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Ackmar Road

24 Fire mark over the door.

Bagleys Lane

Grove House day nursery 19th

Broomhouse Lane.

School l854.

Sycamore and Ivy Cottages

Eight Feathers Club 1845 tower etc

Lodge Pretty tilehung and half timbered

Castle Club.  Built as a school by Horace Francis, 1854-5, quite a pretty symmetrical Tudor brick and stone composition with two stepped gables, a hefty central tower, and picturesquely grouped chimneys.

Broomhouse Road

Streets of predominantly late Victorian and Edwardian, with a few scattered stuccoed villas of the early c19

21 house

Broom Villa

Cambria Street

Imperial Arms.  Confident Victorian Italianate comes as welcome relief.

Clancarty Road

2 villas

75 house with wide facade

Eel Brook Common

Eel Brook. Named from ‘Hillebrook’ 1408, ‘Hellebrook’ 1444, ‘Helbroke’ 1554, ‘Eelbrook’ 1820, that is ‘’-brook by a hill', from Old English ‘hyll’ here used of only a slight elevation in an otherwise flat terrain and ‘broc’. The later development is the result of folk etymology. Means Hillbrook running down a slope. Once land with local rights for pasture. 14 acres from old Eel Brook which was on the west boundary of the common. Legal case in 1878 but in the end the Metropolitan Board of Works took it over. Tributary going to Counters Creek at Stamford Bridge Much larger than today. Bit facing Crondace Road was called Fulham Common and enclosed by ecclesiastical commissioners 1878. Commons rights and protests. Managed by LCC.

113-121, 99-107, 71-77 with a few more late Georgian pairs and terraces

Elm House and Duffield House.

Harwood Road school 1873 one of the early schools.

Elmstone Road

Janet Street-Porter’s childhood home.

Emden Street

Built to join Sands End Lane and Imperial Road


Fulham Road

396 Marist convent school l840s.

Granville Theatre of Varieties

Imperial Road

Built by the Imperial Gas Co as an substitute for the closed up Sands End Lane

Imperial Square

A delightful enclave of simple c19 cottage terraces with generous front gardens, built for workers in the Imperial Gas Company nearby.  The hard landscaping and the appropriate reproduction gas lamps date from the 1980s.  Gas workers probably Germans brought in to stop labour troubles.

Victorian gas holder

Kings Road


Marinefield Road

Elizabeth Barnes Court sheltered housing, a friendly sequence of broad tile-hung gables with inset balconies.

Maynard Close

The poorly detailed low-rent housing of the 1980s is in sad contrast.  By Robert Patterson of Romuiu Construction, is perhaps better than the rest.

Michael Road

Gas Council Research Station white tiles Civic Trust award

New Kings Road

M/e just a lane no name.

North side of Draycott Lodge home of Holman Hunt called a local school.

Southern Cross was the Peterborough Hotel of 1892 grander, but in the same style as the estate.

71-77 red brick 19c

93-107 houses

111 house

113,115 cottages

117-121 houses

Parsons Green

Parsons Green Named ‘Personesgrene’ 1391,’ Person grene’ 1457, ‘Personnesgrene’ 1534, that is 'village green where the Parson lives, or by the parsonage', from Middle English ‘persone’ and ‘grene’. This hamlet developed around the parsonage of Fulham which stood to the west of the Green and was demolished in 1882. There was still a large pond on the Green until the 19th century, and annual fairs were held here until the 1820s. Managed by LCC

237- 245, a terrace of three-bay houses dated 1795, is unusual in having centrally placed doorways. 

247, three storeys and basement with a later top storey and lower wings; good fanlight.

Pond was called Colepitts and drained at the end of the 19th

Lady Margaret School. A girls' school established in 1917. Iron Age settlement found in the grounds.

