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The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham ( ) is a London borough in West London, and forms part of Inner London. Traversed by the east-west main roads of the A4marker Great West Road and the A40 Westwaymarker, many international corporations have offices in the borough.

History

'The Village' at Westfield Shopping Centre.


The borough was formed in 1965 by merging the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmithmarker and the Metropolitan Borough of Fulhammarker. It was known as the 'London Borough of Hammersmith' until its name was changed on 1 January 1979 by the borough council.

In 1908, the Franco-British Exhibition and Olympic Gamesmarker were hosted in the borough, at White Citymarker, but the site then took many decades to be redeveloped. In 1960, the BBC opened the BBC Television Centremarker, and in 2008, Westfield Londonmarker, a large development with new transport links and a shopping centre, finally completed the redevelopment after one hundred years.

Districts

The borough includes the areas:
see also parks and open spaces in Hammersmith and Fulham


Demographics

According to the 2001 census Hammersmith and Fulham has a population of 165,242. 58% of the borough is White British, 20% white non-British (among which are large Polish and Irish communities), 5% black Caribbeanmarker, 5% black African with various other ethnicities (including Indianmarker, Pakistanimarker, Bangladeshi and Chinese) making up the remaining 11 percent.

The borough has the second-highest proportion of single adults of any borough in Englandmarker and Walesmarker (55%), and a higher than average for the London area of young adults aged 20-29 (24%).

Forty-four percent of households are owner–occupiers, and 22% of households were listed as "other" - that is, not single persons living alone or families. These are generally two or more unrelated adults living together, such as students or cohabiting couples.

The borough comprises a patchwork of affluent as well as deprived neighbourhoods. The unemployment rate is only 5%, although of these, 29% were listed as long-term unemployed.

See external links below for more census information from the borough.

Economy

Virgin Group operates its headquarters at The School House, 50 Brook Green. Sony Ericsson has its headquarters in the borough.

All Nippon Airways operates an office on the fourth floor of Hythe House at 200 Shepherds Bush Road. South African Airways has its United Kingdom office in the South African Airways House.

Politics

The front of Hammersmith and Fulham town hall is a mixture of styles, with a modern block bolted on to, and obscuring, what would have once been an architecturally consistent red-brick portico.
(September 2005)


Hammersmith & Fulham is administered by 46 councillors. The Conservative Party currently holds a majority of 33 seats, thus forming the Administration. The Council leader is Cllr. Stephen Greenhalgh (Con).

Labour forms the Opposition on the Council, with 13 seats, and is led by Cllr. Stephen Cowan. The next local elections will take place in 2010.

The borough is divided into 16 electoral wards, all bar two electing three councillors apiece. These are:

Addison
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Askew
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Avonmore & Brook Green
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College Park & Old Oak
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Fulham Broadway
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Fulham Reach
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Hammersmith Broadway
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Munster
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North End
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Palace Riverside
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Parson's Green & Walham
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Ravenscourt Park
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Sands End
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Shepherd's Bush Green
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Town
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Wormholt & White City
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Sport

Considering its size, there are an extraordinary number of sporting successes based in the borough. They include:

Rugby

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC have been playing in the borough at Hurlingham Park for over 30 years. They boast four senior men’s sides and one Ladies XV. The men’s 1st XV currently compete in London's NW3 League with the remainder of the sides participating in the Middlesex Merit Tables.

Football

Chelsea Football Club and Fulham Football Club are both based in the borough and play Premiership football. Queens Park Rangers currently play in the country's second level, the Championship, but still can contribute to the borough's claim of having three of the nation's top 44 football teams.

Footballers:





  • Sean Davis plays currently for Bolton Wanderers and was capped for England under-21s, he is one of the few players in history to play for the same club in all 4 divisions of the English football league for Fulham.








Boxing





Rowing

Lower Mall was home to a large number of rowing clubs at the end of the 19th Century, of which there are now only a few survivors. The headquarters of the national governing body, the Amateur Rowing Association, is also on Lower Mall, in a building, The Priory, which used to be occupied by rowing clubs.

The first half of the Boat Race course is along Hammersmith and Fulham's southern border, on the River Thames.

Education

The modest rear entrance to the town hall is guarded by Old Father Thames, Hammersmith's tutelary deity.
(September 2005)


Public libraries in the borough include Askew Road Library, Barons Court Library, Fulham Library, Hammersmith Library, Sands End Library, and Shepherds Bush Library.

See also



References

  1. " Our company information." Virgin Group. Retrieved on 14 January 2009.
  2. " Sony Ericsson at a glance.(Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson)(Sony Corp.)(Brief Article)." Employee Benefits. March 2, 2005. Retrieved on November 18, 2009.
  3. " ANA City Offices/Ticketing Offices Europe." All Nippon Airways. Retrieved on 22 December 2008.
  4. " Ward Boundaries." London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  5. " Legal Information - (EU)." South African Airways. Retrieved on 20 September 2009.
  6. " Libraries." London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Retrieved on 22 December 2008.


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