March 2019 archive

Streets of Camden Town

The “Streets of Camden Town”, subtitled ‘A survey of streets, buildings & former residents in a part of Camden’ is published by the Camden History Society. It drifts in and out of print but can be picked up second hand on Amazon occasionally.

The (Old) Isle of Dogs from A to Z

The Isle of Dogs in London has changed almost beyond recognition in the last 20 years. Mike Lemmerman’s book is an A to Z of many of the disappeared and disappearing Island buildings, roads, firms, schools, churches and more….with all entries accompanied by concise descriptions, and the book as a whole complemented by a collection …

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Derived from the Conservation Area guides of the London Borough of Croydon Bronze Age remains have been found in central Croydon and there are suggestions that an early settlement may have been a Roman staging post on the road between London and Portslade (Brighton). There is no conclusive evidence of the precise line of the …

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The Fascination of London: Belgravia and Pimlico

Belgravia and Pimlico – The Fascination of London by Geraldine Edith Mitton The Eia estate The larger portion of the district is included in the ancient estate of Eia, 890 acres in extent, reaching from the Bayswater Road to the Thames, which was given by William the Conqueror to Geoffrey de Mandeville, who at his …

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Beresford Square, SE18

Beresford Square was formed in the early 19th century and was named after the Anglo-Irish general William Beresford, Master-General of the Ordnance and Governor of the Royal Military Academy. Beresford Square was not a laid-out square but the result of a series of clearances. Therefore, some of the buildings are older than the square. In …

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Two Roman roads ran out of the City in this direction – High Holborn was the northern route. Evidence of Roman material has been found at the northern end of Kingsway. The area bounded by Trafalgar Square to the west, the Strand and the Thames on the south, and Oxford Street-High Holborn on the north …

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Holly Lodge Estate, N6

Holly Lodge Estate was created on land formerly part of the medieval St Paul’s Cantelowes Estate which covered a large area of what is now Camden from Euston to Highgate. The area now occupied by the Holly Lodge Estate was incorporated into the Ashurst Estate in 1703. In 1798 Sir Henry Tempest built a villa …

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Featured streets are gleaned from the various Conservation Area guides issued by the London Borough of Camden. ABBEY ROAD (1824) Abbey Road at the northeast of the St John’s Wood West area was laid out in 1824 along an earlier medieval track. ABERDARE GARDENS (1893) The last road to be developed in the area was …

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Primrose Hill

From Medieval times, Primrose Hill was open fields with small lanes running alongside. The land ownership of the area was irregular and largely defined by field boundaries and small streams. The area is primarily located on land owned by Lord Southampton, while land to the north and west was owned by Eton College and to …

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Helicopter over Chelsea

No real excuse for this post. In taking a walk along the southern Thames shore between Wandworth and Battersea, you pass the Battersea Heliport. Here, at low tide, is a one of their craft over the high rises of Chelsea.