A Trip Down Memory Lane…Fulham (Part 1)

Back in early August, I took a little trip to Fulham. I was actually born near Stonehenge in Wiltshire, but when my dad couldn’t get regular work, we moved to Fulham, into my grandparents’ house in Rigault Road in 1966. Fulham became the place I grew up in, where I went to school (All Saints C of E Primary and Lady Margaret C of E Secondary), fell in love for the first time (okay, a few times) and started off into the world of work (Che Guevara in Putney High Street, Mar-Com in Chiswick, Prontaprint in Fulham Road and Fulham UBO in Wyfold Road). I moved out of Fulham in 1988 and had only visited once in 1997, so my memories of my childhood place were rather faded…although there are some memories that never dull. Accompanying me on this journey was my lovely friend Lesley (we went to school together) with her husband and daughter, all armed with cameras.

We met at Putney Bridge station and were blessed with a beautiful sunny day…

We then walked into Ranelagh Gardens…

and then into Fulham High Street…not surprisingly, many of the shops had changed, but some of the pubs hadn’t!

Our old primary school had gone 🙁 Although the building was still there, it is now a prep school.

When we reached the top of Rigault Road, there was no Jimmy’s sweet shop…to be honest, I think that had long gone when I had reached my teens. Instead there was Pappa Ciccia, an Italian take away, so we decided to have some coffee and cake before exploring more memories.

We had a peek at All Saints Church Hall…this is opposite our old primary school and where we used to have our “lovely” school dinners. Ahhh memories of lining up in pairs (one girl and one boy) and holding hands, while the teachers fought the traffic to get us all across in one piece (there was no pelican crossing in those days).

Next was Rigault Road…in many respects it hadn’t changed much, except a bit cleaner and is now one-way only.

As we walked up to my house, I told Lesley that I was going to knock on the door of my old house and see what happened (I think she thought I would bottle out, but I didn’t!). I had thought that the house had been converted into flats, as it has been extended on the right side so there is no longer a little alley way (used to be where the coal was delivered as my grandparents had coal fires) so I was surprised to see only one buzzer intercom. I rang it and tried not to sound like a weirdo when I explained that I used to live there over 25 years ago. At first, the woman was reluctant but I chatted away a bit more and she asked for my surname. On my reply, she said “hang on” and then answered the door…result!! We talked for a little while…she was the original buyer of the house when my parents sold it in 1989…I was itching to get inside and nose around, but whilst I dropped subtle hints, I didn’t ask directly…so maybe next time!

We then walked down to the end of Rigault Road and explored Fulham Park Road…I had forgotten the mixture of housing in that area…great big houses to council flats.

Across Fulham Road, we explored Hestercombe Avenue (where Lesley used to live) and Dorncliffe Road.

Then onto Fulham Road, we walked down to the roundabout at the junction with Fulham Palace Road, passing the Drive Mansions (which freaked me out a bit as a kid) and various shops. The pet shop on the corner of Burlington Road/Fulham Road is now an estate agents. I stood on the little roundabout to get shots of the top of each road (Fulham Road, Fulham High Street and Fulham Palace Road) which scared Lesley a little bit!

We then headed into Bishops Park, off Fulham Palace Road…the adventure playground is no longer there, there’s an area cornered off to walk dogs, definitely smarter looking, but very pleased to see the allotments were still there. My grandad had one there, from the Second World War until the early 1980s.

We also came across All Saints Primary school which is now housed in what used to be St Marks Secondary.

And then onto Fulham Palace, which I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I had never visited before! A rather lovely place, as it turned out. We had a look around the gardens and then had some lunch in the drawing room cafe (Lesley bumped into a school friend while we were there – small world!). We actually stayed for quite a while…surrounded by yummy mummies and their babies.

We also had a look at the little chapel.

Next stop, All Saints Church, it’s main claim to fame being featured in the film The Omen (the original with Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Patrick Troughton)…Patrick Troughton gets speared by a lightning rod from the top of the church. And we remember them filming around there at the time.

We also saw the Almshouses…our harvest festival contributions used to go there every year.

So we had now come full circle…we had a drink at the Eight Bells, had a quick peek at the top of New Kings Road, said our goodbyes and tootled off home. It was such a lovely day…I can’t wait for Fulham (Part 2) when we aim to cover Parsons Green, North End Road and Fulham Broadway!

