Category Archives: /Wes-Strand

Westminster, The City of

Above: An outline map of the present City of Westminster, with its boundary by a thin RED line. The BROWN line shows the route of the ancient Roman road through the borough. Its continuation on either side is shown by … Continue reading

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Charing Cross, Centre of London

As you travel around Britain, it soon becomes obvious that many signposts beside main roads point towards London. Over time, the original City of London became surrounded by suburbs and villages. Towards the end of the 19th century, all these … Continue reading

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Charles I (Statue)

The equestrian statue was made during the lifetime of Charles I by Hubert le Sueur, a French sculptor. It was probably cast in 1633. After the execution of Charles I in 1649, outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the statue … Continue reading

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Eleanor Cross (Replica), Charing Cross Station

Above: The newly cleaned Eleanor Cross standing in the forecourt of Charing Cross Station. Charing Cross Station was built in 1863 and was officially opened on 11 January 1864. Above the station concourse, the elegant Charing Cross Hotel was built … Continue reading

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Eleanor Cross, Charing Cross

Above: The Eleanor Cross – known as Charing Cross – is shown on the Agas map (c1561). The Eleanor Cross that used to stand at a point on the southern side of today’s Trafalgar Square was erected to commemorate the … Continue reading

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Strand Shown on Braun and Hogenberg

In 1572 a town atlas was published, showing some of the cities across Europe. Those responsible for the large volume, which also included a bird’s-eye-view map of London, were two men called Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. Their interest was … Continue reading

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Strand Outline History (Today) Looking Back

Above: Charing Cross Station became the London terminal for people travelling to England via Dover from the Continent. This page is the last in the series of Strand Outline History pages. They demonstrate a grand and illustrious history. Sadly, parts … Continue reading

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Strand Outline History (1700) Developers

Above: Modern street map of Strand overlaid with features related to times around 1700 and later. As time went by, an up-market residence in the Strand became less and less desirable. It happened over a while between the 1650s and … Continue reading

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Strand Outline History (1536) Dissolution

Above: Modern street map of Strand overlaid with features related to times after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Please note that the date 1536 is being used as a general marker. The changes in land ownership did not all take … Continue reading

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Strand Outline History (1066) Medieval

Above: Modern street map of Strand overlaid with features related to the centuries after 1066. Description of the Map Regular readers of this Website may realise that this map is part of a more extensive map that appeared some time … Continue reading

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