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Lost London 1870-1945

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Overcrowded and fetid tenements were torn down, but so were historical aristocratic mansions, all to make way for the burgeoning capital of the Victorian Age. A must read for anyone with an interest in London and the UKs industrial/urban cultural inheritance which is scandalously and often deceitfully played down (or as shown here, wantonly destroyed) in favour of a bucolic English utopia that almost certainly never existed. Of the 160 illustrated vignettes in the book, we must have passed a hundred of them, and noticed 20.

When I received it the brown paper at two corners was torn exposing the contents, Needless to say I was not impressed at all. The dimensions are 10cm by 15cm ( 4″ by 6″) but you can get these very cheaply as it is a standard size. This book is not an architectural textbook, this book is written for laypersons, you don't need to possess any advanced knowledge of architectural history or architectural styles to enjoy this book. London was never controlled, its guide and layout of its streets was never part of one grand design. Light shelf wear to tips, corners, and edges of the book and jacket, top edge dusty else clean and unmarked.As one might expect, some of the ill-fated buildings in these photographs were grand houses; with fortunes changing after the First World War and the subsequent decline of the traditional aristocratic lifestyle brought about by the blurring of class boundaries during the war, many stately homes were destined to be demolished. uk we’re adding content over time and posting on FB – see the link on the top right of the landing page. I had rather expected that the devastation of Second World War bombing would be the dominant theme of the book, but in fact only the last (comparatively short) chapter concentrated on that dark chapter in London’s history.

These photographs were rediscovered and curated after almost a century by Vijay Mehta and Steve Hurst of EH London Region (all praise! Please note that it is at the discretion of Transport for London to allow you to continue your journey with a faulty pass. For instance, I had no idea that weatherboarded buildings were so common, nor that buildings in narrow streets often had mirrors mounted off them to reflect light into rooms – an ingenious way of combatting the gloom of narrow alleyways. Dickens crops up seven times in the index, because there are photographs of seven places that he visited or used in his novels. We continue our wander, but become lost and find ourselves on the other side of London, the fog sets in.The black and white photographs (more than 500) are such a fascinating feast for the eye, and compel careful study and thought. It got to roof level, complete with passages to parliament and to the Tube station, before the money ran out and most of it was demolished. Yet even today a journey on the Docklands Light Railway is to travel through areas of obvious wealth interspersed by areas of continuing poverty. To paraphrase from the Foreword: This kind of photography emphasizes the task of English Heritage (and similar organizations in other countries! The idea is incredibly bold and well executed with some aspects of the film working very well, others less so.

Creating images of the places I visit, I also try as much as possible to have my photographs as impartial and undistorted by my interpretation of the scenes I observe as possible. The Lost London Churches Project has been running for almost 2 years now and we have distributed 20,000 collectable cards to the general public over that time. Very good cloth copy in a good if slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust-wrapper, now mylar-sleeved.We suggest you also carry additional proof of identity and contact the helpline to replace your pass immediately. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and speaking personally, I still find reading it a totally immersive and utterly engrossing experience. I haven't had much of a chance to read it myself yet but as I understand it, it comes with paragraph descriptions for each photo and more information about London's past. only real quibble I have is that it'd have been nice to have maps or more indication of where these places were, especially as so many are photos of streets which are gone.

For anyone who remembers or lives in London the real treat is to study these marvellous full plate images and spot that one little thing in certain photos that is still there to this very day, a reminder this London time and place existed. They are taken from the LCC collection, now held by English Heritage and are strikingly sharp and detailed. Il donne envie de retourner à Londres pour visiter les rues et quartiers décrits pour retrouver les bâtiments encore existants. I am particularly impressed by the fact that he deals extensively with buildings and locations that housed or were used by the poor; his comments on how the poor lived are valuable, considering how rarely history books and essays address the lives of those who are most destitute.

The beauty of the book is the well written and considered text that accompanies the excellent collection of photographs from English Heritage's archives. Over the course of the evening his marriage to his wife (Eleanor Satsuura) breaks down due to an indisctrion which makes its way to the front page of a tabloid, but after an apparent fight with friend Owen Wilson he leaves a nightclub and gets into an altercation with a taxi driver that lands him in jail. Even though the church buildings were lost you can still find traces of these parishes in the old parish boundary markers that are sprinkled around the city. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Even after the war, buildings that could have been refurbished were knocked down to make way for new housing that would aim to eradicate the terrible poverty that had characterised large swathes of London for decades.

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