Category Archives: Archives & local studies

Hammersmith’s War Memorials: Mortlake Cemetery

During the time of the Second World War the present London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham was in fact two separate Boroughs. The cemetery that most of us know as Mortlake Cemetery was originally opened in 1909 as Hammersmith New … Continue reading

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Rose Witcop

When I first came across the name Rose Witcop I was amazed to discover that a female Russian anarchist was advocating feminism and pioneering the cause of birth control from Shepherds Bush over a hundred years ago. Rose (originally Rachel … Continue reading

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Hammersmith & Fulham Coats of Arms

The history of Hammersmith & Fulhams heraldry Continue reading

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The Flower Book by Edward Burne-Jones

As so often happens at the Archives, you can be looking for something else and come across an extraordinary find. The Flower Book by Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898) is a series of 38 round watercolours, each about six inches across, painted … Continue reading

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80 YEARS AND THREE GENERATIONS OF PARTYING

On Sunday 12th June the Queen’s 90th Birthday was celebrated with the Patron’s Lunch on the Mall. My own family have been organising street parties in Shepherds Bush for over eighty years. For some unknown reason, just prior to the … Continue reading

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The end of Brandenburg House

A reader of a previous blog on Queen Caroline  asked if the demolition of Brandenburg House so soon after her death had anything to do with the King: the fact that King George so disliked his wife and that she … Continue reading

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Who Lived Where? The London Blue Plaque Scheme

With over 9000 plaques on buildings scattered throughout London, the Blue Plaque scheme is well known and in some central London streets the majority of buildings display a plaque (or plaques). Continue reading

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