London has seventeen points where the Thames can be strolled over ranging from the fantastically fruity Tower Bridge to the grim functionalism of Wandsworth. Cross River Traffic tells the history of the current crossings (and their predecessors) - why and how they were built as well as incidents that have occurred on them, from ghost stories to terrorist plots, sexual antics to suicides. The book explores the reasons why the crossings are situated where they are and the effect on the communities they link as well as on London as a whole. The bridges stitch the north and south of the river together, and are crucial in making it the unified metropolis of the Victorian era and are aiding the refashioning of London's waterfront in the 21st century. It also answers crucial questions such as why do London's bikers meet on Chelsea Bridge, who was assassinated on Waterloo and how a hairdresser save Hammersmith and a poet the Albert Bridge. Illustrated with stunning photographs of each bridge by a selection of London based photographers, Cross River Traffic is a delightfully digressive and informative history.
London based writer and tour guide. My interests include history and folklore, especially London's, and of the river Thames and London's bridges. I am the author of books about the latter as well as one on the history of nursery rhymes, "lost" English words and football and superstition. I also co wrote a musical about Margaret Thatcher and am responsible for the Evening Standard Headline Generator and the Art Term Bingo Game.
Current projects include co-presenting the cult football radio show Cafe Calcio on Resonance 104.4 FM which examines the social, political and cultural aspects of the game. Previous series have featured the Football Art Masterclass, Tacticus a Latin speaking football correspondent and the next one will examine the links between soccer and contemporary dance. I am also working on a book provisionally entitled an A-Z of redundant careers about jobs that no longer exist.
Information about most of these can be found at www.fandmpublications.co.uk
I can be stalked on Twitter @oneeyegrey