Book reviews — October 1988
AN HISTORICAL WALK ALONG THE NEW RIVER — New Revised Edition of the Guide By Mary Cosh
This publication, by the well-known local historian Mary Cosh, provides a short history of this fascinating and unique monument to Jacobean engineering in the form of a guided walk along the course of the River from the New River Head to Stoke Newington. First published in 1978, the book has been revised and reprinted.
AN HISTORICAL WALK ALONG THE NEW RIVER is being launched on Monday 10th October 1988 in the 17th-century Oak Room at the New River Head, former headquarters of Thames Water. The question of the future of the New River makes the reissue of this historical walk particularly timely. Efforts are being made to safeguard the River and its most important accompanying buildings and works, to emphasise the River's unique function as a 'green way' flowing through six London boroughs into London, of interest for the natural environment and for recreation. To this end, The New River Action Group was formed in 1987.
It is published by the Islington Archaeology and History Society, with the aid of a generous grant from Allied-Lyons PLC. Price £1.40. Available from local bookshops or from the Museum of the Order of St. John, St. John's Gate, St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DA. Tel: 01-253-6644. JULIA TOFFOLO
NEW BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM GLIAS BOOKSTALL
Members will remember that in October 1986, Newsletter 106 included a supplement on the Recording Group's work at the Shoreditch Refuse Destructor/Electricity Generating Plant. This has now been re-typeset into a booklet and additional drawings have been included. It is available from the GLIAS bookstall at 60p.
TEXTILE MILLS £4.50.
An excellent thematic issue of Industrial Archaeology Review with six detailed articles on all aspects of textile mills from silk to jute.
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MONTGOMERYSHIRE CANAL £3.99
Written by Stephen Hughes of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales — this is a much expanded new edition of a 1982 work. It is of excellent quality, fully illustrated with superb architectural drawings showing how, given the resources, IA can be done.
THE IA OF THE SWANSEA REGION £1.95
The detailed gazetteer (pp.56) published for this year's AIA Conference — a must if visiting that area in future.
TWO SIXPENNIES PLEASE (Lewisham's Early Cinema). £3.50.
A detailed survey of all the cinemas in Lewisham (pp.83), illustrated — 20 years' work by Ken George of Lewisham Local History Society.
All the above are available (post free) from: GLIAS Booksales, c/o Tom Smith, 74 Lord: Warwick Street, Woolwich, London SE18 5QD. DAVID PERRETT
© GLIAS, 1988