As you sit down tonight to the Eurovision Song Contest you may not know that one of our rare successes at the competition came from this borough. In 1961 The Allisons came second with “Are You Sure?” and the record was so successful it sold over 1 million copies even keeping Elvis out of the charts. The Allisons were two Fulham choir boys from from St Dionis church Brian John Alford and Colin Bob Day. John wrote the song and is still keeping the memory alive but sadly Bob died in November 2013. Will this year’s entry be as successful?
Peterborough House –
‘A mansion in every way calculated for a family of distinction’
So runs the advert when it was sold in 1845 but by 1902 it had gone, buried under the prestigious Peterborough Estate with its ‘Lion’ houses. Sue Pierson has charted its history from medieval times discovering its owners and tenants some of whom were not entirely respectable! Several were buried or have memorials in All Saints’ church, in particular, John, first Viscount Mordaunt, whose larger than life statue looks down on us today. He was the father of Charles, third Earl of Peterborough, who was probably the first Lord to marry a showgirl. The house was in its heyday when he lived there but later residents included John Meyrick who founded the Fulham Volunteers and William Beckford, novelist and builder of very tall towers.
The book is guaranteed to keep you reading to the end and you will learn a lot about Fulham. A must have for those who live on the Peterborough Estate. It costs £6 from Sue who is happy to deliver locally. Contact her on 020 7731 6544 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for full details. Alternatively £7.50 including postage see Publications Page.