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From Abbey Road to of London PDFEPUB #235 Yeading Brook and Garlick Hill to Puddle Dock this new authoritative and absorbing dictionary covers over names of streets places. A fascinating supplement to the library of anyone interested in the history of this great and venerable capital city I do however wonder if there is perhaps some slight disinclination on the author s part to acknowledge London s less seemly underbelly and in particular etymological origins that may originate from the sex industry which after all is as they say the oldest profession known to man and endemic in every city in the world Every other source I ve come across ascribes the name Cock Lane to the erstwhile activities of un licenced prostitutes and their customers whilst Mr Mills suggests it probably derives from the specialised trade of rearing and selling fighting cocks Considering that cock fighting and similar fringe amusements were predominantly located on the south bank of the river a cockpit is shown here on John Rocue s 18thc map along with a bear baiting pit this explanation seems less than convincing to me Likewise Love Lane has become in Mr Mills view likely a venue for young lovers to promenade up and down but my understanding is that this is in itself a rather modern and cleaned up interpretation of the lovers lane phenomenon These were generally secluded areas courting people habituated for much lustier reasons Gropec t Lane though later renamed has completely disappeared and neither is any mention made of Maggey Blakes Cause a short alleyway off Shad Thames whose intriguing name surely deserves inclusion While I would not wish to give an impression of being overly prurient I do feel that to wilfully apparently omit reference to an entire sphere of activity such as prostitution even bearing in mind the current moral atmosphere is a disservice to the true gritty human nature and character of London Town Overall however a valuable addition to the bookshelf

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A Dictionary of London Place NamesAnd areas of Greater London Discover the linguistic and historical origins of these place names and their significance following thedevelopment of the city from pre Celti. Have only read parts of this dictionary very informative

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A Dictionary of London Place-Names summary ½ 8 Â ❮PDF❯ ⚣ A Dictionary of London Place-Names ✈ Author David Mills – Feedmarkformulate.co.uk From Abbey Road to Yeading Brook and Garlick Hill to Puddle Dock this new authoritative and absorbing dictionary covers over names of streets places and areas of GreC times to the present dayThis is an excellent reference guide for local historians A Dictionary PDF and is fascinating reading for both Londoners and visitors to the city. Very interesting reading some surprising history too