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The Underground Map is a project which is creating street histories for the areas of London and surrounding counties lying inside the M25.

In a series of maps from the 1750s until the 1950s, you can see how London grew from a city which only reached as far as Park Lane into the post war megapolis we know today. There are now over 85 000 articles on all variety of locations including roads, houses, schools, pubs and palaces.

You can begin exploring by choosing a place from the dropdown list at the top.

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Queen Victoria Street, EC4V
Queen Victoria Street was built in 1861 to provide a more efficient approach to London’s central business district Queen Victoria Street is a London thoroughfare that runs east by north from its intersection with New Bridge Street and Victoria Embankment in the Castle Baynard ward of the City of London. It is named after Queen Victoria, who was the British monarch from 1837 to 1901. The street passes through the wards of Queenhithe and Bread Street before cutting through the middle of Cordwainer ward, eventually ending at Mansion House Street at Bank junction. Beyond Bank junction, the street continues as Threadneedle Street, which connects to Bishopsgate. Other nearby streets include Puddle Dock, Cannon Street, Walbrook, and Poultry.

The street was funded through the Metropolitan Improvement Act. It cost over £1,000,000 to construct and remains a significant street within the City of London. Queen Victoria Street was built over Old Pye Street and New Pye Street, which were named after Sir Robert Pye.

The closest London Underground stations to Queen Victoria Street a...




Panton Street, SW1Y
Panton Street was named after Colonel Thomas Panton, local property dealer of the 17th century Thomas Panton, who amassed a great fortune through gambling, made the decision to never gamble again. Instead, he used his wealth to purchase Shaver’s Hall, named after an incident involving Lord Dunbar who reportedly lost £3000 in a single sitting.

Despite its name, Shaver’s Hall was not a barbershop but rather a gambling hall located on the northeast corner of the Haymarket and Coventry Street, extending to what is now Panton Street.

Panton decided to demolish the gambling hall and build over it.

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Rotten Row, SW1X
Rotten Row is a corruption of route du roi Rotten Row is a wide track that stretches for 1384 meters along the southern edge of Hyde Park, connecting Hyde Park Corner to Serpentine Road. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Rotten Row was a popular destination for wealthy Londoners to go horse riding, showcasing their status to others in high society.

Rotten Row has its origins in the late 17th century, when William III relocated the court to Kensington Palace and required a secure route to travel to St James’s Palace. To this end, he ordered the creation of a wide avenue that ran through Hyde Park, which was lit by 300 oil lamps in 1690. This was a notable innovation, as it was the first artificially lit highway in Britain. The lamps were installed as a safety measure to deter highwaymen, who were known to frequent the area at the time.

Originally named Route du Roi, which translates to King’s Road in French, the track’s name eventually became corrupted into ’Rotten Row’....



Steve Biko Way, TW3
Steve Biko Way commemorates the South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko (1946 – 1977) was a South African anti-apartheid activist. His ideas were articulated in a series of articles published under the pseudonym Frank Talk.

In 1973, the South African government deemed Biko a subversive threat and imposed a banning order on him, which severely limited his activities. Despite this, Biko continued to be politically active and played a role in organising various community projects in the Ginsberg area, including a healthcare centre and a crèche. During this time, he received numerous anonymous threats and was detained by state security services on multiple occasions.

Biko was beaten to death by state security officers after being arrested in August 1977. His funeral was attended by over 20 000 people, reflecting the widespread impact of his activism and the deep mourning that his death provoked
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Westbourne Terrace Road, W2
Westbourne Terrace Road is a street located in Little Venice that connects Blomfield Road in the north and Westbourne Bridge in the south The northern section of the road is a bridge that goes over the Paddington branch of the Grand Union Canal, which is commonly referred to as the Westbourne Terrace Road bridge. The road is intersected by Delamere Terrace and Warwick Crescent in the north, and Blomfield Mews can be found on its eastern side.

The majority of the houses on Westbourne Terrace Road were built between 1850 and 1855 and are characterised by their stucco mid-nineteenth century terraced design. Most of these houses are grade II listed by Historic England, indicating their historical and architectural significance.

