Samuel Rogers (1856):
It is curious how fashion changes pronunciation. In my youth every body said “Lonnon,” not “London:” Fox said “Lonnon” to the last; and so did Crowe.
Richd. Welford (1899):
”Lonnon,” or rather “Lunnun,” was the usual pronunciation in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire when I was a boy there fifty years ago. It was only in reading from book or paper that the d obtained recognition.
Edmund Venables (1893):
the King ... in his mouth it was always “My loyal City of Lunnon.”
Sarah Harriet Burney (1835)
I like Bath better than Lonnon, as you cockneys call it
J. R. (1893):
I was told by that gentleman [William Maltby (1763–1854)] that in his young days London was pronounced "Lunnon" even by such men as C. J. Fox and Richard Cumberland, and that our present pronunciation of it would then have been regarded as the affectation of a boarding-school miss.
Why was "London" pronounced "Lonnon"?
When and among whom was this pronunciation common? (Samuel Rogers was born 1763 and died 1855. Is it true that in his youth, "every body said 'Lonnon'"?)