The House by the Thames: And The People Who Lived There

The House by the Thames And The People Who Lived There Just across the River Thames from St Paul s Cathedral stands an old and elegant house Over the course of almost years the dwelling on this site has witnessed many changes From its windows people

  • Title: The House by the Thames: And The People Who Lived There
  • Author: Gillian Tindall
  • ISBN: 9781844130948
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • Just across the River Thames from St Paul s Cathedral stands an old and elegant house Over the course of almost 450 years the dwelling on this site has witnessed many changes From its windows, people have watched the ferrymen carry Londoners to and from Shakespeare s Globe they have gazed on the Great Fire they have seen the countrified lanes of London s marshy south bJust across the River Thames from St Paul s Cathedral stands an old and elegant house Over the course of almost 450 years the dwelling on this site has witnessed many changes From its windows, people have watched the ferrymen carry Londoners to and from Shakespeare s Globe they have gazed on the Great Fire they have seen the countrified lanes of London s marshy south bank give way to a network of wharves, workshops and tenements and then seen these, too, become dust and empty air.Rich with anecdote and colour, this fascinating book breathes life into the forgotten inhabitants of the house the prosperous traders an early film star even some of London s numberless poor In so doing it makes them stand for legions of others and for a whole world that we have lost through hundreds of years of London s history.

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      Gillian Tindall

    About Author

    1. Gillian Tindall began her career as a prize winning novelist She has continued to publish fiction but has also staked out an impressive territory in idiosyncratic non fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place.Her The Fields Beneath The History of One London Village which first appeared thirty years ago, has rarely been out of print nor has Celestine Voices from a French Village, published in the mid 1990s and translated into several languages, for which she was decorated by the French government.Well known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research, Gillian is a master of miniaturist history She lives with her husband in London.

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    1. If you geek out on intense history of very small neighborhoods, this is a book for you It s Bankside at its most interesting If 400 years of history about one small block is eyebrow raising, then skip it.


    2. Nothing I love than a London history, and although this book is written from such a narrow perspective on one hand, on another it s not Reading this is like sitting down and gossiping with the most historically knowledgeable person you know, and its funny in places as well as sad.Far less pompous than some of the other history of London books I ve read, also thee were people in here that I would read whole novels about


    3. As someone who lived near the South Bank of London for a time, I found this a really interesting read and a chance to rediscover a place I thought I had memorized forwards and backwards I never would have thought twice about the house next to the Globe And yes, the amount of detail and research that must have gone into this book is incredible I d highly recommend to anyone interested in London s lesser known South Bank history It s also fascinating to learn that the plaque outside the house is i [...]


    4. The house of the title was built on an earlier foundation in 1710 at Bankside, Southwark, just across the Thames from St Paul s Cathedral and today a stone s throw from both the Tate Modern gallery and the new Globe Theater The author has traced, through meticulous archival research, the history of this tiny piece of London real estate and its neighborhood since Roman times, bringing evolving London alive in the process of doing so A model history of place, although the wealth of historical deta [...]


    5. Actually, I only read half of it It turns out GillianTindall was the author who wrote the book about Celestine that I also didn t finish, and the story of Martin Nadaud, likewise For me her titles aren t reflected in what she writes up to page 66 and still nothing about the house I read on to about page 122 and had started to learn a bit about it but not much She did the same with Celestine it was hardly about her at all.


    6. Microhistory of Bankside in Southwark, mostly from the early eighteenth century to the present but with a look backwards to the Tudor heyday of the area, focussing on a single house that has, unlike pretty much every building around it, survived since it was first built under George I Lots of little nuggets of urban and social history.


    7. Very interesting and well written book about the history of a house and the area on the south bank of the Thames opposite St Paul s I would have liked a few pictures of the house today but appreciate it is in private hands and may not have been possible.


    8. Well researched and fascinating book about the history of the house near the new Shakespeare s Globe and Bankside generally I probably would have given it five stars but I wasn t concentrating properly.


    9. Impressive painstaking research into the area beside Tate Modern, and specifically the inhabitants of one cottage Fascinating to see how the fortunes of the area have gone up and down through the centuries, and the differing occupations from lighter men to film stars that have come and gone.


    10. I purchased this book about the history of a house in London It was well researched, but written in a non historical style.


    11. A single surviving house on Bankside is the connective thread used to describe the history of that part of London Good if you know or care about that part of London hence only 3 stars


    12. Interesting account of the history of Southwark, full of anecdotes, but some of the hypotheses presented are not quite objective and the style is a bit messed up.


    13. A lot of research has obviously gone into this and I did enjoy some of the vignettes but overall I didnt care for the writing style and found it a bit of a chore to finish.



    14. I visited the house next door when I was a teenager and have always walked past this little collection of houses and pointed them out.


    15. Fascinating read.taking you through centuries on a small piece of London, looking at those who lived there and how the location changed over time Brilliant read


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