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October
6
2022

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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Northumberland Avenue, WC2N
Northumberland Avenue runs from Trafalgar Square in the west to the Thames Embankment in the east. In 1608–09, Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton built a house on the eastern side of the former Chapel and Hospital of St. Mary Rounceval, at Charing Cross, including gardens running to the River Thames and adjoining Scotland Yard to the west. The estate became the property of Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland when he married Howard’s great-great niece, Lady Elizabeth, in 1642, whereupon it was known as Northumberland House.

In June 1874, the whole of Northumberland House was purchased by the Metropolitan Board of Works and demolished to form Northumberland Avenue, which would accommodate hotels. The road was part built on the parallel Northumberland Street.

Contemporary planning permissions forbade hotels to be taller than the width of the road they were on; consequently Northumberland Avenue was built with a wide carriageway. Part of the parallel Northumberland Street was demolished in order to make way for the avenue’s eastern...

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JULY
26
2022

 

Houghton Street (1906)
A greengrocer’s on the corner of Houghton Street and Clare Market (behind The Strand) in 1906 just before demolition The thoroughfare known as Clare Market, leading eastwards into Lincoln’s Inn Fields, was so called in honour of the Earl of Clare, who lived "in a princely mansion" adjacent. His name is inscribed as a parishioner of St. Clement Danes in the ratebooks of 1617. In Howell’s "Londinopolis" of 1657 we read: "Then is there, towards Drury Lane, a new market, called Clare Market; then is there a street and palace of the same name, built by the Earl of Clare, who lived there in a princely mansion, having a house, a street, and a market both for flesh and fish, all bearing his name." It is also mentioned by Strype:- "Clare Market, very considerable and well served with provisions, both flesh and fish; for, besides the butchers in the shambles, it is much resorted unto by the country butchers and higglers. The market-days are Wednesdays and Saturdays."

"This market," says Nightingale, in the tenth volume of the Beauties of England and Wales, "stands on what was...
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JULY
25
2022

 

The Hare
The Hare is situated at 505 Cambridge Heath Road The Hare has existed on this site since the 1770s. The current building dates from around 1860.
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JUNE
21
2022

 

High Barnet - Totteridge walk
This walk takes in the top of the Northern Line High Barnet is a London Underground station and, in the past, a railway station, located in Chipping Barnet. It is the terminus of the High Barnet branch of the Northern line and is the start of a walk which takes us on to Totteridge and Whetstone station.

High Barnet station was an idea of the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway and was opened on 1 April 1872 by the Great Northern Railway which had taken over by then. It was situated on one of the original sites of the Barnet Fair and was the terminus of the branch line that ran from Finsbury Park via Highgate.

The section north of East Finchley was incorporated into the London Underground network because of the Northern Heights project begun in the late 1930s. High Barnet station was served by Northern line trains from 14 April 1940 onwards.

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MAY
19
2022

 

Lochnagar Street, E14
Lochnagar Street runs east from the Blackwall Tunnel northern approach road Before the coming of the Blackwall Tunnel, there was a road called Brunswick Road from which Lochnagar Street ran, towards Islay Wharf.

This area of Poplar contains a large number of streets with Scottish names because they were built on an estate which had been bought by the McIntosh family in 1823. The McIntosh Housing Estate was laid out during the 1870s and the road layout was formalised. During the 1880s an oil works was established on the river frontage.

The developer and builder of the housing was John Abbott, who is commemorated in Abbott Road - the longest street in this part of Poplar. The houses in Lochnagar Street had three rooms and a scullery down­stairs.

The initial letters of other street names were chosen alphabetically from Aberfeldy Street to Zetland Street. Other roads in this patch include Ailsa Street, Blair Street, Culloden Street, Dee Street, Ettrick Street, Findhorn Street, Leven Road, Oban Street, Spey Street, Te...
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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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Lived here
Julie   
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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Added: 4 Sep 2022 15:42 GMT   

Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.

