Mapping London through Blog Posts

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 experimental. It is a Google map with markers at the location of each of my main post. 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.

 

I will add location markers for each Post as the blog develops to build a geographic representation of my London history.

As part of my exploration of London, 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 thelocations, with links to the relevant post:

 

Please let me know of any problems using the map.

 

32 thoughts on “Mapping London through Blog Posts

  1. IM Rawes

    These blog posts and their photos are fantastic. Thank you very much for sharing them. You asked for feedback on the blog post map – it works but there is one problem in that the small thumbnail photos don’t appear. Instead there’s a partly-bordered white space where the thumbnail should be. I’ve tried viewing the map in Chrome, Firefox and IE11.

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    1. Wendy

      Can anyone tell me if the pub Barley Mow on the corner of Rivington St and Shoreditch High St was there in the 1880s?
      Wendy

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      1. Pimlico Pete

        A partial answer for you Wendy,

        “Pubs History” has The Bell Inn on the corner of Rivington Street and Shoreditch High St.

        The Barley Mow is given as on the corner of Rivington Street and Curtain Road.

        Some dates and licensee changes to be unravelled in both cases. If our host will permit the links, data for both pubs can be found here:

        https://pubshistory.com/LondonPubs/Shoreditch/Bell.shtml
        https://pubshistory.com/LondonPubs/Shoreditch/CurtainRd127.shtml

        And apologies if you have already travelled this far down the path. It will at least be useful info for anyone who hasn’t yet.

        PP

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  2. Anne McPaul

    I love the pictures of London especially the old ones. Do you have any of Cornwall Road, SE1 which is just off of Stamford Street in Waterloo or the area around Belvedere Road before it was all demolished for the Festival of Britain?

    Thanks Anne

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anne – not sure regarding Cornwall Road, still checking a number of photos, but I do have a number of Belvedere Road before it was demolished for the Festival of Britain. The following post includes some: http://alondoninheritance.com/london-streets/the-brewery-at-the-end-of-sutton-walk/ and there are a couple of other posts that cover this area and Belvedere Road. I also have some of the area between Hungerford Bridge and County Hall which I have yet to publish (I need to update the map on the blog).

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  3. Mike Keyton

    I’ve just finished writing a book on Peter Cheyney, the 1940’s /50’s thriller writer. Both he and many of his fictional characters slouched around Shepherd Market and the Mayfair area. I would very much like to use two of your photos and that beautiful map of Shepherd Market. The bottom line is I can’t pay because Indy publishing incurs some expense. I would however gladly acknowledge and publicise your incredibly interesting site.

    Best wishes,
    Mike Keyton

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  4. Janet Kumar

    I found your blog while looking for information about the Horselydown Restaurant, one of the restaurants run by the London County Council after WW2. My book, The Youngest County, was published in 1951 and says that by 1950 over forty restaurants had been opened, dispensing 35,000 meals each day. The book tells of an enthusiasm for social welfare, and the ability to provide it, that is fascinating in a time of great austerity.

    I would love to receive your blog posts in future, thank you very much.

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  5. ron ferris

    Am over the moon with finding your site /blog? A lovely lady I met swimming gave me the address (3 times) I forgot it twice. Unfortunately, I have nothing to contribute. The reasons as follows. I was born at number 21 Belmont mansions, in (not on!) Goldsmith Row (some hipster as added an apostrophe s now) The block was built sometime in the 1800@s we had gas mantels on the landings. it comprised of two ‘wooden’ blocks as we called them, which faced out onto Goldsmith row over the shops. The ‘stone’ blocks further in where I was born and lived until grammar school, would have made a health and safety bod today have a fit. Unfortunately, no one in the blocks could afford, or own, a camera. The whole area, behind, toward Columbia rd the other side of hackney rd, and as far north as haggerston, was a ‘bombed ruin’ as we called our playground of the day. have found only one photo of the pub, star of india next door. I really hope you can turn something up

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      1. Michael Slee

        Hi Carol. just researching my Mothers history and and have also just found out that she lived at 29 Belmont Mansions Hackney E2. The marriage certificate states she was married on the 23rd June 1940, aged 17 (born 1922) and her maiden name was Elizabeth Clare Painter. Also, unfortunately, she died in 2012.

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    1. Michael Slee

      Hi Ron
      I have been researching my Mothers history, and her Wedding Certifacate states she lived at number 29 Belmont Mansions, Hackney E2.
      The date of Marriage was 23/06/1940 and marriage held at St Chads. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Clare Painter and born August 1922. Her married name became SLEE. I wonder if you had any recollections of either my mother or her family.
      Regards
      Michael Slee

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    2. Pimlico Pete

      Agreed Ron and other commenters, there aren’t many old photos of Haggerston and Goldsmith / Goldsmith’s Row to be found. Good news though: the Whiston Road area was used for location shots in the 1947 film “Odd Man Out” starring James Mason.

