London’s Industrial Past


Way back in December 2018 I started doing a regular slot, on the theme of London’s industrial heritage, on BBC Radio London’s ‘Robert Elms Show’.  Having started on this I thought I would see if I could interest a publisher in a book on the same subject. Fortunately Amberley decided to take a gamble with me , and over the course of the following year I beavered away on it’s creation.

Having covered the histories of London’s industries on the radio, I decided the the book needed to be slanted toward the visual, and so a great deal of time was spent hunting down and securing old photographs and illustrations. I also went out and took my own photographs, of which you will see some of the unpublished ones here.

talbot Above is the old Clement Talbot car factory in Ladbroke Grove, West London, and below is the Maynard’s sweet factory in Haringey.


The book was supposed to be on sale back in April of this year, however the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to that , and it was eventually released on July 15th 2020.

‘London’s Industrial Past’ is on sale at all of the main bookselling platforms, and you can read more about it here on the Amberley web page




2 thoughts on “London’s Industrial Past

    1. Hello Graham. No, sorry I am afraid I did not include BLSP in the book. I created eight categories, one being car producers. With a limited number of pages and budget it wasn’t possible to include everything. However, I am grateful for the info. I did know that there was a Rootes Group connection in Park Royal , because of the road names – Sunbeam, etc. Thank you for replying. Mark


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