A Tube Map To Assist Time Travelers In Medieval London

The official Transport For London website offers multiple variations of the iconic Tube map to assist virtually any traveler. The bicyclist map, the step-free map, the avoiding stairs map, and the all-important toilet map. Now, finally, there's a Tube map for anyone commuting during the Middle Ages.

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The Londonist magazine has updated (downdated? backdated? undated?) the map, replacing the modern designations of the 270 stations with the names they went by in past centuries. Some of the names haven't changed, others never formally existed:

The medieval period spans something like 1,000 years, covering the centuries from the Roman withdrawal around 400 AD to the rise of the Tudors in the late 15th century. Place names, of course, changed greatly over this time and those on the map were not necessarily all in use at the same time. Where applicable, we've favored spellings used in the Domesday survey of 1086. Elsewhere, we've taken the earliest recorded version of a place name. Many stops on the tube map didn't exist as a dwelling place, but were open fields, woodland or meadow during the Middle Ages. In such cases, we've taken the name of the landowner, or a nearby geographical feature such as a river or hill. We managed to find something convincing for the vast majority of location.

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Tyburn has a lovely arbor. It's trees are world famous.