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Spur Inn, Borough High Street

Above: Looking at the ancient site of the yard of the Spur Inn, with the hotel entrance at the back. This in is one of 12 inns that once stood in Borough High Street for which some evidence remains today. … Continue reading

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George Inn, Borough High Street

Above: A modern view of the George Inn. Today’s pub stands on the site of one of 12 inns for which some evidence remains today that once stood in Borough High Street. It is number 3 of the 12. More information … Continue reading

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Borough High Street and Its Inns

Above: Part of Rocque’s map (1746) showing Borough High Street running south from London Bridge. Southwark Cathedral (named ‘St Saviour’ on the map) and the church of St George the Martyr have been coloured PURPLE. The 12 inn yards have … Continue reading

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London to Newcastle by Stagecoach in 1830 – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a three-part account from 1830 of a journey by stagecoach from London to Newcastle. The Road from Doncaster to York Across Barnby Moor, past the great “Bell” inn, we take our way, and come to … Continue reading

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London to Newcastle by Stagecoach in 1830 – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three-part account from 1830 of a journey by stagecoach from London to Newcastle. The Road from Stilton to Newark Stilton. By this time we are too drowsy to note whether we changed at the … Continue reading

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London to Newcastle by Stagecoach in 1830 – Part 1

In order to understand London in the days of the stagecoach, it is necessary to find out what a journey by a ‘coach and four’ was really like in those times. The journey described in the text below was from … Continue reading

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Milestone, Denmark Hill

Above: Recently revealed milestone on Denmark Hill. In case you are not familiar with SE London, probably the most helpful thing to say first is that Denmark Hill is in Camberwell with its lower end starting at Camberwell Green. Denmark … Continue reading

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Notting Hill Gate

Above: A Victorian print showing the booth in the middle of the road. It has a chimney conducting smoke from a fireplace which, on cold days, kept the gate-keeper warm. There do not appear to be any physical gates across … Continue reading

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Milestone at Kensington

Milestones still standing beside a road in Inner London are quite rare. Of those that remain, most of them record a whole number of miles to or from a certain destination – for example, ‘6 miles to London Bridge’. This … Continue reading

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Stage Coach Loading Up

The days of travel by stagecoach are viewed today as being rather fun as well as possibly being rather an adventure. Nostalgic pictures of a coach and four travelling through the countryside are sometimes reprinted as Christmas cards. For all … Continue reading

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