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

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

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

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2,301 Responses to Contact us

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Diaco says:


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

    Many thanks

  4. 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.


  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. ali says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Justyna Klak says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Elizabeth Belringer says:

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

  14. Shereen Charleymand says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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


  28. 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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



  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. Len Fuller says:

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

  42. 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?

  43. 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?

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. Charlotte Scribens says:

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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….”

  55. 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

  56. 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


    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

  58. 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?

  59. 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

      Did you get my previous similar post, having problems

  60. 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

  61. Len says:

    Its next to Chelsea football club 👍

  62. Len says:

    Its a hotel now Tania

  63. Janet Passman Gilbert says:

    Hi there Can anyone remember a little prep school called Heathfield House Preparatory School on the corner of Munster Road and Hestercombe Avenue in Fulham. The headmistress was Miss James and
    I was there from 1949 to 1955…anyone else there at that time? My name then was Janet Passman.

  64. Tania Edwards says:

    Please could you tell me anything about Stamford House, 428 Fulham Road? Does it still exist? Thank you.

  65. Gwen McCann says:

    I am trying to track down a copy of a transcript of Inscriptions made of gravestones in St Paul’s Church, I’m not quite sure of the date this work was done, sometime before the new extension was built. I have used the one in the LBHF archives dating from 1882. I am undertaking research into individuals buried in St Paul’s churchyard between 1828-1854 so any interesting information about Hammersmith at this time would be welcome. There doesn’t seem to have been a local paper at this time.

    • The Parish registers of St Paul Hammersmith from 1664 -1972 should be available at archives. They have been indexed upto 1837. yes the West London Observer only starts in 1855, so before that you may find some references in London wide publications e.g. Illustrated London news.

  66. inga nightingale says:

    I have ancestor’s photos, but no name or age. The photographers were H. Baker 263 Fulham Road, Brompton, and
    Gwyn Collier 223 Fulham Road S. W.
    I would be very grateful to find out how long these photographers were in the area. It would help with identification, perhaps.

  67. Joma Mason says:

    Does anyone know of a dairy in Goldhawk Road, near the tube station, that closed in the 1970s or 1980s and was replaced by an American-themed pizza restaurant?

  68. Bev Wright says:

    I am trying to find out the parents of my great grandfather, James Wilson Stanton born 1873. The 1881 census shows him in the Union Workhouse, Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire and his birthplace is given as Swavesey, Cambridgeshire. However, I cannot find a record of his birth there. One candidate for his mother s Rachael (Racheal on the census) Stanton born 1846 and she appears to have been an inmate of the Asylum of the Good Shepherd in Fulham in 1861 (too early for James, but could be a sibling). Do you have access to records of children born there? I would also be interested in any photos or drawings of the building. Thank you in advance,

    • On the right-hand side of the Fulham Road, which branches off from Queen Street opposite the parish church, stands a large group of brick buildings, designed by Pugin, and known as the Convent of the Good Shepherd and the Asylum for Penitent Women. The site was formerly occupied by Beauchamp Lodge. This charity was commenced in 1841 by some ladies of the Order of the Good Shepherd, who came from Angers, in France, to carry on the work of the reformation of female penitents under the auspices of Dr. Griffiths, then “Vicar-Apostolic of the London District.
      A thesis has been written in 1985 and this link is to the first 5 chapters; the rest together with resources would be available from Brunel UnivCleanliness and Godliness: A sociological study of the Good …

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hi Bev

      1846 BIRTH
      Is Rachel the mother of James Wilson Stanton (please confirm?)
      Name: Rachel Stanton
      Registration Year: 1846
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: Chesterton
      Inferred County: Cambridgeshire
      Volume: 14
      Page: 55

      1861 CENSUS
      Asylum Of The Good Shepherd in Fulham for fallen women, Rachel would be 15 by now
      Rachael Stanton, born 1846, (born Cambridgeshire please confirm?)

      1881 CENSUS
      Name: James Stanton
      Age: 8
      Estimated birth year: abt 1873
      Relationship to Head: Inmate
      Where born: Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
      Civil Parish: Hemingford Grey
      County/Island: Huntingdonshire
      Street address: Union Work House
      Occupation: Scholar
      Registration district: St Ives

      1894 MARRIAGE
      Is James illegitimate, orphaned or abandoned very young as he doesn’t know his father. If James is illegitimate then Wilson could be James’s father’s middle name. If Rachel is James’ mother did she return from Fulham to Cambridgeshire after her ‘punishment’ in the asylum for fallen women, only to become pregnant later in 1873 outside of marriage with James?
      Name: James Wilson Stanton
      Age: 20
      Event Type: Marriage
      Birth Year: abt 1874
      Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1894
      Marriage Place: Kettering, St Peter and St Paul, Northamptonshire, England
      Spouse: Minnie Beatrice Fleming

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      1846 BIRTH
      Is Rachel the mother of James Wilson Stanton (please confirm?)
      Name: Rachel Stanton
      Registration Year: 1846
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: Chesterton
      Inferred County: Cambridgeshire
      Volume: 14
      Page: 55

      1861 CENSUS
      Asylum Of The Good Shepherd in Fulham for fallen women, Rachel would be 15 by now
      Rachael Stanton, born 1846, born Cambridgeshire (please confirm?)

      1881 CENSUS
      Name: James Stanton
      Age: 8
      Estimated birth year: abt 1873
      Relationship to Head: Inmate
      Where born: Swavesey, Cambridgeshire
      Civil Parish: Hemingford Grey
      County/Island: Huntingdonshire
      Street address: Union Work House
      Occupation: Scholar
      Registration district: St Ives

      1894 MARRIAGE

      Is James illegitimate, orphaned or abandoned very young as he doesn’t know his father. If James is illegitimate then Wilson could be James’s father’s middle name. If Rachel is James’ mother did she return from Fulham to Cambridgeshire after her ‘punishment’ in the asylum for fallen women, only to become pregnant later in 1873 outside of marriage with James?
      Name: James Wilson Stanton
      Age: 20
      Event Type: Marriage
      Birth Year: abt 1874
      Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1894
      Marriage Place: Kettering, St Peter and St Paul, Northamptonshire, England
      Spouse: Minie Beatrice Fleming

  69. Charlotte Scribens says:

    Hello my Dad Jim Scribens recently passed away and I’m trying to retrace his footsteps . He grew up in the worlds end Chelsea. He worked in Barbers North end road and lived in Empirus Road for a while. Later he lived in Kenyon Street off Fulham palace road with a women called Teresa Adams. He was also a green grocer by trade he worked in the Clive the veg shop. Does anybody remember my Dad? I would love to find out more. Thanks Charlotte

  70. Ben says:

    Hello. I’m after some help with family research if anyone can help. My Great Grandfather grew up at Parsons Green between 1850-1865 (approx), and lived alongside ‘Bevans Inn’ and apparently directly opposite the green. He was raised by his aunt who was a widow (surname Wright – maiden name de Courcy). Does anyone know where ‘Bevans Inn’ may have been? or which schools were in the direct area in 1855-1865? After two decades of extensive searching through census, birth, marriage and death records etc. we’ve never been able to find any record of him, his aunt, his parents or any member of my family. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ben

      I’ve found the inn!


      1861 CENSUS
      Place: Dukes Head, Pitt Place
      Name: John J Bevan
      Estimated birth year: 1827
      Father: John Jacob Bevan born 1799, died 1847
      Mother: Ann Bristow Bevan, born 1799, died 1835
      Spouse’s name: Mary Bevan married 1849 Whitechapel, maiden name Lagerbury
      Where born: Whitechapel, Middlesex, England
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      Ecclesiastical parish: All Saints
      County/Island: Middlesex
      Registration district: Kensington
      Sub-registration district: Fulham

      1871 CENSUS
      Place: Dukes Head, Pitts Place
      Name: John Jacob Bevan
      Estimated birth year: abt 1829
      Where Born: Stepney
      Spouse: Mary Bevan
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      Ecclesiastical parish: All Saints
      Registration district: Kensington
      Sub-registration district: Fulham

      Name: John Jacob Bevan
      Year: 1887
      County or Borough: Kensington and Chelsea
      Street address: The Dukes Head, Pitt Place

      Can you give your parents names, births
      Can you give your grandparents names, births
      To help going back to your great-grandfather

      What information have you found?