Margery Allingham, a famous crime fiction writer who lived from 1904 to 1966, resided at number 1 on Westbourne Terrace Road from 1916 to 1926. A green plaque has been installed to commemorate her time there.
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Added: 31 Mar 2023 15:07 GMT   

BlackJack Playground
Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance was my favourite childhood park.I went to St Mary’s Catholic school, East Row from Nursery all the way through to Year 6 before Secondary School and I was taken here to play most days. There was a centre piece flower bed in the Voysey Garden surrounded by a pond which my classmates and I used to jump over when no one was looking. The Black jack playground was the go to playground for our sports days and my every day shortcut to get close to the half penny steps foot bridge via Kensal Road. There was also a shop where we could buy ice lollies on hot summer days.The Southern Row side of the Park was filled with pebbles which used to be so fun to walk through as a child, I used to walk through the deepness of the pebbles to get to Bosworth Road or east towards Hornimans Adventure Park.


Added: 29 Mar 2023 17:31 GMT   

Auction of the paper stock of Janssen and Roberts
A broadside advertisement reads: "By auction, to be sold on Thursday next being the 16th of this present July, the remainder of the stock in partnership between Janssen and Roberts, at their late dwelling-house in Dean’s Court, the south side of St. Pauls, consisting of Genoa papers according to the particulars underneath." The date in the ESTC record is purely speculative; July 16th was a Thursday in many years during the 18th century; 1750 is only one possibility. Extensive searching has found no other record of the partners or the auction.

Source: ESTC - Search Results

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Added: 27 Mar 2023 18:28 GMT   

Nower Hill, HA5

Added: 26 Mar 2023 14:50 GMT   

Albert Mews
It is not a gargoyle over the entrance arch to Albert Mews, it is a likeness of Prince Albert himself.

Christine D Elliott   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 15:52 GMT   

The Blute Family
My grandparents, Frederick William Blute & Alice Elizabeth Blute nee: Warnham lived at 89 Blockhouse Street Deptford from around 1917.They had six children. 1. Alice Maragret Blute (my mother) 2. Frederick William Blute 3. Charles Adrian Blute 4. Violet Lillian Blute 5. Donald Blute 6. Stanley Vincent Blute (Lived 15 months). I lived there with my family from 1954 (Birth) until 1965 when we were re-housed for regeneration to the area.
I attended Ilderton Road School.
Very happy memories of that time.


Pearl Foster   
Added: 20 Mar 2023 12:22 GMT   

Dukes Place, EC3A
Until his death in 1767, Daniel Nunes de Lara worked from his home in Dukes Street as a Pastry Cook. It was not until much later the street was renamed Dukes Place. Daniel and his family attended the nearby Bevis Marks synagogue for Sephardic Jews. The Ashkenazi Great Synagogue was established in Duke Street, which meant Daniel’s business perfectly situated for his occupation as it allowed him to cater for both congregations.

Dr Paul Flewers   
Added: 9 Mar 2023 18:12 GMT   

Some Brief Notes on Hawthorne Close / Hawthorne Street
My great-grandparents lived in the last house on the south side of Hawthorne Street, no 13, and my grandmother Alice Knopp and her brothers and sisters grew up there. Alice Knopp married Charles Flewers, from nearby Hayling Road, and moved to Richmond, Surrey, where I was born. Leonard Knopp married Esther Gutenberg and lived there until the street was demolished in the mid-1960s, moving on to Tottenham. Uncle Len worked in the fur trade, then ran a pet shop in, I think, the Kingsland Road.

From the back garden, one could see the almshouses in the Balls Pond Road. There was an ink factory at the end of the street, which I recall as rather malodorous.


Added: 7 Mar 2023 17:14 GMT   

Andover Road, N7 (1939 - 1957)
My aunt, Doris nee Curtis (aka Jo) and her husband John Hawkins (aka Jack) ran a small general stores at 92 Andover Road (N7). I have found details in the 1939 register but don’t know how long before that it was opened.He died in 1957. In the 1939 register he is noted as being an ARP warden for Islington warden


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