Imperial Wharf

Imperial Wharf, Hammersmith & Fulham

‘The ultimate riverside destination’ – according to its creators – situated in the Sands End district of Fulham and separated by a railway line from Chelsea Harbour

Marina Point, Imperial Wharf 2014 - George Rex - flickr

In 1824 the Impe­r­i­al Gas Light and Coke Com­pa­ny acquired the Sand­ford manor house estate and began pro­duc­ing gas here in 1829. Barges brought coal to the site, which expand­ed huge­ly over the fol­low­ing decades.

By the mid­dle of the 19th cen­tu­ry Impe­r­i­al was London’s lead­ing gas com­pa­ny. A merg­er in 1876 cre­at­ed the even larg­er Gas Light and Coke Com­pa­ny, which con­tin­ued to gob­ble up Sands End, caus­ing dis­tress to neigh­bour­ing mar­ket gar­den­ers who were still try­ing to grow fruit and veg­eta­bles on the increas­ing­ly pol­lut­ed soil.

The com­pa­ny stopped up old rights of way, pay­ing gen­er­ous com­pen­sa­tion to the coun­cil, and laid out its own Impe­r­i­al Road and Impe­r­i­al Square.

Part­ly to thwart wage demands by local work­ers, large num­bers of Ger­mans were employed here until the out­break of the First World War. Fur­ther growth between the wars forced Mac­far­lane Lang’s Impe­r­i­al Bis­cuit Works to leave Town­mead Road for a clean­er site.

Imperial Wharf station, colour transformed
Impe­r­i­al Wharf sta­tion

With the advent of North Sea gas in the 1970s the gas­works closed down and car break­ers lat­er occu­pied much of the site.

At the turn of the 21st cen­tu­ry, prop­er­ty devel­op­ers St George began to build an exten­sive estate of lux­u­ry apart­ment blocks and town hous­es, with shops, cafés, restau­rants and 10 acres of land­scaped park­land. The scheme also includ­ed pro­vi­sion for afford­able hous­ing.

The devel­op­ers pro­vid­ed a new sta­tion on the Lon­don Over­ground, which opened in 2009.

Postal district: SW6
Station: London Overground (zone 2)
* The picture of Marina Point at the top of this page is slightly modified from an original photograph, copyright George Rex, at Flickr, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. The picture of Imperial Wharf station is cropped from an original photograph, copyright Francesco Vetica, also at Flickr, made available under the Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of those licences.