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Horse bus outside South Kensington station, early 1900s.

South Kensington is a London Underground station in Kensington, west London. It is served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines.

It is hard to define boundaries for South Kensington, but it is generally talking about the commercial area around the tube station. The smaller centre around Gloucester Road station can also be considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road, which includes such famous names as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal College of Music.

Large numbers of French, Spanish and Italian citizens live in the area. A significant French presence is evidenced by the location of the consulate, the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle - a large French secondary school opposite the Natural History Museum - and the French Institute, home to a French cinema. There are also several French bookshops in the area.

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VIEW THE SOUTH KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1750s
The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE SOUTH KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1800s
The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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VIEW THE SOUTH KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1830s
The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
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VIEW THE SOUTH KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1860s
The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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VIEW THE SOUTH KENSINGTON AREA IN THE 1900s
The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.

 

South Kensington

South Kensington is a London Underground station in Kensington, west London. It is served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines.

It is hard to define boundaries for South Kensington, but it is generally talking about the commercial area around the tube station. The smaller centre around Gloucester Road station can also be considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road, which includes such famous names as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal College of Music.

Large numbers of French, Spanish and Italian citizens live in the area. A significant French presence is evidenced by the location of the consulate, the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle - a large French secondary school opposite the Natural History Museum - and the French Institute, home to a French cinema. There are also several French bookshops in the area.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Albert Memorial:   
Ashburnham Community School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Brompton:   Brompton is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Cameron House School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Chelsea:   Chelsea is an affluent area, bounded to the south by the River Thames.
Chelsea Open Air Nursery School:   Local authority nursery school (Nursery) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 5.
Eaton House Belgravia Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Frederick Hugh House:   Other independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 16. Admissions policy: Selective (grammar).
Glendower Preparatory School:   Glendower Prep School is an independent preparatory school for girls aged 4 to 11.
Glendower Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Hyde Park School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine:   Higher education institutions
Institute of Cancer Research:   Higher education institutions
Kensington Gardens:   
Kensington Park School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 13 and 20.
Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 19.
Mander Portman Woodward School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 14 and 20.
Oratory Roman Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Park Walk Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Queen’s Gate School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 18.
Queen’s Gate School:   Queen’s Gate School is an independent day school for girls.
Royal College of Art:   Higher education institutions
Royal College of Music:   Higher education institutions
Ship Inn:   The Ship Inn (later the Swan) stood where today's Queen's Gate intersects with Old Brompton Road.
St Nicholas Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
The Hampshire School, Chelsea:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 13.
The Serpentine:   The Serpentine is a 40-acre (16 ha) recreational lake in Hyde Park.
Westminster Tutors:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 14 and 19. Admissions policy: Non-selective.


