Parsons Green

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Parsons Green
Parsons Green is located in Greater London
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Population 10,813 (2011 Census. Parsons Green and Walham Ward)[1]
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51°28′26″N 0°11′57″W / 51.4738°N 0.1991°W / 51.4738; -0.1991Coordinates: 51°28′26″N 0°11′57″W / 51.4738°N 0.1991°W / 51.4738; -0.1991
Lady Margaret School, viewed from Parsons Green

Parsons Green is a mainly residential district in Fulham, and part of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It straddles the King's Road, A308 road and Parsons Green Lane. It has long been considered as the most 'aristocratic' area in Fulham. It is bounded by the Harwood and Wandsworth Bridge Roads, A217 road to the East and Munster Road to the West, while the Fulham Road, A219 road may be said to define its northern boundary. Its southern boundary is less clearly defined as it melds with the Peterborough estate and Hurlingham. At its historic centre lie two open spaces, the Green itself and Eelbrook Common. The name stems from the original village green, after the former residence of the rectors of Fulham Parish.[2] It is one of the Conservation areas in Hammersmith and Fulham, that extends from the borough boundary in the east to Fulham High Street in the west.[3]

History[edit]

Timber rights attached to the Green are mentioned in court rolls dating from 1391. In 1625 there were only 6 rated residents for the area. By 1706, John Bowack opined in his Antiquities of Middlesex that it was inhabited mostly by gentry and persons of quality.[4]

Two cricket matches with important status were held on Parsons Green in 1731 and 1733. The first was on Tuesday, 10 August 1731 between Fulham and Chelsea, Fulham winning.[5] The second was on Tuesday, 26 June 1733 between the same two teams and played for a substantial prize of thirty guineas, although the result is unknown.[6]

In the 18th-century changes continued with the building of grand houses with grounds. These were bought by merchants and bankers from the City and not infrequently by members of the Court and their 'associations'. The area acquired a somewhat louche reputation at that time.[7]

Fulham F.C. had their ground in the park for two years from 1889. Early in the 20th-century, a few test flights were carried out there with flying machines.

Houses of note[edit]

  • Holly Bush House - later 'East End', tenancy of Maria Fitzherbert, demolished 1884
  • Belfield House - home of Mrs Jordan, later part of Lady Margaret School
  • Elm House - also became part of Lady Margaret School
  • Henniker, later Park House, designed by Thomas Cubitt, demolished 1889
  • Aragon House,
  • Gosford Lodge
  • Pitts Place terrace, including, Albyn, Belgrave, Cardley and Sefton

Some residents of the Green[edit]

Transport[edit]

Parsons Green looking south along the New King's Road

The area is served by Parsons Green tube station on the District line. The Bus route along the New King's Road is: route 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hammersmith and Fulham Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Parsons Green, Hammersmith & Fulham". 
  3. ^ Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group, Local List. Ed. Angela Dixon, Fourth Edition revised September 2004
  4. ^ Denny, Barbara (1997). Fulham Past. London: Historical Publications. pp. 45–8. ISBN 0 948667 43 5. 
  5. ^ Waghorn, p. 9.
  6. ^ Buckley, p. 8.
  7. ^ Féret, Charles (1900). Fulham Old and New, vol.I-III (PDF). III. Leadenhall Press. 



Bibliography[edit]

Parsons Green area looking north along New King's Road
Aragon House, Parsons Green, London
Eel Brook Common

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