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  1. Andrea Ellison Photography

    September 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Amanda…I could look at your images all day….and this is something I have wanted to do for a while….revisiting old haunts and childhood memories ….lovely x

    • admin

      September 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Ahhh thank you Andrea <3 I would strongly recommend it...it's amazing what little nuggets of memories come back.

  2. Mandy B

    September 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Loved the tour of where you used to live Amanda x

    • admin

      September 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you Mandy x

  3. Jane

    September 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    What a wonderful trip down memory lane! Love the images x

    • admin

      September 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Bless ya Jane x

  4. Wendy Grant Photography

    September 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    WOW! Such an incredible diversity of buildings and architecture in just one area and so beautifully captured Amanda. I love the fact that some things like the allotments have stood the test of time. What a wonderful way to spend a day with your childhood friend 🙂

    • admin

      September 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      There is, isn’t there…but I never appreciated it when I lived there! Thank you hunny x

  5. Pam Hordon

    September 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Fantastic Amanda, what a wonderful trip down memory lane!!! xxx

    • admin

      September 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you Pam x

  6. Sue Daly

    September 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    This is a fab post Amanda. I always love your pics xx

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  8. Rachel

    July 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for this lovely blast from the past. I was born in Waldemar Avenue in 1946, went to All Saints until age 11, then moved on. I still recall so much of what you have shown. Have not seen any of these places for huge number of years. Fantastic pics

  9. Peter Wright

    July 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Wow this really takes me back ! I attended St.marks C of E from ’81-’86, although I never really enjoyed my time at School I loved the area and miss it soo much ! So much has changed as I travelled from Roehampton to both the School sites at Parsons Green & Bishops Avenue.
    Beautiful pictures and thanks for the memories !!

  10. David Waters

    November 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Great post Amanda, I attended St Marks from ’77, stumbled across your post and yep brought some good memories


      December 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      David ,
      I think we were at school together! Little Tom !

  11. Gabrielle Robson( Collins)

    January 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Amanda, came across your web site by chance, and what a lovely surprise it was, I was born in Fulham, Colehill Lane, and also attended All Saints School, I left in ’69 and went onto The Grey Coat Hospital Westminster, my memories of All Saints are magical, such a wonderful school and yes as you quite rightly say the trip every day across the road for lunch in the Church Hall was an adventure. I’ve often wondered what had become of the school and of the friends that I was at school with. Thank you for bringing back happy memories,

  12. Chris Starkins

    March 1, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I lived in gowan ave and went to school at st marks irecall leaving in 1962 the fowolling year this school became a mixed school I have lived in australia fo 45 years now but freqent the uk often

  13. Barb Thompson

    July 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I went to St Marks school and have very fond memories of that time. I lived near Olympia and walked to school every day. The annex was in Parsons Green (years 1,2,&3) and the upper school in Bishops Park (up to 3rd year 6th) I have really enjoyed your text and photo’s and look forward to reading part two.

  14. John Heard

    July 25, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Nostalgic and interesting…thank you…pity you didn’t visit the football ground!

  15. john lynch

    September 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I was born in high Wycombe, spent the war years in Chelsea and Fulham, my second school was st marks in Fulham rd, almost opposite Chelsea foot ball ground, the school has gone but the octagon still remains, my first job was with sid mills the green grocers(Saturday only) on the corner of Fulham rd and redcliff gardens , first school was Park Walk in Chelsea (still there) I am 79 now and have lived in Australia for 40 years, Thanks for the great pictures of the area. john lynch ,happy memories

    • min

      September 16, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Lovely to hear from you John

  16. David Tully

    January 12, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Love it

  17. joseph

    February 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    St Marks – I was one of the students from year 10 and had to move to Hurlingham and Chelsea school when St Marks closed in 1995.

    Thank you for the trip (with you) down memory lane.

  18. Ray nutbeam

    March 12, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Lovely to see my old stamping ground again, left there in 1960 and never been back , mores the pity

  19. Bill Patrick

    March 20, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Amanda you can have no idea how much I enjoyed this blog. I’m a yank that attended St Marks for 1 year in 1967/8. I was at the lower school in Parsons Green (3rd form) and walked to the upper school in Bishop’s Park for lunch every day. Sad to see it fell on hard times but your photos brought back such rich memories that with even a tad of talent I could create a tale that would rival Dickens. Thank You!

