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B4kxstp1.0: Kin, Kith & Strangers in the Fields of London
b4kxstp: a worm's eye view of history... Anciently an uninhabitable swamp, first cleared for husbandry and cultivation during the Middle Ages, by the beginning of the C19 the area soon to be absorbed... More > by the rapidly expanding metropolis was still a small village in the fields on the skirts of London, named Battle Bridge from a single brick arch carrying Gray's Inn Lane over the River Fleet. This first volume of a local history of that pre-urban era relates the tale up until circa1700 (taking in Reformation, Civil War, Commonwealth & Protectorate, Restoration & Glorious Revolution)by which time the rural district’s farming settlements and petty inns were at the forefront of the agricultural revolution and a fast growing leisure and pleasure industry. Busy about rural affairs, local families yet remained closely connected to the nearby capital of a country poised to spread its peoples and culture, and further revolutions in trade, finance, communications and industry to the four corners of a shrinking globe.< Less