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October
7
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.

As maps are displayed, click on the markers to view location articles.

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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.

The station retains much of its original Victorian architectural character, with some platform buildings dating from the pre-London Transport era.»more


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

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

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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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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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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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JANUARY
30
2019

 

Ferry Street, E14
Ferry Street is a road with a long history on the Isle of Dogs. Ferry Street was reassembled from three constituent streets: the original Ferry Street, Wharf Road and Johnson Street.

Wharf Road was the section running parallel to the Thames. When the Millwall Extension Railway was run to an old station called North Greenwich, Wharf Road was cut into two. One part of Wharf Road (the future Ferry Street section) was connected to the remainder (the future Saunders Ness Road) by a subway under the line allowing passengers from the rest of Wharf Road to reach the station.

Johnson Street ran north-south and was the address of the station. Johnson’s Draw Dock was in the street.

Ferry Street itself ran from the main road to the Greenwich Ferry which operated until 31 October 1902.

The Ferry House is a pub on Ferry Street has existed since 1722. The present building dates from 1822, and was used as a drinking establishment by ferry passengers to and from Greenwich until the opening of the Green...
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JANUARY
30
2019

 

Painshill
Painshill is one of the finest remaining examples of an 18th-century English landscape park. Painshill was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Charles Hamilton, a Member of Parliament though the original house built in the park has since been demolished.

Hamilton, born in 1704, was the 9th son of the 6th Earl of Abercorn. He went on two Grand Tours, one in 1725 and a further one in 1732.

In 1738 Hamilton began to acquire land at Painshill and, over the years, built up a holding of more than 200 acres. His plan was amongst the earliest to reflect the changing fashion in garden design prompted by the Landscape Movement. The garden was open to "respectable visitors" who were shown around by the head gardener.

There was a particular route round the park designed to bring the visitor to see successive views with best effect. Views from Painshill were painted on plates for a Wedgwood service of porcelain commissioned by Catherine the Great of Russia.

Hamilton ran out of money in 1773 and sold the estate to Benjamin Bond H...
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JANUARY
29
2019

 

Air Street, W1B
Air Street’s name is believed to be a corruption of ‘Ayres’, after Thomas Ayre, a local brewer and resident in the 17th century. Air Street was in existence in 1659, and was then the most westerly street in London. In 1671 Colonel Panton applied for licence to "build and finish certain houses in the continuation of a street, named Windmill Street, from the upper end of the Haymarket to the highway leading from Soho Square to Ayre Street and Paddington."
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JANUARY
26
2019

 

Grenville Road, CR0
Grenville Road is a crescent-shaped road in New Addington. In 1939, when the outbreak of the Second World War suspended construction of the New Addington Estate, 1023 houses and 23 shops had been built, including housing in Grenville Road.
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JANUARY
25
2019

 

Alfred Road, W2
Alfred Road is the last survivor of a set of Victorian streets. Building started in this area after 1855 when Desborough Lodge and Westbourne Farm were demolished. Brindley Street, Alfred Road (at first Alfred Street), Waverley Road, Hampden Street and Desborough Terrace formed densely-packed terraces south of the Lock bridge and west of the Harrow Road.

The Royal Saxon pub here opened in the 1850s and was dedicated to Alfred the Great.

The Warwick estate swept away the neighbouring streets in 1962. The scheme, together with the alignment of Westway along part of Harrow Road, involved the disappearance of nearly all the streets from Delamere Terrace and Blomfield Villas westward to Waverley Road.
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JANUARY
24
2019

 

Beaconsfield Road, EN3
Beaconsfield Road is one of the streets in the Enfield postal district. The first houses in Beaconsfield Road were occupied in 1902. The section between Rotherfield Road and Uckfield Road dates from 1904 and until 1909 was known as Heathfield Road.

The Ordnance Road end is very much older dating from 1855 and called Alma Road. There was a pub called the Alma on the corner.

