Category Archives: Archives & local studies

Pub Rock, Punk & Sex Pistols in Hammersmith

To tie in with this year’s Cityread London, Hammersmith Library has been celebrating rebellion through our local musical heritage. Legendary rock venue Hammersmith Odeon (now Apollo) has hosted just about everyone, including such superstars as the Beatles, Neil Young, Bruce … Continue reading

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Fulham Town Hall

Fulham Town Hall was completed in 1890 and two later extensions were built in 1904 and 1934.  It is now listed as Grade II*.   In 2011 the Council decided that the few remaining offices in the town hall should be … Continue reading

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Bertram Mills Circus

Like many children in the 1950s, a visit to the Bertram Mills circus at Olympia was one of the treats of my childhood. The first circus, Astley’s, started about 1777 on the site of St Thomas’ Hospital.  It was an … Continue reading

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Shepherds Bush on TV, and in films and books

Any eagled eyed viewers watching the recent re-run on terrestrial TV of Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, in 24: Live Another Day might have noticed Shepherds Bush Market in the opening scenes of the first episode. What is interesting … Continue reading

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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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