Category: General

Some street name derivations

Abbey Orchard Street, SW1 – after a former orchard here attached to St Peter’s Abbey Abbey Street, SE1 – after Bermondsey Abbey, formerly located here Abchurch Lane, EC4N – after the adjacent St Mary Abchurch Abchurch Yard, EC4 – after the adjacent St Mary Abchurch Aberdeen Place, NW8 – this land was formerly owned by Harrow School; …

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London Borough Conservation Areas

Barking and Dagenham Barnet Bexley Brent Bromley Camden City of London Croydon Ealing Enfield Greenwich Hackney Hammersmith and Fulham Haringey Harrow Havering Hillingdon Hounslow Islington Kensington and Chelsea Kingston upon Thames Lambeth Lewisham Merton Newham Redbridge Richmond upon Thames Southwark Sutton Tower Hamlets Waltham Forest Wandsworth Westminster

When was your house built?

If your house was built after 1900, this map offers you the possibility of seeing when decade it dates from. As the original author from MappingLondon noted: The Valuation Office Agency publish some interesting open data sets from time-to-time. One that caught my eye recently was a breakdown of counts of residential buildings in each …

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The alleyways and courtyards of London: Y

Yorkshire Grey Yard WC1 Yorkshire Grey Yard is not quite the picture we would expect to find if purely relying on the illusion conjured up by its haughty sounding name. This dejected cul-de-sac which once sported one of the most fashionable taverns in town is now private and just a little grubby. The Yorkshire Grey …

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The alleyways and courtyards of London: W

Walker’s Court W1 UG: Piccadilly Circus Bus: Any to Piccadilly Circus Leave Piccadilly Circus via Shaftsbury Avenue. Cross Gt Windmill Street and in about 95 yds turn left into Rupert Street and continue to the end. Cross Brewer Street and Walker’s Court is directly opposite. In the midst of the bustling Berwick Market, Walker’s Court …

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The alleyways and courtyards of London: V

Vandon Passage SW1 It was on the site adjacent to this Passage that Cornelius Van Dun, a Dutchman and Yeoman of the Guard to Henry VIII, built a row of almshouses in 1575 for the well being of eight deprived women of the district. Not content with this singular generous deed, he provided the cash …

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The alleyways and courtyards of London: U

Union Court EC2 Prior to the 19th century it was quite common to hear people talking of a ‘union’ when referring to what now is more usually called a passage; a footpath linking two thoroughfares together, or to put it another way – a short cut. Pathways such as Lamb’s Passage, Lime Street Passage and …

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The alleyways and courtyards of London: T

Talbot Court EC3 It is many years since a ‘talbot’ was sighted stalking the bounds of Gracechurch Street. No doubt they were once a regular sight but that would have been a good few centuries ago, perhaps even before the time of the herb, or grass, market which lent itself to the naming of the …

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The alleyways and courtyards of London: S

St Anne’s Court W1 This area, and particularly Wardour Street, is the centre of the film industry in London so it will come as no surprise to find the offices of World Wide Pictures at numbers 21 to 25. Casper’s Restaurant and Bar is along the south side of the Court, and for lighter refreshments …

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The alleyways and courtyards of London: R

Red Lion Court EC4 Nestling in the midst of a modernised block on the corner of Fetter Lane the narrow passage of Red Lion Court branches from Fleet Street undeterred by the rolling years. A little way along, the passage widens out and here, until quite recently, stood the Red Lion tavern – after which …

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