Book reviews — September 1972
'The Wall That Caleb Hitch Built'
The pamphlet is obtainable from the Hon. Sec, East Herts Archaeological Society, 27 West Street, Hertford. Price 10p.
The East Herts Archaeology Society has ventured into I.A. with its interesting four-page pamphlet 'East Herts Industrial Archaeology 1-1971', 'The Wall That Caleb Hitch Built', an illustrated account of Hitch's Patent Bricks, made at Ware.
The Coal Duties of the City Of London And Their Boundary Marks, by Martin Nail
1972 29pp ill. Obtainable from author at 123 Hookfield, Epsom, Surrey. 50p post free.
Martin Nail's lengthy researches into Coal Duties and the associated Posts (most of which survive) have enabled him to publish what is believed to be the first complete list of Posts, although he emphasises that publication at this stage is provisional and partly intended to encourage corrections and more information. Members please note.
Balcony Railings in Kent, by D. Stephenson
1971 19pp ill. Obtainable from author at 'Grenna', Chapel Lane, Igtham, Sevenoaks, Kent. 25p post free.
Mr. Stephenson's study of Kentish balcony railings has relevance for London, for the products of many foundries — notably Coalbrookdale and Carron — were sold throughout the country. A survey of London's balcony railings, with this booklet as a foundation, would make an interesting and worthwhile project.
Harrow Before Your Time, Pinner & Hatch End WEA Local History Group
1972. 80pp ill. Obtainable from the Branch Sec. at 92 Kenmore Avenue, Harrow, HA 3 8PN. P.O.s & cheques payable to WEA (Pinner & Hatch End Branch). 40p + 7p postage.
Harrow Before Your Time has been written by the members of an extra-mural class which inevitably results in a variety of approach and style, but offers too a diversity of information, including much on industries and services in the borough. The period 'just before your time' — currently 1870-1914 — is always in danger of being lost between the historical past and the life span and hence memory, of the present. Equally, the industrial monuments of the late 19th and early 20th century can disappear before interest has caught up with the period. Such publications are therefore welcome.
© GLIAS, 1972