- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages, 500+ photographs
- Publisher: Atlantic Publishing,Croxley Green
- Publication Date: 31/10/2009
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780955794988
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Review by TheoClarke
Fascinating albeit depressing selection of old photographs of London buildings since demolished.
Review by Gold_Gato
Magnificent. In the year of 2012, the Year of London, this is simply a must-have book to buy, keep, and treasure. It's a wonderful collection of photographs of buildings long since disappeared from that city which never dies. Heartbreaking, yes, but also a way to see how London has evolved, through good and/or bad.<br/><br/>Many of the medieval dwellings which managed to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666 were still around by the end of the 19th century. Alas, the British Empire was also in full swing, which meant there was a rush to re-develop and spend money. Overcrowded and fetid tenements were torn down, but so were historical aristocratic mansions, all to make way for the burgeoning capital of the Victorian Age. It's quite interesting to realize that London was, in the mid 1800s, almost on the brink of collapse, thanks to poverty and disease and just too many bloody people. But as she always has, the great city rose and, yes, many architectural treasures were lost. However, the expansion and cleansing led to better lives for many with a new look for the city.<br/><br/>The real heartbreak comes with the bombing of WWII, where many of Christopher Wren's churches were destroyed. In some cases, they could have been repaired, but by this time, London had been surpassed by New York City, and the post-war Labour scuzzlebutts could only concentrate on creating ugly public housing units. Goodbye masterpieces.<br/><br/>For me, I first visited my favorite city in the 1980s, when it looked, by comparison to Paris and other cities, very tired and unsure of itself. Then came the 1990s and like a phoenix, London rose with a vigour previously unseen. Other cities are just cities. London is a nation.<br/><br/>Book Season = Year Round (visit during each season)