About the project

This is the blog for The Underground Map website – a history site for London.

The project is adding historical maps of London from every decade between 1800 and 1950, a period when London expanded from a city which did not extend beyond Mayfair, Vauxhall, Bethnal Green or Bermondsey. During the Napoleanic Wars at the beginning of this period, Regent’s Park was still countryside and taking the waters of Kilburn was the height of fashion.

There are two parts to the website – the main mapping website and this, the blog, which features London highlights.

To access the main part of the website, search or use the dropdown immediately below.
Or continue to explore the blog – the latest articles can be found at the bottom of this page.



Oakington Manor Farm

Oakington Manor Farm derived its name from a corruption of the name ’Tokyngton’.

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British Museum station

British Museum was a station on the Central line, located in Holborn and taking its name from the nearby British Museum in Great Russell Street.

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Nether Street, N3

Nether Street was recognised by the mid-14th century as an old street, sometimes called ’Lower Street’.

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Poplar Dock

Poplar Dock is a small dock that connects to the Blackwall Basin of the West India Docks.

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