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  • Published: 1 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409022541
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

Greater London

The Story of the Suburbs

A major new history of London's suburbs

Most histories of London either pay only cursory attention to the suburbs or ignore them altogether. By looking at the whole of the Greater London area from Roman times to the present, however, Dr Nick Barratt not only shows how areas as far apart as Hendon and Streatham, Ealing and Leytonstone developed over hundreds of years but also demonstrates the crucial role they played in the creation of the capital.

Starting in the first century AD, he shows how the villages and settlements of the Thames Valley developed and how they were shaped by their proximity to the city. He describes the first suburbs to sprawl beyond the city walls, and traces the ebb and flow of population as people moved in to find jobs or away to escape London's noise and bustle. And he charts the rapid growth that followed the coming of the railways, the fight to preserve green spaces, the impact of war and immigration, and the very varied nature of London's suburbs today.

Magnificently illustrated throughout, this is the essential history for anyone who lives - or has ever lived - in London.

  • Published: 1 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409022541
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

About the author

Nick Barratt

Dr Nick Barratt is a medieval historian by trade, gaining a PhD from Kings College London. He worked at the Public Record Office - now the National Archives - for several years, before moving to the BBC as a specialist researcher, and established Sticks Research Agency. His research credits include House Detectives, Seven Wonders of the Industrial World and Who Do You Think You Are? which he also presented. He is currently a director of Firebird Media and is on the National Executive of the Federation of Family History Societies. He works as a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and has published several books on house and family history.

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Praise for Greater London

A superb work of research and is clearly and entertainingly written, sometimes intimidating in its attention to detail, but rarely dry

Daily Telegraph

A far-reaching, in-depth yet broadly-based history of London ... You don't have to be a Londoner to enjoy this heroic tale of people - and bricks and train-tracks triumphing to the detriment of green space


Barratt brilliantly tells the stories of the capital’s historical communities.

PD Smith, Guardian

Packed with fascinating detail.

Chris Blackhurst, Evening Standard

A masterful social history of London’s suburbs

Your Family Tree magazine

Enjoyable and fact-packed book

Kensington and Chelsea Today

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