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Camberwell Through Time [Paperback]

John D. Beasley
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23 Nov 2010 Through Time
This fascinating selection of more than 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Camberwell has changed and developed over the last century. Camberwell was included in the Domesday Book and was the birthplace of the poet Robert Browning, and the politician Joseph Chamberlain. It was also home to authors John Ruskin and Muriel Spark. Mendolssohn was inspired to write his Spring Song, originally entitled Camberwell Green, while staying at Denmark Hill where Ruskin Park is today. The Camberwell Beauty butterfly was first recorded in England in 1748 near rural Camberwell. Windmills and the Grand Surrey Canal no longer exist but photographs in this well illustrated book show many changes that have happened since the nineteenth century. Camberwell is an important part of the London Borough of Southwark, London s most historic borough. This vibrant part of South London is full of fascinating history.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (23 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848685637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848685635
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Beasley is a prolific local historian and writer. He has lived in Peckham since 1972 and whilst studying for a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work at the Polytechnic of North London (1972-1974) he wrote a major essay entitled Peckham in the Nineteenth Century. John has been a member of the Peckham Methodist Church since 1969 and is a Methodist Local Preacher and a Sunday School Leader.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 15 Jan 2011
By Woody
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This is a good book to buy. Particularly useful to me as my family comes from that area and I have been looking into family history.
I have bought others by this author John Beasley and they are all just as good. He has a lot of local knowledge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let down by some poor modern photographs 10 April 2011
The book shows old photographs of Camberwell and compares them with a contemporary photo of the same location. This is a really interesting concept; it's great to see views I recognise now look vastly different -- such as seeing the former St George's church on Wells Way with the canal running in front of it -- and places that no longer exist, like the mansion that used to stand at the end of Wren Street.

The main problem with the book is that the modern photographs aren't as good; they're not great quality, a few are slightly out of focus, and some are taken from angles which hide much of the subject. Luckily this isn't a huge drawback because we already know what the locations look like today!

The author's obviously very knowledgeable about the area and provides plenty of references to other sources, so I can recommend this if you want to know more about your local history.
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