The following review appeared in edition 160 of Ripperologist magazine.
HISTORIC ENGLAND: CITY OF LONDON: UNIQUE IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES OF HISTORIC ENGLAND
Stroud, Gloucestershire: Amberley Publishing, 2018 www.amberleybooks.com softcover 96pp; illus; ISBN: 9781445677323 £14.99
The photographs in this illustrated history of the City of London are taken from the archives of Historic England (or, to give it its full title, the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England), which is the body given responsibility by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport with preserving and listing historic buildings and ancient monuments.
The Archive, much of which is searchable online – visit historicengland.org.uk - although it’s far from being one of the best websites you’ll find, is a collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents. It covers almost everything you can think of, including archaeology, architecture, social and local history, and much else. Pictures date from the birth of photography right up to the present.
City of London is a collection of photographs, both ancient and modern, of London’s business heart, affectionately referred to as the Square Mile. Some of the photographs are old and of particular nostalgic interest. Two that stick in my mind are of the “Old Dick” (a pub called The Dick Whittington) in Cloth Fair, an obviously ancient building that became a pub in 1848, and the other of St Andrew Undershaft, a church in St Mary Axe, and a row of nearby shops, outside one of which a horse-drawn cab appears to be waiting.
Review by Paul Begg.