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London: A Guide for Curious Wanderers: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Author/EditorChesher, Jack (Author)
Fraser, Katharine (Author)
ISBN: 9780711277557
Pub Date06/04/2023
BindingHardback
Pages176
Dimensions (mm)210(h) * 160(w)
London: A Guide for Curious Wanderers presents a miscellany of historic and quirky curiosities to spot as you wander around the capital.
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See London in a completely new light in this guide to the city's hidden secrets, untold stories and special places laden with history which you can discover for yourself!

London is famous for its museums, each one full of treasures and relics - but the biggest museum in the capital is the city itself. From the stories behind unusual street names, to the trees in our parks; railings made from recycled WWII stretchers, to shrapnel damage on walls; the hidden symbols on post boxes, to prehistoric tree trunks - there is a rich history hidden in the oft-overlooked details of the city's streets, gardens, parks and buildings.

This richly detailed and beautifully illustrated book provides a miscellany of historic features and curiosities to spot as you wander around the capital. Whether you've always wondered why there are cattle troughs on your route to work, why bollards often look like upside down cannons or wanted to know what a Victorian stink pipe is - this book will provide the tools to decipher London's secret code, and introduce you to a treasure trove of hidden spots to explore.

The book comes complete with maps so you can spot these details yourself on walks through the capital.

So, pop on a sturdy pair of shoes and get ready to turn the city into the museum you never knew you had.

See London in a completely new light in this guide to the city's hidden secrets, untold stories and special places laden with history which you can discover for yourself!

London is famous for its museums, each one full of treasures and relics - but the biggest museum in the capital is the city itself. From the stories behind unusual street names, to the trees in our parks; railings made from recycled WWII stretchers, to shrapnel damage on walls; the hidden symbols on post boxes, to prehistoric tree trunks - there is a rich history hidden in the oft-overlooked details of the city's streets, gardens, parks and buildings.

This richly detailed and beautifully illustrated book provides a miscellany of historic features and curiosities to spot as you wander around the capital. Whether you've always wondered why there are cattle troughs on your route to work, why bollards often look like upside down cannons or wanted to know what a Victorian stink pipe is - this book will provide the tools to decipher London's secret code, and introduce you to a treasure trove of hidden spots to explore.

The book comes complete with maps so you can spot these details yourself on walks through the capital.

So, pop on a sturdy pair of shoes and get ready to turn the city into the museum you never knew you had.

Jack Chesher grew up in Essex, and exciting day trips to London have always been part of his life. After graduating from Bristol University, where he studied history, he finally took the plunge and moved to the capital in July 2020. A passion for walking and history inspired him to launch @LivingLondonHistory in September 2020. Documenting his journey to discovering the city's fascinating and vibrant past by exploring its streets, he believes London itself is the greatest museum of all.

Contents Introduction 6 I. Stepping Through Time 1 0 i. Laying Foundations (ad 47-1066) 12 ii. Crowns and Christendom (1066-1666) 15 iii. London Ascendant (early 1600s-1837) 24 iv. The Imperial City (1837-1914) 39 v. War and Resurgence (1914-) 49 vi. Walk I: Tower Hill Station to Liverpool Street Station 54 II. Cracking the Capital's Code 56 i. What's in a Name? 58 ii. Deciphering Symbols 68 iii. Home Is Where the Art Is 84 iv. Set in Their Ways 98 v. Walk II: Tottenham Court Road Station to Trafalgar Square 104 III. Part of the Street Furniture 106 i. Getting From A to B 108 ii. At Your Convenience 118 iii. It's a Sign 140 iv. Walk III: London Bridge Station to Borough Station 146 IV. It's Only Natural 148 i. London's Rivers: Lost and Found 150 ii. Flora and Fauna 156 iii. Walk IV: Westminster Station to Berkeley Square 164 General Index 167 Index of Postcodes 172 Biographies 174

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