Bishop’s Avenue, SW6

Place Name

A reference to Fulham Palace, which from around AD704, when Bishop Waldhere acquired the site as part of a vast estate covering most of Hammersmith, Fulham, Acton, Ealing and Finchley. It went on to serve as the Bishop of London’s country home, providing the bishop and his retainers with a rural retreat in the summer months, for nearly 12 centuries. This became particularly useful in times of plague, when the number of cases in the City increased. The manor house became known as Fulham Palace because bishops were considered to be ‘princes of the church’. The 100 room property was occupied until Bishop Stopford retired in 1973. This road led to the main entrance where it would cross the moat.

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