Do look at our latest newsletter which gives the Agenda for our AGM on 21 March at 7:30pm and outlines our Spring Programme. We have talks on Albert Smith’s Ascent of Mont Blanc(at the AGM), the Bird family of Hammersmith (11 April) and walks around Parson’s Green (9 May) and Brompton Cemetery (6 June). We look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.
This link shows the whole programme but lets point out a few events of interest to FHHS members and followers.
Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits
Tuesday 1st July, 7.30pm All Saints Church Fulham
2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Come and celebrate the highlights of his work in words and music performed by the trio ‘In Voice and Verse’.
Tickets £10. Buy on the door. Call 020 7731 6544 for more information.
The History of Peterborough House
Wednesday 2 July 7.45 pm Christ Church Hall, Studdridge Street, SW6 3DT
The current Peterborough Estate covers the former site of Peterborough House and its grounds, which was demolished in 1902. The house, with a history dating back to medieval times, was rebuilt in 1798 and takes its name from the Earls of Peterborough who owned the land.
No need to book , free.
Fair on the Green
Saturday 5 July 12.00noon – 5.00pm Parsons Green
Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society will have a stand at this family event. Do encourage friends and newcomers to the area to visit us.
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.