Belfield House has an early c 18 front of five bays, with the two outer windows in slightly projecting wings.  Handsomely detailed, with red brick used for quoins and window heads, and stone keystones.  Restored by the artist Theodore Roussel in 1890.  Interior much altered.  Fine staircase and fireplaces removed when converted for the school in 1917.

Elm House.  Adjoining of c.1800, recorded as a school already in 1803, became part of the present one in 1937.  Five bays, with recessed windows with mask keystones, and tripartite doorway in rusticated surround.  Entrance hall with simple cantilevered stair curving up over the doorway; the room behind on a generous scale, with bow-window to the garden.  The room above, also with a bow, is now the Chapel central window with painted glass by Sasha Ward, 1987: Tree of Life, birds in a trellis pattern.  Good original cornices in both rooms.

Henniker House. Plain Italianate of c. 1841 much altered.  Back wings for the school, plain well-detailed brick ranges, from 1962.  Hall completed 1965, by Seely & Paget.

1-3 White Horse pub. Late 19th pub near the apex of the green. It is red terracotta with tall gable and a motif of a horse under a canopy. It was rebuilt in 1881 after a disastrous fire destroyed the original pub, which dated back to 1778.  It is a mecca for beer enthusiasts with regular beer festivals and a lot of beers from Belgium, Germany and the USA. It is also popular with people who have given it the name of the 'Sloany Pony'. It has bench-seating and a restaurant, which was converted, from a coach house.  It was once the meeting place for an early cricket team – The Albion Cricket Club

Church Hall 1876 by Arthur Billing

Rectory with Gothic doorway and a little tile-hanging.  Humble cottagey terraces of c. 1840 much gentrified.

Duke of Cumberland.  Refurbished with an interesting history. Large Victorian pub named after Prince Ernest Augustus, 1771-1851. It overlooks Parsons

Green and has undergone many alterations. The main bar area has a splendid tiled wall with figurines harvesting grapes, the long bar leads to a snug room where a quiet drink can be enjoyed and there is a raised seating area with a real log fire for cold winter nights. The pub attracts a mixed clientele of locals and people from the Southern Hemisphere


St.Dionysus. Rebuilt 1886. Odd font from Wren St.Dioynsus Backchurch and pulpit too. Plate. Built with money from the sale of the City church. Stands on the site of the Rectory which gave the area its name,

SE corner had pond from l559.

Fulham House in this area. Home of Lord Stourton and William Sharpe.

Parsons Green Lane

Name of hamlet land of parsonage at Fulham 1391 Personesgrove. Now a little bit of green left. Parsongate there 1391-1982.

Parsons Green Station. 1st March 1880.  Between Fulham Broadway and Putney Bridge on the District Line to Wimbledon.  On the Metropolitan District Railway, Fulham extension railway. A modest version of Putney Bridge Station. In 1870s there were wooden platforms and door in the arch over the road. Tower with windows and ivy. Built to avoid houses and stick to garden areas.

'Fine new block of artisan flats'

24 Swan over the porch

LPTB works. Unexploded bomb

Peterborough Road

Peterborough House.  A major c17 gentleman’s retreat and mansion rebuilt in the late c18 and demolished c. 1900.

On the Peterborough Estate a remarkably coherent grid of streets was developed from the 1890s by the local builder J. Nichols between Peterborough Road, Wandsworth Bridge Road, and Studdridge Street. Much terracotta trim originally buff, but mostly now painted white. The shared gables decorated with heraldic lions are the distinctive signatures.  Called the Peterloo estate name of east of Peterborough. Demolished 1708 and again 1900.

