Unexpected..

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.

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10 Comments

  1. Awesome! What a completely amazing find. I hope they have more photos for you.
    I too am the family historian. My dad just brought me tons of photos my mum found this past week and have promised to bring the remaining when she comes out this summer.
    I love researching my family and having the pride of where we are from, Dad’s side Scotland and then my mum’s side has been in American since before the colonies. I have actually found documents of the development of the colonies and the economic stats with my family documented. That was an exciting read:)
    again, congrats to you on such a fantastic find!!!
    fingers crossed that the History Department has more information for you.
    callie

  2. Thanks, I’m so hoping they have some more photos it would be amazing to see them. Isn’t it just amazing when you find something like that. It always gives me goosebumps. Wow your Mum’s family sounds really interesting – before the colonies?? My Nan’s family was from Scotland as well, mainly from the Highlands and I’ve got them back to the 1500’s. My husband’s Grayson family is from Yorkshire but I’ve only gotten back to 1854 with them which isn’t that far, but then the trail just goes cold sadly. But you never know when something will pop up, that much I’ve learnt over the years 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness how sweet is that! I’m so happy for you- Love the old photos theres just something about them.
    Have a wonderful day.

  4. Oh my word – that is amazing! How wonderful! Serendipity working at its best. You were just meant to see the photograph. I do hope that you find out more information and can get a copy of the photo or perhaps additional ones?

    I would love to trace my family tree ~ this is a little project on the back burner until I get some more free time.

    Would love to know how you get on…

  5. WOW – good eye to catch that!! That is so neat that you found a picture of your family like this!! Goose bumpy 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    ~angela

  6. WOW! That is, like, the coolest find EVER!!!! I don’t even know what to say…I got all goose bumpy, too! I can’t believe your good fortune. You’re so good at being your family historian, too, so I really think this photo was meant to “find” you. I really, really need to delve into my family history a bit more. My father’s father was estranged from his family (for marrying my grandma…of a different religion). It’s the name I carry and I know *nothing* about them. I’ve recently found out at least one of my dad’s first cousins lives the next town over (LONG story)…so one of these days I’ll reach out and get the story straight.

  7. Laura, it still makes me goose bumpy as well 🙂

    For your family there is loads of information online. Try Ancestry.com they seem to have the most comprehensive records and you can get a free trial for 14 days which should give you time enough for a good rummage through the records. Good Luck!!

  8. I’ve just been tracing my family too… and I’ve got it back to around the 1780s on my father’s side. We are Londoners born and bred and I’ve taken it back through stationers and cabinetmakers to bookbinders and silkweavers. They all seemed to live in the City near St Paul’s, Spitalfields and Finsbury and it pleases me no end that I come from a long line of artisans.

    I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to come across that photo… let us know if you do find some more…