West Ham is a district in East London, located 6.1 mi (9.8 km) east of Charing Cross Forming the middle western portion of the open-minded London Borough of Newham, the West Ham electoral ward covers ration of the central area of that borough. West Ham was an ancient parish in the county of Essex, and became allocation of Greater London in 1965, following the passing of the London Government Act 1963.
West Ham was formed once the older territory of Ham was sub-divided in the 12th century. Originally a civil parish, and ultimately a county borough, West Ham was an administrative unit, with largely consistent boundaries, from the 12th century to the formation of Newham in 1965.
The Place lies hastily to the north of the River Thames and east of the River Lea. It is bordered by Stratford and Canning Town, Poplar and Bromley-by-Bow; while straddle Green Street as the boundaries of West and East Ham.