Old Images of Hammersmith, London

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Hammersmith Suspension Bridge 1851
Monograph of Hammersmith Suspension Bridge , from page 179 of "Tallis's Illustrated London: in commemoration of the Great Exhibition of ... 1851. ... With historical and descriptive letter-press, by W. G", by William Gaspey, published by J. Tallis in London (England) and New York, in 1851, now held in the catalogue of the British Library

Glimpse history through old images of Hammersmith, in Greater London.

Aspen Gardens Opening 1948

In 1948, a new block of council flats, called Aspen Gardens, was built near Hammersmith Bridge.

Aneurin “Nye” Bevan, the Minister for Health in Clement Atlee’s post-war Labour government, came to formally open the new homes and unveil a commemorative plaque on 27th September 1948.

The Mayor of Hammersmith, Alderman J.R. Buckingham, J.P., is also seen in this newsreel.

The new flats boasted ‘labour-saving’ kitchens, as well as a central room in the basement containing three washing machines. At the time, this was an impressive facility, saving housewives a regular cumbersome journey to the community washouses.

In 2022, the 2 bedroom flats in Aspen Gardens, now under private ownership following decades of Right to Buy, were worth almost half a million pounds each.

New flats opened at Hammersmith (1948) – British Pathé on YouTube

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By Debbie Death

I love learning about history, and for the past 30 years have enjoyed books, films, and documentaries on the topic. Much of my spare time is spent visiting historic and archaeological sites, along with research for LocalHistoryVideos.com