      The story was set in Belfast but some of the external shots were made in this part of London, including a football game on a cleared bombsite in Whiston Road. The boys in this scene were apparently shipped in from Belfast, and their accents seem to confirm this. Likewise the girl with one roller skate though she doesn’t say anything.

      Moye Street was used for Mason’s hiding place in a WWII street-level shelter. It’s clearly seen in a few of the shots. The backyard wall of the Goldsmith Arms gets a glimpse too.

      It’s thought that the shot where a hatted man high kicks the football back to the game was taken outside Dove Row Mission & Ragged School. Maybe someone can remember if that’s what it looked like.

      ReelStreets has a collection of stills from the film:

      https://www.reelstreets.com/films/odd-man-out/

      Happy recollecting!

      Pete

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  6. Mark

    Superb blog on St Pancras church. I had woodwork shops in the disused railway arches on the opposite side of the road, nearer the British Museum.

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    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for the comment Mark. I assume that those are the railway arches that are still there along the right of the road as you head back towards St. Pancras. About the only remaining railway features on that side of the road.

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  7. tessa moore

    I wonder if, in your so interesting travels, you have written about Cumberland Market which was near Regents Park. My father was born in The Jolly Farmers Pub in 1903 and I would love to see a photo of the actual building, or if not,the market and anything about it. Came upon your website by accident and it is great.

    Many thanks Tessa Moore

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tessa, Cumberland Market is on my list. My father was born near there and as a child lived in the Cumberland Market estate from 1939 until the early 1950s. This was built around the old Regent’s Canal basin that led into the market. I plan to have some posts on this in the future. Thanks, David

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  8. Candy

    Interesting, thank you. I walked London with Bradshaw’s Guide Book a few years ago and am considering repeating the trip because it was so interesting!

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    1. Sheila A Parissien

      I was born in Fulham. Lived in pearscroft Rd. Would like to find out more about this area and its history. Any help appreciated.

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  9. Alison

    I’ve subscribed to your blog for several years, but for some reason hadn’t found your wonderful map of posts until this morning. What a terrific addition to your fantastic posts! I so appreciate your work on your blog. It’s by far my favorite London blog. Thank you.

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    1. admin Post author

      Alison, thanks very much for your feedback, really appreciated. I need to update the map, not all the posts are on the map, just wish I had more time !

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  10. sheryl goble

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for your blog. I subscribed some time ago and enjoy reading each new one that you post. I was specifically looking for information about the Bunhill Fields and Burial grounds and after spending a fruitless few hours looking via Google, I wondered if you had any blogs on this area. I have looked at your interactive maps and through your posts and can’t see any, though this hasn’t taken away my enjoyment of the work that you have done. Thank you again.

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  11. Jamilsherif@gmail.com

    I wonder if you have come across pictures or maps of Russell Square and Bryanston Square in the 188Os or 1890s?

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  12. MrsPeel

    The map is such an amazing idea! , not sure if it is my browser, or maybe needs updating? I have seen posts about Hampstead places but don’t see them marked in the map, and the markers I clicked, they show me the thumbnail with the name of the place, then underneath a long number, but nothing is clickable (I don’t see the “more details”? ) the only thing I could click on was the x to close the little thumb window…. Only mentioning this because you said to mention if any problems 🙂 Awesome blog !

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    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for your comments about the blog – really appreciated. You are right that there are posts missing in the map – I have not yet had a chance to update the map entries with recent posts so will have to set aside some time for this. I will also check if there is anything wrong with the way the links are presented. Have not looked at the map for a while so there may be a problem – thanks for letting me know.

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  13. Minna Andersen

    I love your blog and thoroughly enjoy reading it. I would like to be added to your mailing list
    Kind regards
    Minna

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  14. Michael Slee

    Hi Ron
    I have been researching my Mothers history, and her Wedding Certifacate states she lived at number 29 Belmont Mansions, Hackney E2.
    The date of Marriage was 23/06/1940 and marriage held at St Chads. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Clare Painter and born August 1922. Her married name became SLEE. I wonder if you had any recollections of either my mother or her family.
    Regards
    Michael Slee

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  15. Julia Sheppard

    Please let me know of your posts. Read blogs about Rugby estate and area. I lived in Kirk Street as a child. It was very close to Lambs Conduit Street and only the top bit remains. The street was demolished for the building of the school.
    Julia

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  16. Sue Reeves

    Came across this site by accident, so glad l did as really interesting. Please can l go on email list. I do hope you might be able to help in that l am trying to find out what happened to a statue which was placed in the foyer of The Fountain at 130 Fountain House Fenchurch Street London. This was made in bronze with a youth in aluminium. It had four seahorses, two eagles and two dolphins and was made by Miss Margaret J Wrightson, sculptor in 1957. I have a picture of it. Behind the whole fountain was a sheet of glass over which water continually flowed. I have tried so hard to find out what happened to it, quite a size, 14 ft high. Any suggestions please as to where it went when it was removed? My husband was used as the model for the youth when he was a child. Thank you

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