Middlesex

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Few people know much about Middlesex; it is commonly thought of as one large and featureless suburb. Yet it has a history of great interest, crowded with important events and famous characters, from Julius Caesar at Brentford to Winston Churchill at Harrow. Its history also includes minor curiosities of the past—the devil of Edmonton, the witch of Finchley, the miser of Harrow Weald, the highwaymen of Hounslow Heath—amid the varied incidents of local life in places that are now London dormitories. First ...

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Overview

Few people know much about Middlesex; it is commonly thought of as one large and featureless suburb. Yet it has a history of great interest, crowded with important events and famous characters, from Julius Caesar at Brentford to Winston Churchill at Harrow. Its history also includes minor curiosities of the past—the devil of Edmonton, the witch of Finchley, the miser of Harrow Weald, the highwaymen of Hounslow Heath—amid the varied incidents of local life in places that are now London dormitories. First published in 1953, at the time this book was the most comprehensive history and description of an English county ever attempted in a single volume. Its first part describes the county's natural situation and its earliest history and surveys its economic life, in particular its almost vanished agriculture and its modern industrial development. There are chapters on particular aspects of Middlesex's history, inhabitants, and buildings.  The second part—virtually a book in itself—is a lively gazetteer of the places in contemporary Middlesex, from Acton to Yiewsley. The whole work is fully indexed and referenced, and includes tables of population and a detailed bibliography (both updated for this edition), line maps, diagrams, and 48 pages of superb photographs. Michael Robbins had a lifelong love of the county of his birth, and tramped many miles along Middlesex roads while researching and writing this book; he believed there was no other way of getting to know the county. It remains the standard work on the local history of the county—a book for all who know and love Middlesex.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860772696
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: None Ser.
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Robbins was born in Hendon in 1915 and went to his first school in  Middlesex. Though not a professional historian, he immersed himself in history and during a long and very active life was President of the Society of Antiquaries, President of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, President of the Greater London Industrial Archaeological Society, Chairman of the Middlesex Council of the Victoria County History, Chairman of the Governors of the Museum of London, and Chairman of the Standing Conference on London Archaeology. He died in 2002 aged 87.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Map References
Publisher's Note to this Edition
Foreword to the 2003 Edition
Acknowledgments
Author's Introduction
I The County of Middlesex 3
II Earliest History 10
III The Economic Background 22
IV Agriculture 28
V Trade and Industry 43
VI Communications and Water Supply 60
VII Population 85
VIII Political and Military History 91
IX Ecclesiastical History 106
X Social History 119
XI Literature and the Arts 147
XII Building Materials, Buildings & Architects 164
XIII London and Middlesex 188
XIV The Suburban County 201
App.: Tables of Population 363
Bibliography 371
Index 393
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