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London's Lost Power Stations and Gasworks [Kindle Edition]

Ben Pedroche
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Many of London's original power stations have either been demolished, converted for other use, or stand derelict awaiting re-development. But in their prime, these mighty 'cathedrals of power' played a vital role in London's journey towards becoming the world's most important city. Gasworks also played a key role, manufacturing for industry before falling out of favour once natural gas was discovered in the North Sea. London's Lost Power Stations and Gasworks looks at the history of these great places. The focus will mainly be on the most famous and signficant examples, particularly those that are still standing today, but long-demolished and forgotten sites will also be included. Appealing to anyone with even the slightest interest in London history, derelict buildings or urban exploring, this fascinating book aims to uncover a part of London's ignored past.

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About the Author

Ben Pedroche graduated from De Montfort University in 2002 and has been living and working in London since 2008. He enjoys writing books about the greatest city in the world, London. He has published one book so far entitled 'Do Not Alight Here: Walking London's Lost Underground and Railway Stations'; and has written extensively for a range of different magazines.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3483 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9BL4OK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #548,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Pedroche is a writer based in London, who has been exploring the city since moving there in 2008. His first book 'Do Not Alight Here: Walking London's Lost Underground and Railway Stations' was released in December 2011. His second book 'London's Lost Power Stations and Gasworks' was released in April 2013. Ben's latest book is named 'Working the London Underground', and is available now.

In addition to books, Ben has also written extensively for a range of magazines and websites. He lives in London with his wife Louise.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Urban history at its best 11 Jun. 2013
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London's Lost Power Stations and Gasworks is not just an informative book, but an accessible one too. As someone who has only really started looking into the history of London in the last year, I felt that this book offered insightful commentary into a less-talked about area of industrial history in a language I could understand. I haven't yet read the author's other book about London's lost underground stations but after reading this volume it is definitely very high on my reading list. In addition to the carefully constructed prose, the photography in this book illustrates the transitions described and is also thoughtfully shot. In summary - if you're interested in reading something more compelling than the average London guide or want to better understand London's industrial history without wading through lengthy, dull tomes, you can't go wrong with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've got the Power! 17 Jun. 2013
By amaBOOK
I read this after enjoying another book from the same author about tube stations. It has lots of interesting history about buildings I see a lot, like Battersea and Lots Road, and old gasometers near where I live. There are also lots of good bits about more places I didn't even know were there. It has plenty of nice photos with a good mix of new and old ones. Well researched and written. Recommended.
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A previous reviewer has noted the technical and grammatical errors in the book - which really should have been corrected at the proof reading stage - but those aside, I felt the book would have been improved by the inclusion of additional archive illustrations - especially of now demolished sites. The final sections relating to the present and the future seem to have been tacked on the end, and, at least in my opinion, add little of real substance to the overall story.

That said, the book is undoubtedly suitable for both the general and more specialist reader with an interest in industrial archeology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 20 July 2013
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A delightful book for those interested in London's industrial heritage. Well written on the whole but always gripping.Makes one go out to look at what remains!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but couple of annoyances 10 Aug. 2013
By Jeremy
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Enjoyed the book, both text and pictures, covering an little studied aspect of London history (as opposed to things underground, for instance, which is drowning in books at the moment).

One factual issue - on p165, when describing the changes to the electricity industry in the 1920s/1930s, the author talks about the creation of the Central Electricity Board (CEB) and its roles in introducing the early grid. However, it says "Using direct current (DC) as standard, again pioneered by Ferranti...", which seems highly unlikely given the issues with using DC for long distance power transmission, and Ferranti being a major proponent of AC (I think it was Edison in the US who was into DC)... The UK grid, initiated by the CEB, was of course 132kV AC.

Otherwise, one plea if ever updated - the book is crying out for a couple of maps, showing the location of the sites for both Power and Gas, especially given the discussion about the importance of the proximity to the river. Just simple, hand drawn maps would be great.

It would be pedantic to mention the typo where "sight" and "site" get confused.....

None of which should stop you buying this book, it's got some fascinating detail (especially around the history of and competition between the companies as the market got established).
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