      1911 CENSUS
      1901 CENSUS
      1891 CENSUS
      1881 CENSUS
      1871 CENSUS
      1861 CENSUS
      1851 CENSUS
      1841 CENSUS

      What is the full name of your great-grandfather (and if known birth date, where born, marriage, children. occupation, death)

      What is the full name of his Aunt Wright, maiden name de Courcy (and if known birth date, where born, marriage, her husband’s name, children, occupation, death)

      Where have you got the information that your great-grandfather and his aunt lived at Parsons Green alongside Bevans Inn?
      Bevans Inn is The Duke’s Head.

      Sorry far too little information for any further help at the moment without fuller information.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ben

      I’ve found her!

      1831 BAPTISM
      Elizabeth Courcy, Norfolk, Rollesby
      Father Thomas
      Mother Eliza

      184#/185#/186# MARRIAGE
      Unable to find marriage to husband Mr Wright
      Could be a common law marriage

      1854 THE ERA
      Kensington 25 September
      Duke’s Head, Parson’s Green, Richard Robert Gains to John Jacob Bevans

      1861 CENSUS
      Name: Elizabeth E Wright (maiden name Courcy)
      Estimated birth year: 1831
      Relation: Widow
      Where born: Lynn, Norfolk, England
      Occupation: Proprietor Of House
      Address: 2 Pitt Place, next to Dukes Head at 1 Pitt Place
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      Ecclesiastical parish: All Saints
      County/Island: Middlesex
      Registration district: Kensington
      Sub-registration district: Fulham
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Elizabeth A Bell 18 Niece Milliner
      Eliza Fisher 20 Servant

      Strictly speaking, the name Pitt or Pitt’s Place, now numbered with the Pitt or Pitt’s houses in the New King’s Road, was applied to the terrace of old-fashioned Place houses — six in number — standing between Arragon House and Peterborough
      Road, namely Belgrave House (No. 6), Sefton House (No. 5), Cradley House (No. 4), Albyn House (No. 3), its nameless neighbour (No. 2), and the corner house, now the
      Duke’s Head (No. 1). Sometimes, however, Arragon House and Gosford Lodge were regarded as included under the designation.
      The six houses comprising Pitt Place are somewhat older than Arragon House, having been built about 1795. No. 1, Pitt Place, at the north-west corner of Peterborough Road, is now the “ Duke’s Head,” rebuilt in 1893. The original house did not face the
      Green, but stood a little way down Peterborough Lane, at the rear of the present house. The original house, which, for convenience sake, we will speak of here, was an old inn, known as the “ Pond Head Ale House,” from the fact that it faced the pond on Parson’s Green. The first we hear of it is in 1714, when Hicks Burroughs sold to Sir Robert Child certain property at Parson’s Green, including “ one cottage known by the sign of the ‘ Pond-
      head Alehouse,”’ then in the occupation of John Paine. On the death of Sir Robert the “ Pondhead Alehouse ” went to his brother, Samuel. The sign was changed to the “ Duke’s
      Head,” probably about 1802, when the “ Duke’s Head,” near the Laurel Bank House was pulled down. It was a riotous house, frequented chiefly by the gardeners from Rench’s and
      Fitch’s nursery. Early in this century a terrible fight occurred at this house, resulting in the deaths of four men. The transfer of the “ Duke’s Head ” from its old premises to its present position took
      place on the death of Dr. James Humphrey Keats, which occurred at No. 1, Pitt Place in 1861. Dr. Keats resided at Parson’s Green nearly all his life, the first appearance of his name in the
      Rate books being in 1819. Keats was a remarkable character. He used to visit his patients habited in a long, shabby, dark green frock coat with prominent brass buttons. There used to
      be a saying in Fulham, in reference to thread-bare clothes, that a person wore Dr. Keats’s livery. Despite his apparent poverty, he used to keep a pack of harriers, which might often have been seen on Parson’s Green, Eelbrook, Wimbledon Common. The houses in Pitt Place, Nos. 1 to 6, are now renumbered 235 to 245 (alternate numbers), New King’s Road.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ben

      I think this may be your missing great-grandfather. Can you let me know please, or if another nephew.

      If your great-grandfather, please thank the person in the Rootschat thread below, I have already on our behalf.

      1851 CENSUS
      Name Elizabeth Wright
      Estimated birth year: abt 1817
      Relation: Head
      Gender: Female
      Where born: Lynn, Norfolk, England
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      Ecclesiastical parish: All Saints
      County/Island: Middlesex
      Registration district: Kensington
      Sub-registration district: Fulham
      Household Members:
      William Hudson Bell 10 Nephew
      Elizabeth Fitzpatrick 26

      Rootschat Thread

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ben

      1841 CENSUS
      Samuel Wright husband of Elizabeth Wright – have a middle name of William to be Eliza Adams wedding witness or Samuel’s brother
      Name: Elizabeth Wright
      Estimated birth year: abt 1817
      Where born: Norfolk, England
      Civil Parish: Shelfanger
      Hundred: Diss
      County/Island: Norfolk
      Country: England
      Registration district: Guiltcross
      Sub-registration district: Banham
      Household Members: Name
      Samuel Wright 29
      Elizabeth Wright 24

      1850 DEATH
      Husband of Elizabeth Wright
      Name: Samuel Wright
      Registration Year: 1850
      Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
      Registration district: Erpingham
      Inferred County: Norfolk
      Volume: 13
      Page: 79

      1850 BURIAL
      Husband of Elizabeth Wright
      Name: Samuel Wright
      Death Age: 38
      Record Type: Burial
      Death Date: abt 1850
      Burial Date: 9 Apr 1850
      Burial Place: Glanford, Norfolk, England
      Parish as it Appears: Glandford

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ben
      Please discount Samuel Wright post – Samuel and Elizabeth alive and well together in 1871

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ben
      One of the nephews will be your great-grandfather

      1841 CENUS
      Bell family
      Elizabeth Wright’s nephew
      One of the nephews will be Ben’s great-grandfather
      Name: Thomas Bell
      Age: 30
      Estimated birth year: abt 1811
      Civil Parish: Hendon
      Hundred: Gore
      County/Island: Middlesex
      Registration district: Hendon
      Sub-registration district: Hendon
      Household Members: Name:
      Thomas Bell 30
      Eliza Bell 24
      William Bell 1

      1851 CENSUS
      Bell family
      Elizabeth Wright’s nieces and nephews
      One of the nephews will be Ben’s great-grandfather
      Name: Thomas Bell
      Age: 44
      Estimated birth year: abt 1807
      Spouse’s name: Eliza Bell
      Where born: Lynn Norfolk, England
      Civil Parish: Hendon
      County/Island: Middlesex
      Registration district: Hendon
      Household Members: Name
      Thomas Bell 44
      Eliza Bell 33
      Elizabeth Bell 9
      Thomas Bell 7
      George Bell 6
      Henry Bell 4
      Emily Bell 9 Mo

      1844 BAPTISM
      Named after Wright Godparent
      Name: George Wright Bell
      Gender: Male
      Record Type: Baptism
      Baptism Date: 15 Dec 1844
      Baptism Place: Hampstead St John, Camden, England
      Father: Thomas Hudson Bell
      Mother: Eliza Bell
      Register Type: Parish Registers

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hi Ben

      Please can you still send:-

      Mother and father details:

      Grandparents details:

      to go back to the Bell family – one of the nephews stayed with Widow Elizabeth Wright who lived next to the Dukes Head run by John Bevan or known as ‘Bevans Inn’. The nephew who stayed in the census might not be your great-grandfather, it could be one of the other nephews who stayed in between the censuses.