Most of the roads in this vicinity have names ending in ’field’ - Catisfield Road, Rotherfield Road, Titchfield Road, Uckfield Road and Chesterfield Road.
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JANUARY
23
2019

 

Harleyford Road, SE11
Harleyford Road was named after local leaseholders the Claytons, whose country house was Harleyford Manor, Buckinghamshire. The opening of Vauxhall Bridge in 1816 spurred urban development in the area. Harleyford Road was laid as part of the turnpike system bringing new development to the area.

Properties on the south side of Kennington Lane date from the early 19th century and many of the properties on Harleyford Road and were built in the 1820s including St Mark’s School. Development in Vauxhall was generally piecemeal and dependent on the granting of leases. While urbanisation began in the 1820s it was not complete until the 1890s.

Aligned northwest-southeast, Harleyford Road is a wide and busy arterial road linking Kennington Lane to Kennington Oval. It has a varied architectural character but its historic buildings are predominantly Regency in date and style.

The eastern section of the north side of Harleyford Road is characterised by mostly early 19th century development. The group at the junction with Durham Street includes a former corner pub (now res...
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JANUARY
22
2019

 

Admiral Mews, W10
Admiral Mews is a small road off Barlby Road, W10. Admiral Mews, though formally labelled as a street in the 1880s, (and at first called ’Admiral Place’) existed for longer than this.

It was the site for cowsheds just before the area was urbanised - these are marked on the 1870 map of the area. Drovers bringing their cattle to the London markets would house them in these sheds for the night. The drovers found shelter and refreshment in the neighbouring tavern - "The Admiral Blake". Neither the sheds nor the mews were marked upon contemporary maps until the 1880s.

Admiral Blake was a Cromwellian admiral who defeated the Royalist navy during the Civil War, and captured a Spanish treasure-fleet in 1656.

Since the redevelopment of the "Cowshed" area, the status of the mews has been downgraded and often does not take a name.
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JANUARY
21
2019

 

Robert Adam Street, W1H
Robert Adam Street was renamed from Adam Street in 1938, itself renamed from Adam Street East in 1876. Adam Street (which became Robert Adam Street in 1938) stood as part of the Portman Estate which was laid out in the late 1770s. The street is first listed in the rate books in 1780 but it was not marked on a plan of 1777.

It seemed to change between being named Adam Street and Adam Street East until the latter name finally disappeared in 1876.

Robert Adam Street is close to Home House, Portman Square, now the Courtauld Institute, perhaps Robert Adam’s most impressive work.
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JANUARY
20
2019

 

Sheringham Road, N7
Sheringham Road was once called Hagbush Lane. Sheringham Road was variously called Adam and Eve Lane, Hagbush Road and Westbourne Road East.

Previously a rural lane which bent to the north to follow the line of today’s Lough Road, the Adam and Eve pub was on the corner of the lane and Liverpool Road. There is a local tradition that ’Dick Turpin’ the highwayman used to frequent the back lanes practising "on coaches and chaises at Holloway and in the back lanes of Islington".

It was Hagbush Lane in 1735 and Adam & Eve Lane by 1841. The name Westbourne Road East was introduced in 1860. Westbourne Road East in 1871 contained Sheringham Terrace, Hides Terrace and Wellington Terrace. After 1897 it was Sheringham Road. Sheringham is four miles north west of Cromer, Norfolk.

An Islington People’s Plaque to Mary Tealby was unveiled at Freightliners Farm in the road in October 2015. Tealby was the founder of ’The Home for Lost & Starving Dogs’ which later became Battersea Cats...
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JANUARY
19
2019

 

Paddington Street, W1U
Paddington Street was once a country track leading towards Paddington. As Paddington Lane, the track followed a course between Upper and Lower Church Fields. Lower Church Field was separated from it by a hedgerow and by the early 1730s the ‘New Burial Ground’ took up much of the west side of Lower Church Field.

