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River Thames Dockland Heritage, by Malcolm Batten

book_cover_river_thames_dockland_heritage_webinsert.jpgIt's not often at the Telegraph that we see two books arrive from two different publishers that are by the same author, but Malcolm Batten has broken the mould. As well as his Pen & Sword title Shipping on the Thames, Batten has also recently released River Thames Dockland Heritage with Amberley.

In this work, rather than shipspotting, Batten engages the reader in a different kind of spotting, looking out for remnants of London's maritime heritage in buildings between London Bridge and Greenwich.

There are also a few vessels along the route – some historic, like HMS Belfast – and the author takes the odd side excursion up the canals and river tributaries that meet the Thames in London.

It's a recipe for a great day out (or several), and the book is well presented with high-quality colour images to help you with your maritime archaeological adventure.

River Thames Dockland Heritage  
By Malcolm Batten  
Amberley, £15.99    
ISBN: 978 13981 08769

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