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London Curiosities: The Capital's Odd & Obscure, Weird and Wonderful Places

London Curiosities: The Capital's Odd & Obscure, Weird and Wonderful Places

by John Wade


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781473879119
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 06/12/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Wade is a freelance writer and photographer, with more than forty years’ experience in both fields. He has written, illustrated, edited and contributed to more than thirty books, plus numerous magazine articles, for book and magazine publishers in the UK, US and Australia. His specialties are photographic history and techniques, as well as social history.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Chapter 1 Strangeness in the Streets 1

Chapter 2 Weird Houses 22

Chapter 3 Surprising Buildings 31

Chapter 4 What Happened to the Festival Exhibition 54

Chapter 5 On the Pineapple Trail 65

Chapter 6 Windmills and Lighthouses 70

Chapter 7 Curious Clocks 76

Chapter 8 In Search of Old London Bridge 91

Chapter 9 Tunnels under London 98

Chapter 10 Peculiar Parks 116

Chapter 11 Monuments and Memorials 129

Chapter 12 Lost Locations 166

Chapter 13 Roman Remains 179

Chapter 14 Egyptian London 189

Curiosity Post Codes 200

Picture Credits 204

Index 207

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