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The Lost Rivers of London

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by Barton, Nicholas
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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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East End: An Illustrated A-Z Historical Guide

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by Tames Richard
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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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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 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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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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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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Ealing and Hanwell Past

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by Hounsell Peter
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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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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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History of Camden - Hampstead, Holborn, St. Pancras

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by John Richardson
The London Borough of Camden consists of three diverse and vibrant areas - Holborn, Hampstead and St Pancras. Its borders contain most aspects of London's development. It is known for its railway history, important art movements, innumerable famous residents, notable theatres, ancient legal quarters, popular open spaces and innovations in education and medical treatment, not to mention the British Museum an...
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Kilburn & West Hampstead Past

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by Dick Weindling & Marianne Colloms
Kilburn is an old village straddling the Roman Watling Street to St Albans. West Hampstead was a tiny and remote outpost of Hampstead parish. But the construction of Finchley Road encouraged development in both places, and the invasion of a complex of railway routes was influential in the area's layout. After a period of decline Kilburn is recovering much of its old importance and vitality and once again is...
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Greenford, Northolt & Perivale Past

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by Frances Hounsell
These three parishes remained in rural seclusion until the industrial and suburban developments of the 20th century. The text illustrates how, despite the links between them, the areas each assumed a different character. We see how the coming of the Grand Junction Canal intensified brick-making. In later years the parishes became well known for large manufacturing companies, such as Hoover, Glaxo, Aladdin a...
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Earl's Court and Brompton Past

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by Tames Richard
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Harrow Past

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by Eileen Bowlt
Harrow is famous for its public school, and St Mary's church perched on the top of the Hill and at one time visible from the streets of London. The school's dominance prevented development on the Hill itself, so that much of Harrow's later history occurred in the hamlets around, such as Roxeth, Sudbury and Wealdstone.
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Islington Past

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by John Richardson
A more concise work than Mary Cosh's History of Islington, this was the first of the 'Past' series and is now in its third printing. It describes Islington's beginnings as a village catering for livestock drovers (and their animals) on their way to Smithfield. Later it became a residential adjunct to the City, home to lawyers and small businesses. With the escape to the suburbs by affluent residents, the gr...
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Finchley & Whetstone Past

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by John Heathfield
The villages of Finchley and Whetstone developed around the Great North Road, and even before railways transformed the area many solid villas were built in this essentially agricultural district. On the whole, development reflected its affluence. Its notable residents have included people as diverse as the entertainers Gracie Fields and Peter Sellers; Joseph Baxendale, who made the firm of Pickford's a hous...
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