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Battersea Bridge:   Photo of Battersea Bridge, taken from Chelsea in the 1860s by James Hedderly.
Beaufort Street:   Photo of the streets of Chelsea, taken in the 1860s by James Hedderly.
Cheyne Walk, 1860s:   Photo of Cheyne Walk, Chelsea in the 1860s by James Hedderly.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Albert Bridge, SW3 · Albert Court, SW7 · Albert Hall Mansions, SW7 · Alexander Place, SW7 · Alexander Square, SW3 · Ann Lane, SW10 · Armstrong Road, SW7 · Atherstone Mews, SW7 · Ayrton Road, SW7 · Barnaby Place, SW7 · Battersea Bridge, SW10 · Battersea Bridge, SW11 · Beaufort Street, SW10 · Beaufort Street, SW3 · Blantyre Street, SW10 · Bolney Gate, SW7 · Bramerton Street, SW3 · Bremner Road, SW7 · Britten Street, SW3 · Brompton Road, SW3 · Brompton Road, SW7 · Brompton Square, SW3 · Bury Walk, SW3 · Bute Street, SW7 · Cale Street, SW3 · Callow Street, SW3 · Camera Place, SW10 · Carlyle Square, SW3 · Cavaye Place, SW10 · Chapel Walk, SW10 · Chelsea Cloisters, SW3 · Chelsea Crescent, SW10 · Chelsea Manor Gardens, SW3 · Chelsea Manor Street, SW3 · Chelsea Park Gardens, SW3 · Chelsea Square, SW3 · Chelsea Towers, SW3 · Cheyne Row, SW3 · Cheyne Walk, SW10 · Cheyne Walk, SW3 · Chipperfield House Sutton Estate, SW3 · Clareville Grove, SW7 · Clareville Street, SW7 · Claylands Road, SW7 · Cottage Place, SW3 · Cottage Place, SW7 · Cranley Gardens, SW7 · Cranley Mews, SW7 · Cranley Place, SW7 · Cremorne Road, SW10 · Crescent Place, SW3 · Cromwell Gardens, SW7 · Cromwell Place, SW7 · Cromwell Road, SW7 · Danvers Street, SW3 · Dartrey Tower, SW10 · Dovehouse Street, SW3 · Dudmaston Mews, SW3 · Egerton Crescent, SW3 · Egerton Gardens Mews, SW3 · Egerton Gardens, SW3 · Elm Park Gardens, SW10 · Elm Park Lane, SW10 · Elm Park Mansions, SW10 · Elm Park Road, SW3 · Elm Place, SW3 · Elvaston Mews, SW7 · Elvaston Place, SW7 · Elystan Street, SW3 · Ennismore Gardens Mews, SW7 · Ennismore Gardens, SW7 · Ennismore Mews, SW7 · Ennismore Street, SW7 · Ensor Mews, SW7 · Evelyn Gardens, SW7 · Exhibition Road, SW7 · Fairholt Street, SW7 · Foulis Terrace, SW3 · Frankland Road, SW7 · Fulham Road, SW3 · Gertrude Street, SW10 · Glebe Place, SW3 · Glendower Place, SW7 · Gore Street, SW7 · Greaves Tower, SW10 · Grove Cottages, SW3 · Harrington Road, SW7 · Hobury Street, SW10 · Holly Mews, SW10 · Hyde Park Gate Mews, SW7 · Hyde Park Gate, SW7 · Imperial College Road, SW7 · Ixworth Place, SW3 · Jay Mews, SW7 · Justice Walk, SW3 · Kendrick Mews, SW7 · Kensington Gardens, W2 · Kensington Gardens, W8 · Kensington Gore, SW7 · Kensington Road, SW7 · Kensington West, W14 · Kimbolton Row, SW3 · King’s Road, SW3 · Kings Road, SW3 · Kingston House North, SW7 · Lamont Road, SW10 · Langton Street, SW10 · Lawrence Street, SW3 · Lewis Estate, SW3 · Limerston Street, SW10 · Lordship Place, SW3 · Lucan Place, SW3 · Mallord Street, SW3 · Manresa Road, SW3 · Manson Mews, SW7 · Manson Place, SW7 · Marlborough Street, SW3 · Melton Court, SW7 · Milborne Grove, SW10 · Milmans Street, SW10 · Moncorvo Close, SW7 · Montpelier Walk, SW7 · Montrose Court, SW7 · Moravian Place, SW10 · Mulberry Walk, SW3 · Museum Lane, SW7 · Neville Street, SW7 · Neville Terrace, SW7 · New Ride, SW7 · Nightingale Place, SW10 · North Terrace, SW3 · North Terrace, SW7 · Oakley Street, SW3 · Old Brompton Road, SW7 · Old Church Street, SW3 · Onslow Crescent, SW7 · Onslow Gardens, SW7 · Onslow Mews East, SW7 · Onslow Square, SW7 · Park Walk, SW10 · Park Walk, SW3 · Paultons Square, SW3 · Paultons Street, SW3 · Pelham Court, SW3 · Pelham Crescent, SW3 · Pelham Crescent, SW7 · Pelham Place, SW7 · Pelham Street, SW3 · Pelham Street, SW7 · Petersham Mews, SW7 · Petersham Place, SW7 · Petyt Place, SW3 · Phene Street, SW3 · Pier House, SW3 · Policeman’s Walk, W2 · Pond House, SW3 · Pond Place, SW3 · Porters Lodge, SW3 · Prince Consort Road, SW7 · Princes Gardens, GU3 · Princes Gardens, SW7 · Princes Gate Mews, SW7 · Princes Gate, SW7 · Queen’s Gate Mews, SW7 · Queen’s Gate Terrace, SW7 · Queen’s Gate, SW7 · Queens Elm Parade, SW3 · Queens Gate Gardens, SW7 · Queens Gate Mews, SW7 · Queens Gate Place Mews, SW7 · Queens Gate Place, SW7 · Queens Gate Terrace, SW7 · Queens Gate, SW7 · Queensberry Mews West, SW7 · Queensberry Place, SW7 · Queensberry Way, SW7 · Queen’s Gate Place Mews, SW7 · Queen’s Gate, SW7 · Ramsay Mews, SW3 · Reece Mews, SW7 · Reston Place, SW7 · Riley Street, SW10 · Roland Gardens, SW7 · Roland Way, SW7 · Rose Square, SW3 · Rotten Row, SW7 · Rutland Gate Mews, SW7 · Rutland Gate, SW7 · Rutland Street, SW7 · Selwood Place, SW7 · Selwood Terrace, SW7 · Selwood Terrace; Neville Terrace, SW7 · Serpentine Bridge, W2 · Serpentine Road, SW1X · Serpentine Road, SW7 · Serpentine Road, W1J · Serpentine Road, W1K · Serpentine Road, W2 · Shalcomb Street, SW10 · South Carriage Drive, SW7 · South Kensington Station Arcade, SW7 · South Kensington Underground Station, SW7 · South Parade, SW3 · South Terrace, SW7 · South Walk, SW10 · Southwell Gardens, SW7 · St Andrews Church, SW10 · St Lukes Street, SW3 · Stanhope Gardens, SW7 · Stanhope Mews East, SW7 · Stanhope Mews South, SW7 · Stewarts Grove, SW3 · Sumner Place, SW7 · Sydney Close, SW3 · Sydney Place, SW7 · Sydney Street, SW3 · The Arcade, SW7 · The Courtyard, SW3 · The Vale, SW3 · Thurloe Place Mews, SW7 · Thurloe Place, SW7 · Thurloe Square, SW7 · Thurloe Street, SW7 · Trident Place, SW3 · Upper Cheyne Row, SW3 · Upper Whistler Walk, SW10 · World’s End Passage, SW10 · Worlds End Place, SW10 ·
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Maps


