February 2019 archive

London Borough of Brent

This guide to the streets and notable areas of Brent has been derived from the Conservation Area guides issued by the borough in the early 21st century. ===== ACTON LANE In 1837 the London & Birmingham Railway was built through East Twyford, destroying some cottages. A former beerhouse where Acton Lane crossed the canal became …

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CHISLEHURST CONSERVATION AREA A Study compiled and written for The Chislehurst Society by Mary S Holt August 1992 Editors note Mary Holt’s 1992 study of the Chislehurst Conservation Area is full of interest at a number of different levels. Not only did she describe the then current features of all the roads in the Conservation Area, she added …

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Roomy villas : the story of Southfields Grid and its surroundings

Full text of “Roomy villas : the story of Southfields Grid and its surroundings” was produced as a free eBook by local historian Neil Robson during 2000 in partnership with Wandsworth Libraries and Museum. Acknowledgements So many people have contributed towards the success of this project, and it is fair to say that without their …

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Gascoigne’s Survey of Stepney of 1703

An Actuall Survey of the Parish of St Dunstan Stepney alias Stebunheath … Taken … 1703 by Ioel Gascoyne, engraven by Iohn Harris. A scale of 1320 yards = 9 inches

Curiosities of London: A-B

ADMIRALTY OFFICE, THE FORMS the left flank of the detachment of Government Offices on the north side of Whitehall. It occupies the site of Wallingford House, from the roof of which Archbishop Usher saw King Charles I. led out to execution in the front of Whitehall Palace, and swooned at the sad scene. Wallingford House …

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These street guides have been largely gleaned from the various conversation guides available from the London Borough of Bexley. Where HNOB is mentioned, the source is “Historical notes on our Borough” prepared by JCM Shaw, Bexley Borough archivist. ABBEY CRESCENT (1936) At one time Upper Abbey Road had a curved section in it, which is …

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Peter Berthoud’s “Every Street in Soho” tour

Peter Berthoud is an amazing tour guide. Not only did he cover the traditional sights of Soho, but some really unexpected ones. This is really a photo dump of that day. Should you wish to tour yourself, he’s at http://www.peterberthoud.co.uk/ ABOVE: Before I even started the tour, I passed the recently-closed flagship HMV store in Oxford …

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