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The name refers to the older locality of Brompton to the east, although the areas of South Kensington and Earl's Court separate West Brompton from its namesake. Whilst in the early part of the 20th century, the whole area between Knightsbridge and here would have been known as Brompton , modern-day locals would not recognise Brompton and West Brompton as geographically contiguous. Today it still has its own Royal Mail London postcode of SW10 (though that also covers part of Chelsea).
Two Oglala Sioux Native Americans, Surrounded By the Enemy and Red Penny, are buried in Brompton Cemetery. They were touring with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at the time of their deaths in 1887. Red Penny was Little Chief and Good Robe's eighteen-month-old son. Their daughter, Over the Sea was born in Salford during the Wild West show's tour and baptised in February 1888. St Clement's Church in Ordsall gave her the name, Frances Victoria Alexander. She was named after Frances Cleveland of America, Queen Victoria and Alexandra, the Princess of Wales.
Brulé tribesman Paul Eagle Star died on August 24, 1891 at age twenty-seven due to complications from a horse-riding accident in Sheffield. Fifty-nine-year-old Oglala Sioux tribesman, Long Wolf died due to pneumonia during the Wild West Show's tour on June 13, 1892. Two months later, a two-year-old girl named White Star Ghost Dog lost her life when she fell from her mother's arms on a horse ride. All three of these Lakota Native Americans were buried in Brompton's cemetery. The coffins of Long Wolf, White Star Ghost Dog and Paul Eagle Star were exhumed to Pine Ridge and Rosebud, South Dakota in the late 1990s by their tribal descendants.
The area now referred to as West Brompton centres on the Underground & railway station with the same name. The Earl's Court exhibition centre is across the road from the station, but has its main entrance elsewhere and is generally associated with the adjacent locality of Earl's Court. In reality, the number of households who might identify themselves as part of West Brompton would probably be those within the catchment area of the Underground station. Other places include Chelsea Harbour, the now former London Transport Lots Road power station and the Finborough Theatre.
The nearest significant local centres are North End Road to the west (which includes a street market), Fulham Broadway to the south and Earl's Court to the north.
West Brompton Station
West Brompton station is in West Brompton. This provides London Underground District line services to Wimbledon in a Southerly direction and Edgware Road and Upminster to the North and East. It is possible also to change at Earls Court (1 stop or a short walk) for District line services to Ealing Broadway and Richmond as well as Kensington Olympia. The West London Line also provides services between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction as well as Croydon.
Fulham Broadway station is very close.