Lost London : An A-Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions

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  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2012-10-01
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara

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A fascinating story of London as told through the buildings, parks, and palaces that aren't there anymore From bull rings to ice fairs and plague pits to molly houses, this is a truly intriguing journey through London's forgotten pastunearthing both the extraordinary stories that lie beneath familiar streets and the secrets hidden away in the city's darkest corners. It pays witness to several lascivious acts at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the leading venue for public entertainment in the city for over 200 years, and strolls the vacant halls of the Palace of Whitehallwhose 1,500 rooms made it the largest royal residence in Europe until it was destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century. Beautifully illustrated with original black and white drawings throughout, this charming tome covers more than 150 locations, including: buried rivers, demolished buildings, ghost tube stations, overgrown cemeteries, underground Roman streets, abandoned bunkers, and derelict catacombs.

Author Biography

Richard Guard worked for six years as a cycle courier in London, during which time he fell in love with the city and gained an intimate knowledge of its history and topography. He is now one of the UK's most sought-after documentary editors with a string of awards to his name.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Ackerman's The Strandp. 11
Adam and Eve Tea Gardens Tottenham Court Roadp. 12
Agar Town Kings Crossp. 13
Alhambra Leicester Squarep. 14
Alsatia Templep. 15
Archeryp. 17
Astley's Westminster Bridge Roadp. 18
Atmospheric Railway Southwarkp. 20
Barbican EC2p. 21
Bartholomew Fair Smithfieldp. 22
Baynard's Castle Blackfriarsp. 25
Bedlam, or St Bethlehem's Hospital Liverpool Streetp. 27
Bishopsgatep. 29
Bon Marché Brixtonp. 29
Bridewell Banks of River Fleetp. 30
Carlisle House Soho Squarep. 32
Charing Crossp. 33
Chelsea Bun Housep. 34
Chippendale's Workshop Covent Gardenp. 35
Clare Market Aldwychp. 36
Coldbath Fields Prison Clerkenwellp. 38
Colosseum RegentÆs Parkp. 40
Costermongers' Languagep. 41
Crapper and Company Ltd Chelseap. 42
Cremorne Gardens Chelseap. 42
Crossing Sweepersp. 44
The Devil Public House Fleet Streetp. 46
Dioramasp. 47
The Dog and Duck Southwarkp. 48
Dog Findersp. 49
Don Saltero's Coffee House Chelseap. 50
Durham House The Strandp. 52
Eel Pie House Highburyp. 54
Effra River, South Londonp. 55
Egyptian Hall Piccadillyp. 56
Enon Chapel Near the Strandp. 5 8
Essex House Near the Strandp. 60
Euston Archp. 62
Execution Dock Wappingp. 63
Exeter House The Strandp. 64
Farringdon Marketp. 66
Fauconberg House Sohop. 68
Field of the Forty Footsteps Russell Squarep. 69
Fleet Marriagesp. 70
Fleet Prison Blackfriarsp. 72
Fleet Riverp. 73
Frost Fairsp. 75
Gaiety Theatre The Strandp. 77
Gamages High Holburnp. 79
Gentleman's Magazinep. 80
The Globe Banksidep. 81
Goodman's Fields Theatre Whitechapelp. 83
Gore House Kensingtonp. 85
The Great Globe Leicester Squarep. 86
Gunter's Tea Shop Mayfairp. 87
Hanover Square Roomsp. 89
Harringay Stadiump. 90
Highbury Barnp. 91
Hippodrome Racecourse Ladbroke Grovep. 93
Hockley-in-the-Hole Clerkenwellp. 94
Holborn Restaurantp. 96
Holy Trinity Minories Tower Hillp. 97
Horn Fair Charltonp. 98
Islington Spa, Or The New Tunbridge Wellsp. 100
Jacob's Island Bermondseyp. 102
JennyÆs Whim Pimlicop. 104
Jonathan's Coffee House Bankp. 105
Kilburn Wellsp. 106
Bang's Bench Prison Boroughp. 107
King's Wardrobe Blackfriarsp. 109
Kingsway Theatre Holbornp. 110
Leicester House Sohop. 111
Lillie Bridge Grounds Earls Courtp. 112
Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatrep. 113
London Bridge Some Notable Decapitated Heads Displayed Thereonp. 115
London Bridge Waterworksp. 116
London Salvage Corpsp. 117
Lowther Arcade The Strandp. 118
Lyons Corner Housesp. 120
Molly Housesp. 121
Mudlarksp. 122
Necropolis Railway Waterloop. 123
Newgate Prison Old Baileyp. 125
New River Head Clerkenwellp. 128
Nine Elms Railway Stationp. 129
Nonsuch House London Bridgep. 130
Old Clothes Exchange Houndsditchp. 131
Old Slaughter's Coffee House Covent Gardenp. 132
Pantheon Oxford Streetp. 133
Paris Gardens Banksidep. 135
Patterers, or Death Huntersp. 137
Penny Gaffsp. 138
Peerless Pool Shoreditchp. 140
Pilloryp. 141
Plague Pitsp. 142
Pure Collectorsp. 144
Queens Hall Langham Placep. 145
Rainbow Coffee House Fleet Streetp. 147
Ranelagh Gardens Chelseap. 147
Ratcliffe Highway Wappingp. 150
Rillington Place Ladbroke Grovep. 152
Riversp. 155
The Rookeriesp. 156
Rosemary Lane Tower Hillp. 158
St George's Fields Southwarkp. 160
St Paul's Cathedralp. 161
SalmonÆs Waxworks Covent Gardenp. 164
Silvertown Explosives Factory West Hamp. 165
Slangp. 166
Steelyard Canon Streetp. 171
Street Criesp. 172
Street Tradersp. 174
Tabard Inn Boroughp. 177
Thorney Island Westminsterp. 178
Toshersp. 180
Tyburn Marble Archp. 181
Vauxhall Gardens Lambethp. 183
Walbrookp. 186
Watermenp. 187
Whitehall Palace Westminsterp. 188
Wren's Lost Churchesp. 189
Indexp. 190
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Lost Londonis the story of the city as told through the buildings, parks and palaces that are no longer with us. Places like the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the leading venue for public entertainment in the city for over 200 years, or the Palace of Whitehall whose 1500 rooms made it the largest royal residence in Europe until it was destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century. From bull rings to ice fairs, plague pits to molly houses, this is a fascinating journey through London's forgotten past, unearthing the extraordinary stories that lie beneath familiar streets as well as shining a light in the cities darkest corners.

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