About the project

We are adding historical maps of London from every decade between 1800 and 1940, a period when London expanded from a city which did not extend beyond Mayfair, Vauxhall, Bethnal Green or Bermondsey.

During the Napoleanic Wars at the beginning of this period, Regent’s Park was still countryside and taking the waters of Kilburn was the height of fashion. Our mapping ends at the dawn of the Second World War with London having expanded to its modern size – the Green Belt legislation put paid to further expansion.

At the moment we are covering the postal areas NW6, W10 and W11. Some of NW3, NW10 and W9 is also covered.

There are two parts of the website – click maps anywhere in the website to focus on historical mapping or explore the blogs above or below. Click HOME at any time to reload this page:

 

kilburn KILBURN
The area of NW6 which lies either side of the Edgware Road.
NORTH KENSINGTON
Focus on the heart of W10. Includes Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Town and Latimer Road
ladbrokegrove
nottinghillgate NOTTING HILL
The area which contains the W11 postcode and includes Notting Hill itself, Notting Dale and Notting Hill Gate.
WEST HAMPSTEAD
Centred around West End Lane, this part of NW6 includes West Hampstead and Fortune Green.
westhampstead
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Northumberland House

In the 16th century the Strand, which connects the City of London with the royal centre of Westminster, was lined with the mansions of some of England’s richest prelates and noblemen. Most of the grandest houses were on the southern side of the road and had gardens stretching down to the River Thames. In around …

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northernheights

Northern Heights tube map

Just for interest, this pre-war tube map shows various Underground extensions which never came about. Notably it shows the “Northern Heights” developments of the Northern Line including a line from Mill Hill East via Edgware to Bushey. This line did not come about due to the post-war Green Belt – this meant that this extension …

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