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TUM   
Added: 27 Aug 2022 10:22 GMT   

The Underground Map
Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer at the Royal Institute, London.

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Added: 26 Aug 2022 15:19 GMT   

Bus makes a leap
A number 78 double-decker bus driven by Albert Gunter was forced to jump an accidentally opening Tower Bridge.

He was awarded a £10 bonus.

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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:44 GMT   

The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

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Baker Street
Baker Street station opened on the Metropolitan Railway - the world’s first underground line.

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Added: 26 Aug 2022 12:17 GMT   

TV comes to Olympia
Over 7000 people queued to see the first high definition television pictures on sets at the Olympia Radio Show. The pictures were transmitted by the BBC from Alexandra Palace, introduced by Leslie Mitchell, their first announcer.

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OCTOBER
30
2018

 

Aldermanbury, EC2V
Aldermanbury is the Saxon name for ’Eldermen’ (elder statesmen) and ’bury’ (house). Aldermanbury originally ran north-south, between Lad Lane in the south and Love Lane in the north and parallel between Wood Street in the west and Basinghall Street in the east. The street dates back to the time of Edward the Confessor. Its current length is curtailed compared with former times.

The London historian Stow believed that the first Guildhall stood on the east side of Aldermanbury; thus the street received its name as being adjacent to the bury or court of the aldermen of the city (Harben). At the time of Stow’s Survey, however, the Guildhall had been relocated to the corner of Basinghall Street and Cateaton Street.

The Reverend Thomas White (c.1550 - 1624), Vicar of St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street, left £3000 in his will “for the acquisition of a house for the making of a College of Ministers, Rectors (Readers) and Curates within the City of London and the suburbs of the same." Sion College hall was built at the corner of London Wa...
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OCTOBER
29
2018

 

Lind Road, SM1
Lind Road is named for Swedish opera singer, Johanna Maria Lind. Born in Stockholm in 1820, Johanna Maria Lind ’the Swedish Nightingale’ settled in Surrey from 1855.

Hans Christian Andersen wrote several of his stories with her in mind. There’s also a theory he wrote the Snow Queen about her after she failed to return his affections.

Lind first performed in London in 1847. In honour of her Surrey connection, there is Lind Road and a pub called the Nightingale on Carshalton Road. No recording of Lind’s singing exists.

After 1865, the lord of the manor Thomas Alcock developed the streets of the ’New Town., east of the High Street, but left it to an assortment of builders to put up cramped terraced housing here for the working classes. Shops and several pubs lined Lind Road.
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OCTOBER
28
2018

 

Manoel Road, TW2
Manoel Road is named after the last king of Portugal. Manoel became king in 1908. His mother had been born in Twickenham. He was 18 years old when he came to the throne after assassins had killed his father and older brother. He was deposed two and a half years later in a Republican revolution.

Fulwell Lodge became home to ex-King Manoel II of Portugal who lived here after 1913 with his German wife Princess Victoria Augusta of Hohenzolern. After his death in 1932 the estate was purchased and developed for housing.

Nearby streets include Portugal Gardens and Lisbon Avenue.
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OCTOBER
25
2018

 

Dagenham Heathway
Dagenham Heathway station was opened in 1932. In 1932 the electrified District line of the London Underground was extended to Upminster through Dagenham with stations opened as Dagenham and Heathway and today called Dagenham East and Dagenham Heathway.

The station was constructed and initially operated by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway with services provided by the District line from the outset. The station changed to its present name in 1949.

Services on the London Tilbury & Southend line at Dagenham East were withdrawn in 1962.
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OCTOBER
24
2018

 

Savile Row, W1S
Savile Row is known worldwide for gentlemen’s tailoring. This street which is the centre for men’s bespoke clothing is named after a woman, Dorothy Savile.

Burlington House was inherited in 1704 by Dorothy’s future husband, Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork.

Dorothy Savile, an accomplished artist, married Boyle in 1721.

