Talk:Tottenham Court Road

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The photo is good, but I'd like to see a picture of the historic Tottenham Court Road "shield" street sign. I'd take it myself if I currently had a decent working camera. Lee M 02:32, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

Lee, a couple of years after you requested it, here's a photo of that "shield" street sign. Russ London (talk) 10:32, 9 February 2008 (UTC)
The historic Tottenham Court Road "shield" street sign

Why is it called Tottenham Court Road?[edit]

Anyone know? --Grouse 06:53, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

It is the the road to Tottenham Court, hence the fact it is often refered to as the 'The Tottenham Court Road' whereas others such as Street isn'tFranz-kafka 19:14, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Where's Tottenham Court? Grouse 21:07, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

I'm afraid i don't know Franz-kafka 20:00, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

look at http://www.okima.com/tour/tottenham.html to find ou Franz-kafka 20:01, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

If that is correct, then I guess it would be the area to the Northeast of the Oxford Street/Tottenham Court Road intersection—where the British Museum is today. Thanks. Grouse 20:34, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
AFAIK Tottenham Court was the name of a house and hamlet that stood roughly near where Euston Station is today ie: the north end of tottenham Court RoadPenrithguy (talk) 06:30, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

"Passing through Grafton Street, we enter Tottenham Court Road. This name, like that of Covent Garden, is a popular corruption, sinning, however, rather strangely, by way of elongation instead of abridgment. The country road which, three or four centuries ago, ran northwards from St. Giles's Pound, between green hedges and open fields, was so called from Totten, or Totham, or Totting Hall, the manor-house of which stood at the north-west corner of four cross-ways, on the site of what now is the "Adam and Eve," celebrated in Hogarth's picture in the last century, and of which we shall have to speak in a future chapter. This manorhouse, it appears, belonged to one William de Tottenhall, as far back as the reign of Henry III. It is described in "Domesday Book" as belonging to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. After changing hands several times, the manor was leased for ninety-nine years to Queen Elizabeth, when it came popularly to be called Tottenham Court. In the next century it appears to have become the property of the Fitzroys, who erected Fitzroy Square, upon a part of the manor estate, towards the end of the last century; and the property still belongs to the Fitzroys, Lord Southampton. In the map in Northouck's "History of London" (1772), a turnpike-gate is marked at the top of Tottenham Court Road, but this has long since disappeared." From Tottenham Court Road on the British History Online website --Tagishsimon (talk) 15:31, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

To properly interpret references to "the end of the last century", one needs to know in which century the quoted work was written; in this case, it appears to date to 1878, so "the end of the last century" is now two centuries further removed from the present than it was at the time. *Dan T.* (talk) 15:51, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

description[edit]

Is it really a "second tier" shopping street? It's well known as the place to go in London for electronics. And what's this about "low-end" goods eh? It sells everything from High-end prebuilt computers, to TVs, to Music systems, to computer parts, just off the corner from it is London's only retro gaming store. If no one has any objections to this, I'm going to change the description soon.

A better image?[edit]

Tottenham Ct Road looking North.jpg

What do you think of that? --Salimfadhley 20:58, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Removed from Category:Streets in London[edit]

I removed it from the above because it's in Category:Streets of Camden which is a child cat. of the above.

Is a child cat. known as a kitten? *Dan T.* 12:48, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Harry Potter[edit]

I've removed the Harry Potter 7 reference again. Tottenham Court Road is a real place. Harry Potter and the events that happened in the books are all imaginary. Should the events on Tottenham Court Road depicted in that book acquire a lasting connection with the real place, then we might consider adding it in, just as we now have a reference to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Southwark. For the time being I suggest that it's a trifle early to add a reference to a book that was published barely one week ago, just because one of the scenes happens to be set in Tottenham Court Road. --Tony Sidaway 15:24, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Interestingly, I got to that point in the Harry Potter book while reading it in the hotel room I was staying in at the time, which happened to be on Tottenham Court Road. *Dan T.* 20:46, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Reality[edit]

Last time I went to TCR the electronics shops were mostly gone and the area had become a sleaze zone. Has it revived since, or does no-one want to say it? Tabby (talk) 20:44, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

Parts of the street were substantially redeveloped about five years ago, and some of the sex shops closed. Most of the electronics, hi-fi and camera shops on the street have been around for decades, and some of the computer shops have been around for well over a decade. There are also quite a few furniture shops. --Tony Sidaway 13:58, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Possible copyright vio[edit]

Just passing through in the course of some research at work, and realised that parts of this page are very similar to this page: http://londontravelportal.com/tottenham_court_road.html which says copyright 2006 at the bottom. From looking at the history it looks like it's been that way for a while. It'd be good if somebody with local knowledge could fix it up, but if not I'll try to get around to it. MorganaFiolett (talk) 15:09, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

No map?[edit]

Would be nice to have a map showing the road... --Janke | Talk 07:41, 7 August 2011 (UTC)