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.

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.

The Streets of London

Alas the wonderful “The Streets Of London” by S. Fairfield (1983) is currently out of print. It aims to list every street within the rivers Lea, Wandle and Ravensbourne (and Hammersmith – a non river)

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King’s Cross

Street names for the new N1C development were created as the result of a competition and described here: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/media/KX-Street-Naming-Booklet.pdf   [BASIL] JELLICOE WAY St Pancras House Improvement Society was established by Father Basil Jellicoe and Irene Barclay. Father Jellicoe led a famous campaign in the 1930s to rehouse slum dwellers in the Somers Town and …

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East End Churches

Much of this section  derives from the research of Prebendary Arthur Royall (13 October 1919 – 17 June 2013). East London Churches with dates of Consecration The Parish Churches Of Bethnal Green St. Matthew 1746 St. John on Bethnal Green 1823 St. Philip 1840 St. Peter 1841 St. Andrew 1841 St. James the Less 1842. …

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Much of this section about Poplar derives from the writings of Prebendary Arthur Royall (13 October 1919 – 17 June 2013). Many of his articles became part of the Royall family website at http://www.royall.co.uk/. His street names of Poplar was mostly in turn derived from The Streets of London by S.Fairfield, an out-of-print book published by Macmillan …

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