Above: A outline map showing the Metropolitan Boroughs (apart from Paddington, St Marylebone and Westminster which are all part of the City of Westminster today).
The final part of the progress report is to look at the old Metropolitan Boroughs that are used as the names for the areas of study in the rest of Inner London. While Nikolaus Pevsner was completing an update to his two-volume work on Inner London around 1965, the Metropolitan Boroughs were being combined into London Boroughs. He wrote in his introduction that the history had not changed as a result of forming the London Boroughs and so he saw no point in reorganising his second volume which had been set up with each chapter having the title of a Metropolitan Borough. If that was good enough for Pevsner, you could say it is good enough for our setting up the areas of study for today. The great advantage of using the old Metropolitan Borough names is that they define a small area of London and studying things in small ‘chunks’ is always an easy way to work.
While publishing these three progress reports, several people have been kind enough to say how much they enjoy the blogs. Thank you to those of you who wrote in for expressing your appreciation of my work. It is good to know that you enjoy what is written.
Metropolitan London consisted of 28 Metropolitan Boroughs and, in addition, there was the City of London which has always been a separate administration. Three of the Metropolitan Boroughs are missing from the list – they are Paddington, St Marylebone and Westminster. In the last blog (on the City of Westminster) it was explained that those three names are now all part of the City of Westminster and so they have already been considered. That leaves 25 Metropolitan Boroughs.
In the list below there are 27 names because two of names were not Metropolitan Boroughs – Clapham and Streatham – but they need to appear in the list. They are the ‘problem children’ when studying Inner London because they are the only two pieces of Inner London which have been moved from one administration to another. When the Metropolitan Boroughs were combined to form London Boroughs, the new London Boroughs were simply formed by combining two or three Metropolitan Boroughs into a larger administration. The only exception was the two names of Clapham and Streatham which had been part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth. Clapham and Streatham were removed from the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth and added to the Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth to form the even larger London Borough of Lambeth. For the areas of study on the Know Your London Website, Clapham and Streatham are treated separately so that the reader knows their origin.
/Cam-St Pancras (16)
/Hac-Stoke Newington (12)
/Tow-Bethnal Green (18)
Scanning down the list, it will be noticed that Bermondsey has 71 items [as of 2020], Southwark comes next with 42, then Poplar with 39, then Lambeth with 35 and then Lewisham with 33. All the other areas of study contain less than 30 blogs, with several areas of study in single figures. As time goes by these numbers will increase. We are working on a six-year cycle. If you want to see the plans for the Metropolitan Boroughs, look down the Categories list for ‘Lon_Metropolitan London’ which is a special category to show each year of the six-year cycle. It will take a year or two but, in the end, all six years will have an explanatory blog with an outline map.
On the above map, all the names underlined in red have an ‘Overview’ blog. To list all the ‘Overview’ blogs, look down the Categories list until you reach ‘LONDON’ and then look for ‘Lon_Overviews’. It will list all Overviews – including those for the City of London, the City of Westminster and Metropolitan Boroughs.
A Final Word on the Categories List
It is only possible to have a single Categories list on this Website. Ideally, it would be convenient if there could be two or three separate Categories lists. Since this is not possible, everything has to done using just the one list. This is why there are names in CAPITAL letters. These will be briefly explained. There are five such categories in CAPITAL letters and each one has additional categories below it.
This Category lists blogs about items which are ‘in common’ with two or more areas of study. Click on ‘COMMON ITEMS’ to obtain a full list. Click on one of the Categories below it for a specialised list. For example ‘Comm-Roman Wall’ lists all the blogs related to the Roman Wall (built around the City of London). Because the wall passes through several areas of study, if there is a blog written, there are details of the wall for each area of study.
These are Categories relating to different aspects of London’s history. For example, ‘Lon_Metropolitan London History’ will take you to blogs written about the background history of how London developed over the centuries.
This Category contains the name of People (not single persons). For example, on the Categories list is ‘Peop_Vikings’ which allows the reader to find out more about the Vikings in London.
This Category in the list contains the names of people who have been important in the history of London. For example ‘Pers_Chaucer, Geoffrey’ will show you blogs relating to Geoffrey Chaucer.
This Category has below it topics like ‘Subj_Canals’ and ‘Subj_Markets’ which list blogs relating to a particular subject’.
The three ‘Progress’ blogs should help regular readers to gain a clearer idea of the structure of the Website and how everything is gradually shaping up. The Website is rather like a ‘building site’ because new blogs continue to be written week by week as the whole of Inner London is gradually being revealed. We a getting near the 1,000th blog. The author estimates that there are about 4,000 to 5,000 topics that should be written to tell the story of Inner London – so, we have quite a way to go yet!