Ladybirds on the Wall - Growing Up in West Kensington 1920-1940, by Barbara Denny

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Ladybirds on the Wall - Growing Up in West Kensington 1920-1940, by Barbara Denny
Ladybirds on the Wall - Growing Up in West Kensington 1920-1940, by Barbara Denny

Book published by the Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society in 1993, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N6143)

The author was born in West Kensington in 1920, and in this booklet she recounts her memories and experiences of growing up in the area over the next twenty years. The booklet thus offers a fascinating insight into the social history of this part of West London all those years ago.

From the opening page: Affordable housing was as scarce after the First World War as it is now, and after their marriage in October 1918 my parents, Cyril David and Beatrice May Roberts, lived for a few months in the "digs" which my father had occupied as a bachelor - a terrace of houses (now demolished) opposite the old Cadby Hall in Hammersmith Road. They then moved briefly to an expensive furnished flat in Chiswick. So whatever its faults, an unfurnished flat in Normand Mansions, West Kensington, which had recently been relinquished by Belgian refugees, was a windfall, with the rent at £52 a year including rates (under the wartime Rents Restriction Act). They were delighted to move in to No 12 in the autumn of 1919 and it was there that I was born on 6 August 1920.

In the late years of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th "mansion flats" proliferated in all parts of London. They were a convenient form of dwelling, labour-saving when servants were less easy to obtain and, because they were always rented, offered more flexibility than house ownership. (The owner-occupied flat is very much a feature of our own time.)

West Kensington, that area of Fulham to the north of Lillie Road, was very popular for this form of development and Normand Mansions, a small single block of 12 flats, had been built by John Flew, erstwhile partner of William Gibbs, in 1892. Gibbs and Flew had been responsible for most of the terrace housing and flat developments in West Kensington and other parts of Fulham between 1870 and 1900....


The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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