Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Fields Beneath” as Want to Read:
The Fields Beneath
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Fields Beneath

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
One of a precious handful of books that in their precise examination of a particular locality, open our understanding of the universal themes of the past. In this case it is Kentish Town in London that reveals its complex secrets to us, through the resurrection of its now buried rivers and wells, coaching houses, landlords, traders, and simple tenants. Fragments of this pa ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 2005 by Phoenix (first published 1977)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Fields Beneath, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Fields Beneath

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Alex Sarll
A history of Kentish Town, a district whose ship has never quite come in, but which turns out to have done quite well simply by surviving - a 1944 planning document labelled it "an area in need of removal". This is a good book throughout, but possibly at its finest in the last chapter, when it enters the author's own lifespan and runs through to the date of first publication, 1977. She says her last chaper is less local history than material for local historians of the future - but her dry, cont ...more
Nico Macdonald
Recommended by Carmen Marrero.
Rhode
Jan 06, 2015 Rhode rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, uk
Fascinating even if you don't know the area she is writing about. Now this is history!
Kirsty
Kirsty rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2017
Chris
Chris rated it really liked it
Feb 12, 2017
Kat
Kat rated it it was amazing
Jul 09, 2012
Thomas Gizbert
Thomas Gizbert rated it liked it
Jun 07, 2017
Patricia
Patricia rated it really liked it
Sep 09, 2012
Juditha
Juditha rated it it was amazing
Aug 18, 2014
Vena
Vena rated it really liked it
Dec 19, 2008
Lelietje
Lelietje rated it it was ok
Jun 16, 2012
Steve Chambers
Steve Chambers rated it it was amazing
May 16, 2014
W.
W. rated it really liked it
Sep 28, 2012
GUy
GUy rated it it was amazing
Mar 19, 2017
Jura Spitfire
Jura Spitfire rated it liked it
Jul 06, 2012
Hazel
Hazel rated it it was amazing
Dec 07, 2013
Pollyrt
Pollyrt rated it really liked it
Nov 17, 2014
Dylan Horrocks
Dylan Horrocks rated it it was amazing
Jul 05, 2012
Lynn Oldham
Lynn Oldham rated it really liked it
Sep 23, 2016
Kevin Deenihan
Kevin Deenihan rated it really liked it
Dec 05, 2015
Kelly Robson
Kelly Robson rated it it was amazing
Jan 18, 2017
ouija
ouija rated it liked it
Aug 03, 2013
Daniela
Daniela rated it it was ok
Jul 19, 2010
Moomuk
Moomuk rated it it was amazing
Jul 18, 2012
Charles Phipps
Charles Phipps rated it it was amazing
Sep 04, 2016
Justin Cormack
Jun 07, 2008 Justin Cormack rated it really liked it
Shelves: london
Kentish Town has a fascinating history that is accidentally well documented.

Amelia
Amelia rated it really liked it
Apr 02, 2017
Ewan
Ewan rated it really liked it
Mar 10, 2015
Ian Mackean
Ian Mackean rated it really liked it
Oct 10, 2016
Dianne Fishman
Dianne Fishman rated it it was amazing
Jul 01, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
51052
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
...more
More about Gillian Tindall...

Share This Book



“For years, walking round London, I had been aware of the actual land, lying concealed but not entirely changed or destroyed, beneath the surface of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century city. It has been said that 'God made the country and man made the town', but that is not true: the town is simply disguised countryside. Main roads, some older than history itself, still bend to avoid long-dried marshes, or veer off at an angle where the wall of a manor house once stood. Hills and valleys still remain; rivers, even though entombed in sewer pipes, still cause trouble in the foundations of neighbouring buildings and become a local focus for winter mists. Garden walls follow the line of hedgerows; the very street-patterns have been determined by the holdings of individual farmers and landlords, parcels of land some of which can be traced back to the Norman Conquest. The situation of specific buildings - pubs, churches, institutions - often dates from long distant decisions and actions on the part of men whose names have vanished from any record.” 2 likes
More quotes…