, no dancing in 1911
        Nothing in the newspapers but they could have been using middle names, pet names, stage names, found our ancestors using stage names

        We found our theatrical ancestors just by typing their names or with the word ‘theatre’.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      West London Observer 1916
      WEDNESDAY — Before Mr. de Grey. YOUTHFUL WAREHOUSE-BREAKERS, Charles Wm. Holloway, 15, cinema attendant, of 79, Willow Vale, Shepherd’s Hush, and Herbert Victor Feathers. 16, errand boy, of 33, Tabor Road, Hammersmith, were charged with being concerned in breaking into a warehouse at 135 The Arches Ravenscourt Park, between Saturday night, the 1st inst., and Sunday morning, the 2nd inst., and stealing a pair of field glasses, a cheque book, and a mackintosh, of the total value of £10, belonging to Mr. A. J. Payne, of A. and W. Payne, motor launch builders. Mr. Payne said the place was safely locked up on Saturday night, and on Sunday evening witness was called to the place, and found it had been broken into. The back door had been forced, and the office was in contusion, the rolltop desk having been broken open and the contents scattered about. The property mentioned in the charge was missing. Det-Sergt. Brown stated that Feathers, when arrested, said, ” We were both there,” and Holloway said, ” We sold the glasses for a shilling.” The witness added that other charges of housebreaking would be brought against the prisoners and his Worship accordingly ordered a remand.

      Herbert Victor Feathers case was heard by West London Police Court
      National Archives
      Administrative / biographical background:
      This court was originally opened in Kensington (1 Church Court) in approximately 1841. It was known as the Kensington Police Court and administered jointly with Wandsworth Police Court. It was moved to Brook Green Lane, Hammersmith in 1843 and became known as the Hammersmith Police Court. In 1859 it moved to the Junction of Vernon Street and Southcombe Street, West Kensington. In 1889 it was administratively separated from Wandsworth and became known as the West London Police Court
      Records held at London Metropolitan Archives

      HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs (informally “The Scrubs”) is a Category B men’s prison located in the Wormwood Scrubs area of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, in West London, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
      Write to the Governor to find out where the 1916 archives are stored, but you would need to look at the court case papers first to see if he was sent on remand to the ‘local’ prison HM Wormwood Scrubs

  253. Linda Newman says:

    Hi I am hoping u may be able to help in my research of my great grandfather Ralph Pearson. It is my belief from his marriage & death certificate that he was born in Hammersmith in 1849 to a John Pearson & Elizabeth Pearson nee Shelton. I cannot find any immigration records for him but he was married in Australia in 1884 & I have no information prior to that. He is a mystery & I would truly appreciate any help u could offer. In Australia he called his property “Nottingdale” & I think this may be significant. He died in Australia in 1920. Thank u so much Cheers Linda

  254. Liz Egginton says:

    I am trying to work out why a 16 year old girl, from a relatively well of Yorkshire family died at 35 Addison Gardens Fulham. Her name was Mary Ann Bertha Ickringill who died on 23 November 1891 of an ulcer of the stomach. Cause of death certified by F A Low MB. Do you have any information about this property and its use in 1891?
    Thanking you for your time and in hope of some answers.
    Liz Egginton

  255. Hello

    I am looking for any information from anybody who may have known or has connection with John Robert Harvey who ran an antiques company “London and County Antiques” with his partner Jack Tully from 299 Lillie Road Fulham SW6 in the early 1970’s (certainly until 1974).

    I would be enormously grateful for any help…

    Best Regards

    Neil Jones

  256. Hello

    I am looking for any information from anybody who may have known or has connection with John Robert Harvey who ran an antiques company “London and County Antiques” with his partner Jack Tully from 299 Lillie Road Fulham SW6 in the early 1970’s (certainly until 1974).

