Fulham is a district in 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'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 within the county of Middlesex. It is identified in the London Plan as one of the 35 major centres in Greater London.
Fulham's reputation of industrial enterprise extends 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 during the seventeenth and 18th centuries in the location of what is now known as Fulham High Street. The subsequent two hundred years were identified 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. Especially wealthy places were Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, South Park as well as the area surrounding the Hurlingham Club. The location 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.
Currently, Fulham is rated among the most highly-priced parts of London and also the UK overall. The typical sale price of all property in 2007 was £639,973 - and is likely to be considerably more now.