In the mid-to-late 1720s houses were built along the northern part of this field edge and both the New Burial Ground and the Grotto encouraged the street’s development. The western part was begun in 1772.
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JANUARY
18
2019

 

Albert Embankment, SE11
Albert Embankment was built between 1866 and 1869, under the direction of Joseph Bazalgette, over former marshlands. Like many London roads at the time, it was named for Prince Albert, Consort of Queen Victoria.
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JANUARY
17
2019

 

Ashland Place, W1U
Alongside the cemetery of Marylebone ran Burying Ground Passage which was renamed Ashland Place in 1886. Ashland Place had been begun in the 1750s. Its 1886 renaming coincided with the opening of the burial ground as a public open space. The street became more commercial rather than residential from then onwards.
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JANUARY
15
2019

 

Brunswick Gardens, W8
Brunswick Gardens runs north from Vicarage Gate - a wide tree-lined road with white stuccoed terraces on either side. The houses have small front gardens and are mainly two storeys plus basement. They are large family houses and the street is unexpectedly quiet, although very convenient for Kensington Church Street.

The northern end of Brunswick Gardens branches to the east and this part of the street is a particularly attractive and quiet backwater.

Brunswick Gardens was part of the Sheffield House and Glebe Estate.

The plots for Nos. 1-19 Brunswick Gardens, on the west side, were leased to Henry Little by Thomas Robinson in 1858-9 and Little built the houses there.

Thomas Finlay, a Paddington builder, built Nos. 21 – 33 Brunswick Gardens between 1856 and 1862.

Nos. 35-39 (odd) were built by Jeremiah and Henry Little in 1856-7.

On the east side, the houses to appear to have been built mainly by a Paddington builder, William Lloyd Edwards. He took leases of Nos. 2-56 in 1861, with the exception of Nos. 22-32 which went to Thomas Huggett, a Kensington builder in the same year.
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JANUARY
14
2019

 

Agdon Street, EC1V
Agdon Street was originally called Woods Close. Originally Woods Close, it was a rural avenue planted with trees. Renamed Northampton Street, it became Agdon Street in 1939.

The road name commemorates the local landowners, the Compton family, earls and later marquises of Northampton, who owned a property called Agdon in Warwickshire.

George England (1740-1788) organ builder, lived here.

In 1739, it was reported that people would customarily gather here and ask for an armed patrol to escort them over the fields in the direction of the City of London because of the prevalence of highwaymen and footpads.
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JANUARY
13
2019

 

Holly Park, N4
Holly Park, in Crouch Hill, dates from the 1870s. As late as 1854, this area was still agricultural. ’The Hollies’, east of Crouch Hill, was sold off between 1864 and 1867 in 20 plots as Holly Park but was not developed until the 1870s. By 1878 residents founded the ’Holly Park Protection Association’.

The Holly Park Methodist Church was founded in 1881 by the Rev. Morley Punshon and Sir Francis Lycett. The architect was Elijah Hoole. The church with seating for 1000 opened in 1882 - the lecture hall and school classrooms, considered by Mr.Hoole to be his best work, opened in 1886. In 1962 a modern church was erected on the
site.

The Holly Park Estate was built between 1951-2 and named after the large villas that were once there -’The Hollies’, ’Tregaron’ and others.

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JANUARY
12
2019

 

Charlotte Street, W1T
Charlotte Street was laid out in the mid 18th century on open fields. The boundaries of those original fields and an existing pattern of land ownership can still be discerned from the orientation of Rathbone Street.

Charlotte Street, started in 1763, was named in honour of Queen Charlotte who married King George III in 1761. A typical 18th century grid of streets was laid out in the area, distorted by the line of Rathbone Street and the north end of Newman Street.

