Scott Hatton

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London Borough of Haringey

FARRANT AVENUE The Artizans, Labourers and General Dwellings Company was established in 1867, by a small group of clerks and working men, under the guidance of the noted philanthropist Lord Shaftesbury. As a result of Industrial Revolution more and more workers were moving to London, which was increasingly becoming overcrowded and polluted with poor quality …

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Watford street histories largely derive from the conservation area guides produced by Watford Borough Council: BEDFORD STREET Approximately a mile away from the existing centre of Watford, a new station was completed in 1837 to the west of the road to St Albans. A relatively modest affair, the station buildings were quickly complemented by a …

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A Dictionary of Lost East London

  An absolute must for anyone interested in the history of East London or who is exploring their East London ancestry – a comprehensive dictionary of the lost streets, roads, alleys, lanes, public houses, blocks of flats, places of worship, schools, hospitals, docks, wharves and other places of note. Find out where it was and/or …

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The Streets of London

Alas the wonderful “The Streets Of London” by S. Fairfield (1983) is currently out of print. It aims to list every street within the rivers Lea, Wandle and Ravensbourne (and Hammersmith – a non river)

King’s Cross

Street names for the new N1C development were created as the result of a competition and described here:   [BASIL] JELLICOE WAY St Pancras House Improvement Society was established by Father Basil Jellicoe and Irene Barclay. Father Jellicoe led a famous campaign in the 1930s to rehouse slum dwellers in the Somers Town and …

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East End Churches

Much of this section  derives from the research of Prebendary Arthur Royall (13 October 1919 – 17 June 2013). East London Churches with dates of Consecration The Parish Churches Of Bethnal Green St. Matthew 1746 St. John on Bethnal Green 1823 St. Philip 1840 St. Peter 1841 St. Andrew 1841 St. James the Less 1842. …

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Much of this section about Poplar derives from the writings of Prebendary Arthur Royall (13 October 1919 – 17 June 2013). Many of his articles became part of the Royall family website at His street names of Poplar was mostly in turn derived from The Streets of London by S.Fairfield, an out-of-print book published by Macmillan …

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The Welsh Harp

The Brent Reservoir, or “Welsh Harp”, is not a reservoir for drinking water, but a relic of the Canal Age. Soon after the Paddington Branch of the Grand Junction Canal opened in 1801, the River Brent was identified as a source of extra water for it. In 1810/11, a narrow “Feeder” was built to channel water more than …

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A GENERAL HISTORY OF SHOREDITCH AND SOUTH HOXTON The history of Shoreditch has been largely dictated by its location outside the City walls of London. The origin of the name is unknown, but it has a Saxon origin and may come from the “Sewerditch”, a stream, which ran east of St Leonard’s to near Holywell …

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Curiosities of London: T-Z

This was scanned in from an old document which has caused numerous misreadings of words. As time moves on, this will be improved. Curiosities of London TATTESHALL’S, THE celebrated sporting rendezvous and auction mart for horses, known as the ” Corner” (i.e., at Hyde Park Corner), in the rear of St. George’s Hospital, and approached …

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