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    Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs (Paperback) By (author) Nick Barratt

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    DescriptionLondon's suburbs may stretch for well over 600 square miles, but in historical accounts of the capital they tend to take something of a back seat. In "Greater London", historian Nick Barratt places them firmly centre stage, tracing their journey from hamlets and villages far out in the open countryside to fully fledged urban enclaves, and simultaneously demonstrating the crucial role they have played in the creation of today's metropolis. Starting in the first century AD, he shows how the tiny settlements that grew up in the Thames Valley gradually developed, and how they were shaped by their proximity to the city. He describes the spread of the first suburbs beyond the city walls, and traces the ebb and flow of population as people moved in to find jobs or away to escape London's noise and bustle. He charts the transformation wrought by the coming of the railways, the fight to preserve Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest and other green spaces and the struggle to create a London-wide form of government. He gives an account of wartime destruction and peacetime reconstruction, and then brings the story to the present with a description of the very varied nature of today's suburbs and their inhabitants. In the process, he evokes Tudor Hackney and Georgian Hampton, explains why Victorian Battersea and Finchley were so different from one another, and follows Islington's fall from grace and subsequent recovery. Magnificently illustrated throughout with contemporary engravings and photographs, this is the essential history for anyone who has ever lived in London.


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    Title
    Greater London
    Subtitle
    The Story of the Suburbs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nick Barratt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 189 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847945334
    ISBN 10: 1847945333
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Z99.9
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESL
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBTG, WQH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, HIS054000, REF013000
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Random House Books
    Publication date
    01 January 2098
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    DR NICK BARRATT obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996 and then went on to become a specialist archive researcher at the BBC. He is now a presenter, reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, with a particular interest in family and in medieval history. He is currently CEO of SRA (Sticks Research Agency), which he founded in 2000.