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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; Reprint edition (8 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445613840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445613840
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flowing through the heart of the capital, the history of the river Thames offers a powerful symbol for the lives of Londoners through the centuries. In fact, there have been people living on the site since before Roman times, washing there, catching fish and watching the horizon for signs of invaders. It was their livelihood, their transport and a symbol of the dependency of its people, shaped as they were by its moods and tides. From Elizabethan boatmen dashed against the arches of London Bridge, to the magical Frost Fairs, and the Victorian Lightermen steering their way through Dickensian fog, the river remains central to the city's story. David Brandon and Alan Brooke's Bankside: London's Original District of Sin focuses on the way it has defined London, by carving it in two parts. Their story of life on the south bank tells a colourful and entrancing tale of Londoners through the ages.
With chapters divided thematically, Bankside offers a glimpse into the inns and taverns that first grew up south of the river to house travellers. Perhaps the most famous of these was Chaucer's Tabard Inn, where the pilgrims of The Canterbury Tales feasted and planned their storytelling contest. Brandon and Brooke have tracked down the details of its neighbouring inns; The Bear at the Bridge, which opened around 1318 following a great flood, the Boar's Head of 1459, the White Hart of 1406 and others. They appear as backdrops in the lives of famous men and women; the scenery for wooing and rebellion. At The Bear, in 1665, diarist Samuel Pepys snacked on `a biscuit and a piece of cheese and gill of sacke,' and was entranced by the beauty of Frances Stuart, mistress of Charles II.
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By Manfred on 5 July 2013
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An interesting description of the whole of Southwark as defined. Interesting and occasionally fascinating to those of us who are not Londoners and live elsewhere. If you live nearby, I guess you will find this book a revelation from time to time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doris G. on 5 Feb 2013
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I had worked inan office in the Bankside area bck in the time when the Globe Theatre was being rebuilt but none of us knew anything about the history of the place. It rather resembled a forgotten bombsite and I only learned about its history after I left that job, so it was very interesting to read about the history of this area.
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