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The Story of the London Parks by Jacob Larwood - Chatto 1900


Title: The Story of the London Parks
Author: Jacob Larwood
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Publication Date: Undated, inscription states 1900
Format: Hardcover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age. The spine and boards are worn, faded, damaged and have markings. The pages are yellowing with age spots and markings throughout. There is an inscription on the first page.

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Reader's note

This brilliant old book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of London. From the earliest recorded history when the Saxons first came to Britain to the days when this very book was written, there have always been records of the locations where London's famous and beautiful parks stand. This extract from Chapter XVI talks of St. James's - The site now occupied by St. James's Park was in early times a swampy, marshy tract of ground, on the outskirts of an extensive forest. At spring-tides it used to be partly overflown by the Thames, a branch of which till the twelfth century came round Westminster Abbey, thus forming an island, which, from its being overgrown with thorns, was called Thoney Island. The Saxon King Offa in a charter of the year 785, mentions the 'dense woods and forests' in the north-west parts of Westminster. - it is so interesting to find out how the geography of the land has changed over the years. With its emerald green boards and numerous illustrations, this is an amazing old tome that will fit right in the space of your reference library.