London's Hidden Rivers

A walker's guide to the subterranean waterways of London

Author: David Fathers

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711235540

Category: Travel

Page: 112

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London has many rivers, but they are often hidden under centuries of development. Rivers like the Walbrook, the Fleet or the Westbourne have left their mark on the city, and still form an important part of our subterranean world. David Fathers traces the courses of London’s Hidden Rivers in a series of detailed guided walks, illustrating the traces they have left and showing the ways they have shaped the city.
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London's Lost Rivers

Author: Paul Talling

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 184794597X

Category: Travel

Page: 190

View: 6607

From the sources of the Fleet in Hampstead's ponds to the mouth of the Effra in Vauxhall, via the meander of the Westbourne through 'Knight's Bridge' and the Tyburn's curve along Marylebone Lane, London's Lost Rivers unearths the hidden waterways that flow beneath the streets of the capital. Paul Talling investigates how these rivers shaped the city - forming borough boundaries and transport networks, fashionable spas and stagnant slums - and how they all eventually gave way to railways, roads and sewers. Armed with his camera, he traces their routes and reveals their often overlooked remains: riverside pubs on the Old Kent Road, healing wells in King's Cross, 'stink pipes' in Hammersmith and gurgling gutters on streets across the city. Packed with maps and over 100 colour photographs, London's Lost Rivers uncovers the watery history of the city's most famous sights, bringing to life the very different London that lies beneath our feet.
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The Regent's Canal

An Urban Towpath Route from Little Venice to the Olympic Park

Author: David Fathers

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711233478

Category: Bicycle trails

Page: 72

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The Regent's Canal, the Limehouse Cut, the Hertford Union and the Lee Navigation collectively cut a swathe through north and east London. This 14 mile path, cycle and waterway is a journey full of intriguing contrasts: From the amateur sports fields of Regent's Park to London's new Olympic Park. From the studio where Hitchcock directed some of his early films to MTV in Camden Lock. From fine period housing to industrial wasteland, social housing and new canalside builds. From the pleasure boats chugging to Camden to the sleek Eurostars roaring off to Paris. The use of canals has changed dramatically over the past fifty years from one of industrial transportation to waterfront living and leisure activities. The canals in this book have undergone major phases of rebirth with new developments at King's Cross, Limehouse and the Olympic Park in Newham. Illustrator David Fathers offers a snapshot of how the canals were formed and how they appear today, in a series of arresting and information-packed pages following a course from Little Venice to the River Thames at Limehouse, and on to the Olympic Park.
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London Thames Path

Author: David Fathers

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711235533

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

View: 2605

David Fathers presents a unique and richly illustrated guide to the London section of the Thames Path, which runs along both banks of the river from Putney Bridge to the Thames Barrier. Together, the two paths make up a panoramic 40-mile walk through 2000 years of London's history. From the old docks and wharves that primed the Industrial Revolution, through the heart of British Government, Monarchy and Church to the City of London that took its very existence from the river. From the site of the Putney Debates at St Mary's Church to Wren's mighty baroque cathedral of St Paul's. From the great Victorian engineering works of Sir Joseph Bazalgette and his attempts to clean up a polluted London and the river to the Thames Barrier seeking to protect huge parts of London from rising sea levels. From London Bridge, site of the oldest crossing point, to the Millennium Bridge, the Thames' newest crossing. This book explains the panorama we see today, what came before and how the changes came about. Each double page shows the distance covered so you can plan your own tour of the river.
Posted in Sports & Recreation

The War of the Worlds

Author: Herbert George Wells

Publisher: N.A


Category: Science fiction

Page: 288

View: 3742

H.G. Wells's hugely influential book tracks the exploits of a writer who struggles to survive an alien invasion of Victorian England. After seeing the monstrous Martians firsthand, the narrator attempts to evade their destructive mechanized vehicles and must stay on the run to avoid detection. As he meets other desperate humans, he becomes increasingly pessimistic about any chance of survival. The novel stands as a major milestone in science-fiction literature, inspiring legions of subsequent writers and an endless array of hostile-alien scenarios.
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The Lost Rivers of London

Their Effects Upon London and Londoners, and Those of London and Londoners Upon Them

Author: Nicholas Barton,Stephen Myers

Publisher: 3RD EDITION

ISBN: 9781905286515

Category: London (England)

Page: 223

View: 9143

Posted in London (England)

London's Lost Rivers

A Walker's Guide

Author: Tom Bolton

Publisher: Strange Attractor

ISBN: 9781907222030

Category: London (England)

Page: 272

View: 2474

"The Thames is not London's only river. Traces of the capital's many forgotten waterways still remain--for thos who know where to look. London's lost rivers invites you along the routes of the city's lost rivers and deep into its history, with ten guided walks that combine clear maps and directions with richly detailed anecdotes. [It] reveals a subterranean network that spreads from picturesque Hampstead in the North to the suburbs of the South, and runs beneath some of London's most iconic sites and historic areas. Follow these forgotten trails, and the city's past is brought to vivid life, populated by famous and infamous characters."--Back cover.
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London's Street Trees

A Field Guide to the Urban Forest

Author: Paul Wood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993291135


Page: 192

View: 6664

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Londonist Mapped

Hand-Drawn Maps for the Curious Londoner

Author: AA Publishing

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780749579104

Category: London (England)

