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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, 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: 608
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 840 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847945358
    ISBN 10: 184794535X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESL
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Libri: ENGM2000
    DC22: 942.1
    Abridged Dewey: 720
    LC classification: NA
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: LOND3040
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/URBAN
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25510
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    DC23: 942.1
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU-GB-ESL
    Illustrations note
    illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour)
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    Random House Books
    Publication date
    01 December 2014
    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 the medieval period and family history. He is currently CEO of SRA (Sticks Research Agency), which he founded in 2000.
    Review quote
    "A superb work of research and is clearly and entertainingly written, sometimes intimidating in its attention to detail, but rarely dry" Daily Telegraph "A far-reaching, in-depth yet broadly-based history of London ... You don't have to be a Londoner to enjoy this heroic tale of people - and bricks and train-tracks triumphing to the detriment of green space" Independent "A masterful social history of London's suburbs" Your Family Tree magazine "Enjoyable and fact-packed book" Kensington and Chelsea Today