London is made up of many distinct areas, each with their own identity and history and over time I want to explore these using my father’s photos, the books and maps collected over the years and by walking this fascinating city.
The problem with a blog is that Posts are ordered in the time order in which they are created, along with the categories assigned to each Post. This does not show the geographic spread of locations covered in each of the blog posts, and London just cries out to be seen visually whether through photos or a map so the way in which individual areas contribute to what could be defined as Greater London can be identified.
Maps have always interested me, my blog makes much use of Bartholomew’s Greater London Street Atlas from 1940 as this shows the streets of London as they were prior to the considerable development of the post war period.
I have been looking to build an interactive map of my Posts, identifying the locations across London I have covered and the photos taken at each location.
The map below is a Google map with markers at the location of each of my main posts. The map will move, zoom in and out and clicking on a marker will bring up the post reference and the option by clicking on “More Details” to go direct to the main post.
(Have fixed a technical fault with the map, I am rebuilding so markers will gradually be added)
I will add location markers for each Post as the blog develops to build a geographic representation of my London history.
City of London Plaques
I am gradually discovering the history behind as many City of London plaques as I can work through. The following map shows the plaques already blogged, and provides a link to their entry in the blog.
West End Theatres
As part of my exploration of London, in June 2017 I took a walk to discover all the West End Theatres, to photograph theatre and the production at the theatre at a point in time. The following map identifies all the locations, with links to the relevant post:
Map coming soon
Pubs of the City of London
In July 2020 I went on a walk to search for the pubs of the City of London. This was during the Covid-19 pandemic when the majority of City workers were working at home and when many of the restaurants, coffee shops and pubs of the City were closed.
The City may well be a different place after the pandemic, and I wanted to document the City’s pubs, in order to record any change to their number in future years. The following map records all the pubs I photographed, with a link to the appropriate post.
Map coming soon
Please let me know of any problems using the map.