Westminster and Pimlico Past
A Visual History
Westminster, as photographed by millions of tourists, is the Houses of Parliament and the Abbey. This first modern history of the area skilfully interweaves the stirring events on that public stage with the lesser-known story of its waterlogged hinterland, with its creeks and ferries, taverns and pest houses, and its grim penitentiary.
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.
Kennington, Vauxhall, Waterloo
Now a vibrant cultural hub centred on the South Bank, the London Eye and the Oval cricket ground, Lambeth was once a marshy riverside district notable for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s palace. This absorbing book traces its history by way of the Gunpowder Plot, gin, Vauxhall Motors, Charlie Chaplin and a serial poisoner.
Freemasonry & the Enlightenment
Architecture, Symbols, & Influences
According to this in-depth and bold survey, architecture and symbolism played a central role in the identity and expression of Freemasonry throughout its rapid expansion during the Enlightenment. Curl takes in garden architecture, landscapes, lodges, tombs, even the music of Mozart, on his journey through 18th- and 19th-century Britain and Europe, attempting to reveal Freemasonic influence and iconography within their structures. First published in 1991, this expanded edition includes a preface by Andrew Prescott.
City of London Past
London’s financial district is also its ancient core, the city founded by the Romans and bounded by its medieval walls. From Boudicca to the Blitz, its history is one of devastation and renewal. This compelling account records its fortunes and misfortunes, its highlife and lowlife, and the merchants, politicians, hucksters and hacks who have shaped it.
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 East End
An Illustrated A–Z Historical Guide
This alphabetical guide to the East End of London, an area stretching from Spitalfields to Barking, addresses both its history and its current attractions. Once the gateway to the Empire, and the home of successive waves of immigrants, it has also seen some bitter political struggles and, in recent times, become a commercial centre to rival the City itself. The illustrations include maps, paintings, and vintage and modern photographs.
An important medieval abbey and town, connected by a creek to the Thames, early Barking earned its living primarily from fishing. This history begins with Barking Abbey and follows life in the town as it survived the rise and fall of heavy industry and large-scale housing projects in the first half of the 20th century.
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.
The Grand Union Canal, the Great West Road and the railway made Hayes an attractive location for major companies, but for many years the working population was brought in by train and somewhat overwhelmed the town, which was still surrounded by green fields into the 1930s. Adapted from the author's Hayes: A Concise History (1988).
Finchley and Whetstone Past
With Totteridge and Friern Barnet
The development of Finchley and Whetstone is inextricably linked to the creation in the 13th century of a new road north out of London from Highgate to Barnet. Turnpikes, inns and livery stables were the Great North Road's early trade, and the connection of the area to Central London by train later encouraged expansion as a residential suburb.
Covent Garden and Soho
The Illustrated A–Z Historical Guide
Featuring more than 200 illustrations, this book tells the stories behind the squares, streets, plaques and statues at the historic heart of two of London's most colourful and creative communities. There is murder, music and medicine; food, fashion and film; art, architecture and actors; and among the poets and publishing tales, we discover where OscarWilde entertained, Dickens dined and Dylan Thomas drank.
Hampstead Heath is unique – a swath of countryside in the midst of a great city. Yet it could easily have been lost as London expanded inexorably, swallowing fields and villages in its way. Illustrated with historical prints, drawings and maps, this absorbing history charts the fortunes of the Heath and its component parts from the Middle Ages to the present, and explains how a determined band of Victorian campaigners saved it from development.
Earls Court and Brompton Past
At the beginning of the 19th century, Earl's Court consisted largely of market gardens on the banks of the River Westbourne. This absorbing illustrated history explains how the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the building of the Underground spurred its development into a fashionable if slightly raffish suburb inhabited by artists, musicians and Australians. There are also brief biographies of local residents, among them John Everett Millais and Alfred Hitchcock.
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.