Category Archives: Archives & local studies

Who built Hammersmith Library?

Gilia, our Archives volunteer, writes:  Henry Hare was the architect of Hammersmith Library. He won the commission in a competition, and the work was paid for by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It was opened in 1905. Henry Hare was a … Continue reading

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Hammersmith & Fulham Local Studies and Archives – New Home

The Local Studies and Archives recently moved from Lilla Huset on Talgarth Road to the newly refurbished Hammersmith Library on Shepherd’s Bush Road. We are based on the first floor, in a light and airy room, with beautiful stained glass … Continue reading

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The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and Britain’s first female press photographer

Fiona Fowler,  a volunteer for the LBHF archives and local studies, writes: Next Sunday is Boat Race day and as you would expect, the LBHF archives contain some interesting prints and photographs of its early history. The boat race was … Continue reading

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Evacustes A. Phipson: A little-known but prolific water-colour painter

Our Hammersmith & Fulham Archives volunteer writes: Edward Arthur Phipson was born on 9th February 1854 at King’s Norton, near Birmingham. His family were engaged in local manufacturing and he seems to have received a good education and possibly trained … Continue reading

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Corporal Edward Dwyer VC

Our Reference Librarian, Debby Wale, writes: There is a war memorial in Fulham Library. It is a plaque to honour Corporal Edward Dwyer, who was the youngest person to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The inscription reads: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY … Continue reading

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Lions in Hammersmith & Fulham

Did you know that there are over 10,000 lions in London and that we, in Hammersmith & Fulham, have about 1500 of them? This will not be news to the residents of the Peterborough Estate around New King’s Road, south … Continue reading

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William Morris – A Christmas Ballad

William Morris (1834-1896) is best known as a leading figure in the late Victorian decorative arts, however he was also a poet and political activist but his poetry is today virtually unknown. Here, in celebration of Christmas, is an early … Continue reading

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The Crabtree

We are regular visitors to the Crabtree Pub in Rainville Road and, whenever I am there, I am conscious how few riverside pubs Fulham has compared with Hammersmith.  Indeed, I cannot think of any, other than the Crabtree, so I … Continue reading

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The Japanese – British Exhibition 1910

A few weeks ago, the Fulham & Hammersmith Archives received an enquiry about the Ainu village at the Japanese-British exhibition of 1910.  This led me to a treasure trove of photographs and comments on Japan’s first major exhibition in the … Continue reading

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The Bad Boy of Star Road

The building once known as Star Road School, now Fulham Prep. opened in January 1880. However the log books, preserved in the Hammersmith and Fulham Archives, show that the boys’ department existed four years earlier. As one of the new … Continue reading

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