September 2015 archive

Sep 23

Georgian London: Into the Streets

Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that changed expectations of what life could be. Peek into the gilded drawing rooms of the aristocracy, walk down the quiet avenues of the new middle class, and crouch in the damp doorways of the poor. But watch your wallet – tourists make perfect prey for the …

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Sep 20

1800: London W10

This map of the 1800 countryside in the area which covers today’s London W10 postcode has been compiled by The Underground Map from various sources. As its main source, the Milne map of London shows the landuse of fields and the routes of lanes. An 1834 map of Marylebone Parish provided field names up to …

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Sep 19

Roding Valley in 1900

With roughly 210,000 passengers a year, Roding Valley is the least-used station on the entire Underground network. Back in 1900, while the line from Epping to Woodford existed and is shown on the map, the tracks through Roding Valley were not opened until 1 May 1903 when the Great Eastern Railway (GER) opened its Woodford …

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Sep 16

Hendon Central in 1900

While the old Butcher’s Lane which was a minor lane in Hendon, Middlesex had been officially renamed Queen’s Road for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1887, the contemporary 1900 Ordnance Survey map does not yet show this change. The lane connected Brent Street to the Burroughs. The map shows that ¬†two large houses – Brent …

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Sep 15

The 1900 map of London in astonishing detail

Our companion site to The Underground Map is Today it is launching, for the first time, a complete map from 1900 within the whole area of the M25. Based upon various public-domain Ordnance Survey maps published between 1894 and 1900, the seamless “slippy” map allows the viewer to see a complete map of London …

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Sep 13

The London Compendium

Part of an occasional series of London book recommendations, we have been very impressed in our research with Ed Glinert’s “The London Compendium”. It is a street-by-street guide to London – painstakingly researched and thorough. We have provided a link direct to Amazon should you wish to buy the paperback version. As it says in …

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Sep 07

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: St. Charles’s Ward

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER TEN ST. CHARLES’S WARD The Borough of Kensington is divided into nine Wards, five of which are on the south of Uxbridge Road, and four on the north of that road. Of the four northern wards Norland Ward and Pembridge Ward lie between Uxbridge Road and …

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Sep 06

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Portobello Road and Kensal New Town

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER NINE PORTOBELLO ROAD AND KENSAL NEW TOWN There seems to be a natural break where the railway embankment crosses Portobello Road. At this point the old lane was interrupted by low marshy ground, overgrown with rushes and water-cress, and it is said that snipe were shot …

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Sep 05

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: The Bayswater End and Portobello Road

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER EIGHT THE BAYSWATER END, AND PORTOBELLO ROAD Bayswater owes its name to Baynard, companion in arms to William the Conqueror, to whom was granted land in Paddington, which he held from the Abbots of Westminster. Bays Water, a corruption of Baynard’s Watering, is a name given …

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Sep 04

Notting Hill in Bygone Days: Notting Dale

Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone CHAPTER SEVEN NOTTING DALE Before describing the streets to the east of the Hippodrome Estate, connecting Notting Hill with Bayswater and Paddington, it will be best to consider the growth of the district which has had such a disastrous effect on the development of the western borders …

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