I have been rather busy for the past week or so. Last Wednesday I enjoyed a quick trip to Birmingham to present a paper at the Enhancing Impact, Inspiring Excellence conference. I have also been finalising the chapter outlines for a book that a colleague and I are currently writing together and preparing to meet some special visitors, as well as carrying on with my everyday tasks and ongoing projects â€“ not least spending time answering enquiries in our reading rooms and by email and live web chat â€“ and, of course, squeezing in the time to research and write this blog post.
Nevertheless, I found time to go to an evening seminar last Thursday about the Kingâ€™s Road, Chelsea, in the 1960s. 1 It was the topic of this seminar, organised as part of the regular Archives for London events programme, that inspired me to write about a map of this famous London thoroughfare.
This route map 2 shows the Kingâ€™s Road in the early 18th century (almost 250 years before it became the fashionable heart of â€˜Swinging Londonâ€™) when â€˜His Majestyâ€™ was King George I. The road itself is even older than this. It was built as a private road for King Charles II in the second half of the 17th century. Members of the royal family used it when travelling between London and their palaces at Hampton Court and, later, at Kew. Continue reading »
- 1. You can read more about the history of the Kingâ€™s Road area on the Library Time Machine, a blog by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelseaâ€™s local studies librarian. The Virtual Museum section of the boroughâ€™s website also offers directions for a walking tour through historic Chelsea. ^
- 2. WORK 38/7. ^