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Jack the Ripper

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Pudding Mill Lane

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Harrow & Wealdstone - for Harrow see Harrow-on-the-Hill. Wealdstone was Weald Stone in 1754 and the name probably derives from the Old English weald, 'a forest', indicating that the land here was once covered by the heavy Middlesex woodlands, and a 'boundary stone'. A 'stone', three feet tall, still stands outside the 'Wealdstone Inn' but it is doubtful if this is the original one. We may assume that Wealdstone means 'the boundary stone in the forest'. The growth of this place dates from the opening of the London & Birmingham Railway.

Harlesden was recorded as Herulvestune in the Domesday Book and comes from the personal name of the Saxon Heoruwulf (or Herewuff) and Old English tun, ' a farm' - means 'Heoruwulfs farm', being on a site where he and his family once lived. It was recorded as Herlesdon in 1291.
Hanger Lane

Hanger Lane was named Hanger Hill in 1710 and marks the site of a wood recorded as le Hangrewode in 1393 and is derived from the Old English hangra 'a wooded hill' with clinging steep slopes, later changed to Lane.


Hampstead is a name of simple meaning being derived from Old English ham, 'a home' and stede 'a site' - meaning, literally 'the home-site', and probably refers to a farm-site. Recorded as Hemstede in the 10th century and Hamstede in the Domesday Book.

Hammersmith was recorded as Hammersmyth in 1294 and was a hamlet within Fulham until 1834. The origin of the name is in doubt. Some suggest that it is derived from Old English ham, 'a home' or 'town' and hythe 'a port' - 'the home by the port', referring to its location on the Thames. More likely it comes from (again Old English) hamor, 'hammer' and smydde 'a smithy' - referring to a local blacksmith who once lived here. It was recorded as Hammersmith in 1675.

Hainault is not of French origin as it may seem, but is a corrup¬tion of the earlier name Hyneholt. In its turn this is derived from the Old English hiwan, 'a household' and holt, 'a wood' (or hale, 'a nook of land') - means 'the household on the land with a wood'. The household probably refers to a local religious com¬munity. The modern spelling seems to arise from a fictitious connection with a Philippa of Hainault.

Gunnersbury. Tradition has it that on a site near here stood the dwelling of Gunhilda (or Gunyld) the niece of the Danish King Canute (reigned 1016-1035) but this seems to rest on unsup-ported evidence. Recorded as Gounyldebury in 1334 its name seems to be derived, nevertheless, from a female name of Scandinavian origin - Gunnhild's (or variations) and the Old English burh, 'a manor'. It was recorded as Gunsbury in с. 1651.
Green Park

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Greenford was recorded as grenan forda in 845 and as Greneford in the Domesday Book. As the name suggests, it refers to a ford, which was a crossing place over the River Brent which led to a green.
Great Portland Street

Great Portland Street. In 1710 the manor of Marylebone was bought by the Duke of Newcastle, but by 1734 it passed to the Second Duke of Portland. When the street was built in the late 18th century it was so named in honour of the Duke, the northern part being known as Portland Road, which was recorded in 1793. The prefix Great does not indicate the impor¬tance of the street itself but that there are smaller streets of the same name in the neighbourhood.