Cathedrals of Steam: How London's Great Stations Were Built – And How They Transformed the City (UK Edition)

December 6, 2020
Cathedrals of Steam: How London's Great Stations Were Built – And How They Transformed the City (UK Edition)

'Fascinating' 'Books of the Year', FinancialTimes'London's twelve great rail termini are the epic survivors ofthe Victorian age... Wolmar brings them to life with the knowledgeof an expert and the panache of a connoisseur.' SimonJenkins'A wonderful tour, full of vivid incident and surprisingdetail.' Simon BradleyLondon hosts twelve major railway stations, more than any othercity in the world. They range from the grand and palatial, such asKing's Cross and Paddington, to the modest and lesser known, suchas Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street. These monuments to the ageof the train are the hub of London's transport system and theirdevelopment, decline and recent renewal have determined the historyof the capital in many ways.Built between 1836 and 1899 by competing private train companiesseeking to outdo one another, the construction of these terminusescaused tremendous upheaval and had a widespread impact on theirlocal surroundings. What were once called 'slums' were demolished,green spaces and cemeteries were concreted over, and vastmarshalling yards, engine sheds and carriage depots sprung up intheir place.In a compelling and dramatic narrative, Christian Wolmar tracesthe development of these magnificent cathedrals of steam, providesunique insights into their history, with many entertaininganecdotes, and celebrates the recent transformation of several ofthese stations into wonderful blends of the old and the new.