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Brook Green Parkspace
|Population||23,734 (Addison and Avonmore and Brook Green wards 2011)|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||W14, W6|
Brook Green is an affluent central London neighbourhood in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It is located approximately 3.6 miles (5.8 km) west of Charing Cross. It is bordered by Kensington, Shepherd's Bush, Hammersmith, Holland Park and Brackenbury Village.
The Brook Green neighbourhood takes its name after the recreational park space also named Brook Green, which runs from Shepherd's Bush Road to Hammersmith Road.
Brook Green has two main shopping areas, Shepherd's Bush Road and Blythe Road, the latter of which is home to a number of small, independent shops. Also tucked in behind the green is a large Tesco supermarket. Brook Green is also within close proximity to Kensington High Street, King Street and Westfield London.
The name Brook Green is first recorded in 1493, and the hamlet was established by the 16th century. The area was developed as industrialisation spread out of London. Businesses in Brook Green included the Osram Lamp Factory, J. Lyons and Co. and its complex at Cadby Hall, and Post Office Savings Bank Headquarters in Blythe Road. Brook Green was also home to St Mary's College from 1850 to 1925, when the college moved to Strawberry Hill.
St Paul's Girls' School, one of the leading independent schools in the country, has been situated on Brook Green since its foundation in 1904. The composer Gustav Holst was Director of Music at the school from 1905 to 1934, and in 1933 wrote Brook Green Suite for the school's junior orchestra.
The Brook Green Hotel has stood at the western end of Brook Green since 1886. The original brook, which was covered over in the 19th century, still flows under the hotel. The area's inns – the Brook Green Hotel and the Queen's Head – were originally coach houses, and became popular entertainment venues. Today, the Brook Green Hotel is a pub on ground level, along with a cocktail bar in the basement below and a hotel upstairs. The Queen's Head overlooks the green itself at the front and has a garden at the back.
Brook Green boasts four English Heritage blue plaques: they commemorate the artist Sir Frank Short, the composer Gustav Holst, the Silver Studio of design, and the writer Elizabeth Anne Finn (founder of the charity now known as Elizabeth Finn Care). There is also Brook Green Market and Kitchen, a FARMA certified farmers market in Addison Primary School.
- St Paul's Girls' School
- Bute House Preparatory School for Girls
- Larmenier and Sacred Heart Catholic School
- Sacred Heart High School
- Addison CE Primary School
- Lena Gardens Primary School
- St Mary's Catholic Primary School
- Lionheart Education (private tutorial college)
- Ken Suttle
- Elizabeth Anne Finn
- Angelo Colarossi
- Mischa Barton
- Richard Eyre
- John Silvester Varley
- Francis Job Short
Places adjoining Brook Green:
- Kensington Olympia station
- Hammersmith tube station (Piccadilly and District lines)
- Hammersmith tube station (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
London Underground Lines:
Brook Green, Hammersmith, appears as "Brugglesmith" in the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name which was first published in 1891. The story is a farce in which the narrator, who it is implied is William Thackeray, has to escort a drunken sailor back to his wife.
- Census Information Scheme (2012). "2011 Census Ward Population Estimates". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- Brook Green Hamlet (PDF), Brook Green Conservation Area, LBHF, p. 4, archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- Osram Lamp Factory (PDF), Catalogue UK GEC 1932, Page 5, 1932, archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011, retrieved 23 November 2010.
- "Cadby Hall".
- "St Paul's Girls' School".
- "Bute House School".
- "Larmenier and Sacred Heart School".
- "Sacred Heart High School".
- "Addison CE Primary School".
- "St Mary's Catholic Primary School".
- Bird, James; Norman, Philip (1915), Survey of London: volume 6: Hammersmith
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