Brook Green, an affluent suburb of Hammersmith in West London, is a highly sought after neighbourhood. Brook Green estate agents boast a number of properties on their books valued in excess of one million pounds.
Despite the double dip recession, which has led to stagnation of the property market around much of Great Britain, sales of high-end properties are flourishing in the W6 postcode area.
As well as being home to a number of prominent actors, sports celebrities and musicians, the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has a rich and diverse history, particularly in the fields of the arts and industry.
The famous British classical composer, Gustav Holst, whose works include the Planets Suite, was Director of Music at St Paul’s Girls’ School, situated in Brook Green. While at St Paul’s, Holst wrote Hammersmith, a piece commissioned by the BBC, to be played by a military band. Towards the end of his life, Holst also composed the Brook Green Suite.
St Paul’s Girls’ School has been a fixture on Brook Green since 1904 and is one of the leading independent schools in England.
The green, after which the area is named, is known to have been in existence since the fifteenth century. The original brook, which was piped in the nineteenth century, still flows under the historic former coaching inn, the Brook Green Hotel.
Brook Green developed as the area became industrialised. The Osram Lamp Factory was located in the area, as was the J Lyons & Co headquarters (famous biscuit manufacturers). Cadby Hall was originally built for Charles Cadby’s piano factory on land formerly known as the Crofton Estate. At the turn of the 20th Century, Lyons took over Cadby Hall in addition to their original property at 62 Hammersmith Road.
St Mary’s College was situated adjoining the J Lyons complex until the college moved to Strawberry Hill; Lyons subsequently incorporated the college buildings into their headquarters.
The first ever business computer is believed to have been developed by J Lyons between 1949 and 1951 at Cadby Hall, in order to automate the company’s clerical and administrative work.
Cadby Hall was demolished in 1983 but, before its demise, was featured in a number of film shots for TV programmes, including The Sweeney and The Professionals.
The Olympia Exhibition Halls, opened in 1886, are situated in the vicinity of Brook Green. Home to many exhibitions and trade shows, Olympia hosted the International Motor Exhibition annually from 1905 until 1936, before the exhibition was relocated to the nearby Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
Olympia also used to be the venue to the Ideal Home Show and still hosts the International Horse Show and the BBC’s Good Food London annual show.
Hammersmith came into prominence as the point where coaching routes from London to Brentford and Uxbridge converged; the old coaching inns, The Brook Green Hotel and The Queen’s Head, still stand and flourish today as local pubs.
Hammersmith still acts as a gateway to the centre of London; the Hammersmith Flyover carries the Great West Road (A4) over the rooftops of terraced cottages on its route to the West End via Kensington, Knightsbridge and Piccadilly.
Hammersmith Underground Station offers rail links to the key City and West End areas of London and is a major transport hub for commuters.
The underground station at Hammersmith is also an important interchange for rail passengers wishing to transfer between London’s two major international airports, Gatwick and Heathrow via Victoria Station.
The excellent transport links, together with the splendour of Brook Green and the more peaceful lifestyle away from the bustling city centre, combine to make this a highly desirable area in which to live.
London’s property market continues to grow steadily despite the current economic climate. Brook Green estate agents have reason to view the immediate future with optimism.