Cathedrals of steam : how London's great stations were built - and how they transformed the city.
Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London: Atlantic Books, 2020.
ISBN: 1786499207 9781786499202 25.00 (Hbk)
London hosts twelve major railway stations, more than any other city in the world. They range from the grand and palatial, such as King's Cross and Paddington, to the modest and lesser known, such as Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street. These monuments to the age of the train are the hub of London's transport system and their development, decline and recent renewal have determined the history of the capital in many ways. Built between 1836 and 1899 by competing private train companies seeking to outdo one another, the construction of these terminuses caused tremendous upheaval and had a widespread impact on their local surroundings. What were once called 'slums' were demolished, green spaces and cemeteries were concreted over, and vast marshalling yards, engine sheds and carriage depots sprung up in their place.
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384 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
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