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The Underground Map is creating street histories for the areas of London and surrounding counties lying within the M25.

In a series of maps from the 1750s until the 1950s, you can see how London grew from a city which only reached as far as Park Lane into the post-war megapolis we know today.

The aim of the project is to find the location every street in London, whether past or present. You are able to see each street on a present day map and also spot its location on older maps.

There's a control which looks like a 'pile of paper' at the top right of the map above. You can use it to see how an area has changed on a series of historic maps.

Latest featured streets on The Underground Map


Dunk Street, E1
Dunk Street ran parallel to Great Garden Street (now Greatorex Street) to the west and King Edward Street, which has also ceased to exist, to the east. Dunk Street stretched approximately 200 metres from Old Montague Street to Hanbury Street, situated about 300 metres east of Baker’s Row, which is now the southern section of Vallance Road.

In 1643, Edward Montague, William Montague, and Mawrice Tresham acquired property from William Smith and others in the future Mile End New Town and Spitalfields areas.

This property comprised around forty-two or forty-three acres, which included five enclosed fields, a nursery, and a garden plot. A portion of this land would later become the southern half of Mile End New Town. Edward Montague eventually came into possession of all this land by approximately 1680.

The name Pelham Street was derived from Edward Montague’s wife, Elizabeth Pelham, who held ownership prior to their marriage.

In 1691, Elizabeth Pelham obtained a private Act that allowed her to grant leases for the rebuilding of dilapidated properties on her estates i...


Yalford Street, E1
Yalford Street was the name for New Street after 1874. By 1773 Richard Brinckley, a builder who had moved to the district from North Audley Street in Mayfair, was working on New Street (later Yalford Street) and the connecting White Hart Court. Carpenters Thomas Dodson and William Petty were involved in the project and fifteen houses were completed and for sale in 1774.

New Street became Yalford Street in 1874 and a short stump of a street survived the post-war rebuilding.
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Elsiemaud Road, SE4
Elsiemaud Road was built in the late 1890s on the site of the farmhouse of Joy Farm. Elsiemaud Road was part of a group of roads that are better known today as the ’double name’ roads - Amyruth, Arthurdon, Francemary, Gordonbrock, Henryson Phoebeth and Elsiemaud. The development was part of what was known as the ‘Bridge House Farm Estate’.

The Daily Telegraph & Courier reported on 28 April 1899: ‘Some amusement was caused at a meeting of the Lewisham Board of Works, when the following list of names of new thoroughfares was read by the chairman: Phoebeth, Francemary, Arthurdon, Gordonbrock, Amyruth, Henryson, Elsiemaud, Huxbear and Abbotswell streets. One member described the names as the most ridiculous he had ever heard. Another pointed out that the London County Council objected to two streets of the same name in the Metropolis, and it was difficult to invent new appellations.’

The estate was built in 1899 by the Heath family and were named after the first and second names of the children of the architect and...


Courtfield Gardens, SW5
Courtfield Gardens is named after the field beneath it, cultivated until the 19th century. According to 16th-century records, Courtfield Gardens was built on a vast open meadow known as Great Courtfield. This meadow was surrounded by fertile land and small farms and was part of a large area of land that extended from Cromwell Road to The Old Brompton Road in one direction, and from Gloucester Road to Earl’s Court Road in the other direction. Great Courtfield was included in the Earl’s Court ’manor’.

During the 18th century, Earl’s Court House, a grand manor house, was constructed on the land that is now the western terrace of Barkston Gardens. This building replaced an extensive dwelling that was described in 1705 as having fountains, a marble-tiled dairy, engines for water, and impressive gates at its entrance.

In the 19th century, the area surrounding Courtfield Gardens was developed with rows of terraced houses, as the demand for housing in London grew. Earl’s Court House was demolished in the middle of th...


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