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The London Course – The Evolution of a Great City / The London Blitz and its Aftermath (lecture)

This course will take the key essentials and historic landmarks of the growth of London from one to two cities, and then into a world city of millions. The prime aim is to understand the direct legacy which we have inherited today, and literally know where and why the place in which you stand is all created by an evolution stretching back two thousand years, in which the life of London and Londoners has developed. (NB. when reference is made to the City with a capital letter, it is the City of London.)

The devastation of London from 1940 to 1945 created a crisis of living second only to the Great Fire of 1666. From September 1940 to May 1941 London was under nightly bombardment. The Docks, the City, the West End, the suburbs – none were spared. "Business as Usual" was the theme of a civilian population living a life of rationing, fire, explosions and shelters. Austerity remained for the next ten years and then rebuilding and rehousing proceeded at a rapid rate, with new ambitious office blocks and high-rise flats. London was changed from a horizontal to a vertical city.


Mr Geoffrey Toms | talks


Date and Time:

11 March 2015 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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