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Gavin Stamp, Britain's Lost Cities , Aurum Press, 2007, ISBN:: 10 1 84513 2644, £25.00.

Gavin Stamp, Britain's Lost Cities , Aurum Press, 2007, ISBN:: 10 1 84513 2644, £25.00. Gavin Stamp, Britain’s Lost Cities, Aurum Press, 2007, ISBN: 10 1 84513 2644, £25.00. On first sighting this title on the crowded shelves of the bookshop, I was intrigued. Perhaps it was a book about all of the wonderful (and some truly dreadful) schemes that were never realised in our cities? Or was it another beautifully produced ‘intelligent’ picture book in the Country Life series published by the same press? On a cursory glance it appeared to be the latter but as I leaned against the bookshelf I discovered that it was so much more, as of course I should have expected from Dr Stamp. The book deals with the twentieth-century redevelopment of nineteen of our cities, therefore enabling all readers to have some connection or attachment to at least a few of those chosen. Included are ones I know and love and would expect to find, but others such as Hull, Norwich and Worcester were a revelation. The introduction deals with some of the major factors that have influenced our cities in the twentieth century and the ever-present thorny issue of transport. The author does not hide his distaste of the motorcar, which, in the name of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Gavin Stamp, Britain's Lost Cities , Aurum Press, 2007, ISBN:: 10 1 84513 2644, £25.00.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 20 (1): 113 – Nov 1, 2009

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Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2009
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Reviews; Reviews
ISSN
1350-7524
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1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/E1350752409000247
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Gavin Stamp, Britain’s Lost Cities, Aurum Press, 2007, ISBN: 10 1 84513 2644, £25.00. On first sighting this title on the crowded shelves of the bookshop, I was intrigued. Perhaps it was a book about all of the wonderful (and some truly dreadful) schemes that were never realised in our cities? Or was it another beautifully produced ‘intelligent’ picture book in the Country Life series published by the same press? On a cursory glance it appeared to be the latter but as I leaned against the bookshelf I discovered that it was so much more, as of course I should have expected from Dr Stamp. The book deals with the twentieth-century redevelopment of nineteen of our cities, therefore enabling all readers to have some connection or attachment to at least a few of those chosen. Included are ones I know and love and would expect to find, but others such as Hull, Norwich and Worcester were a revelation. The introduction deals with some of the major factors that have influenced our cities in the twentieth century and the ever-present thorny issue of transport. The author does not hide his distaste of the motorcar, which, in the name of

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2009

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