    I would be enormously grateful for any help…

    Best Regards

    Neil Jones

  257. Brian Ekins says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, I am researching information for one of my brother in laws to give to him on his 80th birthday, later this year, and am hoping you can help with three questions. I believe that my brother in laws Great, Great Grandfather, Edward Maishman {possibly baptised Isaac Edward Jermiah Maishman} married Ann Keilbach at Kensington in the last quarter of 1851. Others believe that they married on the 27th Oct 1851 at Hammersmith Baptist Chapel. I can find no record of the Baptist Chapel marriage and hope that you can help. My second question concerns Ann Keilbach, I believe that she was born to Nathaniel & Pepfepenny Keilbach in 1828/29. Others believe that her father was John Keilbach, they seem to have found this information on the marriage document Again, I can find no original document of an Ann Keilbach born 1828/29 to a father, John, nor can I find an original marriage document for Ann’s marriage to Edward at either Kensington or Hammersmith and again hope you can help. Lastly, Edward Maishman who at one time was a police officer at Millman Row and his wife Ann both appear to have died at exactly the same time and place, 1st quarter 1856 at Kensington. This is out of the ordinary and hopefully you can throw some light on this as well.
    Regards. B Ekins

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Brian

      This link details the family members of Edward Maishman

      1851 CENSUS
      Edward Maishman police constable, Millman Row Police Station

      1851 OLD BAILEY
      EDWARD MAISHMAN (policeman, V 111.) On 11th Feb., about twenty minutes to five o’clock, the prisoner was given in custody by his brother, for stealing a purse and six sovereigns, belonging to his uncle—be begged his brother not to give him in charge, but to let some one else give him in charge—I took him—he told me he had taken it, and it was a bad job, that he went to Chatham, and it was all taken from him at a house in the Brook, and it had never done him any good.

      1851 MARRIAGE
      Marries Ann Keilbach, Kensington
      Edward’s father is a bookmaker

      1852 BIRTH
      Son Edward Chelsea

      1852 OLD BAILEY
      EDWARD MAISHMAN (policeman, V 111). I know this shoe belonged to Jones—he was brought into the station on the Saturday previous to the bur-glary—I saw this button, and this patch on it—it hurt his heel, and it is cut down in this part—I am a shoemaker, and I took particular notice of it.
      Jones. It is not my shoe. Witness. I have not a shadow of a doubt of it

      1854 BIRTH
      Son Robert Kensington

      1855 DEATH
      Son Robert Chelsea

      1855 BIRTH
      Daughter Anne Maishman, Kensington

      1856 BAPTISM
      Daughter Anne Fulham

      1856 DEATH
      Daughter Ann Kensington

      Name: Edward Maishman
      Date of Trial: 21 Jan 1856
      Trial Year: 1856
      Location of Trial: Middlesex, England
      Sentence: Acquittal

      1856 DEATH
      You will need to order death certificate to find out more
      Name: Edward Maishman
      Registration Year: 1856
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Kensington
      Inferred County: London
      Volume: 1a
      Page: 82

      1861 CENSUS
      I believe mother Ann and son Edward are found under Marshman with Ann working as a dressmaker in Chelsea

      You would need to order the death certificates but as we know there were outbreaks of many diseases during Victorian times particularly in London

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Brian

      1800s BAPTISM
      Ann Keilbach, father John (from marriage certificate)
      May not have been baptised

      1851 CENSUS
      Census done on 30 March
      Edward is with other police officers

      1851 CENSUS
      Census done on 30 March
      Ann will be with or without her family, unable to find her or with father John

      1851 MARRIAGE
      Need to order marriage certificate, getting married 27 October at Hammersmith Baptist Church with father John Keilbach will be found within this document
      Name: Edward Maishman
      Registration Year: 1851
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: Kensington
      Inferred County: London
      Volume: 3
      Page: 427
      Records on Page:
      Ann Keilbach

      West Kensington straddles the border between the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea

      1856 BAPTISM
      Private baptism
      Name: Anne Maishman
      Gender: Female
      Spouse: Edward Isaac Jeremiah Maishman
      Child: Anne Maishman

