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Brompton
Brompton is located in Greater London
Brompton
Brompton
Population 8,839 (2011 Census.Ward)
OS grid reference TQ274790
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
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51°29′42″N 0°09′50″W / 51.495°N 0.164°W / 51.495; -0.164

Brompton, sometimes called Old Brompton, survives in name as a ward in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. Until the latter half of the 19th century it was a scattered village made up mostly of market gardens in the county of Middlesex. It lay south-east of the village of Kensington, abutting the parish of St Margaret's, Westminster at the hamlet of Knightsbridge to the north-east, with Little Chelsea to the south. It was bisected by the Fulham Turnpike, the main road westward out of London to the ancient parish of Fulham and on to Putney and Surrey. It saw its first parish church, Holy Trinity Brompton, only in 1829. Today the village has been comprehensively eclipsed by segmentation due principally to railway development culminating in London Underground lines, and its imposition of station names, including Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Gloucester Road as the names of stops during accelerated urbanisation, but lacking any cogent reference to local history and usage or distinctions from neighbouring settlements.

Brompton has been home to many writers, actors and intellectuals. The Survey of London gives a long list. Its name survives formally to this day, only just, in the shared reference to two of the council's electoral wards called, "Brompton" and "Hans Town".

Development

Kensington Met. B Ward Map 1916
A map showing the Brompton ward of Kensington Metropolitan Borough as it appeared in 1916.

Charles Dickens, Jr. (eldest child of Charles Dickens) wrote in his 1879 book Dickens's Dictionary of London that "[Brompton] was at one time almost exclusively the artist quarter and is still largely frequented by the votaries of the brush and chisel, though of late years Belgravia has been encroaching upon its boundaries, and Belgravian rents are stealing westward." Westward was the settlement of West Brompton, still leafy on the edge of Counter's Creek and of industrialisation through canals and railways.

Brompton has been home to many writers and actors, and those in similar occupations. The Survey of London gives a long list.

Landmarks in or near Brompton

Streets in Brompton

  • Kings Road
  • Fulham Road
  • Old Brompton Road
  • Brompton Road

Nearest places

Brompton itself is spread over 3 districts of London, so it is not a separate and distinct district. The Eastern part (The Brompton Road and the area to the East of the Western end of the Brompton Road - often mistaken as Fulham Road) is part of Knightsbridge; the Western part is in South Kensington (containing the Underground Station itself) and the Southern parts are in Chelsea.


Notable people

Jewish Cemetery, Fulham Road - geograph.org.uk - 1305738
Jewish Cemetery, Fulham Road, Brompton

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