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.

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Or continue to explore the blog – the latest articles can be found at the bottom of this page.

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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Acklam Road, W10

When the Portobello farmhouse featured in a watercolour in 1864, shortly before its demise, the only other building on the lane north of the newly opened Hammersmith and City railway line was the Notting Barn Lodge, situated on Portobello Lane at the future junction of Cambridge Gardens. This lodge stood by the entrance to the lane …

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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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Cock and Hoop, Fortune Green

This area was originally known as West End rather than West Hampstead or Fortune Green and to the east of the West End Green was a field called Cock and Hoop field. On the west side of the field was the Cock and Hoop Inn and the grounds of a cottage. The Cock and Hoop Inn …

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