What IS LONDONSTREETGUIDE?

Every year dozens of books are published about the capital’s rich history, its vibrant culture, its magnificent architecture and its criminal past. Londonstreetguide is an ambitious project to bring together all of that information into a micro-history guide, covering every street from the grandest avenue to its most humble path.

WHAT IS THE POINT?

All over the city are dozens of local history societies, doing great work on unearthing the forgotten stories of their local area. Much of this is published in books, bought by their members and by the borough libraries to put on their shelves in the reference sections. Occasionally these stories may surface in the local newspaper – usually when an important part of local history is in danger from developers. The aim of this project is to retell the stories and reach new audiences. By making these stories of the fabric of the local area more accessible, to engender – or reinvigorate – a source of pride in the communities we have a better chance of protecting them in the future.

Where are the apostropes?

The use of apostrophes in street names has declined in recent years. We have tried to include them where they feature on road signs. But, unfortunately, many have been dropped as new signs are put up. Please let us know if the punctuation is still used.

WHAT IF I SPOT AN ERROR?

With a project of this size errors will crop up, spelling and literal mistakes too. We’d rather they didn’t happen in the first place and every care blah, blah, blah. But seriously, if you do spot something that is wrong, no matter how small, please let us know in the messages and we will correct it as soon as we can. If it a factual error it would be helpful if you could provide your own source of reference. Thank you.

WHERE’s my street?

We are working our way through the streets as quickly as we can – but there are a lot! If your street isn’t here please let us know and we’ll do our best to include it. If you have any interesting information please feel free to get in touch by email tony@londonstreetguide.com.

How can I help?

There are more than 70,000 streets across London, it is a lot of work. Please feel free to get in touch by email tony@londonstreetguide.com and let’s see what we can do.

What is the loneliness project?

Loneliness is a growing problem in today’s society. As a couple Harriet and I were apart for a long time, it was the London Project, as it was originally called, that kept us in touch.

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