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Book reviews — December 1981

RETRACING THE FIRST PUBLIC RAILWAY by Derek A. Bayliss
1.90 incl. postage from Derek at 30 Muskoka Avenue, Bents Green, Sheffield 511 7RL
It could be a mite embarrassing reviewing a member's book, but not this one. Derek's 80-page challenge to all those other first railways is scholarly but readable and its 58 illustrations and maps are really excellent. This small book is an example of exciting industrial history writings as well as maps, diagrams and track measurements, it explains the objectives of the railways prompters, the industries they hoped to serve with interesting and well researched details such as dyewood milling which fill in the picture of industry along the route of the railway. Not only is past industry well described it is adequately linked to remains that may be seen today: real industrial archaeology this. If this book were four times the price I would recommend it to every GLIAS member (whether they live in the Croydon/Wandsworth area or not), but at 1.90 incl. postage from Derek at 30 Muskoka Avenue, Bents Green, Sheffield 511 7RL it is a rare bargain. Brenda Innes

East London Record
East London History Society c/o Alan Searle, 67 Fitzgerald Road, London,E.11 at 85p incl. p&p
Issue No. 3 of East London Record includes the story of George Jones, Concertina Manufacturer of the Commercial Road and an interesting article on photographic archives of the East End. Dave Perrett

Notebook Industrial Archaeology
Contact De Archaeologische Pers Nederland, Lelielaan 3, 5582 GH Aalst-Uaalre, Nederland
Notebook Industrial Archaeology is a recently started Dutch periodical published simultaneously in two versions — Dutch & English — by De Archaeologische Pers Nederland, It is intended to produce about 6 issues a year. So far I have only seen issue No. 1 which contains a long article on rod drives and a piece on the Canal du Centre in Belgium. It is a little early to tell how this venture will develop and how much it is likely to interest GLIAS readers. Production is to a high standard. Bob Carr

LONDON CEMETERIES
In general I would not claim that cemeteries are IA, but 19th-century urban ones were limited companies so perhaps. The Avebury Publishing Company Ltd of Olympic House, 63 Woodside Road, Amersham, HP6 5AA are offering GLIAS readers Hugh Teller's illustrated guide & gazetteer to London Cemeteries at 6.95 (instead of 7.95) paper back, 11.95 (instead of 14.95) in the standard edition; there is also a De Luxe edition at 16.95 (no reduction, even for Industrial Archaeologists!). I have not seen the books, but it appears from the prospectus to be a comprehensive study with details of the 'occupants' as well as the architecture and good photographs. Brenda Innes

VICTORIAN BUILDINGS OF LONDON 1837-1887, an illustrated guide, by Gavin Stamp & Colin Amery
The Architectural Press, London 1980 175PP 12.95
This well produced and detailed volume deals with structures dear to most of us: King's Cross, Paddington, St. Pancras, Euston and Victoria railway stations, Abbey mills pumping station, the Palm House at Kew and many banks, offices, museums, clubs, houses, public buildings, etc. The text is authoritative, the writing excellent and the illustrations, derived from period engravings and photographs old and new, are nicely reproduced. An appendix deals with demolished buildings: Old Euston station, the Coal Exchange, Columbia Market, the Imperial Institute, etc. At the end of the book the Architects and their principal(?) buildings are listed; there are also maps showing the buildings described. A useful reference book to over 100 of London's most significant Victorian buildings. Bob Carr

EARLY VICTORIAN WATER ENGINEERS, by G.M. Binnie
Thomas Telford Ltd. London 1981 310 pp illustrated 9.50
The early railway engineers are popular heroes but it might well be argued, as the author does, that Thomas Hawkesley and J.F. La Trobe Bateman were the equals of I.K. Brunel and the Stephensons in constructing reservoirs and aqueducts on a scale sufficient to provide liveable conditions in the giant new cities created by the industrial revolution. The first chapter is a little dry, but the book improves as it goes along. The principal engineers dealt with are James Simpson (of particular interest, to GLIAS readers), James Leslie, Thomas Hawkesley, J.F. La, Trobe Bateman, Sir Robert Rawlinson, Henry Conybeare, Matthew Jackson and various members of the Leather family. As well as schemes in the British Isles the water supplies of Bombay and Melbourne are covered. Even if the general public was largely ignorant of the merits of the water engineers, the engineering profession was not: of the five presidents of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the 1870s two were waterworks engineers, Hawkesley 1872-4 and La Trobe Bateman 1878-80, both also achieved the distinction of Fellowship of the Royal Society. Hopefully this book will bring to present day public attention the work of the engineers who pioneered our water supply. Most of the works described in the book are still in use and would provide numerous interesting visits for industrial archaeologists. Bob Carr


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