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Key Stage 4, Post-16

Discovering Cities: Inner London: Spitalfields and the South Bank

Andrew Williams

  • Series Editor: Peter S. Fox and Christopher M. Law
  • Pages: 56
  • ISBN: 978-1-84377-129-6
  • Published: 2005


An exciting series of guides aimed at post-16 and undergraduate geography students undertaking urban fieldwork in the area. Each title takes an in-depth look at the geographical, historical, economic and political factors that have shaped the growth of each city and gives a sense of place and appreciation to the often undervalued physical environment.

The Discovering Cities series will enable the urban explorer to make the most of a visit to modern cities of the British Isles. Study trails will guide readers around areas of particular interest and will provide them with a greater understanding of the city.

This guide examines the geographical patterns and processes that have led these two contrasting areas either side of the River Thames to become as they are today. Both areas have been dramatically transformed by the post-industrial economy, most notably through the astounding success of landmarks such as Tate Modern and the London Eye on the south bank, and the newly-fashionable status of Spitalfields with young professionals.


Introduction Two inner Londond districs
Transition and management

Historical geography
Spitalfield: London’s ‘real East End’
The south bank: the forgotton side of the Thames

Planning and prospects
The new Spitalfields
Culture and community on the south bank

Small areas studies and trails
Trail 1. Spitalfields: the changing face of the City’s backyard
Trail 2. Art and community on London’s south bank
Trail 3. Bankside: cultural-led regeneration

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