      Did your family call the pub ‘Bevans Inn’ or was that a local name for the pub?

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ben

      One more nephew born after his father’s death

      1851 DEATH
      Name: Thomas Bell
      Registration Year: 1851
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: Hendon
      Inferred County: Middlesex
      Volume: 3
      Page: 179

      1851 BURIAL
      Name: Thomas Bell
      Age: 44
      Record Type: Burial
      Birth Date: abt 1807
      Death Date: abt 1851
      Burial Date: 23 Oct 1851
      Burial Place: St Mary, Hendon, Barnet, England
      Register Type: Parish Register

      Elizabeth Wright Nephew
      Name: Frederick Alfred Bell
      Registration Year: 1852
      Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
      Registration district: Hendon
      Inferred County: Middlesex
      Volume: 3a
      Page: 83

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      These have been found on Rootschat
      Your missing family are found

      1841 CENSUS
      Name: William Wright
      Age: 30
      Estimated birth year: abt 1811
      Where born: Middlesex, England
      Civil Parish: St Pancras
      Hundred: Ossulstone (Holborn Division)
      County/Island: Middlesex
      Registration district: St Pancras
      Sub-registration district: Camden Town
      Household Members:
      Elizabeth Wright 28 born out of county
      Mary Bell 60 born out of county
      Elizabeth Reynolds 23

      1849 WILL
      William Wright, husband of Elizabeth Wright
      Will of William Wright, Gentleman of Fulham, Middlesex, 12 December 1849
      Will of William Wright of 2 Pitts Place Parsons Green Fulham, 1849

      1867 PROBATE
      Probate of Elizabeth Emma Wright of Parsons Green, 1867
      One of the executors is William Hudson Bell, Inspector of Police

      Will need to keep an eye on this thread and Rootschat thread, or post a comment on there

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hi Ben

  71. garethandjennyjones says:

    We would like to know which builder built our terrace of houses in Novello Street Parsons Green. Previously known as Crown street. could it have been Norris and Allen?

  72. Nicola Byrnes says:

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

  73. Chris Liston says:

    Good evening.
    My grandfather Charles David Henwood age 10 is resident at 156 Lillie Road Fulham in 1901.
    I believe this was an orphanage. His father died in 1900 and his mother went to America with her new husband, leaving her children behind.
    I was told this was a Spurgeon’s Home but they have no record of him.
    He always donated to Barnado’s so maybe it was a Barnardo’s home?
    Would you have any information, or point me in the right direction

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Chris

      Home for Orphan and Fatherless Boys setup by Evangalist Sydney Black and Matron, Mrs Stickland works for him as found in the 1901 census with your grandfather
      To one of such warm compassion and benevolent impulsiveness as Sydney Black, this story was overwhelming, and he there and then decided to devote himself to looking after the children of the poor, and well and nobly did he do so. A few rooms at the top of “Twynholm House” were set aside for this work, but the number who needed help and home were so numerous that it was found necessary to take a house to be used solely for the accommodation of the boys. For the purpose a place was secured at 156, Lillie Road, a few hundred yards away from “Twynholm,” and there for some years the Home was located until it proved to be too small.
      In all, about £1,400 was expended on the new Home, and in it this splendid work is still carried on, under the devoted care of the present Matron, Mrs. Stickland.

      He sent Dr. Barnardo, He sent Benjamin Waugh, the man of whose death we have heard today; and He sent Sydney Black; and I love to think of him as God’s messenger. It is a work which is most precious to men, as well as dear to God. What does it do? It saves the wreckage of society. It saves the wastage of that most precious treasure the world has – child life. There is no asset the nation possesses which is so real and intrinsically valuable as its child population; and here is a hand stretched out to save those who would otherwise be lost.

      Sydney Black Preacher & Social Reformer
      Any profit that may be derived from the sale of the book will be devoted to the work of the Twynholm Orphanage.
      Twynholm Baptist Church is a medium sized evangelical church in Fulham. It was originally built as a gin house but for some reason never got a license so was bought up and turned into an orphanage and then a church.
      He (Sydney Black) also founded the Twynholm Orphanages which were later merged with Spurgeon’s
      Sorry thought I was getting somewhere then come across the same as you – Spurgeons!

      Can only suggest to contact Spurgeons again showing that the orphanages merged and to also ask Fulham Local Archives for any information.

  74. Catherine Yee says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • Catherine Yee says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

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

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

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

      • Catherine Yee says:

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

  75. Jenny Dennis says:

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

    Jenny Dennis

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Jenny

      I think these people will be the ones to ask:
      Members of the Society of Friends (better known as Quakers) have been living and worshipping in Hammersmith since 1658 when Hammersmith and Chiswick were farming villages. The Quakers had begun spreading their form of Christianity in the North of England a few years earlier. George Fox, the Quakers’ founder, taught that all men and women possess an inward light that can lead them to the Truth. People seeking God, he said, can follow this inner prompting and do not need church ministers – a view highly unpopular with religious authorities and the state.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:
      Members of the Society of Friends (better known as Quakers) have been living and worshipping in Hammersmith since 1658 when Hammersmith and Chiswick were farming villages. The Quakers had begun spreading their form of Christianity in the North of England a few years earlier. George Fox, the Quakers’ founder, taught that all men and women possess an inward light that can lead them to the Truth. People seeking God, he said, can follow this inner prompting and do not need church ministers – a view highly unpopular with religious authorities and the state.

      Posts disappearing again

  76. S J Walker says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello S J Walker

      Why has probate taken two years and the estate went to the county treasurer and children’s officer

      I believe commercial artist Reginald Cyril Webb Heade was illegitimate, perhaps Reginald wanted his legacy to be left to vulnerable children

      1901 BIRTH
      Name: Reginald Cyril Webb
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: West Ham
      Mother’s Maiden Name: Webb
      Inferred County: Essex

      1911 CENSUS
      Name: Reginald Cyril Heade
      Age in 1911: 9
      Relation to Head: Grandson
      Birth Place: Forest Gate
      Civil Parish: West Ham
      County/Island: Essex
      Street address: 56 Leonard Road
      Sub-registration district: Forest Gate
      Household Members:
      Ann Webb Mother 64
      Florrie Webb Daughter 27
      Annie Mary Heade ‘Widowed’ Daughter 31
      Reginald Cyril Heade Grandson 9

      1917 BAPTISM
      Name: Reginald Cyril Webb Heade
      Birth Date: 21 Sep 1901
      Baptism Date: 31 Mar 1917
      Baptism Place: Forest Gate, St Saviour, Essex
      Father: James Heade traveller
      Mother: Annie Mary Heade
      There is no marriage for James and Annie
      Why wait to be baptised age 15

      Art Work
      Name: Reginald Cyril Heade
      Company: Petterson & Heade
      Residence Place: London
      Occupation: Commercial Artist

      Unable to find
      Using art skills for the war

      1957 DEATH
      Name: Reginald C W Heade
      Death Age: 54
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: Hammersmith

      1959 PROBATE
      Probate to Fred Williams county treasurer and Margaret Ethel Cullen children’s officer
      Name: Reginald Cyril Webb Heade
      Death Date: 14 Oct 1957
      Death Place: London
      Probate Date: 25 Mar 1959
      Probate Registry: London

      • Stephen Walker says:

        Hi Lorraine. Many, many thanks for the reply about Reginald Heade. Much of that information was already known to me, but some very significant details – including the identity of his father – were not. That is enormously useful.

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Hello Stephen


        There are lots of potential James Heade ‘fathers’ on Ancestry who you could contact, asking could your ancestor be the father, family rumour, these days to be sure a DNA test.

