Abandoned London

Abandoned London : Discover the hidden secrets of the city in photographs

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It seems bizarre that in a place as crowded, noisy and expensive as London there are still wasted unused spaces. The relentless drive for regeneration across Britain's capital deceives us into thinking that every spare building and patch of ground is under development. But this vast metropolis of more than 10 million people hides many secrets and unexpected treasures from the city's unique 2000-year history.
In Abandoned London, read about the Abbey Mills Pumping Station, a facility created in 1858 to deal with 'the Great Stink', and now London's Italian-Gothic cathedral of sewage; or the subterranean Finsbury Park underground reservoir, a space capable of holding five million gallons of water and today used as an occasional movie location; or the remnants of Highgate's overground steam railway station, now a protected bat habitat; or the Clapham deep-level shelters, constructed in World War II and designed to provide protection for locals against aerial bombing raids; or the Haggerston public baths, part of an early 20th century building programme devised to improve London's hygiene.
These photographs of abandoned places capture a moment in time. Some of the buildings have since been demolished or refurbished,
but many are still there, neglected and uncared for. These places have great value and a rich significance, offering us a glimpse of past worlds.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233 x 303 x 20mm | 1,350g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 photos; 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838860207
  • 9781838860202
  • 103,939

Table of contents

Contents includes:


Industry, Factories and Offices
Crossness Pumping Station, Crossness Sewage Treatment Works
Lots Power Station, Chelsea
Sailmaker's Factory, Limehouse
East German Trade Union Federation Building, West Hendon
Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch
Hammersmith Police Station
Abbey Mills Pumping Station, West Ham
Tay Wharf, Silvertown
Lovell's Wharf, Greenwich
The Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, Leamouth Wharf
Millennium Mills, Silvertown
Young & Co Brewery, Wandsworth
'Stompie' (Former Soviet T-34/85 Tank)
Slade Green, DA8 - ZS1 World War II Heavy Anti-aircraft Battery

Aldwych Tube Station
York Road Tube Station
Down Street Tube Station
Euston Station's passenger tunnels
South Kentish Town Tube Station
Kingsway Tram Underpass
Barking, abandoned railway rolling stock
Highgate Overground Station
North End Tube Station
Camden's horse tunnels
Royal Iris ferry, Woolwich

Public Spaces
Asylum Chapel, Peckham
Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel
Haggerston Public Baths, Hackney
Ladywell Baths, Lewisham
Crystal Palace Subway
Carnegie Library, Lambeth
Clapham Deep Level World War II Shelters
Asylum Chapel, Peckham
Archway Methodist Central Hall
St Dunstan's in the East, City of London
National Temperance Hospital

Shops and Retail
Commercial Road
Great Eastern Road
Museum Street
Old Kent Road
Oriental City, Colindale
Spitalfields Crypt Trust
Smithfield Market
Edmund Martin, Lindsey Street
Old Curiosity Shop

Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants
Old Rose, Wapping
The Black Horse, Camden
The Crown, Pimlico
Simon the Tanner, London Bridge
The Victoria, Woolwich Rd
Tea Rooms, Museum Street
Blue Mountain, Forest Hill

Residential Property
Mansions, Bishop's Avenue
Clarges Mews, Mayfair
Heygate Estate, Walworth
St Mary's Lodge, Lordship Road, Stoke Newington
New Cross St
Wingate House, 51 Warton Road, Stratford

Sport and Leisure
Cineworld, Hammersmith
Savoy Cinema, Burnt Oak
Shepherd's Bush Cinematograph Theatre
Regal Cinema Highams Park
London Pleasure Gardens
Ealing Empire Cinema
Streatham Leisure Centre
Morden Park Sports Centre
Leyton Stadium
Loot Stadium, Hendon
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About Katie Wignall

Katie Wignall is a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and Founder of Look Up London, a multi award-winning London history blog and walking tour company. She runs public walks and private tours across London, specialising in the more unusual history off the beaten track. You can find out more at lookup.london and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @look_uplondon.
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