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London Passed and Passing - Fletcher, Hanslip
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Excerpt from London Passed and Passing: A Pictorial Record of Destroyed Threatened Buildings The thought that so much which has delighted the eye has gone or is vanishing is profoundly sad. If London is to have its Méryon, it should be quickly. Sir John Soane, having designed the Bank of England, amused himself with an architec tural drawing in which he foretold its appearance when the New Zealander pictured by Macaulay should visit the august ruins Of the once Imperial city. He has drawn it with broken columns upreared amid fallen blocks of masonry that are mellowed by the hand of time. Alas, it is not by the slow ravages of time, but at the importunate bidding of commerce that the London we have known disappears. Against thisadversary a Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings is all but powerless. As with the body´s change, so with many a district the past fades and is obliterated, and a new phase of London grows swiftly to maturity. But though good must pass, better rarely if ever follows. I am tempted to think that the advent of the railways wrought as much havoc as the Great Fire itself. To make way for stations, goods-yards, Sidings, and the like, many a quiet, Old-world street, and many a church, were swept away, and to the rapacity of the railways there is no end. For the increased traffic, which they fed, broad thoroughfares in central London were demanded, and half the great houses were pulled down. When the coaches no longer held the road, the coaching inns, those fair and spacious hostelries, soon dwindled in number. Scarce one is left, though fragments remain in Aldgate, Southwark, and Holborn. The Old Bell Inn in Holborn was a sturdy survival, but it is gone now. In some cases, by the irony of fate, it is a railway company that grants a reprieve, and the galleried courtyard, once the scene of so much gaiety, is used for a little while as a railway stable. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. Excerpt from London Passed and Passing: A Pictorial Record of Destroyed Threatened Buildings The thought that so much which has delighted the eye has gone or is vanishing is profoundly sad. If London is to have its Méryon, it should be quickly. Sir John Soane, having designed the Bank of England, amused himself with an architec tural drawing in which he foretold its appearance when the New Zealander pictured by Macaulay should visit the august ruins Of the once Imperial city. He has drawn it Taschenbuch > Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst & Musik > Kunst > Architektur, Forgotten Books

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