January 2020 archive


The area has been settled at least since the early Roman period; a Romano-British fort on Cox’s Mount (now  part of Maryon Park) was excavated in 1913, revealing finds dating from 60 AD through to the 4th century. The name Charlton is of Saxon origin, compounded of ceorl (=churl), referring to a small peasant farmer, …

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Shawarma Quest 2020

I’m not going too Instagrammy here and showing photos of food. When I worked for London Underground, Eastbourne Place next to Paddington in 1987, I had a penchant for shawarma, having tasted it in Amsterdam in student days. I’d tour the back streets of Edgware Road at lunchtime and found places. Today I had a …

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South Ealing play streets

Red Lion and Crossrail

Didn’t mention that there’s yet another interesting but quick way into SW8 from W5 than other ways mentioned. The 65 takes one to Ealing Broadway station from which the future Elizabeth Line will whisk you into Paddington in next to no time. Then it gets complicated to be fair. If you walk rather than bus, …

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The Elephant and Starbucks

Nine Elms and Vauxhall are becoming achingly trendy (after years being achingly run down). I wonder how many young things look up at the roof of their local Starbucks. Why are there elephants up there? Well, dear twentysomethings, there was a previous Vauxhall when the area had its own Elephant and Castle pub which put …

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Oscar Wilde memorial

Commuting between South Ealing and Vauxhall offers a veritable cornucopia of different routes – especially if your office mates are flexible about arrival times. The dullest route is the Piccadilly Line and then change at Green Park to the Victoria Line. There are some truly creative ways to get into town, mostly involving a 65 …

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Bye bye Rio City :(

I decided to sell my trusty UK banger. Took these photos one day to illustrate the listing – got the car steam washed in a Tesco’s car park. My sister persuaded me to use Facebook Marketplace to sell it. By the following day it was sold (and gone out of my life) for quite a …

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Airedale Road, South Ealing

I rather like this street sign which I pass on my way to my South Ealing pad most days I’m in London. I assume it dates from the original of the road – 1905 I think.

Some street name derivations: D-F

A lot of the street information research on this website is academic in nature – from university research, the Survey of London, British History Online, borough conservation areas and more. Occasionally, the Hive Mind comes up trumps – these derivations come from discoveries on the Wikipedia made during 2019 which is feeding into the project. …

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Wembley Central

Wembley Central is an interchange station on the West Coast Main Line with the London Overground and the Bakerloo Line of the London Underground.