May 2020 archive

Some street name derivations: M-O

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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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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Underground London

  What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over. In ‘Underground London’, travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It’s a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of …

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Harlesden – reggae capital of London