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London's Metropolitan Essex: Events and Personalities from Essex in London (The Essex Hundred) [Paperback]

Andrew Summers , John Debenham
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1 April 2013 The Essex Hundred
Essex is constantly in the news. Yet the county is more than 1000 years old. Its borders remained more or less unchanged until 1965 when the western part of Essex was snatched away and taken into London. Despite this change, much of the media and two generations of residents have grown up believing they are still in Essex all be it in London.

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Summersbook (UK) Ltd (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955229553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955229558
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting for people who live in the area 13 Mar 2014
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Fascinating bits of history of the area. Would have given it 5 stars if the content had been arranged more logically and if it had covered the history of all the places in metropolitan Essex but glad I bought it and am enjoying reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Boudicca to the Olympics 22 Jan 2014
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The subject of this book is defined as the history of the five east London boroughs - Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest - which were taken out of the administrative county of Essex in 1965 to become part of Greater London. (The authors quite rightly emphasize that these areas remain part of Essex, understood geographically and historically, and any attempt to write about Essex without including them would be badly skewed.) The chronological range is from Roman times to the 2012 London Olympics, which transformed a large area of Stratford (in Newham).

Not everything in the first part of the book strictly concerns the London boroughs, since (for example) Boudicca's rebellion affected Essex in general; but as the book progresses so the focus narrows to the industrial and social life of east London, whose unprecedented population growth in the nineteenth century completely changed the character of this part of the county. Many familiar figures and incidents of recent history are looked at along the way - William Morris of Walthamstow, the Dagenham Girl Pipers, the Ronan Point disaster, and so on. Nonetheless, there is still much of interest to county historians more generally, including brief information about surviving east London manor houses and areas of Epping Forest. A good use of this book would be to make from it a checklist of unfamiliar places to visit - since reading it a few weeks ago I have already visited a few of the places mentioned, including Queen Elizabeth's hunting lodge in Chingford and the site of Stratford Langthorne Abbey, now marked by the new (2011) Abbey Road Docklands Light Railway station.
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