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A Lee
12-11-2008, 2:11 PM
I am looking for books on the local history of the London area. Most specifially Wandsworth and possibly Islington. I really could do with those books that have old photographs in, particularly of the Victorian era and WW1.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

Alison

Thomasin
12-11-2008, 3:58 PM
Having had two sons with an interest in transport, I would suggest books on trams or, later, buses. If it's pictures you want, these usually have good backgrounds behind the vehicles, and if anyone finds me poring over these books, I'm generally looking at the houses and shops and the people on the pavement.

After writing the above, I went to raid younger son's bookshelf. Lo and behold there was 'Wandsworth and Battersea Tramways'. These books are brought out by the Middleton Press, but I can't see Islington in their titles. In the Wandsworth one, the photographs seem to date from 1909 to the late 1950s.

Around your way, do you have those sellers of old postcards, set out in counties? Those could be useful.

Thomasin

benny1982
12-11-2008, 5:16 PM
Hi

There is a book called Islington Past and a few other books about Islington in many London bookstores and probably on Amazon and other online bookstores.

I have ancestors who lived in South Islington for 10 years from 1888 to 1898 and my great grandmother was born in Islington.

A lot of residential streets in Islington are quite quiet back streets tucked away in the inner London suburb.

I have some Islington things but I cannot share them due to copyright laws.

Ben

A Lee
12-11-2008, 9:35 PM
Thank you all for your helpful replies.

I am speaking as someone who once (about 15 years ago) visited the centre of London. I know nothing of the area but a large branch of my tree were based there. I need to find out as much as possible about the places, shops, houses. Any interviews or pictures of people long gone would also be very useful. I'm trying to put everything into social context. I know you can get books that do 'then and now' pics of various different parts of the town that show how they've changed (they do for worcestershire anyway).

I am also hoping that I may find some of the roads and places that I have discovered in my research mentioned.

I will have a look at Parish Chest...thanks Bo Peep

Many thanks

Alison

Jan1954
12-11-2008, 9:41 PM
In the interim, you could lose yourself for a couple of days having a look at British History Online (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/place.aspx?region=1) ;)

A Lee
12-11-2008, 9:58 PM
Brilliant! Thanks Jan:)

Jan1954
12-11-2008, 10:01 PM
But remember - it is still nothing like the real thing. Computers can crash. Go for the books - they will always be with you. ;)

A Lee
12-11-2008, 10:50 PM
That's what I thought!.....it's just deciding which ones!!!!

Hugh Thompson
12-11-2008, 11:52 PM
Hi Alison,take a look here at Internet Archive.
Hugh.

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=Wandsworth%20AND%20mediatype%3Ate xts

A Lee
13-11-2008, 12:02 AM
Thanks Hugh!

Hugh Thompson
13-11-2008, 12:04 AM
You're welcome.:)

Mutley
13-11-2008, 1:08 AM
There are a range of books called "My Ancestor was / Ancestors were" published by the Society of Genealogists.

The 'My Ancestors were Londoners' is good.

It may be worth googling for the holdings of the local Family History Societies, they often have links to books.

or Victorian London Books here (http://books.google.co.uk/books?q=Victorian+london&source=in&sa=X&oi=book_group&resnum=11&ct=title&cad=bottom-3results)

A Lee
13-11-2008, 8:50 AM
Will do. Thanks Mutley:)

benny1982
13-11-2008, 6:04 PM
Hi Try Googling Wandsworth & Islington as no doubt they have some interesting historical articles. British History Online has London Surveys, Old Ordinance Survey Maps the lot.

Try the Dictionary Of Victorian London website. A must see site for people researching London history and cartography as they have mapos from 1827 to 1899.

Ben

A Lee
13-11-2008, 10:33 PM
Thanks Ben:)

benny1982
29-12-2008, 10:38 PM
Hi

Today I just bought the book Islington Past by John Richardson. It is a very fascinating book. My great grandmother was born there in 1889 and her mum and grandfather died in Holloway, Islington.

Ben

A Lee
29-12-2008, 11:12 PM
Thank you..one of my ancestors died in Holloway in 1922.

:D

Alison

benny1982
30-12-2008, 12:17 PM
Hi

Mine died at the Archway Hospital, Islington. The building is still there today.

I find Islington is a pretty laid back London suburb. The back streets seem quite quaint and tranquil tucked away behind the crowded main streets of the large suburb of a huge megalopolis that is London.

Ben