London: A History of 300 Years in 25 Buildings (Hardback)
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London: A History of 300 Years in 25 Buildings (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages
Published: 23/04/2024
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A lively new history of London told through twenty-five buildings, from iconic Georgian townhouses to the Shard
 
A walk along any London street takes you past a wealth of seemingly ordinary buildings: an Edwardian church, modernist postwar council housing, stuccoed Italianate terraces, a Bauhaus-inspired library. But these buildings are not just functional. They are evidence of London’s rich and diverse history and have shaped people’s experiences, identities, and relationships.
 
In this engaging study, Paul L. Knox traces the history of London from the Georgian era to the present day through twenty-five surviving buildings. Knox explores where people lived and worked, from grand Regency squares to Victorian workshops, and highlights the impact of migration, gentrification, and inequality. We see famous buildings, like Harrods and Abbey Road Studios, and everyday places like Rochelle Street School and Thamesmead.
 
Each historical period has introduced new buildings, and old ones have been repurposed. As Knox shows, it is the living history of these buildings that makes up the vibrant, but exceptionally unequal, city of today.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300269208
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


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“Entertains, informs and educates in equal measure. . . . The London that emerges from these pages is flawed, arrogant, guilty—and also vibrant, exciting, in a constant state of flux.”—Adrian Tinniswood, The Telegraph“A superb book… Knox is aware that social history is about people, and he tells that story through looking at their housing.” —Simon Heffer, The Telegraph  “Consider[s] people, places and progress. Spanning 300 years and bringing us up to the present day, this book covers a lot of ground and raises some important questions about the future of London.”—Rose Washbourn, House & Garden“A book to dip into and savour chapter by chapter, site by site. His friendly and informative prose is provocative and well-researched, packed full of interesting snippets and information about the wider subject at hand. . . . Perhaps Paul might like to write a follow-up companion book.”—Jane Parker, London Historians“Packed full of fascinating details and wonderful anecdotes, this book will make you see the city with fresh eyes. Essential reading for any Londoner.”—Alice Loxton, author of Uproar!“An incisive and compelling biopsy of an impossible city-state as it metastasised, swelled, triumphed and achieved its critical condition. The essential diagnosis is delivered through brisk histories of era-defining buildings. An addictive performance.”—Iain Sinclair, author of London Orbital“A book that changes our view of London. Knox brings exciting new perspectives to his study of London’s built environment. He shows us that the familiar was once novel and the seemingly ordinary was often momentous. An impressive achievement.”—Margarette Lincoln, author of London and the Seventeenth Century “A fascinating volume in which Paul Knox transports us through the architectural history of London by examining buildings ranging from Lambeth Workhouse and St Pancras Station to Harrods and Admiralty Arch, providing an explanation of the British capital through key structures.”—Panikos Panayi, author of Migrant City “A must-read for anyone interested in the ever-changing face of London. Combining architectural and social history over 300 years, Paul Knox guides the reader through the streets providing context to the history and built environment in one of the greatest cities in the world.”—Melanie Backe-Hansen, coauthor of A House Through Time

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