        Did Reginald or his mother Annie make-up the name James for the father on Reginald’s very late baptism age 15, father James is listed as a traveller, had the father not known he left behind a pregnant woman and had a son and on coming back to the area insisted on a baptism? Who knows?

  77. Pam Hausler says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

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

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

      • Pam Hausler says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • Pam Hausler says:

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

        This is wonderful information and thanks again.

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

    • Catherine says:

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

      • Pam Hausler says:

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

        Thank you again.

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

      • Catherine says:

        Glad to be of help. Catherine

  78. John Bridges says:

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

  79. Vanessa soley says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  80. says:

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

  81. Pam Hausler says:

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

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

      • Pam Hausler says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Pam

      Just out of interest Chinese sailors setup laundries in Fulham from as early as 1871, your ancestor could have worked at this laundry?

      1871 CENSUS
      Name: William Achong born 1824 China, Morvern laundry man
      Spouse’s name: Sarah Achong laundress
      Sister: Jamima Corke laundress
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      Street Address: 2 Maxwell Road

      Achong William laundry 36 Maxwell Road

      Achtong Wm 36 Maxwell Road Fulham SW

      Achong William laundry 36 Maxwell Road Fulham SW

      1881 CENSUS
      Name: William Achong born 1826
      Spouse: Sarah Achong laundress
      Daughter: Eleanor Achong work in laundry
      Where born: (B S), China
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      Street address: 36 Maxwell Rd

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Pam

      Didn’t realise laundries could be so interesting.…girls-r1136823



      Have read an interesting article previously (but now can’t find!!) about the health of laundry workers being affected by the constant wet and damp – but people were exposed to so many diseases being housed so closely together, with so many people in the same rooms.

      With regard to damp, bed linen every morning had to be thrown back to ‘air’ and then a metal bed pan used each evening to remove any accumulated damp which could cause serious illness overnight.

      Watching the Antiques Roadshow Victorian householders and those travelling to lodging houses/boarding houses would use a damp detector every night in their bed before going to sleep so they could make arrangements to remove excess damp.

      • Pam Hausler says:

        That is so interesting, who would have thought about that and I wonder what a dampness detector was?

  82. Vernon Tupper says:

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

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

      • Vernon Tupper says:

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

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

  84. Berris Spicer says:

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

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

  85. Cate says:

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

    Thanks, Cate

  86. John Butcher says:

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

  87. David Pullinger says:

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

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

  88. Susan Longstaff says:

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

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • reco1000 says:

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

  89. Cary Sumpter says:


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

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

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

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

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

    Many Thanks,

    Cary Sumpter

    • Lorraine Lebby says:

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

  90. Melina Brook says:

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

  91. Áine O'Tighearnaigh says:

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

  92. Graham Corio says:

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

  93. Ann Benson says:

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

    • James Kelso says:

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

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

  94. Angharad Dixon says:

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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

      • Vic Blake says:

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

    • Peter Trott says:

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

    • helen Whichelow says:

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

  95. Ian Wells says:

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

  96. Mike says:

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

    • Derek Sayers0 says:

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

  97. Julia Johnson says:

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

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

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

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  98. Miranda Owen says:

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

    • Len Fuller says:

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

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

      • Stephen Groves says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

  99. Sarah J Harris says:

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

    -Sarah Harris

  100. Mrs.Jill Morris says:

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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

  101. Tammie Farley says:

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

    I would be grateful for any information.
    Best wishes

  102. Jackie Loos says:

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

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

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

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

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

      Minutes of the LCM Committee (weekly meetings from 1835)

      Family history related e.g. Register of Missionaries

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

      Photos and scanned images

      Annotated bibliography

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

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

      • Jackie Loos says:

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

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

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

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

      • Jackie Loos says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Jackie

      Currently looking through the British Newspaper Archives

      There are several stories relating to Caleb Collins, will send over soon

      One story is extremely tragic in 1897

      • Jackie Loos says:

        RE: Caleb Collins of Fulham

        Thank you so much for your interest and help. I do know about the suicide of Caleb Collins’ sister in 1897, poor soul. There was another person of the same name who lived at the same time and was a parson in the established church. He was always referred to as Rev. Collins, unlike Caleb Collins the LMS missionary, who was a Mr.
        Kind regards,
        Jackie Loos

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Yes I went through the British Newspaper Archives, there were many entries about him, very active with the Peterboro Benevolent Fund and Band Of Hope, too many articles to fully extract, just look up and read about.

        Peterborough Benevolent Society
        The amount collected at that festival is the chief source of revenue relied upon by the society, whose work is well known in the district, where it has been established some 81 years, having distributed over £10,000 to the deserving poor of Fulham.

        Death Of Mrs C Collins
        DEATH MRS. C. COLLINS, EELBROOK HALL MISSIONARY’S SAD LOSS. Mr. Caleb Collins, of Hartismere House, Hartismere Road, Fulham, and missionary Eel Brook Hall, has been the recipient of many messages of condolence the loss he has sustained the death of his wile, Mrs. Alice Jane Collins. Mrs. Collins, who was 61 years of age, died on Sunday from heart failure, consequent upon catarrh of the stomach. Born Dorking, in Surrey, Mrs. Collins married her husband at Morden in 1877. Thirty two vears ago Mr. Collins became attached the London City Mission and was appointed a hall which stood in Turks’ Row. and Mrs. Collins lived Battersea at that time. When the old houses there were swept away a great number of the inhabitants came to Fulham, and Mr and Mrs. Collins followed, Mr. Collins being appointed missionary at Eel Brook Hall, Imperial-Road. This was about thirty years ago.

        Band Of Hope
        The Band of Hope children West London gathered at the Town Hall, Fulham, on Friday evening, for the annual concert. The boys from the Twynholm Orphanage in Fulham Road provided the bulk of an entertaining programme, and Mr. Will Hardy can be justly proud of the admirable troupe of juvenile entertainers he has made of the Twynholm Orphanage boys, who both in their individual items as well as in their group efforts display marked ability.

        Band Of Hope, Temperance Organisation

        Band Of Hope Review, Magazine

        Charles Booth
        No wonder Caleb Collins worked alongside Charles Booth
        What a person to be related to!

        Sorry to FHHS users, now can’t see when people have responded to a comment, and getting other odd messages about duplicate work when the first work isn’t showing up on screen. Computers!

      • Jackie Loos says:

        Thank you SO much for your work on the LMS missionary Caleb Collins, you are a star!

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        My pleasure

        People so poor needed help, so you had the selfish rich in society going on guided tours of the slums with more money to buy several homes, fashionable clothes, nourishing food and entertainment than sense and then people like your ancestor supporting many societies raising money to help the most needy, who had no money or little money, so rented a bed on a shift system or just sitting down with a rope to hold them up while they slept, bought second hand clothes so the working class walked around in unfashionable rags, ate cheap poisoned adulterated rotten food and drank themselves into oblivion.

        In the workhouses you see a labourer listed alongside a lawyer, no-one deserved to be treated in that way,

        Deserving poor and undeserving poor

  103. alan wall says:

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

  104. Linda Ralph says:

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

  105. Nick Smith says:


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

    Do you have any r3cord of this?

    Thank you in advance.

    Nick Smith.

    • Alison Saunders says:

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

  106. Jennifer Matthew says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Jennifer Matthew says:

        Thx – I will

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

      • Frederick Appleby says:

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

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Vernon Burgess says:

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

    • vic hill says:

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

  107. tamgini says:

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

  108. Mark Foulsham says:

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

    • p jenkins says:

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

      • fhhs says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

        Thanks, P Jenkins.