Savile Row - originally Savile Street - was named after the maiden name of the Duke’s now wife and situated behind Burlington House as part of the Burlington Estate. It was developed between 1731 and 1735.

Initially, the street was occupied mainly by military officers and their wives; later William Pitt the Younger and Irish-born playwright and MP, Richard Brinsley Sheridan were residents.

Tailors started doing business in the area in the late 18th century; first in Cork Street, about 1790, then by 1803 in Savile Row itself.
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OCTOBER
23
2018

 

Aberdeen Road, N5
Aberdeen Road connects Aberdeen Park with Sotheby Road. In a directory of 1870 and in the 1871 Census, this was called Aberdeen Park Road. In 1888 it became Aberdeen Road. Along it was Aberdeen Terrace.
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OCTOBER
23
2018

 

Carpenders Park
Carpenders Park station lies in the Hertfordshire commuter suburb of South Oxhey. Carpenders Park was opened by the London and North Western Railway on 1 April 1914. It closed again on 1 January 1917 only to reopen once more on 5 May 1919 and served only by London Electric Railway (which later became London Underground) trains. L&NWR electric trains were reinstated from 10 July 1922. The original station was built to serve the nearby golf course.

The station was location 210 metres further north than the current site - it was a wooden two platform structure with a footbridge. It was closed on 17 November 1952 when the present station opened.

London Underground trains served the station until 24 September 1982.

London Overground services from London Euston to Watford Junction currently serve Carpenders Park station.
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OCTOBER
22
2018

 

Leighton Road, NW5
The route of Leighton Road followed an original path from the Assembly House Inn on Kentish Town Road to Maiden Lane. In 1804, the pathway was described as having a stile at the eastern end and a bowling green on its north side (on the site of the current 37 Leighton Road).

The owner of the land surrounding the path was Joshua Prole Torriano. Naming the path ’Evans Place’, Torriano sold off small freehold plots to individuals.

In 1816, Evans Place was renamed as Gloucester Place. The plots were just enough for large individual houses, or small groups developed at this same time causing a diverse built environment.

Leighton Road assumed its current name in the 1860s when it was linked to Torriano Avenue.

37 Leighton Road was one of the first new houses to be completed - in 1824. It was originally one of a pair but its twin was demolished when Lady Margaret Road was laid out mid century.
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OCTOBER
21
2018

 

St Michael Paternoster Royal
St Michael Paternoster Royal is a church in the City of London. The original building, which was first recorded in the 13th century, was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The church was rebuilt under the aegis of Sir Christopher Wren. However St Michael’s was severely damaged during the London Blitz in the Second World War. It was restored between 1966 and 1968.

In 1423 Richard "Dick" Whittington, the fabled Lord Mayor of London, was buried within its precincts; although the tomb is now lost.
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OCTOBER
20
2018

 

Quality Court, WC2A
Quality Court is a courtyard, built around 1700. A wonderful labyrinth of alleys and courts used to straggle between Chancery Lane and Fetter Lane, but sadly, of these dozens of minute burrows, only a handful now remain. Quality Court, as we might devise from its name, was one of the more ‘classy’ addresses in the district. It was built about 1700, although not specifically with the view of attracting the upper crust of society to its confines, but with its stylish houses and spacious accommodation that is just what happened. When the properties went up for sale they came in droves, but, of course, the dwellings were few and so the speculators made their offers to the highest bidders.

John Strype, writing up his survey in 1720 says this is ‘a very handsome, large and airy Court, lately built, with very handsome brick houses…’ It was then called New Court but resulting from the life style of the new inhabitants was commonly known as Quality Court – much in the same way as we now refer to selected roads wher...
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OCTOBER
19
2018

 

Olympia
Olympia is an exhibition centre, event space and conference centre in West Kensington, London, England. The venue is home to a range of international trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and events.

Olympia first opened its doors to the public on 26 December 1886.

