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John Stow was an English historian and antiquarian. In his day he witnessed the passing of mediaevalism and the birth of the modern capital. A moderate Protestant of the first generation, he lived through the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Elizabeth I and witnessed the coronation of the first Stuart monarch, James I.

His legacy to the capital is his most famous work, the 1598 Survey of London. It was based on a perambulation of the several wards of the City, which Stow accomplished with scrupulous care and verified from his ample collections. In it Stow built himself a monument for all time, and has left a record infused with life. It is at once the summary of sixty observant years, and a vivid picture of London as he saw it.

Dan Cruickshank is an art historian and BBC television presenter with a special interest
in the history of architecture. He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.

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