The London Gazetteer
Russ Willey

The London Gazetteer

The London Gazetteer is an illustrated reference book covering all the districts and localities of Greater London. Every place that is shown in any modern street atlas is listed, from Abbey Wood to Yiewsley, making well over 1000 entries in total.

This should become the standard work on London because no other book covers the subject in such depth or with such breadth. Most London books concentrate on the city centre but The London Gazetteer also deals with the outer suburbs, where most Londoners live.

Each entry includes an indication of where the place is and what it is like, some explanation of how it got its name, especially if this is interesting and a potted history of its development. Where applicable, there are also remarks on notable buildings, natural features, events and former residents, and selected artistic works that feature the place or were produced there, and if the place has given its name to something else, this is often mentioned – Vauxhall, for example, has become the Russian word for ‘station’, for reasons explained in the book.

The London Gazetteer is designed to be the essential reference work on London – the title to have on your bookshelf if you only have one book about the capital. The emphasis has been on making it both a complete work of reference but also a very readable book full of quirky detail, wherever possible eliciting an ‘I never knew that!’ response, whether the place is obscure or renowned.

Book Details:

  • Author: Russ Willey
  • Published Year: 2006
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Chambers
Russ Willey

Russ Willey

Russ Willey comes from an all-London family with roots traced back as far as an eighteenth century innkeeper on Oxford Street.To his great regret Russ was born just outside the present London boundary but he has tried to make up for this by spending almost all his adult life in the capital, living in Chiswick, the City and Twickenham.He studied social sciences at the University of York and has pursued a career in advertising and marketing.Russ’s interests include literature, popular culture and football – from Arsenal to West Ham and AFC Wimbledon. He is particularly fond of roc...
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Book Reviews

  • "It is fantastic, and if you want to know anything from Kensal Rise to Kensington Gardens and just about everywhere else in between, from London Bridge to Longford – well, it’s in Chambers' London Gazetteer."
    Robert Elms
  • "I resolve to never again go about town without a copy of Mr Willey’s Gazetteer in my trouser pocket, even if it makes an unsightly bulge."
    Will Self, Evening Standard,
  • "There’s always room for another book about London on your bookshelf, particularly one as comprehensive as this. Most city guides concentrate on the central tourist locations, whereas this thick volume affords each square mile of the capital equal importance. The author’s taken every minor London neighbourhood, from Abbey Mills to Yiewsley, and written a detailed pen-portrait of each. There’s a bit of history, a bit of geography, a bit about who lives there and usually a quirky fact or two for good measure."
    Diamond Geezer, London’s number one blogger
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