of Christchurch Southwark
Christchurch is a church near the Blackfriars Bridge in the Borough
of Southwark. As far as I can tell, it has been called Southwark Christchurch
and Christchurch Southwark. I have included the church on my map of
London. Southwark was made a borough of London in 1889, but in the
Dowdings time it would have been a part of County Surrey, technically
not officially a part of London. Blackfriars Road is a road in Southwark
which stretches south from the Blackfriars bridge over the Thames
River. On one 1827 map, the road is called Great Surrey Street. I
believe it is the same road. While the church itself is marked on
the 1827 map, on modern maps of London I could not find it. It may
not still be standing. There is a Christchurch mentioned in Wikipedia
across the river from Southwark near St. Paul's Cathedral. It was
destroyed during WWII. I think it is a different church...based on
the location...but I could be wrong.
of St. Paul Covent Garden
St. Paul is located in the Parish of St. Paul Covent Garden in Middlesex
Co. in the heart of London. It was built in the 1600s. Today St. Paul's
is known as the Actor's church.
of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
St. Martin in the Fields is the name of a Parish (and a well known
church) in Middlesex Co. in the heart of London. The church was built
in the 1200s. St. Martin-in-the-Fields today stands at the East end
of Trafalgar Square and still appears to be a very active church.
At the time that the Dowdings lived in London, Trafalgar Square was
not yet there, but it appears to have been an important intersection
with green areas in the middle.
The center of "bespoke tailoring" in London is Savile Row
and the surrounding streets. The tailors began to populate this area
in 1806. "Bespoke" tailoring refers to items hand-tailored
to an individual's measurements. I do not know if George Dowding worked
in the streets surrounding Savile Row, but it is near St. Martin-in-the-Fields
for Katie's map of London:
Vision of Britain Through Time - Descriptions of various areas
in Great Britain divided into parishes, townships or however you are
interested. Lots of information here. A variety of maps from different
Atlas. Rand McNally (presented by Newsweek, 1994. USA.
Image Database - Illustration of St. Paul Covent Garden from 1796.
Image Database - Illustration of St. Martin in the Fields
Great World Atlas. DK Publishing, New York, 2002.
- Articles on the "borough" of Southwark, St. Paul's church
in Covent Garden, and Savile Row. You can also look up Blackfriars
Road, but it doesn't say much.