New Kings Road, Parsons Green
|Population||10,813 (2011 Census. Parsons Green and Walham Ward)|
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|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Parsons Green is a mainly residential district of Fulham in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The green itself, which is roughly triangular, is bounded on two of its three sides by the New King's Road section of the King's Road, A308 road and Parsons Green Lane. The wider neighbourhood is bounded by the Harwood and Wandsworth Bridge Roads, A217 road to the East and Munster Road to the West, while the Fulham Road, A3219 road may be said to define its northern boundary. Its southern boundary is less clearly defined as it merges quickly and imperceptibly with the Peterborough estate and Hurlingham.
At its historic centre lie two open spaces, the Green itself and Eel Brook Common. The name stems from the original village green, after the former residence of the rectors of Fulham Parish. 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.
Timber rights attached to the Green are mentioned in court rolls dating from 1391. In 1625 there were only six 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".
Two cricket matches were held on Parsons Green in 1731 and 1733. The first was on Tuesday, 10 August 1731 between Fulham and Chelsea, Fulham winning. The second was on Tuesday, 26 June 1733 between the same two teams and played for a substantial prize of 30 guineas, although the result is unknown.
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.
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.
On the 15th September 2017 an IED exploded on a tube train injuring 29 people. The IED was placed in a bucket however did not detonate fully. The injuries were mainly burn related. No fatalities were reported. An 18 year old Iraqi refugee was arrested the next day at the Port of Dover. His motive remains unknown however Europol classes it as as Jihadist terrorism.
Houses of note
- 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, Cradley, Rosslyn and Sefton
Notable residents of the Green
- Sir William Butts (c.1486-1545) physician to Henry VIII
- Sir John Powell (1645–1713) Baron of the Exchequer
- Admiral Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743)
- Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) moved here from North End, Fulham
- T. Crofton Croker (1798-1854) Irish antiquary and writer on Fulham
References and sources
- "Hammersmith and Fulham Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Parsons Green, Hammersmith & Fulham".
- Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group, Local List. Ed. Angela Dixon, Fourth Edition revised September 2004
- Denny, Barbara (1997). Fulham Past. London: Historical Publications. pp. 45–8. ISBN 0 948667 43 5.
- Waghorn, p. 9.
- Buckley, p. 8.
- Féret, Charles (1900). Fulham Old and New, vol.I-III (PDF). III. Leadenhall Press.
- "Tube blast is terror incident, say police". BBC News. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- Buckley, G. B. (1935). Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket. Cotterell.
- Waghorn, H. T. (1906). The Dawn of Cricket. Electric Press.
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