    • sue johnson

      September 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Hi Billy Patrick,

      i was at school with you and your brother John. My name was Sue Green, you and your brother were well known as the only yanks at the school. I believe you lived in an apartment in Kensington. wow memories!

  20. Mick Noonan

    March 29, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Hi Amanda! I stumbled across your blog whilst looking for St Mark’s Church of England Secondary School – I was there from 1958 to 1963 before I stated work at London Trustee Savings Bank (Westbourne Grove, then North End Road, Fulham) and left in 1968 to go to Australia for a couple of years – think I will stay now! I spent the first 22 years of my life at 146 Hurlingham Road, just East of the railway bridge adjacent to Putney Bridge Station. I will be back in the UK for four weeks (6 June to 6 July, will do the usual pilgrimage to Fulham!) then Ireland for a week, Scandinavia for a three week tour followed by Singapore for three nights on the way home. My first return visit was in 1996, then 2009 when I met two classmates that I had not met for 46 years. I just loved your photos, having lived about a five minute walk from most of the locations. I will keep in touch. Cheers!

  21. Adrian Thomson

    April 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for taking me back in time, went to All Saints Primary, till 1960’s who was the headmaster Mr Busbey ?, Latymer Foundation Hammersmith till it closed 1963, then the real world, work, lovely memory’s, trolley bus from St Dunstans Rd Hammersmith to School Putney Bridge, 6 weeks bus strike, my parents made me walk, somethings luckily the headmaster would be driving to school and he would give me a lift, could you imagine that happening now, think not.
    Thank you once again.

  22. Mick Noonan

    April 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Hi Amanda – simply wonderful!! I spent the first twenty-two years of my life in Fulham (Hurlingham Road) before coming to Australia in 1968 for a couple of years – I’ll probably stay now! Went to Holman Hunt Primary School on New Kings Road until 1957 or so, then St Mark’s until I started work in 1963 for the London Trustee Savings Bank – at Westbourne Grove initially then in North End Road just before Lillie Road (Clem Atlee Court). I went to Church at all Saints, delivered papers along Burlington Road and adjoining Streets including the Almshouses, drank at the Eight Bells and took the train from Putney Bridge station when I first started work. When I went back to the UK in 1996 I knocked on the door of 146 Hurlingham Road after taking a photo and a lovely chap came out wondering what I was up to. I explained that I had spent the first twenty-two years on my life living here – he mentioned that I was still getting mail from Lloyds bank that he returned unclaimed and that related to dividend cheques for shares I had forgotten all about! I still have the shares and they are worth quite a few hundred pounds now – not bad for a twenty quid investment. I was taken on a guided tour of the house that was quite amazing – my Sister was with myself and my wife and we took numerous photos to which we still refer. I returned to the UK for five weeks in 2009 and will do so again this June – and yes, a pilgrimage to Fulham is already planned. Cheers, Mick Noonan (age 70)

  23. Richard Morcombe

    July 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

    What a great story of your visit,I went to St marks in Bishops park between 66 and 71.

    Your photographs and commentary bought back such wonderful memories.

    Thank you.

    • min

      July 2, 2016 at 12:43 am

      Thank you Richard

    • Kate Lomas

      September 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Was at St Marks exactly the same time as you I was in Mrs Williams class 1st year 2E 3G (Mr Golightly) others in my class Karen Gregory Tina Harris Sally Chapman Kim Knowles Leo Williams Errol John Denise Prior Virginia Hayes Sue Elgin others I recall Amanda Stoker Sue Springett don’t know if any of the names rings bells all the best Kate Lomas

  24. Martin Jones

    August 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Hi Amanda, as the posts above bought back lots of memories. I was born in Favart rd opposite the eel brook.common. Went to Peterborough primary school by South park, then St Marks in Ackmar rd in 69 (ho my, that long ago). Then upper school in Bishops park. Thanks for the memory jog,

  25. John Godding

    September 30, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Hi Amanda,
    I remember you from all those years ago when we were at school. How are you?