      1856 DEATH
      Need to order death certificate
      Name: Edward Maishman
      Registration Year: 1856
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Kensington
      Inferred County: London
      Volume: 1a
      Page: 82

      The Potteries and the Bramley Road area and the Rise of the Housing Problem in North Kensington

      1856 DEATH
      Need to order death certificate, wife or daughter
      Name: Ann Maishman
      Registration Year: 1856
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Kensington
      Inferred County: London
      Volume: 1a
      Page: 84

      Otherwise Rootschat can help

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Brian

      Keep an eye on this thread, more experienced researchers may come up with something more and you can add information to the thread

      Keilbach & Maishman Family – Double Death

  258. veggiefree says:


    My name is Dan. I’m trying to find where my parents got married in Hammersmith in 1969. I have a photo of them entering the registry office ( i presume). However I cannot match this to buildings now.

    I wonder if you could offer any guidance. Has the registry office for marriages changed since 1969. Was it then at the town hall?

    The photo shows the edge of the building has thick white bands and then two thin white bands. If anyone is good at building spotting I’d love to hear from them.

    Many thanks for your time,

    • Please forward photograph file to, and will try to sort out venue.

      • veggiefree says:

        That’s great. Thanks i’ve sent over an email. Hope you get it. Do you know where the registry office was prior to it being in the current town hall in Hammersmith?

        Many thanks,

      • helen Whichelow says:

        Unless it has changed in recent years, it is currently opposite the side of the Town Hall. I think that before that it was in Hammersmith Road.

      • veggiefree says:

        Thanks for the message. Do you know whereabouts on Hammersmith Road it was. Did my email with pictures come through? Thanks, dan.

      • helen Whichelow says:

        As far as I remember, it was near Nazareth House and St Paul’s School. I’ll see if my sister remembers. No. I didn’t see the picture.

      • helen Whichelow says:

        My sister thinks I might be mistaken about Hammersmith Road. Please can you remind me of the approximate date? I wish I could see the picture.

      • helen Whichelow says:

        Back to my original thought that it was in Hammersmith Road!

        Extract from a novel Ghost Girl by Lesley Thomson…”Travelling towards the lights on Hammersmith Road, passing the site of the registry office – long gone – where her parents had married in 1966….”

  259. JOHN PECK says:

    I am trying to find the exact date and possi;le newspaper report of an Australian woman Beverley Dewhurst who drowned, aged 22, in the Thames in 1962 (probably July).
    Any in formation greatly appreciated

    • fhhs says:

      It might be best to enquire of the Australian High Commision to get a date, you could then search local papers at the relevant borough Archive or the British Library.

      • fhhs says:

        Further, I have just checked Free BMD see link which gives the following info:
        Deaths Sep 1962
        DEWHURST Beverley A. 22 Fulham Vol 5c page 409
        So this may give you a starting point for papers. The Sep date is actually the Quarter year so you will have to send for the certificate or sign up for Ancestry or Find My Past. The Hammersmith and Fulham Archive may be able to find more info – email is . Also just seen your email address is in Aus so physically looking at papers is not an option. Google Ancestry etc to get your local version.

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Hello FHHS

        My work is constantly disappearing, now not posting and not even saying for review, along with post I was replying to disappearing.
        Think software needs reviewing to make most of your fascinating site, like rootschat forum.

        Other times gets reviewed and can see, so inconsistent.

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Hello FHHS

        Not sure if this is the answer to some posts going through and others disappearing – is it because some users no longer belong to the forum? If this is so, makes sense, but annoying as you don’t know who is and who isn’t active when putting a post through? Shame also as the posts bring up amazing local history and family history

    • Vernon Burgess says:

      Extract from newspaper……We planned to marry. He added that Beverley left the fiat, at Avonmore-road. Fulham. last Saturday morning— to live somewhere else. The coroner’s verdict: Beverley killed herself. a Beverley Dewhurst …
      Published: Saturday 04 August 1962
      Newspaper: Daily Mirror
      County: London, England
      Type: Illustrated | Words: 262 | Page: 6 | Tags: none

  260. Joanne Peryer says:

    Can anyone help with information on possible links between the Hammersmith workhouse and the cotton mills in Bolton? I am currently researching an ancestor Rose Beard b 1868. Her family were in very straightened circumstances and she appears in the 1881 census in Rumworth Bolton as a cotton mill operative age 14 boarding with a number of other London born girls. There is an Industrial school at Rumworth (Lostock) but this was only for boys in the 1870s. Can anyone point me to some fruitful areas of research to find out how she might have found herself so far away from home?

