Any large collection of Webpages needs a good index. There is, of course, the search box which enables the reader to find any Webpage containing a particular word. In addition, on the right-hand side of any Webpage is a heading called ‘Categories‘. These categories (some of them in abbreviated format) enable the reader to quickly list groups of Webpages that could apply to an area like ‘Deptford’ or a subject like ‘Hospitals’.

Each word in the list that is used as a Category has an oblique stroke ‘/’ in front of it. Categories are explained below.

Special Categories

The name of each Category starts with ‘/’. Any Category followed by (c1), (c2) or similar indicates the grouping of names that are not the name of London Boroughs (or parts of London Boroughs). These categories refer to –

(c1) Common Items – are places which are ‘in common’ with more than one area of study. One example is Waterloo Bridge which, because it has two ends, relates to the area of study at each end. Another example is Regent’s Canal which passes through several areas of study. A third example is Great North Wood which extends over several areas of study.

(c2) People – this refers to types of people (like ‘Jews’, Huguenots’, ‘Vikings’ or ‘Normans’). Please note that this Category is distinct from ‘Persons’ (see below).

(c3) Persons – this groups together any single person (like Baird, Wren or Chaucer). A single name tracks related Webpages on that person.

(c4) Subjects – this refers to any topic (like ‘Hospitals’ or ‘Markets’). There is no limit to how many Subjects could be created but some of the more obvious ones have been included.

(c5) Localities – group a smaller area (like Mayfair of Soho which is part of a larger area of study). Within this group are two sub-groups –

(c6) Streets – Related items in a street (like Tooley Street).

(c7) Places – This category is reserved for items that have several entries (like London Bridge Station or Whitehall Palace).

Areas of Study

On this Website, areas of study have been defined in order that the reader can understand how various areas of study relate to the whole of Inner London. An area of study can be a part of the City of London (like ‘/Cit-Bishopsgate’). It can be part of an Inner London Borough (like ‘/Lew-Deptford’). It can also be an Outer London Borough (like ‘/Bexley’).

All the Categories NOT followed by one of the above ‘c’ identifiers (as listed above) refer to London Boroughs (or parts of London Boroughs). There is the City of London, which is not a London Borough. There are 12 Inner London Boroughs – (1) Camden, (2) Greenwich, (3) Hackney, (4) Hammersmith and Fulham, (5) Islington, (6) Kensington and Chelsea, (7) Lambeth, (8) Lewisham, (9) Southwark, (10) Tower Hamlets, (11) Wandsworth and (12) Westminster. Around those 12 Inner London Boroughs are another 20 Outer London Boroughs. Some of the Outer London Boroughs have Webpages but only a few because the Webpages on this Website are mainly related to Inner London. Examples below should help to understand how these Categories are formed –

/Cit-Aldgate – is a ‘shorthand’ way of indicating the Webpages written for an area of study within the City of London. In this case, it refers to the ‘Aldgate’ area which includes the Ward of Aldgate and the Ward of Portsoken. For the City, there are 13 such Categories. To define the area of study, the reader should look at the ‘Overview’ Webpage which will explain everything in more detail.

/City of London – because the City is such a complex topic, this Category is used to link all the Webpages relating to the City of London as a whole.

/Hac-Hackney – is a ‘shorthand’ way of indicating a Webpage written for the Inner London Borough of Hackney, in this case, the part that was once the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney. So, ‘Hac’ before the hyphen indicates the ‘London Borough of Hackney’ and ‘Hackney’ after the hyphen refers to the ‘Metropolitan Borough of Hackney’. It will be noticed that for the London Borough of Hackney there are three similar entries – the other two are ‘Shoreditch’ and ‘Stoke Newington’. A similar format is used for all 12 Inner London Boroughs.

/Wes-City of – is a special Category to include all Webpages related to the whole of the City of Westminster.

/Wes-Strand – is a ‘shorthand’ way of indicating all the Webpages relating to the area of the Strand (which lies within the City of Westminster).

/Bexley – is an Outer London Borough so the name is written in full.