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London and Londoners in the 1850s & 1860s (Victorian London Ebooks Book 2) by [Bennett, Alfred Rosling]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 831 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Victorian London Ebooks (1 Jan. 1924)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TTX18Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2011
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This book was first released in 1924, and I should point out that there are some typos here, probably caused by the scanning software, although there aren't too many. Alfred Rosling Bennett is better known in certain circles due to his work with telephonics, and the patents he took out, but this book doesn't go into all this. What he set out to do here was give the impressions of London life in the 1850s and 1860s.

Set mainly in South London, as Bennett moved south of the river at an early age, there are also his memories of Islington and what he saw and witnessed in those days, along with what news was taking place, both national and international. With anecdotes abut his growing up, and with his thoughts about how much had changed by 1924, and his personal feelings on education and the state of the country there is a lot to take in and absorb here. Find out what it was like to travel on omnibuses and on trains, as they first started to make an impression on people's lives, as well as the number of boats that used to be on the Thames. Also we have descriptions on the original policeman's uniform along with other fashions; there is a lot to keep you interested in this book.

There is an active table of contents where there is a brief description of each chapter, so that if you just want to look at certain sections it is easy to do so. Of course as with a book of this type it shows more than what living in London was like, it also shows what life was like in all of Britain's major cities.
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For once I'm not complaining that I can't find a book on Kindle (it's a great read) - now I'm complaining that I can't buy a hard copy for my mother-in-law and father-in-law, who were born in South East London and have over the years talked about lots of the places mentioned in this book - they'd love it!
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This is a most fascinating book. Written by an engineer with an interest in steam engines, ships, telephones and more. A personal delight in the London of his youth gives a more vivid account than a professional writer or historian could achieve. This is a book I shall re-read many times.
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Recollections of a gentlemans childhood in the 1850's. His memories throughout are amazing giving you a whole new perpective on this period in history. His memoirs cover everything from topical news, inventions and engineering to just the ins and outs of his daily life. Also lots of interesting words are used and often in contexts that we wouldn't consider for them today.
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This is the second book in the series of e-books about Victorian London, and I have enjoyed both of the volumes that I have read so far. This book is a book of memoirs about the London of 1850 to 1890 and concerns the introduction of omnibuses and trains and the Industrialisation of the capital city. It was written about 1924 and it is clear that the author sees the Victorian era as the high point of the British Empire. A few typos but these didn't spoil the reading of the book.
People interested in this era of history should enjoy the book.
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I enjoyed this book. It was different from the usual type of history book because it is someone's actual memories of the 1850's and1860's therefore so much more personal than other history books. It was also interesting due to the fact that it gave an insight into public attitudes of the 1920's when this book was written. I especially appreciated the chapter on the Crystal Palace as I used to live near there. Only four stars because there were a few sections which did not interest me - but only a few.
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Amazing recall and an interesting life make this a unique historical work. My only quibble which is a very minor one is that I would have liked to learn a little about the author's family life. Mr Rosling made a conscious decision to be objective but a little more personal involvement in the narrative would have been welcome, at least to this reader.
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By Jude Faulkner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2013
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I enjoyed this book as it gives an insight into more of the early Victorian world and differs from the Dickens world we are all familiar with.
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