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. We believe that Londoners care about their city and by learning about the different parts that bond will only grow.

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?

No one likes to make mistakes. 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. And if we do change something significant, we’ll let you know on the page. It’s not that we are proud of the error but we do want to be honest, so we will change it as soon as we can and keep the original information up for a while highlighting the error. You can let us know either by emailing tony@londonstreetguide.com or leaving a comment. Thank you.

Can I use your content for my website?

If you are interested in using the content on our website, please ask. We will allow a few streets to be used but would appreciate a link back to our website and to be informed beforehand. We reserve the right to charge £100 per entry used if we are not asked (this is purely to stop people lifting our work wholesale). Some of the photographs are other people’s work and we have asked for permission to use them for our website. We would be open to ideas from web developers. You can contact us by emailing tony@londonstreetguide.com or calling 07790020579.

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?

We are a new project and we are trying to reach as many people as we can. Please help spread the word on social media sites. Our Twitter handle is @LondonStreetGu4 and we have a Facebook page too. Alternatively, if you want to get more involved… 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. 

Will you have adverts?

We think we may have to. The cost of running the website and making it safe for you to use runs into several hundred pounds every year. Plus we have – or had! – travel costs getting around London to do research. And, like many people, we’ve been hit by the Covid-19 lockdown. At the moment we are exploring our options. Thanks for your support.

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. The beauty of this project, is that everything matters. A memory, a photograph, an event, they are as important as the great people, the crime, the big events. If you have a computer and want to be involved please do get in touch and we can see what we can do. email: tony@londonstreetguide.com. Thanks.

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