London History- 2000 years Story


London History is very old. It started its journey more than 2000 years before. It becomes the number One Tourist City of the world. Know its rich history and consider it as your next Tourist Place.


LEA (London Evolution Animation)- Contributors The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL University), Dr Kiril Stanilov -The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (University of Cambridge), Museum of London Archaeology, National Heritage, Courtesy: English Heritage

The London Evolution Animation shows the historical development of London from Roman times to today, using georeferenced road network data brought together for the first time. The animation also visualizes (as enlarging yellow points) the position and number of statutorily protected buildings and structures built during each period.

Greater London covers 600 square miles, however up until the 17th century the capital was largely crammed into a single square mile, marked by the skyscrapers of the financial City today.

Early Victorian-London
Early Victorian London. Brighter white lines show new roads built during the period. The greatest preserved feature of the city is its own urban fabric. London started its evolution with the Roman creation of Londinium and some of the main axes of the contemporary city, such as Oxford Street, are still with us.

London was abandoned in 410AD and under the Saxons isolated farmsteads were built in the surrounding countryside. Some of these – such as Enfield, Hampton and Chelsea – grew to form the heart of villages which still act as centres in modern London.

From the 9th century, London grew again within its original Roman boundary, and during the Norman period it was connected by the Strand to a new political centre at Westminster. By this time most of Roman London had been lost, with its many timber buildings decayed and its stone buildings reused. Today, virtually nothing from the Roman period exists above ground, though beneath street level many important archaeological remains survive.

Amazing old footage, plus today’s shots of the same location,Youtube/Yestervid

Medieval period-London
During the Medieval period plagues and famines significantly restricted population growth, however under the Tudors, London’s population increased to around 200,000. Following Henry VIII’s demolition of London’s religious houses, significant new development occurred, and a number of royal retreats were built away from the centre: Hampton Court and Eltham Palace survive.

The Great Fire of 1666 destroyed four-fifths of the city and more than 13,000 medieval, Tudor and early-17th century buildings were lost. As a result only a tiny proportion of pre-1700 London buildings and structures exist today; all those that survive largely intact are protected and their location is shown in the animation.

Between 1714 and 1840, London’s population swelled from around 630,000 to nearly 2 million, making it the largest and most powerful city in the world.

The Polygon of Somers Town, near Euston, from an 18th century etching. The building was demolished in the 1890s and a modern housing estate occupies the site. The Polygon of Somers Town in an etching from 1850. It was demolished in the 1890s and a modern housing estate occupies the site. Photograph: Alamy
A significant proportion of Georgian structures survive today, even though commercial development in the first half of the 20th century destroyed many.

Victorian period & Present Day-London
The Victorian period found London expanding once more, as the population grew from around 2 million to 6.5 million. The opening of the London Underground in 1863 effectively cut distances and enabled residents to leave the crowded centre for more spacious suburban developments. Despite a culling of Victorian buildings between the 1940s and 70s, the sheer scale of development has led a much higher survival rate.

The population peaked in 1940 at around 8.5 million, before declining and then rising recently to just over 8 million. Despite the decline and the devastation caused by the second world war, the 20th century saw the largest urban expansion in London’s history.

See the amazing pictures on London skylines change over the times. Through fire and war, the skyline of London has morphed constantly over the centuries. As 230 towers prepare to trample into town, take a look back at an evolving city.

More to know London,Here are selective websites for you

01. City of London: City Timeline

Established soon after the Romans invaded Britain in AD43, the City – or ‘Square Mile’ as it has become known – is situated at the very heart of London and is the place from which modern-day London grew. From the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, to the trial of Lady Jane Grey at Guildhall in 1553 and from the Jack the Ripper murder in 1888 to the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965, the City of London has a long and eventful history.

For more please click-City of London: City Timeline

02. TripAdvisor: London: History

The incredible city of London is approximately 2,000 years old as a settlement on the banks of the River Thames.

For more please click-TripAdvisor: London: History

03. History of England: London 2000 Years Ago to London Today

Looking back at the History of England’s capital from before the Romans arrived right up to the present day.

More to Click please-History of England: London 2000 Years Ago to London Today

04. London History: Welcome to London History

Welcome to London History, a website dedicated to advancing knowledge about the history of London, from prehistoric times to present day.

Please visit-London History: Welcome to London History

05. Museum of London: Discover the history of London and its people

Visit a resourceful complete website Museum of London: Discover the history of London and its people. and know London using various media like Video, MP4, PDF etc. Physical entrance is free. Don’t forget to visit this museum.


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