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Panorama of the Thames (Hardback)
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Panorama of the Thames (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 19/10/2015
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This historical gift book is a reincarnation of a guide to the river Thames first published 1829 by Samuel Leigh. The original was a concertina of 45 printed and hand-coloured sheets, glued together to form a magnificent 60ft depiction of the river's north and south banks - or Middlesex and Surrey banks, as they were then - from Westminster Bridge to Petersham Meadows in Richmond. Among the buildings that stood along this 30-mile stretch of river in those days were many that no longer exist - including the Houses of Parliament before they burned down in 1834, or the factory owned by the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - but others still stand today. A great deal of the original panorama shows just trees and foliage, so for this book it has been edited down to feature the most interesting sections. These are grouped into 19 'villages', each with a short 200-word introduction. The buildings are captioned (in the present tense, for vivid appeal), and there is an A-Z detailing landmarks and key buildings in each section. Written in collaboration with local experts and various local history societies, these descriptions are richly informative and include information on the waterway, the landscape, and the people who lived and worked on the banks of the river at the end of the Georgian era.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500518151
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 1750 g
Dimensions: 247 x 293 x 28 mm

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“Cannot put it down”

This is a spellbinding book, I cannot put it down. Whilst the beautiful pictures are a feast for the eye, the information is revealing about life along the river in Georgian London. The descriptions are cleverly... More

Hardback edition
30th November 2015
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“Something very special”

Every now and then a book comes along and as soon as you see it you think "Wow! this is something very special". This book is one of those. What a brilliant idea, all the buildings along the Thames in the... More

Hardback edition
6th December 2015
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“Hours of enjoyment and delight”

This work is a gem, revealing new delights at the turn of every page. Definitely an outstanding present for Christmas.
The jewel in the crown of this book is a panorama of the City and southbank which opens up to a... More

Hardback edition
24th November 2015
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