Standing in the busy streets of South London today, it is hard to imagine that much of this suburban townscape was once a vast wood, stretching unbroken for almost seven miles from Croydon to the Thames at Deptford.
In The Wood That Built London, C.J. Schuler takes us on a journey through time, telling tales of invaders and trade guilds, map makers and soldiers, royals and working class people. From the 8th century to current conservation efforts, Schuler offers a fresh perspective on London's history, with tales of murder, Anglo-Saxon treasure, fires, pandemics, the blitz and more along the way.
This compelling narrative history charts the fortunes of the North Wood from the earliest times: its ecology, ownership, management, and its gradual encroachment by the expanding metropolis.
Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 533 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 25 mm
'In this meticulously researched yet accessible work, historian C J Schuler brings to life a largely forgotten slice of the capital's topography.'* Geographical Magazine *
'A gentle and beautifully produced book... Skilfully alternates between pastoral and archival archaeology.'-- Sebastian Milbank * The Tablet *
'Deeply rewarding'-- Paul Wood, author of London's Street Trees
'Timely and informative'-- Travis Elborough, author of A Walk In the Park
'An engaging reflection on what we've already lost; but more importantly, it's a vital reminder of what we still have alongside us.'-- Julian Hoffman, author of Irreplaceable
'Meticulously researched and hugely enjoyable.'-- Tiffany Francis-Baker, author of Dark Skies
'A beautifully illustrated and richly researched exploration of the relationship of humanity and nature.'-- S. G. MacLean * Historia magazine *
'Magnificent... Will be the defining work on the Great North Wood for a long time to come.'* Woodlands.co.uk *
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