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Thursday 15 February 2007 6.50pm
I'd like to read about the history of Southwark and Borough. I've read some of the well-known general histories of London, like the ones by Peter Ackroyd and Roy Porter, and am looking for something that focuses specifically on the SE1 area. Does anyone have any good suggestions?
Thursday 15 February 2007 7.22pm
Have you asked Crokatt and Powell - I'm sure they'd be able to point you in the right direction...
Thursday 15 February 2007 10.33pm
For books about Southwark and the Borough you need to go to Southwark Local History Library at the back of John Harvard Library on Borough High Street.

They sell a range of local history books.

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Friday 16 February 2007 8.00am
Michael Collins' The Likes of Us is a history of the white working class, focussed on Elephant and Castle and surrounding area.
Friday 16 February 2007 9.25am
Richard Tames has a book called Southwark Past which is quite interesting
Friday 16 February 2007 9.58am
Thanks for these suggestions. The Richard Tames book looks like the kind of thing I had in mind - a shame there doesn't appear to be a paperback. Guess I'll have a browse at the library and see if there's anything I'd like to have my own copy of.
Friday 16 February 2007 10.14am
I enjoyed The House by the Thames. It's a bit more narrative than the Richard Tames book, but with a lot of history of the area.
Friday 16 February 2007 10.27am
Longlaner if you want to borrow my copy of the Richard Tames book send me a pm and we can arrange it
Friday 16 February 2007 10.42am
dee dee. Excuse my ignorance but what's a pm? Michael Collins is a childhood friend of mine (we were the kids that moved into the Heygate while he was living in Henshaw Street). For my sins, I'm still there though I did fly the nest and returned in 2000 to look after my ailing parents. I have two copies of Michael's book and would be happy to lend one to longlaner but I suspect he wants more of a general history book.

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Friday 16 February 2007 10.53am
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