The street blocks were set out in small scale domestic plots for the erection of houses. By the end of the 19th century, the area was no longer completely residential, and plots were frequently amalgamated for the erection of larger commercial and semi-industrial buildings or for the erection of mansion blocks.
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JANUARY
11
2019

 

Lee Street, N11
Lee Street was built by Southgate and Colney Hatch Gas Light and Coke Limited. Southgate and Colney Hatch Gas Light and Coke Limited built a gasworks in 1858. Lee Street and Albert Street were provided for the gas company’s workers. When Station Road was partly redeveloped in the 1970s, both Lee Street and Albert Street disappeared under the bulldozer.
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JANUARY
9
2019

 

Derry and Toms
Derry & Toms was a London department store. In 1853 Joseph Toms opened a small drapery shop on Kensington High Street. In 1862 Joseph Toms joined forces with his brother-in-law, Charles Derry to set up Derry & Toms. By 1870 the business had grown to incorporate seven of the surrounding stores, with one of the buildings being used as a mourning department. The company prided itself as being the supplier of goods to the upper class of Kensington.

In 1920 John Barker & Co., the department store next door, acquired Derry & Toms. The firm already owned Pontings, which was adjacent to Derry & Toms on the other side. In 1919 Derry & Toms employed the services of poster artist F Gregory Brown to produce advertising. His advert The Daintiest of Legwear at Derry & Toms sold for £6,240 at Bonhams in 2007.

In 1930 building work was started and the new, seven-storey building on Kensington High Street opened in 1933. The building was designed by Bernard George in an Art Deco style popular at the time, and fea...
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JANUARY
7
2019

 

Adam and Eve Court, W1D
The court was named for the nearby Adam and Eve tavern. Medieval mystery and morality plays were acted in inn-yards on holy days, often beginning with the story of Adam and Eve.

Many such inns adopted a signboard with their distinctive costume. An Adam & Eve stood in the fields about 50 yards behind Oxford Street, approached from the road by a little lane which was built up and named Adam & Eve Court in the 1720s.

The Adam and Eve tavern survived until about 1746 when the new competitive environment overtook it and survival became impossible. In the same year, houses began to spring up along the lane, heralding the transformation from rural to urban, and Adam and Eve Court came into life.
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JANUARY
6
2019

 

The Oval
The Oval is an international cricket ground in Kennington. The Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845. It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket in September 1880. The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.

In addition to cricket, The Oval has hosted a number of other historically significant sporting events. In 1870, it staged England’s first international football match, versus Scotland. It hosted the first FA Cup final in 1872, as well as those between 1874 and 1892. In 1876, it held both the England v Wales and England v Scotland rugby international matches, and in 1877, rugby’s first Varsity match.
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JANUARY
6
2019

 

Headstone Lane
Headstone Lane station is in the London Borough of Harrow. Headstone Lane station was opened on 10 February 1913 by the London and North Western Railway.

The station was also served by the Bakerloo line of the London Underground between 1917 and 1982.

London Overground took over the station from Silverlink.
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JANUARY
5
2019

 

Chapel Street, SW1X
Chapel Street runs south-west to north-east from Belgrave Square to Grosvenor Place. Chapel Street dates from 1775 and was named after a former Lock chapel here adjacent to a hospital, both now demolished. All of the short streets connecting Belgravia to Grosvenor Place - Chapel Street, Chester Street, Halkin Street and Wilton Street, predate Thomas Cubitt’s master plan for Belgravia and were built up from the late 18th century.

24 Chapel Street was home to Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles. He died there on 27 August 1967 of an accidental barbiturate and alcohol overdose.
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JANUARY
4
2019

 

Chester Row, SW1W
Chester Row with its tall stucco houses lies at the heart of the district of Belgravia. The street, dating from 1840, is so named because local landowners the Grosvenors also owned land near Chester.

The Grosvenor family came into ownership of the 200 acres which became Belgravia in 1677. That year Sir Thomas Grosvenor married Mary Davies, heiress to the Manor of Ebury. Ebury’s southern part was known as The Five Fields. It was a mixture of marshland, pasture, orchards, few scattered houses and reknowned as the haunt of highwaymen.

