Brackenbury Village

Brackenbury Village, Hammersmith & Fulham

An estate agents’ and property developers’ label for the area between Ravenscourt Park and Hammersmith Grove

Hidden London: 41 Iffley Road, Brackenbury Village, opposite the junction with Hebron Road

From the 1860s, ter­raced cot­tages and some sub­stan­tial hous­es were built on for­mer mar­ket gar­dens and brick­fields and the present streetscape was almost com­plete in 1890.

Shown in the pho­to above, a mis­sion hall was con­struct­ed in 1883–4 on a site between Iffley Road and Tabor Road giv­en by the Bish­op of Lon­don. It was estab­lished to pro­vide min­istry for the expand­ing res­i­den­tial dis­trict between Glen­thorne Road and Gold­hawk Road but its pri­ma­ry pur­pose is believed to have been a Sun­day school. More recent­ly used as a stu­dio by a scenic artist, the build­ing was belat­ed­ly grade II list­ed in 2015.

By the mid-20th cen­tu­ry many of the neighbourhood’s prop­er­ties were in such a run-down con­di­tion that the coun­cil con­sid­ered demol­ish­ing some streets and replac­ing them with munic­i­pal hous­ing. Instead, the homes were pro­gres­sive­ly improved and from the ear­ly 1980s gen­tri­fi­ca­tion took hold.

With tube sta­tions at three cor­ners and its var­ied and pret­ty archi­tec­ture, Brack­en­bury Vil­lage (or sim­ply Brack­en­bury) saw numer­ous con­ver­sions and restora­tions in the late 20th cen­tu­ry, with an accom­pa­ny­ing influx of spe­cial­ist retail­ers, ser­vices and eater­ies, and it is now one of the most desir­able neigh­bour­hoods in inner west Lon­don. The clus­ter of shops and cafés at the junc­tion of Brack­en­bury Road and Aldens­ley Road adds to the sense of com­mu­ni­ty.

There is another Brackenbury Village in north Ickenham, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, but the name is not widely used. Aylsham Drive is its main thoroughfare.

Postal district: W6