September 2017 archive

Zoological Society Gardens

This item appeared as an entry in the Victorian publication Curiosities of London: exhibiting the most rare and remarkable objects of interest in the metropolis; with nearly sixty years personal recollections by John Timbs, John (1801-1875). Publication date: 1867 Publisher London : J. C. Hotten The digitised edition was scanned by the University of California Libraries …

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The Fascination of London: Westminster

THE FASCINATION OF LONDON WESTMINSTER By Sir WALTER BESANT and G. E. MITTON. PART I SOUTH OF VICTORIA STREET. The word Westminster used in the title does not mean that city which has its boundaries stretching from Oxford Street to the river, from the Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, to Temple Bar. A city which embraces …

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The Fascination of Marylebone

The derivation of this name is simple. Lysons says: “The name of this place was anciently called Tiburn, from its situation near a small bourn or rivulet formerly called Aye-brook or Eye-brook, and now Tybourn Brook. When the site of the church was altered to another spot, near the same brook, it became St. Mary …

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The Fascination of Chelsea

By G. E. MITTON (1902). Edited by Sir Walter Besant. (The Underground Map editor notes: Optical character recognition tries to resolve spelling – spelling of proper names and derivations can be unreliable as a result) PREFATORY NOTE A survey of London, a record of the greatest of all cities, that should preserve her history, her …

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Old and New London: Volume 1 – Whitefriars

Old and New London: Volume 1  was a book published in 1878 by Cassell, Petter & Galpin. Now out of print, it was digitised by the British History Online project. Table of contents Citation: Walter Thornbury, Old and New London: Volume 1 (London, 1878) British History Online www.british-history.ac.uk/old-new-london/vol1 So rich is London in legend and tradition, …

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London – South of the Thames : Chapter IX

CHAPTER IX ROTHERHITHE As no mention is made of Rotherhithe in Domesday Book it is probable that it was not a distinct manor, but only a hamlet to Bermondsey, and this portion of the Manor of Bermondsey was reserved by William Rufus, and remained Crown land till the time of Henry I. The derivation of …

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Old Park Lane, W1

Old Park Lane was formerly the southern extention of Park Lane when the latter was a simple country lane on the boundary of Hyde Park, separated from it by a brick wall. Once known as Tyburn Lane, the whole of Park Lane led from Piccadilly to Tyburn (Marble Arch). Before even that it was known …

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Argyll Road, W8

Many of the other roads in the estate run between Phillimore Gardens and Argyll Road. Argyll Road is broken up by these roads on its west side, but the east side is virtually one long, undivided terrace. The slope of the road means that the terrace is stepped every four houses or so. There is …

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Almack’s, St James

Almack’s is covered by two eBooks published in the 19th century Curiosites of London (1867) London, Past and Present (1891) The following entry appeared in the Victorian publication Curiosities of London: exhibiting the most rare and remarkable objects of interest in the metropolis; with nearly sixty years personal recollections by John Timbs, John (1801-1875). Publication date: …

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Street names of Mayfair

This is a list of the etymology of street names in the London district of Mayfair, in the City of Westminster. It utilises the generally accepted boundaries of Mayfair viz. Marble Arch/Cumberland Gate and Oxford Street to the north, Regent Street to the east, Piccadilly to the south and Park Lane to the west. Achilles …

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