Thursday 16 July 2009



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After spending two or three days sorting this map out, I made one unfortunate keyboard click - partly frustration with Google becoming a little cumbersome with over 300 place markers on the map - and this map was accidentally deleted from the Google site.

Yes, it's gone. If you've come to this page, looking for it, I'm sorry (and slightly depressed).

There is the earlier Google Earth version of the map (not quite so many places but pretty good) still visible under Maps on the main site.

Unfortunately, I don't really have the time or energy to rebuild - so I better shut up and chalk it up to experience. Grrrr.

I've made an effort to map Victorian London before on GoogleEarth, but Google Maps is more accessible and user-friendly, so I've now imported the old map and added a few things. You can see it below, or as a full page here.

I'd like to add a lot more to this map, and wonder if anyone has suggestions for particular Victorian buildings, past or present that should be pinpointed? Obviously, I have a few ideas myself ... but any favourites that I've missed?


  1. Only one word quite sums it up: awesome!

    Thank you. Really! And for all the rest of it too.

  2. Brilliant map - really useful. Thank you.

    The Regent Gallery in The Quadrant off Regent Street could be another addition.

  3. Thanks for the suggestion on the Regent Gallery - added to the site at and to the map. The former is an advert for Tom Thumb, from the Evanion Collection - amazing what is available at the click of a mouse. I'm guessing the building was demolished to make way for St James's Hall, but if you know different, do let me know. cheers, Lee

  4. spectacular
    so good man, thanks a lot

    "lee burridge deserves to do a fabric cd"

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  6. I agree with the previous comments, an impressive collection of locations.

    Perhaps the Diorama or Cosmorama on Regent Street

    Visitors to the Cosmorama

  7. Cosmorama duly added!

    best wishes,


  8. Wonderful! I'm lost for words at the sheer exhaustiveness. A tip of the stove-pipe hat is called for; I might even go so far as to suggest a firm handshake.
    An addition to the entry on Columbia Market: it was built on the site of Nova Scotia Gardens, the site of the notorious London "burking" case of 1831 (murder in order to sell the victims' bodies for dissection). Not strictly Victorian, I know, but interesting;
    In Upper Norwood, the Queen's Hotel on Church Road opposite the top of Fox Hill: a huge 19th century hulk of zero architectural merit, but where Emile Zola lived for a year or so in exile, after publishing his letter "J'accuse" on the Dreyfus case. He spent his time photographing Upper Norwood extensively, pictures in which girls on bicycles showing shapely ankles show up rather frequently.

  9. Thanks Chris - I've added the hotel - the most southerly item on the map! - but I'll skip the murder, if that's ok ... I'm trying to limit to places, rather than events, and it is before my period. Glad you enjoyed the map!

  10. Oh how cool, that's a great resource.
    I'm going to post a link to your blog on a couple of travel sites, where I know people will appreciate it!

  11. Excellent stuff

    Some more from my own corner of London:

    the Islington workhouse (corner Barnsbury Street/Liverpool Road) and the Islington Dispensary
    (1886) immediately south of St Mary's church on Upper Street both now converted to housing behind original facades.

    The frontage of Hornsey Road Baths (1892) survives.

    Lonsdale Square, c1840 is a remarkable example of Victorian Gothic is a listed square of houses.

    Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue and City University, St John Street, both 1890s are both prominent landmarks.

    There are also numerous fine Victorian churches and pubs.

  12. Thanks Bridget - there are, of course, numerous Victorian everything in London and the map can't be all-encompassing ... nonetheless, I know all the buildings you mention by sight (I'm based in Stoke Newington) and all are worth adding - which I've done (hope that the baths location is right?). I hadn't realised that the workhouse building had that history - it looks far too charming. Thanks again, Lee.

  13. You can view Google Earth kmz files in Google Maps just by putting the address in the search box, or clicking this link.

  14. Thanks, Mr Thant. Unfortunately I had done a fair bit of work on the original kmz data after putting it into Google maps, so the old version, which is still available, is not quite up to scratch. If I'd thought it through, I would have done everything in kmz first. Sigh!

  15. Oh, no! So sorry to see that all your hard work has gone. What a nightmare.