Scott Hatton

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Islington Streets

Streets with a story – The book of Islington by Eric A Willats FLA. The introduction can be found here First published 1986: Islington Local History Education Trust Digital edition (revised) 2017: Islington Heritage Service ABBOT’S CLOSE, Alwyne Road (1955) ABERDEEN COURT, Aberdeen Park (1907-81 ABERDEEN LANE From c.1915-16, Aberdeen Mews. Extended 1924 and 1930 …

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Islington Streets – an introduction

Note: This is added for completeness since the original work finished in 1986 and the new edition is requesting contributions. Streets with a story – The book of Islington by Eric A Willats FLA. First published 1986: Islington Local History Education Trust Digital edition (revised) 2017: Islington Heritage Service PREFACE The idea of this work, …

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Abchurch Yard, EC4

Abchurch Yard is an open square and the location of the church of St. Mary Abchurch, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1686.

Abchurch Lane, EC4

The following entry appeared in the Victorian publication London, Past and Present  by Henry Benjamin Wheatley (1838-1917) Publication date: 1891 Publisher London : John Murray, Albemarle Street Abchurch Lane connecting LOMBARD STREET with CANNON STREET, was so named from the parish of St. Mary Abchurch, or Upchurch, as Stow says he had seen it written. Mr. John Moore, “author of …

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A Dictionary of London (1918)

A Dictionary of London by Henry A Harben contained historical notes of streets and buildings in the City of London, including references to other relevant sources. It was originally published by H Jenkins Ltd., London, 1918. Abbot of St. Alban’s Inn This was the town house of the Abbots of St. Albans, prior to the …

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A brief history of Kentish Town

The origin of the name Kentish is from Ken-ditch, the bed of a waterway; Kentish Town lies in the valley of the Fleet River, now hidden in a culvert. The river flowed down from Hampstead to St Pancras and out to the Thames. The valley provided water and an ancient route from the city to …

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The East End in Colour, 1960-1980

Stepney Photographer David Granick (1912-80) has been the feature of a major book: “The East End in Colour 1960-80” edited by Chris Dorley-Brown and published by Hoxton Minipress. When a local photographer was invited to examine 1,000s of David Granick’s colour slides in early 2017, he knew he’d seen something special. These images capture the …

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Streets from the Agas Map of Early Modern London

Civitas Londinum is a bird’s-eye view of London first printed from woodblocks in about 1561. Widely known as the Agas map,from a spurious attribution to surveyor Ralph Agas (c.1540-1621), the map offers a richly detailed view both of the buildings and streets of the city and of its environment. No copies survive from 1561, but a modified version was printed in 1633. …

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The Fascination of London: The Strand

THE STRAND DISTRICT. By SIR WALTER BESANT and G. E. MITTON. PART I WEST AND NORTH OF CHARING CROSS Beginning at the extreme westerly limit of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, on the south side of Hyde Park Corner, we find ourselves in the Green Park. This is a triangular piece of ground, which was formerly called Little …

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St. Giles-in-the-Fields, WC2

Giles (St.) in-the-Fields, at the east end of Oxford Street was originally a village separated from London and Westminster by broad fields, and its church was so designated to distinguish it from St. Giles, Cripplegate. In 1413 Sir John Oldcastle was charged by the Parliament with having 20,000 rebels apud villam et parochiam Sancti Egidii …

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