Above: Outline map of the City of London showing the names of the 13 areas of study. Those underlined have an Overview blog which briefly describes the area of study.
Having completed another academic year of blogs for the City of London, City of Westminster and the other Inner London Boroughs, this blog will consider the progress made on completing blogs for the City of London. When the Website was set up, the intention was to try to emulate a six-year course I have been running for many years. Instead of lectures, blogs would be written, each one telling the history of one small part of Inner London, which would gradually grow year by year. The blogs follow the original time span – of devoting the Autumn Term to a part of the City of London over a six-year cycle.
The Website has been well-received by so many readers. They fall into two categories. Firstly, there are the regular ‘Followers’ who continue to increase as the years roll by. There are now more followers reading the blogs as they appear three times each week than the total number of people who attended my weekly lectures. Such is the appeal of the Internet! Secondly, there are thousands of people who just ‘dip into’ the Website – usually looking for a particular topic. They do not read the Know Your London blogs on a regular basis. They use a search engine to look up a topic and often come across one of my blogs as a result of their enquiry. Sometimes, however, they become regular readers as a result of reading just one blog which is taken as a compliment.
For those interested in studying the City of London, we have reached the stage where there is now a good range of topics. The following list shows the names of the areas of study followed by the numbers of blogs for each one. The names used are those appearing in the Categories list of the Website.
/City of London (27)
/City-Broad Street (2)
/City-Castle Baynard (10)
/City-Fleet Street (19)
There are nearly 30 blogs relating to the City of London as a general topic. The history of the City of London is the most complex in all of London and is divided into 13 areas of study. Most of the 13 areas now have 10 or more blogs relating to their individual history. If you want to know what the definition of each area of study is, then use the search box and enter the words ‘City of London’. Among other topics that the search shows up, there will be headings like ‘City of London (Year 3)’ and other years where the definitions are provided. All six years are yet to be completed but the process is heading in the right direction. Looking down the list, there are a few areas of study which are rather thin on the ground. These will be increased in due course.
Finally, there are the ‘Overview’ blogs. These give a quick summary of what each area of study offers. It is only after the blogs first started that the idea for ‘Overview’ blogs was developed. The above map shows how many areas of study have an ‘Overview’ blog at the time of writing. As the years roll by it is hoped to complete the map so that all areas of study have an Overview.
London is a fascinating place but so few people know much about its history. This is probably because many of them have come to work in the capital who originally lived somewhere else. Unfortunately, many Websites contain so much incorrect information they can often mislead the reader. This Website prides itself on its accuracy. The author has been privileged to know many researchers on London’s history who have provided much-needed clarity on such a complex subject and helped make sure that the information is as accurate as is possible.