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June 2024

The London Civil Defence Area

Over the winter, courtesy of the Cambridge u3a, I have been learning to use QGIS, a free geographic information system that creates, manages, analyses and maps all types of data.

I could not find any accurate maps of the London Civil Defence Area to show the effect of the Blitz on London. Now I have built one that does.

If you have ever flown over London or watched Eastenders, you will know how easy it is to spot the River Thames from the air. The map clearly shows how useful this was to the bomb-aimers.


November 2023

Amazon phasing out mobi files for Kindles

Amazon have announced they are moving to epub files and say "This change won't affect any mobi files already in your Kindle library."

If you use a Kindle or one of the Kindle reading apps, I suggest you continue to download both mobi and epub files, just in case. Eventually, I may stop providing mobi versions, but not until I am sure the new system works for everyone. I have updated the advice on the site that is affected by this. If you have any problem with any of my books, please contact me.


June 2023

Lockie's Topography of London, Combined Edition  by  John Lockie  1810 and 1813

A new, unique version that includes all the entries from the first edition and all those from the second, revised and enlarged edition.

I have contacted recent purchasers of the first edition to offer them a free upgrade to this version. If you bought a copy earlier and would like the new one, please email me using the same address you used to buy the original and I will send download links.


April 2023

Last year, the Society of Genealogists asked me to give a talk, via Zoom, on London street name changes as part of a 10 week course they organised to help anyone find their London Ancestors. I have now given a standalone talk, again via Zoom, called Finding London's Lost Streets. It was available to members and non-members worldwide. If they ask me again, I will post details here.


2020 - 2022

Changes made by both Apple and Amazon have made opening eBooks with an iPad more complex than previously. I have produced a step-by-step guide.

Lockdown has given me the opportunity to look, yet again, for definitive answers to the questions 'when did London first get street nameplates and house numbers?' I am now closer to the answers.


December 2018

Boyle's View of London and its Environs  by  Patrick Boyle  1799


September 2018

Wyld's New Plan of London  1851

An electronic version of James Wyld's famous street map produced for the Great Exhibition, with a newly created index. Available as a .zip file for instant download. Use on any computer with a browser, no other viewing software is required.


October 2016

London Streets lost to the Blitz  by  Bruce Hunt  2016

Three years in the making, with a cast of thousands. A unique list of every inhabited place in the London Postal Area in 1939 and how to find any that are no longer there. Including estates, roads and unnamed groups of prefabs that do not appear on most maps of the time, together with what replaced them and many Blitz-related facts.


To see all the available books go to the eBook list
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Boyle's View of London and its Environs  by  Patrick Boyle  1799

