Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The History of Shepherd's Bush

Shepherd's Bush Green
Ever wondered why Shepherd's Bush is called Shepherd's Bush? Or how White City got its name? Or how our neighbourhood first developed, and why? There are some excellent books on the history of Shepherd's Bush in our local library, but better yet read this article in Wikipedia about how our neighbourhood came to be.  Did you know, for example, that in the Nineteenth Century Shepherd's Bush was a major centre of pineapple production in London? Well, Wikipedia says so, so it must be true.
Shepherd's Bush was largely rural in character until it was swallowed up by the expanding western suburbs of London at the end of the 19th century.  Since then, some of our main claims to fame include:
  • The site of the 1908 London Olympics 
  • The site of the Great White City - London's biggest exhibition space until WW1
  • Lime Grove Studios - the first film studio in the UK
  • The main centre for BBC TV production
  • Westfield, one of Europe's largest shopping centres
To read more, see the article here:

The Bush Telegraph offers a personal view on life in Shepherd's Bush. Read about the Campaign to Save Hammersmith Park, find out about our new Farmer's Market, see what's on at The Bush Theatre, find out the latest news on the future of Shepherd's Bush Market, and the Council's plans to upgrade the Goldhawk Road and the Uxbridge Road. Also read about free stuff to do in The Bush. If you would like to contribute a story about our neighbourhood, email us at

No comments:

Post a Comment