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Tuesday 18 June 2002 10.21am

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?
Tuesday 18 June 2002 11.39am
I haven't read his book, so don't know if it's worth persevering with, but I've got two recommendations:

The London Encyclopedia (edited by Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert) - fascinating

London: A social history, by Roy Porter - really good read

Does anyone else have any recommendations?
Tuesday 18 June 2002 12.24pm
London under London (not sure who by) is really good. You wouldn't believe what's beneath our feet!
Tuesday 18 June 2002 12.58pm
has anyone heard of the Spa fields riots? I would like to read up more on anyone can point me in the right direction. and thanks for the tips on books, will try to get them later...
Tuesday 18 June 2002 2.03pm
Hi Jan,

This link has more about the spa fields riots:

Jo Jo
Tuesday 18 June 2002 2.48pm
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...;-)
Tuesday 18 June 2002 5.22pm
Yes, "London: A social history" is wicked.
Tuesday 18 June 2002 7.54pm
Direct Amazon links* to the books mentioned in this discussion:

<a href="">London under London</a>

<a href="">London Encyclopedia</a>

<a href="">The Annals of London</a>

<a href="">London: A Social History</a>

(* yes, we do get a commission, but that's what helps to cover the costs of this website)
Tuesday 25 June 2002 2.00am
Don't forget the excellent "On Lambeth Marsh" By Graham Gibberd, probably the ultimate book on Lambeth, and yes, Peter Ackroyd's book is worth persevering with.
Friday 5 July 2002 8.29pm
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!

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