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The Lost Rivers of London

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by Barton, Nicholas
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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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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 Hampstead Book

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by Steven Denford
The recorded history of Hampstead goes back a thousand years. but it was only in the 18th century, with the first Hampstead Spa, that it became fashionable. Building took place on part of the heath land, but local opposition stopped further exploitation of this picturesque open space favoured by artists and the general public. Hampstead retains many of its 18th century buildings and still has much charm, li...
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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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Covent Garden Past

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by Richardson, John
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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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Hampstead Past

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by Christopher Wade
The recorded history of Hampstead goes back a thousand years. but it was only in the 18th century, with the first Hampstead Spa, that it became fashionable. Building took place on part of the heath land, but local opposition stopped further exploitation of this picturesque open space favoured by artists and the general public. Hampstead retains many of its 18th century buildings and still has much charm, li...
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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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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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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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