“I came to live in Shepperton in 1960. I thought: the future isn’t in the metropolitan areas of London…

…I want to go out to the new suburbs, near the film studios. This was the England I wanted to write about, because this was the new world that was emerging.” J.G. Ballard

Antoine Capet, FRHistS, Professor Emeritus of British Studies at the University of Rouen, writes at Victorianweb.org:

“Readers of the Victorian Web will perhaps be familiar with the name of William Morris’s master printer, Emery Walker (1851-1933). There is no doubt that Morris’s encounter with Walker was a decisive one, as he himself readily admitted: “I may tell you candidly, I was not much of a typographer before Mr. Walker took me in hand.” They first met in 1883, not in a printing shop, but in the Metropolitan Railway which brought them back to Hammersmith after a Socialist meeting at Bethnal Green. Both lived from 1878-79 in a riverside house overlooking the Thames, a few yards from each other: William Morris at Kelmscott House (now the headquarters of the William Morris Society), and Emery Walker in Hammersmith Terrace, first at No 3 and later at No 7. The latter is now open to the public by appointment during the spring and summer (there is no electric lighting in the upper floors for dark winter days).”

From Wikipedia:

“Hammersmith is a London Underground station in Hammersmith. It is the western terminus of the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2 and is a short walk from the station of the same name on the Piccadilly and District lines. The two stations are separated by Hammersmith Broadway. They are about 60 m (200 ft) apart door to door, although the positions of the pedestrian crossings on the Broadway makes it seem much longer on foot. The Circle line has served Hammersmith since 13 December 2009. By June 2011 all of the platforms had been lengthened to accommodate the new and longer S7 Stock trains, that first entered service on the Hammersmith and City Line from the beginning of July 2012. These new trains are seven cars in length instead of the six cars of C Stock that previously operated.

The present station is situated on Beadon Road and opened on 1 December 1868, replacing the original station slightly north of here which opened on 13 June 1864 when the Metropolitan Railway’s extension was built from Paddington…

Southern branches, directly served, reached Hammersmith in 1864, Richmond in 1877


…The Metropolitan Railway operated a service from Hammersmith to Richmond from 1877 over the lines of the London and South Western Railway (lines that are now part of the modern District line) from a junction just north of this station, via an adjacent station at Hammersmith (Grove Road) and a viaduct connection to Ravenscourt Park. Part of this viaduct is still visible from District and Piccadilly line trains west of the Hammersmith station on those lines. The extension closed on 31 December 1906 shortly after the introduction of electric trains on the line.

The Hammersmith depot is located just outside the station. It is used for general maintenance and storage of the S7 Stock trains which operate on the Hammersmith & City line.”

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