When we began this project in March 2018 we knew that to do it properly it would need to be a long-term piece of work. Much of the capital, especially the oldest parts of the city (namely the Cities of London and Westminster) are well documented. So too, although not exclusively, are many of the more central boroughs.

But large swathes of Greater London are not, and their histories are in danger of being lost with each passing generation. It quickly became obvious that this would be a difficult task for just the two of us to accomplish in a reasonable time.

So in May 2020 we began to approach people in three main test areas: Bromley, Croydon and Bexley; and one more general, across East London. Using social media and direct email we asked groups to share any information they had as to how their streets got their names.

Within the space of a few days, we had messages via Twitter, Facebook and email offering suggestions and advice. It is no exaggeration to say that it amounted to 100s of hours of work and so here we would like to say thank-you and acknowledge their help.

As always, if you spot any errors let us know.

Tony and Harriet



We are incredibly grateful to all of our contributors

Chris Weavers, who generously shared his own extensive research on the street names of Tower Hamlets

David Morgan, Education Officer for Croydon Minster

East Croydon Community Organisation (Brendan O’Connor; Carole Roberts CNHSS; David Morgan; Croydon Museum & Archives Service; Jerry Fitzpatrick; Sophie Rahman; Tony Skrzypczyk)

Peter Leigh, West Wickham, Local historian

Jim Bush, who pointed us in the right direction for many Croydon streets and provided information on several estates

Vientiene and Elizabeth Ta’eed for their amazing encouragement and advice