    • This is from the website…see it for full account, but gives a possible indication of what could have happened
      Many parents were unwilling to allow their children to work in these new textile factories. To overcome this labour shortage factory owners had to find other ways of obtaining workers. One solution to the problem was to buy children from orphanages and workhouses. The children became known as pauper apprentices. This involved the children signing contracts that virtually made them the property of the factory owner.

      John Brown, the author of Robert Blincoe’s Memoir, explained how eighty children were taken from St. Pancras Workhouse: “In the summer of 1799 a rumour circulated that there was going to be an agreement between the church wardens and the overseers of St. Pancras Workhouse and the owner of a great cotton mill, near Nottingham. The children were told that when they arrived at the cotton mill, they would be transformed into ladies and gentlemen: that they would be fed on roast beef and plum pudding, be allowed to ride their masters’ horses, and have silver watches, and plenty of cash in their pockets. In August 1799, eighty boys and girls, who were seven years old, or were considered to be that age, became parish apprentices till they had acquired the age of twenty-one.

      • Joanne Peryer says:

        Hi historyaschurchfulham
        Thanks for this. My ancestor Rose was the middle child of 3. Her mother had died, followed by her father a year later leaving her 20 year old stepmother with 4 children under 12. The stepmother Sarah married the children’s uncle Frederick but they were very poor. Rose ended up in a cotton mill in Bolton so I’m wondering if anyone has any knowledge of the workhouse/guardian arrangements that might have led to her going. This would have been in the 1870s. I appreciate the “buying” of apprentices in the late C18th and early C19th but was this more organised in the 1870s? The family lived between Bradmore Park Rd and Southerton Rd. Does anyone know what jurisdiction they might have fallen within or what authorities might have been involved in sending a young girl away, and indeed what records there might be?
        Many Thanks

      • Mark Foulsham says:


        I don’t know whether this helps at all.

        I think Bradmore Park Road and Southerton Road, both W6, were still part of the Parish of Fulham until 1900 when Hammersmith got its first mayor.

        ) The 1881 Census show a Beard family (Frederick, Sarah, Alice and Florence) at 54, Southerton Road.

        2) A Rose Jane M Beard married a Robert McCartney in Bolton, Lancashire in 1889.

        3) The 1901 Census shows a Rosey McCartney (born Hammersmith) with a husband Robert McCartney and 5 children (Florence, Rosey, William, Lillian and George) at 21, Ballington Street, Toxteth Park, Lancashire.

        4) The 1911 Census shows them (minus Rosey junior) at the same address but Rose senior is shown by that name and not Rosey and her birthplace is showing as Willesden not Hammersmith but there must be a chance that Hammersmith and Willesden came under the same Parish back then.

      • Joanne Peryer says:

        Hi Mark
        Thanks for your help. I am aware of all their movements but I’m keen to find out if there’s any documentary stuff about how Rose,Rosey) came to be in Bolton. For example there is a record of her sister Florence being enrolled in school by Frederick. The older brother became a carpenter like his father and uncle. From the scraps we have I don’t sense they were an uncaring family- just too poor.
        If it’s Fulham parish, can anyone point me to the relevant poor law/Guardians records?
        Many thanks

