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Introduction to the History of Shepherds Bush.
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Introduction to the History of Shepherds Bush
What we may see today as a typical example of a somewhat ordinary, maybe soulless to some, modern inner city, development moved slowly through the centuries until the twentieth century. Ordinary or otherwise, it has its own history.
Whilst little is know about it until purchased by the Bishop of London, in AD 704, as part of the "Fulanham" estates, the manor of Fulham that included much of what is now the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, evidence of habitation dates right back to the iron ages of pre-Roman times. Roman roads to the west passed right through the area, probably in the vicinity of the current Goldhawk Road, and through routes such as the North Highway (Uxbridge Road) were very apparent as features influencing subsequent development on mid 18th Century maps, and Shepherds Bush is certainly identified as an area on maps from at least the mid 17th Century.
Whilst the area was primarily agricultural, ribbon housing and commercial developments followed the roads slowly until the 19th Century. North of the Shepherds Bush Green featured gravel pits on maps of 1764, and subsequent ponds from flooding. Local clay
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