Author Archives: LBHF Libraries

In the grounds of Fulham Palace

The Gentle Author, who writes for Spitalfields Life, has very kindly given us permission to share his recent piece on walking around the grounds at Fulham Palace. You leave Putney Bridge Station, cross the road, enter the park by the river … Continue reading

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Celebrating Volunteer Week, 1-7 June 2020

Volunteers are becoming a more and more important part of public library life. They help staff to deliver many regular events and activities such as reading groups, writing groups, coffee mornings and homework clubs that enhance the library service. Volunteers … Continue reading

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Free Access to Ancestry Online

LBHF Library staff member, Karen Blackwell, explains how easy it is to use this free online resource This is really something to get excited about! Ancestry (library edition), usually only available in our library buildings, is now accessible from home … Continue reading

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School Memories (from the 1960s)

Christopher Wren Secondary Modern School Away from the classroom When I was at Ellerslie Road School in the 1950s school trips were almost unheard of, apart from the odd visit to the indoor swimming pool at Lime Grove. When I … Continue reading

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School Memories (from the 1960s)

Christopher Wren Secondary Modern School Years 4 to 6 Having left behind the Victorian built Ellerslie Road School my early years at Christopher Wren School were spent in the modern 1950s building. However, we did have a few lessons in … Continue reading

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School Memories from the 1960s

Christopher Wren Secondary Modern School. Years 1 to 3 The plans for two new interconnected schools in Shepherds Bush were revealed in 1952 with a projected cost of £633,000. The old North Hammersmith Secondary School on Bryony Road would be … Continue reading

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A Walk along the Towpath: Hammersmith Bridge to Putney Bridge

Last year I wrote about the section of the towpath that passes through Hammersmith. Today we walk from Hammersmith Bridge to Putney Bridge. In the early days, the Fulham riverside was farm land, mainly orchards and market gardens, owned by … Continue reading

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Space Chase – Taking the Challenge in the Library!

LBHF Libraries are venturing into space this summer on the anniversary of the moon landing. At Hammersmith Library they are rocketing amongst the planets whilst ‘Ronnie’ the Space Chase robot meets and greets those taking the Reading Agency’s Space Chase … Continue reading

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The Riverside Studios

The Riverside Studios in Crisp Road are due to reopen in August this year following the closure of the old studios in 2014. The former Studios and the neighbouring Queen’s Wharf have been replaced by a new state of the … Continue reading

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Shopping in the 1950s

I recently watched an old Steptoe and Son Christmas special in which Albert says he would go down to Shepherds Bush Market on Christmas Eve and pick up a cheap turkey at the auction.  I remember my parents telling me … Continue reading

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