Descriptive gazetteer entries

These other entries in our collection of descriptive gazetteers are also about London. You may be able to find further references to London in the descriptive gazetteers by doing a full-text search here.

Place Type of entry Source
LONDON the metropolis of England Imperial

This additional information from our descriptive gazetteers is for locations within the parish or parishes associated with London.

Place Type of entry Source
Moorfields, Little ecclesiastical district Bartholomew
Whitefriars' Precinct parish Bartholomew

Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. We treat London as a special case because it was constantly mentioned by travellers wherever they were. For example, James Boswell mentions London in every single chapter of his tour of Highland Scotland. Conversely, detailed descriptions of the metropolis seldom mention "London", only districts within the city. These links take you to the beginnings of detailed descriptions of London.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
Paul Hentzner Arrival and London 6
William Adams London in the Fifties 1
Henry Broadhurst In Journeyings Often 1
William Camden Middlesex and London 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 5 (London), Part 1: Overview and Suburbs 1
Celia Fiennes London, part 1 1
Robert Gammage Becoming a Chartist speaker, and first leaving Northampton in 1840 1
Karl Moritz Chapter 2: Entering London 1

This website includes two large libraries, of historical travel writing and of entries from nineteenth century gazetteers describing places. We have text from these sources available for these places near your location:

Place Mentioned in Travel Writing Mentioned in Hist. Gazetteer
Glasshouse Yard 0 2
Charter House 0 1
Aldgate 0 2
Finsbury 1 2
Spitalfields 12 5
St Luke 0 3
Inner Temple 0 1
Norton Folgate 0 2
Clerkenwell 2 2
Tower of London 0 6
Saffron Hill 1 2
Borough 0 2
Furnivals Inn 1 2
Southwark 44 6
Middle Temple 0 2
Grays Inn 3 2
Lincolns Inn 1 2
St Katherine 0 2
Horsleydown 0 2
Holborn 9 5