Welcome to our Parsons Green History Books page
FamLoc republishes out-of-print local history books and makes them available to a new generation.
We are always interested in more Parsons Green history books, and welcome suggestions.
Originally published in 1900, Fulham Old and New is over 500 pages, and includes 171 illustrations. Chapters on Walham Green and Parson’s Green are also included. Note this is a proper re-publication of the original, and not merely a cheap photo-copy that some “publishers” are selling. Fulham Old and New will be of great interest to those who value local history for its own sake, as well as for those who have ancestors who lived in Fulham, and wish to find out more about the place in which their ancestor lived and worked.
Chapters containing info on Parson’s Green:
Chapter IV: New King’s Road
High Street to Burlington Road
Burlington Road to Parson’s Green
Parson’s Green to Waterford Road
Waterford Road to Stanley Bridge
Chapter V: Parson’s Green
Parson’s Green Lane
Here is just a small sample from Fulham Old and New:
Between the New King’s Road and the Fulham Road lies Parson’s Green, in bygone times by far the most aristocratic quarter of Fulham. Bowack states that, in his day, it was inhabited “mostly by Gentry and Persons of Quality,” who resided in “several very handsome Houses all standing very airy upon a dry, clean Green.” The Green itself forms an irregular triangle, the King’s Road constituting its base and the southern end of Parson’s Green Lane its apex.
The earliest allusion to Parson’s Green occurs in the Court Rolls for 1391, when the name is written “P’sonsgrene.” In ancient documents the Green is spoken of as a portion of the Waste of the Manor.
Parson’s Green owes its name to the Parsonage or Rectory House, which stood about midway on the western side of the Green. Bowack remarks: “Before the said House is a large Common which, within the Memory of several Ancient Inhabitants now Living, was us’d for a Bowling green, belonging to the said Rector, and served for his own and his domesticks’ Diversion, from whence ’tis most likely the place was literally call’d Parson’s Green.”