Fulham is a district within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in southwest London. It's 3.7 miles south-west from Charing Cross, rendering it an Inner London district. It's on the north bank of the River Thames, in between Hammersmith and Kensington and Chelsea, facing Putney and Barnes. Formerly, it was a parish inside the county of Middlesex. It is identified in the London Plan as one of 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's now Fulham Palace Road. There was also a pottery, tapestry-weaving, paper-making and brewing industry in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the region of what is now referred to as Fulham High Street. The subsequent two hundred years had been known for energy production, transportation, the automotive industry, food production and laundries.
For the first half of the 20th century, Fulham remained primarily working class with pockets of wealth in the North End, along the top of Lillie Road and New King's Road. Specifically wealthy regions were Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, South Park and the location surrounding the Hurlingham Club. The region 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 costly 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.