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

  109. Alan Cox says:

    Hi again

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

    thank you

  110. Alan Cox says:

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

  111. lynne bustard says:

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

  112. Ruth wildman says:

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

  113. Stephen Dempsey says:

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

  114. Anna says:

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

  115. Susan Jeffrey says:

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

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

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Susan

      I would send an EMAIL to Hammersmith & Fulham Council Cemeteries & Burials Office asking for reply to your letters previously sent and un-responded to. If you are able to visit ask for a meeting with the Cemeteries & Burials Office

      North Sheen Cemetery, in London Borough Of Richmond but managed by Hammersmith & Fulham Council

      East Sheen Cemetery, in London Borough Of Richmond and managed by London Borough Of Richmond

      Can you give any names of the relatives mentioned to look up, dates, places, occupations or do you want to keep names unknown to researchers.

      If you find the relatives you mention in Ancestry you can send a message to people researching that family tree.

      If you do not have Ancestry then go to your local library/local archives and use their Ancestry to contact your relatives (in your message you might want to also put your email address as the relatives would reply to the library service/archive service).

  116. Sheila Colley says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      If you would like to leave names, dates, other useful information be happy to look up on Ancestry for you and then whatever else may be able to find elsewhere.

  117. David Wall says:

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

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

      • David Wall says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello David

      Sorry to hear this sad story

      1919 MARRIAGE
      Name: Albert Ballard Wall
      Marriage Age: 35
      Record Type: Marriage
      Birth Date: abt 1884
      Marriage Date: 27 Apr 1919
      Marriage Place: St Albans, Fulham, Hammersmith and Fulham
      Father: William Albert Wall, bricklayer
      Spouse: Elizabeth Louisa Pope

      Name: Elizabeth Louisa Pope
      Marriage Age: 23
      Record Type: Marriage
      Birth Date: abt 1896
      Marriage Date: 27 Apr 1919
      Marriage Place: St Albans, Fulham, Hammersmith and Fulham
      Father: George Pope, carman
      Spouse: Albert Ballard Wall, soldier

      1921 DEATH
      Western Hospital,_Fulham
      Western Hospital
      Lost Hospitals Of London
      Died of septicaemia Western Hospital, Seagrave Road
      Western Hospital
      Name: Elizabeth Louisa Wall
      Death Age: 25
      Birth Date: abt 1896
      Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep 1921
      Registration district: Fulham

      Born and lived in Fulham

      1923 MARRIAGE
      Name: Albert Ballard Wall, widower
      Marriage Age: 39
      Record Type: Marriage
      Birth Date: abt 1884
      Marriage Date: 23 Dec 1923
      Marriage Place: Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham
      Father: William Albert Wall
      Spouse: Ellen Elizabeth Walker

      Name: Ellen Elizabeth Walker
      Marriage Age: 27
      Record Type: Marriage
      Birth Date: abt 1896
      Marriage Date: 23 Dec 1923
      Marriage Place: Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham
      Father: Henry Walker, railway driver
      Spouse: Albert Ballard Wall, railway servant

      Railway Servant

      1925 DEATH
      Committed suicide in Barking
      Not able to find reported story on British Newspaper Archives
      Name: Albert B Wall
      Death Age: 41
      Birth Date: abt 1884
      Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep 1925
      Registration district: Romford
      Inferred County: Essex

      Born and lived in Fulham
      Ask for help

      1934 MARRIAGE
      Name: Ellen Elizabeth Wall
      Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun 1934
      Registration district: Hammersmith
      Spouse: William Pullen

      Have replied to this before, not showing up like other posts, is there a problem with software

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      1925 Nottingham Journal – Friday 11 September
      The determined but unsuccessful efforts which a driver made to stop his train on the Fenchurch-to Southend railway, in order to avoid running into the man, was told at Barking yesterday, when inquest was held on Albert Ballard Wall, Commer-Road, Fulham, employed on the underground railway. The driver of the train, Alfred Perry (Shoeburyness) when about 100 yards away, saw the man walking in front the train which was travelling about 40 miles per hour. He opened the whistle and pulled up in about train’s length, deceased was struck by the buffer and killed on the spot. It was surmised that owing to the man’s mental condition he walked in front of the train and verdict of “found dead” was returned.

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      1925 Nottingham Journal – Friday 11 September
      KILLED ON THE LINE. DRIVER PULLS UP BUT TOO LATE. The determined but unsuccessful efforts which a driver made to stop his train on the Fenchurch-to Southend railway, in order to avoid running into the man, was told at Barking yesterday, when inquest was held on Albert Ballard Wall, Commer-Road, Fulham, employed on the underground railway. The driver of the train, Alfred Perry (Shoeburyness) when about 100 yards away, saw the man walking in front the train which was travelling about 40 miles per hour. He opened the whistle and pulled up in about train’s length, deceased was struck by the buffer and killed on the spot. It was surmised that owing to the man’s mental condition he walked in front of the train and verdict of “found dead” was returned.

  118. N Roberts says:

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

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

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

  120. catty100 says:

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

    • Nicole says:

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

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

      • catty100 says:

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

      • Nicole says:

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

      • catty100 says:

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

      • Nicole says:

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

      • fhhs says:

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

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

    • Lynne Bustard says:

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

    • Lynne Bustard says:

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

      • Lynne Bustard says:

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

      • Nicole says:

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

      • Pam Hausler says:

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

      • Kay says:

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

      • Nicole says:

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

      • kay warren says:

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

      • Nicole says:

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

      • catty100 says:

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

  121. Pam Hausler says:

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

    • Paul Sutton-King says:

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

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

      • The Salvation Army

        Contact details

        21-23 Dalling Road
        W6 0JD

        Tel: 020 8748 9332

  122. Chris C says:

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

  123. Louise C says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Louise

      I think this is your grandmother, sorry it is a sad news.

      1885 BIRTH
      Name: Edith Harriet Benford
      Registration Year: 1885
      Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
      Registration district: Marylebone

      1885 BAPTISM
      Name: Edith Harriet Benford
      Record Type: Baptism
      Baptism Date: 17 Aug 1885
      Baptism Place: St Marylebone, Westminster, England
      Father: George Benford
      Mother: Elizabeth Benford

      1891 CENSUS
      Name: Edith Benford
      Age: 5
      Relationship: Daughter
      Birth Year: 1886
      Father: George Benford
      Mother: Elizabeth Benford
      Birth Place: Marylebone, London, England
      Civil Parish: Paddington
      Household Members:
      George A J Benford 11
      Willie Benford 9
      Ethel Benford 3
      Maude Benford 9/12

      Mary born later

      Mental to be examined, could be postnatal depression, could be any mental health condition
      Name: Elizabeth Benford
      Admission Age: 31
      Record Type: Admission
      Birth Date: abt 1861
      Admission Date: 27 Jun 1892
      Admission Place: Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea, London, England

      Name: Elizabeth Benford
      Admission Age: 31
      Discharge Age: 31
      Record Type: Admission and Discharge
      Birth Date: abt 1861
      Admission Date: 8 Jul 1892
      Admission Place: Kensington and Chelsea, London, London, England
      Admission Poor Law Union: Chelsea
      Discharge Date: 12 Sep 1892
      Discharge Place: Kensington and Chelsea, London, London, England
      Discharge Poor Law Union: Chelsea

      1894 DEATH
      Name: George Benford
      Estimated birth year: abt 1859
      Registration Year: 1894
      Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
      Age at Death: 35
      Registration district: Marylebone

      Name: Edith Benford
      Admission Age: 9
      Discharge Age: 9
      Record Type: Register of Children 1885-1896
      Birth Date: 1885
      Admission Date: 28 Aug 1894
      Admission Place: London, England
      Discharge Date: 16 Nov 1894
      School: Exmouth Training Ship and RC Schools
      School District: Kensington and Chelsea
      Mother: Elizabeth Benford

      History On The River Thames/Training Ships Moored Off Grays Town
      There were two training ships named Exmouth: No 1 from 1876 to 1905 and No. 2 from 1905 to 1939. The first ship was loaned to The Metropolitan Asylums Board by the Admiralty and had been named after Viscount Exmouth, Admiral Edward Pellew.