Page: 96

View: 2299

The best of London as brought to you by Londonist, now featuring hand-drawn maps from some of our favorite British illustrators. Londonist is about London and everything that happens in it - and now it's mapped. The city at your fingertips, brought to life by an eclectic group of illustrators. Whether you're looking for something new to do around Brick Lane, or wondering about London's bridges and how they got their names, Londonist's team of contributors know the city and its history inside out. Appealing to map addicts, trivia junkies and Londoners-about town alike, this new compendium showcases hand-drawn maps inspired by some of the best of their writing.
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London's Oddities

Author: Vicky Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781902910536


Page: N.A

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Tunnels, Towers & Temples

London's 100 Strangest Places

Author: David Long

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752480286

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 5619

Tunnels, Towers & Temples takes a sideways look at London, revealing the hidden stories, curious histories and sometimes comic assocations behind dozens of often quite familiar places. Through their stories, the author reveals a strange side of London most people never come to know, even though they walk its streets every day and take much of what they see entirely for granted. Typical examples include extensive networks of tunnels running beneath high street pavements, secret transport and signalling networks crisscrossing the capital, genuine oddities such as streetlamps powered by sewer gas, a street where you can legally drive on the right, a future Russian Tsar working incognito in a British naval dockyard, even a Nazi memorial sited among the real heroes and adventurers of the British Empire. This companion to Spectacular Vernacular: London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings is the best possible start for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and under the skin of the hidden city that is modern-day London.
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Capital Ring

Author: Colin Saunders

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781313374

Category: London (England)

Page: 168

View: 4512

The Capital Ring is a 75-mile (120 km) walking route encircling inner London that links the astonishing number of islands of green space – parks, woodlands, abandoned railway lines, towpaths and nature reserves – which still survive in the very heart of the city. The Ring takes in many of London’s leading attractions – for example, the Thames Barrier, Eltham Palace and Richmond Park – as well as overlooked gems such as Oxleas Meadows, the Parkland Walk and Abbey Mills Pumping Station, and gives a close-up view of the ever-changing Olympic Park. This guide divides the route into 15 sections, each starting and finishing at a public transport point, and is packed with a vast amount of information.
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The Company of Strangers

A Natural History of Economic Life

Author: Paul Seabright

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834785

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 5426

The Company of Strangers shows us the remarkable strangeness, and fragility, of our everyday lives. This completely revised and updated edition includes a new chapter analyzing how the rise and fall of social trust explain the unsustainable boom in the global economy over the past decade and the financial crisis that succeeded it. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, history, psychology, and literature, Paul Seabright explores how our evolved ability of abstract reasoning has allowed institutions like money, markets, cities, and the banking system to provide the foundations of social trust that we need in our everyday lives. Even the simple acts of buying food and clothing depend on an astonishing web of interaction that spans the globe. How did humans develop the ability to trust total strangers with providing our most basic needs?
Posted in Business & Economics

The London Blue Plaque Guide

Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 9780752450506

Category: History

Page: 290

View: 4524

The only definitive guide to London's Blue Plaque sites - a must-have companion for any visit to the capital
Posted in History

Cadillac Desert

The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

Author: Marc Reisner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440672828

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 672

View: 2215

"The definitive work on the West's water crisis." --Newsweek The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Freedom Pass London

Author: Mike Pentelow,Peter Arkell

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1841625655

Category: Travel

Page: 256

View: 3665

Since its creation over 40 years ago, London's Freedom Pass concessionary travel scheme has continued to grow in popularity and there are now over 1 million registered holders. Whether a fruit picker or forager, a rambler or angler, or simply someone who enjoys the quirky charm of a local pub, Bradt's new Freedom Pass is the perfect read to help you get the most out of your Pass. Featuring 25 walks and days-out for Freedom Pass holders, the guide covers an area up to 25 miles from central London, all easily accessible by train, tube or bus. The authors, Mike Pentelow and Peter Arkell, are keen ramblers who can count walking the entire length of the Thames amongst their many adventures. Long time London residents, they are both members of numerous local organisations and societies.
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Fatal Connections

Author: David J. Boulton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910792230


Page: 317

View: 5032

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The English Heritage Guide to London's Blue Plaques

Author: English Heritage,Ronald Hutton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910463390


Page: 512

View: 2193

Across London there are over 900 blue plaques celebrating a diverse, curious collection of Londoners through history. Yet until now most people only ever stumble on these plaques, seeing the buildings but knowing little of the stories behind them. This first ever handy guide reveals layers of history and personality behind the busy streets of London. Inside are insights into the figures themselves, as well as details of the buildings and areas which have harboured creative masterpieces, new discoveries and history-making events that have made London such a dynamic city.
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The King's Cross StoryThe King's Cross Story

200 Years of History in the Railway Lands

Author: Peter Darley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780750985796


Page: 192

View: 4912

King's Cross is witnessing a dramatic transformation, with a new city rising above, alongside and within some of the country's most compelling railway heritage. While the former Railway Lands remain extraordinarily rich in historical features, those who now reside, work, study, dine or play in this new world will find their origins hard to decipher. The arrival of the Regent's Canal and the Great Northern Railway, with its goods depot, locomotive sheds, coal yards and stables, served the needs of the ever-growing metropolis. After the demise of steam, the decaying industrial landscape was colonized by new enterprise, contested by developers and the community, and captured by artists and photographers. Peter Darley unfolds the story over the last 200 years.
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Cities and Flooding

A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century

Author: Abhas K. Jha,Robin Bloch,Jessica Lamond

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 0821394770

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 632

View: 5351

Urban flooding is an increasing challenge today to the expanding cities and towns of developing countries. This Handbook is a state-of-the art, user-friendly operational guide that shows decision makers and specialists how to effectively manage the risk of floods in rapidly urbanizing settings--and within the context of a changing climate.
Posted in Business & Economics