Book reviews — December 2017
'Hackney: The Lower Clapton Tales', by Carolyn Clark
Published by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust. £9.95, available in local bookshops as well as on Amazon
The Lower Clapton Tales interweaves memories from over 50 people born and bred in Lower Clapton or long term residents with historical accounts lavishly illustrated with 140 photographs, maps and images from Victorian times to the Millennium. The book grew from the Lower Clapton Heritage Project in 2016.
'Waltham Forest Through Time', by Lindsay Collier
Amberley publishing 2015. Four booklets — Leyton, Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Chingford, 48 pages each; £14.99 for all four volumes. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. You may contact the author by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
These publications are in the familiar Amberley style — two well-reproduced illustrations per page with captions of varying length. From an industrial point of view booklets of this kind make perfectly clear just how industrialised much of London used to be, even quite recently. Waltham Forest was certainly no exception.
For instance in Leyton there was Thermos Ltd and Temple Mills Wagon Works. In Leytonstone the Goldring Manufacturing Company and the Leytonstone Jig & Tool Company. Fuller Electric, AEC bus manufacturers, Ensign Cameras, Ever-Ready Batteries, Brimtoy, and the Essex Brewery were in Walthamstow. In Chingford there was The London Rubber Company and British Xylonite. Of course there is also far more else in these booklets, for example transport and street scenes and overall this is a rich feast of nostalgia at an attractive price. Bob Carr
'The River's Tale: Archaeology on the Thames foreshore in Greater London', by Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg
£15. MOLA 2017 ISBN 978-1-907586-45-3 Pb 116pp colour illustrations throughout
The first ever book by community archaeology project Thames Discovery Programme is also the first book on the archaeology of the River Thames since the late Ivor NoŽl Hume's 1956 publication, 'Treasure in the Thames'. It covers 10 years of archaeological discovery including evidence of royal feasting and lost palaces at Greenwich, naval shipbreaking in Rotherhithe and the oldest structure so far recorded in Greater London in Vauxhall.
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