From the Houses of Parliament, through world-famous royal palaces, to the old aristocratic quarter of St James's, this book takes a fresh look at famed heritage sites and their surroundings alongside modern comparisons, showing changes of a century and more. Crowded scenes of celebration at Queen Victoria's jubilees and kings' coronations show the affection with which royalty is regarded. Alongside this pageantry, Royal Westminster & St James's Through Time reveals studies of a more traditional London, of residential neighbourhoods and Thamesside industry. Brian Girling introduces a remarkable assembly of rare and historic photographs of Westminster, an area known worldwide for its royal, parliamentary and military traditions, which will surprise and delight residents and visitors familiar with this historic area of London.
Brian Girling, a keen London historian, was born in London in 1940 and lived either in central or outer London all his life. After 30 years as a social and wedding photographer he went on to be a picture postcard dealer and had access to a large private archive of photographic images of London. He published several titles on London's history for Amberley.