thestreetnames is a blog about the quirkier places, people, and stories of London’s history. To read the blog posts, click here.
The current theme for the blog posts, at least until the 11th of May: places on or near the London Moonwalk 2014 route. I am taking part in this year’s Moonwalk, a 26.2 mile walk in aid of breast cancer charities, so it seemed a good idea to look at street names along or near the proposed route of the walk.
If you are interested in sponsoring Elizabeth, this blog’s principal author, for this endeavour, her fundraising page can be found here.
This blog was born out of the research for a book about London street names, and is a way to provide snippets of information about London, with a fact a day about something in London’s history.
The book started with a question: Whose heart bled in Bleeding Heart Yard? It grew from there with the realization that from Abbess Court in the south to Zoffany Street in the north, London streets and their names provide an endless source of entertainment and information mixed in with political intrigue, bloody murder and celebrity scandals.
What is so funny about Ha Ha Road, and what happened to Broken Wharf and Crooked Usage? Who was unfortunate enough to head off down Wild Goose Drive? All a person could want lies within the names and stories of London.
I hope you enjoy the blog and that you will also enjoy the book, which I plan to have published this year.