Apologies if this has already been raised, but I stumbled across the site below at lunchtime whilst researching Pickle Herring Street and other long-lost parts of SE1. This site has free maps for SE1 (and most of London/the UK) from the 1500s up to 1908 and later. If you like this sort of thing (as I do), then it's great. Saves buying them and I think they're easier to look at on the computer screen. Shocking to see how much the area has changed, even since 1908.
I have to say that these are fascinating. I'm based on the Rockingham Estate and it's interesting to see that both Meadow Row and Rockingham Row exist back as far as 1795 - both off New Road, now New Kent Road (marked as Providence B) and in the middle of what's listed as Peachy Gardens!
I am totally addicted to that site.. thanks Gavin. It is interesting to see the changes in street layout due to the railway lines out to the southeast... and the war presumably, where old areas were changed into estates. I am a little disappointed to not find the original name for Milton Street (in the city off Chiswell St) - only it's middle incarnation as Grub Street... it's a naughty name referring to the manhandling of ladies bits!!! I had hoped to prove to my antipodean mates that it actually existed.
I've long had a vision of SE1 being one giant cider orchard, with us all living in little cottages sprinkled amongst the fruit-laden boughs. And then I tend to get woken up by sirens and helicopters, and find that it was all a dream ;0(