Layers of London Map


This is an intriguing and interesting chance to travel from your armchair through time and place with an innovative interactive map of Greater London. You might, for example, explore Tudor London, study the late 19th Century Booth Poverty Map or scan aerial views of WW2 bomb damage in the capital. There are many possibilities.

This interactive resource enables you to create your own views and layer them as you please!. Head over to the link below to find out more.

The project was created by the Institute of Historical Research. You can access free historic maps of London and contribute stories, memories and histories to create a social history resource about their area. Start exploring now!

Go to Layers of London interactive map!

Layers of London ( is a free crowdsourced website, uniting London’s iconic historical maps with the histories of place and people. Layers of London can be used to explore the capital and enable you to contribute your own records. See more here >

The Secret Garden

On Tuesday 12 April, a group of Bradgate Heights residents visited the Secret Garden at Glenfield Hospital. Here are some photos, videos and articles about the fabulous attraction. We all really enjoyed it and plan to go again sometime. There will be a small cafe and a book nook there, too. The manager is Karen James who is always pleased to greet parties of local people who live and work in the vicinity.

The Secret Garden at Glenfield Hospital
A pictorial history of Mansion House (sometimes Glenfrith House) at Glenfield Hospital

Further reading. You can see more about the walled garden at the following link from Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust (opens in a new window.)

This page was posted by Peter Simmonds on 12 April 2022

Southall Walkabout Tuesday 28 June 2022

This is a draft 8.2 miles walking route around Southall starting at Southall Rail Station.

This is the first edition for everyone’s comments. The route goes first to West London College in Beaconsfield Road, then up South Road and Lady Margaret Road to Shackleton Road. Loop around North Road School and across to Oakwood Avenue. Then Holy Trinity Church, through the park to Devil’s Tunnel, Glade Lane, and the canal lock. Then to St John’s Church and centre. Back to the Station and along White Street and loop up to the Uxbridge Road. Finish at Southall Station.

High Street Mountain. Was High Street a Roman road?

John Poulter

One of our regular speakers, John Poulter, walked the full length of the Lakeland “High Street” in 1968. He gave a presentation for the Roman Roads Research Association and we highly commend it to our audience!

High Street Mountain in Cumbria.  Source Wikipedia.
High Street Mountain. (Source Wikipedia)

At the time John had every reason to believe that the road was Roman, but doubts have arisen since. Comparisons are offered with pictures of other Roman roads traversing high ground in northern Britain, and the author draws upon the experience which he has accumulated since to reach a verdict which is negative. Those watching the presentation may, of course, draw their own conclusions. Highly commended and the video can be viewed here :

Originally tweeted by TravelTalksLeicester (@TalksTravel) on March 19, 2022.