No. 128 NEWSLETTER SPRING 2012
Saturday, 26 May SOCIAL AFTERNOON
Unfortunately we have had to CANCEL this event due to the lack of interest from members.
Friday 15 June 11am
THE GLOBE THEATRE, BANKSIDE
A visit to the Globe Theatre re-constructed near the site of the original Globe built in the 16th century. Dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare and the playhouse for which he wrote. We have a tour and see the permanent exhibition.
There are local connections, particularly the famous Elizabethan actor, Henry Condell (1568-1627), who was co-owner of the Globe and died at his country house in Fulham.
Place: Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
Entry: £13.50. Concessions £12
Underground: Mansion House (10 minute walk over Southwark Bridge)
Saturday, 21 July 2pm
HOGARTH HOUSE AND CHISWICK CHURCH
A visit to the Grade I listed country home of the painter, engraver and satirist, William Hogarth. Built about 1700 the house has recently been extensively refurbished. Rescued and opened as a museum in 1904 it contains new displays on Hogarth’s life and work and some rooms are furnished in period style. Hogarth is buried in nearby Chiswick churchyard.
Place: Hogarth House, Hogarth Lane, Great West Road (Hogarth Roundabout on A4), W4 2QN
Underground: Turnham Green (District) Bus: 190 Car: Parking available in the Hogarth Business Park (adjoining the house) or at the nearby Chiswick House car park (turning off A4)
OFFICIAL RE-OPENING OF BISHOPS PARK
After the extensive restoration works at Bishops Park it will officially re-opened by the Bishop of London on Monday, 28 May at 2pm
CELEBRATING FULHAM WEEK
Monday 2 July 7pm
MOAT WALK Another opportunity to take part in this popular walk around the historic moat of Fulham Palace. See the section that has been excavated and the newly revealed bridge. Cost £5 Donated to the Fulham Church Tower Restoration
Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30pm
The Great Hall, Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, London SW6 6EA.
Tickets £12. For more information contact 020 7731 6544 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space limited, book early.
‘Elizabeth to Elizabeth’ – celebrating 450 years of English history and music.
Concert trio ‘In Voice and Verse’ celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Actor Lance Pierson, soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain present a pageant of readings and music from across the centuries to celebrate the Nation’s Monarchs and highlights of our history.
The music includes pieces by Handel, Beethoven, Purcell, Holst and Britten, as well as ‘Rule Britannia’ and the National Anthem. The words will include poetry by Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson and John Betjeman.
‘In Voice and Verse’ received rave reviews last year for their concert celebrating the King James Bible. They have performed at venues across the country including the National Gallery, the Buxton Festival and Durham Cathedral. Pierson is a professional actor and poetry performer, Yates is a member of the Monteverdi Choir and Chamberlain is an accomplished pianist and teacher.
Wednesday 4 July 7.30pm
Peterborough House, one of the lost houses of Fulham. A talk by Sue Pierson at Christ Church, Studdridge Street on the Peterborough Estate. Free. Sue is the Author of “Charlotte Sulivan 1824-1911” and centenary booklets on St Matthew’s church and Peterborough School.
REVIEW OF EVENTS
Tuesday, 13 March 41ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Officers and Committee were re-elected. No new members stood for the Committee.
After the annual meeting, Sue Pierson gave a an illustrated talk on PETERBOROUGH HOUSE, one of the lost houses of Fulham. Sue described its history from medieval times when it was called Brightwells to its demolition in 1901 to make way for the Lion Houses of today’s Peterborough Estate. The house was occupied by many interesting people including John Meyrick, who started the Fulham Volunteers; William Beckford, eccentric novelist and builder of towers and of course Charles, Earl of Peterborough known as The Great. His father John, Lord Mordaunt, has a very impressive memorial in All Saints. Sue was accompanied by her husband, Lance, reading the quotations and son, Robin, who was operating the projector. Sue and her team will be repeating the talk during Celebrating Fulham Week. See opposite page for details…
Tuesday, 28 February RENE BULL (1872-1942) – WAR CORRESPONDENT, BOOK ILLUSTRATOR AND COMIC POSTCARD DESIGNER
Keith Whitehouse gave a fascinating talk on this celebrated artist who was very popular with the public. Born of an Irish father and a French mother, he trained to be an engineer in Paris but decided to become an artist after meeting the humorous illustrator, Caran d’Ache. He was war correspondent for ‘Black & White’ magazine and had the distinction of serving in three theatres of war on three continents in 10 months. As we are well aware today, being a war correspondent is a dangerous career and he was wounded during the Boer War. In the 1890’s he covered the Armenian massacres during the war in Greece, where he was captured by both the Greeks and the Turks, the Tirah campaign on the North West frontier of India, then the Omdurman campaign in the Sudan where he constructed a platform in order to film the charge of the Dervishes at the Battle of Omdurman. Unfortunately, the movie camera broke down so we only have his snapshots. Finally, he went to the Boer War in South Africa where he witnessed several major battles. During WWI he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and in 1917 was attached to the Royal Flying Corp and then the RAF and was promoted to Major. In 1940 he re-joined the RAF at the Air Ministry. He died suddenly in 1942.
In his artistic career he was much influenced by Oriental art and customs and produced marvellous illustrations for many books. His best known works include ‘The Arabian Knights’ (1912) and the ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ (1913).
Before WWI he had lived in the Hammersmith Road then Palliser Court, Barons Court. Keith brought along examples of his illustrated books, comic postcards he designed and the four war medals he had been awarded.
Saturday 21 April VISIT TO KELMSCOTT HOUSE, HAMMERSMITH
The home of William Morris (1834-96) overlooks the Thames in Upper Mall. A private residence not open to the public but the William Morris Society’s museum is in the basement and coach house. Built in the late 18th Century it had previously been the home of Sir Francis Ronalds (1788-1873) the inventor of the electric telegraph in 1816 and later George MacDonald (1824-1905) well know as a poet and author, particularly of childrens books. Morris bought Kelmscott in 1878 and owned it until his death in 1896. Known as The Retreat, he named it after his other residence, Kelmscott Manor in Gloucestershire where he is buried in the village churchyard. During his time in Hammersmith, he ran his business at Merton Abbey where he made wallpapers, carpets, etc. He established the Kelmscott Press nearby at Sussex Cottage, Upper Mall where he printed wonderful books including the celebrated ‘Kelmscott Chaucer’. The museum has in its collections examples of books from the Kelmscott Press and wall papers and textiles produced at Merton. In the coach house Morris set up a loom for weaving small carpets. It now has a video on Morris and his life and there are display boards around the walls explaining his works and that of his contemporaries. In the basement his hand printing press is on view and we were given a printing demonstration. Visitors can buy prints produced on this press. After the visit most of the members adjourned to the Dove pub, opposite, to round off a pleasant afternoon.
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