The History of Hammersmith in London

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Hammersmith History

Historic Hammersmith

Hammersmith History
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William Morris, credited with founding the Arts and Crafts movement spent his time here. There is now the William Morris Society and Kelmscott House Museum here. A historic building of note is Bradmore House, a listed 18th C building; it is located on Hammersmith Broadway.

Visit the Broomhouse Drawdock, the dock that is situated in Sands End, off Broomhouse Lane, is one of the oldest means of access to the River Thames and was first documented in the Middle Ages. The dock re-opened in 2005 after restoration and it is used to access the river and launch boats.

 

History of Hammersmith

From the 19th C onwards Hammersmith’s industry included a sugar refinery, distillery, a water pump factory and a light factory, the development in the area sped up towards the latter part of the 19th C.

Hammersmith’s first workhouse was opened in 1729, where inmates carried out spinning, weaving and basket making, located on a site in Shortlands, it was very over-crowded, by the 1830’s the workhouse housed over an hundred boys who performed wood chopping, basket making and tailoring. In 1902 a new workhouse was erected in Hammersmith, which still stands. There is a long history and heritage of industry in the area.

Modern Day Hammersmith

There are lots of new developments that have taken place in Hammersmith in recent years, with the growth in population, namely young professionals moving to the area. The King Street Regeneration will improve the area surrounding the Town Hall and introduce a cinema, more homes, retail outlets and a square.