Mark Amies
Amberley Publishing, £14.99
ISBN 978-1445698021
Review Amy Brunskill

London’s industrial past is an important part of the city’s history, but much of the physical evidence is now being lost to demolition and redevelopment projects. Here, Mark Amies sets out to address this, examining many of the important factories and industries that were once found across London.

This book, inspired by Mark’s series of talks on BBC Radio London, attempts to ensure that London’s manufacturing history is not forgotten, presenting a selection of significant brands and buildings in industries ranging from brewing to toy-making and aircraft production. There are a surprising number of familiar names that you may be surprised to discover were once based in the capital, and it is fascinating to see how industry has shaped the city that we see today.

The volume is generously illustrated with photographs and drawings of the impressive buildings and industries discussed, making it an extremely pleasant read. This short book offers an accessible and engaging record of some of London’s lost industries that, given the scope of the subject, will doubtless leave readers wanting to find out more.

This review appeared in CA 365. To find out more about subscribing to the magazine, click here.

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