The two villages of Great and Little Stanmore, which now form one of London’s northernmost suburbs, nestled amid woods and farmland until their development between the wars. This fascinating history traces their medieval and Tudor past, and the great houses such as Chandos that dominated them in the Georgian era.
A Capital History
This wide-ranging and extensively illustrated survey explores every aspect of London’s politics, not only in its position as the capital of the nation, seat of the monarchy and home of Parliament, but in all its diversity. Richard Tames charts the development of the city’s often contentious local government, its long-standing function as a magnet for exiled revolutionaries, and its role as an arena of conflict for strikers, suffragettes, Fenians and fascists.
A Taste of History
The Stock Exchange began in a London coffee house, as did Lloyds; fish and chips was invented in Victorian London; and Fortnum and Mason supplied Florence Nightingale in the Crimea and Parry's expedition to find the North-West Passage as well as innumerable aristocratic picnics. This history of London's food is full of such milestones and outstanding personalities, described in chapters on how London has been provisioned, its markets, shops and restaurants, foreign imports and the eating habits of Londoners.
The Kensington Book
The residence of William III began the fashion for Kensington as a place to live, and the Great Exhibition of 1851, and subsequent building of museums, further defined the character of the area, attracting smart residents to grand houses and later to mansion flats. Slightly off-mint.
Researching London's Houses
An Archives Guide
Researching the history of a house can be fascinating, but it is not always straightforward, especially in London where the maze of sources is complex. Written by an expert on London's built environment, this book provides a systematic guide to the available archives, including title deeds, local government records, rates and taxes, fire insurance and probate. Extensively illustrated with photographs and maps, it includes a brief history of London housing, and three case studies.
Elstree and Boreham Wood Past
Protected from the expansion of London by the creation of the Green Belt, Elstree and Boreham Wood have retained much of their rural charm. This extensively illustrated local history charts their development from prehistoric times to the present, and describes their many surviving historic buildings. Individual chapters are devoted to parish churches, old pubs, local crimes and law enforcement, and the area's celebrated film studios.