Read the Olympia (London) entry on the Wikipedia...
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OCTOBER
18
2018

 

Old Barge House Alley, SE1
This is an article about Old Barge House Alley. Before the streets of London were constructed of durable materials they were so pot-holed and ridged that travelling along them could often be a hazardous business. Apart from this, the movement of traffic about the City was thoroughly disorganised – farmers driving herds of cattle to market were a constant obstacle and accidents were a frequent occurrence. Although the problem was not so much volume of traffic, as it is today, travelling only a short distance in the chaos took a long time. The Thames offered an escapement route and those who could afford to hire a sculler and oarsman travelled in relative comfort and at reasonable speed. In those days all the major activities were centred reasonably close to the River and only a short walk away from the innumerable jetties along the waterside. Royalty and noble lords built their houses close to the Thames with easy access to private stairs where they boarded their luxurious barges.

The Monarch owned barges for differ...
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OCTOBER
17
2018

 

Blithfield Street, W8
Blithfield Street is a quiet cul-de-sac running north from Stratford Road. In 1868, Thomas Hussey was given permission to build on the site of the bowling green behind the Devonshire Arms public house. He built this as a cul-de-sac off Stratford Road in 1869. There were 17 houses in all, and it catered for the poorest members of the community.

The houses are three-storey terraced Victorian houses painted in many different colours and nowadays the street is tree-lined. Some of the houses have exterior shutters and first floor balconettes which gives the street a particularly attractive ‘villagey’ feel.
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OCTOBER
16
2018

 

Star Street, E1
Star Street was, for a while, Planet Street. Star Street was a little over half a mile along Commercial Road and led southwards. It was originally designated Dock Street and then Planet Street, but became Star Street in June 1865. In December 1891, it reverted to being Planet Street again. Finally it disappeared in the 1960s.

Star Place was a short cul-de-sac of just six houses in the 1880s - a small alley running east/west at the bottom of Star Street.

After taking Star Street as representative of the parish of St. George in the East and describing its squalor at length in his study published as Ragged London in 1861, John Hollingshead says of nearby Devonshire Street that it was "... as full of hunger, dirt and social degradation as Star Street..."

The Census taken on 6 February 1861 notes that "... in Star Street there are living in 123 houses about 1500 persons, including 300 children, many without shoes or stockings..." The average rent per room for a week was is 9d with the low...
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OCTOBER
15
2018

 

Watney Street, E1
Watney Street is the location for a famed East End street market. Watney Street began its life as Duke Street, sometime in the Napoleanic period. The southern end of Watney Street was then called Charles Street.

In 1902, Watney Market, which ran along the length of Watney Street, had over 100 shops and stalls. By 1928 the number of stalls had more than doubled.

By the 1960s Watney Market was in decline: people were moving away, and beginning to shop elsewhere. By 1979 there were only eighteen stalls left.

68 Watney Street housed an early branch of Sainsbury’s. In 1881 John James Sainsbury took over his brother-in-law Edward Staples’ shop selling cheese and salt bacon to dockers and lightermen, many of them Irish (Mary Ann Staples, whose family had built up a chain of shops, married John James Sainsbury in 1869).

In 1956 the ’Watney Streeters’ gang – most of them dockers - were involved in brawls with the Kray twins.
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OCTOBER
14
2018

 

Aberdeen Park, N5
Aberdeen Park was first laid out between 1853 and 1854. It was named after George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (1784-1860), First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister) from December 1852 to January 1855.

In 1806 most of the site was simply fields, Ten Acres and Nineteen Acres owned by Francis Masseres and occupied by Samuel Palmer. In 1848 they were called Great Field and Little Field, over fourteen acres, the property of George Morrice.

A smaller part of Aberdeen Park was owned in 1806 by a Mr Mallett and occupied by a Captain Agnew with a ’house, offices and pleasure grounds’, the same portion in 1848 being owned by John Foster.

