London's Victoria Embankment
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Victoria Embankment, known to Londoners as simply 'The Embankment', was opened in 1870, when, according to The Times, the inauguration ceremony was marred by 'a great mob of roughs' invading the carriageway. Robert Harley's richly illustrated book is packed with such anecdote. It traces the history of Vulliamy and Bazalgette's combined embankment and sewage conduit, along with the Westminster, Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges, focusing on the changing modes of transport - from steamboats to motor cars - that have plied the once elegant thoroughfare.