5 September, 2018
We all travel around London heading to our destination and probably not noticing the history on the pavements of our streets. Much of course is modern and ever changing. The Victorian pavements clearly had stone paving as can be seen where there are still coal-hole covers set into the stone. Elsewhere the concrete slabs have taken over. These coal-hole covers themselves vary from the generic mass produced versions to those bearing names of local purveyors. These are all from Fulham streets in a very small area.
Coal Hole London
Coal Hole Mansfield
There are also markings on kerb stones: these in Munster Road are believed to mark the pitches of the now defunct street market. They consist of a series of arrow head inscriptions about 15 feet apart with a number inbetween.
Kerb Munster Road
Some are more difficult to understand such as this one on Hammersmith Terrace we saw when viewing St Peter’s square and Black Lion Lane area earlier in the year.
or this in Clareville Street Kensington
Kerb Clareville St
– possibly long gone utilities?
More modern are the utility manhole covers; for example you can see the morphing of GPO to Post Office Telephones, British Telecom, BT and Open Reach. The water companies show a similar pattern of change from local utilities to a modern day giant company.
This boundary stone doesn’t seem to relate to known land owners so there is a story to discover here.
Postbox Warwick Gardens
Of course there are the obvious such as this post box in Warwick Gardens Kensington
Gate in Bloom Park Rd
or this original gate on Bloom Park Road although sadly not many of these are left. The original lock plate is still in place containing the mark of its Glasgow makers. Britain was a very connected society even then.
So our London streets can reveal their history even on a walk to work or the shops.
2 June, 2017
TUESDAY 6 JUNE, 6.30PM
The forecast is for a bright evening so why not join us on a
VISIT TO BROMPTON CEMETERY Led by Keith Whitehouse.
During the 19th century, with the growth of London,
churchyards were becoming full so enterprising business
men decided to build private cemeteries laid out as parks.
Brompton was opened in 1840 and included catacombs. It
was consecrated by the Bishop of London. The first burial
was Emma Shaw from Fulham. Many famous people are
buried here as were residents of Fulham and
Hammersmith. Emmeline Pankhurst, Richard Tauber,
Constant Lambert and Albert Smith of Mont Blanc fame
to name just a few. There are many fine monuments
including one designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. One of the finest cemeteries in London.
Meet outside the entrance in Old Brompton Road.
Bus: 74 and 430 stop outside.
Tube: West Brompton (next to cemetery)
23 May, 2015
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?
23 November, 2013
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.