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London's Transport From Roman Times to the Present Day (Hardback)

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces Transport > London Transport Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > England > London

By Anthony Burton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 184
Illustrations: 70 mono and 70 colour integrated
ISBN: 9781399085861
Published: 28th July 2022



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Transport systems are the lifeblood of all great cities and this is certainly true of London. As far back as Roman times, their city Londinium was the hub of a network of roads leading out to all the major centres of the time. It was the Romans who gave the city its first bridge across the Thames and its first paved roadways. This book tells the story of London’s roads and bridges and the vehicles that used them. For centuries, transport meant horse drawn vehicles, from lumbering waggons to elegant carriages and the city had a flourishing industry, building carriages. The Industrial Revolution brought major changes, not least in the construction of more and more bridges over the Thames. In the 19th century a new system appeared with the arrival of the railways, and the many stations that are such prominent features of the cityscape. The story continues into the 20th century, when, for a time, the city was also home to some pioneering motor car manufacturers, such as Vauxhall. It comes nearer our time with the construction of the underground railway and the driverless trains of the Dockland Light Railway. Londoners will have a chance to find out just how travel around the city has changed in the last two thousand years.

As featured

Tramways & Urban Transit, Light Rail Transit Association - December 2022

I found this book to be really interesting I have read a lot about London underground but there is way more to London than the tube.
Well researched and from carts on roman roads, cars, the development of motoways, buses and the underground.

This book is well illustrated and a great guide for anyone interested in London. Recommended read.

NetGalley, jane brown

As featured by

The Broad Gauge Society

Those with a casual interest in London’s or the Thames’s past might find them a pleasant enough read.

London's Transport From Roman Times to the Present Day

A readable romp through London’s transport history including information about roads from the Roman era, Thames crossings, railways (but not canals), car building and aviation. From more recent times there’s information about the Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink and the docks cable car.

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Journal - December 2022

I particularly enjoyed the illustrations, truth be told--I came for the pictures, it's true--but certainly appreciated the historical element, especially seeing what has withstood the test of time and still stands (or can be found) in present day.

Naturally, some eras were more interesting than others for me (and that may vary from reader to reader). I'd be curious to check out some of the additional resources the author noted, orrrr ... perhaps just visit London and appreciate the sights in person! :D London is always a good idea, isn't it?!

NetGalley, Meagan Davenport

If you are, like me, fascinated by London and its history, particularly its various forms of transportation, you will find this book a treat. It truly does go back and look at how people moved around from Roman times with their roads and advanced engineering to the modern transportation innovations that continue to struggle to move volumes of humanity in, out and around the metropolis. Anyone who has tried to get from point A to point B during the crush of rush hour knows the meaning of gridlock.

I was especially interested in how transportation both catered to the growth of the city and also created the growth. Part of it was by means of making things more accessible to more people and of great interest were the various experiments, both successful and not so successful that accompanied that advancement. Whether it was the railroads that moved masses in primitive conveyances or the advent of the tube, which continues to evolve even today, this book delivers, in enjoyable text, the stories of the people and the innovations that have brought us to where we are today.

NetGalley, Susan Johnston

The history of transport is a good way to learn about the history of a place and what happened. This well researched and well written book made me learn something and I enjoyed it.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I was expecting this book to be more academic, but I was pleasantly surprised at how captivating this book was. It's very well written and I think anyone with an interest in history would enjoy this book.

NetGalley, Crystal Fuller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A unique book. I enjoy reading about British history, particularly about the royals and about the capital city, London. Hence me choosing to reading the history of transportation in London. Starting from ancient Roman roads and continuing to present-day hybrid & electric vehicles, Anthony Burton does a wonderful of presenting how transportation has evolved in London. I particularly enjoyed reading about the 'birth' of luxury car leaders such as Daimler and Benz and Bentley. If the men who started these cars could see how far they have come, they would be amazed and proud. It's a good book to read if you're an Anglophile or a history buff in general. You will definitely learn a lot.

NetGalley, Mariama Thorlu-Bangura

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I thought this might be a bit dry and academic but not so. It was a really interesting and complete record of transport across our fair capital. My husband (after I kept reading him bits I thought he might be interested in), decided to read it after me, and he only reads a very limited range on his favourite subjects. Needless to say that it is keeping him very quiet, thank you Mr. Anthony Burton.

NetGalley, Karen Hammond

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely fascinating book, well written and really useful in understanding how transport has changed.
Beautiful composed and well worth reading.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

A very interesting and informative book covering all modes of transport in the Capital.

James Simmonds
 Anthony Burton

About Anthony Burton

Anthony Burton has been writing about the history of transport and technology for fifty years. His books include Remains of a Revolution, The Railway Builders, The Locomotive Pioneers and biographies of Thomas Telford, George and Robert Stephenson and a biography of Marc and Isambard Brunel (due to be published in 2022). He has worked extensively in TV and most recently as historical adviser to the Discovery Channel series Industrial Revelations, More Industrial Revelations and On the Rails.

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