Fulham is a district inside the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in southwest London. It is 3.7 miles south-west from Charing Cross, making it an Inner London district. It is on the north bank of the River Thames, in between Hammersmith and Kensington and Chelsea, facing Putney and Barnes. Formerly, it was a parish in 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 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 during the 17th and eighteenth centuries in the location of what's now generally known as Fulham High Street. The following 2 centuries were known for energy production, transportation, the automotive industry, food production and laundries.
For the first half of the 20th century, Fulham remained typically working class with pockets of wealth at the North End, along the top of Lillie Road and New King's Road. Specifically rich areas were Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, South Park plus the region around the Hurlingham Club. The location attracted waves of immigration, and fast changes meant that there was poverty - Charles Dickens and Charles Booth noted this, and there were poorhouses that attracted benefactors.
Right now, Fulham is rated as among the most pricey parts of London and the UK overall. The typical sale price of all property in 2007 was £639,973 - and is most likely to be a great deal more now.