Independently London

Our blog on London, its curiosities and its history, for independently-minded Londoners, and anyone else who might be independently interested in London.

  • Brentford & Chiswick

    Posted on 10 May, 2022

    Brentford and Chiswick, both ancient Middlesex villages, each had their own local council, till they were merged in 1927.

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  • Edmonton

    Posted on 08 April, 2022

    Edmonton must date back to at least Anglo-Saxon times, although its first known mention is in William the Conqueror’s 1086 Domesday Book.

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  • What Upper Edmonton needs

    Posted on 08 April, 2022

    Upper Edmonton is a vibrant, multicultural area in North London but, like most neighbourhoods, it has its problems, and they need to be addressed. This round of council elections is a good time to address them.

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  • Beddington and Wallington

    Posted on 28 March, 2022

    Once separate parishes, Beddington and Wallington were joined in a single municipal borough, until it was swallowed up Sutton in 1965.

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  • Trout Carshalton (recipe)

    Posted on 20 March, 2022

    Carshalton was once known for its trouts, its walnuts, its watercress beds and its lavender fields, which has inspired us to create a dish especially for it.

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  • Carshalton

    Posted on 21 February, 2022

    In William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book, Carshalton appears as just “Aultone”. The first bit of its name wasn’t added till the thirteenth century.

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  • Bexley

    Posted on 23 January, 2022

    There was a village at Bexley by the beginning of the ninth century, which isn’t too surprising as it’s just off a road that’s older than the Romans.

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  • Beckenham

    Posted on 01 December, 2021

    Once upon a time, Beckenham was a little village in rural Kent. That all changed when the railway arrived in 1857.

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  • Barnet

    Posted on 06 November, 2021

    Barnet was the only bit of Hertfordshire that ended up in Greater London.

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  • Barnes

    Posted on 13 October, 2021

    A peninsula in a bend in the River, Barnes was apparently once part of Mortlake, but Mortlake eventually became part of Barnes.

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