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Survey of London

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John Stow first published his Survey of London in 1598 during the reign of Elizabeth I. His detailed description of the city and its suburbs was an immediate success when it first appeared and has remained a popular classic of English history ever since.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Alan Sutton Publishing (first published 1598)
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Jonathan
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel-research
Docked one star, not for the wonderful work of Stow, but because they "translated" it and got rid of all the old variant spellings and assorted oddities. I wanted to de-code it and play with it, rather than be stuck with a simplified neutered text.
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Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Workers in and visitors to London
I worked in the City of London for a number of years. This was the perfect lunchtime book to wander the streets with, travelling from the twentieth century back into the sixteenth (first orientate yourself according to the City churches). Though the Great Fire in 1666 and Blitz in WW2 significantly changed the streetscapes of the City of London, this book does a marvellous job of bringing it all back to life.
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The son of Thomas Stow, a tallow-chandler, John Stow was born about 1525 in London, in the parish of St Michael, Cornhill. He was admitted to the Merchant Taylor's company in 1547 and had established by that year a business at a house near the well within Aldgate, between Leadenhall and Fenchurch Street. Pretty soon his antiquarian nature took charge.

He made the acquaintance of the leading antiqua
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