About the project

This is the blog for The Underground Map website – a history site for London.

The project is adding historical maps of London from every decade between 1800 and 1950, a period when London expanded from a city which did not extend beyond Mayfair, Vauxhall, Bethnal Green or Bermondsey.¬†During the Napoleanic Wars at the beginning of this period, Regent’s Park was still countryside and taking the waters of Kilburn was the height of fashion.

There are two parts to the website – the main mapping website and this, the blog, which features London highlights.

To access the main part of the website, search or use the dropdown immediately below.
Or continue to explore the blog – the latest articles can be found at the bottom of this page.

Old maps collection

HAMPSTEAD John Rocque’s Map of Hampstead (1762)

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Lost London

  Containing more than 500 unseen photographs from the archives of English Heritage, this collection shows Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian London before the major 20th century redevelopments. Lost London is the story of the city as told through the buildings, parks and palaces that are no longer with us. Places like the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, …

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Acklam Road, W10

When the Portobello farmhouse featured in a watercolour in 1864, shortly before its demise, the only other building on the lane north of the newly opened Hammersmith and City railway line was the Notting Barn Lodge, situated on Portobello Lane at the future junction of Cambridge Gardens. This lodge¬†stood by the entrance to the lane …

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Underground London

  What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over. In ‘Underground London’, travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It’s a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of …

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