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The Medieval Tube Map

The Medieval Tube Map

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If you ever find yourself hanging around in the 11th century, be sure to carry a copy of the Medieval Tube Map. The chart shows the many small hamlets, manors and landmarks that you might have visited in and around London during the Middle Ages.

It was an era utterly untroubled by signal failures; a time when you might be imprisoned for swiping an Oyster. If your means of locomotion ever broke down, you'd need only to feed it some more hay, and off you'd go again.

Many of the names will be familiar. The Black Freres were settling in nicely in the south-west corner of the City. The small hamlets of Stokewelle, Clopeham, Totinges and Mordune clustered around the old stone road to the south. The adventurous traveller might also sojourn to the extreme north, and visit the villages of Barneto, Myllehill or Cokfosters. But then, too, there are many names that might be unfamiliar. Who now ventures to Tokyngton?

How it works

The medieval period spans something like 1,000 years, covering the centuries from the Roman withdrawal around 400 AD to the rise of the Tudors in the late 15th century. Place names, of course, changed greatly over this time and those on the map were not necessarily all in use at the same time. Where applicable, we've favoured spellings used in the Domesday survey of 1086. Elsewhere, we've taken the earliest recorded version of a place name. Many stops on the tube map didn't exist as a dwelling place, but were open fields, woodland or meadow during the Middle Ages. In such cases, we've taken the name of the land owner, or a nearby geographical feature such as a river or hill. We managed to find something convincing for the vast majority of locations. The astute reader, however, will find the occasional difficult fit.

Absent from the map: we've left off the Waterloo and City line for clarity. The DLR and Overground are also absent. The former would mostly comprise a long list of variations on 'marshland'; the latter would have driven us crazy.

We welcome suggestions for improving the map, and intend to update it. Please email matt@londonist.com if you think a particular station could be better named.

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Last Updated 30 May 2016

JasonBourne

It's missing Hounslow Central or Hounslow East. (Not that London wouldn't be better off without either of these locations...)

Mike Paterson

Good work. Checking in from Coldhall.

Timbo

Tokyington is still a real place! You'll find it on maps just outside the North Circular as it passes the Harrow Road.

Biss

Please produce this as a print... I would buy 10!

Brad Erickson

I wondered about Finchley and found it probably means "Finch's Clearing" and is documented in the early 13th century. The parish church of St Mary is first recorded in the 1270s. The settlement at Church End grew up around it

Crossbencher

This would make a brilliant tea-towel.

midian

Is Algate the same as Aldersgate? Not sure if after tree or alderman? Or just old gate?

Sandra Bermingham

Ill be printing this for the loo!

Pat Bracewell

This is great! I want one.

Bermondsey_bill

Bermondsey is wrong, since before the norman invasion it was known as Boermunds Isle n account of it being an island of firm ground on the then Thames marshes. Indeed the Abbey situated at the junction od Abbey st, Tower Bridge Rd, and Long Lane was named after Boermund the original Anglo Saxon land owner. And over the years Boemunds isle was bastardized to its current Bermondsey.

Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi

This is rather epic!

Chrysoprase

Matt - it all looks totally believable - the more I study your map. But would historians agree that it's about right? I'd like to hear that a couple of scholars have endorsed it. (No offence, of course.) And YES - I'd buy the poster, maybe even the tea towel. This is advanced Londonology.

blacnite

And of course the Black Freres don't arrive in England til 1221 [making it firmly 13th century. :)

Fran Pickering

Amazing job - well done!

James Hardy

Farringdon Station is not in Farringdon. It used to be called Farringdon Street (I.e. after the street leading to Farringdon), but got truncated. Clerkenwell would perhaps be a better name

Peter Fletcher

It would be nice to have all the stations that have been closed as well, e.g. Aldewich; also, something that's missing is the River Thames.

Richard

I see that you've stopped the Central Line at Epping (Eppingam) rather than take it on to its original destination of Ongar. I'm sure there are some good medieval Essex names to cover those remaining stations - North Weald, Blake Hill, and Ongar

Douglas Mckeever

No SE London line? :(

Liv

This is relevant to all my nerdy little interests. Good job!

Trudi

I love this. You were brilliant to think it up. Thank you.

threehundredbeers

Very much looking forward to getting the tube home from Leper House later on.

Sue expat in Clogland

I think this is great and agree that some budding entrepreneur should think about reproducing it as a poster or tea-towel or both. I'd surely buy one or other (*_*)

And about the nit-pickers out there waffling on about 'this isn't correct and that's the wrong name'? Oh please - get a life and just see the fun in something.
Everything in our lives doesn't always have to be politically or educationally correct.... sometimes, like this wonderful idea for a Medieval tube map, it can just be fun....
Rather like the 'Britain in Shakespeare's time' map I have, courtesy of National Geographic circa 1980/90, hanging on the wall of my lounge! I certainly didn't cover it all with a magnifying glass to see if all the names and places were absolutely correct! I just enjoy it (*_*)

Queen Edith

Station names around Pimlico are particularly pleasynge. Neyte, Eia, Tothill, Thorney. We thank thee for remembering our manor.

Siobhan

I want a t-shirt with this! Fantastic!

Chris West

Pity there wasn't a station for St Katharine's- the Knighten Guild were trading away long before the building of St Katharine's Hospital in 1147- we were close to getting one in the 1980's, but that didn't materialise either!

Normlaure

This is brilliant! Far from having Copyright problems and judging from the reactions already shown why not offer it to London Transport? If I have ever seen a Winner of a Product this is surely it!

YankInSlough

This is wonderful!!

Guest

Geoff Marshall had all the tube map satire removed from his site by TfL lawyers (http://www.geofftech.co.uk/tub... ). The Tate Gallery cannot show you a ;picture (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art... ) because the Underground's owners are possessive of the map.

How come the Lawyers have not had this one taken down?

Damien Hall

Matt, do you happen to know of anyone who's done a map like this for Paris? (Or even done the research that I could put onto such a map?) I teach historical linguistics, and this map would be great for a class on English sound-change, but I need it for French ...

(Anyone else is welcome to answer this question too, of course!)

Adam Edwards

Puzzled by Kentish Town - what date are you using for it? My understanding was that Kentish town originally was down by Old St Pancras church and gradually migrated away from the Fleet's flooding and marshy grounds?

Elizabeth

Fabulous! Love it.

catdownunder

I do wonder what someone from that era would make of the tube!