      Name: Edith Benford
      Record Type: Discharge to St Joseph’s School
      Discharge Date: 28 Aug 1894
      Discharge Place: Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea, London, England

      Name: Edith Benford, Roman Catholic
      Admission Age: 9
      Record Type: Admission passed from St Marylebone
      Birth Date: 1885
      Admission Date: 16 Nov 1894 from St Joseph’s School
      Admission Place: Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea, London, England

      Name: Edith Benford
      Record Type: Discharge
      Discharge Date: 17 Nov 1894
      Discharge Place: Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea, London, England

      All go in and out of the workhouse

      Name: Edith Benford
      Admission Age: 10
      Record Type: Register of Children 1885-1896
      Birth Date: 1885
      Admission Date: 28 Aug 1895
      Admission Place: London, England
      School: Exmouth Training Ship and RC Schools
      School District: Kensington and Chelsea

      Name: Edith Bendford
      Admission Age: 10
      Discharge Age: 12
      Record Type: Register of Children 1896-1905
      Birth Date: 1885
      Admission Date: 28 Aug 1895
      Admission Place: London, England
      Discharge Date: 29 Apr 1897
      School: Exmouth Training Ship and RC Schools
      School District: Kensington and Chelsea
      Mother: Elizabeth Bendford

      Name: Elizabeth Benford
      Admission Age: 36
      Record Type: Admission, think says mental ???
      Birth Date: abt 1861
      Admission Date: 9 Apr 1897
      Admission Place: Westminster, London, London, England

      Name: Elizabeth Benford
      Discharge Age: 36
      Record Type: Discharge
      Birth Date: abt 1861
      Discharge or Death Date: 12 Jun 1897
      Discharge or Death Place: Westminster, London, London, England
      Discharge or Death Poor Law Union: St Marylebone

      Name: Edith Benford
      Admission Age: 11
      Record Type: Admission from Walthamstow School
      Birth Date: 1886
      Admission Date: 29 Apr 1897
      Admission Place: Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea, London, England

      Name: Edith Benford
      Admission Age: 12
      Discharge Age: 12
      Record Type: Admission and Discharge, admitted from workhouse
      Birth Date: abt 1885
      Admission Date: 17 Sep 1897
      Admission Place: Westminster, London, Middlesex, England
      Admission Poor Law Union: St Marylebone
      Discharge Date: 18 Sep 1897
      Discharge Place: Westminster, London, Middlesex, England
      Discharge Poor Law Union: St Marylebone
      School: Roman Catholic Schools
      School District: Westminster

      1901 CENSUS
      Unable to find Edith
      Please help

      1901 CENSUS
      Name: Elizabeth Benford [Elizabeth Berry]
      Age: 39
      Estimated birth year: abt 1862
      Relation to Head: Daughter
      Mother: Harriett Berry
      Birth Place: Marylebone
      Civil Parish: Kensington
      Household Members:
      Harriett Berry 78
      Elizabeth Benford 39
      Has the mother abandoned her children or just can’t afford to keep them or has mental health condition and unable to cope

      1901 CENSUS
      Name: Ethel Benford
      Age: 13
      Estimated birth year: abt 1888
      Relation to Head: Pauper
      Birth Place: Na
      Civil Parish: Hammersmith
      Ecclesiastical parish: Christchurch West Kensington Park and St Matthew
      Registration district: Fulham
      ED, institution, or vessel: St Josephs Schools
      Maud Benford
      Mary Benford
      Other pauper girls

      1911 CENSUS
      Name: Edith Ivy Benford
      Age in 1911: 23
      Estimated birth year: abt 1888
      Relation to Head: Cook Domestic (Cook)
      Birth Place: FULHAM, LONDON, Middlesex, England
      Civil Parish: Fulham
      Street address: 34 Gledstanes Road, West Kensington W
      Marital status: Single
      Household Members:
      Annie E Bowler 54
      Lily Bowler 50
      Charles Harold Bowler 42
      Sarah Hunt 65
      Nellie Ball 28

      1911 CENSUS
      Name: Elizabeth Benford
      Age in 1911: 48
      Estimated birth year: abt 1863
      Relation to Head: Head
      Civil Parish: Kensington
      Street address: 57 St Ervans Road, North Kensington, W
      Marital status: Widowed
      Occupation: LAUNDRESS
      Sub-registration district: Kensington North

      1912 MARRIAGE
      Name: Edith I Benford
      Spouse Surname: Andrews
      Registration Year: 1912
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: Brentford
      Records on Page: Name
      William T Andrews

      1922 DEATH
      Name: Elizabeth Benford
      Death Age: 59
      Birth Date: abt 1863
      Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun 1922
      Registration district: Brentford

      1925 BURIAL
      Name: Elizabeth Benford
      Register Type: Burial
      Death Date: abt 1925
      Burial or Cremation Date: 12 1925
      Burial or Cremation Place: Kensington and Chelsea, London, England

      Name: Edith I Andrews
      Marital status: Married
      Birth Date: 10 Jul 1888
      Residence Year: 1939
      Residence Place: Hammersmith, London, England
      Occupation: Unpaid Domestic Duties
      Inferred Spouse: William T Andrews
      Household Members:
      Rachel J Smith

      1943 DEATH
      Name: Edith I Andrews
      Death Age: 55
      Birth Date: abt 1888
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec 1943
      Registration district: Hammersmith

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Louise

      1885 Birth
      Your grandmother is Edith Harriet Benford born 1885, Marylebone, mother’s maiden name Berry
      People often didn’t know their real birth date, birth location
      People often changed their names out of choice or to forget tragic memories

      1891 Census
      Father George, mother Elizabeth
      Siblings William, George, Ethel, Maud

      Mary born later

      1892 Poor Law Hospital
      Mother Elizabeth taken into be examined for a mental condition
      This is the family secret

      1894 Death
      Father George dies

      1894 to 1901 Poor Laws
      Edith and siblings taken into care
      This is the other family secret

      1897 Poor Law Hospital
      Mother Elizabeth taken into hospital again for mental condition

      1901 Census
      Unable to find Edith
      Mother Elizabeth living with her mother Harriet Berry
      Ethel, Maud and Mary in care

      1911 Census
      Edith working as a cook
      Mother Elizabeth working as a laundress

      1912 Marriage
      Edith and William Andrews marry in Brentford

      1922 Death
      Mother Elizabeth dies in Brentford, indicating the family were reunited

      1925 Burial
      Mother Elizabeth is buried in Kensington

      1939 National Register
      Edith and William living in Hammersmith
      with married daughter Rachel and blanked out member

      1943 Death
      Edith dies in Hammersmith

  124. 13castleview says:

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

    • CARY SUMPTER says:


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

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

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

      Many Thanks,

      Cary Sumpter

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

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

  126. Tracy Larocque says:

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


    Tracy Larocque

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

    • Karen Newington says:

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

  127. kevin says:

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


  128. Adam O’Neill says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Marital Status: – Single

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

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

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

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

    We have a photograph of him if that would assist.

    Any help gratefully received

  130. Amy Blanchard now glover says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  131. Lucia Graves says:


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

    Tudor Festival: Sir Thomas Gresham and His World

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

    • Alan F. Jones says:

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

      Thank you.

