6 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About Hammersmith
A few quick trivia tidbits about your beloved borough, Hammersmith:
- It’s home to the first suspension bridge over the Thames.
Yep, in 1827 the Hammersmith bridge made history for being the first suspension bridge over our fair Thames. A big thanks to William Tierney Clark for your superb design job, sir.
- Hammersmith Bridge is the lowest bridge in London.
Speaking of bridges, get the lowdown on this one (pun intended): the Hammersmith bridge hovers just under 4 meters above the Thames. Compare that to Tower Bridge which literally towers over the water at 42 meters!
- It’s home to the first ever underground line.
The Hammersmith and City line, now serving 22 stations was in fact, the first ever underground line, not just in London, but in the world!
- It’s home to three of the country’s most popular sports club.
Including Chelsea F.C., which is quite odd when you consider it is named after another borough. The other two are Fulham F.C. and Queens Park Rangers. You can even check out Stamford Bridge Stadium, home of Chelsea F.C.
- It is the third smallest London borough.
Of the 12 Inner London and 20 Outer London boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham is the third smallest and is home to just under 178,000 inhabitants. It might be small, but it’s still home sweet home!
- Gandhi used to live in Hammersmith.
Nope, you didn’t read that wrong. In the 1880s, while studying law, Gandhi lived on Baron’s Court Road in Hammersmith!