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  • A Londoner's Log-book, 1901-1902(367 clicks)
    Published 1903 by Smith, Elder, & Co.
  • All Hallows by the Tower(1992 clicks)
    ". A church has stood on this site for over 1,300 years."
  • Bomb Sight: Mapping the WW2 Bomb Census(337 clicks)
  • British Museum(801 clicks)
  • Brookwood Cemetery Railway(1246 clicks)
    An unusual feature of Brookwood Cemetery was that it had its own private railway running through the grounds. The main reason for this was that the Cemetery was over 25 miles from central London, and the only convenient method of transporting coffins and mourners was by the London & South Western Railway. The funeral trains began to operate from 13 November 1854 when the Cemetery opened to the public.
  • Centre for Metropolitan History(1391 clicks)
    Established in 1988, in collaboration with the Museum of London and other organisations, the Centre for Metropolitan History fulfils a long-standing need in London. It promotes the study and wide appreciation of London's character and development from its beginnings to the present day, and is concerned to set the history of London in the wider context provided by knowledge of other metropolises.
  • Charles Booth Online Archive(185 clicks)
    he Charles Booth Online Archive is a searchable resource giving access to archive material from the Booth collections of the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Senate House Library.

    The Booth collection at LSE Library contains the original records from Booth's survey into life and labour in London, dating from 1886 to 1903. The archives of the Senate House Library contain Booth family papers from 1799 to 1967.

  • Charles Booth: Mapping London's Poverty, 1885-1903 (524 clicks)
  • Chronicles of Bow street police-office : with an account of the magistrates, "runners", and police, (387 clicks)
    Predecessors of the London Bobby
  • City of Shadows(1526 clicks)
    A Gothic Tour of Victorian London
  • Derelict London(1111 clicks)
  • Dickens' London(1253 clicks)
  • Disused Stations on London's Underground (847 clicks)
  • Edwin C. Bolles Collection, 1765-1921(2175 clicks)
    "Edwin Bolles assembled a substantial focused collection of materials -- 35 "full-size" and 320 more specialized maps, 400 books (284 linear feet of shelf space) and 1,000 pamphlets and a print "hypertext" linking Walter Thornbury's 3,000 page Old and new London, a narrative of its history, its people, and its places (London, New York, Cassell, Petter & Galpin [1872]) to approximately 8,000 background images that all illustrate the history and topography of Victorian London, easily the most important city of its time.
  • Epidemic Disease in London(1599 clicks)
    This collection of papers originates from a one day symposium held at the Institute of Historical Research in March 1992.
  • Great Fire of London, 1666(1106 clicks)
    On Sunday morning, the 2nd September 1666, the destruction of medieval London began
  • Greenwood's 1827 Map of London(1393 clicks)
    Greenwood's map is scaled at eight inches to the mile, covers London and surroundings and stretches out to Earls Court in the West, to the River Lea and Greenwich in the East, Highgate to the North and to the South, Camberwell
  • Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes(1586 clicks)
    Assassination, intrigue, persecution, spying, mass murder and finally a plot to blow up Parliament. Before Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed, a chain of events and influences all over Europe led to the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. This website traces the background of the Plot using original material from the period held in the archives of the Houses of Parliament and in other archives, museums and libraries. Archivists and historians look back to the Reformation to find clues about those explosive times.
  • Hidden London(1430 clicks)
    For tourists but still useful for history
  • Imperial War Museum(1265 clicks)
  • Jack the Ripper As the Threat of Outcast London(1609 clicks)
    By Robert F. Haggard. How Londoners reacted to the killings
  • John Snow: The London Cholera Epidemic of 1854(505 clicks)
    By Scott Crosier
  • Leighton House Museum (259 clicks)
  • Londinium Augusta(942 clicks)
  • London & Middlesex Genealogy Links(1106 clicks)
  • London Bridge(1926)(1085 clicks)
    YouTube video.
