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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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Barnet & Hadley Past

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by Pamela Taylor
High above London are the old settlements of Chipping Barnet and Hadley, halfway to St Albans from the City. Both villages prospered from many inns, crucial to horse traffic before the age of steam. The railway changed things, giving rise to an entirely new suburb, New Barnet, when commuting to and from London became possible. But Hadley survived almost untouced and is today an unusual London area with a sp...
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Brentford Past

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by Gillian Clegg
Located on the main road to the west of England and where the rivers Thames and Brent and canal meet, Brentford was one of the most important towns in Middlesex. It held a flourishing market and fair and was a venue for parliamentary elections. After the last war industry declined, but the author describes the area's regeneration.
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Barking Past

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by Richard Tames
The abbey at Barking was used as residence by William the Conqueror while the Tower of London was built. Its remains may still be seen near the old town quay. Barking had the largest fishing fleet in the world, the town thriving on its trade. As railways transported fish to London direct from east coast ports, this trade declined, but Barking's riverside encouraged heavy industry. The town's population incr...
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Feeding London - A Taste of History

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by Antony Clayton
This historical panorama illustrates from the daily experiences of two thousand years the truth of the saying 'Man is what he eats'. Markets, the dining clubs and the soup kitchens, gastronomy, starvation and adulteration are all ingredients in a book that shows how London has fed itself over the years. The author travels from Roman Londinium to the 1990s; presenting, with the aid of many illustrations, the...
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Chingford Past

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by Barbara Ray
Chingford's geological make-up and topography formed natural barriers to the 19th century development which transformed nearby Walthamstow and Tottenham. Consequently, Chingford remained an inward-looking, self -contained entity until well into the 20th century, Developers reached it at last and made it an upmarket residential area guarded by Epping Forest. Barbara Ray's book tells the story of this gradual...
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Chelsea Book

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by John Richardson
In a softback A-Z format the author explores the dramatic history of Chelsea whose residents included Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII. The village was primarily a riverside settlement by the Old Church, usually reached by boat. Market gardens abounded. Serious settlement began in the 18th century when part of the large Sloane estate was built upon and gradually, as the King's Road was brought into public use...
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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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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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