their own Consent, their useless Superfluities; and giving
them, in Return, what, from their Ignorance in mutual Arts,
their Situation, or some other Accident, they stand in need
George Lillo, The London
merchant , act III, scene I (London: John Gray, 1740), p.
The hub of an English river transport network, 1250–1550
Claire A. Martin
London: the hub of an English river
transport network, 1250–1550
Claire A. Martin
The River Thames was at the heart of the transport infrastructure
that kept the capital and its population supplied with both necessities and luxuries. It was vital to the life and commerce of the
medieval city.1 Its connection to the sea and the trading networks
of the continent brought a variety of commodities into and out of
London, while the navigable stretches of the Thames, upstream
from the city, enabled vital goods such as grain and wood to be
conveyed quickly and
This book discusses the emergence in London of three specific dance music
multicultures in the context of the racialised city. Focusing on rare groove,
acid house and jungle it places the emergence of these multi-racial music
cultures in the context of theories of space and the historical forces which
racialised the city in the late 20th century. Based on a wide range of original
interviews with cultural producers – DJs, promoters, producers and dancers -
undertaken over 20 years, read alongside cultural theory and contemporary
accounts, it argues that music and the practices of space around music have been
a crucial way in which racial segregation has been challenged and multiculture
has emerged in London.
Based on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, French London provides rare insights into the everyday lived experience of a diverse group of French citizens who have chosen to make London home. From sixth-form students to an octogenarian divorcee, hospitality to hospital staff, and second-generation onward migrants to returnees, the individual trajectories described are disparate but connected by a ‘common-unity’ of practice. Despite most not self-identifying with a ‘community’ identity, this heterogenous migrant group are shown to share many homemaking characteristics and to enact their belonging in common ways. Whether through the contents of their kitchens, their reasons for migrating to London or their evolving attitudes to education and healthcare, participants are seen to embody a distinct form of London-Frenchness. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of ‘symbolic violence’ and ‘habitus’, inventively deconstructed into its component parts of habitat, habituation and habits, the book reveals how structural forces in France and early encounters with ‘otherness’ underpin mobility, and how long-term settlement is performed as a pre-reflexive process. It deploys an original blended ethnographic lens to understand the intersection between the on-land and online in contemporary mobility, providing a rich description of migrants’ material and digital habitats. With ‘Brexit’ on the horizon and participants subsequently revisited in a post-referendum Epilogue, the monograph demonstrates the appeal of London prior to 2016 and the disruption to the migrants’ identity and belonging since. It offers an unprecedented window onto the intimate lifeworlds of an under-researched diaspora at a crucial point in Britain’s history.
This book is about the making of London in the period 1660-1720. This period saw the beginnings of a new understanding of built form and a transitional stage in the transmission and articulation of that form in design procedures. The book discusses the processes and methods by which the development of the city was financed and organized. It considers the leading developers and questions to what extent the traditional model which attributes responsibility for the development of London to aristocratic landlords is a viable one. The book looks at the structure of the building industry and assesses how it was adapted to meet the demands of the production of speculative housing on a scale and at a pace never previously experienced. It outlines how concepts concerning the form of the new terraces were communicated and transmitted through the building chain and finally realized in the built product. The book focuses on the discipline of architectural history and is primarily concerned with architectural and urban design issues. It talks about drawings as the sum of an architect's oeuvre, rather than the buildings, or the drawings and the buildings together. The book provides information on the style and layout of the new developments and explores the extent to which they can be categorized as a 'modernizing' phenomenon.
MUP FINAL PROOF – <STAGE>, 07/29/2013, SPi
5 London corruption: the fall of the
House of Porter
It should be noted ... how easily men are corrupted, and in nature become
transformed, however good they may be and however well brought up.
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Discourses (1519)1
My provisional view is that the council was involved in gerrymandering, which I
am minded to find is a disgraceful and improper purpose and not a purpose for
which a local authority may act.
John Magill, District Auditor for the City of Westminster (1994)2
London’s politics from 1963
pamphleteers played no small part shaping this gloomy
outlook. London’s militants were acutely aware of the fact that
the recent string of defeats strained wider efforts to mobilize. Reports
“of the great defeate given by His Majesties Forces to Sir
William Waller ” at Roundway Down did little to encourge
Londoners who were being asked to entertain new measures for taxation
and lending. 4 Enthusiasm
To read South African writing about London is to study the development of South African literature and culture in relation to one of the most important geographical touchstones within the South African imaginary. The texts examined in South African London respond to the apartheid context, displaced to a non-South African location that is a significant site of South African exile and emigration. Travel to London afforded South African writers opportunities to rethink ideas about Englishness, and also forged illuminating engagements with South African subjectivities. South African London uncovers a range of diverse responses by South African writers that provide nuanced perspectives on exile, global racisms and modernity. This book presents unexpected angles on major South African writers, such as Peter Abrahams, Dan Jacobson, Noni Jabavu, Todd Matshikiza, Arthur Nortje, Lauretta Ngcobo, J.M.Coetzee, Justin Cartwright and Ishtiyaq Shukri, across genres from life writing and journalism to novels, short stories and poetry. Since South African London considers the dual locations of London and South Africa alongside each other, it offers a refracted history of postwar London, emphasising the city’s transnational networks and the worldliness of South African letters.
Although few would contend that London and its inhabitants were indispensable to parliament’s war effort against King Charles I, the matter remains to be delineated in detail. This book explores how London’s agitators, activists, and propagandists sought to mobilize the metropolis between 1641 and 1645. Rather than simply frame London’s wartime participation from the top down, this book explores mobilization as a series of disparate but structured processes – as efforts and events that created webs of engagement. These webs joined parliamentarian activists to civic authorities, just as they connected parishioners to vestries and preachers, and forced interaction between committees, Common Council, liverymen, and apprentices. The success of any given mobilizing effort – or counter-mobilization, for that matter – varied. Activists adapted their tactics accordingly, meeting their circumstances head-on. Londoners meanwhile heeded the entreaties of preachers and civic leaders alike, signing petitions, donating, and taking to the streets to protest both for and against war. Initially called upon to loan money and fortify the metropolis in 1642–3, Londoners had by 1644 become reluctant lenders and overburdened caretakers for sick and wounded soldiers. Revealed here by way of a wealth of archival and printed sources is the collective story of London’s evolving relationship to the challenges of wartime mobilization, of the evolution of efforts to move money and men, and the popular responses that defined not only parliament’s wartime success, but the arrival of novel financial expedients that gave rise to the New Model Army and eventually became apparatuses of the state.
This book presents a biography of the poetics and politics of London in 1613, from Whitehall to Guildhall, that is, Shakespeare's London. It examines major events at court, such as the untimely death of Prince Henry and its aftermath, and the extravagant wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Frederick of Germany and her journey to the Continent. The city flourished with scores of publications on a vast array of topics, including poetry, travel narratives, music, and, of course, plays. The book offers summaries and analyses of most of these texts, knowing that some of them may not be well-known to all readers. Many of these publications had a kind of link to the court. In order to understand the context of the year 1613, the book actually begins in October 1612 with Prince Henry's illness and death in November, which had a major impact on what happened in 1613. It proceeds more or less chronologically from this event to Princess Elizabeth's wedding and the stunning array of dramatic performances at court, and includes the journey to her new home in Germany. As part of the year's cultural nexus, the narrative reaches into the Guildhall experience to explore the riches of the books that emanated from London's printers and to examine specifically the drama performed or published in 1613. The final major focus centres on the Carr-Howard wedding at the year's end, full of cultural activities and ripe with political significance.