London: A Life in Maps

London: A Life in Maps

by Peter Whitfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0712349197

ISBN-13: 9780712349192

Pub. Date: 06/15/2007

Publisher: British Library, The


Like all the great historic cities of Europe, London appears to us solid and unchanging. We feel that we can still explore the London of Dickens, Dr. Johnson, Defoe, Wren, and even Shakespeare. The very names St Paul's, Smithfield, Charing Cross, and St James' seem to link us with those past eras. But this solidity is an illusion, for throughout its long

Overview


Like all the great historic cities of Europe, London appears to us solid and unchanging. We feel that we can still explore the London of Dickens, Dr. Johnson, Defoe, Wren, and even Shakespeare. The very names St Paul's, Smithfield, Charing Cross, and St James' seem to link us with those past eras. But this solidity is an illusion, for throughout its long history London has been changing and evolving. It has been renewing or replacing the streets and buildings at its heart and has been spreading inexorably outwards. This process is vividly illustrated by maps of London that have been drawn and published over the past 500 years; and this book offers a magnificent panorama of London's history by focusing on its maps. The link between London and Westminster; the devastation of the Great Fire; the emergence of the West End as a place of fashion; the opening of the Royal Parks; the building of the docks; the coming of the railway age; the impact of World Wars—all these processes and many more are evident in these historic maps. Approximately 200 important maps from the mid-16th century to the present day are illustrated and discussed. For all those who know London, but who wish to look behind the modern facade, London: A Life in Maps should prove irresistible, highlighting the challenge of predicting London's future development and character.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712349192
Publisher:
British Library, The
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Series:
British Library - English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
864,835
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


London Before the Fire
Medieval London:  The Earliest Images of the City
The Tower and Westminster Abbey
The End of the Middle Ages in London
Renaissance London Revealed
A Coronation Procession
Copperplate:  From Picture to Map
Braun and Hogenberg
Shakespeare's London
The Agas Map
Smithfield and St Bartholomew's Hospital
The Norden Panorama
Whitehall Palace
Civil War London
Maritime London
Hollar: West Central London
The Great Fire
The Great Fire and the Map of London
 
The Age of Elegance
The London that Wren Never Saw
St Paul's
Frost Fairs on the Thames
St James's
The West End
Whitechapel and the East End
Vauxhall and Ranelagh Gardens
Hogarth's London
Fashionable Suburbs
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Bedlam and Newgate
South London:  New Bridges, New Roads
Chelsea Waterworks
Marylebone Road
The City and its Institutions
The Gordon Riots
 
The Victorian Metropolis
Regency London
Unbuilt London
Buckingham Palace
Kensington Turnpike
London's Docks
Belgravia
The Railway Age
Paddington:  A Canal, a Railway, a Miniature Venice and a Teddy Bear
Trafalger Square
Bloomsbury
Gothic London
Victorian Cemeteries
Victorian Parks
Millbank:  From Prison to Art Gallery
New Roads
Dickens's London
The Great Exhibition and its Legacy
London's Vanished Rivers
Green London Preserved
Mapping Wealth and Poverty
 
The Shock of the New
Unfashionable Suburbs
Architecture:  Edwardian and Modernist
The Underground
Wembley and Park Royal
Road-planning:  Early Visions
The City Blitzed
The Festival of Britain
Planning the Capital
The Transformation of the Docklands
A Hoxton Childhood
A View from a Bridge
 
Select Bibliography
Index
 

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