  • London Bridge, A History of(1223 clicks)
  • London During the Blitz(1157 clicks)
  • London Fire Brigade(1008 clicks)
    From Roman times to the present
  • London History(1652 clicks)
    From the Britannia
  • London Metropolitan Archives(363 clicks)
  • London Street Maps(1151 clicks)
    Interactive. Excellent resource
  • London Underground Trains and Drains(883 clicks)
  • London's Abandoned Tube Stations(1478 clicks)
    Maps and photos
  • London's Alleys, Courtyards and Passages(548 clicks)
    I have researched over 400 byways, and on this site I present the result of my rambles. In each entry I have attempted to relay a combination of features. Historical events are, of course, high on the list and where there are tales to tell I have included sufficient detail to more than whet the appetite. Stories of yesteryear will stir the enthusiasm of most people if characterised with the right flavourings and I have highlighted the well known, the not so well known, the forgotten adventures associated with each byway, together with a description of these places in today's world. Many of these tiny thoroughfares have associations with notable or famous people and no matter whether these are of times past or of more recent years, I have made mention as appropriate. Each entry begins with directions, usually from an easily identifiable point; this is followed by details of public transport - i.e., nearest Underground station and bus routes, with the most convenient alighting stops.
  • London's Burning(842 clicks)
    Museum of London exhibit
  • London: A Life in Maps(828 clicks)
  • LondonRailways.Net(2102 clicks)
    "Primarily about London Underground - the Tube - you will also find information here on some of the railway branch lines in East and West London, some help for tourists and some additional information on other tunnels beneath London."
  • Monuments and Dust: The Culture of Victorian London(1283 clicks)
    "Monuments and Dust" names the work of an international group of scholars now assembling a complex visual, textual, and statistical representation of Victorian London--the largest city of the nineteenth-century world and its first urban metropolis."
  • Museum of London(1320 clicks)
    Exhibitions and guides
  • Old London Street Scenes (1903)(1655 clicks)
    Made over 100 years ago, this footage shows a number of scenes shot around central London, taking in locations such as Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square and Charing Cross Station. We see crowds of people disembarking from a pleasure steamer at Victoria Embankment, pedestrians dodging horse-drawn carriages in Pall Mall, and heavy traffic trotting down the Strand.
  • Portobello Market, London(1369 clicks)
    Clever trip from the tube stop to the market
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834, The(984 clicks)
    A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
  • Scratching Fanny(1598 clicks)
    In early 1762, a ghost story unfolded in London involving a teenage girl, a drunken parish clerk, a horde of nosy aristocrats and intellectuals, and an accusation of murder. The story of ‘Scratching Fanny’ was the media sensation of its day, writes Sarah Bakewell, attracting a nightly crowd to rival those that flocked to the Covent Garden theatres.
  • The 19th Century London Stage: An Exploration(1418 clicks)
  • The London Fire Brigade Museum(1418 clicks)
    "The London Fire Brigade Museum contains one of the most comprehensive collections of firefighting equipment and memorabilia in the country. The Museum tells the story of firefighting in London from the Great Fire in 1666 (see related page - All Hallows) to the present day."
  • The London Gazette(1938 clicks)
    17th century newspaper
  • The London Journal(1348 clicks)
    " Devoted to London's historical development, current condition, and future prospects, the journal publishes articles relating to the city's history, economy, politics, sociology, geography, architecture, art and literature."
  • The London Underground(1396 clicks)
    The London Underground or the Tube has its own home page. Fares, route maps, and more information are available on the site.
  • The Military Museums of London(1508 clicks)
    Quick guide to good museums. WWII is a speciality.
  • The Modern London Underground(1285 clicks)
    The tube or London Underground
  • The New Globe Theatre(1373 clicks)
    The University of Reading provides a New Globe Theatre site. Includes historical information.
  • The Old Bailey Proceedings Online(1452 clicks)
  • The Piccadilly Line(1443 clicks)
    History of London's famous Underground line
  • The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913(285 clicks)
    A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
  • This is Londinium(1392 clicks)
    Interesting site on the history of London. Good photos.
  • Tower Bridge Road Market (1931)(1409 clicks)
    YouTube Video
  • Tower Hamlets History Online(1760 clicks)
  • Tyburn Tree: Public Execution in Early Modern England(1384 clicks)
    Tyburn Tree is designed to provide information on the Web about public execution in Early Modern England, specifically London.
  • Victorian London, Dictionary(1046 clicks)
  • Welcome to LEW'S TUBE: Your Unofficial Underground Guide(1370 clicks)
    The London Underground. Explore the underground trains in the world's oldest subway system.
  • Westminster Jews Free School(387 clicks)
  • Wrong Side of the River: London's disreputable South Bank in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries(1439 clicks)
    By Jessica A. Browner.