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    Church of St Mary the Virgin

    by uglyscot Updated Jul 11, 2011

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    This church is interesting .It has been the site of Christian worship from the 13th century.
    In 1647, during the English Civil War, the church was the site of the Putney Debates on the English constitution.
    The existing building .as seen many changes; parts of the church date from medieval times, such as the 15th century tower and some of the nave arcading.
    The early 16th century Bishop West Chapel was built by Bishop Nicholas West. Much of the building dates from the re-build of 1836.
    Spend a few moments reading records of payment to the church, see medieval heads [not gargoyles as such].
    There is a nice cafe run by Sally where tea and snacks can be bought.

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    Restoration of Fulham Palace

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The local council of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Fulham Palace Trust have started restoring and reviving Fulham Palace.

    They have a five year plan.

    These are some of the new things they are going to implement:

    ~ Restore the landscaped garden, and the walled garden and vinery areas
    ~ Promote the culture and history of the palace and its surrounds
    ~ Hold more educational events
    ~ Make everywhere more wheelchair friendly
    ~ Improve social issues

    etc.

    There is A LOT to do!

    It's refreshing to see a council go to this trouble, and it's especially nice because this area has so many visitors and so much interest already... imagine when all is done!

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    The history behind Fulham Palace

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fulham Palace seems to have been the home of many Bishops in the past.

    This was a place where royal banquets and balls were held in the Great Hall.

    Where Kings and Queens dined.

    In its hey-day it had a large moat around it... with magnificent gardens... where there were many gardening/botanical pioneers that took place.

    The oldest part of the building was built in 1495 and is Grade One listed (not surprisingly!).

    There is archaeological evidence of Neolithic and Romans having lived here before too.

    The palace had its uses during World War Two, and afterwards, was used as offices.

    All-in-all, a fascinating palace which tells quite a story! :)

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    Fulham Palace

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I think what first grabbed my attention when we neared the palace were two things.

    Firstly, that this was not a castle in the usual sense of the word.

    ~ This was more understated and more of a dwelling, rather than a fortress with towers and huge defensive walls etc.

    Secondly, I saw that it was built during a favourite time period of mine.

    ~ The Tudor period.

    It is low key, undrestated and solid. I quite like it! :)

    Kids were rollar blading around the front courtyard, and visitors were pokig their noses in here and there.

    They are quite strict with their opening times and you cant just wander inside... you have to be there at a specific time.

    More details re this are in the website below.

    Interestingly enough, they use the castle for exhibits and a gallery now, as well as a museum.

    They show all kinds of artists work, especially unknown artists, artists that are emerging into the world of fine art.

    They have special artists talks, as well as other occasions, like treasure hunts!

    These events are free but you do need to book with the gallery in advance (details below).

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    Fulham Palace Gate House

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As you enter Fulham Palace Gate, this little house is on your left hand side.

    Thois is often where the caretaker of the time would have stayed.

    It is gothic in style and we spent a little while looking around it, even though I dont think many peopel do, they just wander on past, heading straight for the palace!

    Lance and I love this kind of place though, just a pity it wasnt open for us to explore further... our explorations had to make do with looking at the inscriptions on the front hall section and trying to glimpse into the gothic-style windows!

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    Bishop Howley's Drawing Room

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The only remnants from the time of Bishop Howley in the cafe area today are the paintings re him, and the fireplace and sofas are remeniscent of it being a drawing room, not just a cafe.

    High ceilings and wooden oak floors, this is a beautifully lit area with much charm.

    But who was Bishop William Howley?

    He lived from 1766 - 1848, and was the Archbishop of Canterbury for a few years, from 1828 to 1848.

    Prior to this, a Bishop of London.

    He loved and appreciated architecture, and was key to the refurbishment of Lambeth Palace and Fulham Palace, as well as his residence in St James Square.

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    Fulham Palace Lawn

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The builidng you can see in the photo is where the cafe is.

    This lawn was, and I am NOT kidding.. full of buggies! Moms, dads and their kids and babies came here and spent the afternoon playing ball, on their trikes, having a picnic etc.

    There were also two ladies in their mid-forties I would say, who were having a yoga session in the one (quiet) corner of the lawn. The one lady had a hot blanket-type thing over her, not too sure what she was doing.. lying as still as anything.

    Her friend sat in the traditonal yoga pose... legs crossed with hands on knees and back straight, head up and eyes closed.

    Interesting...

    There is a local public pool where the kids can then take a dip afterwards.

    It's a large lawn and is well kept.

    We will certainly be back for another day of sunshine, exercise along the Thames walkway, some brunch at the cafe, a gander through the gallery at that time, plus the museum, and then a relax in the sun on the lawn.

    It's public, yet it still feels quite private.

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    Rose Garden

    by Jenniflower Updated Aug 5, 2007

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    This Rose Garden is found on the walk from Putney Bridge to Fulham Palace.

    There is so much to see along this route, and we stopped here for a bit, to savour the fresh air and lovely sights, sounds and smells.

    There is another flower garden right next to it - and it's quite a bit larger actually - but we really liked this little rose garden.

    There are benches around to sit, and they pretty much trust people, that they wont go picking the roses... very eays to do!

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    Cruising at Putney Pier

    by Jenniflower Written Apr 9, 2007

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    This is one of the lesser-known places where one can cruise on the River Thames from.

    The main ones are Westminster, Richmond etc. which get very busy and are very popular!

    So coming here is, besides handy for us as we live close by to it, a pleasure, as the queues are never that long.

    The river taxi service they offer here is by Thames Executive Charters. River taxi route is: Putney to Blackfriars (return) at various time in the day, starting at 6:20am.

    They cater for special events, parties, barbeques, weddings, corporate events, Chelsea Flower Show, Traditional Thames Barge Race, Henley Royal Regatta, transport to and organising a private capsule on the London Eye or tours Of HMS Belfast/the Cutty Sark & the Greenwich Meridian etc.

    They do all the catering too.

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    International Brigade Memorial

    by Jenniflower Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Sculpture Garden

    by Jenniflower Written Jul 4, 2007

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    St Mary's Church

    by Jenniflower Written Jul 4, 2007

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    All Saints Church

    by Jenniflower Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Craven Cottage Stadium

    by Jenniflower Written Jul 4, 2007

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