The view from the Barnes towpath just upstream of Hammersmith Bridge is of Upper Mall and Furnival Gardens with its old houses known to JWM Turner, HG Wells and Graham Greene. Artists now living there include Sir Peter Blake.
From the rural feel towpath you think that Hammersmith across the water is a small town.
That illusion is under threat from a plan to build 14-storey blocks inland in King Street. As many as 320 ‘luxury’ flats would loom behind the riverside scene.
Next week there is a protest meeting staged by a group calling itself Save Our Skyline.
To see the effect of the planned development look here.
See page 51.