I’m a huge family history buff, I love looking into the past and learning more about my family. Thanks to the internet it’s so much easier now than it was 10-15 years ago! However this little gem came from a book I bought about Fulham in London last week. My family lived in the Fulham and Chelsea area from about 1900 till we left in the late 1970’s and I wanted to know more about the history of the area. Did you know the area had it’s own ‘London Eye’ in the 1880’s?
However I was flicking through the book, looking for some information when this photo just stood out to me. I don’t know why it caught my eye. It’s a picture from the celebrations of the Coronation of King George VI in 1937. I thought the bunting and flags were cute and then I looked at the faces and at first I was shocked and then stunned.
There at the top of the stairs under the bunting are my grandparents who bought me up.
I’ve never seen a picture of them young as this, they were poor and money was spent on food not photographs. I think she would have been pregnant with my much missed Uncle Ron in this picture as well, which makes it all the more poignant for me. I’m now going to write to the History Department at the Fulham Council to see if I can get an copy or if there are any other photos of this event. It’s one of those weird ‘hello’ from the past moments, but it’s made me so happy.