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The Lost Rivers of London

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by Barton, Nicholas
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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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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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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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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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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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East End Past

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by Richard Tames
For nine-tenths of its history the East End has largely a rural retreat of fields and farms, and later a place of academies, almshouses and asylums, though Spitalfields was home to waves of immigrants and craftsmen. London's trade brought docks and warehouses, but not much prosperity to the local residents. Though notorious for poverty, the East End was a starting point for many leaders of church and state ...
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Notting Hill & Holland Park Past

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by Richard Tames
In the convenient A-Z format, the author, a Blue Badge Guide, describes this fascinating melting pot of London. Renowned for recreation, and fashion, this diverse area was the birthplace of Norland Nannies, the Left Book Club and Britain's first purpose-built car factory. Home to Chesterton, Orwell, and Herbert Hoover, it also numbered amongst its residents China's most renowned 20th-century writer. Notting...
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The Chiswick Book

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by Gillian Clegg
This A-Z softback book explores the area with the aid of many illustrations. Chiswick is known for its charming riverside, waterside pubs and its many restaurants along Chiswick High Road. From Roman times, Chiswick was on the main road to the west of England. Developing as four separate villages, it was a popular place to live from the 16th century. Many early houses, notably Chiswick House, survive. Durin...
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Highgate Past

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by John Richardson
Highgate retains its village atmosphere and magnificent views across London. The author relates its history from wealthy Tudor residents through to the expansive Victorian times when Highgate was fortunate to obtain much public green space, and into modern times. It also acquired a cable tramway up its steep hill, a famous school founded in 1565 and one of the most picturesque cemeteries in the country. It ...
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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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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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