Scott Hatton

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Old maps collection

HAMPSTEAD John Rocque’s Map of Hampstead (1762)

Lost London

  Containing more than 500 unseen photographs from the archives of English Heritage, this collection shows Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian London before the major 20th century redevelopments. Lost London is the story of the city as told through the buildings, parks and palaces that are no longer with us. Places like the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, …

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Underground London

  What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over. In ‘Underground London’, travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It’s a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of …

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Blithfield Street, W8

Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road. The houses are three-storey terraced Victorian houses immediately abutting the pavement, painted in many different colours. The street is tree-lined and is particularly attractive when the blossom comes out in the Spring. Some of the houses have exterior shutters and first floor balconettes which gives …

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Photos of old London

Trams were once ubiquitous in London. The first, a horse tram, was introduced in Victoria in 1860; in 1884, a cable tram was introduced for Highgate Hill; electric vehicles arrived in 1901, and by 1914, London has the largest tram network in Europe. The arrival of the diesel bus soon led to their demise, and …

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Charlton

The area has been settled at least since the early Roman period; a Romano-British fort on Cox’s Mount (now  part of Maryon Park) was excavated in 1913, revealing finds dating from 60 AD through to the 4th century. The name Charlton is of Saxon origin, compounded of ceorl (=churl), referring to a small peasant farmer, …

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The Balham Disaster of 1940

During the Second World War, Balham was one of many deep tube stations designated for use as a civilian air raid shelter. At 20:02 on 14 October 1940, a 1400 kg semi-armour piercing fragmentation bomb fell on the road above the northern end of the platform tunnels, creating a large crater into which a bus …

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Birdcage Walk, SW1

  Queen Anne’s Gate was first developed as domestic residences in the early eighteenth century and further expanded in the middle and later periods of that century. Old Queen Street was built at about the same period as the later part of Queen Anne’s Gate. The Wellington Barracks complex, dates from the 1830s with major …

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London Borough of Haringey

FARRANT AVENUE The Artizans, Labourers and General Dwellings Company was established in 1867, by a small group of clerks and working men, under the guidance of the noted philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury. As a result of Industrial Revolution more and more workers were moving to London, which was increasingly becoming overcrowded and polluted with poor quality …

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Historical Societies

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