PHILIP DAVIES    Book Number: 90655    Product format: Paperback

A companion to code 90640 Images of Lost England we have another abridged edition of the 2009 bestseller featuring nearly 300 quality archive photographs organised by Work, Wealth, Poverty and Change, the very best images from the old London County Council archive of photographs. Most had rarely been until they appeared in 2009 with whole districts of London photographed as they were vanishing. Each photograph is a full-plate image, a stunning work of art in its own right. A door into our past, these haunting images capture grand squares, with tenants curious about the camera looking from their balconies, the shops of Regents Street, the original Pantheon opened in 1772 for concerts and masquerades, gutted by fire, Sweet Nell of Old Drury playing at the Globe Theatre, Gamage's department store in Holborn, 1907, sadly demolished elegant squares of stucco terraces in Bloomsbury, long-gone hotels, Columbia Market 1870, the working river with Tower Bridge being constructed in 1889, nearly joined up, the Horse Shoe Brewery 1906 on Tottenham Court Road, Ye Olde Kings Arms Eltham 1900, a fine 17th century twin-gabled public house, demolished for a tram route, splendid interiors such as the Old Admiralty House, Whitehall, lost riverside masterpieces like Adelphi Terrace developed by the Adam brothers between 1768 and 1774 involving building high over the Thames foreshore on a vast complex of subterranean arches by the Strand, Freemasons' Hall, Southwark Fire Station, Fleet Street, the Royal Tobacconist, Liberty & Co., Soho streets and Covent Garden, animal feed shops, workshops and blacksmith's forges, weatherboarded houses, medieval passages and courts from the late Victorian age through the 20s and 30s to wartime devastation, this is far from a nostalgic lament for a lost city, but a celebration of the conservation of London. Very large sized softback, 128pp.
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