Central London, south west (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Central London, south west.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)

Cary's New And Accurate Plan of London and Westminster (1818) FREE DOWNLOAD
Cary's map provides a detailed view of London. With print date of 1 January 1818, Cary's map has 27 panels arranged in 3 rows of 9 panels, each measuring approximately 6 1/2 by 10 5/8 inches. The complete map measures 32 1/8 by 59 1/2 inches. Digitising this map has involved aligning the panels into one contiguous map.
John Cary

John Rocque Map of London (1762) FREE DOWNLOAD
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers central London at a reduced level of detail compared with his 1745-6 map.
John Rocque, The Strand, London

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1843) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured.
Chapman and Hall, London

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1836) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Insets: A view of the Tower from London Bridge -- A view of London from Copenhagen Fields. Includes views of facades of 25 structures "A comparison of the principal buildings of London."
Chapman and Hall, London

Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
Engraved map. Hand coloured. Relief shown by hachures. A circle shows "Extent of the twopenny post delivery."
Chapman and Hall, London

London Underground Map (1921).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1921.
London Transport

The Environs of London (1865).  FREE DOWNLOAD
Prime meridian replaced with "Miles from the General Post Office." Relief shown by hachures. Map printed in black and white.
Published By J. H. Colton. No. 172 William St. New York

London Underground Map (1908).  FREE DOWNLOAD
London Underground map from 1908.
London Transport

Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
Ordnance Survey. Crown Copyright 1939.

Outer London (1901) FREE DOWNLOAD
Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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