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Camden Town

Dreams of Another London. BL London

By (author) Tom Bolton
Format: Paperback
Publisher: British Library Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: The British Library Publishing Division
Published: 20th Sep 2017
Dimensions: w 128mm h 190mm d 16mm
Weight: 345g
ISBN-10: 0712356940
ISBN-13: 9780712356947
Barcode No: 9780712356947
Synopsis
Camden Town perfectly embodies the cultural mix for which London is famed. Alongside the buzzing Lock market, the pubs and music venues and the eclectic shops, there is another Camden - impossible crowds, shameful poverty, bad housing, gang fights, murders...This book takes five landmarks as the starting point for a series of journeys into the layers of history and culture that make Camden Town. The World's End pub existed in various forms before Camden began. The Regent's Canal Bridge is where today's crowds flock to the locks and market, while Arlington House, just a block away, belongs to a parallel Camden of immigration and new beginnings, poverty and homelessness. No. 8 Royal College Street represents how, even with the first buildings of nineteenth-century Camden Town, social outsiders were attracted to the area. Meanwhile the Roundhouse, an engineering curiosity, was to become the revered centre of Camden's cultural scene.

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