After 1877, there was agricultural land - the Aberdeen Park Nursery - occupied as a horticultural nursery in 1904 by W. Clinton and then Frederick James Clinton was there as a nurseryman until 1935. Aberdeen Court is now on the site.

In December 1934 the Islington & Holloway Press described Aberdeen Park as being owned by Canon W. D. Morrice...
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OCTOBER
13
2018

 

Seaforth Crescent, N5
Seaforth Crescent appeared on the map in 1982. The architects of the buildings there were Darbourne & Darke.
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OCTOBER
12
2018

 

The Angel
The Angel was a public house in Webber Street. The Angel was on the site presently occupied by 27-31 Webber Street. Next door was the Marshall Building.

The first licencee is recorded as early as 1797. The street, and thus the address of the pub, went through a series of renumbering. It was listed as 1 Webber Street in 1862, the address was 31 Webber Street by 1944, and finally as 71 Webber Street.

By the 1970s, both the Angel and Marshall Building had been replaced by warehousing. 21 Webber Street had become a print works and 35 Valentine Place a large joinery works.
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OCTOBER
11
2018

 

Aden Road, EN3
Aden Road was first mentioned in 1893 when plans for six houses were submitted It was named for the then British "Aden Settlement" in what is now Yemen.
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OCTOBER
10
2018

 

Treaty Street, N1
Treaty Street was called London Street until 1938. First recorded in 1835, Copenhagen Primary School, situated on London Street, was opened in 1887 as Buckingham Street school. It was renamed Copenhagen Council School in 1938.

Before the Second World War, the street ran down to the Regents Canal and was lined with terraced houses. The streetscape has somewhat changed since then with the 1948 York Way Court being the major feature.
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OCTOBER
9
2018

 

William Barefoot Drive, SE9
William Barefoot Drive is named for prominent local politician who was Mayor of Woolwich three times. William Barefoot (1872-1941) was a notable politician in south-east London during the early part of the 20th century.
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OCTOBER
8
2018

 

William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery is the only public museum devoted to English Arts and Crafts designer and early socialist William Morris. The William Morris Gallery, opened by Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1950, is located at Walthamstow in Morris’s family home from 1848 to 1856, the former Water House, a substantial Grade II* listed Georgian dwelling of about 1750.

Water House was set in its own extensive grounds (now Lloyd Park). The gallery underwent major redevelopment and reopened in August 2012; in 2013 it won the national prize for Museum of the Year.

The gallery’s collections illustrate Morris’s life, work and influence. They include printed, woven and embroidered fabrics, rugs, carpets, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass and painted tiles designed by Morris himself and by Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Webb, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, and others who together founded the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company in 1861.

The gallery also holds a substantial collection of furniture, textiles, ceramics and glass by Morris’s followe...
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OCTOBER
7
2018

 

William Morris Close, E17
William Morris Close is named after the famous artist. William Morris spent his childhood at the nearby Water House, which is now the William Morris Gallery.
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OCTOBER
5
2018

 

Woffington Close, KT1
Woffington Close is named for stage performer Peg Woffington. Peg Woffington was an 18th-century actress who performed in Teddington, near to where the road is located.

She is buried in Teddington parish church.
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OCTOBER
4
2018

 

Wren Road, SE5
Wren Road is named for Sir Christopher Wren. The road was built on the grounds of a former house said to have been occupied by Wren.
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OCTOBER
3
2018

 

Woodford Green
Woodford Green, historically part of Essex, it was absorbed into Greater London in 1965. Part of the suburb of Woodford in northeast London, Woodford Green lies within the London Borough of Redbridge – though part of the western green (known as the Woodford Side) falls under the Borough of Waltham Forest.

Woodford Green is surrounded by forests, lakes, country parks and open spaces. The A104 bisects Woodford Green, forming its high street.


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OCTOBER
2
2018

 

East Crescent, N11
East Crescent was previously an unadopted road. In 1946, the local council recommended that the name East Crescent was assigned to the private street constructed for users of temporary houses.
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