Tag Archives: local history

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 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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John Leech, Illustrator and caricaturist for Punch magazine

Many of the Hammersmith & Fulham archives are still in Lilla Huset in Talgarth Road where they were housed before we moved to Hammersmith Library.  I was looking through some of the old volumes and came across John Leech’s Pictures … 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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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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“From then till now”

Long-time librarian, Elin Jones, reflects on her career working in Hammersmith and Fulham libraries… I retired this April after thirty-six and a half years of library service – and what lovely memories I take with me. I started working for Hammersmith and … Continue reading

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Polo in Fulham

Polo in Fulham In June polo will return to Fulham when, for the seventh year running, Polo in the Park takes place in Hurlingham Park.  More than 100 years ago, Hurlingham Park hosted regular weekly fixtures of polo on what … Continue reading

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