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Introducing PRARA

PRARA is the Residents' Association for Peterborough Road and other roads around South Park.  We are officially recognised by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. We consider matters of local public concern, especially those arising from LBH&F proposals, make representations to Councillors and Borough Officers and publicly represent local views. 

PRARA is registered as a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and membership of PRARA automatically enrols you in the scheme.  We have a written constitution which is non-political, general in nature for maximum flexibility, and comparatively informal.

There is no membership subscription to join the Association but there is an annual voluntary donation mainly to cover stationary & printing expenses.  Please use the links to find out more.

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A POTTED HISTORY OF PRARA’S FOOTPRINT

In the early nineteenth century, Fulham was a village outside London, providing the city with fruit and vegetables from numerous farms and market gardens.  By 1900 the area had been covered with terraced housing.  Peterborough House and its magnificent grounds became the present Peterborough Estate.  Peterborough Road was laid out in 1861;  Hugon in 1878;  Clancarty and Settrington in 1895 and the houses in Daisy Lane date from 1913 though the lane is much older.  Sulivan Road was laid out in 1913 though the houses were not built until the 1920s for Chelsea footballers!

 

Sulivan Road, Sulivan School and Sulivan Court are named after the Sulivan family who lived at Broom House, which was demolished in 1911 after Charlotte Sulivan died.  The grounds are now part of the Hurlingham Club.  Sulivan Court was built on the site of Hurlingham's No.2 Polo ground.  Charlotte Sulivan founded the Parson's Green Club and gave money to found St Dionis' and St Matthew's churches as well as the original Library in Wandsworth Bridge Road.  She sold some of her estate to the council in 1904 which became South Park.  The Elizabethan Schools, now the Castle Club, in Broomhouse Lane, was a ragged school and almshouses, founded in 1855 by Laurence Sulivan, Charlotte's father, in memory of his wife Elizabeth.

More information:

Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society www.fhhs.org.uk email:  mail@fhhs.org.uk

 The Fulham Society - http://www.fulhamsociety.org/about_the_society.htm

The Society was initiated in 1971 after a small group of residents campaigned successfully to prevent the construction of a very large hotel which would have dominated the river frontage near All Saints Church and Putney Bridge.

This threat highlighted the need for an amenity society with a wide local brief. The Fulham Society was formed with a remit covering the area of the former Metropolitan Borough of Fulham - an area from the Thames in the south and west to Hammersmith Road in the north and the border of Kensington and Chelsea in the east.

The Fulham Society's Aim -The aim of the Society is to keep Fulham as an agreeable place in which to live and work for all present and future residents and to improve its amenities. The Society is non-political, a registered charity and affiliated to the Civic Trust.

Fulham's Heritage - Fulham lies within a great loop of the Thames. Until about 1860 its alluvial soil was cultivated largely as market gardens. Thereafter,  until about 1910, as the District railway was extended the pleasing brick terraced houses, in which many live today, were constructed on this land.

Civic pride and public generosity also provided impressive public buildings and churches. Some of these developments are of special interest: 

  • The artists' studios at Barons Court
  • The large Whiteley wharehouses in Avonmore Road
  • The Gunter Estate in West Kensington
  • The Peterborough Estate with its 'lion' houses

Earlier gems include:

  • The mediaeval tower of All Saints Church
  • The Tudor Courtyard of Fulham Palace
  • 18th century dwellings along the New Kings Road and around Walham Green and  Parsons Green

Fulham's Open Spaces - The long river frontage, Bishops Park, South Park, Hurlingham Park, Normand Park, Parsons Green and Eel Brook Common, as well as many other smaller open spaces, contain  splendid trees and plants  and provide opportunities for leisure and recreation.

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