The end of the Napoleonic Wars ushered in a housing boom. After George IV moved into Buckingham House in 1826, it was decided that the Five Fields should be developed.

Robert, 1st Marquess of Westminster, engaged estate Surveyor Thomas Cundy and master builder Thomas Cubitt to produce an elegant estate of squares, streets and crescents.

Chester Row went by a series of other names in different parts of the street before being combined into one.

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JANUARY
4
2019

 

Florence Nightingale Museum
The Florence Nightingale Museum is located at St Thomas’ Hospital, which faces the Palace of Westminster across the River Thames. The museum tells the real story of Florence Nightingale, "the lady with the lamp", from her Victorian childhood to her experiences in the Crimean, through to her years as an ardent campaigner for health reform. Nightingale is recognised as the founder of modern nursing in the United Kingdom. The new museum explains her legacy and also celebrates nursing today: it is a member of The London Museums of Health & Medicine group.

In 1860, four years after her famous involvement in the Crimean War, Nightingale founded the Nightingale Training School for nurses at St. Thomas’ Hospital and the museum is located on this site.
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JANUARY
3
2019

 

Harley Street, W1G
Harley Street, the centre of private medical practices in London, was named after Thomas Harley who was Lord Mayor of London in 1767. Most of the land belonged to the Portland Estate and its successor, the Howard de Walden Estate and around 1716, a street called Chandos Street was begun. Nearby was a street called Harley Street. In 1726, it was decided to swap the names – so Harley Street became Chandos Street and Chandos Street was called Harley Street.

Along its length, there was an existing inn called the Half Way House opposite a track which led to Marylebone village.

In 1719, it was joined by a new inn called the Blue Posts which was situated where 35 Harley Street now is, on the corner of Queen Anne Street. Harley Street could not continue south for a few years since the Blue Posts was in its way.

In the financial slump that followed the South Sea Bubble, growth was slow. A pair of small houses was built in 1723 next to the Blue Posts (later 31 and 33 Harley Strteet). A bath house came next on the site of 29 Harley Street, fed by the City of London’s conduit.»more


JANUARY
2
2019

 

The Space
The Space is an arts space on the Isle of Dogs. The Space is located inside a former Presbyterian church. This was built in 1859 for the Scottish Presbyterian congregation who had migrated to the Isle of Dogs to work in the shipyards. It was designed by Thomas Knightley. It was taken over by the St. Paul’s Arts Trust, headed by Robert Richardson, in 1989, and has been restored.

The Space offers many kinds of performance, including dance, drama and live music. Sir Ian McKellen became the principal patron.

The Space has established itself as a community theatre, offering free drama classes for youths from nearby schools. It is staffed mainly by volunteers.
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JANUARY
1
2019

 

Carnaby Street, W1F
Carnaby Street became the heart of Swinging London. Carnaby Street was probably laid out in 1686, deriving its name from Karnaby House, which was built in 1683 to its east. A market, Carnaby Market, opened in the 1820s.

The first Carnaby Street boutique, His Clothes, was opened by John Stephen in 1957 and was followed by I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet, Gear and others.

By the 1960s, Carnaby Street was popular with followers of the mod and hippie styles. Many fashion designers such as Mary Quant moved to the street. Various underground music bars such as the Roaring Twenties opened in the nearby streets. Bands such as the Rolling Stones, Small Faces and The Who appeared at the Marquee Club around the corner in Wardour Street.

On 15 April 1966, Carnaby Street featured on the cover of Time magazine. The article within extolled the street’s role in Swinging London.

Carnaby Street was satirised by The Kinks in their 1966 hit ’Dedicated Follower of Fashion’: "Ev...
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JANUARY
1
2019

 

Stamford Brook
Stamford Brook is a station on the District Line. Stamford Brook itself was a tributary of the River Thames. By 1900, all six tributaries of the brook had been covered over and formed many of the neighbourhood’s sewers.
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