The Leading eBooks Store Online 4,130,202 members ⚫ 1,348,641 ebooks

New to

Learn more

Greater London

The Story of the Suburbs

Greater London by Nick Barratt
Buy this eBook
US$ 19.73
(If any tax is payable it will be calculated and shown at checkout.)

London'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.

Random House; November 2012
ISBN 9781409022541
Read online, or download in secure EPUB
Title: Greater London
Author: Nick Barratt
  • News
Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs by Nick Barratt – review - The Guardian
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:30:45 -0700
The GuardianGreater London: The Story of the Suburbs by Nick Barratt – reviewThe GuardianLondon is “completely dwarfed by the ...
Tracing the history of your house with Dr Nick Barratt - The Guardian
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:50:35 -0700
The GuardianTracing the history of your house with Dr Nick BarrattThe GuardianA conversation-starting history can add thousands ...
How to research your family tree: A beginner's guide - The Guardian
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:01:04 -0700
The GuardianHow to research your family tree: A beginner's guideThe GuardianIf you want to trace your ancestry, this ...
More History