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Lost London 1870-1945

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Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). They’ve been in the news quite a lot lately; my sister sent me these of Oxford, which I absolutely love, and just today I spotted this fascinating set of photos comparing the sites of the D-Day landings back in 1944 with how they are today. Edgington’s was a supplier of tents, awnings and sails, and included among its illustrious portfolio the flags for HMS Victory and tents for David Livingstone and Scott’s Antarctic expedition.

That was 1971, the moment when the destructive, let-us-build-a-brave-new-world forces of the postwar period were finally in retreat, rattled by a rising storm of protest at the obliteration of familiar townscapes. I prefered this book over the larger and possibly more lavish Panorama version for the additional small images of back street life that this gives - squalor, yes, but also a realistic view of life in Victorian London and into the early 20th Century until wars and development overtook the city.These include the Wyngaerde Panorama, the Visscher Panorama, the Hollar Panorama, the Copperplate map of 1555 and the Agas map of 1560. The black and white photographs (more than 500) are such a fascinating feast for the eye, and compel careful study and thought.

In some cases, they could have been repaired, but by this time, London had been surpassed by New York City, and the post-war Labour scuzzlebutts could only concentrate on creating ugly public housing units.Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. A follow up edition for the 50s, 60s and 70s would be interesting showing the buildings of the 1870s-1945, and especially the areas devasted by the Blitz and V-weapons, that were in turn replaced by ones designed with concrete and steel that today look dirty, tired, oppressive and outdated.

Subjects: Architecture London History; Historic buildings England London; Lost architecture England London; Architecture England London History; Historic buildings England London; Lost architecture England London; Dwellings England London; Lost architecture; Historic buildings Conservation and restoration; London; Middlesex; Surrey.There are more than five hundred images in this book, most have never been seen or published before. It was a fascinating and frustrating look at some of London's buildings that have been lost to neglect, war, social change, new transport infrastructure or just speculation and investment. This book is graphic and uncompromising in its depiction as to why the soul-destroying Victorian slums of the East End simply had to go.

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