Whitfield, Peter, 1947-

London : a life in maps / Peter Whitfield. - London : British Library, 2006. - 208 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 30 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 206) and index.

London Before the Fire
Medieval London: The Earliest Images of the City
The Tower and Westminster Abbey
The End of the Middle Ages in London
Renaissance London Revealed
A Coronation Procession
Copperplate: From Picture to Map
Braun and Hogenberg
Shakespeare's London
The Agas Map
Smithfield and St Bartholomew's Hospital
The Norden Panorama
Whitehall Palace
Civil War London
Maritime London
Hollar: West Central London
The Great Fire
The Great Fire and the Map of London
The Age of Elegance
The London that Wren Never Saw
St Paul's
Frost Fairs on the Thames
St James's
The West End
Whitechapel and the East End
Vauxhall and Ranelagh Gardens
Hogarth's London
Fashionable Suburbs
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Bedlam and Newgate
South London: New Bridges, New Roads
Chelsea Waterworks
Marylebone Road
The City and its Institutions
The Gordon Riots
The Victorian Metropolis
Regency London
Unbuilt London
Buckingham Palace
Kensington Turnpike
London's Docks
The Railway Age
Paddington: A Canal, a Railway, a Miniature Venice and a Teddy Bear
Trafalger Square
Gothic London
Victorian Cemeteries
Victorian Parks
Millbank: From Prison to Art Gallery
New Roads
Dickens's London
The Great Exhibition and its Legacy
London's Vanished Rivers
Green London Preserved
Mapping Wealth and Poverty
The Shock of the New
Unfashionable Suburbs
Architecture: Edwardian and Modernist
The Underground
Wembley and Park Royal
Road-planning: Early Visions
The City Blitzed
The Festival of Britain
Planning the Capital
The Transformation of the Docklands
A Hoxton Childhood
A View from a Bridge
Select Bibliography

A city long shrouded in literary and historical mists--not to mention real ones--London seduces tourists and natives alike. From Big Ben to the grimy Victorian streets of Dickens novels on up to the sleek high-rises that dot the skyline of the twenty-first-century metropolis, the urban landscape of London is steeped in history, while forever responsive to the changing dictates of progress, industry, and culture. In London: A Life in Maps, acclaimed historian Peter Whitfield reveals a wealth of surprising truths and forgotten facts hidden in the city’s historic maps.
Whitfield examines nearly 200 maps spanning the last 500 years, all of which vividly demonstrate the vast changes wrought on London’s streets, open spaces, and buildings. In a rich array of colorful cartographic illustrations, the maps chronicle London’s tumultuous history, from the devastation of the Great Fire to the indelible marks left by World Wars I and II to the emergence of the West End as a fashion mecca. Whitfield reads historic sketches and detailed plans as biographical keys to this complex, sprawling urban center, and his in-depth examination unearths fascinating insights into the city of black cabs and red double-deckers. With engaging prose and astute analysis he also expertly coaxes out the subtle complexities—of social history, urban planning, and design—within the rich documentation of London’s immense and constantly changing cityscape.
London: A Life in Maps lets readers wander through the past and present of London’s celebrated streets—from Abbey Road to Savile Row—and along the way reveals the city’s captivating history, vibrant culture, and potential future.

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013584942 Uk

London (England)--History--Pictorial works.
London (England)--History--Maps.
London (England)--Historical geography.
London (England)--Historical geography--Maps.

DA677 / .W53 2006

911.421 WHI / 008723
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