28 cottage

Rewell Street

Sandford Manor.  Hidden amidst the 1980s closes, the one older survival. Despite its c19 roughcast and parapet, essentially a mid c17 house, a rare survival in the inner suburbs. After long neglect, restored and converted to offices in 1987-9 by Romulus Construction Ltd. It is a lesser version of the new type of progressive, compact brick mansion built at this time in the countryside around London. Until the 1840s, when it was divided into two dwellings for gas employees, it had a front with three shaped gables. 2-1-2 windows, their heavy brick mid c17 surrounds still evident beneath the render, as is the moulded brick stringcourse. Flank walls with three plain gables. The plan is now a roughly rectangular double pile; there was originally a back courtyard between two wings filled in in the c 19. The wings are at different levels because of a cellar below the room. Front range with central entrance hall flanked by a larger room on each side, each with a hefty chimneystack also serving the room behind. The hall - an entrance hall only, not a hall of the old type - also contains the staircase; a typical mid c17 example, with small well, closed string, turned balusters, and newels with simple balls and pendants. It continues up to the attic floor. Restored with honey-coloured paint and graining; the hall panelling treated likewise. In the wing, first-floor room with restored panelling medium-size panels; in the room above, remains of c 17 black and red painting of a vase of flowers in the fireplace reveal. The restoration is a good example of the 'conserve as found' philosophy of the 1980s.  The later phases of the building's history have not been removed. Walnut trees, stairs and gates. Nell Gwyn

Ryecroft Road

Victorian pillar box

Sands End

Where New Kings Road becomes Kings Road, is Chelsea-over-the-border, with a surfeit of antique shops.  Much rebuilding of the 1980s in a welter of ill-digested styles.

Southpark land of south field farm or broom farm bought for the borough in 1903

Imperial Gas Works. Fulham Works. Imperial Gas Co from 1824 – 1876 on the site of Sandford Manor House. Oldest gas holder is not visible from the outside. 1871 spiral type. Wharf on Thames 1926. Second oldest gas works and third largest in North Thames Gas Board. Clegg built the Imperial works in 1824. In 1827 2 more holders added and in 1829 the Dutton Street plant was added to make gas. Retort houses date from 1838, 1842, l856, 1864 & 1865. Was making 9 mcf a day by 1900. Always of very advanced design. Had the Largest gas holders for many years - the Guide framing was remarkable. ‘Sultan’ following visit by Nased el Din who said Murdoch was God of Light. CWG etc etc. The Kensington Canal was used after 1862 with docks to the canal and in 1926 sea going colliers were unloaded from the river using a Hand conveyor to works. In 1891 mechanical coal storage plant installed. In 1879 complaints about lime meant they used barges with canvas covers. Special gas 1908-17 for balloons and war training which was sent to Hurlingham by a special main. Mantle burning factory in 19l6. In 1911 became the first GLCC motor depot and in 1920 it was a Benzole motor spirit station. Research Laboratory set up in 1927. By the 1970s it was a Gasholder station with 2 holders. After closure car breakers were on much of the site and it was eventually bought by property developers St.George. Features in film 'Sweeney!’, ‘Eye of the Needle’,

Sands End Lane

Closed by the gas company. Had been important thoroughfare

Stamford Bridge

‘Samfordesbregge’ 1444, ‘Stamfordbregge’ 1449, ‘Stamfordbregge’ 1456, named from ‘Sandford’ 1236, and 1340, ‘the sandy ford', from Old English ‘sand’ and ‘ford’ with the later addition of ‘brycg’.

Counters Creek.joined by tributary from Eel Brook Common The line of West London Railway follows it and it was the eastern boundary of Fulham.

Ford.   The original ford over Counters Creek was superseded by a bridge carrying the main road

Stamford Bridge. Built by the Bishop of London in 1410 for the road from London to his Fulham Palace.

Market gardens. Farm in 1905

Chelsea Football Club. East Stand Like an enormous claw. Feeling of strength quality of joinery very sophisticated. Very famous ground.  Embankments made of spoil from the tube

Townmead Road

Last place name showing this old town meadows t is the northern edge of the

Between Chelsea Dock and Broomhouse Dock big hay producing area. Was a curious medley of down-at-heel depots and derelict utilities, building sites for smart new flats, and strings of little two-storey Victorian houses barely touched by gentrification?

Wandsworth Bridge Road


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