Scott Hatton

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Abbey Road, NW8

Abbey Road, ST. JOHN’S WOOD. John Gibson Lockhart, the editor of the Quarterly  Review (1826-1853), and biographer of Scott, lived at No. 44 a house in a garden  during the last years of his London life. He died at Abbotsford, December 1854.

Barking and Dagenham

Highlights of the conservation areas of Barking and Dagenham are gleaned from Barking Abbey Barking Abbey was built in 666 AD, sacked and pillaged in 870 AD by marauding Danes, and rebuilt in 970 AD by ‘Edgar the Peaceful’. The Manor of Barking was the oldest estate in Essex and remained viable until the …

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These descriptions largely derive from the Conservation Area publications of the London Borough of Kingston. Albany Mews, KT2 Albany Park Road, KT2 Avenue Elmers, KT6   Balaclava Road In 1894 houses began to be erected in Balaclava Road. Charles Adams, a local builder, was responsible for erecting all of the 17 villas. He constructed these …

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South Hampstead

CITATIONS First mention should go to Gillian Bebbington and her London street name histories.


  This article combines two entries from 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 ALMONRY, THE The Almonry, was named from its being the place where …

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London Street Names by Gillan Bebbington

This project has used the excellent 1972 book by Gillian Bebbington, “London Street Names”. At time of writing, this book is sadly out of print. All of the streets lined to here are streets with a story behind them.   Abbey Orchard Street, SW1 Abbey Road, NW6 Abbots Lane, SE1 Abchurch Yard, EC4 Aberdare Gardens, …

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The Vauxhall area is flat, part of the great low-lying plains of clay deposits formed by the River Thames in the London Basin. Historically the area was in two parts; to the north the Mawby Estate belonging to the Manor of Kennington and to the south the Caron House Estate belonging to Vauxhall Manor. Harleyford …

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Some street name derivations

Abbey Orchard Street, SW1 – after a former orchard here attached to St Peter’s Abbey Abbey Street, SE1 – after Bermondsey Abbey, formerly located here Abchurch Lane, EC4N – after the adjacent St Mary Abchurch Abchurch Yard, EC4 – after the adjacent St Mary Abchurch Aberdeen Place, NW8 – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School; …

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Wood Green farms

A map showing Wood Green’s rural past.

Queen’s Road, SE15

Queen’s Road extends eastwards from the end of Peckham High Street at the junctions of Consort Road and Meeting House Lane, to New Cross Road, a distance of approximately 1.5 km. Queen’s Road was formerly known as Deptford Lane, and was renamed in honour of Queen Victoria, who often passed through it on her way …

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