The History of Fulham in London

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Fulham History

Historic Fulham

The History of Fulham
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The most famous building in Fulham is Fulham Palace; the Bishop of London bought the estate roughly 700 AD, and his ‘successors’ enjoyed the property as a summer get away for the next eight centuries. Fulham Town Hall was built in 1888 and is a historic landmark.

Initially Fulham was a very rural area, but with the introduction of railway at the end of the 19th C it became perfect for commuters. Discoveries in Fulham Palace are thought to evidence Neolithic people lived in Fulham near the Thames, there is also evidence of Roman settlements in the area.

History of Fulham

Fulham’s history is not reflective of todays population, in the 18th C it was better known for drinking, gambling and women, the elite of the city would pleasure themselves in the area, prostitution was rife with Fulham being associated with debauchery.

Originally called ‘Fulanhamme’, it was very much a working class area for the beginning of the 20th C, after World War II it underwent significant development and restoration to become one of the most expensive areas in the City.

Modern Day Fulham

The once town hall is now a venue for dances and concerts. Football is also largely associated with Fulham, as is the exclusive sports club ‘The Hurlingham Club’, which is very well known and located here, to join there is a membership waiting list spanning years.

Fulham is ideal for its riverside walks and the grounds of Fulham Palace are now home to public allotments and a beautiful botanical garden.