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The House by the Thames and the people who…

The House by the Thames and the people who lived there (2006)

by Gillian Tindall

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Impressive painstaking research into the area beside Tate Modern, and specifically the inhabitants of one cottage. Fascinating to see how the fortunes of the area have gone up and down through the centuries, and the differing occupations - from lighter men to film stars have come and gone. ( )
  LARA335 | Jun 10, 2014 |
The house of the title was built on an earlier foundation in 1710 at Bankside, Southwark, just across the Thames from St. Paul's Cathedral and today a stone's throw from both the Tate Modern gallery and the new Globe Theater. The author has traced, through remarkably close archival research, the history of this tiny piece of London real estate and its neighborhood since Roman times, bringing evolving London alive in the process of doing so. A model history of place, although the wealth of historical detail presented meant that the narrative occasionally moved a little slowly for a casual reader like me. ( )
  sallysvenson | May 19, 2012 |
A wonderfully detailed story of one house on the Bankside of the River Thames and the people that have lived there. Based on meticulous research, this book shows you the changing history of London through the eyes of a building. Every time I walk past the house I'll think of this book! ( )
  boo262 | Aug 7, 2010 |
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49 Bankside is an 18th century house, the last survivor of what was once a ribbon of houses overlooking the Thames. Containing many anecdotes, this social history talks about the families who lived in the house and worked nearby - about those who made their living in boats on the Thames, and about girls at home sewing military uniforms.… (more)

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