The lands in this area are predominantly owned by Lord Kensington, Lord Ilchester, and Mr. Gunter. While some of the plots are for sale and much of the housing here is for sale, the land itself is rented. A homeowner, thus, still has a rent to pay to whoever owns the development they are living in. More likely, however, one is renting a at in the houses, rather than owning the house itself. This allows the less well-off of the middle-class and working class to nd a nice home in a new building without the expense of buying a home or renting in a more expensive area of the city.
Once nothing more than a part of Kensington, Hammersmith is now a separate district with a distinct character of its own. This is a neighbourhood of middle-class professionals who have taken advantage of the housing that was built in the last few years by local landowners. The houses here are built to a pattern, like Belgravia and Kensington, but are smaller and of a cheaper nature. Almost nothing of the elds that once were the norm here still exist.
This is a quiet neighbourhood, with little police or criminal presence. Industry is small and mostly involved with breweries, small furniture manufacture, and other artisans. In the northern part of the district, where Uxbridge Road splits at Waterloo Place, the Shepherds Bush district provides employment for rail car servicing, and in the later 1890s has an electrical generating station for the underground.
Both Uxbridge Road and Hammersmith Road – the major westward arteries in the area, handle cart traf c into the outlying towns. The roads are paved and of good quality, and they see heavy usage on the weekends as the wealthy ee London to their nearby country estates. Hammersmith is also a major thoroughfare for the railway to the towns of Richmond, Kew, and Ealing. Regular service moves through the area, so that the sound of trains is a constant background din. Hammersmith and Kensington Stations provide access via Victoria Station into London proper. One is only minutes from the City.