- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Transatlantic Press; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0955794986
- ISBN-13: 978-0955794988
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 24.8 x 29.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lost London, 1870-1945 Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2009
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This endlessly absorbing book that is at once a record of destruction, a haunting collection of relics and a door into the past. --John Carey - The Sunday Times
An extraordinary and sometimes upsetting record of the capital s architectural richness. Stuffed with beautiful images ... this satisfyingly heavy book depicts a grimy, muddy city with spots of aristocratic grandeur, a city on the verge of transformation. --Edwin Heathcote - Financial Times
An extraordinary and sometimes upsetting record of the capital s architectural richness. --Philippa Stockley - Sunday Telegraph
About the Author
Philip Davies is English Heritage s Planning and Development Director for London and South-East England.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a splendid publication, beautifully produced, with an intelligent and informative text, crammed full of pictures that speak volumes to lovers of London and its vanished past. It's the forerunner and companion to the same author's later and physically larger work 'Panoramas of lost London' - which has taken some of the same material (though by no means all of it) and given it a different treatment.
'Lost London' is a good and hefty volume, well worth having - and the price tag (especially if you order from Amazon) is fantastic value.
Be warned - the book is heavy, so likely to bust any mailbag, shopping bag - or Christmas stocking!
Modest though some of the lost buildings clearly were, they represented a link to a historical past that has now entirely disappeared in some areas. Their human scale guaranteed them no protection whatsoever in the days before planning controls, but larger public buildings were also swept away with an insouciance almost unthinkable today.
This is a superb book, filled with beautifully reproduced black and white photographs of a capital city that looks hauntingly familiar, but that most of us have never seen. Endlessly informative and fascinating both visually and textually, it offers a profoundly moving evocation of a lost age. Many of the photographs were taken as a last record of buildings already condemned to die. Others are in traffic-free streets bustling with humanity.Read more ›
Highly recommended for anyone interested in history, photography or London. a great coffee table gift that will be much admired.
A few examples that give an idea of the type of image here: Paternoster Row,north of St Paul's churchyard, photographed in 1908, entirely destroyed by bombing on 29 December 1940 ; The Oxford Arms,one of the most famous coaching inns in London ; Pre Great-Fire houses that survived into the 20th century, only to vanish due to bombing, road-widening, or what we call progress ; Ghostly faces of people (and even their pets) that have been dead for a century or more, peer out of windows. All amazing in their variety and their unpretentious recording of what a particular street looked like on a particular day. Some of the places are unrecognisable today, for example the Westminster Hospital (1910) site in Broad Sanctuary is where the modern steel, glass & concrete Queen Elizabeth II conference centre now stands.Read more ›
The book is well chaptered into different themes which makes casual reading much easier although, speaking personally, I was entranced from the moment I opened it.
I well remember some of the views of the bomb damage myself, as many of the sites were not rebuilt until the 1960`s.
For anyone interested in London History this is a "must have" book that would make an excellent present. I cannot recommend it too highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book but hadn't realised how heavy it was . Circumstances changed so couldn't hand deliver as present so have kept .Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful range of photographs from all over London. Great memories.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant, absolutely recommend! Gave to my Dad for Christmas and he absolutely lovedPublished 17 days ago by Nell
I bought this as a gift and it was very very well received. I think it's great for anyone who loves London or its history, or perhaps as a gift for parents/grandparents who might... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful look into days gone by.
Would recommend to anyone interested in social history
what a fantastic book bought for my mother who is a Londoner, full of incredible rare old photos and amazing facts about London. Immaculate condition (New) highly recommend sellerPublished 1 month ago by arty
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