Whetstone and Totteridge
Two hundred years ago, just as today, Whetstone and Totteridge focused on two important roads. Running north-south on the eastern side is the Great North Road. It was the principal route connecting London with York. The figure '9' on the map refers to the ninth milestone: we are exactly nine miles (14.5 km) from the City of London.
The other road was of greater local significance. Known today as Totteridge Lane, it followed a ridge of high ground and connected the area with Mill Hill and Edgware. The map shows the church and cluster of houses that made up Totteridge Village. Where Totteridge Lane meets the Great North Road, you can see the beginnings of a settlement at Whetstone.
New and accurate map
This section is from 'A New and Accurate Map of the Country Twenty-Five Miles Round London'. It shows 'His Majesty's Palaces, Noblemen and Gentlemen's Seats, Cities, Market Towns, Villages, Churches, Cottages, Rivers, Mills, Parks, Woods, Heaths and Remarkable Hills'. The map was drawn in 1777 by a land surveyor called John Andrew. The scale is 7/8 inch : 1 mile.
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