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The CHILDREN'S BOOK of LONDON

BY

G. E. MITTON

WITH EIGHT FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR

A. & C. BLACK, LTD., 4, 5 & 6 SOHO SQUARE, LONDON, W.1

[Illustration: THE TOWER BRIDGE.]

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

First Published 1903

TO

RENA, CU, AND ELFIE

CONTENTS

BOOK I

LONDON AS IT IS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. LONDON CHILDREN 3

II. LONDON 16

III. THE KING'S PALACES 29

IV. TRAINS AND HORSES 42

V. CHILDREN AT SCHOOL 52

VI. LONDON MARKETS 64

VII. CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS 77

VIII. STREETS AND SHOPS 89

IX. DOGS AND CATS 105

X. ODDS AND ENDS 115

BOOK II

HISTORICAL STORIES

XI. KING EDWARD V 131

XII. TOURNAMENTS AND PAGEANTS 154

XIII. SIR THOMAS MORE 165

XIV. LADY JANE GREY 182

XV. GUNPOWDER PLOT 196

XVI. CHARLES I 204

XVII. THE GREAT PLAGUE AND FIRE 222

BOOK III

THE SIGHTS OF LONDON

XVIII. THE TOWER OF LONDON 241

XIX. THE TOWER OF LONDON continued 257

XX. THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS 270

XXI. THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS continued 289

XXII. THE BRITISH MUSEUM 303

XXIII. THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM 311

XXIV. WESTMINSTER ABBEY, ST. PAUL'S, AND THE CENOTAPH 332

XXV. THE MINT, THE BANK, AND THE POST OFFICE 353

XXVI. THE LORD MAYOR'S SHOW AND OTHER THINGS 370

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

THE TOWER BRIDGE Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL AND BUCKINGHAM PALACE 30

TRAFALGAR SQUARE 132

THE TRAITORS' GATE, TOWER OF LONDON 180

THE CENOTAPH, WHITEHALL 216

ST. MARY LE STRAND AND BUSH HOUSE 244

THE CORONATION CHAIR, WESTMINSTER ABBEY 340

ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL 348

BOOK I

LONDON AS IT IS

THE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF LONDON

CHAPTER I

LONDON CHILDREN

To begin with, the streets of London are not paved with gold; but I need not have said that, for nowadays the very youngest child knows it. It was Dick Whittington who first imagined anything so foolish; but then he was only a country lad, and in his days there were not the same opportunities for finding out the truth about things as there are now. There were very few books for one thing, and those there were cost a great deal of money, and would hardly be likely to come in Dick's way; so that if there was by chance a book which described London as it was then, it is not at all probable that he would have seen it. There were no photographs, either, to show him what London was really like, so, of course, he had to make up ideas about it himself, just as you who live in the country and have heard people talking about London do now. Are the stories you invent at all like the stories Dick Whittington made up for himself? You can't answer because you're not writing this book, so I must answer for you. Perhaps you think London is a place where there are no lessons to do, and where there is always a great deal of fun going on; where you can go to see sights all day long; the huge waxwork figures at Madame Tussaud's, as big as real people; and lions and tigers and elephants and bears at the Zoo; and you think that the boys and girls who live in London spend all their time in seeing wonderful things... Continue reading book >>




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