      Best wishes,

      Alan F. Jones

      • victor hill says:

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


      • Alan F. Jones says:

        Hello Vic,

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

        Best wishes,


      • victor hill says:

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

  132. Alison Saunders says:

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

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Alison

      1911 BURIAL
      Name: William Hart
      Age: 68, born 1843. died 1911
      Buried: 29 Apr 1911
      Cemetery: Acton Cemetery, Ealing, Grave R35/d, Interment 7713

      Usually use Charles Booth Survey for social history of area but could look for nursery
      Otherwise ask local archives, he’ll be listed as a florist but finding out where his nursery was might be more difficult

  133. Christine Moses says:

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

  134. Pam Hausler says:

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

  135. Pamela says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Pamela

      Percy killed his wife Patricia in 1968

      Please can you help find Percy’s first wife Hilda in 1939 national register, if possible how Hilda
      died, if possible how Percy died

      Thank you for your help

      1912 MARRIAGE
      Matilda Ellen Worby marries Arthur A Curtis in Tynemouth, Northumberland
      There are many children born Curtis/Worby

      1920 BIRTH
      Hilda Bessie Fodder born Jan-Feb-Mar Shoreditch, mother’s maiden name Porter

      1932 BIRTH
      Percy Mark Curtis born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, mother’s maiden name Worby

      1939 BIRTH
      Patricia Dawn Mills born Hampstead, mother’s maiden name Mills, so possibly illegitimate

      Percy Mark Curtis living with mother Matilda Ellen Curtis in Fulham and younger children
      Mother Matilda born 1894, also known as Matilda Nunn, Matilda Stanley later

      Arthur Curtis, born 1891, living in Yorkshire

      Hilda Bessie Fodder
      Please help

      National register taken in September, Patricia Dawn Mills born in October
      Where is Patricia’s mother, unable to find only know last name

      1952 MARRIAGE
      Percy Mark Curtis marries Hilda Bessie Fodder in Fulham

      1954 DEATH
      Arthur A Curtis born 1891, dies Northumberland

      1959 DEATH
      Hilda Bessie Curtis dies in Wandsworth
      How did she die?

      1960 MARRIAGE
      Percy Mark Curtis marries Patricia Dawn Mills in Hammersmith

      1966 MARRIAGE
      Matilda Ellen Stanley (changed name or married again?) marries Henry Nunn in Fulham

      1968 DEATH
      Patricia Dawn Curtis killed by husband Percy Mark Curtis
      1968 Kensington Post – Friday 23 August
      Percy Mark Curtis, 36, unemployed killed his wife Patricia Dawn Curtis at their home in Benbow Road, Fulham

      1969 DEATH
      Matilda Ellen Nunn dies January, Fulham

      1969 DEATH
      Percy Mark Curtis dies in April, Paddington
      How did he die?

  136. Hugo Farne says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • High Explosive Bomb :

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

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

        Further details
        56 18 NW – comment:

      • catoluge examples as referred to above

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

  137. Barbara PAULLADA says:

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

  138. Garry Langley says:

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

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

      High Explosive Bomb :

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

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

      Further details
      56 18 NW –

      High Explosive Bomb :

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

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

      Further details
      56 18 NW – comment:

  139. Lisa Booker says:

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

  140. Cherry says:

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

  141. Peter Perkin says:

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

  142. Nina says:

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

  143. Rosina Handley says:

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

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

      • Rosina Handley says:

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

  144. Mark says:

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

    • Mark says:

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

  145. Caner Sahan says:

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

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


  146. Mike Wright says:

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

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

    Any info would be great.

    • Peter Trott says:

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

  147. Andy says:

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

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

    • Brian Jeffreys says:

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

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

  149. Naomi Odiwe - Naomi Design Ltd says:

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

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

    • fhhs says:

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

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

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

  150. Jo-Ann Macmenamin says:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

  152. KAREN NEWINGTON says:

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

  153. Pam Hausler says:

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

  154. Kathie Martin says:

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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

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

      • Kathie Martin says:

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

  155. Janice says:

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

    Thank you

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Janice

      There is a Chistopher Greenhalgh, 1939 living in Kensington and Chelsea, Kensington North, 38 St. Lawrence Terrace

      Is this him, did he move from Wigan to London

      If it is him check the business directories for his bicycle shop

      There are many Christopher Greenhalghs born in Lancashire

  156. Barbara Horton says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Helen Bruce then Dawson says:

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

    • Jackie Spears says:

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

  157. janet fleming says:

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

  158. Josie Danvers says:


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

    Should like to hear from anyone out there.

    Regards Josie

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

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

  159. Ruth Wildman says:


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

    I hope someone can help

    Kind regards


    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ruth

      My next traunch of research seems to have disappeared but looking at your posts came up with the same information:

      ADA ODDY
      1917 Marriage Ada Sarah Matthews marries Jack Oddy in Fulham age 31
      1920 London Electoral Register living with John Oddy at 74 Stephendale Road Fulham
      1939 Census Ada S Oddy living with James W Polson at 13 Over Street Brighton
      1973 Death Ada Sarah Oddy Brighton
      1973 Probate would it mention James and his mother MIss Polson

      1927 London Electoral Register living at 40 Lillie Road

      Born 1893 Fulham

      1903 Born Fulham
      1903 Baptised Barnes, illegitimate, mother Marian living in 15 Berkeley Gardens, Fulham
      1939 Census refrigerating engineer, electrical?

      1939 Census Able Seaman GPO living at 13 Over Street, Brighton with Ada Oddy

      1928 London Electoral Register 99 Talgarth Road, relative?

      1927 Marriage to Elsie Amy Johnson in Fulham, relative?

      There could be other Polsons for finding James’ mother and other Wyses for possibly finding James’ father, search through the London Electoral Registers for Fulham (but the father could have lived anywhere in London and the electrical company could have been anywhere in London not just Fulham). A DNA test might be the answer to find your relatives unless you have other snippets of information to research.

  160. David Patterson says:

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

    Thanks in advance.

    • Peter says:

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

    • Josie Danvers says:

      Hi David,

      Read your email with interest.

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

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

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

      Regards Josie

    • Paul Stacey says:

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

    • ROY POPE says:

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

      • Mick says:

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

  161. Jane Kistnasamy says:

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

    • Len Fuller says:

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

      • Jane Kistnasamy says:

        Thank you Len!

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

  162. Steve Parlanti says:

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

  163. Samantha Murphy says:

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

    Can anyone help?

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

    • Pamela Nevin says:

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

  164. Len Fuller says:

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

    • Jo Seller says:

      Thank you

      • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

      • Paul Stacey says:

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

  165. victoria mcindoe says:


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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Brian says:

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

  166. Jo Seller says:

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

    • Vic Blake says:

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

      • Jo Seller says:

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

    • Vic Blake says:

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

      • Jo Seller says:

        Thank you

      • fhhs says:

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

    • Paul Stacey says:

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

  167. Jan McGuire says:

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

    • Sam Dixon says:

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

      • Len Fuller says:

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

      • Derek Sayers0 says:

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

      • Sam Dixon says:

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

      • says:

        This is a copy of an old postcard showing Twynholm Orphanage

      • Sam Dixon says:

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

      • Peter Trott says:

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

  168. Pamela says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

    • Cathy Webley says:

      Hello, I worked there around 1975-76.

      • Pamela says:

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

      • Pamela says:

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

      • Pamela says:

        I was there but I hated being there

      • Pamela says:

        I was one of the residents

      • cathy webley says:

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

      • Pamela says:

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

      • Pamela curtis says:

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

  169. John Smith says:

    nice education system.

  170. Hello

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

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

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

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

    My best

    Ben Hebbert

    • fhhs says:

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

  171. Dale says:

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

  172. Erin McDermott says:

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

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

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

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


  173. Ian Chaddock says:

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

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

    Please find the flyer and booking link here –

    We do hope to see you on 15 June.

