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The Lost Rivers of London

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by Barton, Nicholas
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Graveyard London - Lost & Forgotten Burial Grounds

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by Robert Bard
This book follows on from the well-received Death in London. Generations of Londoners lie beneath the city, hidden or forgotten - until now. Burial grounds have been developed, built upon, grassed over and razed from history. Modern development of railways, tunnels and buildings have revealed and disturbed many. Plague and burial pits still come to light. Robert Bard has found and described many of these. T...
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Hackney & Stoke Newington Past

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by Watson, Isobel
The farms and nursery gardens of these two old villages gave way to terraces for City workers in the 19th century. As with other suburbs the railway era permitted the affluent to leave, abandoning the area to poorer workers. The author records the problems related to the creation of Victoria Park and the significant local presence of protestant dissenting movements. Famous residents include Samuel Rogers, J...
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Clerkenwell & Finsbury Past

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by Richard Tames
The monastic institution of the Priory of St John and St Mary's nunnery formed the earliest development here, but the 'closed shop' practices of City merchants forced many craftsmen, especially Huguenots and Italians, to settle outside the City's authority, particularly in nearby Clerkenwell. Watch and clockmaking, printing and jewellery became the special trades of the area. Even today, an Italian communit...
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Spas, Wells & Pleasure Gardens of London

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by James Stevens Curl
London was once blessed with spas set in gardens, where beneficial waters could be consumed and enjoyed in agreeable surroundings, sometimes with music, food and alcohol. They were, in effect, the pleasure resorts of the 18th century. With the aid of many images, the author - one of England's most distinguished architectural historians - provides a racy, informative, humorous and well-researched social hist...
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St Pancras Station

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by Jack Simmons and Robert Thorne
St Pancras Station from Historical Publications and now in its 3rd edition, revised and expanded in 2012, describes the history of the station and its famous adjoining hotel, including the campaign to save both buildings.
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Subterranean City - Beneath the Streets of London

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by Antony Clayton
Londoners and visitors alike are fascinated by the life of the capital beneath their feet. Lost Rivers, pipes of many kinds, sewers, crypts and catacombs, tunnels used or abandoned, ring mains, railways, secret bunkers and pneumatic tubes are all there in a sometimes complex arrangement. This book tells the reader what can be found and seen right up to date, including the considerable engineering achievemen...
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East End: An Illustrated A-Z Historical Guide

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by Tames Richard
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Richmond Past

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by John Cloake
Originally, the area was known as Sheen; Richmond is a comparatively new name. In 1501 when Henry VII rebuilt a royal palace here, he called it Richmond Palace, after his earldom in Yorkshire. Despite the abandonment of the palace by the 18th century, the village flourished, Many of the handsome houses of that time survive, including those in Petersham and Ham. Its Quinlan Terry riverfront development conti...
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Westminster & Pimlico Past

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by Isobel Watson
Westminster to many visitors, is Parliament Square, the Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. But this book takes in also the area of the ancient settlements of Westminster and Pimlico, The latter was built on drained marsh land and the whole district was transformed by the building of Victoria Station and the construction of Victoria Street. The story has been skilfully interwoven with the nation's pivotal e...
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Ruislip Past

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by Eileen Bowlt
This history of Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote brings to life the rural past of what are now suburbs of London. Reminders of many historical periods abound. Earthworks surround a possible Saxon settlement. A moat and mound reveal a possible Norman castle. The church and the Great Barn were built when monks of the Abbey of Bec lived on what is now Manor Farm. More than forty of the cottages mentioned in 16t...
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The Camden Town Book

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by John Richardson
The arresting cover of this A-Z book tells us much about London's workhouse, Camden Town. It pictures part of the depot for the Birmingham to Euston Railway - the two chimneys relate to machinery which pulled carriages up by cable from Euston for connection to the early steam engines at Camden. Camden Town's history exemplifies inner London areas: a settlement transformed in the 19th century by railways and...
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Lambeth Past

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by Hannah Renier
Lambeth and its Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, have a long history. Lambeth was also the home of a famous pottery, Vauxhall Motors, and a reviving Festival. On the Lambeth bank of the Thames, the Gunpowder Plot was hatched. And in humdrum Lambeth, the National Theatre was born at the Old Vic, and London's County Hall built. The new importance of London's Thames-side South Bank...
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East Ham & West Ham Past

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by Jim Lewis
East Ham and West Ham, now the borough of Newham, have seen dramatic changes since the beginning of the 19th century. Already used by industry as it spread out of the City, these two townships, between the rivers Roding and Lea, saw the construction of the Royal docks and then of the massive Beckton gasworks. Speculative builders racked up mean terraces in the south, while in the north Stratford became a ma...
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The Ealing Book

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by Peter Hounsell
Ealing is the location of Grade 1 listed Pittshanger Manor - the country residence of Sir John Soane, one of England's most gifted architects - and, of course, Ealing Studios. With railways and trams, Ealing became the 'Queen of Suburbs', well built and with a strong sense of civic pride. In this A-Z format the author describes the area's buildings and its notable residents, such as a seven-time Wimbledon c...
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Sporting London

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by Richard Tames
London's contribution to sport has been enormous; it is the home of cricket, rugby and tennis, and it was in London that many sports were first organised and codified. It was here that lawn tennis was first played on a rectangular court. The cricket club at Marylebone drew up the rules of cricket, and London possibly gave birth to the sport of boxing. Here too is the oldest cycling club and the oldest rowin...
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The City of London Book

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by Richard Tames
Designed for convenience in an A-Z format, this lavishly illustrated softback covers the development and personalities of the City from Roman times to the present. It is an entertaining and lively account full of information on everything from buildings to newspapers, statues, churches, graveyards, institutions and events. The author, a Blue Badge Guide and university lecturer, details features to intrigue ...
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Family History for Beginners

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by Karen Foy
"Family History for Beginners" by Karen Foy is the sort of book that will set you off on a journey of discovery that could quite literally change your life and the history of who you are.
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Camden Town & Primrose Hill Past

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by John Richardson
In 1791, in an area then mostly fields, building plots were laid out by the main road on land owned by the Marquess of Camden. Within 30 years Camden Town became part of London's northern expansion. The Regent's Canal and the London to Birmingham railway hastened this, but with the invasion of more polluting railways much of the area deteriorated into lodging houses until its rebirth in the 1970s. Today, it...
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Ealing and Hanwell Past

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by Hounsell Peter
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