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
dollis

The Dollis Brook Viaduct

The Dollis Brook Viaduct carries the London Underground’s Northern line from Mill Hill East station to Finchley Central station. It is the highest point on the London Underground above ground level, reaching nearly 60 feet (18 metres). Each arch spans 32 feet at the springer level, and is based on tapered piers. In each pier …

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The Balham Disaster of 1940

During the Second World War, Balham was one of many deep tube stations designated for use as a civilian air raid shelter. At 20:02 on 14 October 1940, a 1400 kg semi-armour piercing fragmentation bomb fell on the road above the northern end of the platform tunnels, creating a large crater into which a bus …

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