David Long

A History of London in 100 Places

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Shaped by invasion, occupation, and immigration, by upheavals as diverse as the Great Fire, the Blitz, and the Big Bang, London’s history is unmatched for variety and drama. Choosing 100 places that best tell this incredible story, David Long shares his passion and expert knowledge of the city. From the early modern frost fairs, Victorian stations, and Saxon burial grounds to medieval plague pits, Roman barges, and modern business megaliths, each place gives a unique insight into a critical period of London’s evolution. With this detailed guide, readers will discover little-known gems among the famous landmarks and the hidden stories locked within. Illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and maps, this is the perfect companion for the armchair explorer as well as anyone wanting to discover the history of London with their feet.
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  • Laura Sje citiralaпре 7 година
    12. Crucifixion Scene
    ‌St Dunstan & All Saints, Stepney, E1
    Built in the late tenth century by Dunstan, Bishop of London, the church of All Saints was renamed some time after Dunstan’s canonization in 1029. Today it is largely a fifteenth-century building with nineteenth-century additions, but its history is clearly a long one, with the tenth-century structure thought to have replaced a wooden one that had already served the community for many decades, if not longer.
    For our purposes its most interesting feature is a rare Anglo-Saxon rood at the east end of the church, the name given to a carved stone relief that would have formed part of a wooden screen used to divide the nave from the chancel in the original building. For many years the carving was assumed to be Norman, partly because of its slightly Romanesque decoration and because no other Saxon work had been found in the church. In fact it was correctly identified only as recently as 1988.
    Rectangular, and approximately three feet by two, the grey limestone has been badly weathered (probably during a period when it was affixed to the outside of the church in the nineteenth century) but it clearly shows a finely carved crucifixion scene bordered by a rob

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