The government of Victorian London 1855-1889. The Metropolitan Board of Works the Vestries and the City Corporation. Edited by Roy Macleod with contributions by David Reeder Donald Olsen Francis Sheppard.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Belknap Press 1982.
8vo. xv + (3) + 466pp. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper. Prof.John House’s copy, with his signature and acquisition date 16 November 1984.
A book left unfinished at its author’s death in 1968, with consequences for its coherence and vitality, but nonetheless a helpful guide to the complexities of London government prior to the formation of the London County Council in 1889. The chapters devoted to the operations of the Metropolitan Board of Works are central to an understanding of public works and urban planning in this period.