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London : A Guide for Curious Wanderers - Jack Chesher


A Guide for Curious Wanderers

By: Jack Chesher, Katharine Fraser (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 6 April 2023

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See London in a completely new light in this unearthing of the city's hidden sescrets and untold stories, special places laden with history which you can discover for yourself

London is famous for its museums, each one full of treasures and relics - but the biggest museum in the capital is the city itself. From the stories behind unusual street names, to the trees in our parks; railings made from recycled WWII stretchers, to shrapnel damage on walls; the hidden symbols on post boxes, to prehistoric tree trunks - there is a rich history hidden in the oft-overlooked details of the city's streets, gardens, parks and buildings.

This richly detailed and beautifully illustrated book provides a miscellany of historic features to spot as you wander around the capital. Whether you've always wondered why there are cattle troughs on your route to work; why bollards often look like upside down cannons; want to know what a Victorian stink pipe is; or just want to be armed with knowledge when you explore new parts of the city - this book will provide the tools to deciphering London's secret code, and introduce you to a treasure trove of hidden spots to discover.

The book comes complete with maps so you can spot these details yourself on walks through the capital or even on your commute.

So, pop on a sturdy pair of shoes and get ready to turn the city into the museum you never knew you had.

About the Author

Jack Chesher grew up in Essex, and exciting day trips to London have always been part of his life. After graduating from Bristol University, where he studied history, he finally took the plunge and moved to the capital in July 2020. A passion for walking and history inspired him to launch @LivingLondonHistory in September 2020. Documenting his journey to discovering the city's fascinating and vibrant past by exploring its streets, he believes London itself is the greatest museum of all.
Industry Reviews
"The London Society - ""In its 165 pages, the book manages to pack in a heap of information and Jack is sensible in acknowledging that some things may be urban myths or that we simply don't know their true origins. As well as a standard index, there is a listing by postcode which I think is a splendid idea in these days of phone maps. Beautifully illustrated by Katherine Fraser... A great addition to the library of London loves."""

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