Wherever you live, there’s treasure to be discovered!
Not just gold and gems, but stories of buildings, locations and people.
Our heritage is a great wealth… and it’s all around us. Sometimes standing proud in the open air – sometimes hidden behind some bushes.
And to help find it, we’re looking for Heritage Heroes – could you be one?
You’ve sent us in some pictures of heritage that you’ve seen around Hammersmith.
Hammersmith is one of London’s smallest boroughs, but it has a big history – and a big flyover that cuts the centre from the river!
It dates back to the medieval period, when it was a rural village. It became a thriving industrial centre during the 19th century.
Hammersmith Bridge – at dusk and low tide.
Hammersmith Bridge was the first suspension bridge over the Thames. The first river bridge was opened in 1827, but would sway… especially when there was a large crowd on it – like for the Boat Race. So it was redesigned by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, using the piers and abutments of the first bridge. The bridge was re-opened by the Prince of Wales on 18 June 1887. Hammersmith Bridge is also the lowest bridge in London – it’s just 4 metres above the River Thames at high tide!
The old public baths and washrooms – separate entrances for men and women!
Plaque for Sir Joseph Lyons who was the man behind London’s iconic Lyons teashops. he also pioneered mass catering and had a particular impact on West Kensington where his company had huge kitchens and bakeries at Cadby Hall.
St Paul’s Gardens was originally the site of the St Paul’s School between 1884 and 1968. During World War Two, the pupils moved out and the school buildings became the headquarters of the Home Forces. It later became the headquarters of the 21st Army Group under the command of General Montgomery, who with General Dwight Eisenhower planned the invasion and liberation of German-occupied Europe, including the D-Day landings.
This unusual painted sign is a rare example of a WW2 sign that marks an “Emergency Water Supply” – large static water tanks, originally formed from the sealed basements of bombed out building, but later often purpose built tanks.
Hammersmith Palladium – old entrance sign… and a blue plaque to spot
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