WDYTYA? location guide: Lisa Hammond

By Rosemary Collins, 6 September 2017 - 9:05am

Lisa Hammond is a lifelong Londoner who hates the country. Her quest to find out more about her ancestors on Who Do You Think You Are? led her all over the capital, but also, to her surprise, to the depths of rural Wales. Find out more about the locations she visited with this handy guide.

Lisa began her journey by tracing her grandfather at the Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

Lisa began by going to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) to learn more about her grandfather, Henry Hammond’s, service during the Second World War.

IWM has a wide range of exhibits, telling the story of people’s experiences of warfare from the First World War to today.

It also has museums in Manchester, Belfast and Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire, and manages the Churchill War Rooms.

British Red Cross Museum

The Red Cross is one of the UK’s biggest charities, providing disaster assistance as well as First Aid training and social care support.

It was founded in 1870 helped victims of conflicts including the Franco-Prussian War, Boer War and First World War.

During the Second World War, Red Cross workers drove ambulances, helped family members trace missing servicemen and delivered food parcels to prisoners of war.

The British Red Cross Museum and Archives, which Lisa visited to find out more about Henry Hammond’s disappearance, holds extensive records of the charity’s work and is available to visit by appointment.

Kneller Hall

Kneller Hall in Richmond-upon-Thames has been the site of a grand house since the 17th century, with the current house built in 1850.

It has housed the Royal Military School of Music since the 19th century and was briefly the headquarters of the Home Forces Commander-in-Chief during the Second World War.

Last year, the Ministry of Defence announced that the site would close in 2020. 

Worthing Crematorium

Lisa found that Henry Hammond’s ashes were buried in Worthing Crematorium.

The crematorium was opened by Worthing borough council in 1968 and is still in operation today.

The remains of Muntham Court, a country house previously located on the site, are visible on the grounds.

Lisa visits Henry Hammond's resting place in Worthing Crematorium

Lisa met historian Fiona Rule in The Prospect of Whitby, a historic pub located on the banks of the Thames in Wapping, near where Lisa’s dock worker ancestors lived.

It lays claim to being London’s oldest riverside tavern, with a public house on the site since the 1520s, and was once known as ‘The Devil’s Tavern’ because of its clientele of smugglers and cut-throats.

Judge Jeffreys, the ‘Hanging Judge’, drank there, and artists J.M.W Turner and James Whistler sketched view from the inn.

The current building is Grade II listed and has featured in TV programmes including Only Fools and Horses and Ripper Street.

Gray’s Inn

Gray’s Inn is one of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to call men and women to the bar of England Wales.

It has a reference library for barristers and students, including historic material.

St Marcella’s Church

Lisa finished her journey in St Marcella’s church in the Welsh village of Denbigh.

The church features many memorials of parish life, including a plaque memorialising Lisa’s 7x great grandfather William Hillditch, a church warden.

It also has a notable alabaster tomb to Sir John Salusbury (Sion y Bodiau) and his wife.


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