    John Godding

  26. Kate Lomas

    October 2, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    All Saints Primary School moved into St Marks Upper School in between Bishops Park and Fulham Palace Road and the Lower School just down the road from Lady Margarets Grammer School was knocked down and they built houses there

  27. Jenny phillips

    October 11, 2016 at 12:59 am

    I lived in ethel rankn court, landridge road from the flats opening in 1957 when i was two till i left in 1975 when i married and moved away. It broke my heart not to be able to afford to stay in fulham but there you go. I recognise all my childhood hunting ground in your pictures. Many a teenage night tottering back from the,putney bridge underground station through a dark alley with god knows who lurking.

    Going to work on the 14 bus frm that top end of fulham road. My sisters wedding receptions in the kings head pub and the big one the kings head. I got married in all saints church, so did my sisters and we were all christened there. The 50’s and 60’s the best time to have lived there. Very central. Guy fawkes dummies sat on the wall if the drive mansions to get small change from people getting off the bus. I always wanted to go to st marks school cos i liked their uniform of straw boaters and yellow gingham summer dresses. De costas ladies and menswear where they stocked the school uniforms for the area and the movelty toy shop where i would gaze at all the toys and mentally make a wish list. Happy days

  28. Tina harris

    January 8, 2017 at 10:09 am

    was in kate lomas class as mentioned by her.im Tina harris. Kate hope Your well. I have memories of that time and Also remember the people you new.

  29. wendymccormack

    February 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    1 lived in fulham till i was 19 when i got married i went to hurlingham secondary school which was then all girls. headmistress was mrs hattersley i know all saints school well i was a child in the 1960s much better world than today.

  30. Madeleine and Melvyn frsnklin

    March 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures of Fulham. A trip down memory lane for myself and my husband as we both lived in Fulham for many years. We met there, married in all saints church, my husbands grandmother lived in the almshouses, and I went to Holman hunt school in new kings road Fulham. I look forward to more!!

  31. Ken Broome

    July 16, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    At St Marks in the 60s lost track of all my mates !!! Forms 1L and 2E Bob Knott !!!

  32. Rosemary p

    September 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I loved your pictures I lived in Furness road Fulham . But was always at bishops park. Or hurling ham park.love tat area.have my been back for ages. I went to queens court county star road Fulham. And had to walk when it was the bus strike. When I got married lived Putney for 15 yrs. my girl and boy went to the new hulingham and Chelsea school.

  33. Rosemary parket

    September 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Enjoyed your pics

  34. Jane

    November 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    What a fab journey, My grandad known to all as Charlie or Smiler and Nan Amy owned the greengrocers on Fulham palace road However it was burnt down in 1968 but he still remained working in his scrap yard in glenco road and kept a small stall in North end road. I have friends in Fulham so have seen the changes. Loved reading what you had written.


    December 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I was an American who literally went from Woodstock to Europe…I landed at my friend debbi kempton smiths in brechin place and ended up stairs living with a brother and sister Charles and sarah broadhed…debbi immediately took me to a restaurant in the fulham road…its 1970ish…the restaurant was named parsons and it was wonderful…I had an english boy friend and eirher he and I or a bunch of us were there all the time…eventually Geoff my wonderful English boyfriend was offered a job there it was a fun wonderful cool place and I’m surprised ive never seen it mentioned…I became good friends with the make up artist extrodenaire ;pierre la roache rocky horror movie and stage show and amazing creations like Ziggy stardust and pinups which were of course bowie…it was just that kind of glittery but friendly with great looking fun people..late 1970s awesome burger…great shakes and beautiful people I went back to nyc the English boyfriend of many years became a husband of few…I did stay friends with pierre for years…I got divorced pierre passed away I moved to Canada..everyons scattered away…but my dear friend Cheryl anf I traveled fron venice to Denmark down thru Europe backpacking or eurailing..to turkey isreal Syria china and I hitched back to the uk 1/2 the way thru Yugoslavia to the autobahn in a volksvagen bus with my finish boyfriend and the bus owners and their giant load of umm contraband…I got out on the autobahn and stood under a sign with the distances posted to where ever and some one had spraypainted ”hitchhikers graveyard”i hitched a ride with a blond airline stewardess who drove me all the way to Calais…gave me several hundred us$$$$ she insisted saying her airline pilot boyfriend would give her more…and i was back in the uk..and geoffry and wonderful parsons on the Fulham road…m