Is West Hampstead West Ham?

Is that what that is?



No but I once confidently told a girl this was the case

EDIT Actually I told her that West Ham was short for West Hammersmith, this is also false

Abbey Road DLR stop is in fact, nowhere near the actual Abbey Road.

Absolutely not.

It’s named after Westminster Graham

So is West Ham its own thing? Is it a place? Is there a place called Ham?

With no one buying physical media anymore, they should rename it Abbey Road DLC

I did used to find it confusing that West Ham was in the East End.

There is, but get this, it has nothing to do with West Ham either

For fucks sake

What’s west of West Ham?

East Ham.


A settlement in the area named Ham is first recorded as Hamme in an Anglo-Saxon charter of 958 and then in the 1086 Domesday Book as Hame. It is formed from Old English ‘hamm’ and means ‘a dry area of land between rivers or marshland’, referring to the location of the settlement within boundaries formed by the rivers Lea, Thames and Roding and their marshes.

There is an East Ham as well as a West Ham

Nobody’s quite sure. It’s where all the maps stop.



So there’s (going from west to east) West Ham, Ham and East Ham and they’re all different places.

And West Ham is in the east end.

The origin of the place name ‘Ham’ also indicates why there are lots of other places with it in their name, however Hampstead comes from ‘Home Stead’ and Hammersmith is derived from it being the location of a smithy that used large hammers.