Reference NumberP/FAI
TitleScrapbooks of the Fairbairns family
DescriptionScope and Content
The collection consists of two scrapbooks relating to William Henry Fairbairns 'Recollections' of life in Poplar and Bromley and elsewhere.
Also scrap autograph book of his mother Elizabeth Fairbairns kept while living on Poplar Terrace, High Street.

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Extent3 volumes
AdminHistoryWilliam and Elizabeth Fairbairns lived at Poplar Terrace, High Street, Poplar where their son William Henry Fairbairns, author was born in 1852. He was baptised at Trinity Congregational Church. His grandfather Robert Fairbairns was originally from County Durham and had a warehouse in Wapping High Street.

The family moved from Poplar to 1 Manor Terrace, Bromley in circa 1855. This adjoined a row of cottages on the site of which was built the Poplar Central Library, Brunswick Road, Bromley. In circa 1864 the family moved again to 5 Springfield, Upper Clapton. In Upper Clapton, the family attended Clapton Chapel, where William Fairbairns later married Kate in 1875. On 17 April 1915, the Fairbairns then moved to Radlett, Hertfordshire living at Marston, Aldenham Avenue in 1929. William Fairbairns then moved to a bungalow on The Ridgway, Enfield.

After attending school on Susanah Street, Fairbairns was enrolled at Stepney Grammar School, which he describes in his recollections as a 'time of utter misery'. William visited Eastbourne, Sussex on holiday in 1874 and revisited many times throughout his life. He worked for Campfield Press from 24 March 1902 - 23 March 1925.
RelatedMaterialSee also Local History Library collections:

- L76 (100 FAI) for typescript copy deposited by W. H. Fairbairns at the former Bromley Library, Brunswick Road, Poplar, in June 1919. At the time the author was living in Radlett, Hertfordshire, and was corresponding with the Borough Librarian of the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar.

- LC6553 (100 FAI) Poplar and Bromley 1852-1864 / W.H. Fairbairns. Printed pamphlet reproducing the text in L76. Reprinted from East London Papers, vol. 5, no. 1 April 1962.

- cuttings collection, under 100 FAI.

- William Henry Fairbairns authored several works. Search Fairbairns to explore his works in the Local History Library.

William Henry Fairbairns also donated a decorated china cup belonging to Robert Fairbairns in 1929, Museum Collection reference LTHL 189.
SubjectPoplar (parish of All Saints)
Access StatusOpen
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