By Tom Bolton
A cultural history of Camden Town, the book takes five landmarks as the starting point for a series of journeys into the layers of history and culture that make Camden Town. The World’s End pub existed in various forms before Camden began. The Regent’s Canal Bridge is where today’s crowds flock to the locks and market, while Arlington House, just a block away, belongs to a parallel Camden of immigration and new beginnings, poverty and homelessness. No. 8 Royal College Street represents how, even with the first buildings of nineteenth-century Camden Town, social outsiders were attracted to the area. Meanwhile the Roundhouse, an engineering curiosity, was to become the revered centre of Camden’s cultural scene. Tells the stories of those who shaped Camden Town, an essential part of London’s future wellbeing.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: British Library Publishing (28 September 2017)
Here I am on BBC London talking to Robert Elms about Camden Town.
A History of London in Five Buildings – my Camden Town article for Londonist.
Camden Town in Ten Pubs – a piece for Kentish Towner.
A Google Earth map with many of the locations from the book.