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Book reviews - April 2000

'Croydon from Above, 1870 to 1999'
The paperback book (ISBN 0-906047-13-7) is available from Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society Ltd, 96a Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 6AD. £6.75 (plus 80p p&p)
This book contains 101 photographs of both central Croydon and outlying parts of the borough taken from high buildings and low-flying aeroplanes. The majority of the photographs are precisely dated (some as early as the 1870s) and are all accompanied by lengthy and informative captions. Transport is well covered with views of Croydon Airport, railway stations, and other installations at Addiscombe, East Croydon, the Fairfield works, Norbury, Selhurst, Thornton Heath and West Croydon. Industries also feature including Purley and Surrey Street water pumping stations and the 1867 Park Hill water tower, Gillett & Johnston's bell foundry, the gasworks, both the A and B power stations, the Purley Way industrial estate, and the factory of the Accounting & Tabulating Co. Other buildings of note include the Crystal Palace, Addington Palace, and numerous commercial, educational and civic establishments. This title, the seventh in Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society's highly regarded illustrated local histories, is a most welcome and worthy addition. Paul Sowan

'Dictionary of British Violin and Bow Makers', by Dennis G Plowright
The 192-page hardback book (ISBN 0-9523081-2-6) is available from D G Plowright, 28 Raleigh Road, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2SB. £19.50 post free UK
This revised and enlarged second edition lists nearly 1,850 makers and is by far the most comprehensive record of British violin and bow makers to be published.

'Aspects of the Violin: A Handbook for Makers and Players', by Dennis G Plowright
The c100-page book (ISBN 0-9523081-1-8) is available from D G Plowright, 28 Raleigh Road, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2SB. £14.50 post free UK
Packed with useful information on many aspects of instruments of the violin family, this book will be of interest to makers, repairers, dealers, players and teachers of these instruments.

© GLIAS, 2000