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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.

History & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyTravel & MapsPlaces & peoples: pictorial worksTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd Publication Date: 19/10/2015 ISBN-13: 9780500518151  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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A fascinating publication, I didnt know there was a record of ordinary every day riverside buildings surving for nearly 200 years. The images are captivating and the descriptive text, written as if at the time, is quite astonishing. A extraordinary and absorbing work which will entrance.

- 10/01/2016
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Gave this to dad and its been open ever since. He loves the river, he loves history and its just perfect for both. He can't leave it alone!

- 13/12/2015
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I had been reading this lovely book for a while before I discovered a secret, there is a hidden, jaw-dropping panorama on pages 16-18 which, if you are wearing socks will almost certainly knock them off. Wow! Its worth the cover price just for this treat alone.

- 30/11/2015
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I waited for this book with eager anticipation as I had heard rumours of its coming for some time. It does not disappoint. Not only is it an unusually beautiful work of art in itself, but also a very informative record of the London Thames riverside of the late Georgian period. A time when steamboats were becoming commonplace and coexisting with barges, wherries and traditional fishing boats. Yes fishing boats on the Thames, who would you believe it? We can also see the old Houses of Parliament at Westminster just before the great fire of 1834 from a viewpoint I have never seen before. All round an excellent book!

- 26/11/2015
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My husband just bought me this book for Christmas, being rather impulsive I could not hang on so long to read it and it has not disappointed. What a exquisite record of the grand old Thamesis. I think I have learnt more about the Georgian Thames from this book than I ever knew before. Chock full of information and so beautifully put together. Bravo! a tour de force indeed!

- 20/11/2015
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