  174. Mary Munford says:

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

    • Nicole FitzGerald says:

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

  175. Jay Logan says:


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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Jay

      Robert Whitcomb Denning may be the father of Douglas
      May Elizabeth Parry may be a false name, the only ones who come up on Ancestry are age 10 in 1908 (and used name combinations/similar names)

      A DNA test would tell you without these vital facts for record searching

      1901 CENSUS
      Robert Whitcomb Denning is a waiter at a club, age 18, born in Knightsbridge, living in Westminster
      Father George and mother Sarah
      There are three families on Ancestry to contact

      Robert Whitcomb Denning, living in Marylebone West, Westminster,
      12 Seymour Place

      1908 BIRTH
      Douglas Herbert Parry, born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, St Marylebone, illegitimate birth
      Mother May Elizabeth Parry (may be false name), maiden name left blank, living at 12 Seymour Place, working at Fulham Tea Rooms as a cashier

      1908 BAPTISM
      Douglas Herbert Parry, mother May Parry, father left blank, baptised at St Mark, St Marylebone Road, Westminster

      1911 CENSUS
      Robert Whitcomb Denning is a waiter at a club age 27, born in Knightsbridge, living in Hove, Sussex with parents

      • Jay Logan says:

        Hello Lorraine,

        Thank you very much for your reply.

        “May Elizabeth Parry” is indeed a mistake, deliberate or otherwise I cannot tell.
        Her name was actually “Elizabeth Mabel Parry” born in Kensington during April of 1883, to “Joseph James Parry” and “Elizabeth Ellen Parry nee Darch” This I established through DNA from myself and my grandmother.

        Of some interest, when I punch 12 Seymour Place Fulham into Google, it comes up with the Carpenters Arms Pub.

        I still do not have any information on her adult life after the 1911 census, where she is working as a “Duster” with her sister Edith at 17 Tournay Road, Walham Green. I cannot find any more information via Ancestry, even through family trees. I will definitely look into Mr Robert Whitcomb Denning.

        Thank you again. Hopefully I can find out what have to her after 1911.


  176. Simon Parry says:

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

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

      • Simon Parry says:

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

    • Jay Logan says:

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

  177. Sharon Elliott says:

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


    Sharon in California

  178. Clare McComb says:

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

  179. Robert Couling says:

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

    Details I have found so far –

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

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

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

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

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


    Robert Couling

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

    • Jennifer McCullough says:

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

      Kind regards
      J. McCullough

    • Paul Stacey says:

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

  181. Esme says:

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


  182. Allan Wall says:

    Good Morning

    Sheppards of Fordingbridge and possibly Shepperds Bush

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

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

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

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

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

    His father may have been Joseph Sheppard married to Sarah HUTTON

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

    Many Thanks

    Allan Wall
    Western Australia

    Ancestry allwall99

  183. Sam says:

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

    • CA Nicholson-Ross says:

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

    • Paul Stacey says:

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

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Lorraine Courtenay says:

        Hello FHHS

        Today for example my replies are going on and been back in and can still see them – when posting the software either stays looking at my reply or goes to the top and then back to my reply

        The replies that disappear the software goes to the top and stays there but can see timer working and finishing – HARWATH have posted this subject 4 times with this problem software goes to top of page and stays there and is not posted – is the question corrupt?

        Are other people posting subject replies that disappear

        Thanks, keeping research in Word due to this problem

  185. lissie says:

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

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

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Lissie

      Saint Dunstan’s Road School 1886 – 1951
      Renamed Captain Marryat School in 1951
      School closed in 1977

  186. Jaime Harty says:

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

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

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

  187. Ruth Wildman. nee polson says:

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

    • Len Fuller says:

      I knew a family by the name of Polson who lived in Bramber rd W14 quiet a few years ago .

    • Lorraine Courtenay says:

      Hello Ruth

      MIss Polson may not not have been old enough to vote to go on the electoral register.


      Borough: Islington
      Ward: Finsubury & Fulham
      22 Castletown Road
      Selina McAffrey
      Andrew Stevens Williams
      Bertha Louisa Marguerite Williams

      Borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
      Ward: Fulham East & West
      22 Castletown Road
      Selina McAffrey
      Alexander TAS Williams, son
      Andrew Stevens Williams
      Bertha Louisa Marguerite Williams

      Borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
      Ward: Fulham East & West
      22 Castletown Road
      Selina McAffrey
      Andrew Stevens Williams
      Bertha Louisa Marguerite Williams

      Andrew is a shipping clerk and Bertha is a Russian, they married in 1897 in St Petersburg,

      The 1921 census comes out in 2022 so Miss Polson may still be living at 22 Castletown Road and be listed on the census.

      Other than putting this information onto another more general forum (this forum focusing on the Fulham & Hammersmith area) may be able to help further. Please let me know!

  188. CA Nicholson-Ross says:

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

  189. Mark Foulsham says:

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

    • John says:

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

      • Mark Foulsham says:

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

        Thanks again.

  190. Jennifer McCullough says:

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

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

    • John says:

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

      • Jennifer McCullough says:

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

  191. Marilyn McLellan says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

  192. Raymond Hicks says:

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

  193. trude says:

    Hi update to my first request (novice mistakes made)

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

  194. trude says:


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

    • Helen Whichelow says:

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

      • trude says:

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

  195. Alayne Jones says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      Good luck

  196. Oliver Meade says:


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

    Kind regards,
    0203 580 3723 | 07960 931 025

  197. Alison Child says:

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

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

  198. Kerry says:

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

    Thanks in anticipation, Kerry.

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

    • Susan Jeffrey says:

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

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

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

      Effie Road perhaps?

      Hope this helps.

      Susan Jeffrey

    • Paul Stacey says:

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

  199. Peter Monk says:

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

    MAYOR 1913 – 1919”

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

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


    Also, very small, is the makers information..


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

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

    Peter Monk
    Canvey Island.

    • Helen Whichelow says:

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

    • Franck Naidoo says:

      Dear All,

      Finding Josefa

      Good day

      Can anyone please point me in the right direction?

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

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

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

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

      She would just smile.


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

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

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

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

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

Days later her house was sold and was being renovated.

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

      This is all the information that I have.

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

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

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

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

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

      if I would see some records.

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

      Anyone with leads, please contact me.

      With very best regards

      Franck Naidoo

  200. Susan Brown says:

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

  201. Sarah Vipond says:

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

  202. Len Fuller says:

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

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

  203. steve says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

  204. Evelyn says:

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

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

      • David Noble says:

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

  205. Sophie Chipperfield says:


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

    Any information you have would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

  206. Amanda Triccas says:

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

    • Patricia Bryer says:

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

      • Amanda Triccas says:

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

  207. Vicky Olliver says:

    Or perhaps a doctor’s house?

  208. Vicky Olliver says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:


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

      • Vicky Olliver says:

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

  209. James Trigwell says:

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

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

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

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

    Thank you, James Trigwell

  210. M says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      • Josie Danvers says:


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

        Good luck with your search

  211. Alistair Watson says:

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

    Alistair Watson

    • Geoffrey See says:

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

    • Hope this helps.

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

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

      Fulham and Sands End

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

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

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

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

    • Emma Caplin says:

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

      • fhhs says:

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

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

      • Peter Trott says:

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

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

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

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

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

    • Peter Trott says:

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

  213. Karen Bobbin says:

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

  214. Robin Bolton says:

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

  215. Robin Bolton says:

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

  216. Leonard Bentley says:

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

  217. Jeff Humm says:

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

    • Josie says:

      Hi Jeff,

      I lived in Cambridge Grove mid 50’s

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

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

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

    • Len Fuller says:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


      4.1 Approve

      • Sondra Thiederman says:

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

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

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

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

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

  220. M.Furniss says:

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

    • Paul Stacey says:

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

  221. victoria says:

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

    • Mark Foulsham says:

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

      • John Thurmer says:

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

    • Len Fuller says:

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

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

    • Peter Trott says:

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

    • JENNY WHITTLE says:

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

      • P Taylor says:

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


  222. David Noble says:

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

  223. Laura Collins says:

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

  224. Mark Foulsham says:

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

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

  225. G Chopra says:

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

    • fhhs says:

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

      Good luck

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