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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 The former Studios and the neighbouring Queen’s Wharf have been replaced by a new state of the … Continue reading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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Health fair at Askew Road Library

Fun was had by all at the health and well-being fair at Askew Road Library on Saturday 16 March. Stall holders from a range of community organisations came along to speak with library customers. Organisations such as The Stoke Association, … Continue reading

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Before the Riverside Studios: The Chancellors, Gwynnes Engineering and Queens Wharf

This was going to be a blog about the Riverside Studios in Crisp Road which are due to reopen this year. However, I found more material in the Archives than I expected on the earlier owners of the site and … Continue reading

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The Fulham Women’s Prison

Did you know there was a Women’s Prison in Fulham?  It flourished from 1856 to 1888, on a six-acre corner site bounded by Burlington Road (originally Back Lane then Burlington Lane) and the New Kings Road. From 1716 to 1853 … Continue reading

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Enjoying English!

The ESOL Conversation Class Wednesday is always a good day! It’s 10.15am and a circle of 20 green chairs stands ready in the middle of Shepherd’s Bush library. The first keen participants begin to arrive. A smiling woman from Syria, … Continue reading

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Playing out (in the 1950s)

In those days everybody seemed to know each other and watched out for their neighbours. In hot weather many front doors were left open with a plastic strip or deckchair type material curtains to keep the heat and flies out. … Continue reading

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