Printed in England in 1982 by the venerable Webb & Bower, this award-winning, richly illustrated (black and white photographs, engravings) and deeply researched work is part walking guidebook, part history and social analysis. The full title is The Mews of London - a Guide to the Hidden Byways of London's Past. Highly readable and without technical language, it provides fascinating glimpses into one of the great cities of the world and reminds us that the architecture of a city is also a social history and a record of the thoughts of its builders and inhabitants. The authors -- one of whom later became Cultural Affairs Officer at the British Embassy in Washington DC, and the other was the inventor of the famous Zuckermann Harpsichord Kit -- impart a sense of how to read this history in geography, metal, wood and stone, and their absorption in the topic, and their love for it, is obvious. The collection of nostalgic photographs alone is well worth the time one spends with this remarkable little volume. The Mews of London won special mention for originality in the Guide Book of the Year Awards by the London Tourist Board, 1983.
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AWARDS - 31 May 1983, London Tourist Board, Guidebook of the year awardsFrom the Inside Flap:
...the first book about one of London's most remarkable features -- the vast network of former stable blocks left over from the days of the horse. There are more than 600 mews in London, many discreetly hidden behind arches, and they contain some of the prettiest and least-known houses in the city. This book leads the reader through these secluded backwaters rarely seen by tourists, in a series of walks from Bayswater to Belgravia, and Mayfair to Marylebone, each one accompanied by maps and detailed descriptions.
The authors' painstaking research leads them into an absorbing historical and sociological discussion of the mews origin and survival in a changing world. The reader is taken into unexplored corners full of romantic appeal , where cobbled streets, imposing arches and quaint architectural details give him a fleeting glimpse into another era of carriages and coachmen of the bygone days of gaslit streets.
Illustrated with engravings from the past and Chris Wormald's evocative photographs of present-day life in the mews, this book is a unique blend of history and guidebook, whose non-technical commentary is addressed to the Londoner and tourist, to the walker and armchair explorer and to all who love the diversity of cities.
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Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0030624193