Memories of a London Childhood, recalled by Dorothy L. Ash

Memories of a London Childhood, recalled by Dorothy L. Ash
Memories of a London Childhood, recalled by Dorothy L. Ash

Book published by the Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society in 1984, 32 pages. A5 size booklet (N6144)

Dorothy Ash was born in Fulham in 1899, and spent her entire childhood and early life living in the borough. At some time in later life (probably in the 1970's), she wrote down a series of memories and recollections about her early life, and it is those records that form the basis of this account. It thus offers a fascinating insight into the social history of this part of London around a century ago.

From the opening page: I was born in the last summer of the 19th century, in a small house in Fulham, south-west London. My brother Harry was almost seven years old and my sister Alice three years. Two years after me came Joe, and two years later, Archie. Our family was complete. My Father was a Londoner and my Mother came from Sheffield, in York­shire. They met when both were working in Liverpool, and married at a church in Bootie. At first they managed a small public-house in Crown Street, Liverpool. Mother wasn't very happy with the work and when Harry was three, in 1895, they moved to London. At first Father worked for a well-known firm of vintners, Spiers & Pond, and then as a kitchen clerk and storeman at the Carlton Hotel, Pall Mall.

My parents rented the top rooms of the house in which I was born. number 21 Anselm Road. The rent for two rooms was five shillings per week. A family named Hall were the other tenants. The elder ones were already away into the world, leaving three at home, two girls and a boy. Although wages were low and we lived 'from hand to mouth' as the saying goes, we were a happy family...

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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