About the project

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

The project is adding historical maps of London from every decade between 1800 and 1940, 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. Our mapping ends at the dawn of the Second World War with London having expanded to its modern size – the Green Belt legislation put paid to further expansion.

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

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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.

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Barking and Dagenham

Highlights of the conservation areas of Barking and Dagenham are gleaned from https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/conservation-areas-and-listed-buildings 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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The Bull and Bush

In the hamlet of North End stands the ” Bull and Bush ” Inn, the supposed date of which is 1645. For many years a farmhouse, it afterwards became the private residence of Hogarth, an interesting memorial of whom is the ring of aged yew-trees which are said to have been planted by the painter …

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