      • With regards records check out
        London Metropolitan Archives on line catalogue.
        level of DescriptionCollectionDate1842-1931
        Extent24.4 linear metres
        Scope and Content
        Records of the Fulham Poor Law Union, 1842-1931; including minutes of meetings of the Boards of Guardians; minutes and reports of various Committees; financial accounts; staff records; correspondence with and orders from Government departments; general correspondence, particularly relating to the Belmont Institution; plans of Fulham Workhouse; contracts; orders of removal to and from other Unions; registers of lunatics; receiving officer’s report on lunatics; registers of Fulham Palace Road Workhouse and Saint Dunstan’s Road Infirmary; registers of apprentices; registers of children in various schools, institutions and children’s homes.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Joanne

      Rose Jane Mary Beard an operative at the cotton mills married in 1889 to Robert McCartney a mechanic at the cotton mills who then went onto work as a mechanic for the Tate Sugar Factory
      They were both residing at Lostock Junction when they married

      In the 1881 census Rose with the other London girls are living in Heatons Houses with a wife and her daughter – Lostock Junction Mills stood on a narrow stretch of land by Heaton Road

      Lostock Mills

      Lancashire Mill owners negotiated contracts with London Poor Law Guardians to supply cheap labour/apprentices

      Could have been an apprentice taken from London workhouse to work in Bolton

      Lostock Mills
      Lostock Junction Mills, Bolton, Wm Heaton & Sons Ltd circa 1910

      Lancashire Female Cotton Operatives

      Lostock Mills

      London Metropolitan Archives – possible London Poor Law Guardian contracts with Lancashire Mill owners

      Bolton Local Archives

      Lancashire County Archives

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Joanne

      The article on Pauper Apprenticeship explains about children being brought from London to the mills

      Click to access balh-the-local-historian-14-7.pdf


    Hello FHHS,

    I wonder if any of your members might be able to help with a query: I’m doing research for a short film about the Llandow Air Disaster of March 1950, in which an Avro Tudor 5 crashed on final approach to RAF Llandow in South Wales with the loss of 80 lives, including the flight engineer, John Alexander Berry, who used to live at 28 Richmond Way, Shepherd’s Bush with his parents. Although it is now a long time ago, I was hoping that there might be relatives or descendants still living in your area who might be prepared to give me more information about him.

    Kind regards,

    Anthony Hontoir
    Downwood Film Productions

  262. Lorraine Courtenay says:

    Hello FHHS

    I left two messages for Nicola Byrne yesterday

    The second shorter message is showing up

    The first longer message is not showing up – but had been approved. There was alot of research in that reply, what is happening with that post please

    • fhhs says:

      Sorry Lorraine I have been a little behind on moderating, catching up now sorry to all for the inconvenience. Thankyou for your comprehensive response.

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        No problem – thought it was a glitch with the software and to let you know as soon as possible to get the missing text back.

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Hello FHHS
        I see my replies are still in preview, please do you know when they will be moderated?
        Thank you

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Hi just getting a bit worried, is moderating just a little behind or software not working?
        Have seen some comments in preview needing to be moderated, some have been moderated, some data has disappeared does this happen when you are looking at?
        Thank you

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello FHHS

      Please can you let me know what is going on with my research

      Sometimes the post says is being moderated

      Sometimes the post goes straight through as moderated

      When I go back in:

      Sometimes posts are there to see as moderated or unmoderated

      Sometimes posts are not there to see moderated or unmoderated

      If I have replied several times to a post sometimes all the posts are there

      If I have replied several times to a post sometimes non of the posts are there

      If I have replied several times to a post sometimes only some of the posts are there

      I am now saving my work in Word and checking my research is still on the site, e.g. research for Ben with the Bevans family, two posts there last night and still there this morning

      People have helped me with my family history research on other sites, so helping people on this site is my payback, as well as finding interesting information for the area where our ancestors lived.

      Is there a problem with the software?

      If this is happening to me, is this happening to other users?

  263. claire Ayling says:

    My Great Aunt, Henriette Alexandrine Emilie Cooper was killed by enemy action in 1944 at her house at 68 Clifford Road, Hounslow. Does anyone have any information about this event?

