Saturday, 7 March 2015

john stow's survey of london

Having pointed Douglas in the direction of John Stow's A Survey Of London, I thought I should read it myself (like so many books, it's been on my shelf long enough...).

Having just started it, the striking things are: the reminder of how even though we're much further away from the early history of various things (including London), how much more accurate our understanding is of what really happened than people confidently asserted in the middle ages, and often even into the twentieth century; how important water sources were, the first thing to be listed after the 'history' of the foundation of the city and the history of the walls.