FulhamPosted on: March 21, 2018, by : gravenhurst
This genteel part of West London has a long, full history from the 15th century. Then known for its craft industry such as pottery, paper-marking and tapestry-weaving, the industries around Fulham moved onwards with the times. It became the hub for food production as well as automotive industry and early aviation. George Havilland built his first aeroplane in Bothwell street in 1909 and later on, the brewery at North End Road was the site for aircraft manufacturing.
Fulham is an upmarket area now, with boutiques, bars, restaurants and farmers markets that cater to the middle and upper middle class market. The wide leafy streets, with Victorian and Edwardian architecture are attractive, especially to families. Further south had been developed to a large, modern estate called Imperial Wharf, further enhancing riverside living for locals in the area.
For sports, they are spoilt for choice with the presence of Bishop’s Park and the exclusive Hurlingham Club, historic home of polo. The polo club has since closed but there are tennis and netball courts and football pitches for the community to enjoy. No sport could be mentioned without including football. Craven Cottage is the home of Fulham Football Club, London’s oldest professional club.
The most outstanding architectural feature is Fulham Palace. Formerly an episcopal retreat for the Bishops of London, the building and grounds are open to public for guided tours, picnic or to partake afternoon tea from the cafe. It was built in Tudor times, having many renovations and embellishments throughout the years. It is a good example how architectural and decorative taste have changed through 500 years.
The Fulham Archaeological Rescue Group is an active community-based organisation and due to their efforts, there have been an increased interest in the area’s early history.
Digs around Fulham Palace had unearthed evidence of Neolithic people living by the river and the excavations had also revealed the presence of Roman settlements.
Fulham also has the honour of being the first place where speed bumps were installed in 1984. Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter fame, lived in Fulham.