    • VBurgess says:

      DOUBLE FUNERAL There was a double funeral at Heston on Wednesday—of Mrs. Henriette Alexandrine Emilie Cooper, of 68, Clifford Road, Hounslow, who was killed by enemy action in Southern England, and of Mrs. Irene Ethel Jelinska, of 41, North Hyde Lane …
      Published: Saturday 22 July 1944
      Newspaper: Middlesex Chronicle
      County: London, England
      Type: Article | Words: 426 | Page: 3 | Tags: non

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Claire
      Had this reply to which I have thanked the Archivist.

      Hounslow Libraries Local Collection includes a simple typescript list of wartime bombing incidents in the borough of Heston and Isleworth between 1940 and 1945. This provides the date and location of the bomb incident and a note of the extent of the property damage it caused, but does not record casualties. However, thanks to your transcribed report from Hounslow’s weekly newspaper; and to our extract copy of the Roll of Honour of Civilian War Dead (1939-45) for the borough of Heston and Isleworth (Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Commission), I can tell you that Henriette Alexandriene Emilie Cooper and Irene Ethel Jelinska, along with her baby daughter [Zofia Irena Jelinski born Blackpool, Lancashire, mother’s maiden name Lovell], died as a result of the Wilton Road V1 doodlebug/flying bomb incident of 12th July 1944 which damaged 900 homes over the area surrounding the bomb fall site.

      Clifford Road and Wilton Road together form an ‘L’, with Clifford Road at the bottom and Wilton Road forming the side arm, just to the north west of Hounslow Barracks, in Hounslow West. Number 68 Clifford Road is very close to the inside angle of the ‘L’.

      Our copy of the Register/Roll of Honour of Civilian War Dead for 1939-45 lists both Henriette Cooper and Irene Jelinska in its alphabetical sequence, giving them the same date and place of death. It looks as though Irene Jelinska was visiting, or was present at, the Cooper’s home at the time of the incident.

      The Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Roll of Honour is the only comprehensive listing of civilian fatalities of World War II. In recent years Councillor Sue Sampson and some residents of Isleworth set up a memorial to the civilian war dead of the parish of Isleworth on North Street Green – the site of another V1 flying bomb incident. A memorial book was published in connection with the new memorial stone. But this only covered the civilian dead of Isleworth, whilst Hounslow West is in the former parish of Heston.

      James Marshall; Local Studies & Archives Manager

      • claire ayling says:

        Dear Lorraine and James,Thank you so much for this. It really means a lot to me and will mean the world to my grandmother who is 97 and is still looking back on those times with many unanswered questions.Very best wishes,Claire

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        My pleasure!

        Hounslow Archives have provided further information, to which I have replied and thanked.

        Henriette Cooper has an entry in the Roll of Honour of Civilian War Dead as follows:

        Cooper, Henrietta Alexandriene Emilie, age 50; of 68 Clifford Road, Hounslow. Wife of Arthur Cecil Cooper. 12 July 1944, at 68 Clifford Road.

        Irene Jelinska is also recorded as having died at 68 Clifford Road on the same date, which would go some way to explaining the double funeral reported in the Chronicle.

        This bombing is mentioned in A. R. P. (Civil Defence) in The Borough of Heston & Isleworth 1938-1945 by F. W. Swanwick:

        The most serious flying bomb incident was at Wilton Road on the night of 12th July when 11 people were killed and 35 seriously injured. 7 houses were destroyed, 13 others damaged beyond repair and 1,000 others with varying damage of a lesser degree. 19 persons were trapped under debris and our Rescue parties worked for hours to get through the debris and rescued these people. A mobile First Aid Unit with Dr. Curran in charge set up on the spot and attended to many casualties. The Warden and Ambulance Services were also hard at work and help was given by men of the U. S. A. force as well as British Army units and the police. The W. V. S. set up an Enquiry Point and a Mobile Emergency Feeding Unit, which supplied refreshments to all in need. About 70 people were rendered homeless and they were accommodated at the nearest Rest Centre. District Warden R. T. Hamilton was the Incident Officer in charge, assisted by Deputy D. W. Sawyer.

