Category Archives: Archives & local studies

Happy National Libraries Day!

Today, 6 February is National Libraries Day – are you coming to the library today? We’d love to see you. If you haven’t been to the library for a while, pick your nearest one and come and find out what … Continue reading

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Family history and Hammersmith Library

On Tuesday the 19th of January I was joined by a very of enthusiastic group of genealogists. They wanted to delve further into their family’s pasts and I was just as determined to show them how they could do so … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Fulham Palace

The site on which Fulham Palace stands has been owned by the church for over 1300 years. In the year 704 Bishop Waldhere purchased the Manor of Fulham from the Bishop of Hereford. Originally built as a Manor House parts … Continue reading

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Help with Your Homework

Many “centuries ago,” when as a parent of primary school sons, my heart would sink with a request for help with homework even if they asked several days before the deadline. Given time to research the relevant information this would … Continue reading

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The How the District Line came to Fulham

The first urban underground in the world, the Metropolitan Railway, opened in 1863 and operated from Paddington (then called Bishops Road) to Farringdon Street.  The first section of the Metropolitan District (MDR) line opened in 1868 and ran from South … Continue reading

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Fight the Good Fight – the Church Lads’ Brigade in Fulham

The Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade is an organisation that welcomes young people of all faiths and none. Paradoxically it came into being because a Fulham vicar, the Revd Ernest Stafford Hilliard wanted the boys’ group at his church to be exclusively Anglican. Continue reading

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Christina Broom: the first female press photographer

Christina Broom lived most of her life in Fulham, from about 1904 until the death of her husband in 1912 at 38 Burnfoot Avenue and then she and her daughter, Winifred, moved to 92 Munster Road. She took thousands of … Continue reading

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