September 2019 archive

Historical Societies

We are starting a list of London’s historical society websites: Hornsey Historical Society

London – A travel guide through time

 Step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London through the ages in this enthralling journey into the capital’s rich, teeming and occasionally hazardous past. Let time traveller Dr Matthew Green be your guide to six extraordinary periods in London’s history – the ages of Shakespeare, medieval city life, plague, …

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33 Walks in London That You Shouldn’t Miss

 Billed as the ultimate insider’s walking guide to London, Nicola Perry’s book is fully illustrated with more than 250 colour photographs and 33 maps. The book is broken down into the different areas of London and before each walk the author has included a suggestion regarding when to walk (to coincide with a market) …

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The Miseries Of London

We had to delete the page that this marvellous print was featured on. Just so it’s not lost to the world, we’ve kept it for your delectation.    


Watford street histories largely derive from the conservation area guides produced by Watford Borough Council: BEDFORD STREET Approximately a mile away from the existing centre of Watford, a new station was completed in 1837 to the west of the road to St Albans. A relatively modest affair, the station buildings were quickly complemented by a …

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A Dictionary of Lost East London

   An absolute must for anyone interested in the history of East London or who is exploring their East London ancestry – a comprehensive dictionary of the lost streets, roads, alleys, lanes, public houses, blocks of flats, places of worship, schools, hospitals, docks, wharves and other places of note. Find out where it was …

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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)

King’s Cross

Street names for the new N1C development were created as the result of a competition and described here:   [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 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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