        The date and location of the bombing is also confirmed by the Heston and Isleworth bomb damage register.

        Adam Grounds | Archives & Local Studies Assistant

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Claire

      Middlesex Chronicle

      DOUBLE FUNERAL There was a double funeral at Heston on Wednesday—of Mrs. Henriette Alexandrine Emilie Cooper, of 68, Clifford Road, Hounslow, who was killed by enemy action in Southern England, and of Mrs. Irene Ethel Jelinska, of 41, North Hyde Lane, Heston, who lost her life at the same time. Mrs. Jelinska’s husband, Flt.- Lieut. Z.’ Jelinska, of the Polish Air Force, and their baby daughter (Z. I. Jelinska), aged six months, were injured and taken to hospital. Baby Jelinska died on Wednesday. Before her marriage Mrs. Jelinska was a Civil servant, engaged at the Ministry of Health. She was 22 years of age. Mrs. Cooper, 50 •years of age, was the wife of Mr. A. C. Cooper, who in 1939, holding the position of Higher Clerical Officer, Offices of the Cabinet, Committee of Imperial Defence, Economic Advisory Council and Minister for Coordination of Defence, was awarded the M.B.E. in the King’s Birthday Honours. Mr. Cooper , was formerly assistant secretary and chairman of Hounslow West (Heath Ward) Ratepayers Association (Non- Political). The interment of Mrs. Cooper in Heston Churchyard was preceded by a service in Heston Parish Church, Rev. G. Graggs (Vicar) officiating. The organist (Mr. Donoygn Ryan) played ‘‘Ave Maria as the coffin rested in ‘the church and the mourners entered, and after the service the coffin was borne from the church to the strains of Chopin’s Funeral March. The mourners were Mr. A. C. Cooper (husband), Miss J. D. Cooper (daughter), Miss M. A. L. Porel Dagroad (sister), Mrs. A. Spencer (aunt) and Mrs. E. M. Reeves (cousin). Floral tributes were sent by: Husband and daughter: sister and cousin; father-in-law: aunt and cousin; Director and staff of the Central Statistical Office; Mr. and Mrs. Moore and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ashwell and Joyce; Neighbours in Clifford Road; Miss L. McAnearney; Mr. and Mrs. Brett. A Requiem Mass for Mrs. Jelinska was held in the Fathers’ Roman Catholic Church, Heston, and Father T. Tye officiated at the interment -in Heston Churchyard. The mourners were Mrs. E. M. Lovell (mother), Ordinary Seaman G. R. Lovell (brother), Mrs. S. Pritchard (cousin). Flt.-Lt. W. Potocki and Flying Officer S. Tronczinski (representatives of the Polish Air Force), and Mrs. N. Fraser (friend). Senders of floral tributes were: Husband: mother: Aunts Lily and Sis, and cousins Stella and Mabel: C.O. and pilots of a Polish Squadron; Arthur and Daphne Cooper. The arrangements for the double funeral were entrusted to T. H. Sanders and Sons Ltd., Staines Road. The funeral of Baby Jelinska, also at Heston, was on Friday.

      1944 BIRTH
      Name: Zofia I Jelinski
      Registration Date: Jan 1944
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Blackpool
      Inferred County: Lancashire
      Mother’s Maiden Name: Lovell
      Volume Number: 8e
      Page Number: 727

      1944 DEATH BABY
      Name: Zofia I Jelinska
      Death Age: 0
      Birth Date: abt 1944
      Registration Date: Jul 1944
      Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
      Registration district: Brentford
      Inferred County: Middlesex
      Volume: 3a
      Page: 185

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  264. Nikki says:

    Both my great grandparents are listed as dying on 22 June 1944 in barking road Canning Town.. does anyone know what happened that day? I know it was ww2 but cannot find information about that day Thursday 22 July e 1944

    William and Catherine Winslow