Fulham is a district within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in southwest London. It is 3.7 miles south-west from Charing Cross, which makes it an Inner London district. It is on the north bank of the River Thames, between Hammersmith and Kensington and Chelsea, facing Putney and Barnes. Formerly, it was a parish inside the county of Middlesex. It's identified in the London Plan as among the 35 major centres in Greater London.
Fulham's history of industrial enterprise goes back to the 15th century, with its Mill at Millshot on the south side of what is now Fulham Palace Road. There was also a pottery, tapestry-weaving, paper-making and brewing industry in the seventeenth and 18th centuries in the region of what's now known as Fulham High Street. The next two centuries had been identified for energy production, transportation, the automotive industry, food production and laundries.
For the first half of the twentieth century, Fulham remained mostly working class with pockets of wealth in the North End, along the top of Lillie Road and New King's Road. Specifically rich locations were Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, South Park plus the area around the Hurlingham Club. The area attracted waves of immigration, and rapid changes meant that there was poverty - Charles Dickens and Charles Booth noted this, and there were poorhouses that attracted benefactors.
These days, Fulham is rated among the most expensive parts of London and the United Kingdom overall. The typical sale price of all property in 2007 was £639,973 - and is most likely to be considerably more now.