Monthly Archive: March 2017

Mar 27

1762: Hampstead Town

This image illustrates Hampstead in the year 1762, showing notable buildings, inns and public houses. Source: T F T Baker, Diane K Bolton and Patricia E C Croot, ‘Hampstead: Hampstead Town’, in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington, ed. C R Elrington (London, 1989), pp. 15-33. British History Online www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol9/pp15-33

Mar 16

Tottenham High Road, N17

The High Road is the successor to Ermine Street, the Roman road from London to Lincoln and York. A settlement is recorded at Tottenham in the Domesday Survey of 1086, and a manor house existed by 1254, on or near the site of Bruce Castle. Known historically as Tottenham Street, the High Road was an …

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Mar 15

One Hundred Elms Farm

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website There was a farm on this site, on the northern edge of Sudbury Common, since at least the time of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Hundred Elms Farm was probably named after the avenue of elm trees which used to …

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Mar 13

Lavender Hill

The name Lavender Hill derives from the use of the fields on either side of this stretch of road for the cultivation of lavender and other herbs, by the nursery business set up in 1820 by William Pamplin. The hill would have been a fragrant and beautiful place until the late 1850s, with a few …

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Mar 09

Wornington Road, W10

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website Wornington Road was built in the late 1860s. A plan existed, dated March 1865, called a ’Design for Laying out the Portobello Estate for Building Purposes’. The fields lying south of the Hammersmith and City Railway were then being built over and …

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Mar 08

White Conduit Fields

White Conduit Fields in Islington was an early venue for cricket and several major matches are known to have been played there in the 18th century. It was the original home of the White Conduit Club, forerunner of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The cricket field was adjacent to the former White Conduit House, immediately south …

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Mar 07

Abbey Mills Pumping Station

Abbey Mills Pumping Station is a much-​​admired masterpiece of Victorian public works engineering, built in 1865–8 and nicknamed ’the cathedral of sewage’. The Abbey Mill was an ancient tidal watermill in West Ham, dating back to at least the 12th century. It was sited on Channelsea Island in the Channelsea River and was one of …

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Mar 06

The Potteries and the Bramley Road area

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website A NOTE ON LINKS Uxbridge Road – lower case links resolve to the main website, rather than this blog RACKHAM STREET – upper case links go to other articles in this blog Between the Ladbroke and Norland estates there extended northward from …

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Mar 04

Rye Lane, SE15

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website Rye Lane runs half a mile from Peckham High Street at the north, down to the corner of Copeland Road where The Nags Head sits at the south. It features several Georgian and Victorian buildings which have been protected from demolition through …

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Mar 02

Shaftesbury Park Estate

The 42 and a half acre Shaftesbury Park Estate was promoted as the Workmen’s City – widely seen as demonstrating a credible solution to the urban housing problem. Shaftesbury Park was built between 1872 and 1877. It was the first major development of the Artizans’, Labourers’, & General Dwellings Company, founded by a band of …

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