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Fulham Old and New Vol. II, by Charles James Fèret
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.
Below is a sample of text from Fulham Old and New vol. II:
The quondam village of Walham Green lies at the bend in the Fulham Road, midway between the northern and the southern limits of the parish. Originally it was a very insignificant place, comprising some half a dozen old homesteads, mostly freelands. About the centre was the Green, a piece of Waste of the Manor. Facing it, on the site of what is now the busy Broadway, stood the ancient Manor House of Wendon or Wansdown, otherwise Dowbeler’s tenement, while, dotted around in the vicinity, were other manor farms. Northward of the Green was the village pond, at which commenced a narrow lane leading to the hamlet of North End. Such, in primitive times, was the spot known as Wendenesgrene or Wendon Green.
Our first concern is to explain the name, and account for the mutation from Wendenesgrene to a form so different as Walham Green. The name has never yet been satisfactorily explained. Lysons, in his “Environs of London,” says: “Walham Green takes its name from this manor (Wandowne); it was formerly Wendon Green, and was afterwards varied to Wandon, Wansdon, Wandham, and at last Walham Green.”
A theory, which has, at least, the merit of ingenuity, has been advanced to the effect that the name Wendon has come from some such primitive form as Wodnes-dun or Woden’s-down, the down or “hill” dedicated to Woden, the chief god of northern mythology. It is to Woden and to his wife Friga that we are indebted for the style of two days of our week, while the name of the former is probably enshrined in such place-names as Wednesbury, Wednesfield in Staffordshire, Wodensbury in Kent, Wedensbury in Suffolk, Wansdyke in Wiltshire, etc. It has also been urged that we should remember that, though the worship of Woden spread over all the Scandinavian lands, it found its most zealous followers in Denmark, where the god still rides abroad as the wild huntsman, rushing over land and water in the storm-beaten skies of winter. The Danes, as we have historic evidence to show, did sojourn at Fulham during the winter of 880-81, so it is not impossible that a party of their followers may have taken the opportunity of journeying a short distance inland, along what we now call the Fulham Road, there to erect to their “All Wise” god, Woden, a rude altar before which they might worship and beg for the success of their expedition.