The Survey of London

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This series of books, illustrated with photos, maps, plans and sketches provides a comprehensive account of London's buildings. It was begun in 1894, inspired by C R Ashbee, as a volunteer project to record the historic fabric of a city experiencing much development and destruction. It was adopted by the LCC, the GLC and the RCHME.

Area volumes and monographs on individual buildings have been produced. A number are out of print or only available as facsimilies and they are expensive to purchase. However copies are held at certain archives and local studies libraries including a number at the LMA [more info]. 45 volumes of the Survey are now available online 2010