No. 129 NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2012
Wednesday, 19 September at 2pm sharp.
VISIT TO SANDFORD MANOR
A rare opportunity to visit 17th century Sandford Manor a sub-manor of Fulham Manor that has an interesting history dating back to medieval times. The Sandford Manor estate was acquired by the Imperial Gas Company in 1824 to establish one of the earliest gasworks in the world to mass produce gas. Earlier still there was a pottery making stoneware pots similar to Fulham Pottery and Doulton and tin-glaze wares.
Afterwards we will take a walk round historic Sands End and see the remains of the gasworks including a gasholder dating to 1828, reputed to be the oldest in the world and the hidden Imperial Square.
Meet at Rewell Street, a turning off the Kings Road by Stanley Bridge.
Buses: 11, 22 and 211
Thursday, 18 October: at 2pm sharp.
VISIT TO FULHAM TOWN HALL
The Town Hall will shortly be sold to a private company to be converted into a shopping arcade and offices with some community use. Built in the 1890’s and later extended this was the old Fulham Borough’s pride and joy. This is an opportunity to see all over the building that is largely vacated.
Afterwards we will take a walk round the village of Walham Green which dates back to medieval times.
Meet outside the main entrance in Fulham Road opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre.
Please let Keith know if you are coming for the Council’s security reasons (Contact details as above).
Underground: Fulham Broadway Buses: 11, 14, 28, 211, 295, 414.
Saturday, 10 November: 11am
VISIT TO GUNNERSBURY PARK & MUSEUM
Housed in a mansion, a former home of the Rothschild family, it is now the local history museum for the Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow stretching from Chiswick to Southall. The exhibits are displayed in the State Rooms. The mansion, with a smaller house, stands in an extensive public park with various outbuildings. The Gunnersbury estate dates back to medieval times and was once owned by Alice Perrers mistress to Edward III. At the same time she held Pallingwick (Ravenscourt Park)
Underground: Acton Town (Piccadilly Line). Turn left, 10 minutes walk.
Buses: 190 then E3 from Chiswick to Gunnersbury Park
Car: Free car park in Gunnersbury Park next to house. Entrance off Gunnersbury Avenue (North Circular A406).
REVIEW OF EVENTS
Friday, 15 June VISIT to the GLOBE THEATRE, BANKSIDE.
Members enjoyed a morning visit to the Globe Theatre, re-constructed near the site of the original Globe that at one time was co-owned by William Shakespeare and Henry Condell (1568-1627). Condell had a country house in the vicinity of Fulham High Street and died there in 1627. The rebuilt Globe was the brainchild of the film maker, Sam Wanamaker, who did not live to see his dream completed.
We were given a talk in the auditorium, part of which is in the open but we were undercover, essential as it poured with rain. We were told the background to the original theatre being built, how the present one came into being and the history of Elizabethan theatre. We were then shown around but not behind the scenes, which some members found disappointing.
Afterwards we explored the permanent exhibition at our own pace that told the history of the Globe, and theatre and life in the 16th century. A pleasant lunch was had in the cafe area.
Saturday 21 July HOGARTH HOUSE AND CHISWICK CHURCH.
On a sunny Saturday a small group of seven members found their way to the recently renovated and reopened former home of William Hogarth, the 18thc painter, engraver and satirist. The £400,000 restoration, which included repairs to panelling, the opening up of fireplaces, the revealing wooden floorboards and a paint analysis, was needed following bomb damage in 1940 and a fire in 2009, presented new displays on the history of the Grade 1 listed house, and gave us a fascinating insight into the lives of the Hogarths and subsequent inhabitants of the building, Newton Treen “Brayvo” Hicks-melodramatic actor and Alfred Dawson. Personal items of the Hogarth family were also now on display including Hogarth’s painting chest. Open to the public since 1904 reproduction items of furniture made from pieces depicted in pictures of the house are also redisplayed. A fine collection of Hogarth’s works are also to be found there, and bear careful study.
An old mulberry tree which is said to have been in existence when James Downes, a local baker built the house on orchard land, is the very one still surviving that pies were made by Hogarth for the local children. First acquired in 1749 by William the house stayed in his family til 1808.
St Nicolas’s church a 19thc building with 15th c tower was closed, but we discovered Hogarth’s tomb, a large square monument with urn on top with a poem by David Garrick , and a few other interesting memorials, including a large tomb to commemorate Frederick Hitch, hero of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift who won a VC during the Zulu war, J.M. Whistlers bronze table tomb and also that of Henry Joy, the trumpeter who sounded the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, who died in 1893.The group then repaired to the local hostelry right by Fuller’s Brewery!!
LONDON & MIDDLESEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Local History Conference, Museum of London, 10-5pm
A CAPITAL WAY TO GO: DEATH IN LONDON THROUGH THE AGES
Talks include Mortality in London 1550-1800, History of Body Snatching, Epitaphs and Obituaries, Victorian Development in the Disposal of the Dead.
Tickets £10 before 31 October or £15 from 1 November.
Details: www.lamas.org.uk/localhistory2012.html or write to Local History Conference, 22 Malpas Drive, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 1DQ. Cheques payable to LAMAS. Enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
LONDON OPEN HOUSE
The dates for London Open House are 22 and 23 September. It features all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Every September, it gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all free. Visit www.londonopenhouse.org
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