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Notting Hill Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122739X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711227392
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This affordably handsome book confirms. What a rich subject the area of Notting Hill is. Spectator A sumptuous, magisterial book. Country Life This photographic collection beautifully explores this artistic part of London. Heritage

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In this book acclaimed photographer and long-term resident Derry Moore explores the area's unique appeal in words and pictures, telling its story from its beginning in the Ladbroke Estate to its current incarnation as one of the most varied, cosmopolitan and fashionable of London neighbourhoods. Until the 1820s Notting Hill was mostly farmland. The spacious crescents, stuccoed houses and leafy communal gardens that give the area its singular charm were developed during the course of the nineteenth century. All this elegance, however, existed cheek by jowl with the Potteries, one of London's worst slums, where in the mid-nineteenth century the average life expectancy was eleven years. Moore goes on to show how, after the First World War many buildings fell into disrepair, houses were converted into flats and bed-sits, and the area went into decline. During the 1950s there was an influx of immigrants from the Caribbean, who were exploited by unscrupulous landlords. The race riots of 1958 marked a low point for Notting Hill.

But the incomers inspired the Notting Hill Carnival, which has become a popular tourist attraction, as has the Portobello Road with its antique and fruit and vegetable market, while new wealth has regenerated the area. All contribute to Notting Hill's vibrant present, which Moore's photographs capitivatingly evoke. Notting Hill is one of London's most fashionable neighbourhoods and a tourist mecca. This book features stunning photographs by a famous photographer - who lives in the heart of Notting Hill.

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