Bruce's Lists of London Street Name Changes  by  Bruce Hunt  2013

Bygone London Life  by  G. L. Apperson  1903

Cycle Rides Round London  by  Charles G. Harper  1902

Highways and Byways in London  by  Mrs E. T. Cook  1902

The History of London  by  Sir Walter Besant  1909

Literary London  by  Elsie M. Lang  1906

Lockie's Topography of London  by  John Lockie  1810

London and its Government  by  Percy A. Harris  1913

London on Thames in Bygone Days  by  G. H. Birch  1903

London River  by  H. M. Tomlinson  1921

London Street Names  by  F. H. Habben  1896

London Streets lost to the Blitz  by  Bruce Hunt  2016

London: the Story of the City  by  Ernest Rhys  1909

The Lure of Old London  by  Sophie Cole  1921

Medieval London  by  William Benham & Charles Welch  1901

Old London Street Cries  by  Andrew W. Tuer  1885

Old Serjeants' Inn - privately published in 1912

Remarks on London  by  William Stow  1722

The Romance of London  by  John Timbs  1865

The Seven Curses of London  by  James Greenwood  1869

Survey of London  by  John Stow  1598

The Taverns of London  by  H. E. Popham  1927
Topographically Arranged

Thames and Tweed  by  George Rooper  1876

Thames Valley Villages - Both Volumes  by  Charles G. Harper  1910

A Topographical Dictionary of London  by  James Elmes  1831

The Tower of London  by  Arthur Poyser & John Fulleylove  1908

The Town: Its Memorable Characters and Events  by  Leigh Hunt  1848

Unknown London  by  Walter George Bell  1919

Unnoticed London  by  E. Montizambert  1922

The Children of the New Forest  by  Captain Marryat  1847

The Nicest Girl in the School  by  Angela Brazil  1909

Round About a Brighton Coach Office  by  Maude Egerton King  1896

The Kitchen Garden and the Cook  by  Cecelia Maria Pearse  1913

Good Things Made Said and Done,  by  Goodall, Backhouse & Co.  1886
For Every Home and Household

Half-Hours at the Sea-Side  by  J. E. Taylor  1880

Wood and Garden  by  Gertrude Jekyll  1899

The Every-Day Book of Natural History  by  James Cundall  1918

The Brighton Road  by  Charles G. Harper  1922

Cycle Rides Round London  by  Charles G. Harper  1902

English Architecture  by  Thomas Dinham Atkinson  1904

The English Character  by  Spencer Leigh Hughes  1912

The Every-Day Book of Natural History  by  James Cundall  1918

The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church  by  A. H. Thompson  1911

Half-Hours at the Sea-Side  by  J. E. Taylor  1880

Hunting in the Golden Days  by  Hubert Garle  1896

Letters from a Country House  by  Thomas Anderton  1891

London's Forest,  by  Percival J. S. Perceval  1909
Its History Traditions and Romance

Old English Towns  -  both volumes  1909 & 1912

Round About a Brighton Coach Office  by  Maude Egerton King  1896

Rural Rides  by  William Cobbett  1830

Thames Valley Villages - Both Volumes  by  Charles G. Harper  1910

The Art of Driving a Motorcycle  by  The Staff of 'Motor Cycle'  1916

The Book of the Ford  by  R. T. Nicholson  1917

Cycle Rides Round London  by  Charles G. Harper  1902

French Railways  by  Lord Monkswell  1911

Practical Flying  by  W. G. McMinnies, R.N.  1918

Green Mansions  by  W. H. Hudson  1904

Hunting in the Golden Days  by  Hubert Garle  1896

London Lavender  by  E. V. Lucas  1912

Naval Occasions  by  'Bartimeus'  1915

The Old Chelsea Bun-Shop  by  Anne Manning  1899

The Relentless City  by  E. F. Benson  1903

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle  edited by  J. A. Giles  1914

The Cities of Umbria  by  Edward Hutton  1904

English Architecture  by  Thomas Dinham Atkinson  1904

French Railways  by  Lord Monkswell  1911

A Hind in Richmond Park  by  W. H. Hudson  1922

An Idler in Old France  by  Tighe Hopkins  1899

Medieval Byways  by  L. F. Salzmann  1913

Off The Rocks  by  Wilfred T. Grenfell  1906

Thames and Tweed  by  George Rooper  1876

Tobacco Talk and Smoker's Gossip   published by  Redway  1886

Wisdom, Wit and Allegory  from  The Spectator  1711/12

Advice to Young Men  by  William Cobbett  1830

The English Character  by  Spencer Leigh Hughes  1912

Fisherman's Luck  by  Henry van Dyke  1899

Hunting in the Golden Days  by  Hubert Garle  1896

The Lighter Side of Irish Life  by  George A. Birmingham  1911

The Lighter Side of School Life  by  Ian Hay  1914

London Lavender  by  E. V. Lucas  1912

Medieval Byways  by  L. F. Salzmann  1913

Off The Rocks  by  Wilfred T. Grenfell  1906

The Relentless City  by  E. F. Benson  1903

Tobacco Talk and Smoker's Gossip   published by  Redway  1886

Hunting in the Golden Days  by  Hubert Garle  1896

Thames and Tweed  by  George Rooper  1876

Fisherman's Luck  by  Henry van Dyke  1899

Sporting Notions  by  Martin Cobbett  1908


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