Book reviews — June 1970
'Croydon: the Story of a Hundred Years', edited by John B. Gent, 1970: 60pp.
Published by the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society Limited, 96A Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6AD at 12/- post paid, or 10/- from booksellers. 86 illustrations
This year the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society celebrates its centenary, and to mark the occasion, this splendidly illustrated A4 size booklet has been compiled to record aspects of Croydon over the last 100 years. Essays are included on Industry, Shopping and Commerce, Transport, Urban Growth and Leisure, beside other topics. Something of interest can be found on every page, from an account of Croydon's breweries to a photograph of the first day of electric trams in 1901, from an appalling description of the life and death of a Victorian shoemaker's apprentice, to an early picture of a Croydon telephone operator at work in 1887.
'Upminster Mill', Anthony Butler, 1968: 52pp.
Published by and obtainable from Peter Davis at 62 Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex at 7/- post paid Illustrated by line drawings and photographs
Upminster Mill is one of the few London mills to survive today, escaping demolition before the Second World War and living through further years of neglect before being restored in the last decade. This pocket-size volume does full justice to its subject, describing the mill, its 180-year history, and the people — its builders, the millers, and those whose efforts have ensured its continued existence.
© GLIAS, 1970