High Streets/High Roads

Something I found fascinating when I first moved to London is that this large metropolitan is really a bunch of small villages stuck together and most of them have a high street or a high road to tie the area together. It took me awhile to realise how important these streets are for the area. I guess it would be the equivalent of Main Street in the U.S.

It is interesting to visit different parts of London and see the impact the different high streets have on the area. Kensington High Street, that manages to be both a shopping street and a thoroughfare. Or Highgate high street who manages to be just a thoroughfare and doesn’t have the feeling at all of being the small village Highgate portrays itself to be.

And how it is referred to, either you live near a Tube stop or near the high street or if you’re really lucky, both.

The extra bits: Smallest High Street in Britain is located in Holsworthy, a small market town in Devon. The street itself is no more than 100 yards long and there are only three shops located on Holsworthy’s High Street.

Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite H street in London or in your own hometown/favourite city.


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3 Responses to High Streets/High Roads

  1. Eva says:

    Somehow, a “small” high street seems a nonsense 🙂

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  2. jetgirlcos says:

    That is very interesting! I really didn’t know about British “High streets” although now that I think of it, I seem to remember reading about them in a lot of British fiction.
    A-to-Z-er Jetgirl visiting via Forty, c’est Fantastique

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