London is full of curiosities. Who knew that beneath the Albert Memorial lies an undercroft resembling a church crypt? Or that there are catacombs under Camden? Who would expect to find a lighthouse in East London, sphinxes in South London, dummy houses in West London, or a huge bust of film director Alfred Hitchcock in North London? How many of those who walk past Cleopatra's Needle pause to consider why a 3,000-year-old Egyptian monument stands beside the Thames? How many know that what was once London's smallest police station can be seen in Trafalgar Square? Or that pineapples are used in the architectural design of so many buildings? Or why there are memorials to the 'Mayflower' and Pilgrim Fathers in Rotherhithe? These are just a few of the facets explored, described and illustrated here for anyone in search of the oddly obscure, wonderfully weird and surprisingly strange in this capital of curiosities.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 138 x 216 x 15.24mm | 517.1g
- 12 Jun 2017
- Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Pen & Sword History
- Barnsley, United Kingdom
- 150 black and white illustrations
"This amazing book will be of interest mainly to people who live in London or who intend visiting for pleasure. Some real gems inside, genuine surprises, too!"--Books Monthly
About John Wade
John Wade began his journalistic career on local newspapers, where he worked his way from junior reporter to deputy editor. He was editor of the UK magazine _Photography_ for seven years before becoming a freelance writer and photographer thirty years ago. He has written and illustrated numerous articles on camera history for photographic and collectors' magazines in the UK, America and Australia. He has also written articles on social history for magazines in the UK, and has written, edited and contributed to more than thirty books, published in the UK and US, including _The Ingenious Victorians_ (Pen & Sword, 2015).