The Underground Map is a project which is creating street histories for the areas of London and surrounding counties lying inside the M25.
In a series of maps from the 1750s until the 1950s, you can see how London grew from a city which only reached as far as Park Lane into the post war megapolis we know today. There are now over 85 000 articles on all variety of locations including roads, houses, schools, pubs and palaces.
You can begin exploring by choosing a place from the dropdown list at the top left and then clicking Reset Location.
As maps are displayed, click on the markers to view location articles.
You can also view historical maps of London - click on the "pile of paper" control on the top right of a page's map to change to a particular decade.
Latest on The Underground Map...
Westwood Road ran from Evelyn Road to North Woolwich Road. The Royal Victoria Dock opened in 1855, creating a need to house dock workers and their families. New settlements around the dock developed including the areas now known as West Silvertown. The casual nature of dock work meant poverty and squalid living conditions. Lacking water supply and sewage system, leading to the spread of cholera and smallpox.
The Royal Albert Dock was opened in 1880, and finally the King George V Dock in 1921.
On 19 January 1917, parts of Silvertown were devastated by a huge explosion at the Brunner-Mond munitions factory, killing 73 people. 900 local homes were flattened, and 60 000 buildings damaged
The artist Graham Sutherland visited Silvertown in 1941 and, in the aftermath of the Blitz saw “the shells of long terraces of houses, great ― surprisingly wide ― perspectives of destruction seeming to recede into infinity. The windowless blocks were like sightless eyes.”
After the devastation of...»more
- No 1 Poultry, EC2R No 1 Poultry is an office and retail building in London featured on 17 Sep 2019
- Air Street, W1B Air Street was the most westerly street in London when newly built in 1658 featured on 16 Sep 2019
- St Matthew Friday Street St Matthew Friday Street was a church in the City of London located on Friday Street, off Cheapside featured on 15 Sep 2019
- Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 Stoke Newington Church Street links Green Lanes in the west to Stoke Newington High Street in the east featured on 9 Sep 2019