About the project

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

The project is adding historical maps of London from every decade between 1800 and 1940, 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. Our mapping ends at the dawn of the Second World War with London having expanded to its modern size – the Green Belt legislation put paid to further expansion.

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

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Islington Streets

Streets with a story – The book of Islington by Eric A Willats FLA. The introduction can be found here First published 1986: Islington Local History Education Trust Digital edition (revised) 2017: Islington Heritage Service ABBOT’S CLOSE, Alwyne Road (1955) ABERDEEN COURT, Aberdeen Park (1907-81 ABERDEEN LANE From c.1915-16, Aberdeen Mews. Extended 1924 and 1930 …

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Islington Streets – an introduction

Note: This is added for completeness since the original work finished in 1986 and the new edition is requesting contributions. Streets with a story – The book of Islington by Eric A Willats FLA. First published 1986: Islington Local History Education Trust Digital edition (revised) 2017: Islington Heritage Service PREFACE The idea of this work, …

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Abchurch Yard, EC4

Abchurch Yard is an open square and the location of the church of St. Mary Abchurch, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1686.

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Abchurch Lane, EC4

The following entry appeared in the Victorian publication London, Past and Present  by Henry Benjamin Wheatley (1838-1917) Publication date: 1891 Publisher London : John Murray, Albemarle Street Abchurch Lane connecting LOMBARD STREET with CANNON STREET, was so named from the parish of St. Mary Abchurch, or Upchurch, as Stow says he had seen it written. Mr. John Moore, “author of …

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