Monthly Archives: January 2017

Conduit Mews, Paddington

Above: A terrace of houses in Conduit Mews, a side turning off the south side of Praed Street, in Paddington. This colourful terrace is ‘tucked away’ within a stone’s throw of Paddington Station. Terraces like this one are common across … Continue reading

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Paddington Green

Above: View from the north side of Paddington Green, looking south in winter. Because London is so large, it becomes rather overwhelming when you first try to understand how it all developed. Some people live all their lives in London … Continue reading

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Paddington Roman Roads

Above: The routes of two Roman roads through Central London. When we say ‘Paddington Roman Roads’ a few words of explanation may be necessary. The Romans laid out their roads long before there was a place called Paddington. What we … Continue reading

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Westminster (Year 6)

Above: Outline map (red line) of the City of Westminster from Google maps. Before 1965 the land consisted of three Metropolitan Boroughs – Westminster (also known as the ‘City of Westminster’), Paddington and St Marylebone. Most of the important factors … Continue reading

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Edward III’s Manor House

Above: Artists impression of the manor house (made after the archaeological dig in 1985). Notice the corbel chimney shown in the wall, running up to the chimney at the top of the roof. For the many people who are interested … Continue reading

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Lewisham High Street and the Tram

“A Moment in Time” You have to be of a certain age to recognise all the features of this photograph which shows the point where Lewisham High Street joins onto Lee High Road. The photo is undated and so a … Continue reading

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Spur Inn, Borough High Street, Archaeological Finds

Above: The two sides of a seal found on the site. The images are copyright. Although some of the buildings standing beside Borough High Street look rather shabby, many of them are now within a zone of protected buildings. For … Continue reading

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Catford Cat

Those who live at Catford or who pass by in a car or on the bus either love or hate that large cat which is mounted at first floor level above the shopping centre name. Those who live in North … Continue reading

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Frank Pick Memorial

Above: Roundel on the wall of the concourse of Piccadilly Underground Station. Frank Pick is a name that you may never have heard of before reading this article. You have often seen the results of his work across London and … Continue reading

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Bessemer Road

It is surprising how much history a simple street name can reveal and Bessemer Road is a good example. If you know where King’s College Hospital is situated – beside Denmark Hill – then you may also know that the … Continue reading

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