Print-friendly version of this page Goldhawk RoadShepherd's Bush is an area of west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
is a main road in West London, which starts at Shepherd’s Bush and runs west.
’s name derives from one John Goldhawk, who in the late 14th century held extensive estates in Fulham.
was of little note until the mid-seventeenth century, when a cottage on the street became the home of one Miles Sindercombe, a disgruntled Roundhead who in 1657 made several attempts to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Sindercombe planned to ambush the Lord Protector using a specially built machine with muskets fixed to a frame. His plan failed, Sindercombe was sentenced to death, and his cottage was eventually demolished in the 1760s.
A map of London dated 1841 shows Goldhawk Road
forming the southern boundary of Shepherd’s Bush Green. At that time Shepherd’s Bush was still largely undeveloped and chiefly rural in character, with much open farmland compared to fast-developing Hammersmith
, and several ponds or small lakes. Scattered buildings are shown, mostly lining the main thoroughfares of Wood Lane
, Cumberland Road (now the Uxbridge Road
), and Goldhawk Road
From 1939 until 1999 Queen Charlotte’s Hospital was situated in Goldhawk Road
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Although it is primarily residential in character, its focus is the shopping area of Shepherd's Bush Green, with the Westfield shopping centre lying a short distance to the north. The main thoroughfares are Uxbridge Road
, Goldhawk Road
and Askew Road
, all containing a large number of small and mostly independent shops, pubs and restaurants. The Loftus Road
football stadium in Shepherd's Bush is home to Queens Park Rangers F.C.. In 2011, the population of the area was 39,724.
The district is bounded by Hammersmith to the south, Holland Park and Notting Hill to the east, Harlesden to the north and by Acton and Chiswick to the west. White City forms the northern part of Shepherd's Bush. Shepherd's Bush comprises the Shepherd's Bush Green, Askew, and White City wards.