Has anyone else read "The Annals of London". You can get it for £15 from the Waterloo remainder bookshop. It's more addictive than a page turning thriller, going through events in London year by year. You get a real feel for the past with all the fires, buildings falling down, riots etc. Lots on Southwark and Borough.
I tried Peter Ackroyd's book, but gave up on his purple prosed ramblings. Shoul I have persevered?
Thanks Jo Jo ( if I clinked and sent this previously I apologise!) when I first saw Spa Fields Riots mentioned I thought it was in Spa Road or thereabouts...
But this link I followed was a Spa Fields in Islington, but fascinating nonetheless. I am now going to read about Thomas Spence who had ideas that are as relevant today as then...;-)
Graham runs the secondhand bookshop halfway down Lower Marsh. And gives tours as part of a Morley College historic Walks programme. He helped Friends of Archbishops Park to get English Heritage to change their proposed boundaries for the listing of the Park, by looking up old maps and stuff. Plus in passing told me a lot about the history of my street. Top man!